Nov 22, 2020
Scripture Alone
Series: Sola
When it comes to understanding God, it can be all too tempting to trust ourselves rather than God’s Word. We try to trust our consciences, our culture, or our comprehension. But going beyond God’s Word either allows us to create a God in our own image (Mark 7:1-13) or saddles us with burdens we cannot bear (Matthew 23:4). My Next Step(s): - I will not subtract from the Word of God, or ignore it. - I will not add to the Word of God—rules, regulations, traditions or otherwise. - I will not make God in my image, rather I will conform my life to the Word of God. - I will find a time, place and pattern (tools) to daily experience the Word of God! Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org for more information!
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  • Nov 22, 2020Scripture Alone
    Nov 22, 2020
    Scripture Alone
    Series: Sola
    When it comes to understanding God, it can be all too tempting to trust ourselves rather than God’s Word. We try to trust our consciences, our culture, or our comprehension. But going beyond God’s Word either allows us to create a God in our own image (Mark 7:1-13) or saddles us with burdens we cannot bear (Matthew 23:4). My Next Step(s): - I will not subtract from the Word of God, or ignore it. - I will not add to the Word of God—rules, regulations, traditions or otherwise. - I will not make God in my image, rather I will conform my life to the Word of God. - I will find a time, place and pattern (tools) to daily experience the Word of God! Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org for more information!
  • Nov 15, 2020Faith Alone
    Nov 15, 2020
    Faith Alone
    Series: Sola
    Faith Alone The way in which we receive God’s grace is through faith. We trust that God wants to forgive and save us. If we seek to work for what God has given, we are saying that God’s work is not enough. Do we trust God’s work so completely that we do not try to add to it or augment it? My Next Step(s): - I will check sources to verify the truth of something before sharing it. - I will not lie or “move the mark” in order to justify myself! - I will not justify my sinfulness by comparing myself to others. God is my standard. - I will examine the Scriptures to “test” what they say about me, and about God. - I will find true peace through Faith Alone in Christ Alone by Grace Alone. Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org/Online-Worship for more information!
  • Nov 8, 2020Grace Alone
    Nov 8, 2020
    Grace Alone
    Series: Sola
    Grace Alone - Grace is when God gives us what we do not deserve. In a culture that works on merit, that can be difficult for us to accept! Yet, even if grace goes against our cultural senses, it is a deep spiritual need – for each and every one of us. My Next Step(s): - I will thank God that I am released from my burden of performance. - I will receive with gratitude God’s underserved and free gift of Grace! - I will not be jealous or otherwise begrudge others of receiving God’s grace. - I will strive to be gracious to those who are indebted to me.
  • Nov 1, 2020Christ Alone
    Nov 1, 2020
    Christ Alone
    Series: Sola
    Christ Alone - It is tempting to exalt ourselves over Christ. John the Baptist, however, knew that things work the way they should only when we decrease and Christ increases. In what ways are you trying to add your boasting to Christ’s work? How does that lessen your hope? My Next Step(s): - I will find my hope and place the confidence of my salvation in Christ alone! - I will point to Jesus by my attitude of humility. - I will point to Jesus by my loving service of others. - I will point to Jesus by speaking of what He has done for me, and His love for us.
  • Oct 25, 2020Cross Alone
    Oct 25, 2020
    Cross Alone
    Series: Sola
    Reformation - Cross Alone Today, we celebrate a moment in time when a man with a message changed the world. In 1517, Martin Luther gave voice to concerns by posting his 95 Theses (against indulgences) on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31. His intention was to bring to light the fact that the people were being led into false belief in a practice called indulgences. What happened changed the world in profound ways. My Next Step(s): - I will bring my suffering to Jesus—He shares in my suffering. - I will bring my sin to Jesus—He forgives my sin. - I will not fear death—Jesus has conquered death on the cross! - I will find hope in the cross of Christ—for through it I have eternal life.
  • Oct 18, 2020Am I in Love with Jesus or ______?
    Oct 18, 2020
    Am I in Love with Jesus or ______?
    Am I in Love with Jesus or ______? The First Commandment reminds us that God is to be first. Yet, every one of us struggles with putting other things before God. We all struggle with idolatry. We are reminded that nothing – no matter how good – is to come before God. He is our focus and our hope.
     
     
  • Oct 11, 2020Am I Known for What I’m For or Against?
    Oct 11, 2020
    Am I Known for What I’m For or Against?
    Am I Known for What I am For or Against? It can be so easy to look at others and judge them! We all struggle with self righteousness. As Jesus reminds us, however, judgment starts with discerning our own sins rather than decrying the sins of others. When we jump to judging others, it can be very difficult to be “for” them. My Next Step(s): - I will strive to be known for what I am for rather than what I am against. - Because of Jesus, I will choose mercy. - Because of Jesus, I will choose peace. - Like Jesus, I will love the sinner, even if I hate the sin. - I will act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org/Online-Worship for more information!
  • Oct 4, 2020Am I Playing Offense or Defense?
    Oct 4, 2020
    Am I Playing Offense or Defense?
    Am I Playing Offense or Defense? It is so easy to try protect what we have. We can try to protect our finances, our health, and even our church. David stepped up to fight a giant when everyone else was simply trying not to be conquered by the giant. We are reminded how we can be brave in how we live for Christ! My Next Step(s): - I will remain open and welcoming to those who are outside of the Church. - I will contribute to the work of God’s Church - especially as we re-open. - I will discover “perspective” in remembering what God has done for me in the past. - I will “run” to the battle line - to do the work that God has prepared me for! - I will not be afraid to be on the offense for God’s Kingdom, man cannot deter me. Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org/Online-Worship for more information!
  • Sep 27, 2020Am I a Contributor or a Consumer?
    Sep 27, 2020
    Am I a Contributor or a Consumer?
    Am I a Contributor or a Consumer? One of the best ways we can show our faith to our world is by contributing to needs. In the early church, Tabitha was well known for serving others. Her death caused many to grieve, but her new life became a testimony of Jesus’ power. What do we want our lives to contribute to this world? My Next Step(s): - I will make a decision to contribute intentionally. - I will discover “my thing” that God has blessed me with, so I can give personally. - I will collaborate and be a part of a greater work than I can accomplish alone. Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org/Online-Worship for more information!
  • Sep 20, 2020Am I Open or Closed Off?
    Sep 20, 2020
    Am I Open or Closed Off?
    It can be so easy to become click-ish. We have our friends, our cultural sensibilities, and our faith community. The early church struggled with this, too. But Peter and James reminded the early church that the Church should not put up barriers to entry, for it is by grace that we are counted as God’s family. My Next Step(s): - I will reflect upon the ways that I discriminate against others—subtly or overtly. - I will seek to be more open and welcoming to others - I will lead with Grace because God leads with Grace. - I will pray for, and do my part to help us all become “one in Christ.” Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org/Online-Worship for more information!
  • Sep 13, 2020Lying Means Roar
    Sep 13, 2020
    Lying Means Roar
    Lying Means Roar. Do you ever feel like you are being sabotaged? As Jesus followers, we have a real enemy. In order to defeat him we must first recognize his tactics... My Next Steps: - I will stop trying to prove my worth (sin of pride) before God. - I will cast all my worries and anxiety on God—and leave them with Him! - I will refuse to believe the lie that God is not there or that He doesn’t care. - I will seek to view my trials as God preparing me for a future work. - I will not accept this world’s blessings in place of God’s eternal glory to be revealed. Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org/Online-Worship for more information.
  • Sep 6, 2020The Chaotic Cookout
    Sep 6, 2020
    The Chaotic Cookout
    Series: (All)
    How do we respond to chaotic times? Are we even equipped for some of the toughest tasks we may face? The disciples were probably asking themselves similar questions when they were faced with a crowd of hungry, tired people. Jesus could have snapped his fingers and taken care of it, but instead he turned to the disciples and asked them to deal with it. We may want to take note of this story and see if it something we may need to apply to our lives today. Visit redeemerbythesea.org/online-worship for more information!
     
     
  • Aug 30, 2020Like Your Life Depends on It
    Aug 30, 2020
    Like Your Life Depends on It
    What is your purpose? We were all created with a part to play in glorifying God. In good times and bad, you are uniquely positioned to speak and serve ...
     
    My Next Step(s):
    - I will pray without ceasing—being in a continual dialogue with God.
    - I will remain connected to Christ, rather than strain to achieve by my own strength.
    - I will resist isolation and strive for community where I love and am loved.
    - I will discover my part in the Body of Christ, and use my gifts to serve others.
    - I will rejoice in my struggles as participating in the sufferings of Christ.
     
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  • Aug 23, 2020The Order is Everything
    Aug 23, 2020
    The Order is Everything
    The Order is Everything: When life is going terribly wrong, do you still trust God has a plan? He is a God of order. Set your eyes on Him and let your story tell of His faithfulness... My Next Step(s): - I will live eager to do good, rather than reactively respond in anger. - Even when being mistreated, I will remember that I am blessed. - I will reverently fear God, rather than fearing those who threaten me. - I will prepare my testimony by walking close to God—adoring Him. - I will live in a way that invites others to ask me about the hope I have in Christ. Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org/Online-Worship for more information!
  • Aug 16, 2020Where Beauty Comes From
    Aug 16, 2020
    Where Beauty Comes From
    God wants your marriage to thrive. Peter kindly shares a few simple guidelines for how you can tap into the beauty God intended for you within your marriage.  In fact, there is beauty to be found in all of our human relationships ... My Next Step(s): - I will not judge others, but instead seek to understand their perspective. - I will do my best to respond in grace rather than retaliation. - I will hold my tongue instead of responding in anger. - I will submit to my spouse, out of reverence for Christ. - I will strive for inner beauty, rather than outward appearances. Visit RedeemerbytheSea.org/Online-Worship for more information!