Feb 15, 2015
A Heart for Service
Early ChurchThis week we conclude our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. In Acts chapter 6 we see that the Church was meant to be service-based, where everyone exercises his or her God-given heart for ministry. As a church, if we want to “do good works” in Jesus’ name—to serve more people in more places—we need to help believers discover and employ the gifts God has given them to serve others. At Redeemer we speak of Worship – Grow – and Serve. We have a heart for service because Christ in us compels us to be
His hands and feet to a world in need.
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  • Feb 15, 2015A Heart for Service
    Feb 15, 2015
    A Heart for Service
    Early ChurchThis week we conclude our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. In Acts chapter 6 we see that the Church was meant to be service-based, where everyone exercises his or her God-given heart for ministry. As a church, if we want to “do good works” in Jesus’ name—to serve more people in more places—we need to help believers discover and employ the gifts God has given them to serve others. At Redeemer we speak of Worship – Grow – and Serve. We have a heart for service because Christ in us compels us to be
    His hands and feet to a world in need.
  • Feb 8, 2015The Shared Life
    Feb 8, 2015
    The Shared Life
    Early ChurchThis week we continue our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. Toward the end of Acts chapter 4 we read: “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” From this we learn that the Church of God is called to be a life-sharing community. What does this mean? For one thing it means that the gathering of the Body of Christ is unlike anything other gathering in the world. When we come together in Christ’s Name, we do more than just share the same space – we join our hearts and minds. Further, we
    bear each other’s burdens. With whom are you gathering?
  • Feb 1, 2015An Empowering Presence
    Feb 1, 2015
    An Empowering Presence
    Early ChurchThis week we continue our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. In Acts chapter 4, after Peter and John were released from prison, where they went is important. They went straight to their own people—the Church. In our challenges, we come to church. However, we don’t come to escape the world but to encounter God—to turn to Him and hear from Him and be shaped by Him
    in light of what happens in this life.
  • Jan 25, 2015An Unstoppable Force
    Jan 25, 2015
    An Unstoppable Force
    Early ChurchThis week we continue our message series looking at the beginnings of the Christian Church in the early chapters of the Book of Acts. In Acts chapter 4, after Peter had preached a powerful sermon, he and John were arrested by the religious authorities who felt threatened. Though they were ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus, Peter and John responded that they could not help speaking about what they had seen and heard. Should
    the Church be content simply to gather in worship, learn, serve and pray?
  • Jan 18, 2015The Transforming Word
    Jan 18, 2015
    The Transforming Word
    Early ChurchIn this new sermon series, we’ll be looking at the early chapters in the Book of Acts – as the Christian Church had just been birthed, and the first followers of Jesus were still living and leading the Church. In Acts 3, the Apostle Peter heals a lame man outside of the temple. Instead of summoning more people to be healed physically, Peter takes the opportunity to preach to the crowd there. Peter wants everyone to know that the healed man was not just physically healed, but his life was transformed. Did the transforming power of the Church die with the Apostles, or is it still
    active today?
  • Dec 21, 2014The Power of Christ
    Dec 21, 2014
    The Power of Christ
    Kit (JY6) Service 4 color logoWelcome to our Advent worship series, Comfort and Joy. Each service in this 4-part series focuses on a selected portion of Isaiah 40. Today’s service is based on Isaiah 40:10-11 and reminds us that God himself came to live among us and be our Savior, but his power was displayed in the weakness and humility of the manger and the cross. We pray you will find calm and rest in the soothing message that Christ came to bring us power even in our weakest moments. Let the words, Scripture, music and prayers of this
    worship service wash over you with peace that only Christ can give.
  • Dec 14, 2014The Presence of Christ
    Dec 14, 2014
    The Presence of Christ
    Kit (JY6) Service 3 color logoWelcome to our Advent worship series, Comfort and Joy. Each service in this 4-part series focuses on a selected portion of Isaiah 40. Today’s service is based on Isaiah 40:6-9 and reminds us that Christ is present with us now and that he will come again in glory on the Last Day. We pray you will find calm and rest in the soothing message that Christ came to bring us peace in our troubled times. Let the words, Scripture, music and prayers of this
    worship service wash over you with peace that only Christ can give.
  • Dec 7, 2014The Pardon of Christ
    Dec 7, 2014
    The Pardon of Christ
    Kit (JY6) Service 2 color logoWelcome to our Advent worship series, Comfort and Joy. Each service in this 4-part series focuses on a selected portion of Isaiah 40. Today’s service is based on Isaiah 40:3-5 and reminds us to prepare the way of the Lord through repentance, as the forgiveness we receive through Christ makes the rough places of our lives smooth. We pray you will find calm and rest in the soothing message that Christ came to bring us pardon for our sins. Let the words, Scripture, music and prayers of this worship service wash over you with forgiveness, and grant you the comfort and joy that only Christ
    can give!
  • Nov 30, 2014The Peace of Christ
    Nov 30, 2014
    The Peace of Christ
    Kit (JY6) Service 1 color logoWelcome to our Advent worship series, Comfort and Joy. Each service in this 4-part series focuses on a selected portion of Isaiah 40. Today’s service is based on Isaiah 40:1-2 and highlights for us that true peace comes only through Jesus Christ and the forgiveness that he brings. He ends warfare without and within and He is our one and only Prince of Peace. We pray you will find calm and rest in the soothing message that Christ came to bring us peace in our troubled times. Let the words, Scripture, music and prayers
    of this worship service wash over you with peace that only Christ can give.
  • Nov 2, 2014Why We Give to God
    Nov 2, 2014
    Why We Give to God
    Series: Stewardship
    GivingA Christian steward (from where we get the word, “stewardship”) is a child of God who realizes his/her role in life as a partner, a trustee, a manager, a caretaker or a temporary custodian of gifts that belong to God. The Christian steward receives God’s precious gifts gratefully, manages God’s precious gifts carefully and responsibly according to his or her vocations, shares God’s precious gifts with others generously, and returns God’s precious gifts joyfully with increase. We have been granted the high privilege of being God’s stewards. God created us to be stewards, and He re-created us in Holy Baptism to be Christian stewards. It is a position
    that comes to us completely by God’s grace in Christ!
  • Oct 26, 2014How Do I Honor God with My Finances?
    Oct 26, 2014
    How Do I Honor God with My Finances?
    Series: Stewardship
    GivingHonor. We hear a lot about it in terms of the government and even corporations. People will call into question whether certain policies or business practices are honorable. But do we think much about how honor applies to our own lives? Do we give much thought to the honor of our own actions? In truth, we have the ability to bring honor to God in the way that we live. Today’s message challenges us to realize that God has expectations concerning how we use our finances. Scripture suggests that there are honorable ways to use our monetary blessings. We want to use our God-given resources in a way that brings honor to God. Just how do we do
    that?
  • Oct 12, 2014Lukewarm or Living?
    Oct 12, 2014
    Lukewarm or Living?
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400In Jesus final letter to the seven churches, to the church at Laodicea, He says, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline” (Rev. 3:19). Jesus references many Scriptural themes that reinforce the truth of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures. This reference points to Proverbs 3:11-12 which is quoted in Hebrews 12:5-6. If God needs to correct you, He will. It’s the loving thing to do. He also says, “I stand at the door and knock” (3:20) These words of Jesus are directed at believers. This is a call to renew and deepen our relationship with Him. Jesus does not want to be on
    the “outside” of your life!
  • Oct 5, 2014The Hope of Heaven
    Oct 5, 2014
    The Hope of Heaven
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400Will heaven be a remake of what we’ve got now? Will we still be on this planet? Some claim that heaven will be on this earth. What’s the truth? According to the Bible, everything will be new. The old things will be gone. “New heaven and new earth” (and no more sea) is a Hebrew way of saying that everything we know now will be completely new and different. There won’t be anything “same-old, same-old.” In heaven, God will dwell with us. The majesty and wonder of heaven – including the massive dimensions – show us that we are in store for blessing beyond our imagination. You won’t miss anything in heaven, but rather have everything
    wonderful and glorious to gain!
  • Sep 28, 2014The Rapture and Armageddon
    Sep 28, 2014
    The Rapture and Armageddon
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400Chapter three brings two extremes of conversation from Jesus. We hear harsh and direct words that are intended to shake believers back to reality, and we hear words of loving persistence as Jesus brings comfort to His faithful people. To the church in Sardis, we hear the confrontational words of Jesus as He tells them to “wake up!” But we also hear Jesus comfort some as He says there are some in this church who will walk with Him “dressed in white!” For those who are asleep in their sin, Jesus’ judgment will come upon them as a surprise like a thief. But to those whose names are in the book of life, they will be declared worthy before the Father. Both words of warning and comfort. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit
    says to the churches.
  • Sep 21, 2014Understanding God’s Justice
    Sep 21, 2014
    Understanding God’s Justice
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400Earlier in this series, we talked about Judgment Day. The undeniable truth is that one day Jesus will return to judge everyone on earth. However, how will He judge? Will He judge like we would judge? Let’s hope not. For if He did, few would be in heaven. We humans readily receive the grace of God for ourselves, but we are often unwilling to grant it to others. Likewise, if God judged like we judged, there would be few in hell. We humans are very uncomfortable with hell as a place of eternal punishment. We can hardly fathom that a good and loving God would even create such a place, let alone torment people in it forever. What to do? That is why we must readily agree with God’s Word through prophet Isaiah when He says, “my thoughts are not your thoughts.” Thankfully, God sees all things and knows
    all things, and His judgments are always right!