The Story of Isaac and Rebekah - God is a Sovereign Sustainer

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Sermon Summary - Genesis 24 tells the story of how God provided a wife for Isaac. In contrast with some of the extraordinary stories chronicling Abraham’s journey of faith, the story of Isaac and Rebekah appears very ordinary. It is a story, much like our everyday life that doesn’t feel epic or exciting, but with careful reflection and attention, we see in it the gracious providence of God at work. As we begin to see God’s hidden providence at work in this story we are reminded that God alone is our sovereign sustainer.

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Key Verse - The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not. When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, and said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.” The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.” - Genesis 24:21-27 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 24. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - Where do you see God’s presence in this story? Why do you think we so often miss God’s presence in the ordinary stuff of life? What tends to blind you from the awareness of God’s presence with you?
  3. Prayer and Application - What patterns of fear do you see in your own life? What is your typical response to fear (some freeze, some overwork to gain control, some perform to impress others, etc.)? How does this text and ultimately the Gospel give you courage to move forward in faith?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Genesis 24:1-28. Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. Think back on the last week. How has God cared for you through ordinary means? Make a list of all the blessings you can think of that you received this past week. Did you know every good gift is from God? Thank him for all you have been given.
  3. As you head back to school in the next few weeks there might be things you worry about. When we feel scared or fearful it is an opportunity to pray. Ask God to remind you of his care for you in the past and his presence with you right now. Tell him the things that you are afraid of and ask him for help to walk forward in faith.

The Story of Abraham and Isaac - God is a Sacrifice Provider

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Sermon Summary: In Genesis 22 God gives Abraham a command to go and sacrifice his son Isaac at the place God would show him. Genesis lets us know that this is a test but for Abraham, it is a horribly painful journey where his trust in God is pushed to the limits. Through all of it, God is teaching Abraham and us that our ultimate significance and security is rooted in God. We can trust God to completely provide for our needs as God both atones for our sin and blesses us with new life.

Memory Verse: And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:13-14 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 22:1-19. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What are your initial thoughts on God’s call for Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? How does this story capture the tension between God’s justice and God’s promise of blessing? What is most difficult for you about this text? Where do you see shadows of Christ in this text?
  3. Prayer and Application - What people or possessions do you tend to have as “off-limits” to God? What might keep you from trusting him with these things? Why is God committed to teaching us to trust him as our provider above anything in creation?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Genesis 22:1-19. Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. What does God ask Abraham to do in this story? Why do you think God would test Abraham?
  3. How does this story point us to Jesus? How does Jesus sacrificial death for us help us trust God to provide for all that we need (both forgiveness and new life)?

The Story of Abram - God is a Promise Keeper

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Sermon Summary - In Genesis 12 God gives Abram a command to leave his country and customs to go to the land God would show him. God then makes a promise to Abram that through him all the nations of the world will be blessed. As the story moves forward this promise seems more and more unlikely. Abram’s wife is unable to have children and the land God promises to give them is occupied by hostile Canaanites. Abram is not a perfect man but he holds onto his trust in God’s promises and for this God counts him righteous.

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Memory Verse - Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 12. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What circumstances tend to lead you away from trusting in God’s promises? What characteristics do you see in Abram/Abraham that help us understand how God wants us to trust him?
  3. Prayer and Application - Genesis 12:1-3 unpacks an enormous promise that has implications for the entire world. How does Jesus help us understand this promise? How does it motivate us to join God’s mission?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Genesis 12:1-3. What does God promise to Abram? What does he instruct Abram to do? Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. Can you think of a time when your parents asked you to obey them even if you didn’t understand why? Why is this hard? Why do you think it’s important to obey your parents even when you don’t fully understand?
  3. Following Jesus can be difficult when others around us don’t share our love for him. How do God’s promises help us faithfully walk with God even when it’s in conflict with the world around us? Can you think of one example of how God has led you to live differently from the values of your neighborhood or school?

The Story of Sin - God is a Gracious Redeemer

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Sermon Summary: In Genesis 3 we read about Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God’s gracious rule as they believe the lie of the serpent. They chose to worship creation over the creator and the consequence was death. Their relationship with God, others, and the world are ravaged by sin. This pattern of sin infected the entirety of the human race and we see in Genesis 4-11 how it continues to corrupt and wreak havoc on the earth. But in the mess of human sin, we discover a God who is a gracious redeemer. From the very beginning, we see his intention to set the world right again and one day he would through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Memory Verse: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Genesis 3:6–7 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 3. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - How can you identify with Adam and Eve in this story? In what ways do you see this same pattern at work in your own heart?
  3. Prayer and Application - In Genesis 6 we see that God is deeply saddened by sin (he is present with us in our suffering) and yet is committed to dealing with it (he is powerful to overcome our sin and shame). Do you take sin seriously (both in us and in our world) and grieve what it does to God and his creation? What grieves your heart about sin’s effect on the world around you? What grieves you about sin at work in your own heart? Spend some time praying and asking God to align your heart with his. Slow down to confess your sin to God and receive his forgiveness offered in Christ.

Kids Worship Questions

  1. Read Genesis 3. What do you find most interesting about this story? Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. What were Adam and Eve saying about their love for God when they chose to obey the serpent above God? Can you relate to any of the actions you see Adam and Eve doing in this story?
  3. Although each one of us is born sinful and will continue to sin against God, God is a gracious redeemer to us. When we confess our sin to him he forgives us because of Jesus. Take a minute to confess to God your own sin and trust that He forgives you because of Jesus sacrifice on the Cross.

The Story of Creation - God is a Good Creator

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Summary: The purpose of Genesis 1-2 is that we would know that God is the Sovereign Creator. He is sovereign over the stories of the world and sovereign over our story. He has established a good creation, and he will not abandon his creation project. The One who created all things is also our Redeemer. The one who has Redeemed us is also our creator.

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Memory Verse: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." - Genesis 1:1-2

Reflection Questions:

  1. As you reflect on the creation accounts in Genesis 1 & 2 what strikes you?
  2. How are we introduced to God? What words would you use to describe God? What is he like?
  3. What is the good news of Genesis 1 & 2?
  4. What does it look like for you to trust, day by day, that God is sovereign and good over your life and story? What does it look like for you to trust that God is sovereign and good over the story of this world?

Kids Questions:

  1. Who is God?
  2. How did God create everyone and everything?
  3. What are some of your favorite things that God has created?
  4. How can you be sure that God loves you and cares for you?

The Goodness of God

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Sermon Summary - In this stand-alone sermon, we dive into Psalm 16, a well-known song of David, the King of Israel. A man who had everything one could dream of: status, approval, land, kingdom, servants, throne. Yet, he declares to us in this Psalm that only God can satisfy our souls. David was not a perfect King— he was a very broken man— but God was where he turned and God was his source of Joy.

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Memory Verse - I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. - Psalm 16:8

Reflection Questions:

  1. What does “God is good” mean?
  2. How do we know that God is good?
  3. What is idolatry? Do you think of yourself as an idolator?
  4. What do you think about the statement “at the root of every sin is idolatry”?
  5. How does Psalm 16 point us to Jesus and what he has accomplished on our behalf?

Evangelism - Colossians 4:2-6

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Sermon Summary - Evangelism is an important part of living in the way of Jesus. God is mysteriously at work through the Spirit calling people from darkness to light, through the speaking of the Gospel. It is the Holy Spirit that changes hearts and yet in God’s kindness he lets us bring the good news.

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Memory Verse - Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Colossians 4:2-6 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Colossians 4:2-6. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - How does the way you relate to others show them the Gospel of Jesus? What is one way you didn’t show God’s love with your actions this week? What is one way you did?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Why is it important that we speak the good news to those around us? How should we do this?

Rest - Genesis 2:1-3; Matthew 11:28

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Sermon Summary - Culture tells us that rest is found in consuming and/or escaping. God shows us that rest is rooted in trust. It’s an active process of entrusting our lives and all its outcomes to God the Father.

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Memory Verse - Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 2:1-3. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - In rest, we learn to pay attention to the things under the surface. The fears, worries, desires, longing and to trust God with them. What do you need to trust God with today? Are you looking to your job, your children, your friendships, your city, your vacations, your shows to provide a rest that cannot be gained?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Sabbath Rest is a gift to be received not another mountain to climb or task to accomplish. The Sabbath is an opportunity to take God at his word that we can trust him enough to slow down, to reflect on what is & to delight. To see that he is God and we are not. Do you believe Him? Do you believe you can trust Him?

Work - Colossians 3:1-4, 17-24

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Sermon Summary - What does it look like to work in the way of Jesus? Work is such a big aspect of our lives. So much of our time, energy, thoughts, emotions, get occupied by our work. Most of us spend 1/3 of our day at work and 1/3 of our day sleeping before we go back to work. So much of our lifetime is occupied by our work. So, if we are going to be a people who learn to follow Jesus in all of life— we must learn to think of our work (no matter the job, no matter the role) through the lenses of the gospel.

Memory Verse - 23Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Colossians 3:1-4 & 17-24. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.

  2. Get to the Heart - What speaks to you the most from this passage/sermon? Describe your relationship to your work. Have you considered how your faith impacts your work? Why or why not? Why is it so important that we have a good “theology of work” as Christians?

  3. Live the Way of Jesus - In verse 23 Paul gives us two commands 1) work heartily & 2) work for the Lord not for man. How are you doing with these commands? In what ways does the gospel give us power and purpose us in our work in this world?

Servant Leadership - Mark 10:42-45, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-5

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Sermon Summary - Leadership is an important part of the New Testament church. Jesus leads us away from worldly leadership and teaches us the new way of servant leadership. The way of Jesus leads us to use our power and position to serve others rather than for our own needs.

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Memory Verse - For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Mark 10:42-45. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - Where has God given you power and position to lead? In what ways are you tempted to use this for your own needs? What might need to change in light of Jesus way of leadership?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Servant leadership is neither controlling or apathetic. In your spheres of leadership how which of these two areas do you need to grow in? Ask 2-3 of the people who you lead how you can grow as a servant leader.

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Mark 10:42-45. What do you find most interesting about this text? Draw a picture of what you read in these verses.
  2. Who are the people in your life who lead you? What does it look like for you to honor them and respect their authority in your life?
  3. What people has God put in your life who you influence? How can you use your influence to encourage others and point them towards the grace of God?

Church: Shared Life Together, Belonging - Ephesians 4:1-16

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Sermon Summary - The Church is important. Jesus teaches us that we don’t have to live in regard to our own authority. We are given by Jesus a community to belong to. We don’t just belong to the church passively. To each person a gift is given, a gift of grace. The holy spirit has uniquely custom fit spiritual gifts for every single person that is in Christ.

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Memory Verse - As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. - 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Ephesians 4:1-16. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What spoke to you the most from this passage/sermon? What is God’s design for the Church? Describe your struggle with Church. Where does your understanding of who you are come from? What is keeping you from going all in with the Church?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - What does it look like for you to align your life to Jesus’ vision/plan for his church? Have you discovered your gifts or found your role? Is there a Pastor or Elder that you could talk to about this or someone from your DNA or Missional Community?

Summer 2019 MC Rest and Reset

Redeemer Family,

Each summer we encourage Missional Communities to take a break from formal meeting nights during June and July. This has proved to be a needed time of rest for our groups (especially leaders and host homes). This year we are encouraging our MCs to take a break from formal meeting nights again (although certainly their can be continued shared life and DNA groups). You can check in with your MC leader to see how this will change your MC rhythms.

This season of MC rest will run from June through July and the focus of this time will be rest and reset. We have two church-wide training events (see more on these below) during the summer that will provide opportunities for people to connect and grow. We hope they also help us with the “reset” aspect of our summer MC break. Here is some info on each of these:

Parenting Workshop - Grace Based Parenting
June 29 

Parenting is a humbling experience. The longer we parent the more we realize that there are no simple answers or quick fix solutions. Many of us tend to swing in the parenting pendulum between overly controlling our children (parent-centered home) or allowing our children to control us (kid-centered home). All parents bring with them a mixed bag of these strategies that most likely they inherited from their parents or caregivers. In this workshop, we want to recognize the difficulty of parenting and the overwhelming nature of trying to find the “right” parenting model. REGISTER HERE

Missional Community Workshop
July 27

As we close our time of MC summer rest we want to offer a weekend of MC equipping to help strengthen our MCs as they start back up in August. On Saturday, July 28th (8:45-11:45AM) we will have a MC Workshop with one session focused on helping with DNA groups, and another focused on helping MCs consider how God has uniquely called them to serve and love others. We will post registration for this later in the summer.

Missional communities will resume their regular meeting schedules after Sunday, August 11th. If you have any questions, you can email [email protected]. We are praying for the summer to be a refreshing time for all those in our MCs and a renewed focus when we start back in August!

Speech - Ephesians 4:15-29

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Sermon Summary - Words are important. Jesus teaches us that what comes out of our mouth reveals what is going on in our hearts. James tells us that our words have the power to set our life on fire. When we gossip, slander, and lie to others we start relational fires that have the power to burn down entire families and churches. But the way of Jesus leads us to speak the truth in love. But by the Spirit’s power, our words can be life-giving sources of grace.

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Memory Verse - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Ephesians 4:15-29. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What patterns do you notice from your speech this past week? What might this reveal about your heart? What might you need to confess to the Lord and ask his help to change your speech?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - What rhythms do you need in your life to cultivate the word of Christ dwelling richly in you? Who are the people God has placed in your life whom your words can be a source of his grace? What does it look like for you to speak the truth in love?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Ephesians 4:15-29. What do you find most interesting about this text? Draw a picture of what you read in these verses.
  2. Think back on this past week. What were some of the most common words that came out of your mouth? What might your words reveal about your heart?
  3. How can you speak encouragement to your siblings? Make a list of speech you want to put away (not say anymore) and speech you want to put on (say more frequently). Who are the people God has placed in your life that you can speak graciously to?

Sexuality - 1 Corinthians 6:13-7:5

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Sermon Summary - In this series, we are mining through the New Testament letters written by the apostles as they obeyed Jesus’s commission and did this work of proclaiming the gospel and making disciples, and starting churches. We want to see— what is the way of Jesus? What does it look like for faith in the gospel to truly change the way we live? What does it look like for the gospel to make us new? In this sermon, we look at the subject of sexuality. The bible has a lot to say about our sexuality. We look at God’s true and good design for sexuality and discuss what it looks like for us as married or single people to align our lives with his design.

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Memory Verse - 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through 1 Corinthians 6:13-7:5. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What spoke to you the most from this passage/sermon? Why is sex/sexuality such a difficult topic for us to discuss? What is God’s design for human sexuality? In what ways is sex (in husband/wife marriage) a gift from God?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - How does this passage/sermon help you view sex more biblically? What does it look like for you to align your life to God’s true and good view of sexuality? As a single or married person what is the next step for you in light of this passage/discussion?

Next Steps/Additional Rescues:

  • Grow Your Theology— The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller (Chapter 7)
  • Good Discussion for Married or Engaged Couples— Catching Foxes by John Henderson
  • Get Help— Schedule a meeting with a pastor/pastor’s wife to get help if you struggle with sex/sexuality. God’s redemption, grace, and power is for you. Our pastors/pastor’s wives would love to help you and/or connect you with a biblical counselor.

Marriage - 1 Peter 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19

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Sermon Summary - In both Paul and Peter we discover a consistent pattern for how marriages are to function in the way of Jesus. Christian marriage is the coming together of a man and woman to love one another within the unique roles Christ has given each. Men are called to gently nourish, care for, and lead their wives as they are led by Jesus. Women are called to yield to their husband’s leadership as they come together as a team to display Christ with their lives. All of this is fueled by the love of Christ poured into their hearts by the Holy Spirit. The ongoing union and communion of marriage are fueled by their union and communion with Christ himself.

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Memory Verse - Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Colossians 3:18–19 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Ephesians 5:22-33. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What are the general roles given for men and women in a Christian marriage? How have these been abused? How have they been neglected? Why is union and communion with Christ so vital in embracing the way of Jesus in our marriage?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - In what ways does your marriage currently, reflect the beauty and love of Christ for the church? What areas do you need to grow in (not your spouse but you)? Who could you seek out to get help in areas that your marriage needs to grow in?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Ephesians 5:22-33. What do you find most interesting about this text? Draw a picture of what you read in these verses.
  2. How is the Christian definition of marriage distinctive from the way our culture views marriage? Talk with your parents about how you can hold to the way of Jesus in your view of marriage with humility even though others around you might have different opinions.
  3. How can you encourage your parents in their marriage? What can you learn from their marriage about God’s love for his church?

Identity - Galatians 3:26-4:7

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Sermon Summary - In this series, we are mining through the New Testament letters written by the apostles as they obeyed Jesus’s commission and did this work of proclaiming the gospel and making disciples, and starting churches. We want to see— what is the way of Jesus? What does it look like for faith in the gospel to truly change the way we live? What does it look like for the gospel to make us new? In this sermon, we see that if we are going to live the way of Jesus we must understand the new identity we have in Christ. Through faith in Christ, we are given a new identity that is true, an identity that is good, and an identity that works.

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Memory Verse - So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:7 ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Galatians 4:7. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What spoke to you the most from this passage/sermon? Describe your struggle with identity. Where does your understanding of who you are come from? What is the true and good news of our “gospel identity”? How do you feel about being an adopted son of God?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - In which area of your life do you most struggle to remember that you’re clothed with Christ? What changes in your life when you live like an adopted son/daughter of God?

The Way of Jesus Introduction - Acts 1:1-8

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Sermon Summary - In Acts 1:3 we learn that the resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and teaches them for forty days before he ascends to Heaven. After accomplishing the work of redemption, Jesus teaches us how to live as people shaped and motivated by the Gospel. This Gospel shaped life is what we call the way of Jesus. The Way of Jesus speaks to every part of our life and every follower of Jesus must humbly yield to the teaching of Christ. The way of Jesus is the better way because it is true, it is good, and it works.

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Memory Verse - He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Acts 1:1-8. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - How is the way of Jesus different from just being a moral person (think about motivation and connection to the Gospel)? Why is it important that the way of Jesus flows from our faith in the redemptive Work of Jesus in the Gospel?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - What area of your life do you sense is most out of line with the Gospel? How does your way of living in this area prove to be false, unsatisfying, and broken? What might it look like to embrace the way of Jesus in this area and trust his way to be right, good, and wise?

Kids Worship Questions

  1. Read Acts 1:1-8. What do you find most interesting about this story? Draw a picture of resurrected Jesus appearing to and teaching his disciples.
  2. What would it look like to treat your friends and family as God has treated you in Christ? This connection is helpful for understanding how we are to relate to other people in our life.
  3. How often do you ask others to help you learn to live the way of Jesus? What is one area you want to learn more about living in the way of Jesus? Ask your parents to help you find scriptures that will guide you in this area.

The Way of Jesus - Series Overview

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During the first four months of the year, we spent time digging into the Gospel of Luke together as a church. As we preached through Luke on Sundays and studied Luke together in our DNA groups, we got an up-close look at who Jesus is and all that he accomplished for us in the Gospel. The Gospel culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus which brings us forgiveness and new resurrection life. Part of the new life we receive by faith in Jesus is learning how the Gospel motivates and shapes every part of our life. The Gospel of Jesus is the motivation and pattern for us to live in the way of Jesus.

Not only did Jesus show us in his life and teaching his way, but after he resurrected from the dead he opened his disciple’s eyes to see how all the scriptures testify to Him. We read in Acts 1:3 that the resurrected Jesus “presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” Jesus himself spent time after he raised from the dead teaching His way to the Apostles.

A quick survey of the New Testament (especially the epistles) reveals that the way of Jesus was passed on by his Apostles and ultimately recorded for us in the scriptures. As we consider the letters written by James, John, Peter, and Paul we see consistent teaching about living the way of Jesus. Ultimately this is living a life that is consistent with the Gospel, a life powered and shaped by the Gospel of Jesus. Throughout the New Testament letters, we see that the Apostles wrote to churches to address key issues of their life as they related to the Gospel of Grace. The authoritative way of how we should live flows from Jesus to his Apostles to his church and we see this coming through in the New Testament letters.

During this sermon series, we will look at a variety of New Testament passages that show us what it looks like to live in the way of Jesus in the various relationships and situations we find ourselves in. We will look at what the scriptures say about the way of Jesus in regard to our identity, marriage or singleness, our sexuality, our words to one another, our view of the church and leadership, our rhythms of work and rest, and how we share the Gospel with others. With each topic, we will look to the scriptures as our authority on what it looks like to live the way of Jesus in each area and how the Gospel is our motivation for this. With each topic, we will also consider how the way of Jesus is better than the ways of the world around us. We will consider how the way of Jesus is better because it is truth (coming from Jesus and the Apostles authority), it leads to a better experience of life, and finally, because it works. Our prayer is that we would humbly receive this way of Jesus and allow the Spirit to re-shape our life as we trust in God’s word together.

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, April 28th - The Way of Jesus
Sunday, May 5th - Identity
Sunday, May 12th - Marriage
Sunday, May 19th - Sexuality
Sunday, May 26th - Speech & Words
Sunday, June 2nd - Life Together as the Church
Sunday, June 9th - Church Leadership
Sunday, June 16th - Work
Sunday, June 23rd - Sabbath Rest
Sunday, June 30th - Evangelism

April 2019 Partner Update

Redeemer Family,

This month instead of a partners meeting we are continuing to do a brief video update along with this post. I hope that this helps keep you updated on where we are as a church and where we are heading over the next few months. Also, please feel free to email me any questions or areas you would like me to address. 

Before I jump into the update, I just wanted to remind you what partnership means at Redeemer. First, what brings us together is our faith in the Gospel. We have professed faith in the Gospel, and as a sign of our faith, we have been baptized. Second, we are committed to regularly gathering and being active participants. We use our gifts to serve one another at our Sunday gatherings and in our MC gatherings. Third, we each are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus as we learn and live the way of Jesus together. Finally, we all give our time, talent, and treasure to support the ministry of our church.

A few evidences of grace to from the past few months:

Discipleship Foundations 2.0 - This past February we kicked off a rebooted version of our Discipleship Foundations course. We had 35 people go through the 10-week course with their DNA groups. We were able to capture most of the content by video and for those who are interested in checking it out you can visit the Foundations resource page here - LINK.


Women’s Retreat - In March we had over 40 women participate in our annual women’s retreat. From all accounts, it was a spiritually refreshing time and went well. We had several women from Redeemer lead the sessions and use their teaching gifts to serve the other women. Men, we made it through that Sunday gathering without most of our women as well!


Gospel of Luke - From January to April we preached through the Gospel of Luke and many people worked through the Gospel of Luke in their DNA groups. There was a noticeable increase in people regularly and meaningfully engaged in God’s word. Hopefully, our DNA guides are helping you study the scriptures together. I want to continue to encourage you to get plugged into a DNA group that digs into the scriptures together. 

*Our next series will pull from multiple New Testament letters as we consider the various aspects of living and learning the way of Jesus. I want to encourage DNA groups to pick one New Testament letter and work through it together over the next ten weeks.

Baptisms - This Easter we baptized eight people! Cole Cummings, Emily Reeves, Kendra Williford, Taylor Cohen, Henry Macias, Wes Sucher, Katie House, and Garrett House. What a joy to celebrate resurrection life with these newly baptized brothers and sisters in Christ!

New Partners - Since the beginning of 2019 we have added 12 new covenant partners.

2019 Q1 Giving - Click to see 2019 Q1 Giving Info

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Looking forward to May/June/July

Upcoming May/June/July 2019 Gathering Schedule

  • April 28th - June 30th - 10am Sunday Gathering (The Way of Jesus Sermon Series)

  • July 7th - Church Planting Sunday - 10am Sunday Gathering

  • July 14th - August 25th - 10am Sunday Gathering (Genesis Sermon Series)

Saturday Workshops

MC Rest - During the months of June and July we encourage our Missional Communities to take a break from formal meetings. DNA groups and sharing life together can continue but during the summer it's a good time to rest from the larger group meetings. Groups will kick back off in August.








The Resurrection— Luke 24:1-12

Sermon Summary - In Luke 24:1-12 we see the account of the empty tomb. Early on Sunday morning, several of the women who followed Jesus came to the tomb to honor Jesus’s body with spices and ointment, to their surprise they found the stone rolled away and only grave clothes left behind. In this sermon, we consider all of the implications of the reality of the resurrection, and how it gives us marvelous hope in a world of suffering and death.

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Memory Verse - But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. -Luke 24:12 ESV

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 24:1-12. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What are your key takeaways from this text? How does it encourage or challenge you? What do you find marvelous about the claim of resurrection? Why is it important that we consider the reality of death in our world, rather than avoiding or escaping its sting? In what specific ways does the resurrection of Jesus give you hope right now?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - What areas of your life do you need to ask the Holy Spirit to bring new life? Areas of sin, brokenness, shame that need to be resurrected? Do you believe that God will do it? Spend time praying for at least one person in your life who does not yet know the good news of the resurrection. Pray for their salvation.