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ADVENT SEASON OVERVIEW
The church year begins with Advent, which means “coming." Advent reminds us that time is linear, and we are in the time between Jesus first and second coming. The purpose of the church calendar is to use the passing of time to tell and retell the story of our redemption: the coming of Jesus into the world; His life, death and resurrection; and the outpouring of the Holy spirit on His people.

Throughout this month we will be preaching through the themes of Hope, Joy, Faith, and Love. Each week we will reflect on how Jesus invites us to wait for the coming kingdom in the midst of our present brokenness.

Checkout our Advent 2017 Playlist

SUNDAY SCRIPTURES & READINGS
November 26th - HOPE - Genesis 12:1-9, 22:1-7, 22:15-18, John 8:56-58, {Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37}
Prayer - Dear God, on this first Sunday in Advent, let this light shine brightly as the days grow shorter, so that we will be ready for your face to shine upon us at Christmas. In the Savior's name, we pray. Amen.

December 3rd - PEACE - Isaiah 9:1-7, Ephesians 2, {Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2,8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8} Prayer - Dear God, we have much to do and we are not sure we will be ready for the day of your coming. In Advent's light, help us to see what is important: to be who you want us to be, and to do what you would have us do. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

December 10th - Joy - Luke 2:8-21, John 16 {Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-9,19-28}
Prayer - Dear God, we carry many burdens and worry about many things. Help us to hear your promise in this Advent season, that in hearing, we may receive the Spirit's gift of joy. And may our spirits be kept sound at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.

December 17th - LOVE - Luke 1:46-55, Romans 5:5-8 {2 Samuel 7:1-11, Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26, Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38}
Prayer - Dear God, your faithfulness has been great, leading us to this day of anticipation and celebration. May the glorious light of your steadfast love shine brightly in us and through us, that all may give you praise and glory. In the Savior's name we pray, Amen.

December 24th - CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE - John 1:1-18 {Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14}
The season for watching and waiting is over. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. This is the light of the world, and the darkness cannot extinguish it. Join us this Christmas Eve morning (10am) to celebrate the birth of Jesus and join together afterwards for a church-wide brunch

DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Listening for God’s voice: What grabbed your attention in the scriptures we read this week? What does this passage mean in the context of the larger story of God? How might God be speaking through his word to you?
  2. Honest Confession: What are the scriptures revealing about your heart? Did they uncover certain emotions, attitudes, actions, needs or even hurts that we can confess and work through together?
  3. Wholehearted Obedience: In light of what we discussed, how is the Spirit leading you to take next steps to follow the way of Jesus? How can we pray for one another as we seek to move forward in obedience?

PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 6 - "Work Ethic"

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you further reflect on and apply the word preached on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY - This week we continued our look into the wisdom of Proverbs as we considered our work and work ethic. We’ve all been created by God to work. God has set before each of us work, responsibilities, and opportunity to steward for his glory. The unwise (the sluggard) squanders his time and his ability, but the wise works with diligence and dependence on God in all things.

Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK - Please listen if you missed our gathering.

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Proverbs 6:6 (ESV)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What was God’s original design for our work? (Consider Genesis 1:28-31)
  2. Work is good for all of us, sin makes work hard. What are some of the challenges you face in your work/responsibilities?
  3. Read Proverbs 6:6-11. Are there areas of your work or responsibilities where you find yourself more like the sluggard than the ant? What are they? What’s the root cause?
  4. Proverbs 6:6-11 tells us to learn from the ant— this is meant to humble us. How are you humbled or challenged by the work ethic of the ant in Proverbs 6?
  5. In the Gospel we have all the resources we need to live out our everyday callings for God’s glory— what does it look like for you to trust Jesus daily in work?

Additional Resources:
Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller

Need pastoral prayer, help or care? If you’d like to discuss this more with one of our pastors, please email [email protected] and we would love to set up a time for someone to meet with you.

PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 5 - “Money”

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you reflect on and apply the scripture preached through on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY - This past week we looked at the wisdom Proverbs offers us for handling the complexities of money and wealth. We unpacked three important lessons from Proverbs. First, wealth is created as God blesses our work. How we obtain wealth is important! Second, all the money in the world will not satisfy your soul. Wealth is a terrible god. Finally, wealth is a blessing to be shared. Generosity is what we were made for! The Gospel compels us to be a people of Generosity in a culture of excess.

Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. - Proverbs 30:7-9

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Consider the following scriptures: Proverbs 10:22, Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 22:16, Proverbs 12:27. How has God designed it for us to create wealth? Why is the way we obtain wealth important? What might be some areas we have been overly influenced by our culture on this topic?
  2. Consider the following scriptures: Ecc. 3:10, Proverbs 15:16-17. Why is it tempting to make money/wealth a god? How have you struggled with this personally? What is the worship of more, more, more money/wealth doing to us, our children, and our culture?
  3. Take some time to meditate on Proverbs 30:7-9. What does “enough” look like for you and your family? Is the Spirit revealing any excess that you could do without? Are there any needs that you need to seek assistance from others in the church?
  4. What practical help do you need to grow towards living within the means God has given you and seeing your excess as opportunity for generosity? (A few ideas: Create a monthly budget, set goals toward eliminating debt, pursue practical financial help from a CPA or financially gifted person, create a “Family wealth assessment” where you list out all of the resources God has entrusted to your household.)
  5. How does the Gospel inform our understanding of generosity?

If you sense a need help in this area please email [email protected]. He would be glad to meet with you or connect you with some financially gifted people in our church who could help you with the practical aspects of budgeting your money.

PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 6 - “Wisdom for Self-Control”

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you further reflect on and apply the word preached on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY - This week we continued our look at the wisdom of Proverbs as we considered living all of life with self-control. We saw why we need self-control— to live without self-control is holistically destructive. (Pr. 25:28). To be self-controlled is to live with an awareness that you cannot/should not do, think, or say anything you desire. It means we yield our desires to the desires of Jesus. Living with this kind of self-control is especially hard in the reactive culture that we live in, but Proverbs 14 shows us three areas of our lives where we need to practice self-control: in the moment of temptation, in the moment of anger, and in the moment of discontentment. In each of these moments, by looking to Jesus and trusting him to meet our desires, the Holy Spirit will produce self-control in our lives.

Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK - Please listen if you missed our gathering.

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28 (ESV)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Read Proverbs 25:28, 14:15-18. What is self-control?
  2. Why is living with self-control wise?
  3. What makes living with self-control hard? How is our culture shaping us to lack self-control (to be reactive people)? Do you see this in your life?
  4. Why is the Gospel good news for us when we need or lack self-control? What does it mean that Jesus was the “Self-Controlled One”?
  5. Sunday we talked about three areas of our everyday life when we all need to practice self-control: 1) In the moment of temptation, 2) In the moment of anger, 3) In the moment of discontentment. Which of these hits home for you? What does it look like for you to look to Jesus and practice self-control in those moments?

Need pastoral prayer, help or care? If you’d like to discuss this more with one of our pastors, please email [email protected] and we would love to setup a time for someone to meet with you.

PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 5 - “Wisdom for Sex”

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you reflect on and apply the scripture preached through on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY - This week we looked at God’s wisdom for our sexuality, not in a how-to type way (breath easy), but rather acknowledging our struggle with sexual desire and looking towards God’s design for sex as it finds its meaning in the larger love story of the Gospel. Proverbs gives us wisdom for an often uncomfortable and sensitive topic so that all of us in our sexual brokenness, we can receive forgiveness, wisdom, and healing from Jesus.

Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray. - Proverbs 5:15–23 (ESV)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Read Proverbs 7:6-27. What do you feel as you consider this scene? Why is it hard for us to talk about such an intimate topic like sexual desire? How was sex talked about in your house growing up?
  2. What challenges are you facing in moving towards understanding sex in the proper context of God’s love story?
  3. How does sexual desire point us toward a deeper longing for intimacy? If married, what might it look like for you and your spouse to pursue all of like nakedness (spiritual, emotional, physical, nothing held back)? If single, how might you embrace this season or even lifelong calling to devote yourself fully to intimacy with Christ?
  4. How is the Gospel good news for sexual sinful and wounded people? What aspect of the Gospel do you need to cling to for your present situation?
  5. What do you need to move towards a biblically informed view and practice sex? Who are the safe people in your life who can give you godly counsel on this?

If you sense a need for pastoral help in this area please email [email protected]. He would be glad to meet with you or connect you with a woman (if you’re a woman) who can talk with you in our church.

PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 3 - "Speech"

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you further reflect on and apply the word preached on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY – Proverbs has more to say on our speech than any other single subject, and for good reason, we talk a lot. One study says we average 16,000 words each day. So paying attention to our words helps us pay attention to our heart. Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” The words we speak have consequences, but simply trying to manage the bad words and multiply the good words does not cut it. Our speech will reveal if we are presently trusting God with our heart, or if we are deviating from that. We need to pay attention to our hearts, and we need each other to do so effectively. Jordan preached a sermon on friendship the previous week which lays the groundwork for exploring hearts of our friends. If you missed either sermon, you can listen to them by clicking here.

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK – Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Share an illustration from this past week when the words you spoke were clearly connected with what you were dwelling on in your heart (good or bad). What was the result? How did that reflect the truth in Proverbs 18:21 “Death and Life is in the tongue”?
  2. Out of the list of warnings and wisdom that were shared from Proverbs, which one(s) resonated with you, and why?
  3. The sheer volume of words we are exposed to on a daily basis (100,000) will have an impact on us. What is the primary source of words you are exposed to (sports/news/social media/entertainment/etc.), and what influence might they be having on you?
  4. Proverbs 20:5 says the purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” Who do you have in your life that is helping draw out the deep waters of your heart? What does that look like on a regular basis? If you don’t have someone, who could be that for you, and how will you pursue them to invite them into that kind of role in your life? What might that look like?
  5. What is God saying to you in light of this discussion? What needs to start, stop, or change for you to cultivate deep, lifelong friendship?

Need pastoral prayer, help or care? If you’d like to discuss this more with one of our pastors, please email [email protected] and we would love to set-up a time for someone to meet with you.

Recommended Resources:
War of Words: Getting To The Heart Of Your Communication Struggles – Paul David Tripp

Areas to Serve at Redeemer

As Tyler mentioned this past Sunday, we have several opportunities available for you to serve our church family. Please read through the following opportunities and pray if there is an area in which the Lord wants you to serve. Also pray that God would lead others to join us. We are so thankful for each and everyone of you and your willingness to consider serving.

Redeemer Kids:
Redeemer Kids is looking for those willing to encourage and teach our kids about the good news of Jesus. The six classes we have range from birth all the way up to third grade. If this is something that interests you and you would like to learn more about how you can serve in this area, email Faye Cummings at [email protected].

Liturgy:
We are looking for people who are interested and willing to be a scripture reader or communion server within the gathering. If this is something that interests you and you would like to learn more about how you can serve in this area, email Tyler Daniel at [email protected].

Worship:
Our worship team is looking for those interested and gifted in not only music but everything behind the scenes that makes it happen (slides and sound). If this is something that interests you and you would like to learn more about how you can serve in this area, email Tyler Daniel at [email protected].

Hospitality:
We are looking for those willing to serve in greeting and parking/security. This role will be the one that welcomes everyone entering the building for our gathering while also directing them and answering any questions. If this is something that interests you and you would like to learn more about how you can serve in this area, email Meghan Gatewood at [email protected].

PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 3 - "Friendship"

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you further reflect on and apply the word preached on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY - This week we continued our look at the wisdom of Proverbs as we considered our need for deep, long-term friendships. We saw why we need true friends— because we often live with a distorted self-perception. (Pr. 27:1-3). This is why we need true friends. A true friend is someone who understands you, knows you (the real you), and is headed toward the same destination as you. True friends aren’t afraid to tell us the hard truths, and they stick by us through time, trials, and transitions (Pr. 27: 5-9: 18:24). Do you have friends like this? Sadly, in our culture, most people don’t. We have lots of “friendly relationships," but no true friends who know us and stick with us for a lifetime. This type of friendship is a gift from God, give to us to be a Gospel-reality— teaching us our true and eternal friendship with Christ.

Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK - Please listen if you missed our gathering.

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. — Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Why do we need friends?
  2. What is a true friend? What does Proverbs 27 and Proverbs 18:24 teach us about friendship? How does God’s idea of friendship differ from our current culture’s idea of friendship?
  3. How are you doing with this? Do you feel like you have a true friend? (Consider the stats Jordan mentioned in his sermon). What things in your life have contributed to you having or not having rich friendship?
  4. “Friendship is a gospel reality for us to enjoy”. What does that mean?
  5. What is God saying to you in light of this discussion? What needs to start, stop, or change for you to cultivate deep, lifelong friendship?

Need pastoral prayer, help or care? If you’d like to discuss this more with one of our pastors, please email [email protected] and we would love to set-up a time for someone to meet with you.

Recommended Resources:
Messy Beautiful Friendship by Christine Hoover (specific for Women)
True Friendship by Vaughn Roberts (specific for Men)

PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 2 - “Paying Attention to Your Family”

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you reflect on and apply the scripture preached through on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY - This week we continued our look into the wisdom of Proverbs as we considered our need to “pay attention” to how we live in our family relationships. We considered a single aspect of Proverbs wisdom for each person in the family. Husbands, pay attention to the way you speak to your wives (Pr. 31:28-29). Wives and women, pay attention to the expectations you put on yourself or take on from others (Pr. 31:10-31). Parents, pay attention to whats going on beneath the surface with your children. Children, pay attention to your parents instruction even though they are not perfect. Finally, we saw how the way we love one another in our families flows out of how God has loved us in Christ.

Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise. So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy. Proverbs 23:22–25 (NLT)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Why is it important for us to pat attention to how we relate to our families? How is this a challenge for you?
  2. Why is it important for Husbands (or Fathers of daughters) to speak praise, encouragement, and truth to their wives (or daughters)? What culture are you setting in your household for the way you use your words (consider tone, content, and quality of what you communicate)?
  3. Wives and women, what expectations do you have for yourself or do you feel others place on you? How do you stay grounded in and embrace God’s expectations for you?
  4. How do you pay attention to what is going on in the hearts of your children? What practical rhythms do you (as a Husband/Wife parenting team) need to cultivate an awareness of your childs heart and not simply react to their external behavior?
  5. What does it look like for you to honor and love your parents in the life stage you are in right now? What might this look like as they grow older?

Need pastoral prayer, help or care? If there is an area of your family life that you sense a need for more pastoral help, please email [email protected] and we would love to setup a time to meet with you.

Recommended Resources
Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel (Ray Ortlund)
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family (Tripp)

**If you have specific issues you would like recommended resources for please feel free to email [email protected] Also, we have DVD series that can be checked out on Parenting and Marriage.

PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 1 - “GET WISDOM”

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you reflect on and apply the scripture preached through on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY - This week we began our study of Proverbs by looking at the importance of pursuing wisdom. We learned that wisdom teaches us how the world works and how God would have us navigate the everyday choices we face. Walking in this wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. This means that wisdom for everyday living starts with recogning that God is God and we are not. If we want to make sense of the world and live in a way that leads to life, we start from a place of humility that says we need guidance. Thankfully, Jesus has come to forgive our foolishness and show us the wisdom of God.

Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. - Proverbs 3:5–8 (ESV)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Why is it important to recognize our need for wisdom? How have you recycled our first parents folly in managing good and evil?
  2. What are ways we might seek wisdom apart from the fear of the Lord? Why can’t we bypass this in our journey towards wise living?
  3. Spend some time meditating on Proverbs 3:5-8. What strikes you in those verses? How might God be inviting you to trust His wisdom?
  4. A humble heart that is open and attentive to God is the posture that leads to wisdom. What are the sources we need in our life that will help us hear the voice of God’s love? (Checkout the further reading resource for some helpful reading/graphics on this)

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Overview
Where are you going in life? Each one of us is on a path to somewhere. The book of Proverbs tells us that there are two paths. There is a path that leads to life and another that leads to death. There is a way that seems right to a person but its end is the way to death. We keep finding ourselves drifting off the path of life. Have you felt this pull? We are all drawn away by different things. For some of us, we keep hurting others through the words we speak. We are surrounded by people but find ourselves lonely and disconnected from life giving relationships. Other times we can’t seem to escape the path of sexual sin, greed, identity, and addiction. The path towards death is wide and has many on-ramps. We need wisdom to help us navigate the everyday stuff of life.

God cares about your life. Did you know that? He cares about where you are going and all the details along the way. In the book of Proverbs God gives us wisdom for everyday living. God gives us Proverbs not to pile on another set of rules to live by but to help us in the follow-up experiences of life. The book of Proverbs is a good news book because it gives wisdom to foolish people like us. As Ray Ortlund says “This book is Jesus himself coming to us as our counselor, as our sage, as our life coach. The Lord Jesus Christ is a competent thinker for all times and all cultures. He is a genius. And he freely offers us his unique wisdom.”

Over the next eight weeks, we are going to seek wisdom from God for the everyday issues we are facing. Our hope is that we humbly recognize our need for wisdom and open our hearts to the wisdom of Jesus himself. As we meditate upon God’s wisdom in Proverbs we trust that the beauty of Christ will begin to shine in our everyday living. We will find a path opening up before us that leads to life.

SERMON SCHEDULE
10/1/2017 - Week 1 - Wisdom (Proverbs 3:5-8)
10/8/2017 - Week 2 - Family (Proverbs 22:6)
10/15/2017 - Week 3 - Friendship (Proverbs 18:24)
10/22/2017 - Week 4 - Speech (Proverbs 18:21)
10/29/2017 - Week 5 - Sex (Proverbs 6:27)
11/5/2017 - Week 6 - Self-Control (Proverbs 14:8)
11/12/2017 - Week 7 - Money (Proverbs 10:22)
11/19/2017 - Week 8 - Work Ethic (Proverbs 12:11)

FURTHER APPLICATION

  • Each week will have a key verse that we can share out on social media and encourage people to meditate upon.
  • Each week whoever is preaching will write a short follow-up to that sermon with a link to the audio, resources for further reading, and an invitation to meet with our pastors if further help is needed.

Harvey - Ways to Help

Over the last couple of days Harvey has moved on, the flood waters have begun to drain, and those in Houston and the surrounding areas have begun to assess the damage. There are two churches in the Houston area that we've committed to partner with going forward as they work to help their people and their communities rebuild. Yesterday I received word that they are in need of supplies and helping hands as they begin to clean up and rebuild. This is where we get a chance to love our neighbors. This is where we get a chance to do for some what we wish we could do for all. Here are two ways you can help. My hope is to see every person at Redeemer help in one of these two ways (big or small).

1. Bring relief supplies to our gathering this Sunday. Those we are partnering with are beginning to clean up and salvage homes of their church members and neighbors. They have expressed a need for supplies to do this work. As you can imagine their local Home Depot, Lowes, and Wal-Mart cannot stay stocked with enough supplies for the needed. Amazon cannot deliver for a week. So we've been asked if we can gather supplies for them this weekend. Below is a list of supplies that you can purchase and drop off at the Redeemer building this Sunday for us to take down and deliver. Some of the more specific items I have added a link to show you what to look for. Please do not bring clothes, toys, or perishable food. 


2. Sign up to join us on a clean/rebuild trip. There will also be opportunities for us to make a trip down next week/weekend to help with the clean up and rebuild. Details are still being worked out on specific dates and times. Most likely we will take multiple trips in the weeks/months ahead. If you are interested in joining us on a clean up/rebuild trip please fill out the form below. As details get finalized for work crews I will be in contact with you.

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3. Donate MoneyBelow are organizations that we want to encourage you to give to. All of them will support the work of local churches in the Houston area who are ministering to those who have been displaced. 

  • Acts 29 Houston/Gulf Coast Fund – this is a centralized fund housed by Clear Creek Community Church. All of the funds will be dispersed to help meet the needs of members of fellow A29 churches who have experienced loss and damage due to Harvey. This is a great way to support other churches and church plants like Redeemer who are in need. Give online by clicking here. You can also give to this fund by texting HARVEYRELIEF to 51555. 
  • Providence Community Church – Providence is a church in Atascocita (NE of Houston) that we love and trust. They have many church members who have been displaced from their home and are in need. As of this morning they are using boats to rescue church members as their houses are flooding. They are also opening their church building as a shelter for displaced people in the community. They are expecting to receive and house 50+ men, women, and children in the days ahead. All money given will go to provide clothing and other basic necessities for those they are housing. You can give online HERE. Select the “missions” fund when making your donation. 100% of what is given to the missions fund will go to Harvey relief. 

Thanks family! If you have any questions about how you can help feel free to reach out to me. Hope to see you all Sunday. 

Jordan Elder

Hurricane Harvey - Ways to Give

Hey church family,

Yesterday I posted an update on how we want to respond as a church to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast. If you missed it please read it HERE. In short, we are asking everyone in our church to 1) pray and to 2) do something to help.

One of the best things you can do right now is to give financially. Below are organizations that we want to encourage you to give to. All of them will support the work of local churches in the Houston area who are ministering to those who have been displaced.

  1. Acts 29 Houston/Gulf Coast Fund – this is a centralized fund housed by Clear Creek Community Church. All of the funds will be dispersed to help meet the needs of members of fellow A29 churches who have experienced loss and damage due to Harvey. This is a great way to support other churches and church plants like Redeemer who are in need. Give online by clicking here. You can also give to this fund by texting HARVEYRELIEF to 51555.
  1. Providence Community Church – Providence is a church in Atascocita (NE of Houston) that we love and trust. They have many church members who have been displaced from their home and are in need. As of this morning they are using boats to rescue church members as their houses are flooding. They are also opening their church building as a shelter for displaced people in the community. They are expecting to receive and house 50+ men, women, and children in the days ahead. All money given will go to provide clothing and other basic necessities for those they are housing. You can give online HERE. Select the “missions” fund when making your donation. 100% of what is given to the missions fund will go to Harvey relief.
  1. Trinity Klien- Trinity is a church in NW Houston that is doing great work to minister to those in need right now. They are using their facility as a shelter and are mobilizing volunteers to help with rescue efforts. They rescued dozens of people yesterday and are continuing to rescue efforts today. They have a huge need for supplies and clothing to house the people they are rescuing and sheltering. You can give online HERE. Please select “Hurricane Harvey Donations” as the fund.

One other note, these are just a few ways you can give. There are many groups doing great work right now. If you have connections to other organizations please don’t hesitate to give there. For those who do not, we want to continue to encourage you to rally around the relationships we share as a church.

As the days and weeks go on we will continue to update you with ways you can help.

Love you guys. Let’s be the church to those in need.

Gospel Foundations Begins October 1st

Gospel Foundations is a great next step for anyone at Redeemer who desires to grow as a disciple maker. Jesus Christ is our sure and steady foundation. Our life, our church, and our ministry is to be built on Him. This class is designed to found you in the story and message of Jesus. You will learn to see the redemptive thread through all of scripture, climaxing in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and culminating in the renewal of all things. You will be challenged to find where you fit in God’s story, and how the gospel informs your everyday life. 

Gospel Foundations will be six consecutive weeks beginning October 1st and ending November 5th, from 4:00-5:30pm. After signing up you will receive a free copy of The Drama of Scripture by Michael Goheen, which will be the primary book resource we will use during Gospel Foundations. 

October 1st | God Establishes His Kingdom (Act 1)

October 8th | Rebellion in the Kingdom (Act 2)

October 15th | The King Initiates Redemption (Act 3)

October 22nd | The Coming of the King (Acts 4)

October 29th | Spreading the News of the King (Acts 5)

November 5th | The Return of the King (Act 6)

 

SIGN UP HERE

Hurricane Harvey - What is Redeemer Doing to Help?

Over the last two days as we’ve woken up here in Round Rock to soaked and soggy yards, those southeast of us in Houston and the surrounding counties have experienced (and will continue to experience) historic flooding. It’s gut-wrenching to see the images of flood waters covering interstate highways and filling entire neighborhoods. It’s heartbreaking to see so many displaced as their homes and belongings have been destroyed. It’s paralyzing when I talk to friends and family members in the area that are bracing for the next wave of rain, knowing that it will likely bring water into their homes. I want to help, yet the need is so large.

I know that many of you feel the same way. I’ve heard from several of you who have reached out to our church leadership asking how you/we can help. Even before the Harvey made landfall, I was getting messages from some of our Redeemer members who wanted to open their homes to folks who were evacuating. This has been such an encouragement to us as leaders! Redeemer has truly become a family of servants where the heart of Christ for the needy is evident. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve had time to speak with friends, family members, and fellow pastors in the Houston area to assess how we can best help, and I wanted to share with you what we’ve heard.

Pray, really pray.
As I’ve spoken to my friends and family members in the area this has been a sincere request. One of the best things you can do right now is to cry out to God on behalf of those in need. Disasters like this will quickly erase the mirage of self-sufficiency that many of us live with. Many people are scared and fearful and are turning to God in their time of need. Let’s pray for their needs to be met. Pray for people you know personally. If you have family or friends who have been affected please share those specific prayer needs with us via The City or our Redeemer Family Facebook group so we can join you in prayer.

I spoke yesterday with one of our former partners, Zach Lambert, who is now living in Rosenburg, an area that has been hit hard by Harvey. Zach told me that there is a good chance he could be out on a boat today trying to rescue people who are stranded in their homes. This kind of thing is happening all across the city of Houston. Pray for Zach and all of the other volunteers and first responders who are helping people in their darkest hour. Let the social media videos and news footage you see feed your prayers throughout the day.

Kevin Aderholt will be leading a time of prayer Tuesday at 6am at the church building for those affected by Harvey. If you are able please join us to pray.

Be ready to do something.
This is the hard part. When there is so much need where do you even begin? The temptation can be to feel like the need is too big and what you can offer is too small, so you never really get around to doing anything. But I believe this is a demonic lie. I believe that when we have friends, family, and fellow human beings (image bearers of God) in major need just a couple of hours away— we must do something. So, our elders have discussed that we want to make an organized effort as a church to do something. Here is what we are working on.

We’ve reached out to other Acts 29 churches in the Houston area that we have a relationship with. We’ve communicated to them that we want to help, and we are awaiting word on the best way to do that. As needs start to come in we will communicate them to you. Keep in mind that there is more rain coming over the next few days to Houston and the surrounding counties, so it might take a couple of weeks to get a full assessment of the needs. In the mean time, pray.

As we are made aware of specific needs, we will be pointing you to ways you can give financially as well as organizing some weekend trips in the weeks and months ahead to travel down to help with clean up efforts. There will be an opportunity for you to come and swing a hammer, give a hug, or to send diapers, clothes, cookies, and other supplies that will be needed.

Not only do we want to help churches in our network, but we want to help those you know that have been affected by this storm. If you have family members who have been flooded or are displaced please let me know. Email or call me with any specific needs, so that we can assess the best way Redeemer can help.

In closing, I want to thank you for being such an amazing community of faith. Not only are you regularly extending the love and care of Christ to one another, but you are always eager to care for others outside of our church. Ok, let’s pray and let’s be ready to give and go in the days, weeks, months ahead.

May God be glorified in our efforts as a church,

Jordan

We've Almost Reached our Goal!

Redeemer Family,

On behalf of the Finance Team, I wanted to give you an update on our building fundraiser. I am pleased to announce that we have currently contributed $31,436.11! That means we only need $13,563.89 more to reach our fundraising goal of $45,000.

It takes a humble heart and an exalted view of God to give generously to fundraisers such as these. I am reminded when David was making temple building preparations for his son Solomon who would soon succeed him as king of Israel. Take a look at David’s humble response (along with the people of Israel) to building God’s temple:

1 Chronicles 29:14-17

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”

Thank you, Redeemer family for your humble response! Since we will continue raising funds through August, I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage those who have yet to contribute to please consider making a donation. You can give online via www.redeemerrr.org/give (be sure to select the “Building Fund”) or during our initial gathering in the new building on August 13th.

Kevin Aderholt
Redeemer Finance Team

Summer Updates

NO GATHERING NEXT SUNDAY (July 2nd) - Next Sunday we will not gather as we normally do. Use this time to rest, be present with family and neighbors, and we will see you back at CD Fulkes on Sunday, July 9th as we begin our Beatitudes (Matthew 5) series.

Building Move-In Giving Request - This past Sunday Lauren Schauer shared from our finance team that we are inviting those who are part of Redeemer to give financially towards some of the items we need to furnish our new building. You can read more about this on The City and you can give online HERE.

Men’s Retreat - Redeemer is partnering with Soma Austin, Center Church Brenham, and Creekside San Marcos to put on our 2017 Men’s retreat. This will be a 2-day retreat at Camp Buckner and a great opportunity for the men in our church to grow in Christ as we pray, learn, and share meals together. Feel free to invite any men you know who would be interested in joining us. You can sign-up and find more information HERE.

Union with Christ

Redeemer Family,

Over the next five Sundays, we will be finishing our series on Colossians by looking at how we live out our union with Christ in the everyday stuff of life. My hope and prayer are that this last five weeks would really help us take the beauty and truth of our union with Christ and equip us to live this out together. Essentially what we are going to consider how what we looked at in Colossians 3:5-17 plays out in the various spheres of our life. We will be looking at each topic and going back to the first three chapters to help us connect the dots.

We are also going to try a few things for these last five weeks to help us apply what we are learning. For each of these sermons, we will have an opportunity for you to submit questions (comment or email [email protected]) about each topic that our teaching team will address. We also plan on having some team teaching during these five weeks where we get some perspectives from women and also hear from different people in our church as they seek to live out their identity in Christ. Lastly, we will have follow up resources each week that will give you clear next steps to get help in any of the topics you find yourself needing further support with.

Would you commit to praying for these last five weeks? Pray specifically that the Holy Spirit would use it to bring new life in each of these areas to those who are hurting, struggling, and in need of grace. Know that your Elders are praying for you and want to know how we can best serve you!

Here is the schedule for the next five weeks:
5/21/17 - Marriage (Colossians 3:18-19, 3:5-17)
5/28/17 - Parenting (Colossians 3:20-21, 3:5-17)
6/4/17 - Work (Colossians 3:22-25, 3:5-17)
6/11/17 - Prayer (Colossians 4:2-4)
6/18/17 - Evangelism (Colossians 4:5-6)

#7IN7

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life— your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-3

As we enter into 7in7, I want to take a moment to remind us why we step into a project like this.

Why create?

Why spend time developing our craft, skill, and gifts that God has given us?

We do all of this so we may learn in our real, everyday lives that we are stewards of all that we have. Our creating, cultivating, and blessing others with our gifts is not an attempt to find value or worth, but instead, a response to the value and worth bestowed on us by the Father through the Son. We create because we have a creative God who made us in his image. We learn to steward because it is an integral part of discipleship. The way of the world says that your time, talent, and treasures are about you, but the way of Jesus is learning that all of it was a gift from Him. Giving these back to Jesus and, in turn, others is not a loss of freedom, but instead, the only way to find it.

So why 7in7?

Our hope is that through the discipline of creating, cultivating, and blessing others over seven days, we will discover more of the ways God has gifted us, and we can see the Spirit free us from fear. We can create because God created us for this very purpose. In Genesis 12, God said that he would bless Abram so that he might be a blessing to the whole world. This is our story as well. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Bring your gifts, talent, and time to the table, trust God with them, and spend seven days prayerfully creating. Let’s see what God does in us and through us!

This Sunday we will start sign-ups for 7in7 where you can share with one another how you plan on using the seven days! If you are unsure about what you might be able to do, ask someone in your missional community or DNA group for ideas on how you can participate. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at [email protected]

HERE ARE SOME POTENTIAL WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Painting
  2. Poetry
  3. Writing Short Stories
  4. Songwriting
  5. Baking
  6. Serving 7 Times in 7 days intentionally
  7. Woodworking
  8. Writing Confessions/Benediction for Liturgy
  9. Gardening
  10. Landscaping
  11. Cooking 7 New Recipes
  12. Photography
  13. Graphic Design
  14. Sewing
  15. Hand lettering scripture
  16. Give of your finances intentionally 7 times
  17. Give of your time intentionally 7 times
  18. Create Instrumental Music
  19. Do 7 things around your house that allows for more hospitality (rearrange furniture, paint a room, clean out clutter)
  20. Color
  21. Draw/Sketch Stories
  22. Pretend & create short plays
  23. Screenprinting
  24. Write 7 letters of encouragement to 7 friends
  25. Translate a story from the Bible into language children can understand 27-Write scripture songs for Children

7in7: Create.Cultivate.Bless

During our vision series in early January, we spent some time unpacking what it looks like as a church to have a culture of Creative Generosity. We were encouraged from 1 Timothy 6 “not to place our hope in the uncertainty of riches, but on God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” The command that follows is to “do good, be rich in good works and to be generous and ready to share.” Paul goes on to state that this is what it looks like to grab hold of that which is truly life; we find our life by losing it. Instead of storing up treasures in this life, we let go of what we think will give us life and embrace a life of radical generosity rooted in the radical generosity of the Father to us. I believe our church has modeled this in many beautiful ways, and this is a testament not to us but to how gracious God has been to us. Radical generosity can only come from those affected deeply by experiencing God’s radical provision to us in Jesus. I want to take a moment and share a few ways I have seen this happen in our church in the last six months.

  • Not only did we raise around $8,000 for the launch of Soma Austin, but we had over twenty people dedicate many hours to seeing the Anchored Project come to fruition allowing many to be blessed through the songs, instrumentation, artwork, and the release party.
  • This year as a church we will send three high school students to Young Life Camp where they will hear the good news of Jesus potentially for the first time.
  • Four high school moms involved in YoungLives have received free milestone photo sessions, and one mom had her tuition for YoungLives camp covered through the generosity of one missional community.
  • Many moms have been blessed by the generosity of Ashley Cobb, Redeemer, and the Ryan’s Crossing MC through the ‘Songs for Moms’ project. They hosted a house show in April to encourage and remind women in our city that although motherhood is tough, they are on this journey together.
  • Foster Village has seen dozens of volunteers begin to step in and help organize and deliver donations. Several musicians also helped put on a concert to help raise money and awareness for the cause. Village Fest raised around $3,000 to help serve foster families in our area.
  • Over $90,000 has been given by Redeemer this year for the sake of church planting, locally & globally, and caring for our city. This would not have been possible apart from the generous giving of our church family.

These are just a few of the ways that God has been building a culture of creative generosity at Redeemer. Our hope is that this culture would continue to grow, and we would become a people who can confidently say that we have been blessed so that we might be a blessing. Being a gospel people means not only that we have a message that is good news, but we have a message that transforms every part of our lives. One of the greatest apologetics is not how well we know theology, but how well our theology is lived out in real life. Jesus himself said they will know us by our love.

How do we keep growing in this creative generosity?
Our next step will be with a project called 7in7. This will focus primarily on seeing our time and talents as a gift from God to be stewarded. Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." God has given each of us time and talent to cultivate those as worship of Him and a way to bless others. 7in7 is a seven-day creative endeavor to help us step further into stewarding those gifts God has given us.

The goal will be to create for seven days in ways that cultivate our gifts and bless others. Each day you will be challenged to step into the hard work of creating something in whatever way you are gifted.

  • If you are a songwriter, what would it look like to create seven songs in seven days?
  • If you are a baker or enjoy cooking, what might it look like to create dishes in seven days?
  • If you love woodworking what would it look like to work on seven small projects in seven days or one project each day for seven days and see it completed?

(Other ideas might include: painting, sculpting, poetry, writing confessions for Redeemer liturgy, serving neighbors, photography, landscaping, short stories, sewing, drawing, graphic design, coloring)

The goal is not the quality of the work, but to grow in stewarding our gifts and stepping out in faith to serve generously. As a church family, we will celebrate the courage and vulnerability to put our gifts on display, whatever that may look like. This will also push all of us to grow in the discipline of trying new things and finishing what we start. Next week I will follow up with a bit more on how this will work itself out, but 7in7 will run from May 21-27th and will be followed by a celebration with Soma Austin on June 4th at 6:00 pm to enjoy all that was created!