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Sermons, Articles and News from Redemption Hill Church in Lawrence, KS

Love Came Down

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: December 20, 2020 | Text: John 3:16

Sermon Summary

The birth of Christ displays the immensity of God's love. God is love, and the depth and character of his love is shown most clearly and fully in the coming of Christ to live, die, and rise again in our place. The incarnation powerfully matches God's love with his sovereignty, showing that as he orchestrates and ordains everything, he does it all for our highest good. Praise be to God that his love for us prompted him to send his only son, that whoever believes in would not perish but have eternal life with him!

God With Us

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: December 13, 2020 | Text: Matthew 1:18-23

Sermon Summary

Jesus is God with us. Though once lost to sin, God worked in salvation history to restore his presence with us and to reconcile us back to himself. God fixes our problem, not us. Let us fix our attention and direct our desires to be on him alone and seek to fellowship with him as he has made a way for us to dwell with him.

Essential Jesus

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: December 6, 2020 | Text: Misc.

Sermon Summary

Why did Jesus come? Why did he have to come? The answer lies partially with us - in our sinfulness, we needed someone who could represent us and pass the test we cold not. We needed a substitute who could offer acceptable atonement for our sin. We needed someone who could resolve the problem of death by going through it to overcome it. But Jesus came for another reason, to reign in righteousness. His first coming foreshadows his second coming, and even now he is growing his kingdom in preparation for his all encompassing, eternal reign.

Christmas As War

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: December 23, 2018 | Text: Matthew 2:13-23

Sermon Summary

In Matthew 2:13-23, three events following Jesus' birth are said to fulfill three Old Testament passages. Jesus, the long promised Messiah, is the seed of the woman who conquers the serpent, Satan. However, this victory comes through pain, suffering, and death. Jesus took our place, bore the wrath we deserved, and humbled himself for our sake. At Christmas, remember the loving sacrifice of Jesus.

The Glorious Newborn King

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Speaker: Carey Wilson | Date: December 16, 2018 | Text: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Summary

In Matthew 2, we see three different responses to the glorious birth of king Jesus. King Herod responds in fear, seeing Jesus as an unwelcome threat to his sinful ways and seeking to remove him. The people of Jerusalem respond with indifference and fear of aligning themselves against Herod. But the Magi, men who were pagan, sinful, and outsiders, responded to the glorious appearing of Jesus with worship. What is your response to the glorious newborn king?

Why the Virgin Birth Matters

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: December 31, 2017 | Text: Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Summary

For many believers the story of Jesus' birth (with it’s characters, narrative, details) is familiar to us. As it should be. But the danger of familiarity is that the "what" becomes so common that we may neglect to stop and ponder the "why." The reality is that every detail of Jesus birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension are filled with significance – including the virgin birth.

Comfort and Redemption Through Messiah

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Speaker: Carey Wilson | Date: December 17, 2017 | Text: Isaiah 40:1-5

Sermon Summary

The promise of a messiah had immediate significance for Israel in Isaiah's day. The people going into exile were promised hope of comfort and redemption. But this foreshadowed a future greater Messiah who would come and bring deliverance not just for Israel, but for the world.  

Worship Christ the Newborn King

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Speaker: JD Summers  |  Date: December 20, 2015  |  Text: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Summary

Who were the magi, how did they know about the birth of Jesus, and why did they come to worship Him? As we discover the answers to these questions in Matthew's unique account we discover that Jesus is more than just the King of the Jews. He is the ultimate King, the promised messiah, the King of Kings who will reign over an eternal kingdom. The coming of this king demands a response. Some will be hostile like King Herod. Others apathetic and indifferent like the religious leaders. But some, those whom God is drawing to the light, will come and worship. 

What Child is This?

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Speaker: Carey Wilson  |  Date: December 6, 2015  |  Text: Philippians 2:6-8

Sermon Summary

Only when we gain a grand vision of the eternal glory of Christ will be able to rightly value the miracle of the incarnation. As we celebrate Christmas, the maginitude of Jesus' humble condescention should inspire awe-filled worship and compel us to likewise pour ourselves out in humble sacrifice for others.