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Reflect & Prepare (12/13/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we continued reflecting on the birth of Christ by focusing on the annunciation to Mary and Joseph. God promised to come and dwell among his people as Immanuel, God with Us. But Jesus was not only God with us, he was also God for us. He came to save his people from their sin. Joseph responded in faith to this message. What is your response to the birth of Jesus, who came to die for you?

Listen to "God With Us, God For Us"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will turn to the story of the Magi travelling to see Jesus. This narrative displays how Jesus' birth threatened Herod and the people of Israel. It also shows how the good news of the gospel expanded from Bethlehem to far off lands of the Gentiles. Spend some time this week reading Matthew 2:1-12 and meditate on the following questions:

  • What is the significance of the passage from Micah that Matthew quotes?
  • What does Herod's response to the Magi's visit teach us?
  • What is your attitude towards Jesus coming as the king of kings?
  • What does it look like to worship Jesus as king?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Carey as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Joy to the World
O Worship the King
Angels from the Realms of Glory
All Glory be to Christ

Reflect & Prepare (12/6/18)

IN REFLECTION

We began our advent series through Matthew 1-2 by considering the connections between Jesus and the Old Testament. The genealogy of Jesus Christ indicates that this is a very important person, in fact he is the long awaited Messiah. He is the Son of Abraham,fulfilling God's promise to bring blessing to the world. And he is the Son of David, fulfilling God's promise of an eternal king. Jesus' birth is a joyous occasion, but it is also a threat to our selfishness and idolatry.

Spend some time this week meditating on the implications of Jesus as the Son of David and Son of Abraham. What is your response to his blessing? What is your response to his reign?

Listen to "Jesus, Son of David, Son of Abraham"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week takes us to God's announcement to Joseph that his son will be called Immanuel, God with us. The birth of Jesus brings the presence of God among his people. God comes to be with us because we need him to do something for us, something we could never do ourselves. As you prepare for this Sunday, read Matthew 1:18-25 and consider the following questions:

  • What is the significance of the passage from Isaiah that Matthew quotes?
  • What does Joseph's response to God's Word teach us?
  • What is your attitude towards the incarnation?
  • What is Jesus' attitude towards you that he demonstrates in the incarnation?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Steven as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing
O Come All Ye Faithful
What Child Is This?
When Love Came Down To Earth

Reflect & Prepare (11/29/18)

PREPARING TO HEAR

Since we were unable to meet last week due to the weather, we are especially excited to join with you this Sunday as we begin a short series through Matthew 1-2 in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Use the time we have left before Christmas to direct your thinking about this celebration. Over the month of December, read Matthew 1-2 and meditate and dwell on the significance of the coming of Jesus. This week especially, look at 1:1-17 and think about the following questions:

  • Why does Matthew begin with a genealogy?
  • Why is it significant that Jesus is descended from David?
  • Why is it significant that Jesus is descended from Abraham?
  • What does the birth of Jesus mean for your life today?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

 

PREPARING TO PARTICIPATE

This Sunday we also have the privilege to participate in the Lord's Supper. Take some time this week to think of Jesus' death in light of his incarnation. Jesus came as a baby to live and die for sinners. At the Lord's Supper we remember his sacrifice and rejoice in his love for us. Prepare yourself to partake of the elements with a right mindset and in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-28)

 

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

 
Angels we Have Heard on High
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Let Your Kingdom Come

Reflect & Prepare (11/21/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we continued our series Living By the Book by looking about what Scripture says to parents. God has given parents a unique opportunity and privilege to invest in their children's lives. He calls parents to bring children up in loving discipline and instruction in the Lord. It is tempting to avoid discipline and instruction and let kids be kids, but this is a disservice to children. Rather, parents should embrace the grace and power of the gospel and extend it to their children.

Unfortunately, we were unable to capture the audio, but if you are interested in reviewing the material further extensive notes are available upon request. 

PREPARING TO HEAR


This week our series takes us to what the Bible says to senior saints. The american dream holds great promises of retirement and relaxation after years of dedicated work and service, but there are greater promises in the Bible. Whether you are at this stage of life now or are thinking about your future, we all need to consider God's plan for the latter years of our lives. Take some time this week to read Titus 2:1-5 and consider the following questions:

  • What instruction does God give to senior saints?
  • What promises has God given senior saints in the Bible?
  • How does our culture view retirement?
  • How do you view retirement?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

Please remember that we are currently taking a break from our Sunday School until the beginning of January, so if you come at 9:30 you will just have some extra time to fellowship. Our main service remains at 10:30.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Crown Him With Many Crowns
Come Thou Fount
He Will Hold Me Fast
Take My Life

Reflect & Prepare (11/15/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last week Pastor Roger Johansen urged us to consider the object of our faith. What are we trusting in? This has massive implications because it affects us, our family, and others around us. What we believe determines how we act, and so if our faith is in the wrong place, our lives will reflect it. We need to constantly reorient our faith around Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, who earned salvation for us on the cross and sustains us in our growth in holiness.

Spend some time this week considering where your faith is. Meditate on the gospel and think about what Jesus has done for you. Repent from misplaced faith or unbelief and look to Jesus.

Listen to "The Famine of Abraham's Faith."

PREPARING TO HEAR


This week we will return to our series Living By the Book and address what the Bible says about parenting. Parents have a massive weight of responsibility in raising children, and in order to glorify God in this realm we need to embrace God's plan and seek his help. To prepare for this Sunday, spend some time considering the following questions:

  • What instruction does God give to parents?
  • What promises has God given parents in the Bible?
  • How does our culture view parenting?
  • How do you view parenting?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Praise the Lord (Psalm 117)
The Lord Is My Salvation
What Wondrous Love Is This
I need Thee Every Hour

Reflect & Prepare (11/7/18)

IN REFLECTION

Sunday we considered what Scripture says too and about children. Our church is filled with children, and they as well as the adults in our body need to hear God's perspective and commands to them. We need to value children, share the gospel with them, and challenge them to be useful in the kingdom of God. Children should obey and honor their parents, seeking to glorify God at the stage of life God has placed them in during their childhood.

Spend some time this week reflecting on God's promise to children and whether you value and embrace God's plan for their lives.

Listen to "Living By the Book: God's Promise for Children"

PREPARING TO HEAR


This week we will hear from Roger Johansen, Countryside's church planting pastor in Brazil. We will be taking a look at Genesis 12, and how what we believe in affects ourselves and others. To prepare for this Sunday, read Genesis 12:10-20 and think about the following questions:

  • What do Abram's actions show about the object of his faith in this story?
  • How did Abram's actions affect himself? Sarai? Pharaoh?
  • What do your actions tell you about the object of your faith?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Roger as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Holy, Holy, Holy
O God Of Our Salvation
God The Spirit
Our Great Savior

Reflect & Prepare (10/31/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we saw from Ephesians 5 that God has given a high calling to husbands - to love their wives as Christ loved the church. This means that husbands have to place the needs and desires and interests of their wives above their own. This would be impossible, except for Jesus Christ, who is the example of how to love as well as the one who enables us to love.

Spend some time this week reflecting on God's calling to husbands and whether your attitude and actions reflect and support this calling.

Listen to "Living By the Book: God's Will for Husbands"

PREPARING TO HEAR


This week we will turn to what God says to and about children. As we know from the large amount of them at Redemption Hill, children are an integral part of the church, and God's Word acknowledges and instructs children. To prepare for this week's sermon, read Ephesians 6:1-3 this week and consider the following questions:

  • What instruction does God give to children?
  • What promises has God given children in the Bible?
  • How does our culture view children?
  • How do you view children?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Like A River Glorious
How Deep The Fathers Love For Us
He Will Hold Me Fast
This Is My Father's World

Reflect & Prepare (10/24/18)

IN REFLECTION

Ever since the Garden of Eden, husbands and wives have had strife in their marriages. Sin tempts us to rebel against God's design for marriage. Our current cultural climate attests to this, as it rejects God's plan for husbands and wives in marriage. If we trust God's plan, however, we see that wives evidence faith in God by submitting to their husbands as the church submits to Christ.

Spend some time this week reflecting on submission within marriage. Wives, take a moment to apply these truths to your own lives. For others, think of how you can support the biblical truth we talked about Sunday in your own lives.

Listen to "Living By the Book: God's Will for Wives"

PREPARING TO HEAR


The companion to looking at biblical truth for wives is looking at biblical truth for husbands. Husbands struggle when their wives are not following God's plan for them, and the same is true for wives with husbands who don't follow God's plan for their own lives. To prepare for the sermon Sunday, spend some time reading Ephesians 5:25-33 and think about these questions:

  • What is God's design for husbands?
  • What is biblical headship?
  • How are husbands compared to Christ in Ephesians 5:25?
  • How does the world's perspective on husbands differ from the Bible's perspective?
  • What are some obstacles that get in the way of following God's design for husbands?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Come Thou Fount

Glorious Christ

He Will Hold Me Fast

Plead For Me

All I Have Is Christ

Reflect & Prepare (10/19/18)

IN REFLECTION

It's easy to look at those around us in the church and see the differences between us. But while these differences exist, they pale in comparison to the unity that believers have in Jesus Christ. That means that married and unmarried people, though distinct in their marital status, have in common their identity in Christ. Because of this, they can love each other by speaking the truth, being hospitable, serving, and praying for each other.

Spend some time this week reflecting on the ways you can serve the fellow believers in our church body.

Listen to "Living By the Book: Unity in the Church"

PREPARING TO HEAR

Our series takes us next to the distinct roles within a biblical marriage. This Sunday will focus on God's instructions to wives, and next week we will focus on God's instruction for husbands, following the pattern of Ephesians 5:22-33. Take some time this week to read these verses and think about the following questions:

  • What is God's design for wives?
  • What is biblical submission?
  • Why are wives compared to the church in Ephesians 5:23-24?
  • How does the world's perspective on wives differ from the Bible's perspective?
  • What are some obstacles that get in the way of following God's design for wives?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

Reflect & Prepare (10/11/18)

IN REFLECTION

The world looks at God's design for women in the Bible and rejects it. With the backdrop of how our culture views and speaks about womanhood, it is tempting to read what Scripture says and cringe. But God's Word is true, God's purpose is best, and God's design is good. Men and women share equally in the image of God. Men and women also reflect God's image in the differences between the two genders. We must embrace these truths as we fight against the difficulties that have arisen since the fall.

Spend some time this week reflecting on whether your perspective towards women draws from God's design, or from the current trends of our culture. Reflect on whether you are fighting against God's design or embracing it.

Listen to "Living By the Book: God's Design for Femininity"

PREPARING TO HEAR

Over the last several weeks, we have focused on understanding God's design in specific aspects of our life. This week we will look at how those in two specific stages of life, marriage and singleness, relate to each other. Spend some time preparing for this teaching by thinking on the following questions:

  • What do married and unmarried believers have in common?
  • What are the unique challenges married people face?
  • What are the unique challenges unmarried people face?
  • How can married believers and unmarried believers serve each other?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.


Across The Lands
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
Before The Throne Of God Above
Rock Of Ages
The Wonder Of The Cross

Reflect & Prepare (10/3/18)

IN REFLECTION

Masculinity was designed by God as a way for men to reflect the image of their creator in love, leadership, and service. However, with the fall brought sin, which corrupts masculinity and pulls men to be passive, abusive, and selfish. Jesus is the perfect man and redeems men so that they are able to follow after him in true manhood. Take some time to consider this week how you can live out true masculinity in your own life and support true masculinity in others.

Listen to "Living By the Book: God's Design for Masculinity"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will be turning to the counterpart of manhood: womanhood. God has a glorious design for women, one that is better than anything the world has to offer. Spend some time this week thinking about the following questions to prepare for the sermon:

  • What does it mean to be a woman?
  • How does the world view femininity?
  • In what areas are the Biblical mandate for womanhood needed most?
  • How does femininity affect families? The church?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.


How Firm A Foundation
Complete in Thee
Speak O Lord
I Will Glory in my Redeemer

Reflect & Prepare (9/27/18)

IN REFLECTION

At one point or another, all of us have been single. Many of us are unmarried now. Singleness brings unique challenges and opportunities that require believers to find their satisfaction in God. Whether you are single now or not, we all face the struggle of where to find our satisfaction. Spend some time this week considering whether you find your joy in God's goodness or in something else that has become an idol.

Listen to "Living By the Book: Satisfied in Singleness"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will be focusing on the Biblical mandate for manhood. The world has many ideas of what it means to be a man, and our sin natures fight against how God created men. But Scripture's teaching on masculinity is important for men, their families, their churches, and all people. To prepare for this Sunday, think about these questions:

  • What does it mean to be a man?
  • How does the world view masculinity?
  • In what areas are the Biblical mandate for manhood needed most?
  • How does masculinity affect families? The church?

This Sunday is also our first week with a Sunday School. We will meet at 9:30 for Sunday School and 10:30 for our main worship service. Please take note of this time change.

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.


Doxology
Come Praise and Glorify
O To Be Like Thee
The First Place
Here Is Love

Reflect & Prepare (9/19/18)

IN REFLECTION

Marriage is not just an arbitrary relationship. God created it for a specific purpose - to bring him glory and to bless his people. Take some time to consider this week how you view marriage and whether you see it as a blessing from God and a way to glorify him. As you dwell on the relationship between a husband and wife, consider the beautiful truth of the gospel to which it points - Christ's relationship with the church.

Listen to "Living By the Book: God's Pattern for Marriage"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will consider the counterpart to marriage - singleness. Whether you like it or not, many of us live as singles and need to understand what God says about it. Take some time to consider the following as you prepare for this Sunday:

  • How do you view singleness?
  • How does the world view singleness?
  • Where in the Bible would you go to find what it says about singleness?
  • How does God's sovereignty relate to singleness?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.


A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
The Lord Is My Salvation
Plead For Me
All I Have Is Christ

Reflect & Prepare (9/12/18)

IN REFLECTION

Pastor JD reminded us last week that our lives are impacted by many different influences. Whether intentionally or not, we make decisions based on these influences, so we must take stock of what they are. The world around us has a big voice in our lives, as do our own emotions. But a believer in Jesus must look to his word to find direction.

Take some time this week to consider what the biggest influences are in your life. Evaluate what role the Bible plays in your decision making.

Listen to "Living By the Book"

PREPARING TO HEAR

Our first stop in considering how to live by the book will be in regards to marriage. Our culture and emotions have much to say about marriage, but Scripture does as well. Take some time to prepare for teaching about marriage by considering the following questions:

  • Why did God institute marriage?
  • What is the world's attitude towards marriage?
  • What is the purpose (or purposes) of marriage?
  • How does Ephesians 5:32 impact our view of marriage?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.


O For a Thousand Tongues
Jesus Paid it All
Speak O Lord
Plead for Me

Reflect & Prepare (9/6/18)

IN REFLECTION

When we endure trials, difficulties, or others' sin against us, it is easy to focus solely on how we have been wronged. The conclusion to Genesis shows us that rather than focusing on how we have been wronged, we should look to God who has always had a plan for what is going on. As you reflect on God's good, sovereign hand this week, meditate on his grace in creating a good plan for your life. Dwell on the security you can have knowing that God is in control. Review your own attitude towards any difficulties in your life to see if it matches the response modeled for us by Joseph to his brothers.

Listen to "But God Meant it for Good"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday marks the beginning of a new series: Living by the Book. We will be taking a look at what the Bible says about living in this world, starting with our worldview. As you prepare for this Sunday, take some time to think on these questions:

  • What is the biggest influence in my decision making?
  • What are the most prominent relationships that God has given me in my stage of life?
  • What does it look like to follow Jesus and make disciples in those relationships?
  • What does the Bible have to say regarding how I live my life?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

This is the first time we will be singing "Cling to Christ." Take some time to listen to it before we sing so you are familiar with the tune and meditate on the words to prepare your heart for worship.

A Mighty Fortress

Glorious Christ

Cling To Christ

Forever

In Christ Alone

Reflect & Prepare (8/30/18)

IN REFLECTION

Paul tells us in 2 Timothy that we must preach the Word. We were challenged this past Sunday that we must do so because people still oppose the truth and because God still uses the truth. A desire to preach the truth should lead us to spend time in God's Word so we can know it and love it, and it should spur us onto loving reproof, rebuke, and exhortation. Spend some time considering how you can preach the Word to those around you. Think about the time you put into studying God's Word and the way in which you speak it to others.

Listen to "Preach It"

PREPARING TO HEAR

JD's sermon from Genesis 49 and 50 will be our final message from this wonderful book. We will see the conclusion to the stories of several main characters from Genesis. We will look back at what God has done in and through the lives oh his people and learn about the nature of forgiveness, mercy, and faith. Take some time to read Genesis 49 verses 28-33 and all of chapter 50 and think on the following questions:

  • What can we learn about God from Joseph's statement "You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good"? Jacob commanded his sons to bury him in Canaan, and Joseph commands his brothers to do the same when the time comes. Why is this important?
  • How would you define forgiveness?
  • Why were Joseph's brothers scared that he wouldn't truly forgive them?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

As we will be taking communion on Sunday, it would be beneficial to spend time reflecting on what Jesus did on the cross for us.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Glorious and Mighty
How Great is our God
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
When Love Came Down to Earth
Psalm 62

Reflect & Prepare (8/22/18)

IN REFLECTION

Our time last Sunday directed our attention to blessing. Jacob's blessing to Judah and Joseph remind us that God's blessing comes to those who repent of their sins and endure in faith. This blessing ultimately comes through Jesus Christ, the true lion of Judah who reigns forever. Take some time this week to reflect on sin in your life that calls for repentance. Like Judah, repent of your sin and share in blessing. As you struggle through difficult times, place your faith in God as you seek to endure.

Listen to "Blessing Through the Coming King."

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will hear from pastoral resident Michael Dietzel from 2 Timothy 4:1-2. The book of 2 Timothy is Paul's last recorded letter. As Paul nears the end of his life, he writes to Timothy, a young pastor, and gives him his final words of encouragement and exhortation. In order to get the context for this Sunday's text, take some time to read 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8 and meditate on the following questions:

  • Why was Paul so concerned about teaching and the Word?
  • Why does Paul say in 4:1 that this charge is in the presence of God and Christ Jesus?
  • What is the difference between reproof and rebuke in 4:2?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

"All Glory Be to Christ" is a new song to Redemption Hill, though the tune should be familiar as it is set to "Auld Lang Syne" with rewritten words. This song would be especially profitable to listen to before we sing it corporately.

Amazing Grace
Grace Unmeasured
The Church's One Foundation
All I Have Is Christ
Let Your Kingdom Come

Reflect & Prepare (8/16/18)

IN REFLECTION

Our time in Genesis 48 allowed us to reflect on the nature of mature faith. Just as Jacob placed his faith in God based on God's promises in his Word, we can also find a sure footing for our faith. Take some time to reflect on what promises God has made to you in Scripture and how he has been faithful to keep those promises in the past.

Listen to "Fully Formed Faith" 

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we near the end of Genesis as JD takes us through chapter 49. This chapter is the second half of Jacob's blessings to his offspring and narrows our focus to the line of Judah. Please take some time this week to read Genesis 48 and consider the following questions:

  • Which two brothers receive the lengthiest blessing? Why is this significant?
  • What is the significance of the images used in the blessing of Judah?
  • What does Jacob's burial request tell us about his faith?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

"All Glory Be to Christ" is a new song to Redemption Hill, though the tune should be familiar as it is set to "Auld Lang Syne" with rewritten words. This song would be especially profitable to listen to before we sing it corporately.

 

Reflect & Prepare (8/9/18)

IN REFLECTION

This Sunday we were reminded from Hebrews 12:1-2 that running the race of obedient faith is difficult, but worth it. While God calls us to faithfully obey and run with endurance, he does not leave us without motivation or help. As we run, we must look to Jesus, both for the example of the one who has run with joy, and for the ability he has given believers to run by making them alive and saving them from their sins.

Listen to "Run Well and Finish Well"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday JD will continue our series in Genesis by looking at chapter 48. This chapter is the first of two chronicling Jacob's blessings to his offspring and gives us another example of God's mysterious sovereignty. Please take some time this week to read Genesis 48 and consider the following questions:

  • What is significant about Jacob blessing Ephraim and Manasseh instead of Joseph?
  • Which of God's covenant promises does Jacob reference most prominently in his blessing? (See 48:4, 16, and 19).
  • Why does Jacob give Ephraim, the younger brother, the blessing of the firstborn over Manasseh, the older brother?
  • How does this story add to our understanding of God's sovereignty?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel through the ministry of Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts

Reflect & Prepare (8/1/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we surveyed the reunion of Joseph and Jacob in Genesis 45-47 as the chosen family made their third and final trip to Egypt. When we see God's faithfulness proven, it should intensify our desire for and confidence in the fulfillment of promises in the future. Let's allow our desires and expectations and hopes to be shaped by God's promises, and let's embrace our place in His story as we walk by faith.

Listen to "Promises Kept and Hope For"

PREPARING TO HEAR

On Sunday we will be hearing from Pastor Roger Johansen (missionary to Brazil from Countryside Baptist Church). Please pray for him as he prepares to minister to us this week, and let's pray that our hearts would be open and hungry for the truth of scripture. Please pray with me for unbelievers who will be in our midst, that their hearts would be awakened to the glory of Christ that they might believe.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts

Reflect & Prepare (7/26/18)

IN REFLECTION

In Genesis 43-45:15 we saw Joseph's brothers return to Egypt and meet Joseph once again. The story shows how God works repentance in the brothers, specifically in Joseph. God brings about repentance in our lives by bringing about a change of mind that leads to a change of heart and results in a change of will. True faith leads to true repentance, turning from sin and turning to God in love and obedience.

Listen to "The Triumph of Grace"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will be considering the rest of Genesis 45 through the end of chapter 47 to see how the story of Joseph shows God fulfilling the promises he made earlier in the story. Take some time this week to read Genesis 45:16-47:31 and think about the following questions:

  • What promises from God do we see being fulfilled in these chapters?
  • How does Joseph's view of God's promises affect our own view of God's promises?
  • What is the importance of Jacob blessing Pharaoh?
  • How could Joseph's story have turned out differently if he didn't keep God's promises in mind?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

 

Reflect & Prepare (7/19/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we considered the value and necessity of guilt; it is not a curse, but rather a gracious gift of God to alert us to our need for grace. In Genesis 42 God uses adversity and pressure to awaken the consciences of Joseph's brothers and convict them of their sin. Joseph's aim is not vengeance, but reconciliation, but this will require honesty and repentance. Similarly, the One who now has the power and authority to judge us offers us forgiveness if we will confess our sin and humble ourselves before Him.

Listen to "The Grace of a Guilty Conscience"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be covering an extended section of Genesis that captures a major turning point in the Joseph story. Take some time to read Genesis 43-45 and consider the following questions:

  • How is Judah's role central to this story and how does this signal a change in him?
  • Why do the brothers insist on offering themselves, all, as servants?
  • Why does Joseph extend compassion to his brothers? What crucial application does this hold for our lives today?
  • What gospel themes do you see woven throughout this story?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts

Glorious and Mighty
Glorious Christ
What Wondrous Love Is This
Just As I Am (I Come Broken To Be Mended)
Not What My Hands Have Done

Reflect & Prepare (7/12/18)

IN REFLECTION

This past week's sermon continued tracing the providence of God through Genesis 40-41 as Joseph is exalted from the prison to the palace. This story is means to shape our faith, to strengthen our trust in God's wisdom and control over our lives. Even when things go from bad to worse, we can be sure that God's good purposes will come to pass, and ultimately there is waiting for us the hope of resurrection and glory.

Listen to "From the Prison to the Palace"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be working through Genesis 42. Take some time to read our sermon text and consider the following questions:

  • How is God's providence displayed in the famine, the provision of food for Egypt, and the counsel of Jacob to his sons?
  • Why do you think Joseph doesn't reveal himself immediately to his brothers?
  • What about their defense of Joseph's accusation was true, and was was not true?
  • How do they interpret their difficulties in Egypt?

Let's pray for wisdom to understand and apply the truth of this scripture in our lives, and that those gathering with us Sunday would be confronted with the glory, righteousness, justice, and grace of God.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (7/6/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday's sermon dealt with the temptation of Joseph in Potiphar's house in Genesis 39. We reflected together on the importance of integrity. Joseph's fear of God provided the moral backbone to refuse the advances of Potiphar's wife and moved him to act wisely in his dealings with her. But we also saw that integrity can have a cost. Joseph ended up in prison on the basis of a false accusation. But the story is about more than Joseph's character, it is about God's providence as well. God's was with Joseph in all his adversity to bless him and providentially advance him to where he needed to be. Let's seek to trust God and walk in wisdom and integrity this week.

Listen to Joseph in Potiphar's House

Attached is the scripture resource mentioned Sunday, titled "FIGHT." When facing the pressure of temptation we must 1) fear the Lord, 2) incline our hearts to the Lord, 3) guard our steps, 4) hate sin and 5) treasure Christ. This document contains many passages of scripture for reading, meditation, and memorization, so that you can wield the "sword of the Spirit" in the battle against sin.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be covering Genesis 40-41. Take some time to read these two chapters and consider the following questions:

  • What elements of this story are similar to what has come before? How might Joseph's previous experiences have prepared him?
  • Consider Joseph's work ethic and response to the two royal prisoners. What does that say about his perspective and character?
  • Look at Joseph's response to Pharaoh in 41:16, how might this statement have confronted popular Egyptian assumptions?
  • What does the naming of Joseph's two sons reveal about Joseph's perspective?

Let's pray that our time together Sunday would honor God, encourage our hearts, and make an impact on those who may not know Christ. Pray that the truths sung and preached would unite us in the truth, sharpen our thinking, and direct our desires to God and His glory.

Reflect & Prepare (6/27/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we reflected on the shameful story of Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38. Why do shocking stories like this belong in our bible? In these stories we are forced to look straight at our own reflection - we see the ugliness of sin and the reality of the curse. But that is not all we see. It is against the dark background of such depravity that we are able to see the triumph of God's grace. Though we may stumble and fall, God's providence ensures the fulfillment of God's promises.

Listen to Surprising Grace

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 39. Take a few minutes to read the story of Joseph in Potiphar's house and consider these questions:

  • What repeated words and phrases appear in this chapter? How do they help form the theological emphasis?
  • What contrast do you see between Joseph in ch39 and Judah in ch38?
  • How is Joseph's integrity demonstrated and why?
  • What can we learn from Joseph's response to temptation?

Pray with me that God would mature our faith and grow us through the teaching of His word, and that we would be strengthened and united as a church by a shared commitment to truth. Pray that unbelievers among us would be convicted of sin, understand the gospel, and be drawn to Christ.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Order of worship
Psalm 47
Rejoice The Lord Is King
Blessed Assurance
Mission's prayer time
Psalm 33:18-22
The Church's One Foundation
O Great God
Sermon
I Have A Shelter

Reflect & Prepare (6/21/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we began the final section of Genesis - the story of Jacob's sons, especially Joseph. We saw that God's providence ensures the fulfillment of God's promises. Joseph's story shows us that God doesn't just accomplish His plan despite problems, setbacks, and even sin, He actually uses such circumstances to advance His purposes. Let's remember the two priciples for application this week, 1) that God's promises do not exempt us from the problems of life and 2) that the problems of life can never stop the fulfillment of God's promises. This means we can wait on the Lord, persevere through opposition, and endure personal suffering, because we know that God works all things together for good (Rom. 8:28).

Due to a technical problem we were unable to capture the audio for this week's sermon.

PREPARING TO HEAR (AND A NOTE FOR PARENTS)

This Sunday we will be studying Genesis 38. Parents, you are welcome to send you elementary age children down for our kids class during the sermon if you think it best (this chapter recounts the concepts of conception and contraception, incest, and prostitution).Take some time to read chapter 38 and consider these questions:

  • What parallels do you see between this story and the stories that come both before and after?
  • How does this story continue the theme of God's providence ensures the fulfillment of God's promises?
  • What elements of justice do you see? What elements of grace?
  • You will want to also read Genesis 49:8-12 (Judah), Ruth 4:13-22 (Perez), and Mathew 1:1-17 (Tamar) to see how this story, though shocking, is an essential piece of the larger biblical narrative.

Let's pray for a deeper understanding of God's grace and glory, and for a heart that rejoices in and trusts Him. 

Reflect & Prepare (6/14/18)

IN REFLECTION

This past week's sermon from Genesis 35 recounted the return of Jacob to Bethel and the completion of his family. His return to Bethel marks the end of his physical and spiritual journey. As we consider the life of Jacob several important truths emerge that must shape our own walk of faith. Like Jacob, our journey of faith requires purification, must be directed by the commands of God, is sustained by the promises of God, and depends ultimately on the grace of God.

Listen to Jacob's Journey Complete

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will begin a new section of Genesis - the story of Joseph. Take some time to read chapter 37 and consider these questions:

  • How is the Joseph story shaped by the covenant promises? (You may need to read ahead to see the big picture).
  • Though God is not mentioned, how is His sovereign hand seen to be at work?
  • Consider the tension between what is promised (in the dreams) and what transpires (the selling of Joseph into slavery). What should this teach us about walking by faith?
  • How does the story of Joseph point us to another story rejection, betrayal, wrongful conviction, and eventual salvation and glory?

Pray with me that our confidence in the wise and faithful providence of God would be deepened as we read through the life of Joseph. Pray that those who do not know the Lord would be drawn to the God who graciously saves undeserving sinners by providing a Rescuer.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Doxology
Across The Lands
All I Have Is Christ
When I Survey
By Faith

Reflect & Prepare (6/7/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we examined the tragic story of Dinah's rape and the shocking retribution by her brothers in Genesis 34. The ugliness of this dark stain on Israel's history reminds us that only by God's grace will the plan for redemption move forward, and only by faith can we respond rightly to the evils we face.

Listen to Violation and Vengeance

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 35. Take some time this week to read our text and consider the following questions:

  • How does the word of the Lord to Jacob call for faith?
  • How is Jacob's faith demonstrated in his response?
  • How is God's faithfulness proven once again?
  • In what ways ought our faith have a purifying effect on our lives?

Please pray for our gathering Sunday, that God would be honored, believers encouraged, and unbelievers drawn to Christ, all through the power of the Spirit.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Holy, Holy, Holy
Our Great Savior
The First Place
Take My Life and Let It Be
It Is Well With My Soul

Reflect & Prepare (5/31/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at the account of Jacob wrestling with God as he returned to Canaan to face his brother Esau. Trusting in God leads to transformation by God. You cannot encounter God and not be changed! By God's grace He was changing Jacob's character and gave him a new name - Israel. When we come to God through faith in Christ, we too are changed within and given a new identity in Christ.

Listen to Jacob vs God

PREPARING TO HEAR

**Parental Note** This week we will be dealing with the dark and shocking story of Genesis 34. Due to the graphic nature of the events recounted (rape and genocide), our children's class will be open for those whose kids usually stay in for the sermon. If you are uncomfortable with your children listening to the sermon, please feel free to send them down. As always, I will be discreet, but the text will be read and the story told.

Take a few minutes to pray for our time in the word together, and think through these questions as you read Genesis 34:

  • Consider the reactions of Shechem, Hamor, Jacob, and Jacob's sons to the violation of Dinah. How are they all different?
  • Consider the mutual deception of Hamor/Shechem and Jacob's sons. Are there any "good guys" in this story?
  • What is revealed about Canaanite culture in this story? How might that affect the original readers as they prepared to embark on conquest?
  • How is our reaction to evil and injustice often unbalanced?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (5/23/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we heard pastor Roger Johansen (missionary pastor from Brazil) speak to us from Psalm 136. Psalm 136 calls us to consider God and respond with thanksgiving for who He is, what He has done, and what He is now doing. As those who are recipients of His goodness and love, we must praise Him! Is your heart filled with gratitude? Is that gratitude being expressed in private prayer and public praise this week? Let's give thanks to our great God and Savior, for His steadfast love endures forever!

Listen to Giving Thanks to God for God

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be returning to our study of Genesis. Take some time to read Genesis 32-33 and consider the following questions:

  • How does Jacob's response to this crisis differ from his previous reactions to threats and difficulties?
  • What is the basis of his urgent prayer to God? What does he appeal to?
  • How does his mysterious encounter with God change him?

Pray with me that we would be shaped by the truths revealed in this story from Jacob's life. Pray that we would see God's wisdom and glory, understand our own nature and need, and respond with a deeper faith in and love for Christ.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Come Thou Fount
Our Song from Age to Age
Open My Eyes
In Christ Alone
The Lord is My Salvation

Reflect & Prepare (5/17/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we examined the account of Jacob's flight from Laban and once again saw the reassuring truth that God sovereign power overcomes oppression, and His grace and mercy prevail over the failures of His people. Our salvation ultimately rests not on our power, but on His. Not on our merit, but on Christs. What a source of courage and comfort for followers of Jesus! Let's trust and obey the faithful God of promise and grace!

Listen to Jacob vs Laban

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we get the privilege of hearing from pastor Roger Johansen, missionary to Brazil. He will be sharing with us from Psalm 136. Take some time to pray and read through the text this week.

What is the emphasis of this Psalm?
How might a greater focus on these truths shape your attitude?
In light of what this Psalm says about God, are there things in your life that ought to change?
As those who know Christ and read this Psalm from the other side of the cross, what significance might these words have sung/read/prayed from our lips?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Come Praise and Glorify
I Sing The Mighty Power Of God
Psalm 117
How Great Is Our GodPsalm 62 (My Soul Finds Rest In God Alone)
Our Great God

Reflect & Prepare (5/11/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at the painful conflict within the family of Jacob as his wives struggle and compete with each other. The naming of Jacob's sons expresses the hopes, desires, assumptions of both Rachel and Leah. It's against this dark background of pain and hurt and envy and longing that we see the grace of God shine brightly. God is the only one who can satisfy the longings of our heart, and often He lifts our focus off our futile endeavors by allowing pain and disappointment to expose our idolatry. Then, and only then, can we look to Him and receive something better - a changed perspective.

Listen to Rachel vs Leah

PREPARING TO HEAR

Take some time to read Genesis 30:25 through the end of chapter 31. Pray for guidance and understanding, and consider these questions:

  • What is at stake in the deliberation between Jacob and Laban?
  • How are God's promises shown to be fulfilled?
  • In what ways do Jacob and his family display faith? In what ways do they display lingering unbelief?
  • How should God's protection of and provision for Jacob inform our faith as we face opposition and injustice?

Please pray with me that God's word would be clearly understood and humbly received as we gather to worship. Pray that Christ's glory would be lifted up and His love shared with all who come.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Come Christians Join to Sing
Glorious Christ
Be Thou My Vision
Great is Thy Faithfulness

Reflect & Prepare (5/3/18)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we considered the dramatic account of Jacob's arrival in Haran and marriage to Laban's daughters. Jacob, the one-time deceiver, is now the one who tastes the bitter pain of deception. Though he reaps the bitter fruit of the sin he has sown, still God's gracious promise continues and the broken pieces of Jacob's life are used to further God's covenant plans.

Listen to The Deceiver is Deceived.

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 29:31-31:24. Take few minutes this week to read the text and consider these questions:

  • What role do human desires play in this drama?
  • What are the two sisters ultimately seeking?
  • How does the perspective of the two sisters change over time?
  • How is God's role portrayed and what difference should that make for us?
  • As those who know Christ, how ought the truth of the gospel shape our responses to hurt, exploitation, disappointment, and lack?

Let's pray together that God would reveal the issues in our own hearts and redirect our focus to Christ. Let's pray that the truths prayed and sung and preached would unite us and purify us as we fellowship together at the foot of the cross.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Holy, Holy, Holy
O God Of Our Salvation
The First Place
Spirit Of God
Be Thou My Vision

Reflect & Prepare (4/26/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we took time to consider the biblical mandate and model for missions. Jesus' instruction in Luke 10:1-2 to pray that God would send laborers into the harvest is a perpetual reminder that there is a need for gospel proclamation, and that God intends to use us to meet that need. We presented an exciting opportunity to be part of meeting this need for laborers through the development and sending and supporting of leaders. Let's pray for an increased burden for the lost, an increased passion for God's glory, and that He would bless and direct us as we take steps towards meaningful investment in the future of missions.

Listen to A Call to Missions

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be returning to our study in Genesis by looking at Genesis 29. Take few minutes this week to read the text and consider these questions:

  • How is this story similar to the story of finding a wife for Isaac in Genesis 24? How is it different?
  • What ironic similarities do you see between this story and the account of Jacob deceiving Isaac and depriving Esau in Genesis 27?
  • Considering the events of Genesis 28, what seems to be missing from Jacob's approach to this situation?
  • How might faith in the promises of God have changed Jacob's behavior?

Please pray for me as I prepare to preach, and pray for all who hear to have soft hearts and a focused mind as we open the word together. Pray that we would be grounded and shaped by God's truth and that our time together in worship and fellowship would strengthen and encourage us.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Your Great Name
God the Spirit
Our Great Savior
At The Cross
O The Deep Deep Love

Reflect & Prepare (4/19/18)

IN REFLECTION

Pastor Scott Nicoll came this past week and preached a message from Mark 4. As Jesus is sleeping in the boat, a storm comes that shakes the disciples and causes them to fear for their lives. As Jesus calms the storm, He also invites them to believe in His power and goodness. The bigger your view of God, the smaller your problems appear to be. Let's keep our gaze fixed on Christ this week and allow the reality of His glory and love to overshadow our circumstances.

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week I am going to be presenting an exiting new opportunity for Redemption Hill Church. As we seek to be a faithful and healthy church, a key component of our ministry will be the investment and labor of missions. We want the gospel to be spread both here in Lawrence and abroad. Our time together Sunday will be spent looking to the scripture for direction in the area of missions, and presenting a new opportunity we have to invest in this crucial task. Please pray that God would stir in our church a passion for His glory through the preaching of the gospel, and a that God would increase our burden for those who are lost and need to hear of Jesus.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Crown Him with Many Crowns
Across the Lands
Come Thou Fount
Plead for Me
O Church Arise

Reflect & Prepare (4/12/18)

IN REFLECTION

Pastor Otto Skoog came this past week and preached a message from Isaiah 40. Are you hoping in the Lord this week? Are you waiting on Him expectantly to fulfill His promises and demonstrate His loving care? Let's fix our gaze on our Savior this week and draw strength from His love and presence.

Listen to Our Hope in the Lord

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be hearing pastor Scott Nicoll preach from Mark 4:35-41. Take some time to read and think through this passage:

  • What does this text show us about ourselves?
  • What does this text show us about Jesus?
  • How can I respond in faith and obedience to the truths displayed?
  • Hows do these truths shape my ministry to others?

Please pray for him as he prepares to minister the word to us, and pray that our hearts would be open and receptive to all God would say to us. Let's pray also for those visiting and any who might be unbelievers, that they would see Christ clearly in our preaching and singing and praying and fellowship.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (3/29/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday's sermon dealt with Genesis 28. The story of Jacob at Bethel is a beautiful account of God's grace to an undeserving sinner. When Jacob lies down to rest in a "certain" place, he unexpectedly experiences a life-changing meeting with God. That God graciously pursues and provides for sinners like us ought to produce a response of fear, worship, and personal commitment.

Listen to "Meeting God at Bethel"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week is Resurrection Sunday. Take some time to read through the gospel accounts of Jesus' death and victory over the grave.

  • Isaiah 53
  • Matthew 26-28
  • Mark 14-16
  • Luke 22-24
  • John 18-20

Pray that the truth of the gospel would land on our hearts in a fresh way, and that it would become both more familiar and more precious as we meditate on God has done for us in Christ.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (3/22/18)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we examined the ugly family drama found in Genesis 27 and saw that sinful desires lead to conflict, but God's sovereign plan is greater than our sin. Are you allowing your opinions, preferences, desires, ideas and agendas to control your actions, or are you walking by faith in the word of God? God's grace will always prevail, but if we make foolish choices we will bring unnecessary pain and heartache into our lives. Let's seek to submit ourselves to God's will and trust in His word this week.

Listen to Sibling Rivalry and Sovereign Grace

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will be studying Genesis 28. Take a few minutes to prayerfully read through the text this week and consider the following questions:

  • What does Jacob see? What does he hear? How does he react?
  • What themes are repeated in God's revelation to Jacob?
  • What does this passage reveal about God and His saving actions?
  • How does this passage point us to Christ? (Hint, check out John 1:43-51)

Please pray with me that God would be glorified in our worship, known more deeply through the preaching of the word, and loved more fully by those who hear. Pray for those who do not yet know God, that their hearts would be turned toward Him as they hear the good news.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (3/8/18)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we heard pastor Otto Skoog speak to us from Ephesians 3 on Paul's prayer for the church. The love of God is immense and never ending. It is the power that energizes love for God (resulting in holiness) and love for others (resulting in Christlike service). Are you meditating on the love of God this week? Are you resting in the massive ocean of God's love that surrounds and fills all? Let's not settle for small, shallow, thin understandings of God. Let's push upward and onward into a deeper understanding and experience of God's love!

Listen to To Know the Love of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

  • What similarities do you see to events that have already occurred in the Genesis narrative?
  • What repeated words or phrases do you notice throughout this chapter?
  • How does Isaac's faith fail and succeed at various points?
  • How does God's promise point forward to the later ministry of Jesus and the present ministry of the Holy Spirit?

Please pray with me that God's word would have a profound impact on our hearts and lives as we receive it with faith and humility.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (2/28/18)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we were challenged from Philippians 2 by pastor Michael Summers of Countryside Baptist Church. He warned us of a subtle cause of division - a failure to embrace a humble perspective and pursuit. How are you doing this week? Let's remember Christ as the ultimate model of faithfulness and as the hope for those who have failed.

Listen to Making Or Breaking a Joyful Community

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will return to our study in Genesis. Take few minutes to read through chapter 26 this week and consider these questions:

  • What similarities do you see to events that have already occurred in the Genesis narrative?
  • What repeated words or phrases do you notice throughout this chapter?
  • How does Isaac's faith fail and succeed at various points?
  • How does God's promise point forward to the later ministry of Jesus and the present ministry of the Holy Spirit?

Please pray with me that God's word would have a profound impact on our hearts and lives as we receive it with faith and humility.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Call to Worship: Psalm 118
Doxology
The Church's One FoundationHe Is Risen
Scripture Reading: 2 Cor 3:17-18
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Communion
Complete In Thee
Sermon: Genesis 26
I Have a Shelter

Reflect & Prepare (2/21/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked into how Genesis 25 brings the life of Abraham to a close and sets the stage for the next major section of Genesis - the story of Isaac and his family. The names change, the generations come and go, but one thing remains constant; God. What emerges throughout salvation history is the faithful, sovereign, unmerited grace of God.

Listen to Faithful, Sovereign, Unmerited Grace

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be hearing from pastor Michael Summers from Countryside. He will be preaching from Philippians 2:1-11. Take a few minutes to read the passage and consider the following questions:

  • What is Paul's concern for the church?
  • What kinds of sin threaten unity and joy?
  • What ought to shape our attitudes and actions towards one another?
  • How do I need grow to be more like Christ in light of these truths?

Let's pray for pastor Michael as he prepares to serve us, let's pray for our own hearts to be open and receptive to God's voice, and let's pray for the lost among us to hear the compelling call of the gospel.

PREPARING TO SING

This week we will be learning and singing a new song, "He is Risen" by Caroline Cobb. This modern hymn will be a great song to add as we approach Easter and the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead! Take some time to listen and become familiar with this tune so you can fully participate with us on Sunday.

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (2/14/18)

IN REFLECTION

In Genesis 24 we observed the remarkable providence of God in providing a wife for Isaac. The doctrine of providence ought to humble us - we are not the masters of our destiny. It ought to comfort us - we are not victims of fate. And it ought to free us to step out in faith, knowing that God is always providentially guiding all things towards His desired outcome.

Listen to Faith and the Providence of God

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 25. Take a few minutes to read the passage and consider the following questions:

  • How is God shown to be both faithful and sovereign in this account?
  • What is revealed about the character of the patriarchal family as it grows?
  • How do these developments reveal a need for the gospel as well as continue the flow of history towards the coming of Christ?

Let's pray for open hearts and minds, and that our souls would be nourished with the faith-building, Christ-exalting truth of scripture.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (2/8/18)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we took time to recount the death and burial of Sarah in Genesis 23. Though at first glance this chapter seems to focus on historical anecdotes about the aquisition of land to bury Sarah, upon further examination it reveals the faith of Abraham as he invests in the future. When Sarah dies, Abraham's mourning is followed is by a faith-filled act of purchasing land to bury her in the land in Canaan. The lesson for us that confidence in the future fulfillment of God's promises compels us to walk by faith in the present. This eternal perspective infuses the present with a hope that enables us to trust, obey, and worship no matter what our circumstances.

Listen to Death, Burial, and Forward-Looking Faith

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 24. Take a few minutes to read the passage and consider the following questions:

  • How are the themes of covenant, provision, and faith continued in this story?
  • What do the remarkable circumstances of Isaac and Rebekah's marriage show us about God?
  • What is the ultimate aim of God's providential guidance not only in this story, but in all of history? How should that shape our prayers and expectations?

Let's pray together for the Holy Spirit to be active as we open our hearts to His word on Sunday.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Order of Worship:
Isaiah 6:1-5
Holy, Holy, Holy
God the Spirit
Prayer for missions
1 John 3:1-2
Here is Love
O the Deep, Deep Love
Sermon - Genesis 24
By Faith

Reflect & Prepare (2/1/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we immersed ourselves in the story of Genesis 22, as Abraham is called to sacrifice his son Isaac. There are two layers to this story. First, it is a stunning portrayal of the kind of faith and obedience that God desires. As such it is a sober call to a costly discipleship. But second, this story points us to a future sacrifice of a son and underlines the beauty of the gospel. God has provided what He requires in the sending of His Son to die in our place.

Listen to Faith Tested, Substitute Provided

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will take us through Genesis 24. Take some time to read chapters 23-24 and consider the following questions:

  • How are the themes of covenant, provision, and faith continued in this story?
  • What do the remarkable circumstances of Isaac and Rebekah's marriage show us about God?
  • What is the ultimate aim of God's providential guidance not only in this story, but in all of history? How should that shape our prayers and expectations?

Let's pray together for the Holy Spirit to be active as we open our hearts to His word on Sunday.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (1/17/18)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we looked at the display of God's abundant grace in Genesis 20. Though Abraham falls back into a pattern of deception and unbelief, God intervenes in order to preserve the promise. This means not only the reuniting of Abraham and Sarah, but also the redemption of all who would one day find salvation in the Messiah to come through their lineage.

Listen to The Promise Preserved by Grace

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 21. Take a few minutes to read the passage and consider the following questions:
What repeated words and phrases stand out? What point is Moses trying highlight for us?

  • How does the events of this story related to previous events in Abraham's life? How do these events set the stage for what is to come next?
  • What does this story reveal about the strengths and weaknesses of the characters involved?
  • What does this reveal about God, and how ought these truths move us to faith, obedience, and worship?

Let's pray for open and eager hearts, and that the ministry of the word would strengthen and purify our faith. 

PREPARING TO SING

Below is the order of worship for Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

 

Reflect and Prepare (1/10/18)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we took some time to review our church's mission: we exist to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus. If we are going to be faithful to this calling, we must be guided by scripture, focused on Jesus, dependent on the Holy Spirit, and engaged in relationships (both inside and outside the church). We concluded with the question: "How might God use YOU to advance His mission in 2018?" Let's prayerfully consider that question and offer ourselves to God as His servants for His glory!

Listen to "New Year, Same Mission"

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will resume our series through Genesis. Take a few minutes to read Genesis 20 and consider the following questions:

  • How is this story similar to what happened in chapter 12? How is it different?
  • What does this reveal about Abraham's faith?
  • What does this story reveal about God?
  • How does this story reveal our need for Jesus?

Let's pray that God would shape and strengthen our faith through His word, and that those who do not possess saving faith would be awakened to the grace and power of the God who saves.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (12/29/17)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we rehearsed the story of Christmas and celebrated the Lord's Supper together in memory of what Jesus came to do for us. Though Christmas is over, this story ought to be ever present in our hearts and minds as we seek to worship our Savior and King all year long. Let's continue to rejoice in Christ with reverence and gratitude for all we have in Him. "Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!" (2 Cor. 9:15)

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we are going to take time to consider the question together, "Why does the virgin birth matter?" We are all familiar with the "what happened" details, but have you wondered why Jesus had to be born of a virgin? Take a few minutes to read Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38.

  • What is the testimony of Matthew and Luke concerning the birth of Jesus?
  • What were Joseph and Mary's reactions to this news?
  • What key doctrines depend on this historical reality?
  • What might be lost if we deny that Jesus was literally born of a virgin?

Pray that God's word would shape our thinking, direct our hearts to worship, and move our hands to obedience

PREPARING TO SING

Reflect and Prepare (12/13/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday Steven Parkin preached on Psalm 116 and encouraged us to find our ultimate joy and satisfaction in God. The key to joy this Christmas season is not presents, family, a break from school and work, or any of the activities of the season. The key to joy is knowing God and enjoying His presence! The beauty of Christmas is that God has come to us, Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. Because Christ has drawn near to us our "death problem" and "presence problem" have both been solved.

Listen to The Joy of God's Presence

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week Carey Wilson will be preaching on Messiah and the promise of the kingdom. Take some time to read Isaiah 40-43 and reflect on the following questions. (If you have a study bible check out the notes for help.)

  • Does the message of Isaiah seem positive or negative? Why?
  • What view of God emerges in this text?
  • How do these themes set the stage for the coming of Jesus?

Please pray for Carey as he studies and prepares to preach God's word to us. Let's also pray that our minds would be shaped, hearts stirred, and our wills moved to worship and obedience.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (12/6/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we heard pastor Otto Skoog preach to us from 1 Timothy 1:12-17. He encouraged us to consider the many gifts wrapped up in the salvation we have in the greatest gift - Jesus Christ. Like a multi-faceted diamond, a deep look into our salvation reveals blessing upon blessing. These blessings include God's mercy and grace, humility, service, and a reason to worship. Let's reflect on the the grace and mercy we have received this Christmas season and every season!

Listen to "The Gifts Within the Gift of Salvation"

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week Steven Parkin will be preaching from Psalm 16. Take a few minutes to read the passage and consider the following questions:

  • What are the things David prays for? Why?
  • What factors shape David's thoughts and emotions?
  • How should this psalm shape our view of God?
  • How should this psalm shape our prayers and our desires and our faith?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Joy to the World
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
What Child is this
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Reflect & Prepare (and a word to parents)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked at two powerful rhetorical questions in Genesis 18 that reveal the nature and character of God. Why is this so important? It is in seeing and knowing God that that our faith in God is strengthened. God draws near to visit Abraham and Sarah, revealing both His power and justice to them. In this way He is strengthening their faith and shaping them into the kind of people who will be able to walk with Him. He has also drawn near to us in Christ to reveal His power, justice and mercy at the cross.

Listen to God of Power and Justice

IN PREPARATION

A WORD TO PARENTS

On Sunday we will be working through the story of Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, which deals with some of the saddest and ugliest events in Genesis. The subject matter will include homosexuality, rape, and incest. Though I will strive to be as discreet as possible, the text will at be read and those elements acknowledged. If you are uncomfortable talking about those things with your kids (which wisdom may dictate), we are planning to open our children's ministry to accommodate extra/older children. Please feel free to make use of this option if you feel your children are not ready yet to be exposed to this material.

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 19. Take a few minutes to read the passage and consider the following questions:

  • What contrasts do you see between Abraham and Lot?
  • What does this story reveal about the nature of sin?
  • What does this story reveal about the character of God?
  • How might these truths shape our lives today?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday (including one that is new to us). Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (11/15/17)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we looked at Genesis 17, where God communicates covenant obligations to Abraham, gives him the promise of a covenant Son, and establishes the sign of covenant faithfulness. From this story we learn some important lessons about how the promise of God gives us a new identity, creates a new community, and calls for holy living. Let's live this week as a holy people who find their identity in the gospel promises of God.

Listen to The Covenant Confirmed

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 18. Take a few minutes to read the passage and consider the following questions:

  • How does the identity of the mysterious visitors unfold throughout this story? (Hint, check 19:1 also).
  • Why do you think the promise of a son through Sarah next year is repeated?
  • Why do you think God bothers to inform Abraham of His plan to judge Sodom and Gomorrah?
  • What can we learn about God's character from the exchange between Him and Abraham?
  • How does this view of God both encourage and challenge us?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (11/8/17)

IN REFLECTION

Let's continue to meditate on the truths we examined last week in our study through Genesis 16 - we are seen and heard by a faithful and compassionate God. When Sarai and Abram failed, when Hagar fled, what they all needed was a vision of God.It is in looking to the object of our faith that our faith itself is strengthened and deepened. Don't forget the warnings such a story offers us; beware the temptation of moral compromise that comes when we are afraid or impatient. Beware idolatrous desires that cause us to treat others as a delivery vehicle for our lusts. And when confronted with our failure let's remember that God loves and forgives sinners, and no failure is final for those whom God loves. Christ is a willing Savior to all who believe.

Listen to God Who Hears, God Who Sees

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be looking into Genesis 17. Please read the chapter this week and consider the following questions:

  • What key terms are repeated throughout this chapter?
  • How does this story develop the relationship between Abram and God?
  • How does this exchange differ from the making of the covenant in ch15?
  • How is faith manifested in Abram's response?

Please pray with me that God would grant us wisdom to understand how this text reveals His glory and grace, how it points us to Christ, and how we ought to respond in faith and obedience. Pray that our worship would be honoring to God and our fellowship welcoming to outsiders.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (11/1/17)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we worked through Genesis 15 together in our time of worship. The narrative not only recounts the unique experience of Abram, but also reveals universal principles that are true at all times. We are reminded that faith is difficult and rarely static - we must receive the word of God and look to the covenant ratified at the cross to strengthen our faith. We also focused on the precious truth that it is only through faith that we are made righteous. God alone does the work of salvation. And finally, we saw that fulfillment of God's promise may include difficulty and delay, but this does not mean God has forgotten us. Let's ponder these truths this week and prayerfully seek to respond in faith to our faithful God.

Listen to Faith and God's Covenant

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be looking into Genesis 16. Please read the chapter this week and consider the following questions:

  • In what way is faith being tested?
  • What sin is evident??
  • What are the consequences of unbelief?
  • How is God portrayed in contrast to the people involved?
  • How does the character of God bring comfort and hope to those who have been mistreated?

Please pray with me that God would give us understanding of His word, faith to believe all it says, and grace to obey all it commands. Pray that the Holy Spirit would apply the words to our hearts and use it to change our lives. Pray that any unbelievers among us would see the grace of God on display and believe.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

 

 

 

 

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Reflect & Prepare (10/26/17)

IN REFLECTION

Since we had been introduced to Melchizedek in our series on Genesis, we took a detour last Sunday to examine the connection between Melchizedek and the Messiah. What does it mean that Jesus is a high priest after the order of Melchizedek and why is that connection important? In Melchizedek we have the unique union of two roles - priest and king. This picture is key to understanding the person and work of Jesus Christ, God's messiah. He offers himself as the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins, He cleanses us and makes us holy, He intercedes for us and opens the way for us to enter God's presence. Be encouraged this week by Christ's ongoing ministry on your behalf! He not only died for you, He lives for you. May we rest in that truth and worship our great Prophet, Priest and King.

Listen to Melchizedek to Messiah

IN PREPARATION

This week we will continue our study through Genesis by examining chapter 15. Please take some time to read the whole chapter before Sunday and consider the following questions:

  • In what ways is Abram's faith strong? In what ways is it weak?
  • How does God respond to Abram's searching questions?
  • How does ch15 build on the promise of 12:1-4?
  • What does this story reveal about God?

Please pray with me that we would grasp the grace and glory of the God who makes and keeps covenant with His people. Pray that our worship would be grounded in the gracious promises of God and that we would find joy in His faithful love. Pray that those who don't know Christ would come to know their need and receive Christ's provision of salvation.

Reflect & Prepare (10/18/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we considered the action packed narrative of Genesis 14 and observed the faith of Abram and, more importantly, the faithfulness of God. Let's remember this week to rest in the victory that God gives us in Christ, and let's move forward with courage knowing that He is with us. Fear will derail our mission, apathy will undermine it, but faith will energize us as we seek to carry out the mission God has given us.

Listen to Battle and Blessing

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be taking a short detour from Genesis to investigate the unique character who appeared in ch14 - Melchizedek. Who is this mysterious priest-king? And why is he so prominent in the NT book of Hebrews? Take some time this week to re-read Genesis 14, then read Psalm 110, and finally Hebrews 5-7. Consider the following questions:

  • In what ways was Melchizedek different than the Levitical priests?
  • In what ways does Christ minister as a priest?
  • How does Christ's priestly ministry relate to our salvation?
  • How does Christ's priestly ministry encourage and comfort us when we struggle?
  • How can we rest in His work and worship Him for this grace?

Please pray with me that we would see Christ more clearly, worship him more fully, and trust in him more confidently. Pray for unbelievers in our midst to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus and believe.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (10/11/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday pastor Brian Warne walked us through Paul's opening words to the Romans and encouraged us to remember the gospel-centered model for missions we find in the ministry of Paul. Are you mindful today of God's call on your life to be a messenger for the gospel? Is the person and work of Jesus Christ primary in your heart and in your priorities? Let's pray for Spirit-empowered boldness and faithfulness as we seek to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus both here and and abroad.

Listen to A Gospel-Centered Model for Missions

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be returning to our study through the book of Genesis and looking at chapter 14. Read through Genesis 14 this week and consider:

  • How does the promise of ch12 play a part in this story?
  • What does Abram's response to this crisis show about his heart (in this instance)?
  • What does his response to the Melchizedek and the king of Sodom show about his heart?
  • What does this chapter teach us about God?
  • How should these truths about God shape our decisions and actions?

Pray for me as I prepare, and pray that those present on Sunday will behold the glory of God and be moved to faith and obedience.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (10/6/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday pastor Bryan Neal spoke from Revelation 1:4-5, calling us to trust in God because He is - He is the eternal, triune, personal, supreme God. For John the apostle as he faced persecution, for the church in under Roman oppression, and for believers today, this unchanging truth of God's nature gives perspective and stability and courage.

Listen to Trusting God Because He Is!

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week pastor Brian Warne, our missionary to Mexico, will be preaching from Romans 1:1-6. Take some time to read the text and consider these questions:

  • How does Paul describe his identity? How should we reflect this same mindset?
  • What is the central content of Paul's calling and message?
  • What is the scope of Paul's ministry and the aim of his preaching?
  • How can our church reflect the priority and purpose of Paul's ministry?

Pray for pastor Brian Warne, pray for all who hear, and pray that God's purpose for His church would be furthered through us.

PREPARING TO HEAR

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (9/20/17)

IN REFLECTION

This past weekend we saw that Abram's faith was tested following his initial embrace of God's promise. When famine came to the land he went to Egypt and deceitfully schemed in order to save his own skin, which actually brought additional complications to his situation. But we saw that God's faithfulness endures despite our failures. God delivers Abram in fulfillment of the promise, demonstrating that salvation depends on the faithfulness of God. This means we can trust Him, we can rest in His promises, and we can have hope in the face of crisis.

Listen to When Faith Falters


IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 13. Take some time this week to read and reflect on the narrative - how it connects to chapter 12, and how it relates to our lives. Consider the following questions as you read:

  • How is Abram's reaction to this new crisis differ from his response to the famine in ch12?
  • How does God respond to Abram's faith?
  • How might we learn from this story as we seek to walk by faith?
  • What promises of God should guide our decisions?
  • How does God's faithfulness to Abram point us to the saving power of the gospel?

Pray that God would speak to us through His word, that our hearts would be receptive, and that God would be glorified in our gathering.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (9/13/17)

IN REFLECTION

Sunday we worked through Genesis 12:1-9. Though the world lives under the curse, God called a man named Abram and promises to bless him and bring blessing to the world through him. Abram's response of obedience is a beautiful portrait of faith in the promise. The big idea is that salvation comes through faith in the promise of God. This ancient promise of blessing comes to fulfillment through Jesus, the descendant of Abraham, who brings the blessing of salvation to the world. Like Abram, we receive this blessing through faith. Like Abram, we must respond in obedience to the call of Christ, taking up our crosses and following our Savior.

Listen to The Call of Abraham

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 12:10-20. Take time to read the test and consider these questions:

  • What is at stake as Abraham and Sarah go to Egypt? How does this connect to the first half of the chapter?
  • What does this text reveal about the human heart? About the character of God?
  • How does this point to the salvation we find in Jesus?
  • How ought our lives be shaped by the truths of this text?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (9/6/17)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we worked through the Babel narrative in Genesis 11 and discovered the clear principle that human ambition for glory leads to judgment and division. But when we zoomed out to the large context of redemptive history we see that God's ambition leads to salvation and reconciliation. God is gathering a people for his name from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. The question we must ask ourselves is, "God's heart is for the nations... is mine?" Christ's church must be marked by unity, love, and humility. There is no place for an attitude of racial superiority among those who are made in God's image, united in Christ, and part of the same spiritual family. We must show the world what Christ-centered unity looks like, and we must tell them the message of Christ that makes such unity possible.

The peace and unity the world longs for is impossible where sin reigns. It is unavoidable when Christ reigns.

Listen to The Scattering of the Nations at Babel

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Genesis 12. Take some time to prayerfully read our text before Sunday. Consider the following questions as you read:

  • How does the call of Abraham contrast the Babel narrative in ch11?
  • What responsibilities does God give Abram? What part is God's responsibility?
  • What does Abram's response reveal?
  • How do these promises affect us today? What other promises from God call for our faith?

Pray that God would speak to us through His word so that our hearts are moved towards faith and worship and obedience.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (8/30/17)

IN REFLECTION

Sunday's sermon from Genesis 9 showed us the grace of God in blessing Noah and establishing an everlasting covenant with him (promising never to flood the earth again). Sadly it also recounts the foolishness of Noah and the sin of his son Ham. Like Adam before them, mankind falls into sin and bears the curse. Our only hope is that God is faithful to keep his covenant promises. It will be through the future covenants that God will not simply delay wrath, but will bring the blessing of salvation. Our God always keeps his promises, and this means He is to be trusted and depended on.

Listen to A New Beginning

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will work through the tower of Babel narrative in Genesis 11. Consider the following questions as you read:

  • How do chapters 10-11 connect to the Noah story? How do they connect to the Abraham story in chapter 12?
  • What themes are repeated concerning human nature?
  • What themes are repeated concerning the character of God?
  • How does the Babel story reveal a need for the redemptive work of Christ?

Pray that God would speak to us through His word so that our hearts are moved towards faith and worship and obedience.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Come Thou Fount
Across the Lands
When Love Came Down to Earth
Rock of Ages
Glorious Christ

Reflect and Prepare (8/16/17)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we examined the genealogy of Adam through Seth to Noah in Genesis 5. In this genealogy we find a sobering reminder of life in a sin-cursed world. The refrain is constant, "And he died." But there is also a marvelous exception; Enoch walks with God and is taken. And there is a persistent hope (expressed in the naming of Noah) that one day God would undo the curse. The implications for us are that we can find rescue from death through relationship with Christ, and that we can find relief from the curse through the work of Christ.

Listen to Rescue from Death and Rest from the Curse

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be looking into the account of the flood in Genesis 6-8. Please pray for me as I prepare and for all who will sit under the preaching of the word. Also take some time to read through the text this week and consider the following questions:

• What does this story tell us about human nature?
• What does this story tell us about God? His character? His plan?
• What makes Noah unique in his generation?
• How does this story relate to the fall in Genesis 3?
• What similarities do you see with previous episodes in Genesis?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

• A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
• Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
• Did Christ Over Sinners Weep
• Plead for Me
• The First Place

Reflect and Prepare (8/23/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we worked through the account of Noah and the flood in Genesis 6:1-8:19 (we covered a lot of ground!) The unavoidable truth in this epic narrative is that sin brings divine judgment, and the only hope of rescue is divine grace. In a pattern of salvation to come, grace is what saves Noah, and grace is extended to a small band of surviving sinners through the obedience of one man. Just as in Noah's day, we too face a looming global judgment, and our only hope of salvation is the grace of God, grace that has been extended to us through the obedience of one man - Jesus Christ. Our response must be one of faith - believing in the word of God; worship - hearts that overflow with gratitude and praise and obedience; and mission - telling the world about the offer of rescue through the faith in the finished work of Jesus.

Listen to The Flood - Judgment and Deliverance


IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will pick up with Noah as he exits the ark and enters a newly washed world in Genesis 9. Take some time to pray for Sunday, and read Genesis 8:20-9:28 and consider the following questions:

• What similarities do you see with events that have already happened in Genesis?
• How are God's original purposes being advanced?
• What new concepts emerge as God and Noah interact?
• How would this text have been important for the original recipients (Israel) as they were headed for the promised land?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.


• In Christ Alone / The Solid Rock
• The Lord is My Salvation
Psalm 62 
• I Have A Shelter
• Great is Thy Faithfulness

Reflect and Prepare (8/9/17)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we looked at the story of Cain and Abel ... and Seth. We saw that life outside the garden followed the same sad pattern of temptation, sin, and cursing. Adam and Eve's sin is passed on to their descendants. But as the curse spreads spreads and worsens, the promise continues; God is working to bring about his plan of redemption. In the birth of Seth another offspring is provided who will be the new bearer of the promise from Genesis 3:15. Through tragedy, despite opposition, and through often surprising means, God is pushing his purposes forward.

Listen to Cain and Abel and Seth


IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will come from Genesis chapter 5. Please take some time to read the text and reflect on the following questions:

  • What differences do you notice between the line of Cain in ch4 and the line of Seth in ch5?
  • What do you think is the significance of Enoch's story? 
  • How does the naming of Noah fit into the larger context of Genesis 3-8?

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect and Prepare (8/2/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked at the consequences of sin in the garden. Adam and Eve's sin results in shame, fear, and divine judgment. Their relationship with one another and with God are fractured, and they are sent out of God's presence in the garden. But a glimmer of hope is found in the promise, a promise that hints at God's gracious purpose to restore what has been lost in the fall. Let's worship Christ and trust in His death and resurrection as our only hope of rescue and restoration.

Listen to "Paradise Lost"


IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday's sermon will be looking at Genesis 4-5 and the spread of sin. Reflect on these questions as you read through the text this week:

  • How does this text connect to the story of the fall in ch3, the curse, and the promise of a redeemer?
  • How does it anticipate the flood in ch6?
  • What does this text reveal about human nature?
  • What does this teach us about God?
  • In what ways does this text push us towards Jesus and dependence on the Holy Spirit?

PREPARING TO SING

Reflect and Prepare (7/26/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we examined Genesis 3:1-7 and the fall of man in the garden. Satan's cunning strategy of temptation and the fatal errors of Adam and Eve are examples we must learn from. Our experience of temptation and sin has much in common. Not only do we learn about ourselves in the fall, we also begin to see our need for Christ. Only when we understand how things went wrong in the beginning will we understand what it will take for salvation to be accomplished. There must be death for sin, and there must be perfect obedience for eternal life. In His grace, the Son of God becomes a man to provide for us perfect obedience and to die in our place.

This week let's be on guard against the enemy, believe the truth about God's nature and the goodness of his word, and trust in Christ as the one who rescues from the fall.

Listen to "The Fall of Man"

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will be studying the results of man's sin in the garden, the consequences and curses in Genesis 3:8-24. Take a few moments to read the test and pray that God would grant us understanding and a strengthen us to believe and obey what we hear. A few questions to consider as you read:

  • What was the immediate result of their sin? What were the ongoing effects on mankind and creation?
  • What evidence of hope and grace are evident?
  • How does this story repeat itself in our lives? What do you have in common with Adam and Eve?
  • How does the curse manifest itself in our day and age? How have you personally been affected?

PREPARING TO SING

 

Reflect and Prepare (7/19/17)

IN REFLECTION

Genesis 1 looks at the big picture; a universal creation account that tells us about the beginning of the world. In Genesis 2 Moses takes a second look from a different angle at the creation of man, diving deeper into the details to teach us something about ourselves. God created man in His image, cultivated a place for him, gave him a commission and a command, and completed him by making a helper fit for him. In all this we see that we were created for relationship with God, to have a unique relationship with creation (dominion, serving, keeping), and a relationship with one another (the marriage covenant). Genesis 2 gives us a prototype of the kingdom of God - God's people in God's place under God's rule enjoying God's blessings. This shows us not only the original goodness of creation, but also points forward to the fulfillment of God's plan in the new earth.

Listen to "The Creation of Man"

IN PREPARATION

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will be looking into the fall of man in Genesis 3. Please read the chapter this week and consider the following questions:

  • What was the serpent's strategy? What was so appealing to Eve? To Adam?
  • What was the immediate result of their sin? What were the ongoing effects on mankind and creation?
  • What evidence of hope and grace are evident? 
  • How does this story repeat itself in our lives? What do you have in common with Adam and Eve?
  • How does the curse manifest itself in our day and age? How have you personally been affected?


PREPARING TO SING

If you don't know some of this songs, take time to listen and prepare to sing with us. Parents, use this as a resource to teach your children, not only so they can participate in singing, but also so that these truths would be imprinted on their hearts.

Call to Worship: Psalm 100:1-5

Glorious And Mighty (Joel Sczebel, Todd Twining, and Bob Kauflin)

The Lord Is My Salvation (Keith and Kristyn Getty)

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:18-19

All I Have Is Christ (Jordan Kauflin)

Plead For Me (Meghan Baird and Ryan Baird)

Sermon - Genesis 3

Our Song From Age To Age (Joel Sczebel)

Reflect and Prepare (7/13/17)

IN REFLECTION

Sunday's sermon looked into God's work of creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3. The Genesis account of creation does more than simply answer the "how and when" questions; it answers the "who and why" questions. God unfolded creation over six days instead of all at once in order to teach us something about Himself. Creation reveals God's glorious power, nature, and purpose. Since God is powerful, we must worship and fear Him above all else. Since God is good, benevolent, wise, and gracious, we must trust Him. Since God's created us for a reason, we must embrace and submit to His divine purpose. Let's pray this week that the story of creation would shape the way we live, work, and worship.

Listen to "God's Glory Revealed in His Work of Creation"

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be studying the creation of man in Genesis 2:2-25. Please take a few moments to read through these verses before Sunday and pray that through the teaching of the word God would shape our understanding of ourselves, our purpose, our nature, and our relationship with Him.

Reflect and Prepare (6/29/17)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we looked at Psalm 51 and examined the characteristics of genuine repentance. Such repentance is necessary for conversion and is proven to be genuine by an ongoing posture of repentance throughout our lives. May God give us soft hearts that break over our sin, a humble dependence on the mercy of God, and a strong faith in the cleansing power of Christ's work on the cross.

Listen to "A Model of Genuine Repentance"

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will be diving in to our new sermon series on the book of Genesis. I encourage you to start reading through chapters 1-11 regularly over the next few weeks and praying with me that God would renew our minds, soften our hearts, and strengthen our resolve through the preaching of His word.

Reflect and Prepare (6/21/17)

IN REFLECTION

Sunday we completed our study on doctrine by examining the eschatalogical topics of the millennial kingdom and eternal state. We teach that the kingdom anticipated throughout scripture and described in Revelation 20 is future and physical, and that it follows the return of Christ. We teach that after 1000 years this transitional kingdom gives way to the eternal state, a restored and remade heaven and earth in which God dwells with redeemed humanity in a redeemed creation. This is the end of the story, and a reality that should shape our living in the present! Where is your treasure? Are you seeking joy and purpose and meaning in the temporary things of the world? Or are you seeking the things above? Let's enjoy God's gifts today in this world as a foretaste of the joy to come. And let's face loss with hope, knowing that our ultimate inheritance can never be taken away.

Listen to "Eschatology - Distinctives P2"

IN PREPARATION

Before launching into our upcoming series on Genesis, we are going to take a week and focus in on Psalm 51. The Psalms are rich tapestry of worship, anguish, rejoicing, longing, praise, and prayer. Take some time this week to read Psalm 51 and consider how this song might shine light on our own hearts and on the character of God. Pray with me that the realities of sin and grace would be powerfully seen on Sunday as we gather for worship.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY

We have an amazing opportunity to minister to people from all around the world ... without ever leaving Lawrence! Below are some opportunities shared our friends at Intervarsity:

1. Drive on a Tour of Lawrence (Aug 5 & 12 – 10am)

Very simple! Take 2-3 students on a short spin around our town. We provide a map, some info to share – and students!

2. Donate some things to our Welcome GiveAway (Aug 5)

We collect nice, used furniture, household items to help the new international families set up their apartment.

3. Be a Friendship Family

Only 20% of internationals are ever invited into an American home! Reach out to one or two students for the school year. This is a fun way to care for students by having them over for dinner, or a movie, or a birthday party. It is also an opportunity to bring them to visit church. Your commitment is to see them twice during the semester – just reach out and let them know a family, see a home, and experience something beyond the campus.

4. Weekly Conversation Partner

This is the ultimate - you build a special friendship, are a tremendous help to the student --- and have an in-depth witness through your love and words. You meet weekly at the time and place convenient to you and your partner and simply talk so they can improve their spoken English. (lunch, tea/coffee…) We need Americans from 18-88 – for undergrads, graduate students, post-docs and visiting professors.

Reflect and Prepare (6/7/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we began part one of a two-week examination of eschatology, the doctrine of the last things. We laid out the "load-bearing walls," the essential elements of eschatology that must be affirmed in order for the biblical storyline to hold together. Jesus is returning, will establish His kingdom, there will be a resurrection, and heaven and hell are real and eternal. Without these key truths the Christian faith falls apart. Let's live this week in light of eternity and cling to the gospel as we proclaim it to the world.

Listen to "Eschatology - P1"

IN PREPARATION

This week we will conclude our series through doctrine by dealing with the more specific details concerning the return of Christ and the establishment of His kingdom. Pray that God would help us to understand the sometimes complex elements of the future, and that we would see the glory of Christ in the events surrounding His return.

MEMBER VOTE SUNDAY

On Sunday we will be voting on two measures: the adoption of a budget for the coming year, and the adoption of our church constitutions and bylaws. If you would like to review our constitution and bylaws please let me know (copies were available Sunday). Also, contact the budget team if you have any questions on the budget before Sunday.

Reflect and Prepare (5/17/17)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we looked at Hebrews 12:25-29 and considered the importance of offering acceptable worship to God. Such worship grows out of gratitude and is marked by reverence and awe. Let's dwell this week on the gracious works of God and the glorious character of God, that we might be compelled to worship Him as He deserves!

Listen to "Acceptable Worship"

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will have the privilege of hearing from pastor Mike Summers, who has pastored at Countryside Baptist Church in Olathe, KS since 1989. He is planning to preach from Genesis 22:1-18 on the opportunity of testing. I encourage you to read through that text this week and pray that God would speak to us through His word as we gather for worship Sunday.

**NOTE** we will not be having our youth meeting this Sunday night. We plan to pick back up on the 28th.

CONGRATULATIONS!

We had several members reach a significant milestone this past week. Katie Skoog completed her bachelor's degree and Angie Seaba completed her master's at KU. Let's rejoice with them and encourage them as they both step into their new careers.

NEW DIRECTORY

Nancy Moneymaker has graciously served us by compiling an updated church directory. If you did not receive one on Sunday be sure to pick one up this week. This is a great resource to pray through and utilize when seeking to connect with others in our body.

Reflect and Prepare (5/11/17)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we addressed the question of whether or not the miraculous gifts are operative today. Though not a matter of orthodoxy, it is both personally and corporately important that we rightly understand the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Based on the testimony of scripture and the testimony of history, we teach that these gifts are no longer normative or necessary for the church today. Does this mean we are "anti-supernatural" or "anti-spiritual-gifts"? Does it mean we minimize the role and ministry of the Holy Spirit? Absolutely not! Rather we simply acknowledge that God's work in this age is in some ways different than during the establishment of the church.

Listen to "Are All the Gifts for Today?"

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be taking a break from our series on doctrine to study Hebrews 12:25-29. I invite you to read through this text this week and pray with me that God would give us a clear vision of who He is, resulting in worship that honors Him.

MOTHERS DAY LOCATION

Don't forget, this Sunday we will be meeting at the Arterra Event Gallery. (2161 Quail Creek Dr, Lawrence, KS 66047). We'll begin worship at 10am like usual.

MISSIONS UPDATE

Many of you know and pray for the Warnes in Mexico and the Johansens in Brazil. Here is an update from Roger from their ministry. Let's rejoice with them and continue to pray for God's work to be done! If you would like to contribute to missions at Redemption Hill you can indicate that on the memo of your check or you can designate "missions" when you give online.

Reproduction is one goal of missions

It is always a joy to see the Lord take a sinner out of the kingdom of darkness and put him/her into the kingdom of light. As I get older, it gets more exciting to see those under your ministry be a part of that reproduction ministry. It is a joy to see others being a part of evangelism and discipleship. We are thankful for Felipe being snatched from the flames of hell into God's glorious family. Felipe is a young man who comes from a rough family. Felipe's parents do not know the Lord and used to be against anything related to the church. However, for the last six months, Felipe has been coming to youth events. He asked questions that showed he had been thinking through life, Christ and the future. Jonathan, our 15 year old son, had the opportunity to share with Felipe in many ways. Then, Jordan and Joshua (coming from Bible College) arrived and hosted a youth retreat. At the youth retreat testimonies were shared, and the Word was proclaimed. When Sunday arrived, Joshua preached the gospel at a packed service. Felipe came urgently to Joshua and myself and shared, "I have to accept Christ as fast as possible, for I do not want to wait any longer." It was great to see my kids involved in the process. One of our Bible College students, Lucas, will disciple Felipe. Pray for Felipe's growth. Pray for God to continue to reproduce and multiply His ministry.

Another piece of exciting news.....

BGFM is heading to Portugal! Some of you may remember that I am part of a mission leadership that is called BGFM (Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission). BGFM has always worked within Brazil, but with ministries reproducing and growing, the need to reach the world has become a reality. We praise the Lord for Brazilians who are rising up to the call to take the gospel to the uttermost parts. Pray for Adil and family as we prepare with them to have a new field in Europe, in Portugal.

Praise the Lord for reproduction.

Thanks for your prayers and cares,
- Roger for all

Reflect and Prepare (5/4/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked at what the scripture teaches about the doctrine of sanctification. Those who believe are set apart unto God, we are made holy as saints. This happens initially in a positional sense; we have been sanctified. But it then continues progressively in a practical sense; we are being sanctified. This change God produces in us is a blood-bought blessing of our redemption, a work of the Holy Spirit, and a necessary evidence of true conversion. Are you pursuing sanctification this week? Are you seeking conformity to Christ, spiritual maturity, and growth in holiness? May God give us strength and resolve to exercise holy and humble effort as we seek to live out our identity in Christ.

Listen to The Doctrine of Sanctification

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will be dealing with the question of whether or not miraculous spiritual gifts are for today. You can read our position on this issue our statement of faith. This is an issue that can and has caused much controversy and confusion in the church. Let's pray for wisdom and a clear understanding of what the bible teaches. Pray that we would understand the role of the Spirit and honor Him in how we describe His ongoing ministry.

Reflect and Prepare (4/26/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked at the biblical teaching on the doctrine of election, God's sovereign choice of who will be saved. Though this is a difficult doctrine for some to embrace, it is not an obscure teaching of scripture. As we read God's word we are confronted with this truth from start to finish. Will we try to explain it away in order to make God's word "fit" our preconceived ideas? Will we constrain Him with our assumptions of what He ought to be like? Or will we let scripture speak and follow where the text leads us? The doctrine of election tells us much about God, about ourselves, and about the nature of our salvation. Practically this doctrine ought bring comfort, ought to energize prayer and evangelism, and ought to humble us and compel us to worship God for His matchless grace.

Listen to "The Doctrine of Election"

IN PREPARATION

This week we will continue our study of doctrine by examining what the bible teaches about sanctification, the process by which we become more like Jesus. You can read our statement on the website and examine the relevant scriptures linked there. Pray with me that our hearts would be open, God's Spirit would be active, God's word received, God's people changed, and God's name glorified.

MOTHERS DAY

Unfortunately, the lunch we were planning on Mothers Day fell through. There was a conflict in the scheduling at the Arterra Event Gallery and we will not be able to stay past noon. We still plan to meet there for morning worship however on May 14th.

YOUTH SUMMER CAMP

Steven Parkin sent out information about summer camp for students grades 7-12. If you did not receive that email or need additional information, please let Steven know and he can make sure to fill you in.

Reflect and Prepare (4/19/17)

IN REFLECTION

This past weekend we reflected on Christ's suffering (Good Friday) and His victory over death (Resurrection Day). On Sunday we looked at Peter's sermon in Acts 2 and considered the sacrifical nature of Christ's work, the supernatural victory of Christ's work, and the saving power of Christ's work. Because of what Jesus has done we can live without guilt, without fear, and with hope, no matter what happens. Though Easter may be over, let's not forget that the person and work of Christ are central to our life and faith all year around! 

Listen to "The Unique Power of the Resurrection"

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will return to our series on doctrine, working through our church's statement of faith. We will be addressing the often misunderstood doctrine of divine election. Though this topic is frequently debated and can be controversial, the scripture is astonishingly clear. Please pray with me that we would approach this truth with humility, a teachable spirit, a commitment to unity, and a willingness to believe what God's word says.

MOTHER'S DAY

On Mother's Day, May 14th, we will not have access to the Carnegie building on Sunday morning. Instead we will be meeting at the Arterra Event Gallery at 2161 Quail creek Drive. For those who are interested, we have the option to stay and enjoy a catered lunch after our time of worship is over. If you would like to take advantage of this, please sign up Sunday on the back table. There will likely be a small cost involved but it should be reasonable.

Reflect and Prepare (4/12/17)

IN REFLECTION

Sunday we tacked the controversial and complex issues of gender, marriage, and sexuality. Though our culture is awash with competing truth claims concerning morality and personal freedom, the bible's teaching is clear. God's design is authoritative. God's decrees are authoritative. And His design and decree are good. For those who recognize the truth of God's word but face the difficulty of disordered desires, the good news of the gospel provides freedom from the past, strength for the present, and hope for the future. Therefore it is the gospel that must be at the forefront of our ministry to those who deal with gender dysphoria and/or same-sex attraction, both outside the church and within.

Listen to Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality.

GOOD FRIDAY DARKENING SERVICE

Death comes before resurrection. On Friday we will be meeting at 7pm to reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus. His death was horrific, but it was necessary. Necessary because of our sin. We will review together the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross and remind ourselves of why Jesus had to die, and what that death signified. Our service will end in silent darkness, but we will return Sunday to celebrate the victory of Christ over death!

IN PREPARATION

Easter is a special day for believers to rejoice in the truth of Christ's resurrection. On Sunday we will gather to worship our risen Savior and consider on the unique power of His resurrection. Pray with me that our affections for Christ would be stirred and that our faith would be strengthened. Pray for any unbelievers who may be in our midst, that they would hear the good news and trust in the finished work of Christ, who died and rose again.

ANCHORED CONFERENCE

Our friends at Mission Road Bible Church in Kansas City are hosting a regional conference for singles in their 20's and 30's on on Saturday, April 22nd. This is a great opportunity to be encouraged in your walk with Christ, to be equipped to minister effectively and faithfully during this season of life, and to enjoy the fellowship of others from like-minded churches. We are excited to recommend this event to all who are able to attend. You can learn more and register for the event at anchoredconf.com. Sign up soon if you plan to go!

PCC BANQUET

On Thursday April 27th the Pregnancy Care Center of Lawrence will be hosting their annual banquet from 7-9pm in the Ballroom of the KU Memorial Union. If you would be interested in attending and learning more about this local ministry, please contact Craig Miller.

Reflect and Prepare (4/5/17)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we examined the doctrine of creation, focusing specifically on the often contested question of whether the biblical account fits with the claims of evolutionary scientists. We presented two reasons why we interpret Genesis 1-2 in a simple and literal sense: a textual reason, and a theological reason. We believe this is the best way to interpret Genesis, and that the gospel itself requires an historical Adam who was not the product of evolution. Our conviction that the six days were literal 24-hour periods is important, but we acknowledge that many will disagree. While this (in itself) is not a matter of orthodoxy, we concluded that the Christian worldview demands we confess God as the first cause, Adam and Eve as special creation in God's image, and sin as the cause of death. Though there are brothers and sisters in Christ who may disagree on certain details (even important details), these are foundational issues that we must not compromise. We submit to the authority of God's word and embrace it without shame.

Listen to Sunday's sermon on The Doctrine of Creation

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will focus on our position concerning gender, marriage and sexuality. In a day and age where much confusion and emotion abounds surrounding these controversial subjects, it is vital that we allow God's word to shine light and speak authoritatively. Please pray that God would give us both courage and compassion, discernment and humility, as we gather to hear the word on Sunday. Pray that any in our midst experiencing confusion or temptation would be encouraged and helped, and that unbelievers would hear the clear call of the gospel.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARENTS

Due to the topic we are addressing, terms like "homosexual practice, same-sex attraction, gender identity and expression" will be used. I intend to be discreet and not unnecessarily explicit, but I want you to be aware in advance in case you are not wanting to discuss these topics with your children yet. This week we will be opening up our children's class to accommodate older elementary children. Please feel free to utilize this option if you desire.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

On Friday, April 14th, we are going to be having a "Darkening Service" at the Carnegie Building from 7-8pm. This will be a sober time of reflecting on the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross, and will consist of readings and congregational singing. As the lights grow progressively darker throughout the evening, we will trace the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross. As we finish with the death of Christ, the lights will all be off. Death and darkness. We will leave in silence, reflecting on the awfulness of His suffering on our behalf and the grief He endured. Then we will return with joy to celebrate the rest of the story on Easter Sunday - resurrection!

PCC BANQUET

On Thursday April 27th the Pregnancy Care Center of Lawrence will be hosting their annual banquet from 7-9pm in the Ballroom of the KU Memorial Union. If you would be interested in attending and learning more about this local ministry, please contact Craig Miller.

Reflect and Prepare (3/29/17)

IN REFLECTION

I hope you were encouraged and challenged (as I was) by Pastor Otto's message from Colossians 1:24-29 Sunday. I believe his charge to understand and embrace the same ministry Paul had was timely for our church body. Paul's ministry to the church was to minister the word to them, by the power God supplies, so that everyone would be brought to spiritual maturity. He admonished us that if we would would be effective in this task we must listen (to the word), learn (allow it to shape our thinking) live (in obedience to it), and love (taking these truths to others for their good). Let's do that together this week!

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will return to our series on doctrine and begin working through the "distinctives" section of our statement of faith. We will begin by looking at the doctrine of creation. You can read our statement on creation here. Please pray with me that we would come Sunday with open hearts and minds to receive what God will show us in His word.

NEW - YOUTH MEETINGS

We are going to begin having a weekly youth meeting on Sunday nights, starting this week. We will meet at Steven and Bradi Parkin's home from 7-8:30pm. Steven and I will lead in some discussion of the morning's sermon. Students from grades 7-12 are invited to come with questions and participate in this discipleship opportunity.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

On Friday, April 14th, we are going to be having a "Darkening Service" at the Carnegie Building from 7-8pm. This will be a sober time of reflecting on the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross, and will consist of readings and congregational singing. As the lights grow progressively darker throughout the evening, we will trace the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross. As we finish with the death of Christ, the lights will all be off. Death and darkness. We will leave in silence, reflecting on the awfulness of His suffering on our behalf and the grief He endured. Then we will return with joy to celebrate the rest of the story on Easter Sunday - resurrection!

Reflect and Prepare (3/15/17)

IN REFLECTION

Are you aware of the Spirit's presence and dependent on His enabling ministry this week? On Sunday we talked about the often misunderstood doctrine of God the Holy Spirit. My hope is that we would not be confused, nor neglectful of the third person of the Godhead. We considered Sunday the person of the Holy Spirit (who He is), the work of the Holy Spirit (in creation, inspiration and regeneration), and our experience of the Holy Spirit (indwelling, baptism, sealing, sanctification). Let's worship Him as God, depend on Him for the strength and grace He supplies, take comfort and encouragement in His presence with us, and submit to His work in and through us for the glory of God.

You can listen to The Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit

IN PREPARATION

This week we come to the last of the essential doctrines in our statement of faith - the doctrine of salvation. I encourage you to read through our statement on salvation and consider the supporting texts. Pray with me that we would understand the gospel more deeply, embrace His grace more fully, worship Him more passionately, and proclaim this good news more boldly because of our time together in the word Sunday. Pray for the unbelievers in our midst to hear His voice and come to Christ in faith and repentance.

A DISCERNING WORD

Theology is always relevant, always practical, always necessary. We have spent the last month talking about the trinity - Father, Son and Spirit. This ancient truth is momentarily in the cultural spotlight as the movie adaptation of William Young's book, "The Shack" has captured the nation's attention. Is this a good thing? Is it Christian truth penetrating the secular world? Or is the message of "The Shack" something that Christians should be wary of and distance ourselves from? Tim Challies writes a clear and sobering article uncovering the convictions behind the novel. I commend it to you.

LADIES RETREAT

On Saturday, April 1st, Countryside will be hosting a retreat centered on the theme "Living My Life in Light of the Gospel." They have invited all the ladies age 16 and older at Redemption Hill to attend. The event will start at 8:30am and conclude at 4:30pm. The cost is $15 and includes breakfast and lunch.

Reflect and Prepare (3/8/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we examined the doctrine of God the Son, taking our statement of faith and working through the section on Christology line by line. God saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. And only those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. This places the person and work of Christ at the very center of our faith. Let's worship Him, treasure Him, submit to Him, and proclaim Him this week.

Listen to The Doctrine of God the Son

IN PREPARATION

Is the person and work of the Holy Spirit somewhat of a mystery to you? It seems that no shortage of attitudes and assumptions about the Spirit are floating around at any given time, and much of it can be confusing. This week at Redemption Hill we will be looking to the scripture to understand exactly who the Spirit is and what it is that He does. In preparation, take a few minutes to read through our statement on God the Holy Spirit and pray that God would give us a deeper understanding of His word, leading to worship and obedience.

YOUTH EVENT

Just a reminder that there is a youth event scheduled for this Sunday evening. Students are invited to meet at McDonalds at 6th and Wakarusa at 5 and bring money for dinner. We will discuss Rom. 12:1-2, so please bring your notes. Everyone will eat then car pool over to the Lawrence Sports Pavilion (wear athletic clothing). If you are a non-Douglas Country resident it will cost $5 for access into the Pavilion. Parents will pick up teens at the Pavilion at 8. Contact Steven Parkin if you have any questions. 

Reflect and Prepare (3/1/17)

IN REFLECTION

Knowing God is what matters more than anything else in the world (Jer. 9:23-24). On Sunday we considered the doctrine of God the Father. I hope that you left with a bigger view of our majestic God, and that this week you find yourself trusting, worshiping, and obeying our great God.

Listen to The Doctrine of God the Father


IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we turn our attention to the Doctrine of God the Son. Take a few minutes to read through the relevant portion of our statement of faith and consider the supporting texts.

SHEPHERDS CONFERENCE UPDATE

We are having a great time at the Shepherds' Conference. Day one was already incredibly profitable. Please continue to pray for me, Craig Miller, Carey Wilson, and Will Moneymaker as we participate in this unique event. You can learn more about the conference and watch the live-stream free at shepherdsconference.org

Reflect and Prepare (2/2217)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we considered the doctrine of the triune God. This doctrine is essential to the Christian faith and upholds the comprehensive teaching of scripture that God is three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Spirit), all three persons are fully God, and that there is only one God. This doctrine provides the basis for relationships, hints at the order that is to exist in the family and in the church, and is crucial to our understanding of the gospel itself. May we be moved to awe and worship as we consider the majesty and glory of the God who is three in one.

Listen to The Doctrine of the Triune God

IN PREPARATION

This week we will focus on the first person of the trinity - God the Father. Take a few minutes to read through our statement on God the Father and pray that we would see God as He truly is and respond in worship and awe. Pray that the unbelievers who are attending would come to know God as Father by placing their faith in Jesus Christ.

Reflect and Prepare (2/16/17)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we examined the doctrine of the scriptures and considered what is at stake if we get it wrong, how scripture is under attack, and how we should respond to the truth that God's word is inspired, inerrant, authoritative, complete, and sufficient. Remember we are not aiming to simply get this truth into our minds, but into our hearts, producing a desire to know God more as we seek Him in His word.

Listen to The Doctrine of Scripture

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be looking into the doctrine of the triune God. I encourage you to read what our statement of faith says about this crucial doctrine and to examine the supporting scriptures. Pray with me that God would expand our minds to understand this truth and fill our hearts to love Him more. Also, if you have specific questions about this doctrine I would love to hear from you as I prepare for Sunday.

NEXT GENERATION SUMMIT

The event at Countryside this Saturday will be aimed at preparing the next generation to carry on the mission of the church. Let's pray that those attending would be encouraged and equipped as they sit under the teaching of the word. The event starts at 8:30am and will conclude at 4:30pm.

Reflect and Prepare (2/9/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we began our series on our statement of faith by asking the question, "Does doctrine matter?" As we considered the teaching of scripture we concluded that right doctrine is incredibly important. It matters to God, for He wants to be known truly and worshiped rightly and obeyed fully, and He has revealed Himself to us in His word for this purpose. Right doctrine also matters for believers, because knowing doctrine is part of our sanctification, equips us for ministry, and protects us from error and the enemy. And right doctrine matters for the church. It strengthens our unity, serves as a guide for aspiring teachers and as a tool to evaluate potential leaders. This means we as a church need to clear teaching on right doctrine, and you as an individual need to know and understand God's truth. Let's approach God's word in private and on Sundays with open hearts and desire to have our minds "renewed in knowledge after the image of our creator" (Col. 3:10).

Listen to Doctrine Matters

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be examining the doctrine of scripture. In preparation I encourage you to read our statement on scripture and consider the texts from which we draw our understanding of this doctrine. Pray for me as I prepare and for those who will be hearing the word preached, both believers and unbelievers. If you have any questions about this doctrine I would love to hear from you as I prepare this week!

NEXT GENERATION SUMMIT

Saturday the 18th is the Next Generation Summit at Countryside Baptist Church. The event starts at 8:30am and will conclude at 4:30pm. Don't forget to bring your $10 to cover meals and books!

Reflect and Prepare (1/26/17)

IN REFLECTION

Our mission is to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus, and unity within the church is necessary if we want to be faithful and fruitful in this endeavor. On Sunday we considered three reasons why unity is necessary. First, it is rooted in the gospel itself and we are called to "walk in a manner worthy of the gospel. Our corporate testimony matters. Second, it is presupposed by the biblical metaphors. We are the body of Christ, the family of God, and a spiritual temple made up of living stones. Our corporate cooperation matters. And finally, it is commanded in scripture. Our corporate obedience matters. This means we have a duty to both protect and pursue unity in the church. Let's prayerfully seek to do this together.

Listen to Sunday's sermon "The Necessity of Unity to Our Mission"

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will address how unity in the church is pursued and expressed - in relationships. Pray with me that our church family will clearly understand the importance of authentic Christ-centered relationships in the body, and that God would grow and deepen these relationships so that we might better help each other follow Christ.

NEXT GENERATION SUMMIT

On Saturday, Feb. 18th, we are participating in a special all-day event with Countryside Baptist Church aimed at preparing and equipping the next generation of leaders in the church. High school students, college students and young adults in their 20's and even early 30's (married or single) are all invited to come for a day of teaching, worship and fellowship. The cost is $10 and covers two meals and two books that will be distributed to everyone. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to be encouraged and equipped to use your gifts to serve the Lord in His church!

Find out more about the event here, and be sure to register soon.

Reflect and Prepare (1/12/17)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we focused on the centrality of the gospel to our mission as a church. In fact, the success of our mission requires faithfulness to the gospel. It is through the ministry of the gospel that God is revealing His glory, transforming sinners and growing disciples. The gospel shapes our church's convictions, emphasizing sin as the main problem in the world, Christ as the only solution, and heart-change as the goal. The gospel shapes our church's culture as well, producing a sense of both serious urgency and patience, deep humility and real lasting joy. Are you dwelling on the glorious good news this week? Are you standing firm without compromise on the truth of the gospel? Are you passionately emphasizing these truths in your own heart, with your family, in your fellowship? Are you pursuing actual gospel fluency and seeking to boldly proclaim this message to the lost? Let's not forget the gospel or abandon in search of something more "relevant" or "effective," but rather let's seek to boast only in the cross as we seek to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus.

You can listen online to "The Centrality of the Gospel to Our Mission"

In addition to personal bible study, the resource recommended Sunday was a book by Greg Gilbert titled "What is the Gospel?"

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday (weather permitting) we will conclude our series on the mission of the church by considering the necessity of unity to to our mission. Would you join me in praying for doctrinal and relational unity in our body? And let's pray that God would remove barriers in our hearts that keep us from engaging in authentic relationships where discipleship happens.

WEATHER ALERTS

The weather forecast is showing a possibility of ice accumulation this weekend. On Saturday afternoon we will make a decision about whether canceling our Sunday morning worship service is necessary. If we do decide to cancel we will post it on the front page of the website, post it to social media (facebook and twitter), and send out an email as well. You can look for official communication in those places.

Reflect and Prepare (1/4/17)

IN REFLECTION

We began a new season in our church's life and a new year by examining our mission and it's biblical basis. Redemption Hill Church's mission is to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus. This mission requires personal obedience and corporate cooperation. Let's keep this goal before us and continually depend on the Spirit of God to empower us for this mission.

If you missed Sunday I strongly encourage you to try and find time to listen to the sermon audio. Not that it was the best sermon, but it does clearly lay out something that is absolutely critical for our church body.

Audio is available online for "Our Missional Mandate"

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will continue our focus on the church's mission by considering the centrality of the gospel to this mission. I would encourage you to spend some time this week reflecting on the gospel itself, and spend a few moments in prayer for me as I prepare and for our church as we seek to understand God's will for us here in Lawrence.

GIVING AT REDEMPTION HILL

As we talked about in this sermon, giving is not something we do out of duty or simply for pragmatic purposes. It is an expression of worship to God and a crucial element of fulfilling our church's mission. There are several ways you can give to the Lord at Redemption Hill:

  • You can give in person at our weekly worship gathering on Sunday. There is a box on the back table where you can deposit checks or cash.
  • You can mail a check to PO Box 3074, Lawrence, KS 66046 if you are unable to give on Sunday
  • You can give online through our website or through the Tithe.ly app. It can be downloaded on both iOS and Android devices.

If you have questions about giving or finances you can contact our treasure Caleb Bucher at finance@rhlawrence.org

IRONMEN SUMMIT

Men, the annual Ironmen Summit will be held on Saturday, January 21st from 8am-4pm at Flint Hills Christian Church in Emporia, KS. Register and mark it down on your calendar! If you need help covering the cost please let me know, we want to help you get there. You can learn more and register here. It fills up fast, so I would encourage you to sign up ASAP!

Reflect and Prepare (12/28/16)

IN REFLECTION

On Saturday evening we held our first ever Christmas Eve service at Redemption Hill. Thank you to all who participated and served, you really helped make it special time. For those who were able to join us I hope the songs and readings helped to focus your heart on Christ and His gospel. But Christmas is not the only time we focus on Jesus! Let's endeavor to seek Him, love Him, serve Him and celebrate Him each and every day as we move ahead into the new year!

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will begin a short mini-series that will focus on our identity and mission as a church. On Sunday we not only begin a new calendar year but also enter a new season as an independent church no longer benefiting from the support and oversight of Countryside. This is a critical moment for us and I feel compelled to refocus on the task at hand. Pray with me that these messages will be a helpful and challenging reminder for those who have been with us since the start, and that it will clearly define our mission for those who are newer to our church family. May God give us a zeal for the lost, a love for the church, and a passion for His glory.

IRONMEN SUMMIT

Men, the annual Ironmen Summit will be here before you know it. This year the event will be held on Saturday, January 21st from 8am-4pm at Flint Hills Christian Church in Emporia, KS. I would love to see as many of our men as possible attend, it really is a phenomenal help and encouragement. We are called to serve our families, church, and community and we need the perspective and equipping that events like this provide. It is also a great time of fellowship and strengthening the bond we have as men in the church. Mark it down on your calendar. If you need help covering the cost please let me know, we want to help you get there. You can learn more and register here. It fills up fast, so I would encourage you to sign up ASAP!

Reflect and Prepare (11/30/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we looked at the burial and resurrection of Jesus in Mark 15 and 16. In closing we reflected on two truths: the fact of the resurrection is necessary to our salvation, and faith in the resurrection is necessary for salvation. This week let's meditate on the fact that we serve a risen Savior whom God has raised from the dead, and as those who have experienced the power of the resurrection we are now called to tell others. May God use us as witnesses to spread the good news that Jesus is alive!

Listen to Sunday's sermon "Burial and Resurrection" from Mark 15:40-16:8

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be concluding our two-year study through Mark's gospel. I invite you to read through Mark 16:9-20 and pray that God will give us wisdom and humility as we gather to worship under the word.

2017 BUDGET

This Sunday all members 18 and older will be voting on the budget that was proposed two weeks ago. If you have any remaining questions or feedback please contact someone on the budget committee and they will be happy to help you.

JOURNEY TO JUDEA

J2J will be running Thursday night through Sunday night this week. Please pray for the many unbelievers who will be hearing the gospel, and for the many members of Redemption Hill and Countryside who are serving. You can learn more about J2J at journeytojudea.com

Reflect and Prepare (11/23/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday's sermon on Mark 15:33-39 dealt with the death of Jesus on the cross. The onset of darkness and Jesus's cry of anguish reveal the horror of the cross - it is a place of cosmic judgment against sin. It is where the cup of God's wrath is poured out and the Son forsaken as He bears the the burden of sin. But the tearing of the curtain and the confession of the centurion reveal the power of the cross - in His death Jesus accomplished His mission of providing atonement and has opened the way to God for all who believe. The cross also serves as a powerful act of revelation and calls for a decision. The centurion saw and believed. What will you do with this Jesus? Will you see the horror of sin and judgment and believe in Christ's power to save? Let's remember the great cost paid for our salvation and believe in Christ's power to save.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be looking at Mark 15:40-16:8. As usual, we invite everyone to prayerfully read through this text and prepare your hearts for our time of worship Sunday. May we be submitted to God's Spirit as we come to praise His name and receive His word.

YOUTH EVENT

Our next youth activity will be on Sunday evening December 11th at Steven and Bradi's home from 5-8pm. Please remind your sons/daughters to bring their notes on Ephesians 2:8-10. Steven and Bradi would like to ask for an RSVP at steven.r.parkin@calvary.edu so they can get a head count. Thanks!

Reflect and Prepare (11/16/16)

IN REFLECTION

Sunday's sermon from Mark 15:16-32 offered a sobering reminder of the suffering and scorn Jesus suffered on the cross. Though Jesus is the true king, He was reviled instead of reverenced, abused instead of honored. But Jesus endured all of it for the sake of our salvation. His mercy triumphed over injustice. JC Ryle writes, "Let the cross be often before our minds. Rightly understood, no object in all Christianity is so likely to have a sanctifying as well as comforting effect on our souls." Might our hearts be sanctified and comforted by the truth of the cross this week.

Listen to Sunday's sermon "Suffering and Scorn"

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be studying Mark 15:33-39. I invite you to prepare your heart for worship by reading and reflecting on this text with me this week, and praying that the Holy Spirit would accomplish His work in us. Pray with me that those who do not know Christ would hear the good news of His sacrificial death and believe.

BUDGET PRESENTATION

Following our time of worship Sunday we will be making a brief presentation to propose a budget for 2017. We will also distribute a printed copy of this proposed budget for review, so that questions can be addressed over the next two weeks. A congregational vote to approve the budget will be held on December 4th.

JOURNEY TO JUDEA

Sunday night will be the opening night of J2J tours. There about 300 people involved in the production, and about 6,000 signed up to attend (counting the four nights in December). Please pray for the multiple Redemption Hill members who are serving in this Christmas outreach (along with many others from Countryside) and pray that those attending would understand the gospel message at the heart of Christmas. You can learn more about the event at journeytojudea.com

Reflect and Prepare (10/26/16)

IN REFLECTION

In a world that often seems so unjust, believers need the perspective the apostle Paul offered the Thessalonians - justice is coming. As you look at a broken world, the reality of injustice, and consider the possibility of persecution, do not forget who God is. He is just, He will judge. The wicked will receive retribution and the righteous will be rewarded. May we press on to know God and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Listen to Justice for All by pastor Mike Summers

IN PREPARATION

This week we will return to our study in Mark's gospel. Read Mark 14:66-72 and consider what we might learn that would equip us to be faithful disciples of Jesus. Pray with me that God would use the preaching of His word to strengthen believers and compel the lost to surrender to Christ as Lord and Savior.

YOUTH EVENT

Our next youth activity will be Sunday evening from 5-8pm at the home of Will and Nancy Moneymaker. We ask that you bring $5 to cover food if you can, and contact Steven and Bradi Parkin with any questions.

J2J COOKIES

Many of you are aware of the Christmas outreach at Countryside we are participating in again this year. There are currently well over 5,000 people signed up to attend this year's Journey to Judea, and we always offer them hot chocolate and cookies when they arrive. If you would be willing to help bake some cookies please let us know.

IRONMEN SUMMIT

Men, the Ironmen Summit is a yearly conference that we have participated in for that last few years, and many of us have profited greatly from it. It is an all day event that includes breakfast and lunch along with some great teaching aimed directly at men. This coming year the event will be held on Saturday, January 21st from 8am-4pm at Flint Hills Christian Church in Emporia, KS. Mark it down on your calendar. You can learn more and register here. It fills up fast, so I would encourage you to sign up soon.

Reflect and Prepare (10/12/16)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked at the account of Christ's arrest in the garden of Gethsemane. As the conspiracy to arrest Jesus unfolds, He is betrayed by Judas, misunderstood by the crowd, and abandoned by the disciples. But in the midst of this seeming tragedy His strength is shown in submission, His glory in suffering and His sovereignty in His surrender. May we examine our hearts this week and find comfort and hope in the faithfulness of our Savior.

Listen to Betrayed and Abandoned

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will be an exposition of Mark 14:53-65. I encourage you to read this text and pray that the Holy Spirit will give us insight into the text and enable us to respond as we ought.

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENT

Our next youth activity will be Sunday evening October 30th. More info will be coming soon, but save the date! Contact Steven and Bradi Parkin with questions.

YOUNG ADULT BONFIRE FELLOWSHIP

On Friday, October 28th our college students and young adults are invited to join the group from Countryside at 6pm in DeSoto for an evening of fellowship around the bonfire. They need us to RSVP so they know how much meat to smoke in preparation, so please let us know if you plan to attend.

2017 IRONMEN SUMMIT

Men, the Ironmen Summit is a yearly conference that we have participated in for that last few years, and many of us have profited greatly from it. It is an all day event that includes breakfast and lunch along with some great teaching aimed directly at men. This coming year the event will be held on Saturday, January 21st from 8am-4pm at Flint Hills Christian Church in Emporia, KS. Mark it down on your calendar. You can learn more and register here. It fills up fast, so I would encourage you to sign up soon.

Reflect and Prepare (10/5/16)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we considered the sobering account of Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Why was He so filled with dread? He knew what He was about to experience - the burden of sin was about to placed on His shoulders and He would soon bear the active wrath of God such sin deserves. But in the face of unimaginable suffering Jesus submitted His will to the Father and resolved to obey. By His obedience we are saved. When we consider the cost of our sin and the sacrifice of our Savior, it should produce a spirit of hostility in us towards our remaining sin and fill us with a deeper love for Jesus. May sin become more bitter and Christ all the more sweet as we reflect on the suffering of our Savior.

Listen to "Agony in the Garden"

IN PREPARATION

As we prepare to gather for worship this week, take a few minutes to read through Mark 14:43-52. What do you see displayed in the acts and words of Jesus? What can we learn about ourselves in light of the disciples' failure? How do these truths inspire worship and obedience? Let's pray for open eyes, tender hearts, and a clearer understanding of Christ's work of redemption.

OPEN HOUSE

Just a reminder that we are having our monthly open house for young adults (college students and beyond, single folks and newly married) at the Summers' house (3510 W 10th St) Friday night at 7pm. We plan on this being an informal time of deepening relationships within the church and showing the love of Christ to those are not yet part of the body.

Reflect and Prepare (9/21/16)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we reflected on the failure of the disciples and the faithfulness of our Savior. Against the dark background of their fear and unbelief the grace of Christ shines brightly. Are you resting in His grace this week? Let's pursue humility and dependence in light of our weakness and draw near to the one who chose us, loves us, and renews us when we fall.

Listen to Sunday's sermon from Mark 14:26-31 titled "Grace for Deserters"

IN PREPARATION

This week Steven Parkin is going to be preaching from Romans 5:1-5. Join me in praying for him as he prepares to minister to us, that God would speak to and through him in such a way that God would be glorified, believers would be encouraged and the lost drawn to Christ.

MEN'S STEAKOUT

This Saturday from 1-7pm is the men's steakout. Just a reminder to bring payment with you ($25 each) and pray that the unbelievers attending would be impacted with the gospel. The address of the Balman farm is 4248 Utah Rd, Wellsville, KS 66092

JOURNEY TO JUDEA

On Sunday I announced that Redemption Hill has the opportunity to be a part of Journey to Judea this year. This is an amazing outreach event that clearly presents the story of redemption from scripture, including note only the incarnation of Jesus, but also His life, death and resurrection. If you are interested in helping behind the scenes or in playing a part in this biblical drama, please let me know. You can learn more about J2J at journeytojudea.com

Reflect and Prepare (9/7/16)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we considered the two predictions Jesus makes in Mark 14 - detailed instructions to prepare for passover, and the reality that one of the twelve would betray Him. We noted two truths, that God is completely sovereign over the affairs of man, but also that man is (rightly) held fully responsible for sin. When these to truths are embraced, it gives comfort and confidence to those who suffer, knowing that all things work together for good for those who love God (Rom. 8:28) and that even things that men mean for evil, God means for good (Gen. 50:20). What we must recognize is that God's sovereignty has been exercised most powerfully to display His love. The death of Christ was planned, predicted and fulfilled so that we might be saved. We do not serve a cold and callous dictator. Our sovereign Lord is a suffering Savior, who willingly laid down His life as a ransom for many. This ought to produce a sense of awe in us and compel us to respond in worship.

If you missed the sermon Sunday, you can listen on-line to "Sovereign Lord, Suffering Savior"

IN PREPARATION

This week' sermon will examine the institution of the Lord's Supper in Mark 14:22-25, and will be followed by a celebration of this ordinance together. Please take a few moments to read this text and reflect on what it means that His body was broken for us, His blood poured out for us. May our hearts be humbled and our faith strengthened as we consider the saving work of Christ pictured so beautifully in communion. Pray with me that Christ would be magnified and the gospel clearly proclaimed, and that the good news would be received and believed by all who hear.

CHURCH PICNIC

On Sunday September 18th we have reserved the shelter at Prairie Park (just behind Prairie Park Elementary) for a church family picnic. We invite everyone to come at 5pm and enjoy an evening of fellowship together.

MEN'S STEAKOUT

Men, this is a reminder that September 24th is the annual men's steakout. The deadline to sign up is fast approaching, so if you plan to attend (and bring any guests) we need to know! You can sign up on the back table Sunday. I was informed this past week that there was a typo on the handout we were given, and the price per person is actually $25 per person. Like we have said before, if price is a roadblock for you, let us know and we can help you get there!

BUDGET PLANNING PROCESS

Here is the announcement Craig Miller (deacon chairman) presented on Sunday.

When Countryside (our sending church) sent out the team to plant Redemption Hill, the hope and plan was to eventually release Redemption Hill to function as a self-sustaining and self-governing local church. For the last year and a half, they have subsidized expenses over and above the giving here in Lawrence. By God’s grace we believe that by January 2017 we will be ready to launch out on our own, which means, among other things, we need to form a budget. In formulating a budget, we will be assuming 100% of our expenses effective January 1st, 2017.

A proposed budget is currently being formulated for Redemption Hill by members of our Leadership Team and select members. This budget will be presented to our whole membership on November 20th. There will be two weeks to evaluate and submit questions. Then on December 4th, the membership will vote on adopting this budget. If you have any questions during the process, we are happy to try to answer those as well.

Please join the Leadership Team (which is made up of our deacons and Pastor JD) in praying for wisdom in this process and for God’s provision as we step forward in faith into this next season of ministry. Thank you.

Reflect and Prepare (8/31/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we considered the contrast between two characters in Mark 14 - the woman who sacrificed her money for Jesus, and Judas, who sacrificed Jesus for money. We noted how this anonymous woman (in Mark's account) is held up as a model of genuine discipleship. Seeing who Jesus truly is and understanding what He came to do should move us to worship. Jesus is infinitely worthy of all we have and all we are. He must be our greatest treasure. How are you doing this week? Is Jesus becoming increasingly precious to you? Is He your joy and satisfaction, or does someone or something else occupy your heart? Let's treasure Christ together this week as we seek Him and serve Him.

Listen to Sunday's sermon "Adoration and Exploitation" from Mark 14:1-11

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will be from Mark 14:12-21. Please take some time to read and reflect on this passage as we prepare to gather for worship Sunday. Pray with me that our minds would be enlightened with truth, our hearts stirred to worship, and our will's moved to obedience.

ALTERNATE LOCATION THIS WEEK!

Don't forget that this week we will NOT be meeting at the Carnegie building. Since the Carnegie is unavailable, we will be meeting once again at the Union Pacific Depot. The following week we will be able to resume meeting at the Carnegie Building.

CHURCH PICNIC

On Sunday evening September 18th from 5-9pm we will be having a church-wide picnic at Prairie Park. Mark your calendars and plan to come for a time of food, games, and enjoying time as a church family together.

MEN'S STEAKOUT

On Saturday, September 24th from 1-7pm is the 17th annual men's steakout in Wellsville, KS. This is an evangelistic outreach event, offering an opportunity for you to invite a friend, coworker or neighbor who needs Christ. The cost is $15 each and includes a full steak dinner and many competitions and prizes. In the evening we will hear two testimonies sharing how God has worked in the lives of two individuals, followed by a clear gospel call. Be thinking now who God might want you to bring. We will have a sign up sheet out again this Sunday.

Reflect and Prepare (8/24/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we looked at Mark 13:28-37 and worked through the often disputed interpretation of Jesus' claim that "this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." We also briefly considered the question of whether or not Jesus could return at any time. But the main take away was from the clear and undisputed points that all orthodox Christians hold to - that Jesus will return, He will judge the wicked and reward the righteous, crushing Satan and making all things new. We will live forever with Him in a glorious and eternal kingdom with no sin, no suffering, no death and no sadness. In light of this, our present responsibilities become clear. We must not live for the things of the world, because they are temporary. And we must urgently share the gospel with those who are not ready to meet the Lord when He returns.

listen to "The Beginning of the End - pt3"

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will be from Mark 14:1-11. I encourage you to read this text and pray that Jesus would be exalted in our time of worship on Sunday. Pray that our hearts would be soft and that God's Spirit would work mightily in and through us for the glory of Christ.

MEN'S STEAKOUT

On Saturday, September 24th from 1-7pm is the 17th annual men's steakout in Wellsville, KS. This is an evangelistic outreach event, offering an opportunity for you to invite a friend, coworker or neighbor who needs Christ. The cost is $15 each and includes a full steak dinner and nearly a dozen competitions and prizes. In the evening we will hear two testimonies sharing how God has worked in the lives of two individuals, followed by a clear gospel call. Be thinking now who God might want you to bring. We will have a sign up sheet out this Sunday.

YOUTH EVENT

Our next youth activity will be September 11th, from 5-8pm at the home of Craig and Lori Miller. Bring $5 for hot dogs and s'mores. Please RSVP to steven.r.parkin@calvary.edu

Reflect and Prepare (8/17/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at Mark 13:14-27 and considered Jesus' teaching on the great tribulation and His glorious return. How does eschatology (doctrine of the last things) impact our life in the present? It guards us against the deception of false teaching, it provides motivation to endure and to pursue godliness, and it strengthens our faith by giving us hope that Christ will return in glory. As Christians we know that the bible is not just a list of commands, not just a collection of philosophical statements, it is a story with meaning, purpose, and a certain future. God is sovereignly orchestrating history (even the "bad things") to bring about His intended goal. This shapes our world-view and helps us to understand our place in His story. Let's trust Him, and let's submit to His plans for us in the present.

Listen to "The Beginning of the End - pt2"

IN PREPARATION

This week we will finish our study through Mark 13, covering verses 28-37. I encourage you to read through the chapter in its entirety (for context) and pray that God would be honored and His word understood and embraced as we gather to worship on Sunday.

BAPTISM SERVICE

We are excitedly preparing for our first baptism service this Sunday evening. Everyone is invited to arrive at Will and Nancy's home (36715 W. 95th St., De Soto, KS 66018) at 5:30pm. We are asking families to bring enough food to feed their family plus one, and asking the single folks to bring a dessert or side. Drinks, napkins and utensils will be provided. Bring a lawn chair as well since everything will be outdoors. After our meal we will gather around the pool at 7pm for a brief time of teaching, worship, and celebrating the miracle of salvation through baptism.

Reflect and Prepare (8/10/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we began our study through Mark 13 and considered the prophecy of the temple's destruction, the warnings to the disciples (be wary of false messiahs and false alarms) and the exhortation to be steadfast in the face of persection. I hope this week you will resolve to endure the trials you face, knowing that we have the provision of the Holy Spirit and the promise of final salvation in the end.

Listen to Sunday's sermon "The Beginning of the End - pt1"

IN PREPARATION

This week we will continue working through Mark 13. Take some time to read through the chapter in its entirety and pray that God will give us confidence in the "main and plain things" while granting us clarity, understanding and humility as we seek to discern the difficult things as well.

YOUTH EVENT THIS WEEK

Jr high and high school students are invited to come enjoy some outdoor volleyball and receive spiritual encouragement from the word.

Time: 5-8pm
Date: Sunday, August 14th
Location: the home of Nathan, Andrew and Phillip (1805 Maine Street Lawrence, KS 66044).
Cost: $3 (covers Mr Goodcents subs)

If you have questions, contact Steven Parkin at (402) 850-3544

BAPTISM SERVICE

On Sunday August 21st we will be having our first baptism service at the home of Will and Nancy Moneymaker (36715 W. 95th St., De Soto, KS 66018). We are inviting everyone to arrive at 5:30pm for a potluck dinner (bring food and lawn chairs) and then we will have a time of worship, teaching, and baptism at 7pm. We hope everyone can join us for this special celebration!

 

Reflect and Prepare (8/3/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we considered Jesus' condemnation of the scribes in contrast with His commendation of the poor widow in the temple. Religious hypocrisy is spiritually deadly, but genuine worship is eternally valuable. We need to evaluate our own lives and see which description fits us. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can free us from seeking the approval of men and empower us to give sacrificially to God.

Listen to "Beware and Behold" from Mark 12:38-44

IN PREPARATION

Over the next few weeks we will begin studying through Mark 13 together in our Sunday morning service. Please take some time each week to read the chapter in its entirety, and we will seek to address the questions it raises in our time together on Sundays. Let's pray for clarity and wisdom as we seek to rightly interpret this complex portion of scripture. and let's pray that our faith would be strengthened as we dig in to God's word.

BAPTISM SERVICE

On Sunday August 21st we will be having our first baptism service at the home of Will and Nancy Moneymaker. We are inviting everyone to arrive at 5:30pm for a potluck dinner (bring food and lawn chairs) and then we will have a time of worship, teaching, and baptism at 7pm. We hope everyone can join us for this special celebration!

GREETERS

Our growing church is in need of a few people who would be willing to serve on Sunday mornings as greeters at Redemption Hill. We want those who visit to be welcomed and to get the direction they need in regards to children's ministry and nursery. If you are a member (not already involved in nursery or children's ministry) and interested in helping out, please let me know. Once we have a group of people we will have a brief meeting to lay out our goals and structure for this ministry.

UPCOMING YOUTH ACTIVITY

Jr high and high school students are invited to come enjoy some outdoor volleyball and receive spiritual encouragement from the word.

Time: 5-8pm
Date: Sunday, August 14th
Location: the home of Nathan, Andrew and Phillip (1805 Maine Street Lawrence, KS 66044).
Cost: $3 (covers Mr Goodcents subs)

If you have questions, contact Steven Parkin at (402) 850-3544

SUPPORTING LIFE

Our friends at the Pregnancy Care Center of Lawrence are doing great things and we want to support them. Order some smoked ribs from Meat Mitch BBQ for $25/slab to help them raise funds for their ministry. Order two or more slabs and get a free bottle of BBQ sauce. Last day to order is Aug 25th. Order here

Reflect and Prepare (7/27/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we considered the profound truth that Jesus is more than the son of David. He is also the Son of God. This is a truth is central to our faith, central to the gospel, and therefore something we must believe, proclaim and defend. It should inspire awe and gratitude to think that God the Son took on flesh and came to save sinners like us. And it should produce humility when we realize seeing Jesus truly and believing in Him is a divine gift. A miracle of mercy. This week let's reflect on the grace of God in sending His own Son for us, and let's thank Him, "God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6).

Listen to Sunday's sermon, "Jesus - Son of David, Son of God."

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be looking at Mark 12:38-40. The reason we announce this ahead of time is so that you will be able to "plow up the soil of the heart" before Sunday by reading and praying through the text of scripture. I also ask you to pray for me as I prepare to preach, that I would be fully submitted to the Holy Spirit both in my preparation in the delivery of the sermon. We also want to pray for those who will hear, both the church body and unbelievers present, that all would be impacted by the truth of God's word.

UPCOMING YOUTH ACTIVITY

Jr high and high school students are invited to come enjoy some outdoor volleyball and receive spiritual encouragement from the word.

Time: 5-8pm
Date: Sunday, August 14th
Location: the home of Nathan, Andrew and Phillip (1805 Maine Street Lawrence, KS 66044).
Cost: $3 (covers Mr Goodcents subs)

If you have questions, contact Steven Parkin at (402) 850-3544

SUPPORTING LIFE

Our friends at the Pregnancy Care Center of Lawrence are doing great things and we want to support them. Order some smoked ribs from Meat Mitch BBQ for $25/slab to help them raise funds for their ministry. Order two or more slabs and get a free bottle of BBQ sauce. Last day to order is Aug 25th. Order here

Reflect and Prepare (7/20/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at Jesus's teaching on the greatest commandment. We are to love God supremely and love others sacrificially. These obligations are rooted in a true understanding of who God actually is. This love is a right response to His identity and nature. Theology inspires and compels worship. If this is who God really is, He must be worshiped, adored, treasured, obeyed and loved. And our love for Him will be expressed not only vertically, but horizontally as we imitate Him by loving those created in His image. The more we come to understand these obligations, the more precious Christ becomes to us, understanding that only Christ can fulfill this law perfectly, and He has done so on our behalf.Let's meditate on the person and work of Christ this week, that we might love Him more and display that love to the world.

If you missed the sermon Sunday you can listen here.

Also, the sermon at Countryside this last week focused on the second commandment, and we commend it to you as well. It contains some excellent application geared towards evangelism in our current cultural situation.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be looking at Mark 12:35-40. As always, we encourage you to take some time before Sunday to read this text and prayerfully prepare your own heart to come and worship our Savior. Please pray that the word would be proclaimed clearly and received personally.

Reflect and Prepare (7/13/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we were challenged with a message from Ezekiel 14 on idols of the heart. All our sin is ultimately a worship problem. Whatever we desire most, fear most, seek most, need most, that is our functional god. Our tendency to turn from the true God to something or someone else is nothing less than idolatry that must be repented of. The good news is that Jesus loves and died for idolaters like us, and there is hope for forgiveness, true change and real satisfaction in Christ.

If you have not done so already, please take some time this week to prayerfully consider the ten questions asked near the end of the sermon. Consider sharing your findings with your small group so that we can pray for one another and encourage one another to fight against our sinful tendencies in the power of the spirit.

You can also listen to the sermon in its entirety if you missed it.

IN PREPARATION

In God's timing, this week's sermon will cover Mark 12:28-34. Take some time to read this text and meditate on the words of Christ as we prepare to worship on Sunday.

WOMENS EVENT

The ladies at Countryside have asked that we pass along this announcement to the women at Redemption Hill:

Ladies, you're all invited to a women's fellowship called Encouraged Hearts at Countryside on Saturday, July 23, in the Youth Room. We hope you can join us from 10am until noon to fellowship with other women and learn together "How the Gospel Changes My Hunger for the Word." This is a great opportunity for you to make a new friend and be encouraged by God's truth as we kick off our new ministry year under the umbrella of Hosea 6:3, "Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD." We'd love to have you come grow with us!

Reflect and Prepare (06/29/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we looked at the question brought to Jesus about taxation in Mark 12:13-17. Jesus answered their question, but raised the issue of a higher obligation; their ultimate obligation to the authority of God. To "render to God the things that are God's" means to offer to Him all we have and all we are. As the One who has created us in His image, who also has redeemed us through the blood of His Son, we belong to Him twice over! This week, is your heart, your time, your resources, your agenda submitted to Him? Let's not rob God of what is rightly His, but joyfully open our hearts and our hands to Him in worship.

Listen to Sunday's sermon "Taxes and Theology"

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will be from Mark 12:18-27. Please take a few minutes to read our text and pray that God would speak to us through His word, that we would have soft and teachable hearts, and that Jesus would be exalted in our church. Pray for those who might be visiting, that the gospel would be clearly understood and humbly received. Please pray for me as I prepare as well.

Reflect and Prepare (06/15/16)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we looked at the conflict between Jesus and members of the Sanhedrin in Mark 11:27-33. As the religious leaders question the authority of Jesus, He in turn exposes their unbelief. We reflected on the universal truth that we all naturally rebel against the authority of Christ, that our sin is treason against the King of Kings. But the Chrisian life consists of a humble submission to the authrority of Jeus Christ. He is Lord. The good news is that He is willing to forgive when we repent of our rebellion and place our faith in Him. May we be quick to obey the leading of our Master this week, and faithful to proclaim the good news of His kingdom to the world around us.

If you were unable to worship with us Sunday you can listen to the sermon here.

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will be on Mark 12:1-12. I invite you to read Mark 11:27-12:12 this in preparation for our time of worship Sunday. Please pray with me for clear understanding of the word and that Jesus Christ would be seen as glorious and worthy of our worship.

MEN'S FLOAT TRIP

This year's Men's Float Trip will take place on July 8-9. We will head out at 9:30AM on the 8th, enjoy a great steak dinner at our campsite that night, float on Saturday and return around 10:00PM. So final planning can be done, the last day to sign up is thisSunday, June 19th. If you want to enjoy a great time of fun and fellowship with your Christian brothers, please email us with the following:

  • Your name
  • Phone
  • Email
  • If you are willing to drive and number of passengers
  • If you want tent or cabin
  • If you want canoe or kayak

The cost will be around $130 if staying in a cabin and $90 if camping and will include everything except dinner on the return home Saturday evening.

Reflect and Prepare (06/08/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we had the privilege of hearing from our missionary to Brazil, pastor Roger Johansen. He opened up Isaiah 40 and called us to behold our God. What are your thoughts of God? Do you see Him rightly, as He has revealed Himself in His word? If we have a small view of God, small thoughts of God, small faith in God, we will be susceptible to fear and plagued by distraction. But when we see Him as He is we cannot help but be changed. Let's read the word this week with a desire to see God and pray to Him with faith that He is majestic and supreme, holy and gracious, rightous and loving.

If you would like to listen pastor Roger's sermon you can find it here.

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will return to our study in Mark. Please take a few moments to read Mark 11:27-12:12 and pray for understanding and insight. Pray that we would see God as He has revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. Pray that unbelievers would respond to the call to repent and believe. Pray that the Holy Spirit would apply the word to our hearts and make us more like Jesus.

TEEN CAMP

This coming week Steven and Bradi Parkin will be taking a group of teens from Redemption Hill to camp along with a group from Countryside. Pray for Steven as he teaches each day at the retreat, and for all who attend to be affected by the truth of God's word.

MISSIONS SUMMIT

This weekend is the missions summit at Countryside Baptist Church (our sending church). The schedule will be:

6pm Friday evening (dinner and keynote message)
6:30pm Saturday evening (presentation of past, present and future ministries)
5:30pm Sunday evening (Panel Q&A Discussion, reception)

If you plan to come Friday evening, please contact Amanda Bucher and she can give you the Mexican and Brazilian recipies that everyone is making for the potluck dinner.

FLOAT TRIP

Below is the information for the men's float trip Countryside is planning. All men at Redemption Hill age 18 and older are invited to come. 

Dates: Friday, July 8 at 9:30AM at Countryside to Saturday to July 9 at 10:00PM.

The approximate cost will be $130 if staying in a cabin and $90 if camping. This will include everything except dinner on the return trip on Saturday evening. Depending on the number wanting to stay in cabins will determine the destination to be determined after signups are complete. The last day to sign up is Sunday, June 19th. More information will be available after the final signup deadline.

There are three current possible destinations:

We need to know if you:

  • Camp or stay in a cabin
  • Want to canoe or Kayak
  • Can drive your vehicle and how many passengers you can take comfortably

 

Reflect and Prepare (06/01/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday Pastor Brian Warne (missionary pastor to Mexico) opened up Colossians 4:2-4 and challenged us to pray for the sake of the gospel and open our mouths to communicate the good news of the supremacy of Jesus Christ. How are you doing this week? Let's be fervent and frequent in prayer, and let's be bold and clear with the gospel as we seek opportunities to share with the lost.

If you missed the sermon Sunday you can listen here

IN PREPARATION

This week we have the privilege of hearing from our missionary to Brazil, Roger Johansen. Please pray for him this week as he prepare, and pray that God would use the preaching of the word to exalt Jesus, to encourage the saints, and to bring the lost to faith.

MISSIONS SUMMIT

Here is the schedule for the upcoming missions summit at Countryside. Amanda Bucher will have a sign-up on Sunday and receipes (Mexican and Brazilian) for those planning to come to the missions-themed potluck dinner Friday night.

6:00 PM Friday, June 10th - Missions Keynote Message and Dinner
6:30 PM Saturday, June 11 - Countryside Missions, Past, Present and Future
5:30 PM Sunday, June 12 - Q&A and Reception

Reflect and Prepare (05/18/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we were encouraged by Carey Wilson's message from Psalm 27. Since salvation and true satisfaction are found only in God, David wanted nothing more than to be in His presence. When you understand who David's God is, it becomes clear we must also seek Him with our whole heart.

If you would like to hear the sermon from Sunday, you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will return to the gospel of Mark and look at Mark 11:20-26. Please take a few minutes before Sunday to read the text and pray that God would grant us grace to understand and apply it to our lives. Please pray also for unbelievers in our midst, that they would hear and respond to the message of the gospel.

NEW MEETING SPACE

I want to ask you all to continue praying for a new place to gather for worship on Sunday mornings. We are at capacity currently and in need of a location with additional room. Let's ask God to provide a meeting space that will meet our needs and facilitate ministry.

Reflect and Prepare (05/11/16)

IN REFLECTION

Last week's sermon from Mark 11:12-21 warned us of the spiritual danger of empty religious ritual and disregard for God's gracious purposes for the nations. This week as we seek to follow Christ faithfully as disciples let's be quick to remember that God is not impressed by mere outward obedience. Sadly there will be some on the day of judment who will have done "things" for Christ, but never truly knew Him, and will therefore be judged (Matt. 7:21-23). Where we discover hypocrisy in our own lives, may we be quick to confess our sins, seeking forgiveness from God and transformation through His Spirit.

If you missed the sermon Sunday and would like to listen, you can find it here.

IN PREPARATION

This week Carey Wilson (who usually leads worship in song) will be leading us in worship through the preaching of the word. Pray for him as he studies and prepares his own heart this week. And pray that, no matter who stands before us on a given week, our hearts would be ever open to receive the truth of the timeless and transcendant word of God.

MISSIONS SUMMIT

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-2

June 10-12th is going to be a special weekend of focusing on the task and privilege of missions at Countryside, our sending church. Everyone is invited to come be part of this celebration, especially since Redemption Hill is an extension of Countryside's missions efforts. The events of the weekend are as follows:

  • 6:30pm Friday, June 10 - Missions Keynote Message (Roger Johansen) and Dinner
  • 6:30pm Saturday, June 11 - Countryside Missions, Past, Present and Future (Mike Summers, Roger Johansen, Brian Warne, JD Summers)
  • 5:30pm Sunday, June 12 - Missions Q&A (Roger Johansen, Brian Warne, JD Summers) and Reception

There are also events happening at Countryside Sunday morning that we will miss (a wives discussion panel during their Sunday school hour and Brian Warne preaching in the morning service), but I am looking forward to participating in all the other sessions. Be sure to mark your calendar and come be a part of this weekend of focusing on missions, of which Redemption Hill Church is a key part.

Reflect and Prepare (05/04/16)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we considered the truth that was demonstrated as Jesus entered into Jerusalem seated on an unridden colt. He is king, He is humble, and He came to save us. Do you believe that? Are you responding to Him in reverant obedience? Are you resting in His humble love for you? Are you trusting in His saving sacrifice for you? Let's rejoice this week in the glory of our Savior and faithfully serve as His ambassadors, heralding the good news that the King came not to be served, but to serve and give His life a ransom for many.

If you missed it, click here to listen to Sunday's sermon from Mark 11:1-11, titled "A Humble King."

IN PREPARATION

We will continue our study through Mark on Sunday by looking at Mark 11:12-26. I hope you will take some time to read this text and pray for our time of worship together on Sunday. The importance of prayer is something that must not be underestimated, since the work we are attempting and the needs we have are all spiritual in nature. So as Paul wrote the the Thessalonians, "Brothers, pray for us" (1 Thess. 5:25).

SUMMER YOUTH RETREAT

Steven and Bradi Parkin will be leading a group from Redemption Hill to Camp Cozad in Nebraska (along with a group from Countryside Baptist Church) June 13-17. This is a reminder that if you have a 7th-12th grader and would like to take advantage of the opportunity to send them to a Bible-teaching truth-focused camp this summer, there is registration information here.

DAY OF PRAYER

For those who would like to participate in the day of prayer tomorrow with others in our community, there will be a time of prayer at South Park (gazeebo) from noon to 1pm, and an evening gathering at Christ Covenant Church from 7-8pm.

Reflect and Prepare (04/27/16)

IN REFLECTION

When Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus we are given a beautiful picture of genuine faith, true conversion, and authentic discipleship. From this story we learn several key things about the nature of discipleship. It requires a realization of need, the true object of faith, an obedient response to the call, and demonstrating that faith by following Jesus. How about you? Do you sense your need for Jesus? Are you trusting in Him alone for salvation? Have you responded to His call to follow? May we glorify God as faithful disciples this week!

You can listen to "Was Blind, But Now I See" in the resources portion of our website.

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will be from Mark 11:1-11. Please take some time to read and reflect on this passage in preparation for our time of worship Sunday morning. I invite you to join me in praying that the Holy Spirit would be active in us and through us as we exalt Christ in worship and the word.

SMALL GROUPS

Are you involved in a small group? Right now we have a group meeting on Wednesdays and another that meets on Thursdays for prayer, discussion, encouragement, and fellowship. These meetings are crucial to fulfilling our mission of making disciples. If you are not part of a group and would like more information, please let us know. We would love to welcome you into one of our home groups and get to know you better!

Reflect and Prepare (04/21/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we had the priviledge of hearing from pastor Scott Nicoll from Countryside. His message from 2 Chron. 2:1-29 challenged us to respond to the overwhelming circumstances of life not in fear, but in faith. The response of Jehoshaphat in prayer and utter dependance upon God models for us the kind of trust we ought to have in God. He is faithful, He keeps His promises, and He always wins. This week, can you truthfully say "our eyes are on you," or are you anxious or self-reliant? Let's not forget the exhortation to "Believe in the LORD your God." The battle is not ours, it belongs to Him.

If you would like to listen to this sermon, you can find it here.

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will be looking at Mark 10:46-52. The reason we send this information out each week is because we believe that both the preaching and receiving of the word is a spiritual matter. As such, we want to pray for the Holy Spirit to work and prepare our hearts. When we come to sing, we want to offer whole-hearted worship. When we interact with each other, we want to selflessly love and serve. None of these things happen by accident! So take some time this week to read the text, pray for those teaching and leading, pray for those visiting, and pray that we would come spiritually awake and eager to lay aside all distractions as Christ is exalted in our midst.

MEN'S EVENT

Jeff Terrell is the pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Olathe and has invited our men to attend a men's event next Monday (April 25) that his dad, former Royal Jerry Terrell will be speaking at. Jerry was my first Sunday School teacher and was the Royals players' rep during the strike in the 80's. He was the only rep that voted "no" to the strike and has a great testimony. We encourage you to attend and up will need to sign up. The event starts at 6:30 and a BBQ meal will be provided (suggested $5 donation). Craig Miller is planning to attend and has offered to lead a group out there. Click here to sign up and find out more information.

JR CAMP

The time has arrived to register for 2016 Junior Camp. Junior camp is for children who will be ages 8–12 by August 15th of this year. The dates for this year’s camp are August 1–5. The cost is $225.00 per camper, ($25 is due at registration). If you are in need of scholarship assistance please contact Pastor Bryan Neal as it is our desire that any child that wishes to attend camp has the opportunity to do so. You may register online at cside.org or via the registration form included on the flyer that will be available Sunday morning on the back table.

Reflect and Prepare (04/06/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we considered the words of Jesus to the rich young ruler, "You lack one thing." What this man lacked was Jesus. His self-reliance and love for his posessions were keeping him from following Jesus, the only one who could give him eternal life. This week let's remember that the law is not a path to salvation, but rather a reminder of our need for Christ. Let's beware of the seductive promises of wealth and seek to love God with all our hearts. If there is something competing with Christ for supremacy in your heart, ask that God would empower you to "lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely," and look to Jesus as we run the race.

If you would like to listen to Sunday's sermon you can find it here.

IN PREPARATION

As you prepare to come and worship together this Sunday, take some time to read Mark 10:32-45. Pray for me as I prepare, pray for unbelievers in our midst who need to hear the gospel, and pray for all of us to have a soft heart and a willingness to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience.

CHURCH MEAL / MEETING

Just a reminder that this week everyone is invited to our home to enjoy some time eating together, and to discuss the progress and direction of our church. Families, please bring enough to feed your crew plus one more. Single folks, plan to bring a dessert or beverages and paper goods (napkins/plates/cups/utensils). It might be good to talk among yourselves and make sure not everyone brings napkins!

Come at 5:30 and we will plan to eat around 6pm. At 7pm we will begin our meeting.

WEDDING SHOWER

Don't forget that on Wednesday April 20th there will be a couple's shower for Gabe and Katie at the home of the Millers. If you would like to bless them with a gift, they are registered at Target, Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

DEACON NOMINATIONS

As we announced Sunday, we are asking members of the church to nominate biblically qualified men who could serve as deacons. Please send your nominations to me (JD Summers) within the next two weeks. Once the nominations are all in, I will meet with qualifying individuals nominated and see who is willing to serve in this capacity. At that point we will ask the congregation to vote to confirm these men to serve as deacons at Redemption Hill. More information about their specific roles will be shared on Sunday night.

Reflect and Prepare (3/30/16)

IN REFLECTION

Jesus is alive! As Christians we cling to and celebrate this truth not only on Easter, but every Sunday. In fact, as an essential pillar of our faith, the historical reality of the ressurection has a daily significance for us. It reveals and confirms that God always wins, that Jesus is who He said He was, and that there is hope for sinners like us. Because Jesus rose, we know atonement was made. Because Jesus rose, we know we too will rise. Because Jesus rose, we know He continues to minister on our behalf as our mediator, our priest, our advocate. These truths call for faith and offer hope! May we confidently believe this good news and boldly declare to those in darkness the power of the resurrection.

If you would like to listen to last week's sermon, you can find it here.

IN PREPARATION

We will return to our study through Mark this week by looking at Mark 10:17-31. I invite you to prayerfully read through this text in preparation for our time of worship in the word this Sunday. Pray with me that our eyes would be open to see what might be competing with God for our heart's allegience, and that we would be willing to forsake our idols and follow Christ with an undivided heart.

CHURCH FAMILY MEAL / MEETING

On Sunday April 10th everyone is invited to come to our home (3510 W. 10th St) at 5:30pm for a meal and a church family meeting. We will plan to eat around 6pm and then have a meeting at 7pm to discuss our current progress as a church and consider what the next steps are for our body. Questions and discussion are welcome. We will put out details on what to bring for the meal in the next week or two.

NO MOVE SATURDAY

Due to the closing date getting moved, the Humphreys will not be need our help moving into their new home on Saturday. Stay tuned, as hopefully soon they will be able to get things finalized! In the meanwhile we can pray the details get worked out and God gives them patience to work through all this.

PRAYER FOR CAROLYN HOOVER

Please pray for Carolyn, who is 13 and dealing with sickle cell lymphoma. Below is an update from her grandmother Jan that I received yesterday:

Please pray with us for Carolyn. She began running a fever last night and had to go to Children's Mercy at about 2 am this morning. We don't know what is causing the fever, but her immune system's numbers are down fairly low. I feel confident she will be there the mandatory 48 hrs for sure. How much longer will depend on what they find to be the cause. She just has not been well for several weeks. Please pray as well for the rest of the family. We quickly found at the start of Carolyn's illness that when one in the family has cancer, it effects the whole family. The boys have been real troopers throughout the ordeal, but they have sacrificed a lot.

YOUTH MEETING

Just a reminder that all jr high and high school students are invited to Scott and Carolyn Huffman's home at 5:30pm Sunday evening. Steve and Bradi Parkin are excited to be discipling our youth and will be sharing their testimonies. Chipping in a couple bucks to help cover the cost of pizza would be appreciated!

Reflect and Prepare (3/23/16)

IN REFLECTION

The epistle of James instructs us to "be doers of the word, and not just hearers only." An essential first step towards following through with what we have learned is to remember it! After our time in Mark 10:13-16 this last week, it may be helpful to re-read the text (it's short) and pray that God would give us a heart for the lowly, as well as help us embrace our own lowliness before God.He gospel is for the humble, and only those who receive Jesus rightly in this life will be received by Jesus when we face the judgment.

If you missed Sunday's sermon and would like to listen to it, you can do so here.

IN PREPARATION

This week is a special week for Christians. Though every Sunday is a time to remember the work of Christ, Easter is unique opporutunity to marvel at the grace and power of our King Jesus. I would encourage you to read the crucifixion and resurrection narratives this week and reflect on what Jesus did on our behalf. Pray that our hearts would be stirred by a fresh realization of our need, His provision, and the redemptive plan of our gracious God. Pray that unbelievers in our midst Sunday would see Jesus for who He is and believe.

DARKENING SERVICE

As we mentioned Sunday, there is a special darkening service Friday evening at 7pm that will be held at Countryside Baptist Church in Olathe. All are invited to come and participate in a time of worship and reflection on the suffering of our Savior. Then we will come together on Sunday in Lawrence to rejoice in the glorious resurrection!

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

Mark and Joetta Humphrey, who have recently joined as members at Redemption Hill, are going to be moving at 9am on Saturday, April 2nd to their new home in Pamona. They could use some extra hands and have offered to feed lunch to whoever can help. This is a great opportunity for us to show love and serve as a church family. Please let Mark and Joetta know if you can help.

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENT

On Sunday evening April 3rd our jr high and high shool students are invited to Scott and Carolyn Huffman's home at 5pm. Steven and Bradi Parkin will be sharing their testimonies and there will be time for food and getting to know eachother. Plan to chip in a couple bucks for food if you can, and you can contact Scot and Carolyn if you need directions.

Reflect and Prepare (3/13/16)

IN REFLECTION

This last week Steven Parkin preached on Habakkuk 1:1-11, urging us to trust in the God who is always working, who keeps His promises. This week as we deal with the circumstances of life let's fight for faith in our sovereign and faithful God. Let's submit our hearts to His plans and rest in His promises.

If you missed the sermon Sunday you can listen online.

IN PREPARATION

This next Sunday we will return to our study of Mark 10. I invite you to read through this chapter and pray that God would continue teaching us what it means to follow Jesus as disciples who make disciples.

DARKENING SERVICE / EASTER

On Friday evening March 25th everyone is invited to attend a special Good Friday darkening service at Countryside, our sending church. The service will begin at 7pm and will consist of scripture reading, a re-telling of the passion narrative, and singing songs that remember our Savior's suffering. This special time of worship is a wonderful way to remember the death of Christ as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection on Sunday morning.

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

On April 3rd all our junior high and high school students are invited to come to the Huffman's home for a time of fellowship. Steven and Bradi Parkin will be organizing and leading these events, so you can contact them if you have questions.

We are also planning to take a group to camp in Cozad, NE June 13th-17th. This week will be a time of biblical teaching and worship as well as just a fun time enjoying the facilities and activities. Steven Parkin will be one of the speakers. If you would like more information and are interested in signing up, you can lean more here.

WEDDING SHOWER

In light of Gabe and Katie's upcoming wedding, here is an invitation from the Millers:

Redemption Hill family,
As many of you know Gabe and Katie are getting married in May. We want to celebrate together at a couples wedding shower at the Millers on Wednesday, April 20 from 7-9. Since our space is limited and our church is growing, this will be an adult only event (except for nursing babies if you want to bring them).
We will send out more information about where they are registered soon but wanted everyone to get this on their calendar!

Reflect and Prepare (2/24/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we considered Christ's warning of future judgment in Mark 9:42-48 and the implications of that warning for our lives. Are you taking the warning to heart? Are you "putting to death the deeds of the body" (Rom. 8:13)? If we are truly born again we will love Jesus more than we love our sin, and we will be willing to do whatever it takes to make war against our sin. But this warning of judgment should also cause our hearts to break for those who do not know Christ. Just as Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Matt. 23:37) and Paul mourned over the hard hearts of his kinsmen (Rom. 9:1-5) so our hearts should go out to those in need of salvation. Hell is real and we do not love people well by minimizing its horrors. Let's rejoice this week in the salvation we have in Christ, live out the holy implications of that salvation, and offer the good news of life in Jesus name to all who will hear.

If you would like to listen to last week's sermon you can find it here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will focus on Mark 9:49-50. I invite you to prayerfully read through it with me this week and ask that God would give us a clear understanding of this potentially confusing text so that we might rightly respond to it in obedience and faith.

YOUTH ACTIVITY THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday all of our jr. high and high school age studends are invited to come to Steven and Bradi Parkin's house (902. N Michigan St) from 5-8pm for pizza and a time of getting to know the Parkins. Steven and Bradi have a desire to serve and disciple teenagers and are excited to begin building this ministry. 

Reflect and Prepare (2/17/16)

IN REFLECTION

How are you doing this week in battling pride and pursuing humility? We looked at Mark 9:38-41 on Sunday and learned from the discussion between Jesus and His disciples that we must not be ruled by a spirit of jealous rivalry. Let's pray this week for a right perspective, one that holds Christ, His name, His mission and His message as preeminent. It's really not about us. If you would like to listen to audio from this last week you can do so here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be looking at Mark 9:42-50. I encourage you to read and reflect on this text in preparation for this coming Sunday. Please pray for me as I study and pray for our church body as a whole to be impacted by the truth. I also encourage you to pray for the unbelievers who will be there Sunday, as there is a clear warning of judgment in this passage that must be heeded.

Reflect and Prepare (2/10/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we wrapped up our series on the church by looking at the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper. Why are these two ordinances so important? Not only are they commanded by Jesus and modeled in the early church, but in the ordinances, the gospel is made visible. If we love the gospel, we will love baptism and the Lord's Supper. If the sacrifice of Jesus is important to us, the ordinances will be too. This week, let's meditate on the reality these two symbols represent - the gracious miracle of our union with Christ through faith. The cleansing of sin. Our dependence on Him for eternal life. May the beauty of the gospel move us to worship and obedience to Christ our Savior. And may we be quick to share with those around us the good news of Christ's redemptive work for all who believe.

If you missed the sermon and would like to listen online, you can do so here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we return to our study through the gospel of Mark. It's been over two months, so it might be helpful for you to read through the first nine chapters to regain some context (or at least chapter nine). We will be focusing in on Mark 9:38-41, and as is typical, the key to understanding and applying this text properly is in the near context. I invite you to prepare your own heart through reading and prayer this week. The preaching and receiving of God's word is no merely intellectual exercise; we need the work of the Holy Spirit to soften us, open our eyes, and to produce real and lasting change. So please pray for your own heart, for me as I prepare and preach, for our church as a whole, and for the unbelievers who will be present.

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

For those of you are planning to sign our church covenant and officially join as a member at Redemption Hill but have not yet done so, please let me know. As we emphasized a few weeks ago, this is an important step for us in becoming established as a local church. In the near future we need establish deacons, and only members will be able to serve in that capacity, and only members will be involved in the nomination and affirmation of those deacons. So we need to know who our members are! If all you need is a copy of the church covenant, I can provide that. For those of you who are still unsure, have questions or need more information, please let me know. I would be happy to talk with you as you prayerfully consider where God would have you join.

Reflect and Prepare (2/3/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we looked at the biblical design for the structure of the church - Christ as Head and Chief Shepherd, elders who lead as under-shepherds, deacons who serve in an officially designated role, and an active congregation that participates in the ministry of the church. (audio is here if you would like to listen). I asked all of you to pray for several specific things:

  • That God would raise up men who possess the character and giftedness and desire to serve the church as elders.
  • That God would raise up men who can serve faithfully as deacons (some men like this are already here, and in the near future we will ask you to nominate them to serve in this role).
  • That we all would aspire to minister the word, serve the church, and exemplify Christ-like character

Will you join me in praying for these things? I also would ask that you pray for me. As a pastor I feel the weight of the biblical qualifications in 1 TImothy 3 and Titus 1. It is a sobering thing to know what the standard is and to know that meeting the qualifications today does not guarantee one will meet those same qualifications tomorrow. I need God's grace to persevere, I need His protection and strength to pursue the expression of these qualities in my own life faithfully. RC Sproul writes in his book "The Holiness of God",

"All preachers are vulnerable to the charge of hypocrisy. In fact, the more faithful preachers are to the Word of God in their preaching, the more liable they are to the charge of hypocrisy. Why? Because the more faithful people are to the Word to God, the higher the message is that they will preach. The higher the message, the further they will be from obeying it themselves."

So pray for the pastors you know. We live with a constant realization that we are held to a high standard and that apart from the grace of God we would fail. But thanks be to God, who has chosen to use "clay pots" like us, He delights to use the weak and the small for His glorious purposes.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will wrap up our series on the church by looking at the two ordinances Christ has given to the church; baptism and communion. Both of these important activities of the church point us to the gospel. Take some time before Sunday to reflect on your own salvation - the people who shared the gospel with you, the circumstances God used to draw you to Himself, the sins God has cleansed you from, the change the Holy Spirit has produced in your life. Thank Him for that. Ask God to renew in your heart a love for Christ, a sense of wonder at His grace, a proper fear of God's holiness. And as you reflect take the time to deal with any sins that remains unconfessed, so that as we come to participate in the Lord's Supper together there will be nothing between you and our Savior.

IRONMEN SUMMIT SESSIONS

As I mentioned Sunday morning, the audio from the 2016 Ironmen Summit is now available. This year's focus was "soul shepherding," which is really personal discipleship. I would especially commend to you all the session titled "Your Ministry Matters."

JERRY BRIDGES CONFERENCE

Grace EPC is hosting a conference this April that is put on by the Navigators and will be featuring Jerry Bridges as the speaker. Information is below.

Date: April 1-2, 2016
Time: Begins 7PM on Friday; Ends 12PM on Saturday
Place: Grace EPC (3312 Calvin Dr, Lawrence, KS)
Cost: $40/single, $60/couple, $20/student
*Costs cover snacks, materials, and childcare.

All proceeds go to the ministry of The Navigators at the University of Kansas.

Conference Brief:

Join author and speaker Jerry Bridges for a weekend considering the Amazing Providence of God. Regarding God's providence, Jerry writes, "God’s providence is His unceasing activity through which He sustains, cares for, and governs all things in His creation for His glory and the good of His people." Join us as Jerry helps us think through this important topic leading us to worship and trust God in our daily lives. Register online at www.kunavs.org (click the “CommunityConference with Jerry Bridges” link). Hosted by the Navigators ministry at the University of Kansas.

 

Reflect and Prepare (1/20/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we considered the biblical case for church membership.If there is not a clearly defined membership, the New Testament metaphors for the church are distorted, we stray from the precedent set in the 1st century, and many of the instructions given to the church just don't make sense. We also examined two requirements for church membership - biblical conversion and baptism. As we pursue establishing membership at Redemption Hill, it is important that we all understand exactly what God desires to see in His church. If you were unable to be there I would encourage you to listen to this important message. You can access the audio here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will look at the duties and blessings that come with church membership. After looking at the teaching of scripture on this topic I plan to present our church covenant, which outlines a series of biblical commitments that we ask people to make when they join. Please pray with me that God will unite our body around these biblical commitments as we pursue formally establishing membership at Redemption Hill.

IRONMEN SUMMIT

For those of you going to the Ironmen Summit, let's plan on meeting in the Walmart parking lot on Ioawa St at 7:15am Saturday (we need to hit the road by 7:30). The conference will be over by 5pm, and then we will head back to Lawrence and maybe grab some food. I am really looking forward to attending this year's event with you all!

PRAYING FOR THE BUCHERS

Due to some increases in blood pressure there is a possibility that Amanda may be induced this week. Be praying that their little girl would arrive safely and that Caleb and Amanda would experience God's grace during this exciting time. If you would like to take them a meal you can sign up here, and if you are wanting to visit them after the baby is born you can text/call Caleb to make sure it's a good time to stop by.

WOMEN'S RETREAT

Countryside is hosting a women's retreat March 11-12th in Overland Park. If you are interested in attending you can find out details here.

Reflect and Prepare (1/13/16)

IN REFLECTION

What is the mission of the church? According to Jesus is is making disciples of the nations through the proclamation of the gospel. The establishment of local churches is both the effective strategy and eventual outcome of this mission. Our mission a a church is ultimately grounded in God's mission. He is redeeming a people for His name through the work of His Son by the power of His Spirit. We are called to participate in this mission as ambassadors, those who represent our King and herald this good news of redemption to the world. Will you commit yourself to this mission? Will you pray that God would use us to accomplish His purposes in Lawrence? That He would strenghten us to be faithful and produce fruit in and through us?

Although the last 1/3 of Sunday's sermon is missing from the recording, you can listen to most of Sunday's sermon here.

IN PREPARATION

Have you ever been asked (or wondered yourself) if becoming a member of a church is really that big a deal? This week we will consider a biblical understanding of church membership as we prepare to establish membership within our body. Would you pray that God would use these sermons on the church to unite us and give direction and focus to our ministry?

Reflect and Prepare (1/6/16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we considered an important question: what is the church? As we seek to faithfully be and build a biblically healthy church, we need to understand what it is that we are planting. And there are many implications for us as we begin to understand how scripture defines and describes the church.

If you missed this opening sermon for our January series on the church, you can listen online here.

IN PREPARATION

Having seen what the church is, we need to understand what the church is to do. What is the mission of the church? What is the church's role in the plan of God? What is our central priority and responsibility? I would invite you to pray with me for clarity in understanding our mission as a church, and that God would energize us by His Spirit to faithfully pursue our mission for the glory of His name.

Reflect and Prepare (December 23rd)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we considered the three responses to the birth of Jesus in Matthew 2:1-12. Some will be hostile towards Christ, others indifferent, but those whom God is drawing to the light will come and worship. May we cultivate a heart of worship for the King as we consider His birth this week.

If you missed the sermon you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

I hope you take a few moments each week to prepare your heart for our time of worship on Sunday mornings as the word is prayed, sung, and preached. I would encourage you to take a few moments this week and read this article on listening the preaching of scripture.

CHRISTMAS EVE

Countryside (our sending church in Olathe) is having a special Christmas Eve service tomorrow at 5pm. There will be a scripture-filled telling of the Christmas story, congregational worship, and the celebration of the Lord's Supper. We are all invited to come share in this special celebration. You can get directions here

Reflect and Prepare (December 16th)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we were blessed to have Pastor Bryan Neal from Countryside come and speak to us from Hebrews 1:1-3 on the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. It ought to amaze us to consider God's incredible grace in revealing Himself to us through the prophets and ultimately through Jesus Christ, the God-man, who is one with the Father and shares His eternal perfections and divine essence. The eternal Son took on flesh because God loves us and chose to pour out His grace. May we ponder and reflect on these marvelous truths this week as Christmas approaches.

Although we were unable to capture the audio this week you can listen to a version of this sermon He preached recently at Countryside on their website.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be examining Matthew 2:1-12 together in our time of worship on Sunday morning. I would invite you to read these familiar verses carefully and ask God to "open our eyes to behold wondrous things out of His law" (Ps. 119:18).

BABY SHOWER

Just a reminder that tonight will be a baby shower at 7pm in our home for Tali Wilson (and the incoming twin boys!)

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

This Saturday at 6:30pm will be our Christmas gathering at Will and Nancy's home. Bring some finger food or dessert and come ready to enjoy a time of worship and fellowship together.

IRONMEN SUMMIT

Men, if you haven't signed up for the Ironmen Summit, now is the time! January 23rd will be on us before you know it and the event always sells out long before that. This is more than just a social event. This is a strategic time of equipping for us as men so that we might be faithful to our mission and effective in fulfilling our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus. If the $40 is a deal breaker, let me know (we want to help you get there). You can get more info and register here.

Reflect and Prepare (December 9th)

IN REFLECTION

This past week Carey preached from Philippians 2 on the majesty of Christ and the wonder of the incarnation. May we reflect this week on the stunning humility and sacrifice of Christ on our behalf and respond in worship and by following His example. If you would like to listen to the sermon you can do so here.

IN PREPARATION

This coming week Pastor Bryan Neal from Countryside will be preaching on Hebrews 1:1-3. Take some time to pray and prepare your heart to receive God's truth and pray for Bryan as he prepares to minister to us.

TWO BABY SHOWERS

This is a reminder to the ladies that we have two baby showers in the next week. Amanda Bucher's is this Saturday (the 12th) at 10am in Countryside's youth room (14150 W 175th St, Olathe, KS 66062). We still need volunteers to help with preparing the brunch food. If you would like to help, please visit https://goo.gl/Rm6tO5 to sign up (editing this works best from a desktop). Amanda is registered at Target, Buy Buy Baby, and Babylist at http://babylistregistry.com/babybucher . Tali Wilson's is Wednesday, the 16th, at 7pm at the Summers' home (3510 W 10th St, Lawrence, KS 66049). Tali is registered at Target and Amazon.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

We will be meeting at Will and Nancy Moneymaker's home (36715 W. 95th St., De Soto, KS 66018) on Saturday the 19th at 6:30pm for a special Christmas service. We plan to spend some time singing and reading scripture together and then enjoying a time of fellowship. Bring either a finger food or dessert for afterwards!

TESTIMONY SERVICE

On Sunday night December 20th there will be a testimony service at Countryside to hear stories and answered prayers from Journey to Judea. If you participated or if you would just like to be a part of that evening you are welcome to come.

IRONMEN SUMMIT

Men, have you signed up yet? Be sure to register for the annual Ironmen Summit on January 23rd if you haven't already. This will be a very valuable time of equipping and encouraging us in our calling as Christian men. You can learn more and register here http://www.flinthillschristianchurch.org/ironmen-summit/

Reflect and Prepare (December 2nd)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we considered the teaching of Jesus in Mark 9:30-37 as He redefined true greatness for the twelve and for us. True greatness is demonstrated in humble service. How are you doing this week? Are you following the example of Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us? May we seek to be doers and not just hearers of the word (James 1:22), depending on the Holy Spirit to enable us to perform what God has commanded (Philippians 2:12-13).

If you would like to listen to last week's sermon you can access it here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will begin a month-long emphasis on the birth of Christ in our times of worship together. As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas we will be hearing from Carey Wilson this week and Pastor Bryan Neal (from Countryside) next week.Please pray for these men as they work hard in preparation to unpack God's word for us.

We wil also be celebrating communion this week. Communion is a time both for self-examination and for rejoicing. Please take some time Saturday night or Sunday morning to prepare your heart to celebrate the grace of God we have received through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Let's come ready to eagerly participate in this meaningful act of worship together.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

At 6:30pm Saturday evening December 19th we will be gathering at Will and Nancy Moneymaker's home for a special time of worship. We will be reading some scriptures together and singing songs of our Savior's birth, and then we will spend some time eating and enjoying the fellowship we have as a church because of Christ. So mark your calendars and come join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ together!

JOURNEY TO JUDEA

Many from our church will be serving at Countryside in Journey to Judea this week Thursday-Sunday. This is an exhausting but increadibly rewarding time of sharing the gospel with thousands of people! Please pray for strength and focus for those who are serving and for those who will hear the gospel this week. We want people to know who Jesus is and why He came to earth, and Christmas is a great opportunity to lift up the true Christ!

Reflect and Prepare (November 18)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we looked at the transfiguration of Jesus Christ in Mark 9:1-13. As three disciples witnessed the glory of Christ revealed, they were blessed with a confirmation of their confession. He truly is the Christ. But they were also challened by the voice of God to "listen to Him" as He continued to explain the necessity of His suffering and death. The good news though is that for Jesus (and those who follow Him) suffering is not the end. There is glory coming. The reality of a future revelation of Jesus Christ when He returns gives hope to believers and serves as a warning to those who are rejecting His kingship.

You can listen to "Glory Revealed" online if you missed. Pastor Otto Skoog's sermon "A Life Lived Worhthy of the Gospel" from Philippians 2:19-30 is also now available.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be looking at Mark 9:14-29. I believe there is great value in all of us preparing our hearts for Sunday's gatherings by reading the text in advance and praying for God to work in us and through us for His glory. Please join with me in this important work over the next few days.

MISSIONS FELLOWSHIP

Tomorrow evening (Thursday) we will be hosting another special gathering to welcome and encourage our missionaries Brian and Danyel Warne, along with their daughter Amy and new grandaughter Ellie. Just as we were encouraged and blessed to be with Pastor Roger and Joao and Daniel Sunday night, I expect this evening to also be a meaningful time for our church family. Please come around 6:30pm to our house (3510 W. 10th St, Lawrence, KS 66049).

JOURNEY TO JUDEA

This Sunday evening will be the opening night for Journey to Judea at Countryside. Please pray for the many people who will come and hear the gospel (nearly 7,000 are registered), for those presenting the gospel, and for all who are participating in pulling off this incredible event. For those of you who are in the cast, we are supposed to arrive at 4pm.

Reflect and Prepare (November 4)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we considered the cost of discipleship in Mark 8:34-38. Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. But this investment is worth it. Whatever is lost does not compare in value to what is gained. Jesus holds out the promise of reward and extends this invitation to those who would follow Him. Are living as His disciple this week? Are you denying self, or instead pursuing self-expression, self-esteem, and self-fulfillment? Are you taking up your cross, or avoiding the adversity that comes from identifying with Jesus? Are you following Him in faith, believing in the reality of reward?

If you missed the sermon Sunday you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

This week pastor Otto Skoog from Counstryside will be preaching while I am gone. Pray for him as he prepares to speak and pray that our church would be receptive to God's word and that those who might be visiting would be impacted by the truth being proclaimed. Pray that distractions would be put aside and that we would come "hungering and thirsting for righteousness," eager to worship and be fed.

IRONMEN SUMMIT

Just a reminder men, go sign up before this is full. I would love to have as many of our men attend as possible. This event will help to equip us to be faithful to what God has called us to to as church memebrers. husbands and fathers.

25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

If you are planning to attend the 25 year anniversary celebration at Countryside on Saturday evening November 14th, please RSVP immediately if you haven't already. They are purchasing food for the event this week and need an accurate head count. You can RSVP online

 

Reflect and Prepare (October 21)

IN REFLECTION

This last Sunday we looked at the danger of unbelief in Mark 8:11-26. Unbelief is spiritual blindness. But the good news is that this blindness doesn't have to be a permanent condition. How are you doing this week? Are we remembering what he has done for us? Are we trusting in Him? Are we bringing the blind to Him so that He might make them to see? if you missed it you can listen online.

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will be looking at Mark 8:27-33. Please join me in reading through this text and praying that God would open our eyes to see the truth and understand the implications for our lives. Pray that our faith would be strengthened and that Christ would be exalted in our hearts and in our church.

IRONMENT SUMMIT

Men, be sure to register ASAP for the annual Ironmen Summit on January 23rd. it sells out fast. The them will be "Soul Care." I believe this topic is extremely relevent to our mission here in Lawrence as we seek to glorify God by being and making disciples. Below is a description of this theme from their website:

Are you a soul shepherd? Do you have a wife to lead, children to raise, a ministry to oversee, employees to guide, or a classroom to teach? If you are not actively shepherding now, you will in the future. So a better question would be:

"Are you a good shepherd?"

Looking to our Good Shepherd we see that Jesus does more than put a roof over our heads and bread on the table. Our Good Shepherd restores our soul. Further, our Good Shepherd will use willing servants to shepherd his other sheep. Husbands will wash their wives with the water of the Word, fathers will raise their children in the fear and instruction of the Lord, and church leaders will keep watch over souls.


All men, sooner or later will do the work of a soul shepherd. When that day comes what will you do? Will you seek the wisdom of Dr. Phil, a self help book, or the local therapist? Or will you open the Word and minister the healing elixir of truth? Join us on January 23rd, 2016, where we will seek to train you to become soul shepherds.

You can view the speakers, schedule, and registration info here.

25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

This year Countryside is celebrating 25 years of ministry as a church. There will be a special banquet Saturday evening November 24th, but you need to RSVP if you plan to come. You can do so here.

Reflect and Prepare (October 14)

IN REFLECTION

This past week pastor Otto Skoog spoke to us from Psalm 115 about the glory of God. God is incredibly glorious and therefore worthy of our trust and our praise. Our understanding of what God is like and what He has done in rescuing us should produce in our hearts this reponse of faith. Are you trusting Him this week? Is your heart quick to give praise to the One who has saved us? If you missed the sermon this week you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be back in Mark, looking at 8:11-26. Please join me in reading through this text and praying that God will give us understanding and enable us to respond in faith and obedience to what we see.

CONGRATULATIONS!

We praise God for the arrival of little Ruby Parkin! Pray for Steven and Bradi as they adjust to the "new normal" and try to catch up on lost sleep, and for Bradi as she recovers.

IMPORTANT MEN'S EVENTS

There are two events we have been talking about recently: the first is the 9Marks workshop on "Strengthening Members, Cultivating Leaders" at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary this Tuesday from 7pm-9:30pm. Register for free here. I believe this workshop will be helpful for us as we seek to be faithful to our mission of glorifying God by being and making disciples of Jesus.

The second event is the annual Ironmen Summit at Flint Hills Christian Church in Emporia, KS on Saturday, January 23rd. I know that seems like a long way out but it fills up FAST! So we need to register soon. It costs $40 for this all-day event and includes two meals and several book giveaways. I have attended the last several years and always come away challenged and encouraged. This year's theme is "Soul Care," which is a responsibility we all have as men. You can learn more about the event and register here . If the cost is a problem let me know, we want all our men to come if they are available.

Reflect and Prepare (September 23)

IN REFLECTION

When Jesus returned to Galilee from His journey into Gentile territory, He miraculously healed a man who was both deaf and could not speak. The unique language used and the unusual actions Jesus performed give us insight into His divine identity and His compassionate mission of redemption. Jesus is the Son of God who came to save.How are you doing this week? Is your heart amazed at the gracious compassion and saving power of Jesus that you have personally experienced? Are you excited to tell others and show them the compassion of Christ? The book of James admonishes us to "be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." Let's pray that God would strengthen us to respond in obedience to what the Spirit has impressed on our hearts throug the preaching of the word.

If you missed Sunday's sermon from Mark 7:31-37 you can listen here.


IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will be looking at Mark 8:1-10. I encourage you to carefully read it ahead of time and prayerfully ask God to speak to us through His word . I would also encourage everyone to read this brief article for some biblical guidance on how to prepare your heart for Sunday morning.

THANK YOU FROM MEXICO

Our kids have been giving towards the purchase of resources for the ministry of Brian and Danyel Warne in Mexico. Below is a brief thank you I received this last week from Pastor Brian.

Please share our thanks with your church family for the gift of $30 that we received from them in August. Those funds will go towards the purchase of additional copies of the children’s catechism booklet that we encourage all of our families to use so that our kids (along with their parents/grandparents) can be learning the basic biblical doctrines and theology that we want to see lived out practically in the lives of our people.

Also please let them know that our folks are praying for them (*as Iglesia Monte de Redención) and you (Pastor Jaime) during our regular weekly prayer meeting each Wednesday.

Que nuestro Señor les siga bendiciendo!

Tu colaborador en Cristo,
Brian

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP OCTOBER 4TH

Just a reminder, we will NOT have access to the depot on Sunay morning October 4th and will instead be combining with Countryside Baptist Church in Olathe for our morning worship. We invite everyone to come be a part of this special service.

QUARTERLY MEETING / MONTHLY MEAL

On Sunday evening October 4th we will be having our quarterly vision & mission meeting combined with our monthly meal together. Plan on coming to our house at 5:30pm for dinner (bring enough for your family + 1) and then we will begin an informal meeting / discussion at 7pm. I plan to share a brief challenge from God's word and then spend some time looking back on where we have been, evaluating strengths and weakness and then looking ahead to discuss goals and strategies that will help us to be faithful to our mission as a church. I strongly encourage everyone who can to come to this important meeting.

Reflect and Prepare (September 16)

IN REFLECTION

This past week's sermon from Mark 7:24-30 gave us valuable insight into the nature of Jesus' mission and also gave us a beautiful picture of genuine faith. Genuine faith is humble, persistant and expectant. Does this describe your heart this week? Let's pray that God will strengthen our faith in Him through the power of His Spirit.If you missed the sermon you can listen online here.

IN PREPARATION

Take a few minutes this week to read Mark 7:31-37 and pray that God will speak to us through His word, that we will have a "hunger and thirst for righteousness," and that Christ will be lifted up this Sunday as we gather.

IMPORTANT DATE - OCTOBER 4TH

The only Sunday all year that we will not have access to the Union Pacific Depot is October 4th. Countryside (our sending church in Olathe) has invited us all to come be a part of their morning worship service that day. I will be preaching and Carey will be leading worship along with some of our other musicians. The idea is that it would be a good opportunity for us to fellowship with our supporting church and allow them see what God is doing at Redemption Hill.

Reflect and Prepare (September 9)

IN REFLECTION

Jesus taught the crowd and His disciples in Mark 7:14-23 that the real source of our defilement is not "out there," it is "in here." Sin springs from the heart. If this is true, we need transformation. We need a new heart. And the gospel promises exactly that. Jesus is our only hope, the only way to be cleansed and made new. When we come to Christ in faith God gives us a new heart and cleanses us from our sin. Are you looking to Jesus this week with a humble gratitude for the miraculous salvation He has provided? Are you seeing Him as a great Savior who has rescued us from a deadly problem by reconciling us to the Father? If you missed the sermon Sunday you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will be from Mark 7:24-30. I encourage you to read this passage prayerfully and ask that God will speak to us through His word.

SECOND SUNDAY MEAL

Although this will be the second Sunday of the month we will not be having our usual lunch (do to all the transition with the new meeting place). We hope to plan one for next month though.

MEN'S STEAKOUT

Just a reminder men, Saturday September 19th is the Men's Steakout at the Balmans' farm in Wellsville, KS. This Sunday is the deadline to sign up and pay. If you would like to come please reply to this email with your name and the name of any guests you might be bringing. There is a $17 cost per person, and we encourage church members to offer to pay for any unsaved guests they invite.

Location:

4248 Utah Rd
Wellsville, KS 66092

Reflect and Prepare (September 2)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we considered the heartless worship and twisted priorities of the scribes and Pharisees in Mark 7:1-13. May we seek the Lord with our WHOLE hearts and love Him supremely this week, allowing His word to be the highest authority in our lives. If you missed the sermon you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

This Sunday we will consider the teaching of Jesus in Mark 7:14-24. Would you read over this text and pray with me that the Holy Spirit would move in our hearts, exposing sin and exalting Christ as we allow the light of His word to shine into our lives? Pray also that those who do not know Jesus would hear the clear call of the gospel this Sunday as the doctine of human sinfulness is laid bare before us.

FALL WORSHIP CONFERENCE

On October 2nd and 3rd Mission Road Bible Church in Prairie Village will be hosting a conference titled "For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship." We have been invited to attend this free event along with several other like-minded churches. You can register here if you are interested and able to attend.

Reflect and Prepare (August 26)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at the amazing account of Jesus walking on the water in Mark 6:45-52. He intends to pass by, like God did before Moses in Exodus, revealing His glory. But upon seeing their fear He comes to them and speaks to them, encouraging, informing, and instructing them. Jesus says, "It is I," literally, "I AM." The One who walks on water, the One who calms the storm, the One in the boat with them is none other than the Great I AM. The disciples are astounded and still do not understand. Their hearts are hardened. Faith requires more than being presented with sufficient evidence; it requires a change of heart. What is the condition of your heart towards Jesus?

We were unable to capture audio this past week, but the sermon manuscript is available on request.

IN PREPARATION

This coming week we will begin Mark 7, looking at verses 1-23. I invite you to read and reflect on this passage with me this week and pray that the Spirit would open our eyes to the truth and soften our hearts to receive it. Pray that we would see how it exposes and addresses the needs in our hearts for Christ and His gospel.

LAST SUNDAY AT 3510 W. 10th Street

This will be our last Sunday of using our home as the primary place of worship for Redemption Hill Church. We are excited to begin meeting at the Union Pacific Depot beginning September 5th. Praise God for His provision and direction in this matter, and thank you for praying!

Reflect and Prepare (August 19)

IN REFLECTION

Last week's sermon from Mark 6:30-44 focused on the compassion of Christ as He met both the spiritual and physical needs of the crowd, those who "were like sheep without a shepherd." Jesus is not just "a" shepherd, He is the Good Shepherd who taught and fed the sheep and would one day lay down His life for them (and for us). May we trust our Shepherd this week and rest in His care for us. If you were unable to be with us Sunday you can listen to the audio here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be looking at Mark 6:45-56. Take some time to read this passage and pray that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to see the truth and empower us to live lives that are changed by what we see. Please pray for me as I prepare and pray that the gospel would be compelling to those who don't know Christ and celebrated by those who do.

ANNUAL MEN'S STEAKOUT

On Saturday September 19th Countryside (our sending church) will be hosting their annual men's outreach at the Balmans' farm in Wellsville. This is a great opportunity to invite unbelieving neighbors, coworkers and friends to come enjoy the outdoor activities and competitions, the amazing steak dinner, and most importantly hear the gospel clearly presented. We would love to take a group of guys from our church and utilize this event as an outreach. Be praying for someone you could bring.

JOURNEY TO JUDEA

Countryside is also ramping up for their annual Christmas outreach that presents the gospel each December to several thousand people who come and attend. If you are intrested in helping there are several spots they are still looking to fill. Please let us know if you would be willing to help out. Also be thinking about who you might bring from Lawrence, this would be something you could bring an unbeliever to that would allow a great opportunity to talk about the gospel. If you have not heard about Journey to Judea you can learn more about it at http://journeytojudea.com/

Reflect and Prepare (August 12)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we talked about the cost of speaking the truth as we considered the fate of John the Baptist. Wickedness will seek to silence and destroy the truth. But we also noticed that this account of tragic death is embedded in the larger story as the truth is spreading. Ultimately "the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." This should give us courage. Are we speaking the truth with compassion and conviction this week? Are we willing to call people to repentance and tell of Jesus, the way, the truth and the life? You can listen here if you missed it.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will continue our study through Mark 6. Please be reading verses 30 through the end of the chapter, as we will be covering these chunks over the next few weeks. Pray with me that God would speak to us and shed light on our condition, reveal the glory of Christ, and work in our hearts. Pray for people we are reaching out to, that they would come and hear the gospel and respond.

NEW SONG, "FOREVER"

Carey is going to be introducing a new song called "Forever" and we would like everyone to listen so they can be familiar with it. This song celebrates the glorious power of Jesus over death, which is the hope of every believer. Our hope is that people will be prepared to participate when Carey teaches it to us.

 

Reflect and Prepare (July 15)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we looked at Jesus power over disease and death as He healed the woman with the hemhorrage and raised a little girl from the dead. This display of power is meant to elicit faith, as Jesus tells Jairus "Do not fear, only believe!" If you missed you can listen here. Let's pray for God to strengthen our faith and let's pray for opportunities to tell others that this is the Jesus we believe in!

IN PREPARATION

This week Steven will be preaching on Joshua 1. Read through this text before Sunday and spend some time praying for Steven and for our church as we consider what God would have to say to us from this text. 

Reflect and Prepare (July 8)

IN REFLECTION

Last week's sermon examined the startling account of Jesus' confrontation with the man posessed by a multitude of demons in Mark 5:1-20. Just as Jesus calmed the storm on the sea, He brings peace to this man's troubled soul by the power of His word. Jesus has authority over the spiritual realm. If you would like to listen to the audio from Sunday you can find it here

IN PREPARATION

This week's sermon will cover Mark 5:21-43. Please take a few moments to read the text this week and pray for me as I prepare, pray for us as a church to have prepared hearts, and pray for those who need Christ to see Jesus as Savior and believe.

We will also observe communion together this week since we ended up not doing it last week.Take some time Saturday night or Sunday morning to examine your heart and reflect on the gospel in preparation to celebrate God's grace together.

SECOND SUNDAY MEAL

Stay after worship and eat lunch with us! Bring some food and enjoy being together as a church family. This is also a time to minister to those who may be new or visiting. And it is a time to encourage one another.

Reflect and Prepare (June 3)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we looked at the parable of the soils in Mark 4:1-20. Why did so few people respond to the message Jesus was preaching? Why did many reject Him? Jesus explains to His disciple in private that it is possible to hear what He is saying but completely miss the point. In explaining the parable of the soils Jesus gives us the key to understanding all the parables.

Listen here if you missed it, especially since understanding the rest of the chapter depends on these important verses.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will take a break from our study in Mark to consider what our response should be in a rapidly changing culture. With this week's news about a high profile individual's gender transition, I think it would be wise for us to look to God's word for wisdom and remind ourselves of the truth. Let's pray for wisdom, grace, and courage, and that conversations about cultural events like this would lead to open doors for the gospel.

Reflect and Prepare (May 27)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we looked at how Jesus responded in Mark 3 when His family tried to seize Him thinking He was crazy. He redefined true family as those who follow Him, evidencing repentance and faith by doing the will of the Father. What this incident reveals to us is the nature of the new community we are part of as disciples of Jesus. The church is a spiritual family. We become part of God's family through adoption when we believe in the gospel, the good news about Jesus. This means we are loved and we belong to something real, stable, and eternal. Are you rejoicing this week in the truth that you are loved by God and belong to His family? If you missed the sermon you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will consider the parable of the soils in Mark 4:1-20. Please read it this week and pray that God will prepare the soil of our hearts to receive His word. Pray for those who may be unsaved to recognize the call of the gospel as it is presented and to respond. Pray that God will give us insight as to what this text means and why it matters for us today as we engage in our mission of church planting in Lawrence.

Reflect and Prepare (May 20)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at Jesus response in Mark 3:20-35 to the accusation that His source of power was Satanic. He exposed the absurdity of the charge with a question, and then exposed the hard hearts of the scribes with a serious warning. A better explanation of Jesus' power, the truth, is that He possessed the power of the Holy Spirit and is the very Son of God. He is stronger than Satan and came to invade and plunder and ultimately overthrow Satan and his kingdom, setting captives like you and me free through the power of His death and resurrection. If you missed Sunday's sermon you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will continue looking at Mark 3:20-35, but this time we are going to focus in on the crisis with Jesus' family and their opposition to His message and ministry. Take time to read and reflect this week in preparation for our time of worship on Sunday. What might the implications of Jesus statements in this passage mean for us? How does His response "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" among us?

PRAYER

  • Continue to pray for those in your small group. Pray for God's grace for growth as disciples and grace that meets needs.
  • Pray for those who are hearing the gospel. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel and reach out to people who need Jesus.
  • Pray for wisdom to know when to transition to a larger more public meeting space. A few opportunities have been presented lately. Hopefully soon we will need to take such a step.
  • Pray for our college students as they enter the summer, that these few months would be a time of increased joy and growth as they have a different schedule and responsibilities.

Reflect and Prepare (May 13)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at Psalm 135 and considered the call to praise the Lord. This joyful privilege is the right response to who God is and what He has done. Let's prepare our hearts to praise our great God this week by reflecting on His goodness and mercy and power. If you missed the sermon you can listen here.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will look at Mark 3:20-35 ... and as you will see its probably a good thing we didn't land on this text last week on Mother's Day! Take some time to read it and reflect before Sunday, and pray that God will help us to understand the significance of this text for our church. I would be grateful for your prayers as I prepare as well.

SUNDAY MEAL

This week we will share a meal together after our time of worship. Families, bring enough food for your family plus one, and single folks bring plates/cups/plastic-ware (or maybe a side or dessert ... talk amongst yourselves). It would be great if we had enough food that any guests would feel welcome to stay and eat with us.

Reflect and Prepare (May 6)

IN REFLECTION

This last Sunday we looked at the calling of the twelve in Mark 3:7-19. The calling of Jesus creates a community and commissions the preaching the gospel. Let's embrace our identity as disciples called into a community with a shared Savior and a shared mission. You can listen to the sermon here if you missed it.

IN PREPARATION

This coming Sunday we are going to take a break from our study in Mark to look at Psalm 135. Take some time this week to read through Psalm 135 and consider how it answers the question, "Why should we praise God?"

MONTHLY MEAL

Typically we share a meal on the second Sunday of the month, but since this Sunday is Mother's Day we will postpone our meal till the next week so everyone can honor the mothers in their lives. 

PRAYER FOCUS

Prayer is something that we engage in personally and collectively. Here are some things I want us to pray for as individuals and in our small groups:

  • Let's pray for ourselves, that God would grow us as disciples who make disciples. Pray for boldness and compassion to reach out to the people in our community.

  • Let's pray for the people around us who are lost. Our neighbors and friends and coworkers. Pray that God would soften their hearts and reveal their spiritual need for redemption through Christ. Pray that they would respond to the gospel call with repentance and faith.

  • Let's pray for one another this week. You know the needs (physical and spiritual) of the people in your small group, take some time to love them by lifting them to the Lord.

  • Let's pray for our church, that God would grow us in depth (maturity) and breadth (numerically). Let's pray for a church culture that is saturated with gospel and marked by humility. A culture that is passionate about Christ's glory and shines brightly in this community.

I love you all and am excited to see what God is doing in and through our church. Let's press on in faith and spend ourselves for the good of Lawrence and the glory of God.

Reflect and Prepare (April 29)

IN REFLECTION

This last Sunday we considered Jesus opposition to the spiritual pride of the Pharisees in Mark 3:1-6. He confronted their pride with a question, responded to it with great emotion, and rejected it by His action. How are you doing this week? Are you consciously seeking to repent of pride and grow in humility? If you missed the sermon you can listen online.

IN PREPARATION

This week we are planning to celebrate communion together and to look at Mark 3:7-19. Please join me in reading through this passage and praying that God would use it to help us grow as disciples who make disciples. Pray that Christ's work of redemption would be remembered, celebrated, understood, and embraced.

PRAYER FOR BOLDNESS

Would you join me in praying Ephesians 6:18-20 this week?

18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

As a team of missionaries we need boldness to speak the life-giving truth of the gospel in a wold deadened by sin. Each one of you is an important part of this church plant ... let's be faithful to do what God has called us to do (plant seeds), we can be confident God will bring the harvest.

Reflect and Prepare (April 22)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at Mark 2:23-28. When Jesus is confronted about His disciples actions on the Sabbath He rejects the legalistic ritualism of the Pharisees by appealing to the authority of scripture, implying the authority of a king, and claiming the authority of God Himself. We concluded our time by considering the purpose of the Sabbath in pointing to the Lord of the Sabbath. When we come to Jesus with our burdens, He gives us true and lasting rest. Are we seeking our rest in Him this week? Are we holding to Him by faith and resting from our efforts to make ourselves righteous? Let's beware of our idolatrous tendencies to seek rest in entertainment, financial security, physical comforts, or human relationships. And let's fix our eyes on Jesus, hoping in the eternal rest we will enter into one day because of His perfect life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection. You can listen here if you missed it.


IN PREPARATION

This week we will be in Mark 3:1-6 as Jesus is once again in the synagogue and once again experiences conflict with the Pharisees concerning the Sabbath. Read through this text and pray that God will use it to help us see Jesus clearly, to understand and the love gospel, and that it will expose ways in which we need to grow as disciples. Please pray for me as I prepare this week that the Holy Spirit will give me understanding and wisdom to apply this passage to my own life and to our church.

STAY ON TARGET...

Are you praying for someone who doesn't know Jesus this week? Are you seeking to build relationships with the lost and cultivate opportunities for the gospel? Let's not forget why we are here in Lawrence and what we must do. Let's pray for ourselves, that we would have an excitement about Jesus and His mission that would spill over into all our interactions this week. This is one way each one of us can "seek to glorify God by being and making disciples" this week.

Reflect and Prepare (April 15)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we considered the response of Jesus in Mark 2:18-22 to those who thought his disciples should be fasting. The presence of Jesus is a cause for great joy because of who He is and what He has come to do. Are we seeking joy in Jesus this week? He is the bridegroom and beckons us come to the feast. If you missed the sermon you can listen online.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will be looking at Mark 2:23-28. Please read through the text this week and pray that we will see Jesus clearly on Sunday as we come to worship.

Reflect and Prepare (April 8)

IN REFLECTION

Jesus is alive! He has defeated sin on the cross and death through resurrection. This truth is absolutely essential to the gospel message. Apart from it we have no hope. The reality of Jesus' bodily resurrection gives us confidence in our own future resurrection and courage to persevere in the present. In light of His victory, we should be "steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing that in the Lord you labor is not in vain." If you missed Sunday's sermon you can listen online.

IN PREPARATION

This week we will return to our study of Mark. Read through Mark 2:18-22 and consider the question Jesus was asked as well as His response. What does this reveal to us about Jesus and His mission?

CHURCH PLANTING MEETING

We will meet this Sunday night at 7pm to spend some time talking about our goals and strategies in planting Redemption Hill Church. Come prepared to ask any questions you might have, it will be a more informal discussion. We are hoping to provide childcare as well.

Reflect and Prepare (April 1)

IN REFLECTION

This last week we considered how Jesus ministry reveals His mission of saving sinners. Let's thank God for pursuing us and ask Him to help us be faithful to go to those who are in need of His grace rather than self-righteously avoid them.If you missed the sermon you can listen online.

IN PREPARATION

As we approach celebrating Easter this Sunday I encourage you to read through the passion narratives in the gospels. These would include:

  • Mathew 26-28
  • Mark 14-15
  • Luke 22-23
  • John 13-19

The death, burial and resurrection of Christ are central to our faith. Central to who we are. The foundation of all we believe. Let's give careful attention to remembering these truths and never taking them lightly as we prepare to rejoice in what God has accomplished through Christ for our salvation and His glory.

GOOD FRIDAY DARKENING SERVICE

At 7:00pm Friday night Countryside will be having their annual darkening service. Everyone is invited to attend (I will be one of the readers). This is a very meaningful time of worship and a great way to prepare for Sunday's celebration.

EASTER SUNDAY

Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection through song, communion, the preaching of the word, and a shared meal together. If you have questions about what to bring contact Tali Wilson at (913) 302-3509. Be sure to ask people "what are you doing for Easter?" and invite them to join us if they don't have plans!

CHURCH PLANTING MEETING DATES

While meeting on Sunday morning for worship is a crucial part of us being a church, it is not planting a church. There are additional conversations that need to take place, some necessary planning and assessment and strategy that doesn't happen on Sunday morning. Here are the Sunday nights we will be having our quarterly church planting meetings. Mark these on your calendar so you can participate in these important discussions.

  • April 12th
  • June 28th
  • September 27th
  • January 3rd

Reflect and Prepare (March 25)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we saw in Mark 2:1-12 that Jesus has the authority to forgive sin, a need greater even than physical healing. Rather than deny, excuse, justify, or blame others for our sin, rather than despair, rather than try to atone for it, we come to Jesus to be forgiven. If you missed the sermon you can listen online.

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY

This week we will be studying Mark 2:13-17. Take some time to read this text and pray that God will help us to see Christ clearly and understand the implications for our lives individually and the implications for our church collectively.

EASTER COMMUNION AND MEAL

April 5th will be our first Easter celebration as a church. We plan to celebrate communion and share a meal together afterwards. This will take the place of our normal "second Sunday" meal. Let's invite people to come join us for this special time of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

CHURCH PLANTING MEETING

We started meeting together sporadically last spring, and then regularly on Sunday nights last September. We then started meeting Sunday mornings in January of this year. I think it is important for us to continue talking about the task at hand of church planting on a regular basis, something that is hard to do on Sunday mornings. Plan on meeting coming Sunday night April 12th for our first quarterly planting meeting. At this meeting we will assess where we have been, look forward at where we need to go, and discuss plans for ministry. This is very important for us, mark it down so you can be there!

Reflect and Prepare (March 18)

IN REFLECTION

This past week we considered the compassion Jesus had for the man covered in leprosy and the amazing exchange that occurred between them in Mark 1:40-45 (sermon audio is here). Are you clinging to the truth that Jesus can cleanse not only the physically leprous, but those who are spiritually unclean because of sin? Are we finding comfort in the fact that He has compassion on broken sinners like us? Let's pray that God would give us opportunities to share this good news with others as well.

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY

This week we will be looking at Mark 2:1-12, let's spend some time in this text and pray that God will speak to us. Let's pray for faith to believe and strength to obey what we discover. Let's pray that people will hear and respond to the gospel as it is preached.

YOUR MINISTRY

Ephesians 4:11-12 says that it is the saints, being equipped by pastors and teachers, who do the work of the ministry. How is your ministry going?

Reflect and Prepare (March 11)

IN REFLECTION

This past week Carey Wilson challenged us from Ezra chapter 8. I urge you to listen to the sermon audio if you were unable to worship with us Sunday, I was encouraged and challenged by the truth that was shared. May we at Redemption Hill depend on God alone and seek Him with all our hearts. This is what will maximize His glory as we seek to obey Him by being and making disciples of Jesus.

IN PREPARATION

This coming Sunday we will be looking at Mark 1:40-45. Be sure to read through this text this week and ask God to open our eyes and hearts to the truth. Pray that Christ will be exalted, the gospel made clear, and that we would be more like Jesus because of our encounter with His word.