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Loving God 1st in 2015 (resources to read the Bible)

All year long the Renew Family will be following the covenant promises of God found in the whole Bible. From Genesis to Revelation we will see the God of Promise, how He has made exceedingly great promises and the phenomenal lengths He has gone to keep those promises. Will you follow along by daily seeking God first? Follow a plan for helpful guidance.

Now for the plans …

Preparing for Renew gathering on Sunday, February 1st

Happy New Year! See you on Sunday at 10 AM as we gather for worship and the word at the Revival Building (813 7th St). Read this rundown of the key emphases, happenings and overall announcements to read before we gather to sing, pray, share and celebrate.

We begin the morning by praying and singing together, including Advent songs:
+ O Come All Ye Faithful,
+ O Come, O Come Emmanuel,
+ What Child Is This,
+ This is War,
+ O Holy Night,
+ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

The Advent season invites us to wait for the coming Savior. // Read ahead: Luke 2:1-20

Building Greatness (Tower of Babel)

1/25/15. Week 5 of God of Promise. // Dropped into the middle of this “table of nations” in Genesis 10, and then nestled in the opening verses of Genesis 11, is the remarkable story of the Tower of Babel. It’s a story of human creativity in this first truly “global city,” and of God’s ability to reveal the misdirected ambition underlying that creativity.

The story also makes a turning point in Scripture. Immediately after these vents at Babel, God sets in motion His plan to bless “all the families of the earth” through Abram (later called Abraham), a man from who Jesus Christ would eventually descend and bring this promise to fulfillment.[1. Genesis 12:3; Matthew 1:2-16; Galatians 3:16]

Notice the strategic placement of this narrative, for the city of Babel occupies more than a place of the world map. It’s central to the map of the unfolding history of the world. The extraordinary account of Babel sounds forth its momentous message—so we simply cannot afford to miss it as we seek God’s view of the world, of the city, of our lives.

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Genesis 10-11 #GODofPromise

God of Promise: Flooded with Grace

1/18/15. Week 4 of God of Promise. // Everyone knows the story of Noah and the Ark, right?

Kids play with tiny toy arks in their bathtubs, and story books point to the hope-filled rainbow after the Flood. Nearly everyone knows something about the strange man man Noah, the big ship, and the epic forty days and nights of rain. Perhaps you saw the blockbuster movie Noah, which offered a whole different version of events and reasons for the flood.

What did the Flood change? What was the point? And why did God save Noah and his family?

Together we dive down into these themes and more, in the deep end of God’s Grace.

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Genesis 3-9 #GODofPromise

God of Promise: A Beautiful Collision

1/11/15. Week 3 of God of Promise. // The beginning of the Bible tells us why God created all things. Far from telling us everything about how God created, this poem tells us what we need to know in order to worship, trust, and obey our Creator.

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Genesis 1-3; 2nd Corinthians 4:6 #GODofPromise

God of Promise: Love God 1st

1/4/15. There are just two ways to grow: either God prunes you, or you abide in His word and in His love. (Actually both!) // A new year brings a new emphasis, and for the first half of 2015 we will look intently at the Covenants in the Bible. All the big and little Promises God has made to His people. In Jesus each of these are fulfilled, “Yes and Amen” (2 Cor. 1:20):

“For all the promises of God find their Yes in Hm. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.”

Because of who God is and all of His promises, we can put Him first in our lives. Let’s love God 1st.

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// John 15:1-11 #GODofPromise

Preparing for Renew gathering in the New Year (January 4th)

Happy New Year! See you on Sunday at 10 AM as we gather for worship and the word at the Revival Building (813 7th St). Read this rundown of the key emphases, happenings and overall announcements to read before we gather to sing, pray, share and celebrate.

We begin the morning by praying and singing together, including Advent songs:
+ O Come All Ye Faithful,
+ O Come, O Come Emmanuel,
+ What Child Is This,
+ This is War,
+ O Holy Night,
+ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

The Advent season invites us to wait for the coming Savior. // Read ahead: Luke 2:1-20