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Loving God 1st in 2016 (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 …

Renew Kids: Sunday. December 11th, 2016 (Learning Together)

Advent season is upon us! In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family verses to memorize together, and resources to help you as the parent to disciple your children.

Renew Kids

The word “disciple” means to intentionally impact the life of someone in the direction of being more like Jesus.
Disciples follow Jesus and help others follow Him too.

Every week faithful servants enter into this discipleship process with the children in Renew Kids. Their are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-9).
This Week’s Family Verses (Call His Name Immanuel)

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive an bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
—Isaiah 7:14

The Once and Future King (Advent)

12/4/16. Second Sunday of Advent. The famous passage in Micah 5 foretells the coming of the Messiah, a Savior who will right all the wrongs and set history at rights. What does it mean that this ruler, this King, is one “whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days”? What does it say about this King? About the needs of the world? About us?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Micah 5:1-6 #RenewAdvent

Have we nothing then to do? No, nothing …

11/27/16. A story shared on the First Sunday of Advent. John Wesley was converted as somebody was reading to him Martin Luther’s commentary on the Galatians. There’s a sentence where Luther says,

“Have we nothing then to do? No, nothing … but be found in him who of God has made unto us our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption,”

When John Wesley heard those words, it dawned on him, and he was converted. (Note: this wasn’t his beginning of “Christian” things.)

// Jeff Patterson sharing during Benediction #RenewAdvent

Whatever Comes: He is the Gift of God (Advent)

11/27/16. First Sunday of Advent. Jesus Christ came at Christmas, but He didn’t just come. He was given. What does it mean that Jesus is the Gift of God? What does His “giftness” tell us about the triune God? What does it tell us about our needs? And the world?

// Jeff Patterson preaching Isaiah 9:1-7 #RenewAdvent

(Stop it!) Peace, Be Still (Mark 4:35-41)

11/20/16. Week 12 in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus went with His disciples on a trek across the Sea of Galilee, summarily feel asleep in the boat, and when a storm arose the sum of all the disciples’ fears came to the surface. What happens before the wind and the waves obey Him? Why is this story lived and told here and in this way?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 4:35-41; Psalm 36 & Jonah 2 #GospelofMark

The Unstoppable Kingdom (Mark 4:21-34)

11/13/16. Week 11 in the Gospel of Mark. These scene of Jesus teaching encapsulates what Mark’s Gospel is all about: big power from small beginnings. (The smallest seed becomes the largest plant.) Do you see the contrast, the vibrant images of the God’s Kingdom and its growth? (What do they mean?)

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 4:21-34 #GospelofMark

Renew Kids: Sunday, November 13th, 2016 (Learning Together)

In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family verses to memorize together, and resources to help you as the parent to disciple your children.

The word “disciple” means to intentionally impact the life of someone in the direction of being more like Jesus.
Disciples follow Jesus and help others follow Him too.

Every week faithful servants enter into this discipleship process with the children in Renew Kids. Their are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-9).
This Week’s Family Verse (Refuge & Strength)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever resent help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the
mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
—Psalm 46:1-2

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