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Learning Together: Jesus Has Power Over Evil

A reflection on Sunday’s lesson for April 19th with Renew Kids, with questions for family discussion. 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 discussion questions, resources for discipling children, and opportunities to engage in serving and loving the world with your kids.

God of Promise: Wonders?!

4/12/15. Week 15 of God of Promise.

In this sermon we began exploring the truth about miracles, or as the Scriptures call them: “Signs and Wonders.”

+ What do you believe about signs and wonders?
+ What do you believe about healing?
+ Are signs and wonders bonus add-ons to the Gospel? Were they just for the early church when people really needed it, but not for us today?

We must come to grips with the reality that many aspects of our lives do not match what we read is quite normal in the Scriptures. Will we explain this away, or will we ask God to make HIS reality become our reality?

The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest sign and wonder, and the onset of the Kingdom of God, where signs and wonders continue by God’s gracious power.

// John 20:30-31; Acts 1:1-5; 6:1-10 #GODofPromise #KingJesus #HeisRisen

He is Risen, He is Risen, Indeed! (Easter Sunday)

4/5/15. Week 14 of God of Promise.
Jesus rose from the dead.

So what? Why does it matter?

Resurrection Sunday, known in our culture as Easter, is a day to celebrate the risen Christ, for He is risen, He is risen, indeed!

The historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus is a world-changing event, and for this reason it was the key feature the apostles preached everywhere. They proclaimed or preached this truth, as heralds would in announcing news in the center of town. This historical fact that Jesus is risen, and death could not hold Him, is the central truth of the Gospel. It is in fact more important than even the principles of living and wise philosophy that also come to us in Christianity. Those principles arise from this truth: Jesus has conquered death and defeated sin and Satan for us. How can we not then live for Him?

// Matthew 28; 1st Corinthians 15 #GODofPromise #KingJesus #HeisRisen

Good Friday: The Cup, Garden, Trials, Cross

4/3/15. Good Friday.
Renew Church hosted a collective gathering with Connection Church, Hilltop Community and Missio Dei Community as we celebrated and remembered the suffering Servant, Jesus the crucified Son of God, who died in our place, the innocent in place of the guilty, to bring us to God. #GoodFriday #GODofPromise

King of Promise (Palm Sunday)

3/29/15. Week 13 of God of Promise.

Here comes the King! All of the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Jesus. He is the Son of David, the rightful heir of the throne of Heaven and Earth. On Palm Sunday we contemplate the meaning of His arrival, the purpose of His coming, and the wonder of what it means to be rescued by Him. What a King!

In order to truly understand King Jesus, the Good Shepherd, we need to understand David, the Shepherd-who-became-King. And God’s promises to him.

// 2nd Samuel 7; Luke 19 #GODofPromise #KingJesus

Conquering the Five Capitals in the Promised Land of Success

3/22/15. Week 12 of God of Promise.

Upon returning from Uganda in East Africa, Pastor Jeff Patterson shared stories from the short-term trip with NGM Uganda, and connected truths for discipleship to each story. In a teaching called the “Five Capitals,” he noted our path to success (when God is with us), as progressing from financial capital, to intellectual capital, to physical capital, to relational capital, to spiritual capital.

// Joshua 1 #GODofPromise #NGMUganda