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Build the Altar in 2017 (resources for worshiping Christ in His Word)

All year long the Renew Family can join together an build an altar to God in our lives. We’re invited to the adventure of knowing God and all of His covenant promises 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, August 20th, 2017 (Learning Together)

The twentieth (and final) chapter of the Story Catechism is about the consummation of all things and the return of Jesus:

Through Jesus, God is re-establishing peace.
Through Jesus, God is bringing freedom.
Through Jesus, God is renewing His Creation.
Through Jesus, God is putting everything back in its right and proper place.
And through Jesus, once again it is very good.

Renew Kids: Sunday, August 13th, 2017 (Learning Together)

The nineteenth chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Church embracing and embodying “Everyday Love”:

Now the church lives all around the world sharing the Gospel with their neighbors.
The Church has been invited to join God.
The Church shares the Gospel by loving neighbors and serving them.
Jesus tells us to love one another like He loves us.
When we love each other, the world sees how Jesus loves.

Renew Kids: Sunday, August 6th, 2017 (Learning Together)

This week we continue our Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you!

The seventeenth chapter of the Story Catechism is about the ones who Jesus sent:

Jesus sent the disciples to tell their neighbors and the world about Him.
Jesus Promised He would always be with them.
Remember God’s love story is called the gospel.
When people heard about the gospel some people believed and trusted in Jesus.
These people started following Jesus and obeying his words.

Always Swimming Upstream (Psalm 71)

7/30/17. Week 8 in Summer Psalms. Always Swimming Upstream (Psalm 71).

“Ten words have set the course for my life: God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”
—Joni Eareckson Tada

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 71 #SummerPsalms

Where there is Darkness, He is the Light (Psalm 67)

7/23/17. Week 7 in Summer Psalms. Where there is Darkness, He is the Light (Psalm 67).

During Renew Family Camp we paused on Sunday morning to read, sing, pray, and rejoice in the Gospel of Christ.

Psalm 67 reminds us that God is the Light of the world, even in the darkness that surrounds.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 67 #SummerPsalms

Wide, Wider, Widest Joy (Psalm 65)

7/16/17. Week 6 in Summer Psalms. Wide, Wider, Widest Joy (Psalm 65)

In talking with our kids we discovered a simple truth: if our enjoyment of something can only have right now and in our preferred way, we will not only miss out on life, we will also injure others.

This is a symptom of self-centeredness, and the Father is actively training the opposite direction: that we as His kids of Grace, can learn contentment in every circumstance, cultivating wide, wider … even the widest … joy.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 65; Romans 8:1-6 #SummerPsalms

Renew Kids: Sunday, July 16th, 2017 (Learning Together)

This week we continue our Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you!

The eleventh chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Great Rescue:

God’s love is bigger and better than sin.
God would never stop pursuing His creation (us).
God’s love story is about Jesus.
God’s love story about Jesus is called the gospel.
The gospel means that Jesus came to rescue us.
#RenewKids #RenewFamilies #LearningTogether

Wait-Wait, Do Tell Everyone (Psalms 40-41)

7/9/17. Week 5 in Summer Psalms. Wait-Wait, Do Tell Everyone (Psalms 40-41).
Learning to wait upon God is the chief discipline of faith. It is learning to live by faith, which has benefits in this life and reward in the life to come.

David’s value of worshiping God, and waiting upon the Father’s face, grace, and timing, became an earnest conviction and shaped how he faced life, and faced God.

// Renew Elders update then Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalms 40-41 #SummerPsalms

Renew Kids: Sunday, July 9th, 2017 (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. Three are three classes this Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-9).

This Week’s Story Catechism (Rebellion: The Consequence)

This week we continue our Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you!

The ninth chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Consequence:

Because Adam and Eve sinned, everything changed.
Adam and Eve forgot.
God is holy and always does what is good, right, and perfect.
Because God is holy, he does not allow sin to be in his presence.
So God punished Adam and Eve by removing them from the garden (His presence).

Truth & Light for the Downcast Soul (Psalms 42-43)

7/2/17. Week 4 in Summer Psalms. Truth & Light for the Downcast Soul (Psalms 42-43).

When we are downcast we always respond poorly, which is why we need to grasp why we’re downcast, how to speak truth and light to our souls, and what it means to put one’s hope in God when life looks dim and bleak.

The writer of this pair of Psalms helps us understand the yearnings and opportunities of what takes place when our souls are downcast.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalms 42-43 #SummerPsalms