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The Epic Bible Reading Plan(s)

Starting in January 2014, RENEW will be following the journey of the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, tracking the Story of God and His people. We’re calling this series EPIC: following the Hero of God’s Story. How much more powerful and life-changing with the movement of God’s Spirit be in the RENEW family when we’re all reading God’s Word in our homes, embracing and embodying the grace and truth of Jesus our King!

Now for the plans …

Daniel: Loving God Forever

8/24/14. Week 25 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story. // Daniel was a young man who followed God for a lifetime. He became an old, wise man who others turned to in order to know God’s message. His consistency, faithfulness, and perseverance speak to us even today.

How was he able to love people even in an evil culture, and walk with God until the end?

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Daniel 1-12 #EPIC

Ezekiel: The Human Engine Waits

8/17/14. Week 24 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story. // Ezekiel the prophet was admittedly a bit odd, even weird. Yet he had an important message from God to His people. He spoke against hypocrisy and for a better future filled with hope.

His message was like a punch to the gut followed by a hug to the face. In part one of Ezekiel we focused on the first 36 chapters (the punch to the gut). In part two we now look at the “Valley of Vision” — here comes the hug! — where Ezekiel sees and speaks to dry bones as they come back to life. Notice how dead they were, without hope or a future. And yet God is able to speak life back into them. There’s hope and grace and new life for all who were desolate, hopeless and lost! Notice how the dry bones do not re-assemble themselves, nor come back to life by their own power. Only God is able. God renews!

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Ezekiel 36-48 #EPIC

Ezekiel: The Glory Departs

8/10/14. Week 23 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story. // After a couple week pause we catch up with Ezekiel the prophet who was admittedly a bit odd. Yet he had an important message from God to His people. He spoke against hypocrisy and for a better future filled with hope.

His message was like a punch to the gut followed by a hug to the face. In part one of Ezekiel we focus on the first 36 chapters. Part two (week 24) looks at the “Valley of Vision.”

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Ezekiel 1-36 #EPIC

Jeremiah: Embrace & Embody the Message

7/20/14. Week 22 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story. // The prophet Jeremiah served alone and had enemies on every side. Those who were supposed to collaborate on leading God’s people, the priests and kings, refused to listen to his message from God. They wanted only vague, positive, pithy, self-focused sayings from the false-prophets, rather than what God was saying: repent and find renewal.

Jeremiah was lonely, isolated, dejected. Even depressed. Yet despite the outward opposition and inward depression, he stayed true to the message received, remaining faithful for decades.

Jeremiah’s writings call people forward to turn from their sin (and the creative ways they/we pursue sin: breaking God’s law, breaking His heart, trusting other gods, turning to other lovers, living in stubborn unbelief, and worshiping idols).

Turn from all that and return to God, for He will heal you. Jeremiah points us to Jesus, the Hero, for in Him the Creator has good plans for His people, yet they must trust Him. #EPIC

A Preview of Family Camp

RSVP for Family Camp, August 1st-3rd On Sunday morning, July 6th the Renew Church family will gather at the home of Dan & Linda Hardman in Colton. Later we will enjoy Family Camp there on August 1st-3rd. Here’s where we’ll be!