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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 …

Galatians: Hello Freedom, Purpose & Joy for All People!

When people trust in Jesus, what is true of Him becomes true of them!

This Fall during the October and November months we will delve into Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, as a whole church family. As God is eternal and eternally present, He is oh so eternally relevant. Today and every day. The themes and plot of Galatians relates to our times and situation here today. We struggle with racial tensions, and the churches in Galatia in the first century did as well. We devolve into competition rather than completion, just as the people in that day swayed from the pure Gospel of union with Christ and oneness in Him. We struggle with works-righteousness (“God has to accept me as I am a good person”), just as legalism (law and law-lite) crept into the churches then and there. We struggle with being inconsistent with our witness, just as the Apostle Peter became a hypocrite and needed a theological punch and a relational hug from fellow Apostle Paul, returning to justification by faith alone in Christ alone, motivated by grace.

My hope is for us each and all to discover the freedom, purpose, and joy in Christ available for all people. He came and died for us, and rose again so we can live and reign with Him forever. Let us engage the Scriptures, ponder all their freeing goodness, and allow God’s Spirit to change us. We begin this journey October 1st!

Renew Kids: Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 (Learning Together)

Every week faithful servants enter into this discipleship process with the children in Renew Kids. There are two classes this Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-3), Primary (ages 3-6), while older kids will remain in the main worship gathering. (Next week we launch a new four-fold class plan.) All of us begin the gathering together to sing, listen, and pray as a whole church family.
These are the three simple rules we introduced for the whole church family. While we had kids in mind in the wording, these are really for everyone! You likely have varied rules in your home, yet in this shared space, as a church family, our rules are simply a three-fold invitation:

Let’s …
1. Honor & obey our leaders
2. Listen respectfully to God & others
3. Keep our bodies to ourselves

The Spiritual One-Two Punch

Faith is key.

But it’s only half the story. Faith is half of the spiritual one-two punch that deals a death blow to the devil. Faith is important, but it wasn’t until last week, re-reading about Abraham, that I noticed the other half, the part that’s often over-looked and hardly ever touted for its importance.

Totality: An Awe-Full Church Experience (Psalm 73)

8/27/17. Week 11 in Summer Psalms. Totality: An Awe-Full Church Experience (Psalm 73).

Continuing from part one on Psalm 73, we considered how much of our nation stood in awe of the heavens this week, during the middle of the morning, the “end” of those who see God’s work in the world but do not honor Him as Creator, and why we Christians often neglect our responsibility to grow in grace. 

(Quotes shared also appear on blog page.)

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 73 (part two) #SummerPsalms