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Relational Rent: Affirm One Another’s Equal Importance in Christ

5/24/15. Week 2 of Relational Rent

We continue a new study of the “one anothers,” exploring the community-building practices God intends for us to live in and live out as the body of Christ.

This is how we love each other and show the world how Jesus is the good life.

Let’s call it Relational Rent, beginning with affirmation: AFFIRM one another’s equal importance in Christ!

// Romans 15, et al #RelationalRent #WeAreFamily

Relational Rent: Affirm One Another’s Strengths, Abilities & Gifts

5/17/15. Week 1 of Relational Rent

This week we begin a new study of the “one anothers,” exploring the community-building practices God intends for us to live in and live out as the body of Christ.

This is how we love each other and show the world how Jesus is the good life.

Let’s call it Relational Rent, beginning with affirmation: AFFIRM one another’s strengths, abilities, and gifts.

// Ephesians 4, et al #RelationalRent #WeAreFamily

Learning Together: Parable of the Faithful Servant

Learning Together for Renew Families, the week of May 17th. This month in Renew Kids we are learning about many of the parables that Jesus taught. Parables are stories that Jesus used to teach people about the kingdom of God. The story we are looking at this week is the parable of the Faithful Servant and we are asking, “What should we be ready for?” We should be ready for Jesus to come back.

This parable is one where Jesus tells about a master who puts his servant in charge of a household. When the master returns, the servant who did as his master commanded is considered blessed and the servant who did not obey his master was punished. Read the full story here: Matthew 24:45-51; Luke 12:42-48.

God of Promise: Jesus our Healer

5/10/15. Week 19 of God of Promise.

In wrapping up the God of Promise series, we wanted to take a more personal and holistic approach, asking “so what?” If God has made exceedingly great promises to us (and He has!), and in Jesus all of God’s great promises are fulfilled (Yes & Amen!), then what does it mean when we read: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases”?

Kari Patterson sharing our journey of re-learning to trust Jesus our Healer.

// Matthew 8 #GODofPromise #JesusOurHealer

God of Promise: Promised People (being the church the world needs)

5/3/15. Week 18 of God of Promise.

Promised People is about the call to be and do and become, even in a post-Christian culture that doesn’t really care about us and our viewpoints. Just as we personally do not exist for ourselves, we as the Church do not exist for our collective self either.

Stated positively: we can be the covenant people the world needs even if we are not the church they had in mind. This is “life on mission,” and being “a family of missionary servants” (Romans 12:3-21). Life on mission is where our brokenness and ongoing need for God’s help is exposed and redeemed, training for making disciples takes place, and the power of the Spirit is displayed. This is being God’s promised people.

// Romans 12 #GODofPromise #WeAreFamily

God of Promise: Promised Presence (doing what only Jesus can do)

4/26/15. Week 17 of God of Promise.

I don’t know how many recent conversations I’ve been in with local church leaders lamenting that “people in our culture today just don’t get it.” Duh, it’s because our eyes are blinded, and we don’t see the glory of Christ, let alone the wisdom of morality (right and wrong).

Thus, lost people do lost things.

But there is a spark of hope …

The Spirit — in building the people of God into the new House of God — does His convicting (convincing!) work in and through us! So we become missionaries cleverly disguised as good neighbors and wise workers, and gracious bosses, and faithful everythings … doing what we could not do ourselves.

// John 14-16; 20; 2nd Corinthians 3-4 #GODofPromise #SpiritofGod