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The Arrival of Advent

Renew Family,

The Advent season is here! In light of this, let us consider how we shall celebrate as a church. Let this season be a time focused on the anticipation and hope that we all can have in Christ, first in remembering His birth, and then looking forward to His return.

What is Advent and why do we celebrate it as the Renew family?

Why the Law Teaches Us to Receive the Good News (Galatians 3:15-29)

11/12/17. Week 6 in Galatians. Paul takes actual categories of social situations and shows us how we can all be equal and one in Christ. 

Yet in our day we all create all sorts of categories that define us, and thus divide us. (Therefore, not surprisingly, an “us” vs. “them” will not change people. Jesus changes people.) 

Why the Law Teaches Us to Receive the Good News

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Galatians 3:15-29 #RenewGalatians

Everything Changes at the Cross: The Righteous Shall Live By Faith (Galatians 3:1-14)

11/5/17. Week 5 in Galatians. “To be convinced in our hearts that we have forgiveness of sins and peace with God by grace alone is the hardest thing.” 
—Martin Luther

Everything Changes at the Cross: The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Galatians 3:1-14 #RenewGalatians

Pillars of Grace: Freedom & Unity (Galatians 2:1-10)

10/15/17. Week 3 in Galatians. In a day of division and identity politics, what does true Christian unity look like? Can we honor God, and love people? Or are personal freedom and church unity opposed?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Galatians 2:1-10 #RenewGalatians

Set Free & Sent Free (Galatians 1:1-10)

10/1/17. Week 1 in Galatians. Set Free & Sent Free (Galatians 1:1-10). There is a righteousness offered to us in Christ through the Gospel. “God imputes it to us apart from our works—in other words, it is passive righteousness, as the others are active. For we do nothing for it, and we give nothing for it. We only receive it.”(Martin Luther)

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Galatians 1:1-10 #RenewGalatians

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!

How God the Master Builds (Psalm 127)

9/24/17. Week 15 in Summer Psalms. We kickoff the Fall with an all-church whole family gathering, focusing on the themes and truths of Psalm 127. Every generation together in one worship gathering.

After singing and praying together, Kari Patterson read aloud the good book What is the Church? 

Then Trevor Hanna taught us about building our lives upon the the solid foundation of God’s Word in the Gospel (Matthew 7:24-29)

// an all-church whole family gathering around Psalm 127 #SummerPsalms

Pondering the Great God Who Works (Psalms 111-112)

9/17/17. Week 14 in Summer Psalms. Pondering the Great God Who Works (Psalms 111 & 112).
Everyone you know wants you to become the quality of person described in Psalm 112. Yet there is only one way to get there: through pondering and worshiping the God described in Psalm 111.

Great are the works of the Lord and visited frequently by all who delight in them.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalms 111 & 112 #SummerPsalms