Teaching – RENEW Church http://www.godrenews.us Grace » Renewal » Hope » Love Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:05:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 38994795 Copyright © RENEW Church 2012-2015 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/deed.en_US connect@godrenews.us (RENEW Church) connect@godrenews.us (RENEW Church) gospel message 1440 http://www.godrenews.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/RENEW_logo_podcast_white_144.jpg RENEW Church http://www.godrenews.us 144 144 http://feeds.feedburner.com/RenewChurchPodcast RENEW is a family of missionary servants seeking to introduce our neighborhoods & cities to Jesus our King. RENEW CHURCH gathers in Oregon City, as a family of missionary servants seeking to introduce our neighborhoods & cities to Jesus our King. // Core values: Grace » Renewal » Hope » Love // web: www.GodRenews.us RENEW Church RENEW Church connect@godrenews.us no no Freedom to Be Planted (Psalm 1) http://www.godrenews.us/psalm-1-freedom/ http://www.godrenews.us/psalm-1-freedom/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:27:34 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4345 What kind of freedom do we need? What kind of freedom do we really want?

What kinds of freedoms make us truly free?

Message title: Freedom to Be Planted (Psalm 1)
First week in Summer Psalms
Scriptures: Psalm 1:1-6; 62:9-12; 139:23-24; 2nd Timothy 3:10-17
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 6/11/17

Listen or download:

(We’re pausing on the Gospel of Mark for the Summer, and will pick up this study again in the future.)

Scripture readings:

Psalm 1:1-6 (ESV):

Book One

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Blessed is the man[a]
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person
  2. Psalm 1:2 Or instruction

Psalm 62:9-12 (ESV)

Those of low estate are but a breath;
    those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
    they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
    set no vain hopes on robbery;
    if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

11 Once God has spoken;
    twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12     and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
    according to his work.

Psalm 139:23-24 (ESV)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts![a]
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting![b]

Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 139:23 Or cares
  2. Psalm 139:24 Or in the ancient way (compare Jeremiah 6:16)

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (ESV)

All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a]you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b]may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Footnotes:
  1. 2 Timothy 3:14 The Greek for whom is plural
  2. 2 Timothy 3:17 That is, a messenger of God (the phrase echoes a common Old Testament expression)


Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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http://www.godrenews.us/psalm-1-freedom/feed/ 0 4345 0:53:03 6/11/17. Week 1 in Summer Psalms. Freedom to Be Planted (Psalm 1). What kind of freedom do we need? What kind of freedom do we really want? What kinds of freedoms make us truly free? // Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 1:1-6; 62:9-12; 139[...] 6/11/17. Week 1 in Summer Psalms. Freedom to Be Planted (Psalm 1). What kind of freedom do we need? What kind of freedom do we really want? What kinds of freedoms make us truly free? // Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 1:1-6; 62:9-12; 139:23-24; 2 Timothy 3:10-17 #SummerPsalms Teaching RENEW Church no no
Renew Kids: Sunday, June 11th, 2017 (Learning Together) http://www.godrenews.us/renew-kids-sunday-june-11th-2017-learning-together/ http://www.godrenews.us/renew-kids-sunday-june-11th-2017-learning-together/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:14:36 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4267 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.

Renew Kids

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. Their are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-9).

This Week’s Story Catechism (Creation: The Garden of Eden)

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

The second chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Garden of Eden:

At the beginning of the story there is a garden.
The garden is called Eden.
Eden was a place where everything was in its right and proper place.
And God said it is good.
It was good because God is good and he was there.

Listen or download:

PDF Story Catechism – week 2 – Eden – God (PDF)

Primary Class 

Our curriculum for the Primary class comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and will immerse our kids in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when our children experience the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, our kids will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.

 Unit Focus: Jesus the Storyteller

Jesus told parables, or stories, to help people understand what the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus’ parables show what it looks like to live in God’s kingdom where Jesus reigns supreme. One day, these stories will become our reality when Jesus returns and reverses the curse of sin.

Unit Key Passage:

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
—Mark 6:34

Session Focus: The Unmerciful Servant

Bible Passage: Matthew 18:21-35

Main Point: God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others.

Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.

Christ Connection:  Nothing we do is enough to pay the debt we owe God and take away God’s punishment for our sin. Jesus came and died on the cross to pay for our sin and take the punishment we deserve. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin completely. We can forgive others because God has greatly forgiven us greatly.

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class will be meeting once a month during the summer: June 4th, July 9th, and August 6th

This week the kids will be joining everyone in the regular Sunday gathering but will be continuing their study of the Psalms throughout the summer. The book of Psalms is filled with songs and prayers offered to God by the nation of Israel. The Psalms are very diverse, some of them explode with praise to God, while others reveal the troubled heart of a mourner. They are unified in the fact that they are centered upon the one and only Living God. Over the summer we will be challenging the kids to read the first 41 Psalms and memorize one of the Psalms.

Mission in Uganda

Working with Paul Hunter from Next Generation Ministries, he has found the Challenge Class a new mission in Uganda.

David is a young boy that is 12 years old who lives in Uganda and had his leg amputated as an infant. The Challenge Class is working on helping David buy a prosthetic leg in a couple of years when he is ready.  How will they do this? Every week the kids in the Challenge Class have the opportunity to earn marbles to fill up a jar and every marble they earn will be worth $2 a piece to go towards David’s new leg. How do they earn marbles?

The kids in Challenge Class can earn marbles in these ways:

  1. Memorize the scripture verse for their Challenge Class
  2. Study the Bible at home
  3. Draw a picture of something they learned in the bible
  4. Learn a new story from the Bible
  5. Draw or Write in their prayer/thankfulness journal
  6. Pray or Read a Psalm during the week

 Hannah Hoover and the World Race

We heard from our own Hannah Hoover about her joining the World Race beginning in October. (She’s in Chile now!) The Challenge Class is excited to follow her during this journey and are committing to praying for her regularly. Here is the link to her blog: Hannah Hoover

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http://www.godrenews.us/renew-kids-sunday-june-11th-2017-learning-together/feed/ 0 4267 0:01:46 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[...] The second chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Garden of Eden: At the beginning of the story there is a garden. The garden is called Eden. Eden was a place where everything was in its right and proper place. And God said it is good. It was good because God is good and he was there. #StoryCatechism #RenewSummer Teaching RENEW Church no no
Finding Your People to Find Your Purpose (Ruth 1) http://www.godrenews.us/paul-hunter-people-purpose/ http://www.godrenews.us/paul-hunter-people-purpose/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:19:25 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4273 On Sunday we heard from our good friend Paul Hunter of Next Generation Ministries (Uganda). We made sure to receive some updates on life and living in Uganda, but he really wanted to preach God’s Word!

With NGM he and wife Pam connect the relational, spiritual and practical needs God brings to them in Uganda, and with the generous support of people and churches collectively serve people in need in Jesus’ Name.

A key program they lead in Uganda is ONE STEP —a three-month life-on-life relational intensive around the Gospel of Christ that endeavors to:

  • provide a cross-cultural environment for discipleship training
  • give exposure to the basic values of the Kingdom of God
  • provide grounding in the essential areas of Identity, Vision, & Purpose
  • utilize the nation of Uganda, otherwise referred to as the Pearl of Africa, for a cross-cultural environment for the course
  • use residential living within the compound of the African head quarters of Next Generation Ministries
  • provide quality instructors, coaches, and guides who will be Africans for the most part
  • capitalize on the structure of relationships for the foundation for growth and ministry for the glory of God
  • use the context of a cross cultural environment to mentor students in the word, works, and ways of God

» For more on ONE STEP, or to support this initiative, visit onestepug.com, and support ONE STEP on PureCharity

Before Paul spoke we heard an update on our care for the Ddembe family in Uganda, as well as a brief update and prayer for Rebecca the “Book Hunter in her preparations for Uganda trip this June-July (see YouCaring support page here).

Paul mentioned the Loneliman 39.3, which Pastor Jeff is enduring on purpose on his birthday 6/17. For more on this unique fundraiser for NGM ask either Paul or Jeff, and visit purecharity.com/loneliman.

Message title: Finding Your People to Find Your Purpose
Scriptures: Ruth 1
Preacher: Paul Hunter
Date: 6/4/17

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We also begin our Summer journey with the Story Catechism. The first week in the Story Catechism is about God the Creator:

The beginning of the Story is called Creation.

The Creator is God.

God is perfect.

God created everything.

God created everything out of love and for His glory.

Scripture readings:

Psalm 68:32-35 (ESV)

32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
    sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
    behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34 Ascribe power to God,
    whose majesty is over Israel,
    and whose power is in the skies.
35 Awesome is God from his[a] sanctuary;
    the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!

Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 68:35 Septuagint; Hebrew your

Genesis 1:1-2 (ESV)

The Creation of the World

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Numbers 11:24-30 (ESV)

24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord‘s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

Ruth 1 (ESV)

Naomi Widowed

In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

Ruth's Loyalty to Naomi

Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.”14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.17 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.

Naomi and Ruth Return

19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi;[a] call me Mara,[b] for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

Footnotes:
  1. Ruth 1:20 Naomi means pleasant
  2. Ruth 1:20 Mara means bitter

Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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http://www.godrenews.us/paul-hunter-people-purpose/feed/ 0 4273 0:38:51 6/4/17. (Pentecost Sunday) Message title: Finding Your People to Find Your Purpose Scriptures: Ruth 1; Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 62:11-12 Preacher: Paul Hunter // #NGMUganda #weareFamily 6/4/17. (Pentecost Sunday) Message title: Finding Your People to Find Your Purpose Scriptures: Ruth 1; Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 62:11-12 Preacher: Paul Hunter // #NGMUganda #weareFamily Teaching RENEW Church no no
Renew Kids: Sunday, June 4th, 2017 (Learning Together) http://www.godrenews.us/renew-kids-sunday-june-4th-2017-learning-together/ http://www.godrenews.us/renew-kids-sunday-june-4th-2017-learning-together/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:20:27 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4241 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.

Renew Kids

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. Their are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-9).

This Week’s Story Catechism (Creation: God the Creator)

This week we begin a Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you!

The first chapter of the Story Catechism is about God the Creator:

The beginning of the Story is called Creation.
The Creator is God.
God is perfect.
God created everything.
God created everything out of love and for His glory.

Listen or download:

PDF Story Catechism – week 1 – Creation – God (PDF)

Primary Class 

Our curriculum for the Primary class comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and will immerse our kids in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when our children experience the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, our kids will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.

Unit Focus: Jesus the Storyteller

Jesus told parables, or stories, to help people understand what the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus’ parables show what it looks like to live in God’s kingdom where Jesus reigns supreme. One day, these stories will become our reality when Jesus returns and reverses the curse of sin.

Unit Key Passage:

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
—Mark 6:34

Session Focus: Parable of the Sower

Bible Passage: Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Main Point: Not everyone who hears the gospel believes it.

Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.

Christ Connection:  Jesus is the Sower who shared the truth about God’s kingdom. His followers continue to share the truth today, and those who understand and accept the gospel become more like Jesus.

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class will be meeting once a month during the summer: June 4th, July 9th, and August 6th

This week the kids will be continuing their study of the Psalms. The book of Psalms is filled with songs and prayers offered to God by the nation of Israel. The Psalms are very diverse, some of them explode with praise to God, while others reveal the troubled heart of a mourner. They are unified in the fact that they are centered upon the one and only Living God. Over the summer we will be challenging the kids to read the first 41 Psalms and participate in some related activities. This week the class will be celebrating all that they have been working on learning this past months.

Discussion:

In the Challenge Class we really encourage the kids to ask questions and think about how the scripture is alive for them today. We would really like encourage the parents to continue to model this at home with open ended questions about the scripture we are studying. The goal of the Challenge Class is for the kids to be able to read and study the bible themselves with the help of their parents and teachers as they grow in Christ.

Ideas:

  • Where do we see the Gospel in this Scripture?
  • How does this Scripture apply to your life?
  • What does this Scripture tell you about God?
  • What did you learn this week?

Mission in Uganda

Working with Paul Hunter from Next Generation Ministries, he has found the Challenge Class a new mission in Uganda.

David is a young boy that is 12 years old who lives in Uganda and had his leg amputated as an infant. The Challenge Class is working on helping David buy a prosthetic leg in a couple of years when he is ready.  How will they do this? Every week the kids in the Challenge Class have the opportunity to earn marbles to fill up a jar and every marble they earn will be worth $2 a piece to go towards David’s new leg. How do they earn marbles?

The kids in Challenge Class can earn marbles in these ways:

  1. Memorize the scripture verse for their Challenge Class
  2. Study the Bible at home
  3. Draw a picture of something they learned in the bible
  4. Learn a new story from the Bible
  5. Draw or Write in their prayer/thankfulness journal
  6. Pray or Read a Psalm during the week

 Hannah Hoover and the World Race

We heard from our own Hannah Hoover about her joining the World Race beginning in October. (She’s in Chile now!) The Challenge Class is excited to follow her during this journey and are committing to praying for her regularly. Here is the link to her blog: Hannah Hoover

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http://www.godrenews.us/renew-kids-sunday-june-4th-2017-learning-together/feed/ 0 4241 0:03:36 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[...] This week we begin a Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you! The first chapter of the Story Catechism is about God the Creator: The beginning of the Story is called Creation. The Creator is God. God is perfect. God created everything. God created everything out of love and for His glory. #StoryCatechism #RenewSummer Teaching RENEW Church no no
Behold: Keep Looking at the Center (Mark 9:1-13) http://www.godrenews.us/mark-behold-center/ http://www.godrenews.us/mark-behold-center/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 23:02:02 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4285 Upon the mountain top three of Jesus’ disciples had an experience that was out-of-this-world. They beheld the glory of God, as Jesus transfigured before their very eyes — becoming brighter than the sun. Struggling to make sense of the moment, Peter took a risk and suggested they build three special tents for three significant prophets there: Moses, Elijah, and Jesus.

What God said in that moment changed everything.

The Christian life is much more than behaving a certain way, and even more than believing specific doctrines. In Christ we get to behold the glory of God, and in seeing Him and hearing Him, be changed. This is God’s Beloved Son, let us listen to Him!

Message title: Behold: Keep Looking at the Center (Mark 9:1-13)
Twenty-sixth week in the Gospel of Mark
Scriptures: Mark 9:1-13; 2 Corinthians 3:12-17; 4:1-7
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 5/28/17

Listen or download:

(We’re pausing on the Gospel of Mark for the Summer, and will pick up this study again in the future.)

Gospel of Mark

Scripture readings:

Mark 9:1-13 (ESV):

And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”

The Transfiguration

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one[a] on earth could bleach them.And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi,[b] it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son;[c] listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean.11 And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?”12 And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”

Footnotes:
  1. Mark 9:3Greek launderer (gnapheus)
  2. Mark 9:5Rabbi means my teacher, or my master
  3. Mark 9:7Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved

2nd Corinthians 3:12–4:7 (ESV):

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one[a] turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.17 Now the Lord[b] is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,[c] are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.[d] For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

The Light of the Gospel

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God,[e] we do not lose heart.But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice[f]cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants[g] for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Treasure in Jars of Clay

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

Footnotes:
  1. 2 Corinthians 3:16 Greek he
  2. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Or this Lord
  3. 2 Corinthians 3:18 Or reflecting the glory of the Lord
  4. 2 Corinthians 3:18 Greek from glory to glory
  5. 2 Corinthians 4:1 Greek having this ministry as we have received mercy
  6. 2 Corinthians 4:2 Greek to walk in
  7. 2 Corinthians 4:5 Or slaves 

Other quotes from the message:


Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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http://www.godrenews.us/mark-behold-center/feed/ 0 4285 0:54:23 5/28/17. Week 26 in the Gospel of Mark. Upon the mountain top three of Jesus' disciples had an experience that was out-of-this-world. They beheld the glory of God, as Jesus transfigured before their very eyes — becoming brighter than the sun. S[...] 5/28/17. Week 26 in the Gospel of Mark. Upon the mountain top three of Jesus' disciples had an experience that was out-of-this-world. They beheld the glory of God, as Jesus transfigured before their very eyes — becoming brighter than the sun. Struggling to make sense of the moment, Peter took a risk and suggested they build three special tents for three significant prophets there: Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. What God said in that moment changed everything. The Christian life is much more than behaving a certain way, and even more than believing specific doctrines. In Christ we get to behold the glory of God, and in seeing Him, be changed. This is God's Beloved Son, let us listen to Him! // Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 9:1-13 #GospelofMark Teaching RENEW Church no no
Battle Cry: A History with God (2nd Chronicles 29-31) http://www.godrenews.us/hezekiah-battle-cry/ Tue, 23 May 2017 23:09:48 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4291 King Hezekiah of Judah developed a history with God by taking all his challenges and opportunities and laying them out before God the Creator. In those moments He learned to depend full upon the real King to win all his battles for him and as he was responsible to lead the nation.

How can we learn from this good king and join in the joy of developing a personal history with God? Consider who looks to you for leadership, how can you turn from trusting in yourself and abilities and cry out to God in the battle?

Message title: Battle Cry: A History with God
Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 29-31; Judges 21:25; Matthew 1:6-11; Colossians 3:16-17
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 5/21/17

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We also sang a new song, “Battle Cry,” written providentially for this moment by a Renew song leader and in a collaboration with another musician within the church family. The lyrics:

My Savior is alive
This is my battle cry
The pow’r of hell defeated
The son of God is seated
Upon His throne above
He’s robed in light and love
And every knee will bow
And every tongue cry out, singing

You are Holy, God
You are Holy, God

We will raise our battle cry today
For the war we wage is won
And we’ll raise a shout as you cast out all our doubt
Bringing glory to Your son

The Lord be magnified
My tongue will not be tied
Jesus is the proof
And I will speak the truth
To every man and beast
About your victory
‘Til all the world knows
And every heart bows low, singing

We raise our battle cry
Darkness defeated by the light
We raise our battle cry
For You We raise our battle cry
Jesus victorious, be magnified
We raise our battle cry For You

We will raise our battle cry today
And we will praise our King
For the blood he shed for us that made a way
To end all suffering

Scripture readings: 2nd Chronicles 29-31Judges 21:25; Matthew 1:6-11; Colossians 3:16-17

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
—Judges 21:25


Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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4291 0:42:33 5/21/17. King Hezekiah of Judah developed a history with God by taking all his challenges and opportunities and laying them out before God the Creator. In those moments He learned to depend full upon the real King to win all his battles for him and [...] 5/21/17. King Hezekiah of Judah developed a history with God by taking all his challenges and opportunities and laying them out before God the Creator. In those moments He learned to depend full upon the real King to win all his battles for him and as he was responsible to lead the nation. How can we learn from this good king and join in the joy of developing a personal history with God? Consider who looks to you for leadership, how can you turn from trusting in yourself and abilities and cry out to God in the battle? // Jeff Patterson preaching on 2nd Chronicles 29-31 #BattleCry Teaching RENEW Church no no
Keeping the Cross in Front of Our Minds (Mark 8:27-38) http://www.godrenews.us/mark-cross-minds/ Tue, 16 May 2017 17:12:04 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4226 The call to follow Jesus is better and more challenging than we ever imagined.

In this scene, the “hinge” point in the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus flip the script and start asking the questions. Notice how He draws out genuine faith in His disciples.

Gospel of Mark

Message title: Setting the Cross in Front of Our Minds (Mark 8:27-38)
Twenty-fifth week in the Gospel of Mark
Scriptures: Mark 8:27-38
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 5/14/17

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This Week’s Family Verse (Mighty to Save)

The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
—Zephaniah 3:17

Listen:

(See Learning Together for Sunday, 5/14 for all the rest.)

Scripture reading:

Mark 8:27-38 (ESV):

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.35 For whoever would save his life[1] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul?38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Footnotes:
  1. Mark 8:35: The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and once in verse 36 and once in verse 37

Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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4226 0:42:59 5/14/17. Week 25 in the Gospel of Mark. he call to follow Jesus is better and more challenging than we ever imagined. In this scene, the "hinge" point in the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus flip the script and start asking the questions. No[...] 5/14/17. Week 25 in the Gospel of Mark. he call to follow Jesus is better and more challenging than we ever imagined. In this scene, the "hinge" point in the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus flip the script and start asking the questions. Notice how He draws out genuine faith in His disciples. // Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 8:27-38 #GospelofMark #GospeloftheCross Teaching RENEW Church no no
Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously (Mark 8:1-10 & Global Sponsorship Sunday) http://www.godrenews.us/world-vision-sponsor-17/ Mon, 08 May 2017 17:03:57 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4257

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

On Global Sponsorship Sunday we celebrated the fundraising joy of the Global 6K for Water (Saturday, May 6th), where more 27,000 people at 800+ host sites around the water collectively raised than $1.7M was raised for clean water and sanitation in communities in Africa, India, and Haiti. That means more than 34,000 people will receive clean water in their communities!

Our team Renew for Water raised more than $26K, and with a matching donation from Renewal by Anderson NW, for a grand total of $38K+, together provided lasting clean water for at least 773 children in communities in Africa and India!

Team Renew for Water before Saturday’s 6K for Water

We all wore our bibs to the local 6K for Water, and many chose to sponsor that child moving forward. (p.s., what does clean water do?)

This Sunday’s emphasis was on how an ongoing partnership is part of fulfilling Jesus’ command to make disciples, and furthermore, we need this just as much as the recipients do.

Note: the audio recording was compromised, so we pick it up mid-talk as Anna Hunter shares about what sponsorship means when we walk alongside the Ddembe family, followed by Kurt Rahn, Director of Church Activation with World Vision, and then a brief Gospel mediation by pastor Jeff Patterson on Mark 8:1-10: Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously. 

Kurt Rahn of World Vision thanks the Renew Church family for our collective efforts with the 6K for Water and shares about the impact and opportunity for disciple-making through child sponsorship

Gospel of Mark

Message title: Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously (Mark 8:1-10)
Twenty-fourth week in the Gospel of Mark
Scriptures: Mark 8:1-10
Speakers: Jeff Patterson, along with Kurt Rahn of World Vision, after Anna Hunter
Date: 5/7/17

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Scripture readings:

Psalm 107:1-9 (ESV)

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

107 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble[a]
and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
    till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 107:2 Or from the hand of the foe

Mark 8:1-10 (ESV):

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.[a]

Footnotes:
  1. Mark 8:10 Some manuscripts Magadan, or Magdala

Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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4257 0:41:38 5/7/17. Week 24 in the Gospel of Mark on Global Sponsorship Sunday. Note: the audio recording was compromised, so we pick it up mid-talk as Anna Hunter shares about what sponsorship means when we walk alongside the Ddembe family, followed by Kurt [...] 5/7/17. Week 24 in the Gospel of Mark on Global Sponsorship Sunday. Note: the audio recording was compromised, so we pick it up mid-talk as Anna Hunter shares about what sponsorship means when we walk alongside the Ddembe family, followed by Kurt Rahn, Director of Church Activation with World Vision, and then a brief Gospel mediation by pastor Jeff Patterson on Mark 8:1-10: Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously. Our team Renew for Water raised more than $25K, and with a matching donation from Renewal by Anderson NW, a total of $38K+, together provided lasting clean water for at least 773 children in communities in Africa and India! // Jeff Patterson preaching briefly on Mark 8:1-10 #GospelofMark Teaching RENEW Church no no
Getting Crumbs & Speaking Freely (Mark 7:24-37) http://www.godrenews.us/mark-crumbs/ Mon, 01 May 2017 15:37:34 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4209 How can a person approach God? Do we come to Him like one would a blood-thirsty tyrant, fearful yet seeking to appease Him? Or do we take the more modern approach and casually talk freely to the Creator, on our terms, and whenever we feel like it? What’s the appropriate method from God’s perspective; and how does this scene with Jesus teach us about both God’s goodness and His severity?

Gospel of Mark

Message title: Getting Crumbs & Speaking Freely (Mark 7:24-37)
Twenty-third week in the Gospel of Mark
Scriptures: Mark 7:24-37
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 4/30/17

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Scripture reading:

Mark 7:24-37 (ESV):

The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.[1] And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him.33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus[2] charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 7:24 Some manuscripts omit and Sidon
  2. Mark 7:36 Greek he

Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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4209 0:41:30 4/30/17. Week 23 in the Gospel of Mark. How can a person approach God? Do we come to Him like one would a blood-thirsty tyrant, fearful yet seeking to appease Him? Or do we take the more modern approach and casually talk freely to the Creator, on ou[...] 4/30/17. Week 23 in the Gospel of Mark. How can a person approach God? Do we come to Him like one would a blood-thirsty tyrant, fearful yet seeking to appease Him? Or do we take the more modern approach and casually talk freely to the Creator, on our terms, and whenever we feel like it? What's the appropriate method from God's perspective; and how does this scene with Jesus teach us about both God's goodness and His severity? // Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 7:24-37 #GospelofMark Teaching RENEW Church no no
Living Inside Out: How to Be Clean Before God (Mark 7:1-23) http://www.godrenews.us/mark-inside-out/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:43:45 +0000 http://www.godrenews.us/?p=4193 The obsessive-compulsive “cleanliness” behaviors of the Pharisees point to a deeper problem, and opportunity. Notice how their question becomes a controversial confrontation with Jesus.

Jesus never picked a fight unnecessarily. Jesus never debated something that wasn’t important, a universal or a profound principle. That’s what we have here. What’s the deal with clean hands?

Gospel of Mark

Message title: Living Inside Out: How to Be Clean Before God (Mark 7:1-23)
Twenty-first week in the Gospel of Mark
Scriptures: Mark 7:1-23
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 4/23/17

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Scripture reading:

Mark 7:1-23 (ESV):

Traditions and Commandments

Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly,[a] holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.[b] And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.[c]) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

“‘This people honors me with their lips,
    but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
    teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”

And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)[d] 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

What Defiles a Person

14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”[e] 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him,19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”[f] (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Footnotes:
  1. Mark 7:3 Greek unless they wash the hands with a fist, probably indicating a kind of ceremonial washing
  2. Mark 7:4 Greek unless they baptize; some manuscripts unless they purify themselves
  3. Mark 7:4 Some manuscripts omit and dining couches
  4. Mark 7:11 Or an offering
  5. Mark 7:15 Some manuscripts add verse 16: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear
  6. Mark 7:19 Greek goes out into the latrine

Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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4193 0:42:44 4/23/17. Week 21 in the Gospel of Mark. The obsessive-compulsive "cleanliness" behaviors of the Pharisees point to a deeper problem, and opportunity. Notice how their question becomes a controversial confrontation with Jesus. Jesus never [...] 4/23/17. Week 21 in the Gospel of Mark. The obsessive-compulsive "cleanliness" behaviors of the Pharisees point to a deeper problem, and opportunity. Notice how their question becomes a controversial confrontation with Jesus. Jesus never picked a fight unnecessarily. Jesus never debated something that wasn’t important, a universal or a profound principle. That’s what we have here. What's the deal with clean hands? // Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 7:1-23 #GospelofMark Teaching RENEW Church no no