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The Reason We’re Here (Mark 16:1-11)

4/16/17. Week 20 in the Gospel of Mark. On Resurrection Sunday (Easter) we recognize how the resurrection is the best available story of hope, redemption, and restoration. It changes everything. Jesus’ restorative power means that even the most faithless of us all can have a new start, a new identity, a new purpose in life, following Him.

The reason we’re here today and can worship God freely is because Jesus has risen from the death. This is our hope; He is our hope.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 16:1-11 #GospelofMark

Immersed in the Gospel » part two (Mark 6:45-56)

4/2/17. Week 20 in the Gospel of Mark. (Continuing part one.) It’s typical for some one to say Christianity is essentially a way of behaving. It’s a way of loving people. Of course it’s that, but it’s so much more.

Christianity is a way of being, and therefore, Christianity is a way of seeing.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:45-56 #GospelofMark

To & From Uganda With Love (Renew Uganda team stories)

3/26/17. Listen in as we hear from the Uganda mission team, recently arrived home from East Africa. There they lived and served alongside our friends Paul and Pam Hunter with Next Generation Ministries. Ladies from the Renew family joined others locally for this trip to the Pearl of Africa. Our relationship with the people of Jinja, Uganda especially, and the Hunters in particular, enable us opportunities to commit long-term for the renewal of the nation and making more disciples of Jesus.
#NGMUganda #weareMissionaries

Immersed in the Gospel » part one (Mark 6:45-52)

3/19/17. Week 19 in the Gospel of Mark. It’s typical for some one to say Christianity is essentially a way of behaving. It’s a way of loving people. Of course it’s that, but it’s so much more.

Christianity is a way of being, and therefore, Christianity is a way of seeing.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:45-52 #GospelofMark

Feeding the Whole World » part two (Mark 6:30-44)

3/12/17. Week 18 in the Gospel of Mark. Continuing where we left off in the Feeding of the 5,000, Jesus shows the disciples how they will feed the whole world!

The fame of Jesus was spreading and so many people began following Him that it was difficult to even have the time to eat. While out at a desolated place, with Jesus teaching and healing until late in the day, the disciples suggested the Master send the crowd home.

Instead, Jesus told the disciples to feed everyone. But how could they do that?

This is much more than a miracle about bread.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:30-44 #GospelofMark

Feeding the Whole World » part one (Mark 6:30-44)

3/5/17. Week 17 in the Gospel of Mark. The fame of Jesus spread had spread and so many people followed Him that it was difficult to even have the time to eat. While out at a desolated place, with Jesus teaching and healing until late in the day, the disciples suggested the Master send the crowd home.

Instead, Jesus told the disciples to feed everyone. But how could they do that?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:30-44 #GospelofMark

Decisive Courage (Mark 6:14-29)

2/26/17. Week 16 in the Gospel of Mark. Herod was fascinated with John. Notice, after he is in prison, it says Herod heard John. He loved to hear him, but he was greatly puzzled even though he liked to hear him (Mark 6:20).

Herod was double-minded, languishing between two opinions, and indecisive in his evaluation of Christ and self. Doubt and fear are a helpful tools, when used rightly.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:14-29; Jude 17-25 #GospelofMark

Too Familiar To Follow? (Mark 6:1-6) & Sending the Unimpressive Ones (Mark 6:7-13)

2/19/17. Week 15 in the Gospel of Mark. After investing time to hear from and send the Uganda 2017 mission team, we dove into the sixth chapter in the Gospel of Mark. This timely reminder comes in two paragraphs in Scripture: about familiarity (vs. celebrity), and being sent out with very little (instead of all the things that make us feel significant). The two parts of Mark 6:1-13 is meant for us to discover how we often misunderstand the person of Jesus and how He wants us to follow Him.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:1-13; John 1:10-14; 3:19-21 #GospelofMark

Sending The Uganda Mission Team With Love

2/19/17. Listen in as we hear from the Uganda mission team, headed to East Africa to serve alongside Next Generation Ministries. Five ladies from the Renew family join four others locally for this March trip to the Pearl of Africa. Our relationship with the people of Jinja, Uganda especially, and the Hunters in particular, enable us opportunities to commit long-term for the renewal of the nation and making more disciples of Jesus.
#NGMUganda