Tag Archives: God of Promise

Loving God 1st in 2016 (resources to read the Bible)

All year long the Renew Family will be following the covenant promises of God 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 …

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

God of Promise: Jesus Now

4/19/15. Week 16 of God of Promise.

What if you followed Jesus around for a while? What if you had access to His every move, word, and ate meals together?

In Luke 8 we see a whole bunch of scenes mashed together (think of it like a week’s worth of true stories). There we see Jesus saying and doing shocking things. He surprises, He preaches, He invites, He confronts, He heals! This Man has God’s power and gives His love with power. (Note the present tense.)

The Jesus we read about back then is the same Jesus who is alive today. He is Jesus then, and Jesus now. He is passionate enough to care, and powerful enough to save the world.

// Luke 8 #GODofPromise #KingJesus

God of Promise: Wonders?!

4/12/15. Week 15 of God of Promise.

In this sermon we began exploring the truth about miracles, or as the Scriptures call them: “Signs and Wonders.”

+ What do you believe about signs and wonders?
+ What do you believe about healing?
+ Are signs and wonders bonus add-ons to the Gospel? Were they just for the early church when people really needed it, but not for us today?

We must come to grips with the reality that many aspects of our lives do not match what we read is quite normal in the Scriptures. Will we explain this away, or will we ask God to make HIS reality become our reality?

The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest sign and wonder, and the onset of the Kingdom of God, where signs and wonders continue by God’s gracious power.

// John 20:30-31; Acts 1:1-5; 6:1-10 #GODofPromise #KingJesus #HeisRisen

He is Risen, He is Risen, Indeed! (Easter Sunday)

4/5/15. Week 14 of God of Promise.
Jesus rose from the dead.

So what? Why does it matter?

Resurrection Sunday, known in our culture as Easter, is a day to celebrate the risen Christ, for He is risen, He is risen, indeed!

The historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus is a world-changing event, and for this reason it was the key feature the apostles preached everywhere. They proclaimed or preached this truth, as heralds would in announcing news in the center of town. This historical fact that Jesus is risen, and death could not hold Him, is the central truth of the Gospel. It is in fact more important than even the principles of living and wise philosophy that also come to us in Christianity. Those principles arise from this truth: Jesus has conquered death and defeated sin and Satan for us. How can we not then live for Him?

// Matthew 28; 1st Corinthians 15 #GODofPromise #KingJesus #HeisRisen

Good Friday: The Cup, Garden, Trials, Cross

4/3/15. Good Friday.
Renew Church hosted a collective gathering with Connection Church, Hilltop Community and Missio Dei Community as we celebrated and remembered the suffering Servant, Jesus the crucified Son of God, who died in our place, the innocent in place of the guilty, to bring us to God. #GoodFriday #GODofPromise

King of Promise (Palm Sunday)

3/29/15. Week 13 of God of Promise.

Here comes the King! All of the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Jesus. He is the Son of David, the rightful heir of the throne of Heaven and Earth. On Palm Sunday we contemplate the meaning of His arrival, the purpose of His coming, and the wonder of what it means to be rescued by Him. What a King!

In order to truly understand King Jesus, the Good Shepherd, we need to understand David, the Shepherd-who-became-King. And God’s promises to him.

// 2nd Samuel 7; Luke 19 #GODofPromise #KingJesus

Conquering the Five Capitals in the Promised Land of Success

3/22/15. Week 12 of God of Promise.

Upon returning from Uganda in East Africa, Pastor Jeff Patterson shared stories from the short-term trip with NGM Uganda, and connected truths for discipleship to each story. In a teaching called the “Five Capitals,” he noted our path to success (when God is with us), as progressing from financial capital, to intellectual capital, to physical capital, to relational capital, to spiritual capital.

// Joshua 1 #GODofPromise #NGMUganda