Tag Archives: renewal as a way of life

Battle Cry: A History with God (2nd Chronicles 29-31)

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

Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously (Mark 8:1-10 & Global Sponsorship Sunday)

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

Getting Crumbs & Speaking Freely (Mark 7:24-37)

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

Living Inside Out: How to Be Clean Before God (Mark 7:1-23)

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

Build the Altar: What Is It We Need Every New Day?

1/29/17. Week 4 of Build the Altar (finale). We finished a sermon series helping us apply grace-driven effort to Build the Altar to God in our lives with this fourth message on gathering the necessary spiritual food for each new day. If you’ve ever struggled with motivation to read the Bible and pray, let the first lessons of God’s people in the wilderness comfort and challenge your heart. (Exodus 12-16)

Why we do what we do is more important than what we do.

Plus, it is worth re-mentioning that the Law that would be given (Exodus 19-20) came AFTER God’s incredible and miraculous work of Redemption. And after His daily provision of all their earthly needs.

#weareFamily #weareMissionaries #weareLearners #BuildtheAltar

Build the Altar: Gospel Friendship

1/22/17. Week 3 of Build the Altar. Relationships are God’s method for changing the world, especially “Gospel Friendships.” But how do we get those, and what distinctives make for true and lasting change in our lives?

“Christianity demands that we have enough compassion to learn the questions of our generation.” —Francis Schaeffer

#weareFamily #weareMissionaries #weareLearners #BuildtheAltar

Build the Altar as Stewards of our Bodies

1/15/17. Week 2 of Build the Altar. We are entrusted with our bodies by God, who created us and knows us best. He designed our bodies to be healthy and thrive, even in a fallen world.

In this special message, we hear from Dawson and Anna Hunter about their journey as grace-driven stewards of their bodies. They share the Gospel reasons for eating healthy and beginning to exercise as a way to steward their bodies.

#weareWorshipers #weareLearners #renewalasawayoflife #BuildtheAltar

Build the Altar this Snow Day

Our Sunday worship gathering is canceled due to inclement weather; while the snowy roads are passable for some, the likely onset of freezing rain, atop of existing snow, and coupled with a winter storm advisory asking people locally to not travel unnecessarily, means we are wise to not gather as a whole church family today.

While we won’t be gathering at 813 7th Street together this morning, to serve one another and worship the risen Christ, we do get to do well in our homes this snow day.

Build the Altar This Snow Day

Build the Altar: Grace-Driven Effort for the New Year

There’s one resolution you need this year:
1/1/17. Beginning the New Year with “Build the Altar,” starting with Grace-Driven Effort.

I will build an altar to God each day.

My voice shall You hear in the morning, O LORD;
in the morning will I direct my prayer to You, and will look up.
—Psalm 5:3

Begin each day looking up to God, worshiping Him and responding to His ever-present love! Though you may fail (repeatedly), His love never fails and His faithfulness never runs out.

Whether we turn aside to the left (in apathetic self-pleasing) or to the right (in stressed-out self-effort), Jesus is willing to come rescue us, put us back on the good path, and lead us onward with grace-driven effort!

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Romans 5:1-5 to start the New Year. #weareWorshipers #weareLearners #renewalasawayoflife #BuildtheAltar

Build the Altar in 2017 (resources for worshiping Christ in His Word)

All year long the Renew Family can join together an build an altar to God in our lives. We’re invited to the adventure of knowing God and all of His covenant promises 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 …