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ISSUE THIRTEEN // JANUARY 2014

KINGDOM-CENTERED PRAYER WORSHIP AND THE GOSPEL BY: TIM KELLER

BY: DAVID PETERSON

CULTURAL RENEWAL BY: PASTOR BOOMER PEEL


MERCY MINUTE

WHAT’S YOUR MOTIVATION FOR MERCY MINISTRY? BY MARK SUMMERS

TODAY AT REDEEMER

You don’t have to be at Redeemer very long to know that mercy ministry, or giving of our money, time and other resources to meet the needs of the poor and needy, is a central part of our mission as a church. The reason for this is simple: it’s central to living out the true gospel as taught and modeled by Jesus. But what motivates you to participate? Mercy ministry is so core to true Christian living that your genuine answer to this question will say a lot about where you’re at with your understanding of and obedience to the gospel, and may even indicate whether you’re a true believer or not. There are really only two motivations for mercy giving: guilt or compassion. Guilt, by its very definition, is human-centered. Guilt usually springs from the conviction that we’ve done something wrong – in the case of the poor, that our failure to share our resources

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is contributing to their current state of affairs. While in some cases (e.g. refusing to assist family members in need) that may be true, such a view springs from unbiblical views on the origins

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of need and giving, and ignores the sovereignty of God. Giving motivated by guilt is done to relieve the negative feelings or emotions of the giver and therefore the recipients are simply a means to that end. Compassion is defined as sympathy for the neediness of others, accompanied by a desire to alleviate it. Although God’s common grace can move unbelievers to give out of genuine care and concern for the poor, true compassion is a gift of the

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indwelling Holy Spirit. The greatest need we all have is to be saved from our sins through the pardon Jesus offers by His work on the cross. Therefore, true compassion sees poverty and neediness as byproducts of a fallen world, from which true relief can only be obtained by pairing the meeting of physical needs with constantly steering a course toward the cross. For

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believers in need, this means meeting their felt needs while pointing both giver and recipient back to the cross, with its Biblical picture of need and provision as well as the desperate co-neediness of the giver. For unbelievers, this entails meeting their physical needs while at the same time leading them to the cross as the ultimate provision for the greatest need in their lives. Because life is a daily spiritual battle over which victories can only be won through regularly preaching the gospel to ourselves, most of us will experience both guilt and compassion

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in varying degrees as motivations for mercy giving. But what’s your dominant motivation for mercy ministry? Your true answer will reveal a great deal about where you’re at in your Christian life, and maybe even whether you’re looking to yourself or Jesus for salvation. That makes this question one that is worthy of regular prayer, meditation and reflection. /RBC


January 5th, 2014

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| “That the gospel would teach us that every vocation can be offered as a service to God”

WORSHIP AND THE GOSPEL 16 | BY: DAVID PETERSON

Evangelism is the means by which people are initially drawn to present themselves to God as ‘a living sacrifice’. CREDITS Design/Direction: Chuck Forsberg Content Manager: Lorie Schnell Writer/Editor: Brittney Westin

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| When prayer seems like another item on our to-do list, “how do we pray, repent, and petition God as a people”?

Q & A WITH MARC DISCIPLESHIP 12

| “We become what we behold, and the more I see of Christ, in planning or in his body at RBC, can only help me become more like him.”

BLOG HIGHLIGHTS 21

20 | Here is a life-onlife testimony from Kim Suchta whose life has been impacted for the gospel by another member.

KIDS CORNER 22

| “I see grace that is far bigger than all my sin. So, I come to you, broken at your feet.”

| God uses so many things to help the Israelites see who He is.

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VISION & VALUES

Personal Evangelism Concern for Justice CULTURAL RENEWAL

CULTURAL RENEWAL

Cooperative Mindset Global Christianity Spiritual Renewal

BY: PASTOR BOOMER PEEL

W

hen God saved me just over a decade ago, I

wallpaper in a dive burger joint was fantastic. Trees, food, the

was determined to rid myself of everything

night sky, mountains, and of course music, all exploded with a

secular. So one of the first things I did was

beauty I had never seen before. Not simply because they were

to have a CD and DVD destruction party. It

beautiful in and of themselves, but because of the God who

was an “everything must go” event and I

is the conductor of all things beautiful, who gifts sinners with

ended up tossing over 200 of my CDs and movies into a

Moreover, not only did I see the love and magnificence of my

Louis Armstrong or Shawshank Redemption, it was exhilarating

Heavenly Father more clearly, but I was able to reconnect with

to purge my collection as I was seeking to grow in my new

the unsaved friends I had distanced myself from when I got

relationship with God.

saved, many who were my coworkers. Rather than shutting

About this time I was also struggling with contentment in

them out of my life until or unless they became a Christian, I

my job. I had been at the same company for several years

was again able to enjoy concerts, hobbies and even my job with

and although it was going fairly well, I just couldn’t imagine

them. And as my worldview changed, not only did I have more

that it was God’s best for me. I was working in transportation

joy, but I was also able to see God open up doors of opportunity

and logistics, helping large companies get their products

for me to share Christ with them.

distributed worldwide. However, it’s not like I was shipping

The gospel changes everything. Or to put it another way,

donated organs for life-saving surgeries, or shipping Bibles to

every sphere of your life is changed by the gospel. So how

unreached people groups. If it would have been up to me, I

much has the gospel affected the way you look at the world

would have tossed my secular job into the dumpster as well. I

around you? Consider your involvement and participation in

simply believed there had to be more I could do to glorify God.

culture. How do you as a Christian engage in the renewal of

A few years later, I was introduced to reformed theology

your culture in regards to things like music, art, government,

and my notion of glorifying God changed dramatically. The gospel frees us from the burden of categorizing everything as

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such amazing skills and creativity.

dumpster. It didn’t matter whether it was Coldplay, Metallica,

education and business? Let me suggest that there are two primary ways you should

either secular or sacred. One brief conversation I had at the

NOT engage in cultural renewal.

time brought this truth home in a mind-blowing manner. I was

example, being that your vocation is one of the most powerful

And let’s use work as an

sitting in a coffee shop discussing some of this with a believer

means God provides for you to shape and influence culture. One

I trusted and respected. We were focusing on music and he

way NOT to approach your work is to completely separate your

challenged me by asking, “Do you think it’s possible that God

relationship with Jesus Christ from your job. I’m talking about

could be glorified in a Metallica song?” My first reaction was,

separating the gospel from your vocation to the point that you

“No! Of course not! They’re not seeking to please or glorify

ignore what the Bible says in order to fit in with your coworkers

God.”

To which he said, “What about their guitar player’s

or to further your career. Becoming the culture while sacrificing

ability to move his fingers across the fret board? Doesn’t that

obedience to Christ is not how we ought to engage in cultural

glorify the God who created those fingers? Don’t you think

renewal. The other way NOT to engage in cultural renewal is to

God can be glorified in the speed, accuracy and results of a

show up to work with your only or even primary goal being to

musician’s movements even if they are not seeking to bring

tell people about Christ and/or their need to repent at all costs.

fame to Jesus?”

You want so badly for people to know that you’re a Christian

I left that meeting with my head spinning. I thought to myself,

that you sacrifice being a dedicated employee and coworker.

“If this is true, if God could be glorified in secular music, just

You come to work firing off Bible verses just so that people can

think of the implications!” For the next few weeks, it was as if I

know you aren’t another one of those Christian slouches. In the

was looking at a whole new world around me, to the point that

end, you drive away the people you are hoping to connect with.

my constant jaw-dropping and wonderment probably made

Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as

people wonder if I was on some sort of hallucinogens. I went to

for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you

the Walker Art Center and actually enjoyed many of the works

will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the

that before seemed completely ridiculous to me. The textured

Lord Christ.”

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It is possible to be a faithful Christian employee who simply

questions from my coworkers who were quite surprised to hear

keeps your nose to the grindstone for your employer. After

that a pastor would not be doing pastoral duties full-time. At

all, if you realize that ultimately you are serving Lord Jesus

the very least, they assumed I would have a five-year plan to

wherever he has you today, you can do your work, your art, your

leave the corporate world and do church full-time. Perhaps

music, your athletics, your child-rearing, your everything in an

the Lord will call me to full-time ministry. Or perhaps he will

excellent but unique manner when compared to those around

call me to full-time corporate employment. Regardless, I pray

you. As a committed employee, you can be an instrument in

that we would be reminded that all our work matters to God

God’s hands to produce the fruit of the gospel for the good of

(1 Thess. 4:10-12). That the gospel would teach us that every

the world.

vocation can be offered as service to God, and that in turn,

This past October marked my 16th year working for the same

we would perform our work with excellence, diligence, integrity

transportation and logistics company, and I couldn’t be more

and Christian distinctiveness. All for the glory of our Redeemer

content. When I was ordained last spring, I fielded a lot of

Jesus Christ. /RBC


FIVE POINTS OF PRAYER FOR OUR VISION

WEEK 1 WEEK 2

Strategic

Pray that The School of Gospel Formation would be blessed with growth so all spring classes are full to capacity.

WEEK 3

our

Pray for a strengthening in all forms of discipleship within our church, between leadership and members, teachers and kids, members and nonmembers and everyone in between.

WEEK 4

A

s we enter 2014,

Pray that we as a church would grasp our own vision, “The Fruit of the Gospel for the Good of the World.”

Pray for the Spirit to come and bring head to heart transformation of all believers in our church, city and beyond.

WEEK 5

PRAY FOR

Pray that the Lord would begin to lay the groundwork for the launching of a second RBC site.

Prayer Team is excited to help our congregation

focus on corporate, intense, prevailing,

king-centered

prayer for the presence of God among us and for the fulfillment

of

our

vision,

“The Fruit of the Gospel for the Good of the World.” We hope you will join with us in committed prayer for a spiritual awakening in our body, our city and beyond. Check

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KINGDOM-CENTERED PRAYER BY: TIM KELLER

T

hroughout the Old and New Testaments and

leader, and some seem to bub- ble up from the grassroots.

church history, every spiritual awakening was

But one thing is stated over and over again: the people “cried

founded on corporate, prevailing, intensive,

out to the Lord.” It is the only factor that is always present in

kingdom-centered prayer. We cannot create

every revival. It is corporate, intense, prevailing prayer—not for

spiritual renewal by ourselves, but we can

personal needs, but for the presence and reality of God among

“prepare the altar” and ask God to send his Holy Spirit to

his people.

change our hearts, our churches, and our communities. Christians are used to thinking about prayer as a means to get their personal needs met. More mature Christians understand

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING AND RENEWAL IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

prayer as a means to praise and adore God, to know him,

Even in the New Testament under the leadership of the

to come into his presence and be changed by him. But the

apostles, it is evident that there is still a need for continual

corporate aspect of prayer is not well known. How do we pray,

renewal. Just as Israel’s election as God’s people was

repent, and petition God as a people?

demonstrated at Mt. Sinai, so the church is constituted by the descent and filling of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. But just as

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING AND RENEWAL IN THE OLD

Israel is continually called to Sinai-like covenant renewals, so

TESTAMENT Throughout

the church, even when it doesn’t seem to be in major decline, the

Old

Testament,

the

people

of

God

receives fresh fillings of the Holy Spirit. “Mini-Pentecosts”

continually fall into periods of spiritual stagnation and then

happen in Acts 4:31; 7:55; 8:17; 10:44; and 13:9. What do these

cultural accommodation to the idol worship and practices of

have in common?

surrounding pagan societies. Then there is a turning to God,

It is very easy to get distracted by the three unusual

the raising up of new leaders, and a “covenant renewal”—a

phenomena of the day of Pentecost: the mighty sound like

restoration of spiritual vision and vitality.

“a violent wind” (v. 2); the visible “tongues of fire” over each

This pattern is especially visible in the book of Judges, but it

person (v. 3); and speaking “in other tongues” (v. 4), which

continues throughout the reign of the kings, the captivity, and

each member of the multiethnic audience could understand in

the return from exile. Just as Israel was constituted a people

his or her native language (v. 6). Speaking in tongues happens

with the reading of the law and the taking of the covenant oath

in some of the other Spirit-filling occasions, but not all, nor even

at Mount Sinai, so the people must periodically remember who

most. The central, abiding characteristics of Pentecost are that

they are, renew the covenant, and return to the Lord. Sinai-

they were together in prayer (Acts 1:14; 2:1), they were “filled

like covenant ceremonies occur again before entering Canaan

with the Holy Spirit” (2:4), and therefore they “began to speak”

(Joshua 24), before choosing the first king (1 Samuel 12), and

(2:4) “declaring the wonders of God (2:11).”

after the return from exile (Nehemiah 8–9). Less formal but

Compare this with two other incidents in Acts after Pentecost.

crucial renewal movements are continually happening (you can

In Acts 4:31, like Pentecost, there is a period of prevailing prayer

find a string of them in Judges 3:7–11; 3:12–15; 4:1–4; 6:7–10; and

(4:24) and then a powerful shaking as everyone senses the

10:6–16).

presence of God descending. But unlike Pentecost there are

If we look at all of these various revivals, we are first struck

no tongues of fire or speaking in tongues. What results again

by how different they are. Some are formal ceremonies. Some

are boldness (an assurance of God’s love and reality) and the

seem to be spontaneous. Some are led by a strong central

ability to speak the word of God (v. 31).

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The incident in Acts 7:55–56 is interesting, because it is an

it electrifies people. Long-time members are getting up and

individual experience. As Stephen is about to be executed,

talking about being converted or speaking of Christ in radiant

he raises his eyes to heaven (v. 55), as the believers in 4:24

terms or expressing repentance in new ways. The early stages

raised their voices to God. He gets the same assurance and

of renewal shake up other nominals and “sleepers” into renewal.

boldness, the sense of God’s reality and presence called “the

Corporately, there is a sense of more passion and freedom and

fullness of the Holy Spirit.” This allows him to face persecution

the presence of God in the worship services.

in a completely Christ-like way, with courage and forgiving love toward his executioners.

Second, as a result of this outpouring of the Spirit, new people are brought into the church, and it begins to grow.

In summary, what do all of these incidents have in common?

On the one hand, the renewed believers create a far more

We see that there is a continual need to renew the fullness of

attractive community of sharing and caring and, often, great

the Spirit. We see also that the fullness, in general, is connected

worship. There is the beautified community of the King. This

to prevailing prayer, especially in the face of a challenge.

can attract people from the out- side. On the other hand, Christians who begin to experience

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL RENEWAL?

God’s beauty, power, and love put their relationship with Christ

Spiritual revival, or renewal, is a work of God in which the

and the church first in their lives, and they become radiant

church is beautified and empowered because the normal

and attractive witnesses—more willing and confident to talk

operations of the Holy Spirit are intensified. The normal

to others about their faith, more winsome (less judgmental)

operations of the Spirit include conviction of sin (John 16:8),

when they do so, and more confident in their own church and

enjoyment and assurance of grace and of the Father’s love

thus more willing to invite people to visit it. As a result, there

(Rom. 8:15–16), access to the presence of God (John 14:21–23;

are numerous conversions—sound, lasting, and sometimes

2 Cor. 3:17–18), and creation of deep community and loving

dramatic. Significant, even astounding, church growth occurs.

relationships (Eph. 4:3–13). This view differs or opposes three other common views:

Many churches in America grow rapidly, but almost completely through transfer growth. When that is the case,

1) The popular charismatic notion of revival, which sees

renewal dynamics are not strong in the church. But in revival,

revival as essentially the addition of extraordinary operations

conversions are not a trickle. In the U.S. from 1857–1859, a revival

of the Holy Spirit (miracles, healings, prophecy, revelations).

brought over a half a million new people into the church. In New

2) The popular fundamentalist view that revivals are simply

York City, it is a well-attested fact that nearly all the churches

especially vigorous seasons of evangelistic activity. A

grew 50 percent in membership in that two- to three-year

“revival” is taken to mean an evangelistic crusade or a city-

period.1 In Northern Ireland during this same period, 100,000

wide mission, etc.

new converts (nearly a third of the population) joined the

3) The popular secular view that revivals are primitive,

church. It is estimated that 10 percent of the entire population

emotionally cathartic events, occurring among uneducated

of Wales and Scotland were converted during the same time.

people subject to psychological manipulation by evangelists.

Third, there is a full impact on the community surrounding the church and even the broader culture.

INSTEAD, THE MARKS OF REVIVAL ARE THE FOLLOWING. First, there is an outpouring of the Spirit on and within the

works of social concern and social justice. Major social justice

congregation, so that the presence of God among his people

movements, such as abolitionism, had strong roots in the

becomes evident and palpable.

revivals. The reason for this is that real holiness changes the

When this happens, “sleepy” or stagnant Christians “wake

private and public lives of Christians. True religion is not merely

up.” That is, there is a new and deeper conviction of sin and

a private matter, providing internal peace and fulfillment.

repentance—not just for major “behavioral sins” but for

Rather, it transforms our behavior and our relationships.

attitudes of the heart. They experience a far more powerful

The 1904–05 revival in Wales created many social changes.

assurance of the nearness and love of God, with the end result

Life in the coal pits was transformed; workers and management

that Christians become both humbler and bolder at the same

engaged in prayer meetings on company time. Poor Law

time. The more deeply one feels his or her debt of sin, the more

Guardians (who administered relief) commented that many

intensely he or she feels the wonder of the payment on their

working people came to take aged parents home from the

behalf.

workhouses where they had been sent so “inconsiderately.”

Nominal Christians, or Christians in name only, begin to realize they don’t actually have a living relation- ship with Christ by grace, and they get converted. When this begins to happen,

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Revivals produce waves of people who become involved in

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Longstanding debts were paid, stolen goods returned, and crime rates plummeted. In summary, these three marks of revival may be small or


Without deep renewal of the gospel in our hearts, our external lives will be sealed off from what we believe,and our beliefs will never result in concretely changed living. large, long or short, dramatic or quiet, widespread or localized.

traits: A request for grace to confess sins and humble ourselves;

They are subject to different degrees, but when these renewal

a compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church; and a

dynamics are in place, the effects above will be seen. Without

yearning to know God, to see his face, to see his glory.

these dynamics in place, a church can grow in numbers but not in vitality, and thus the growth will not have lasting results.

It is quite clear when listening to a prayer meeting whether these traits are present. Most interesting is to study biblical

Many churches in America do grow rapidly, but there are tell-

prayer for revival, such as in Acts 4 or Exodus 33 or Nehemiah

tale symptoms of lifelessness. Most or all of the growth may be

1, where these three elements are evident. Notice in Acts 4, for

by transfer, not conversion. There is no deep conviction of sin

example, that the disciples, who had been threatened, did not

or repentance, and thus few people can attest to dramatically

ask for protection for themselves and their families, but only for

changed lives. Also, the growth of many churches makes no

boldness to keep preaching!

impact on the local social order, because people do not carry their Christian faith out into their use of wealth, their work, or

2. IT IS BOLD AND SPECIFIC.

their public lives. Without deep renewal of the gospel in our

The history of revivals shows one or a few or many who take

hearts, our external lives will be sealed off from what we believe,

the lead in praying fervently for renewal. Their pattern is Moses

and our beliefs will never result in concretely changed living.

(Exodus 33), who pitched a tabernacle outside Israel’s camp, where he and others prayed for God’s presence and to see his

HOW DOES SPIRITUAL RENEWAL COME?

glory.

There is much to say about this, but we will concentrate

Such prayer need not (indeed, usually does not) begin as an

on what is, biblically and historically, the one non-negotiable,

organized church program, but rather it is a private field of strong

universal ingredient in times of spiritual renewal: corporate,

exertion and even agony for the leaders. The characteristics of

prevailing, intensive, kingdom-centered prayer. What is that?

this kind of prayer include pacesetters in prayer, who spend time in self-examination. Without a strong understanding of grace,

1. IT IS FOCUSED ON GOD’S PRESENCE AND KINGDOM.

this can be morbid and depressing. But in the context of the

Jack Miller talks about the difference between “maintenance”

gospel, it is purifying and strengthening. They “take off their

Maintenance prayer meetings

ornaments” (Ex. 33:1–6). They examine themselves for idols and

and “frontline” prayer

meetings.2

are short, mechanical, and totally focused on physical, personal needs inside the

church.3

But frontline prayer has three basic

set them aside. They then begin to make the big request—a sight of the glory


pray that your church grasps its own vision in a new way. Take time to thank God for your church, for what it has done in your life... of God. That includes asking for a personal experience of the

unjustly and was about to be executed. But he was filled with

glory and presence of God (“that I may know you,” Ex. 33:13);

the Holy Spirit (v. 55). How so? We are told, “full of the Holy

for the people’s experience of the glory of God (v. 15); and that

Spirit, he looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and

the world might see the glory of God through his people (v.

Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see

16). Moses asks that God’s presence would be obvious to all:

heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of

“What else will distinguish me and your people from all the

God.’ At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of

other people on the face of the earth?” This is a prayer that the

their voices, they all rushed at him . . . While they were stoning

world would be awed and amazed by a show of God’s power

him, Stephen prayed... ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them’”

and radiance in the church, that it would truly become the new

(vv. 55–57, 59–60).

humanity that is a sign of the future kingdom.

What happened? First, he prayed. He looked up. Second, by the power of the Holy Spirit, something Stephen

3. IT IS PREVAILING AND CORPORATE.

knew with his mind became real to his heart. He saw Jesus

By this we simply mean that prayer should be constant, not

standing at God’s right hand. This refers to his work as our

sporadic and brief. Why? Are we to think that God wants to

Advocate (1 John 2:1 says we have an advocate with the Father,

see us grovel? Why do we not simply put our request in and

one who speaks in our defense—Jesus Christ the Righteous

wait? But sporadic, brief prayer shows a lack of dependence,

One. He is the propitiation for our sins). At the very moment

a self-sufficiency, and thus we have not built an altar that God

that an earthly court was condemning him, he realized that the

can honor with his fire (see 1 Kings 18). We must pray without

heavenly court was commending him.

ceasing, pray long, pray hard, and we will find that the very

In other words, the “fullness” he experienced was an

process is bringing about that which we are asking for—to have

experience of the gospel. At that moment, he got an extremely

our hard hearts melted, to tear down barriers, and to have the

vivid, powerful sight of what he already knew intellectually—

glory of God break through. We need sustained, repeated prayer.

that in Christ we are beautiful in God’s sight and free from condemnation (Rom. 8:1; Col. 1:22). The Spirit took that

BUILDING AN ALTAR Let’s return to Stephen’s “mini-Pentecost” in Acts 7. When Stephen was dragged before a human court, he was condemned

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intellectual concept and electrified his entire soul and mind and heart and imagination with it. Third, Stephen, although only for a moment, was able to


exhibit the new humanity that God is creating. He had courage.

way. Take time to thank God for your church, for what it has

He forgave his oppressors. He faced his accusers not just with

done in your life, and for what you see it doing in the lives of

boldness, but with a calmness and joy. That is spiritual renewal.

others and in your community. Ask God to help you better

It is not simply an emotional experience—it is a heart-changing

understand and grasp what he is calling you to do to reach

and there- fore life and practice-shaping work of the Holy Spirit.

your city. Pray that your small group and outreach ministries

A good image for seeking the fullness of the Spirit is the

will give people a deeper appreciation of your church’s

concept of “building a life altar.” In the Old Testament, an altar

vision and an experience of real community.

was built and a sacrifice placed on it, and then God sent his

+ Second, pray that your worship services this season will

fire to burn up the sacrifice (e.g., 1 Kings 18). This is a great

be particularly anointed, that the truth of the gospel will be

illustration of the dynamics of personal revival and spiritual

unusually vivid and spiritually real to all hearers—believers

renewal. Paul uses it when he tells us to make ourselves a “living

and non-believers—and that God’s presence would be

sacrifice” (Romans 12:1–2). We cannot create spiritual renewal—

evident.

we can only prepare the altar and the sacrifice. Only God can

+ Third, pray that your seasons and services of prayer would

send the fire.

not be just a passing program but would signal a greater

If we look at Acts 1, we see Jesus helping the disciples build an altar. There are at least four parts to this process.

emphasis on and practice of corporate prayer within your church. + Fourth, accept your leadership role in the church. Even

A RENEWED CHURCH IS VISION-DRIVEN.

if you are not an officer—even if you think of yourself as

In Acts 1:6–8, Jesus repairs their faulty vision of what he

a “volunteer”—you, as an active worker and servant, are a

is going to do in the world. They were looking for a political

model to those less committed.

campaign, and he tells them about the nature of the kingdom, which will spread through his disciples as they become his

Take time to pray for yourselves, that you could enter a

witnesses and ambassadors. The vision is that through our

season of self-examination. Ask that you may be, with full

words we will bring people under the kingship of Christ, which

gospel assurance, nonetheless hard on yourself. Ask that God

will heal and repair all things.

would show you ways in which you don’t represent Christ as you should, in your relationships, in your work life, in your

A RENEWED CHURCH IS GOSPEL-DRIVEN.

family life, in your habits and attitudes, and in your relationships

In Acts 1:9–11, Jesus ascends to heaven, and the angels tell

within the church. Take time to pray for yourselves, that God

the disciples that now the knowledge of his ascension should

will make things you know about the gospel in your head real

empower them. As in the incident with Stephen, it is only as we

to your heart, and changing the way you live where you need

“preach the gospel to ourselves” about our standing in Christ

to change.

that the Holy Spirit takes that truth and catches it on fire in our hearts, creating times of amazing assurance that equip us for service.

FOOTNOTES 1. In New York City, the Fulton Street Revival began in 1857, when a layman at the North Dutch Reformed Church on Fulton

A RENEWED CHURCH IS PRAYER-DRIVEN.

Street began a noontime prayer meeting for businessmen.

In Acts 1:14, we see the disciples uniting in corporate,

These statistics are drawn from collections of sermons preached

prevailing prayer. It is only in prayer and through prayer that the Holy Spirit takes up the vision and the gospel and makes them fiery realities in the centers of our being.

by New York City pastors during the revival years. 2. See C. John Miller, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), 98–106. 3. You do have to pray for personal needs, daily bread, people

A RENEWED CHURCH IS LEADER-DRIVEN.

who are suffering, and so on, because God commands it. This

In Acts 1:15–26, we see the disciples asking for God to raise up

is not second-class prayer. For renewal, however, prevailing

leaders. Personal and corporate revivals occur through leaders

corporate prayer is necessary.

which God identifies and equips. How, then, can we as leaders “build an altar,” seeking our renewal as a church and a people by the power of the Holy

Copyright © 2005 by Timothy Keller, © 2012 by Redeemer City to City. This article was first used for a leadership training session in 2005.

Spirit? Let’s begin now. + First, pray that your church grasps its own vision in a new

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Q & A WITH DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP

MARC HEINRICH CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW YOU FELT THE LORD CALLING YOU

scary to start with God’s wrath and justice without knowing we

TO SERVE IN THIS MINISTRY? I served on worship teams for many years and led occasionally

are accepted.

when I attended Bethlehem Baptist Church. In 2003, when we

majesty, glory, justice, wrath, love, etc. We remind ourselves of

started attending RBC, Bob was leading worship and asked me

what a BIG God we have. After gazing upon these attributes,

to help out. Eventually, I took over that duty and felt confirmed

it’s only fitting to realize the obstacles to our ability to measure

both in giftedness and by the peoples’ response that this might

up to a holy and just God.

Next we sing or read about God’s attributes: His holiness,

be something I should serve in vocationally. Not being trained

Therefore, we next take a look at one or more of the following

as a worship leader, I returned to BBC as a worship apprentice

in song, reading or prayer: our sin, our self-righteousness,

to Chuck Steddom. I served in that capacity for three years,

suffering and supernatural evil. We don’t want to stay there

eventually becoming Director of Worship for the South Site. I

though, why?

returned to RBC in June of 2013 to serve as Director of Worship,

Christ, we don’t have to stay there; we are reconciled to our

in a way having come full circle. What a joy to be back here!

Father through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross - we go

The gospel. The good news that because of

hard after the gospel! HOW HAS THIS SERVICE GROWN YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

Then, we celebrate!!! The song before the preaching of the

HOW HAS IT STRENGTHENED YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH

Word is one that celebrates in and takes joy from the gospel

CHRIST AND/OR THE CHURCH? Since we were created to worship, mediating on God’s Word

and our place as children of the King.

and thinking about and planning the gathered worship of the

often with a sending component. We are going out into the

church have been invaluable components of my relationship

world again, but not without hope, in fact, with the gospel - the

with Christ. We become what we behold, and the more I see

good news of Christ.

After the preached Word, we rehearse the gospel again,

of Christ, in planning or in his body at RBC, can only help me become more like Him.

WHAT EFFECTS HAVE YOU SEEN FROM THIS? How have you seen the Lord working through your ministry’s

WHAT IS THE VISION OF YOUR MINISTRY AND HOW DOES IT

vision to accomplish His purposes? Absolutely, people are

FIT INTO THE OVERALL VISION OF RBC? The Fruit of the Gospel for the Good of the World in RBC’s

engaged and excited about Jesus in our gathered worship. I

gathered worship proclaims our utter helplessness and Christ’s

people know they are accepted in Christ and that, even though

complete sufficiency through our readings, prayers and songs.

they are a mess in a lot of ways, if not every way, there is grace

Listen, if we don’t get the gospel right, we are no good to

and acceptance at RBC as well.

think under Bob’s preaching and a gospel-centered service,

anyone, ourselves included. Our gathered worship reminds us of and encourages us in and models for us, the gospel. We then

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT HAS SURPRISED YOU, EITHER

can take that out into our families, our job, our world and have

ABOUT YOURSELF OR THIS MINISTRY, SINCE YOU BEGAN

an impact. Not because we are great, but because we have a

SERVING? I’m surprised by how much I enjoy collaborating with Pastor

great Savior.

Bob on the service planning. In the past, I did all that on my WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE, PRACTICALLY SPEAKING?

own…and liked it that way. The surprise is how much better it

IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL WAYS THAT

can be when I humble myself and am open for input from Bob

VISION IS BEING REALIZED AT THE GROUND LEVEL? Well, one way is the order of service. We start with a song of

or others. The fact that Bob and I feel like we are rowing in the

acceptance. All are welcome here, no one is better than anyone

partner with him.

else, we are all a wreck and we all need a savior, and that savior is Jesus Christ. The other reason we begin here is that it’s pretty 12

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same direction, so to speak, helps a ton. I feel very blessed to


WHAT ARE YOUR PRAYERS FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS

while relying on the strength that God supplies, and that God

MINISTRY? I pray that we develop in such a way as to show more of

would raise up worshippers in our congregation and more

Christ and the gospel. Also that we strive toward excellence

love His church at RBC. //RBC

leaders to serve on worship teams. I pray He would help me

Listen, if we don’t get the gospel right, we are no good to anyone, ourselves included. Our gathered worship reminds us of and encourages us in and models for us, the gospel.

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A

s you come to him, the living stone—rejected but

chosen

by

by

mortals

God

thinking. God’s

self-revelation

to

Israel

was

and

particularly associated with Mount Sinai,

precious to him—you also, like

the tabernacle in the wilderness, and then

living stones, are being built

the temple in Jerusalem. Here the word

into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood,

of the LORD was given and received, and

offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God

his rule over his people and his presence

through Jesus Christ…You are a chosen people,

amongst them were powerfully represented.

a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people

The ritual established in connection with

belonging to God, that you may declare the

these sanctuaries was to be Israel’s way of

praises of him who called you out of darkness

acknowledging his kingly presence and God’s

into his wonderful light (I Pet. 2:4-5, 9, NIV

way of sustaining a rebellious and unfaithful

modified).

people in a relationship with himself. His

Throughout the Bible, acceptable worship

special provisions for Israel were designed

means approaching or engaging with God on

to bring blessing to the rest of humanity (cf.

the terms that he proposes and in the manner

Gn. 12:3; Ex. 19:5-6). So worship and God’s

that he makes possible. It involves honouring,

covenant are closely linked in Scripture.

serving and respecting him, abandoning any

Israel’s compromise with other religions

loyalty or devotion that hinders an exclusive

and the corruption of her worship was a

relationship with him. Although some of

significant factor in the divine judgment that

Scripture’s terms for worship may refer to

eventually came upon the temple and the

specific gestures of homage, rituals or priestly

nation. Nevertheless, the prophets predicted

ministrations, worship is more fundamentally

that the temple would be restored and that

faith expressing itself in obedience and

Israel’s worship would be renewed ‘in the last

adoration. Consequently, in both Testaments

days’. This was another way of saying that

it is often shown to be a personal and moral

the covenant would be renewed (cf. Jer. 31:31-

fellowship with God relevant to every sphere

34). The relationship of the people with God

of life.

would be transformed so that his intention of

God is worthy of homage, praise and grateful

blessing the whole world through them might

service because he is creator, lord of history,

be fulfilled. The word of the LORD would go

and judge of all. But humanly devised religion

out from Jerusalem and the nations would

receives God’s condemnation in Scripture. It

be drawn to worship God in the fellowship

cannot bring people into a right relationship

of his people, in his holy ‘house’. Acceptable

with God or enable them to please him.

worship is thus an important aspect of biblical

God must rescue them from the darkness of

eschatology.

ignorance and the corruption of sin, bringing

When

the

apostle

Peter

asserts

that

them to a true knowledge of himself, if they

Jesus Christ is ‘the living stone—rejected by

are to worship him acceptably. Thus, the Old

mortals but chosen by God and precious to

Testament insists that Israel could only draw

him’, he indicates the fulfillment of these Old

near to the LORD because of his gracious

Testament hopes in the person and work of

initiative and provision. He uniquely revealed

the Messiah. God is building a new ‘spiritual

his character and will to them, rescuing them

house’ with Jesus as the ‘cornerstone’ or

from captivity in Egypt, and establishing

‘keystone’ (cf. Eph. 2:20). This temple of ‘living

them in the land where they could serve him

stones’ is really the community of those who

without hindrance. Revelation and redemption

have come to Christ. They are ‘chosen’ and

are the basis of acceptable worship in biblical

‘precious’ because of their link with him. God


At one level, the New Testament shows

The gospel is the key to New Testament teaching about worship... (it) declares to us the ultimate revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ...

how the earliest disciples were drawn into a worshipping relationship with the risen Christ. At another level, we are shown how Jesus made possible a new relationship with the Father by means of his death, resurrection, ascension, and subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Through the ministry of the Son and the Spirit, the Father obtains true worshippers. Thus, the doctrine of the Trinity lies at the heart of a truly Christian theology of worship. Each person in the Godhead plays a significant role in establishing the worship appropriate to the new covenant era. Central to New Testament teaching is the insistence that Christ’s death is the ultimate sacrifice, provided by God to cleanse his people from the defilement of sin and consecrate them to himself in a relationship of heartobedience. The victim and the priest of the new covenant are one, because Jesus offered perfect worship to the Father by a lifetime of

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dwells in their midst through his Spirit (cf.

obedience, culminating in his death. A special

Eph. 2:21-22) and he has chosen to manifest

inspiration for Christian thinking about the

his glory to the world through them. As a ‘holy

sacrificial significance of Jesus’ death appears

priesthood’ they are called to live out the role

to have been his own reinterpretation of the

given to Israel at Mount Sinai and to be ‘a holy

Passover for his disciples at the Last Supper. By

nation’. But they do this by ‘offering spiritual

means of his sacrifice and heavenly exaltation

sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus

he has opened the way for Jews and Gentiles

Christ’. Jesus replaces the levitical priesthood

to approach the Father together. They can

and the sacrificial system designed to maintain

draw near with the certainty that their sins are

the holiness of God’s people and facilitate

forgiven and that they have been accepted

their service to God.

into the life and fellowship of his coming

The starting-point for Christian reflection

kingdom. They can serve him with gratitude

on this matter appears to have been the

and whole-hearted devotion because of their

conviction that God fully and finally manifested

trust in what God has done for them through

himself in the person of his Son. Jesus Christ

Christ. Fundamentally, then, worship in the

is at the centre of New Testament thinking

New Testament means believing the gospel

about worship. He is the ultimate meeting

and responding with one’s whole life and

point between heaven and earth and the

being to the person and work of God’s Son, in

decisive means of reconciliation between God

the power of the Holy Spirit.

and humanity. He is the centre of salvation and

Evangelism is the means by which people

blessing for all nations. While some passages

are initially drawn to present themselves to

suggest that Jesus is exclusively the new

God as ‘a living sacrifice’. The New Testament

temple, others show how temple ideals are

also shows that, if Christians are to be

also fulfilled in the church. Thus, it is in Jesus

motivated and equipped to serve God in their

and the community that he gathers to himself

everyday lives, they need to be exposed to an

that we see the full reality towards which the

ongoing, gospel-based ministry of teaching

temple pointed.

and exhortation. Throughout Scripture, the


word of God is fundamental to a genuine

be our concern even when we sing or pray to

engagement with him. While it is true that

God in the congregation. All this is not a purely

worship terminology can be applied to every

human activity, however, for God is at work

sphere of life, missionary preaching, the

in the midst of his people as they minister in

establishment of churches in the truth of the

this way. Edification is first and foremost the

gospel, and support for such ministry are

responsibility of Christ as the ‘head’, but he

viewed as specific and particular expressions

achieves his purpose as the various members

of Christian worship in the New Testament.

of the body are motivated and equipped by

At the same time, they are clearly a form of

him to play their part. We meet together to

service or ministry to the churches.

draw on the resources of Christ and to take

Jesus

removes

the

need

for

a

cultic

our part in the edification of his church.

approach to God in the traditional sense. Yet

From one point of view, the gathering of the

the New Testament demonstrates that our

church is meant to be an anticipation of the

understanding of his work can be greatly

heavenly or eschatological assembly of God’s

enriched by viewing it in terms of transformed

people. It is to be characterized by worship or

worship categories. His sacrifice on the cross,

divine service in the form of prayer and praise

his entrance into the heavenly sanctuary, and

directed to God and in the form of ministry

his intercession for us, provide the only basis

to one another. Worship and edification are

for relating to God under the new covenant.

different dimensions of the same activities. Put

The whole of life is to be lived in relation to

another way, participation in the edification of

the cross and to the sanctuary where Christ

the church is an important aspect of that total

is enthroned as our crucified savior and high

obedience of faith which is the worship of the

priest. Indeed, it is ultimately our destiny

new covenant. From another point of view,

to share with him in the fellowship of that

we gather together to encourage one another

heavenly or eschatological reality and to

to live out in everyday life the obedience that

‘serve him day and night in his temple’ (cf.

glorifies God and furthers his saving purposes

Rev. 7:15). Meanwhile, we worship God as we

in the world.

acknowledge these truths and respond to his

The gospel is the key to New Testament

mercies with grateful obedience. What, then,

teaching about worship. The gospel declares to

is the character and function of the gathering

us the ultimate revelation of God in the person

of his people on earth?

of Jesus Christ and the ultimate redemption in

The uniqueness and total adequacy of

his sacrificial death. He fulfills and replaces the

Christ’s work is obscured by any doctrine

whole method of approach to God associated

of human priesthood, charted with some

with the Sinai covenant. The teaching and

form of sacrificial ministry in the Christian

practice of the Old Testament is not discarded

congregation. There are no sacred buildings

but is transformed in the New Testament. It

where God is especially present in the gospel

becomes the means for understanding the

era. There is no divinely ordained ritual of

work of the Messiah and how we can relate

approach to God for believers under the new

to God under the new covenant. Through the

covenant. Nevertheless, several texts suggest

gospel message of God’s mercy in Christ, and

that God presences himself in a distinctive

through his Spirit, men and women from all

way in the Christian meeting through his word

nations are united in his praise and service.

and the operation of his Spirit. The purpose of Christian gatherings is the edification or building up of the body of Christ. We minister to one another as we teach and exhort one another on the basis of his word, using the gifts that the Spirit has given us, in the way that Scripture directs. Edification is to


DISCIPLESHIP

LIFE ON LIFE STORIES BY: KIM SUCHTA

T

he first time I was asked to be a

A few months after Wendy and I started

part of the discipleship program

meeting, a new young lady joined our little group.

at Redeemer I was a little hesitant.

A brand new Christian, Ashlee Sames. I cannot

I remember telling my husband, “I

begin to describe the joy and amazement I have

am such a mess. I just don’t know

had in watching, first hand, Ashlee come to Christ

if I have what it takes.” And after being matched

and how her newfound love and zeal for The Lord

up with Wendy Pace, my first thoughts were, “She

has rubbed right off on me!

is so musical and has been such a world traveler. I

There was one particular meeting where the

am such a homebody with no musical talent at all.

three of us were going through the Disciplines and

What would we have in common, and how could

Doctrines study, and we happened to start talking

someone like ME have the ability to encourage

about suffering and the book of Job. Ashlee, being

her?”

a new Christian, had never read the book of Job

My husband reminded me that this would

we found out, and Wendy and I just looked at each

mutual

other with excitement that we would be the first to

encouragement, and he was right. So I started

dig into that amazing story with her. Watching her

really looking

explore the depths of the Bible for the very first

forward

time has shown me in new ways how awesome

be

a

relationship

where

there

was

to

my meetings with Wendy.

God is. I have realized through these experiences that

We

studied

you don’t have to have it all together to disciple

the

Bible

someone. You just need to be desperate. Use each

together

meeting as a race to the cross. I am so blessed that

and

I found two new friends there.

God

showed the

//RBC

me

Gospel

through our newfound

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friendship. We

don’t

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tons in common in the Gospel. God blessed me

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THE IMPORTANCE OF UNITY BY: PASTOR MARK SUCHTA

A

s you read the New Testament, you may notice one thing that is on the heart of many of the authors is unity and oneness in the church. You see it over and

over again especially in Paul’s letters as he pleads

A PRAYER OF CONFESSION BY: GABE ZEPEDA (from my journal, 11/29/12)

with the churches to be of one mind and one heart as they strive together to advance the Kingdom in a world that desperately needs the light of the Gospel. We can infer that because the New Testament so often speaks of unity that we must have a problem with keeping it! The other week I had a

H

eavenly King, I bow myself before your majesty. I am just a man. How can I dwell with a lofty God like You? For you see me as I am. You’re not blind

sharp disagreement with one of the other pastors.

toward my blemishes, spots and wrinkles. Why

I was angry and I thought my anger was righteous.

would you suffer with me for another moment?

He lovingly came alongside me and told me I

How is it that you are near to the brokenhearted?

was sowing discord. My response was this... “I am

How is it that you save those who are crushed in

having this discussion for the sake of unity!” He

spirit? For the depth of my sin is ever before your

responded with grace and said these words, which

transcendence. You see me in all my shame. Will I

I will never forget. “Mark I don’t have a problem with

ever comprehend your forgiveness? You must be

the words you are saying; it’s your tone. Your tone

infinitely great and infinitely loving to pardon me

is sowing discord.” Right at that moment the Spirit

and dwell with me!

convicted me and the scales of self-righteousness

Right in the center of history—at the center of

dropped from my eyes. Now that is a friend! My

the universe, I see a cross. I see a mystery. I see

pastor loved me enough to speak truth into my life

the transcendent One in human form scarred

and warn me of my discord, which is the opposite

for me. I see unspeakable love reach out to me. I

of “unity.”

see a love that goes far deeper than my deepest

Unity is not being agreeable. Unity is loving one

doubts. I see grace that is far bigger than all my

another, and when we disagree, disagreeing in

sin. So, I come to you, broken at your feet. Jesus,

a way that is respectful and loving. It is coming

please forgive me for my cold heart, impure mind,

alongside a person when we see them in sin with

apathetic spirit, self-righteous heart, and for

a spirit of restoration not condemnation. This is

wandering from you. If you are willing, my Lord,

the Gospel life in the family of God. This is being

you can make me clean. As a bride on her wedding

salt and light in a world that is decaying and dark.

day, let all of sin’s ugliness disappear and let your

Praise God that because the Spirit of God dwells in

beauty prevail forevermore.

us we now have power to do this! //RBC

Amen. //RBC

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Third Thursdays

QUICK CONNECT

7 PM | JAN 16 FEB 20 // MAR 20 Discipleship Focus: Practice the art of asking questions that get to the gospel. Contact: Gayle Glenn, gayleuglenn@gmail.com.

the gospel into the lives of others as you do life together. As you drink in the gospel for yourself you will be able to speak it to others. Maybe a little practice can help us feel less intimidated. We came up with a fun way for us to all practice the art of asking questions that draw people out, and the art of getting to the gospel. It’s an activity that we’re calling Quick Connect. Have you heard of speed dating? It’s similar. Lots of women show up, a long row of women sit down, another long row of women sit across from them. There will be a stack of questions in front of them to get them started, and each couple has 3 minutes to quick connect! When the 3 minutes are up, one side

WOMEN’S MINISTRY 2014

of the women scoot over and quick connect with a new person.

LOOKING AHEAD

comfortable for a discipleship relationship.

BY: GAYLE GLENN

WEEKLY BOOK STUDIES BEGIN JANUARY 21ST & 23RD

D

You will connect with lots of different women in one evening. Hopefully you’ll feel a little more practiced and a little more Contact: Gayle Glenn, gayleuglenn@gmail.com

Our prayer is that Quick Connect will pool lots of women into a weekly book study. Our plan is to work through a discipleship ear Redeemer women, Women’s ministry has discipleship on the radar. We get this from the 5 year vision that the elders

curriculum and break out into the same discipleship group each week. Contact: Debbie Hansen, djhansen50@comcast.net

have laid out for Redeemer. Discipleship and community outreach are the focus for Redeemer

Bible Church for the next five years. Women’s ministry wants

RETREAT: APRIL 11-12 A LIFE CYCLE OF DISCIPLESHIP A culmination of the winter’s weekly studies and third

to contribute to this vision for our body, so discipleship is the

Thursday

common thread in our winter book studies, third Thursday

Conference Center. Cost is $95.

events, and our spring retreat. I want to lay this vision out for

events.

Registration

begins

2/16.

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you so that you too can catch the passion for discipleship. Look out for more Women’s Ministry info in the February THIRD THURSDAY EVENTS: 1/16, 2/20, 3/20 I have heard many women say that discipling another woman is too intimidating. What will we talk about? What if I don’t have any answers for her? Life on life discipleship involves speaking

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SIGN CHANGER DESCRIPTION: Change the message on the main sign along Hwy 7 as needed (preferable: someone who doesn’t mind trudging through snow). HOURS PER WEEK: varies

CHURCH LIFE JOB TITLE

USHER 15 PEOPLE NEEDED DESCRIPTION: greeting, handing out bulletins, assisting attendees with seating, collecting offering, serving communion, and handling questions during the worship services. HOURS PER WEEK: 4 Sunday morning or evening services per quarter.

JOB TITLE

JOB TITLE

COMMUNION SET-UP 2 PEOPLE NEEDED

SUNDAY SCHOOL SHEPHERD 6 PEOPLE NEEDED

DESCRIPTION: prepare and fill all communion trays for Sunday morning services and for Communion Service Sunday nights when needed. HOURS PER WEEK: Once every other month

DESCRIPTION: Assist lead teacher as needed. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Be prepared to help lead teacher with lesson material. 2. Assist in class control. 3. Assist with crafts and lead small groups. 4. Pray for the children and their families. 5. Attends relevant trainings 2 or more times per year. HOURS PER WEEK: varies

JOB TITLE

GREETER 10 PEOPLE NEEDED RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Serve the body through welcoming them as they arrive by opening doors and engaging them in conversations. 2. Accommodate people as they come in by helping them find certain rooms or information. 3. Always be ready to connect with the next person coming in. 4. Assist the Welcome Center team and Ushers by leading people to places within the church they cannot find. 5. Maintain structure and quietness before services in the fellowship hall. 6. Help those who need help before and after services. 7. Be engaging to people as they come in, yet respect those who are there for worship. HOURS PER WEEK: Arrive a half-hour before first service and stay to the beginning of second service.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY JOB TITLE

LEAD TEACHER* 3 PEOPLE NEEDED DESCRIPTION: Lead Sunday School teacher will prepare the lesson from the curriculum, stay in touch with shepherds on their team, and pray for the kids in class. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Prepare lesson from the provided curriculum, decide how to teach the lesson, use ideas given or Holy Spirit inspired ideas that work with the lesson. 2. Connect with Shepherds to encourage their participation either by email or phone. 3. Follow guidelines set out in the Sunday School Manual. 4. Attend relevant trainings 2 times per year. HOURS PER WEEK: +/- 3 hours

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JOB TITLE

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHECK-IN/OUT 4 PEOPLE NEEDED DESCRIPTION: Responsible for checking in children for Sunday School. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Be prompt to make sure check in sheets and name tags are in place. 2. Cheerfully assist children and parents with check-in process, assuring safety. 3. Receive visitors and direct them to resources and information about the Children’s Ministry. 4. Stay for 15 minutes into service, and 5 minutes before worship ends, assisting shepherds in 4-5’s and 1-3 grade rooms to check children out. HOURS PER WEEK: varies JOB TITLE

NURSERY CHILD CAREGIVER 10 PEOPLE NEEDED DESCRIPTION: Provide loving care and prayer to our children during Worship Services RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Interact with children in a loving manner. 2. Pray for children. 3. Find a replacement if unable to complete scheduled Sunday. HOURS PER WEEK: +/- 2 hours

MISSIONS JOB TITLE

MISSIONS REPORTER* DESCRIPTION: Cover the Missions beat at RBC. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Keep their ear to the ground on upcoming Missions-related activities and events. 2. Write articles about those activities and events for the Missions newsletter. HOURS PER WEEK: flexible


VOLUNTEER, THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE. MEN’S MINISTRY JOB TITLE

SET-UP & CLEAN-UP VOLUNTEERS 10 PEOPLE NEEDED DESCRIPTION: Aid in set-up and cleanup of seating, tables, etc. for Men’s quarterly events. HOURS PER WEEK: +/- 1 hour before and after Men’s quarterly events

MERCY MINISTRY JOB TITLE

FAMILY MENTOR* 4 COUPLES NEEDED DESCRIPTION: We will need couples to work with two-parent families as well as men and women to work with single parent families. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Serve as mentors/life coaches for families we are working with through our community outreach ministry with ResourceWest (Hopkins-based nonprofit we’ve partnered with). 2. Be in a oneto-one relationship with your assigned family. 3. Share your strengths and talents by modeling healthy and positive family, parenting and relationship behaviors. 4. Work with families as needed to assist them with following a pre-defined plan to achieve economic self-sufficiency over a 6-12 month period. 5. Assist with accessing community resources and other mercy aid as needed. 6. Model

Christ’s love and mercy to program families. 7. Communicate with mentee family at least once per week via phone or email and at least once per month in person. 8. Communicate as needed with ResourceWest social worker and Redeemer Deacon team. 9. Financial resources to be provided by Redeemer and ResourceWest. 10. Training provided through ResourceWest Mentor Training and Orientation. QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Willingness to become personally involved in the lives of others 2. Ability to respect all people as sinners equally in need of salvation as you 3. Must pass a background check including criminal check. HOURS PER WEEK: 1. Average 1-2 per week for weekly and monthly interactions. 2. Ability to address needs for friendship and advice as they may arise

PRAYER TEAM JOB TITLE

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER MINISTERS* 15 PEOPLE NEEDED DESCRIPTION: RBC members who have a heart to minister to others by listening and praying with them after the Sunday morning worship services in the front of the sanctuary. HOURS PER WEEK: +/1 hour (with the option of praying during one service, or both).

singing or playing your instrument with the song team at least one Sunday (2 services) a month. HOURS PER WEEK: 1 Hour Wednesday night rehearsal (8:309:30 pm) and 8:00am Sunday morning run through before playing at 9 am and 11 am services, +/- 5 hours/week (not counting personal practice time) Note: Contact Emily Boyer if interested in this postition by email or phone at: info@redeemerbiblechurch. com, 952.935.2425.

YOUTH JOB TITLE

CAMP COORDINATOR DESCRIPTION: Research summer camps that meet geographical and financial criteria. Research transportation to and from camp. HOURS PER WEEK: varies

MISC We need one person to pick up the coffee hour donuts each week. They must be picked up from the Cub off of Hwy 7 and Cty Rd 101 where they are packed and ready to go. They must be delivered to the RBC kitchen before the 9 a.m. service.

(*) = MUST BE A MEMBER TO APPLY.

JOB TITLE

STRATEGIC PRAYER TEAM LEADER*

HELP WE NEED

YOU AND YOUR GIFTS!

DESCRIPTION: Organize the resources needed for the congregation to pray for our leadership and vision. Collecting, organizing and distributing key prayer points and answered prayers from leadership and church ministries. HOURS PER WEEK: 2-5 hours

WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN MINISTRY AT RBC? CONTACT SARA SEELAND

WORSHIP JOB TITLE

SONG TEAM MEMBERS 3 PEOPLE NEEDED DESCRIPTION: Musician (electric guitar player, bass player) or vocalist. RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead worship in

P | 952.935.2425 E | Sara@redeemerbiblechurch.com

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DECEMBER 2013 - YTD

BY THE NUMBERS BY: PASTOR PAUL BURR

O

ne day Jesus was watching the giving patterns of those in the

GENERAL GIVING FUND

temple. Some were trying to impress people by the “noise” of their big gifts. Out of the shadows,

an old woman, a widow, came quietly and put in two mites, two pennies in our day, hardly making a

OPERATING EXPENSES | $ 256,530 GIVING | $ 222,235 FORECAST | $ 257,464

BASE FORECAST

tinkle in the giving box. Jesus was so impressed he

EXPENSES

called his disciples over for this teachable moment.

GIVING

“That’s what sacrificial giving looks like.” At Redeemer, we don’t come forward to pour out our offering in front of the whole congregation, but that doesn’t mean that Jesus is not watching. He is looking at our hearts to see if we understand how the gospel changes our generosity. Have you thought about your giving and generosity lately? “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake

EXPANDING OUR GOSPEL VISION

he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” Though we don’t mandate a certain giving pattern, we want to encourage you to reflect the grace of the gospel in your sacrificial giving in this

EXTRA COMMITMENTS | $ 41,427 AWAITING | $ 226,327 // 10.4% RECEIVED | $ 1,952,673 // 89.6%

10.4 %

new and exciting year as we see the fruit of the gospel for the good of the world. We have many ways to give. Contact me if you have questions. Pastor Paul, paulburr@redeemerbiblechurch.com.

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89.6%


SUN

MON

6

13

20

27

WED

22

GATHERED PRAYER & REDEMPTION | 7 PM

15

WOMEN’S BOOK STUDY 7 PM - 8:30 PM

23

WOMEN’S THIRD THURSDAY 7 PM - 8:30 PM

16

THU

21

GATHERED PRAYER & REDEMPTION | 7 PM

30

9

WOMEN’S BOOK STUDY 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM NURSERY CAREGIVER TRAINING 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

29

WOMEN’S BOOK STUDY 7 PM - 8:30 PM

TUE 8

28

GATHERED PRAYER & REDEMPTION | 7 PM

GATHERED PRAYER & REDEMPTION | 7 PM

WOMEN’S BOOK STUDY 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

14

7

January 5 GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM NEWCOMERS LUNCH 1:00 - 2:30 PM | Glenn’s Home THE LORD’S TABLE | 6:00 PM

12 GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM MINISTRY FAIR | Fellowship Hall

19 GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM (Including the Lord’s Table) REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM COMMUNITY GROUP FAIR Fellowship Hall

26 GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM

FRI

11

SAT

DATES TO REMEMBER

10

SGF - PARENTING SEMINAR 7 PM - 9 PM // 9 AM - 12 PM

RBC DISTINCTIVES 9 AM | MB, RM-102

18

25

17

24

1

NURSERY CAREGIVER TRAINING 9 AM - 11 AM

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FEATURED EVENTS Sunday JANUARY 5TH

Thursday JANUARY 10 -11TH

LORD’S TABLE & DESSERT SGF PARENTING SEMINAR

Sunday JANUARY 16TH

Sunday FEBUARY 2ND

WOMEN’S THIRD THURSDAY

NEWCOMERS LUNCH

6 PM | Fellowship Hall

FRI 7 PM & SAT 9 AM |

7 PM | Fellowship Hall

1 - 2:30 PM | Glenn’s Home

Join us immediately

Fellowship Hall // Many

Life on life discipleship

If you would like to attend

following our Lord’s Table

(most?) parents tend to

involves speaking the

the next Newcomer’s Lunch,

Service for everyone’s

anticipate the teen years

gospel into the lives of

please RSVP to Laurie

favorite dessert or savory

with a sense of dread,

others as a way to do life

Summers at lsummers@

snack. Please bring a dessert

but the resources of the

together. Quick Connect

redeemerbiblechurch.com or

or savory snack to share! Call

gospel and the Christian

will be an opportunity

952.935.2425.

952.935.2425 or e-mail info@

church point to the truth

to connect with women

redeemerbiblechurch.com

that this stage of life can

and, maybe even, start a

with questions.

actually provide wonderful

discipleship relationship.

discipleship opportunities

Questions to Gayle Glenn at

with the young men and

gayleuglenn@gmail.com

women parents have been called to shepherd. Register for this class asap via the church office: 952.935.2425 or lsummers@ redeemerbiblechurch.com.


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