This Sunday – Dec. 18th 2011

Tomorrow we will be continuing our study in John with Eric teaching us from chapter 9. As we’ve encouraged you before, please take time to read the passage before the meeting, prayerfully considering how God is speaking to you.

During this season, Christians around the world describe the days leading up to Christmas day as the Advent, formed from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” We use this time to remember and celebrate the first advent of Jesus and anxiously look forward to his second. The joy in promises fulfilled deepens our hope for the present and future.

As I lead our time of singing this Sunday, I hope to draw our attention to these truths through the songs we sing and Scriptures we read. Can’t wait to be with you.

Song List:

O Come O Come Emmanuel (traditional)
What Child Is This? (traditional)
Hope Has Come (sovereign grace)
Joy to the World (traditional)

Amazing Grace (hymn)
In Christ Alone (Townend/Getty)

This Sunday – Dec. 11th, 2011

This Sunday we will be continuing our study on John, looking at John 8:12-59 together. Please be praying for our time and read the passage ahead of time if possible. I am excited to share how God has been speaking to me through this text, and look forward to his Spirit working mightily in our midst.

Duke is going to lead us in singing, drawing our attention to Christ’s humility and exaltation.

Song list:
O Holy Night (traditional)
How Sweet The Day (sovereign grace)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (traditional)
His Name Is Jesus (sovereign grace)

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (stuart townend)
Hail the Day (sovereign grace)

See you all Sunday!

This Sunday – Oct. 30th, 2011

This Sunday Eric will be teaching us from John 4. If you’re able, please prayerfully read through these verses in preparation to study it together.

Matt will be leading us in singing. We will be focusing on the joy of finding our satisfaction in Christ.

See you all there!

Song list:

Praise the Lord (sovereign grace)
O the Deep, Deep Love (sovereign grace)
Grace Unmeasured (sovereign grace)
Psalm 62 (aaron keyes)

Saving One (starfield)

Blanket Drop Collection Begins this Sunday

This coming Sunday (10/30) members of Redeemer will begin collecting blankets for the Thanksgiving Blanket Drop announced last week.

Over the course of the next (3) weeks they will be collecting blankets that will be given to those who may be homeless and spending their nights in the streets in our communities–both in Arlington and DC.

If you would like to participate by donating a a new or lightly-used/clean blanket, we will have a collection box in the lobby at church this Sunday beginning at 4pm.

Blanket Drop Project Overview

The Objective
Collect 50+ new / clean lightly-used blankets (with pocket version of Gospel of John) and distribute to Arlington + DC homeless during Thanksgiving week.

The Plan
Collection Period: Sunday (10/30) through Sunday (11/20)
Preparation: Folding / Tying Blankets – Monday (11/21)
Blanket Drop Day: Tuesday (11/22) at 7:30pm

Two vans will leave the Central United Methodist parking lot at 7:30pm and we will target areas in both Arlington and downtown DC where there may be homeless in need of warm blankets*—we will hand them a blanket and a pocket “Gospel of John.”

How You Can Help

  1. Donate a new or lightly-used (and clean) blanket to be donated to a homeless person in need—you can donate a blanket(s)as a family, a single, a group of friends, etc.
  2. Help get the word out. Talk to your neighbors, coworkers and friends about Redeemer’s effort to fulfill both physical and spiritual needs in our community.
  3. Help prepare blankets and ‘pocket Gospels’ on Monday (11/21) at Central United Methodist.
  4. Donate your van (mini-van preferred) for the blanket drop day—we are in need of (2)—one for Arlington / the other for DC.
  5. Participate on a blanket drop team / ride—we are looking for 4-6 people on each team to help distribute.
  6. Pray for the homeless population in our area. And that God can use our church and our desires to serve to bring people of all types closer to Him.

*Areas / route for blanket drop is TBD.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Josue Pinto.

Anti-Trafficking Walk This Saturday

Sign up to walk

Jon and Jenna Hudlow are helping organize people to participate in the DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS) Walk this Saturday, October 22nd on the National Mall. They are inviting everyone who is available to come out and walk for an organization they support, Tiny Hands International, a Christian non-profit that does anti-trafficking work in Nepal.

You can register through this link: http://tinyurl.com/3ko2sv7

Some basic info:

  • Take the Metro (Farragut West or Farragut North) and find the Tiny Hands group at the Walk (Constitution and 20th). For more directions and event day FAQ, go to: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=482690&ccp=101862
  • Note that roads will be blocked for an alternative event taking place in the city on the same day so parking will be difficult.
  • Look for the Tiny Hands breakfast table and the HANDS logo upon arrival to the Washington Mall between 8-9am.

For more information, contact Jon and Jenna at knotjust10 [at] gmail.com

This Sunday – Oct. 16

This Sunday we will continue our study in the book of John as Eric teaches from John 2:23-3:36. I encourage you to read these verses in preparation for our time together.

Shane is going to be leading us in our time of singing, focusing our attention on the goodness of God.

Songs we will be singing:

Before There Was Time (caedmons call)
Congregational reading of Psalm 34:1-10, 22
10,000 Reasons (matt redman)
Here Is Love (matt redman)
In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross (sojourn church)

And Can It Be (hymn)

This Sunday – Oct. 2nd

What a privilege to gather together this Sunday! Eric is going to teach us from John 2 as we have the opportunity to look at Jesus’ first days in his ministry.

I’ll be leading our time of singing as we take time to reflect on God’s mercy towards us in Christ, which leads us to sing with great joy! During communion we’ll be singing the new song I referenced last week, In The Shadow of the Glorious Cross.

Let’s pray as a church that God would work mightily as we gather.

Song list:

Holy, Holy, Holy (hymn)
Rock of Ages (hymn)
Christ is Risen (matt maher)
The Saving One (starfield)

In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross (sojourn church)

This Sunday – Sept. 25th

This Sunday we’ll be studying John 1:19-51. I encourage you to read this section in John over the next couple days in preparation for our time together. One question I’m going to try and answer in my message is, “How does this passage change the way we view our relationship with Jesus?”

Duke Walker will be leading us in singing, focusing on our new identity in Christ. The second song we’ll be singing, In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross, is new for our church. It was written by members at Sojourn church in Louisville, Ky. You can listen to it here. Below are the lyrics.

In the shadow of the glorious cross
Compelled by grace to cast my lot
I’ll discard the loss and bare your name
Forsaking all for your own fame

Your hymn of grace sung over me
Abounding forth in glorious streams
My thirst is quenched by you my Lord
Sustained am I redeemed restored
Sustained am I redeemed restored

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

When death’s dark shadow’s at my feet
When I am plagued by unbelief
You place my hands into your side
By precious blood identified
By precious blood identified

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

These crowns I’ve clenched with fisted hands
I cast them down before the throne
Of Christ my God the worthy lamb
Christ crucified, the Great I AM
Christ crucified, the Great I AM

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Can’t wait to worship with you all!

Song list:
Come Thou Fount (hymn)
In The Shadow of the Glorious Cross (sojourn church)
Always Forgiven (sovereign grace)
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (chris tomlin)

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (stuart townend)
Hail the Day (sovereign grace)

This Sunday – Sept. 18th

We are about to begin our study in the book of John as a church. In preparation, I encourage you to begin reading through the book and praying that God would meet us as we study his Word together.

The book of John was written so that “you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). Let us pray to that end. Specifically, pray that God’s Spirit would bring greater faith to our own hearts and bring revival to our city!

This Sunday we’ll be studying John 1:1-18 and taking time to sing about the incredible good news that God became man so that we might have a Savior. Looking forward to being with you all.

Song list:

All Creatures of Our God and King (Hymn)
You Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman)
God Over All (Sovereign Grace)
In Christ Alone (Keith & Kristen Getty)

Here is Love (Hymn)
Great is Your Faithfulness (Matt Redman)

Why can’t my life be better?!?

Last Sunday we looked at Ephesians 4:31-32 and how it helps us in our interpersonal temptations to anger. But what about the many times (at least for me) when I’m tempted to get angry because something doesn’t go according to plan? It rains on a Saturday, or the Metro is delayed by 20 minutes, or I get a flat tire, or my internet is not working…My judgment in that moment is that this situation, person, or event is something that shouldn’t be happening. My judgment is, this is wrong.

So I get angry.

Not at anybody in particular, because I know that’s sin, I just get angry at life in general. My life has by happenstance taken a turn for the worse. But have you realized that subtly, we are really charging God? We charge him in that moment that he is not good or fair or just. We then can give allowance for our sin by saying, “I can do what you have told me not to do, because I don’t think my life is working out for my good.” And that statement, if we believe it, gives allowance for sin, whether it’s flying into a rage, cursing, indulging in lust, or wallowing in self-pity. When we are not convinced that God has our good in mind in every situation, we are easily seduced into believing that something else is good for us, especially sinful anger.

How does Scripture help us?

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30

Immediately this orients me to a new reality. If I am one that God has called, his unswerving assured commitment to me is that he uses everything in my life for my good, in order to be conformed to the image of his Son.

The promise contained in these verses is the promise of the gospel. If I am a Christian, God loves me. Better, he predestined me for adoption into his family, declaring me righteous before him. God’s most important and massive promise and my most important and pressing need has been fulfilled!

In other words, his greatest demonstration of his goodness towards us has been completed. So now we can trust him in any other situation.

Milton Vincent writes:

“The gospel enables me to embrace my tribulations and thereby position myself to gain full benefit from them. For the gospel is the one great permanent circumstance in which I live and move; and every hardship in my life is allowed by God only because it serves His gospel purposes in me. When I view my circumstances in this light, I realize that the gospel is not just one piece of good news that fits into my life somewhere among all the bad. I realize instead that the gospel makes genuinely good news out of every other aspect of my life, including my severest trials… God is forcing them to bow to His gospel purposes and do good unto me by improving my character and making me more conformed to the image of Christ”

The original readers of Romans were suffering for their faith, facing martyrdom and persecution in ways few of us can understand. But I believe this truth is not just for huge, significant trials in our lives—this is for the small, seemingly insignificant events, as well. The stuff of everyday life. God’s sovereign goodness over our lives plays out in every situation.

Our response then, is trust. God has been faithful in the past, and he will continue to be. Just because I can’t see how he’s good in a particular situation should never shake my confidence that he is. I have the gospel to prove it.