There are times when we just aren’t sure of what our next decision should be, what fork in the road we should take. Change can unsettle us. Unexpected challenges and unwanted temptations breathe down our neck and we wonder, ‘how do I move forward wisely?’ We wish for a ‘navigation system’ that will show us what path to take! We invite you to join us Sunday mornings at 10 am at Redeemer to discover that the Bible offers time tested wisdom on how to navigate changes, challenges, temptations and opportunities. I think you will be amazed at how relevant the Bible can be…if we have even a small amount of teach-ability! We will discover that God longs to help us navigate the ‘stuff’ of life that comes our way and that God can be trusted to help us find our way forward. So, that’s what we are about Sunday mornings at Redeemer beginning September 9th. We would love to have you join us to not only discover truth but actually experience more fully our theme…Navigate…trusting the One who knows the way. A ‘way’ forward that includes you, right where you are.

Nov 11, 2018
Navigating Adventure
Series: Navigate
Series Title:  Navigate: trusting the One who knows the way...Navigating Adventure Scripture Source:  Acts 1:8 Witness What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘witness’ or the verb ‘witnessing’?
What does the word mean?
“to see, to hear or know by personal experience or perception, to bear witness, to give evidence of...first hand evidence ‘martyr’ the Christian use of the Greek translation
Illustrate:  ever had to ‘bear witness’ to a crime or accident?  You are asked to recount, in detail what/who you saw first- hand.   And then we have the directive of Jesus to his first followers. Acts 1:8 Context:  Jesus has been crucified, buried and amazingly, resurrected from the dead.  Acts 1:3 And he is sharing a lot of ‘table time’ with his disciples, letting them know with simplicity and clarity what they are to be about...and how.

An Adventure Begins: Acts 1:8

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; (see Acts 2:1-11) and you will be my witnesses IN Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Context:  his followers are wondering about a different kind of kingdom and different kinds of timetables and agendas.  Jesus abruptly sets them straight with what matters most and what needs to be left with God.  Acts 1:6-7  And then Jesus ascends to heaven in a miraculous way, with insights from two men dressed in white.  Vss. 10-11.  In other words, ‘guys, what are you doing looking up into the heavens...you have an adventure to engage in, on with it!’

Answering Questions about ‘witnessing’

  1. ‘My witnesses’...WHOSE? Jesus, the crucified and risen Savior.  We bear ‘witness’ to the person of Jesus, to his character, conduct, teachings, sacrificial death as full payment for sin, triumphant resurrection over the power of sin, Satan, and death, his ongoing presence in our lives through his Spirit and his promised return to establish a new heaven and new earth.  We bear ‘witness’ to Jesus on the basis of our personal, first-hand experience of his love, mercy and power in our lives.  I can only genuinely bear witness to Jesus if faith and obedience is core to my life.  Otherwise, I am only reciting the stories of others, not my own.
We are called to give witness primarily of Jesus...not of religion, or a church.
  1. ‘My witnesses’...WHERE? all over, starting where we are, the geography we work, live, play and do life.  The places we travel to and visit.  Illustrate:  ‘My Geography’  Where do you do life? List the places...your address, and the places you spend time in.
  1. ‘My witnesses’...HOW? Let’s go back to Acts 1:1-2.  “All that Jesus began to do and teach...” Christ followers witness through words and behaviours of grace and truth and deeds of practical compassion.  Study his life...he went about doing good and teaching people about the grace and truth of God and invited people to experience new life in God’s kingdom.  A life lived empowered and enlightened by the Holy Spirit.  Acts 1:8.  God infuses their lives with the indwelling Spirit of Christ.  Compare Romans 8:11-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.  I can share with others, through my life, the reality of Jesus and what he can ‘bring to their barren table.’  
Experiencing God’s power requires genuine surrender to the authority of Jesus, keeping short accounts with God, others and myself...being ready to confess sin and make amends when necessary. Courageous and compassionate thoughts and actions are experienced as I obey the teachings of Scripture, especially the teachings of Jesus.  
  1. ‘My witnesses’...WHEN? Now. Today, in the geography we occupy.  Now, when life has its share of challenges and uncertainties.  We don’t wait for ideal, however you may define ‘ideal’; we engage in ‘real.’  Life as it is, with God helping us.  Hebrews 4:15-16.
  2. ‘My witnesses’...WHAT happens? People, one at a time investigate the faith, ask questions about Jesus and some become genuine, thoughtful followers of Jesus, one conversation, one interaction at a time.  Play ‘Strangers’ video (Skit Guys)
               Think of you life...who did God use to point you, to stir you to consider Jesus? Your Adventure Continues...as you navigate life where you are, with God’s guidance and strength, you and I will see evidences of the supernatural power of God at work...in and through us! Adventure:  “an exciting or very unusual experience...participation in an exciting undertaking, with risk and some uncertainty included”                Let’s navigate the adventure of a life on adventure, together with God.  There’s no life like it!
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  • Nov 11, 2018Navigating Adventure
    Nov 11, 2018
    Navigating Adventure
    Series: Navigate
    Series Title:  Navigate: trusting the One who knows the way...Navigating Adventure Scripture Source:  Acts 1:8 Witness What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘witness’ or the verb ‘witnessing’?
    What does the word mean?
    “to see, to hear or know by personal experience or perception, to bear witness, to give evidence of...first hand evidence ‘martyr’ the Christian use of the Greek translation
    Illustrate:  ever had to ‘bear witness’ to a crime or accident?  You are asked to recount, in detail what/who you saw first- hand.   And then we have the directive of Jesus to his first followers. Acts 1:8 Context:  Jesus has been crucified, buried and amazingly, resurrected from the dead.  Acts 1:3 And he is sharing a lot of ‘table time’ with his disciples, letting them know with simplicity and clarity what they are to be about...and how.

    An Adventure Begins: Acts 1:8

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; (see Acts 2:1-11) and you will be my witnesses IN Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Context:  his followers are wondering about a different kind of kingdom and different kinds of timetables and agendas.  Jesus abruptly sets them straight with what matters most and what needs to be left with God.  Acts 1:6-7  And then Jesus ascends to heaven in a miraculous way, with insights from two men dressed in white.  Vss. 10-11.  In other words, ‘guys, what are you doing looking up into the heavens...you have an adventure to engage in, on with it!’

    Answering Questions about ‘witnessing’

    1. ‘My witnesses’...WHOSE? Jesus, the crucified and risen Savior.  We bear ‘witness’ to the person of Jesus, to his character, conduct, teachings, sacrificial death as full payment for sin, triumphant resurrection over the power of sin, Satan, and death, his ongoing presence in our lives through his Spirit and his promised return to establish a new heaven and new earth.  We bear ‘witness’ to Jesus on the basis of our personal, first-hand experience of his love, mercy and power in our lives.  I can only genuinely bear witness to Jesus if faith and obedience is core to my life.  Otherwise, I am only reciting the stories of others, not my own.
    We are called to give witness primarily of Jesus...not of religion, or a church.
    1. ‘My witnesses’...WHERE? all over, starting where we are, the geography we work, live, play and do life.  The places we travel to and visit.  Illustrate:  ‘My Geography’  Where do you do life? List the places...your address, and the places you spend time in.
    1. ‘My witnesses’...HOW? Let’s go back to Acts 1:1-2.  “All that Jesus began to do and teach...” Christ followers witness through words and behaviours of grace and truth and deeds of practical compassion.  Study his life...he went about doing good and teaching people about the grace and truth of God and invited people to experience new life in God’s kingdom.  A life lived empowered and enlightened by the Holy Spirit.  Acts 1:8.  God infuses their lives with the indwelling Spirit of Christ.  Compare Romans 8:11-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.  I can share with others, through my life, the reality of Jesus and what he can ‘bring to their barren table.’  
    Experiencing God’s power requires genuine surrender to the authority of Jesus, keeping short accounts with God, others and myself...being ready to confess sin and make amends when necessary. Courageous and compassionate thoughts and actions are experienced as I obey the teachings of Scripture, especially the teachings of Jesus.  
    1. ‘My witnesses’...WHEN? Now. Today, in the geography we occupy.  Now, when life has its share of challenges and uncertainties.  We don’t wait for ideal, however you may define ‘ideal’; we engage in ‘real.’  Life as it is, with God helping us.  Hebrews 4:15-16.
    2. ‘My witnesses’...WHAT happens? People, one at a time investigate the faith, ask questions about Jesus and some become genuine, thoughtful followers of Jesus, one conversation, one interaction at a time.  Play ‘Strangers’ video (Skit Guys)
                   Think of you life...who did God use to point you, to stir you to consider Jesus? Your Adventure Continues...as you navigate life where you are, with God’s guidance and strength, you and I will see evidences of the supernatural power of God at work...in and through us! Adventure:  “an exciting or very unusual experience...participation in an exciting undertaking, with risk and some uncertainty included”                Let’s navigate the adventure of a life on adventure, together with God.  There’s no life like it!
  • Nov 4, 2018Navigating to Make a Difference
    Nov 4, 2018
    Navigating to Make a Difference
    Series: Navigate
  • Oct 28, 2018Navigating the Battle
    Oct 28, 2018
    Navigating the Battle
    Series: Navigate
    Navigating the Battle with Deborah
    • Judges 4:1-5:30
    • “We see the one, and we fight for the one, and we sacrifice for the one…”
               
  • Oct 21, 2018Navigating the Road to Reconciliation
    Oct 21, 2018
    Navigating the Road to Reconciliation
    Series: Navigate
  • Oct 7, 2018The Land Between as You Wait
    Oct 7, 2018
    The Land Between as You Wait
    Series: Navigate

    Where You Least Expect It...

    Opportunity comes knocking. Sometimes opportunity comes not only when we least expect it, but where we least expect it! The definition of ‘opportunity’ is arresting and thought provoking. “a favorable, appropriate or advantageous combination of circumstances...the word has roots in Latin and Old French...fitness, convenience, suitableness, a favourable time...a good position, chance, or prospect, for advancement or success” Everything about this definition speaks of favorable circumstances, of a situation that sets a person up for the possibility of good and meaningful life…great upbringing, economic and academic advantages... Yet, how are we to look at life when circumstances and people can be difficult, perplexing and uncertain? Is it inevitable that we become cynical and wait for better circumstances to ‘show up’? Or can we mature in meaningful ways in unlikely places? Can we make a difference in the lives of others in settings marked by stigma and restrictions? Are you in a place...relationally, emotionally, work wise, physically that is less than favourable? Are you grappling with restrictions, frustrations and uncertainty? Can you put a name to that ‘place’?

    Navigating Opportunity in an Unlikely and Unlikeable Place: Genesis 39:20-23

    Let’s step back into Joseph’s drama again. He did nothing to deserve being in prison. He maintained moral purity in the face of recurring temptation and instead of being affirmed for his courageous stand, he lands up in prison, with the stench of scandal trailing him. Yet, in this unlikely place Joseph faces his hard reality and embraces opportunity in at least three realm of life.
    As we look at these three realms, which one most speaks to your heart and mind? Opportunity to Cultivate and Express Faith in God Opportunity to Mature in Character and Life Skills Opportunity to Serve Others along the way Opportunity is Knocking and Joseph is Answering (even when you don’t like to door): Genesis 39:20-23 The Faith Realm: It is clear from the text that his faith in God is evident to others. “...the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success...” Vs. 23, also verse 8, chapter 40. The Character and Life Skills Realm: The warden trusts in the integrity of his character and the competence of his skills at managing and leading others. Joseph renders the scandal that landed him in prison, unbelievable because of who he is and how he conducts himself. Navigational Insights and Tools: 1. Can you see and accept that ‘where’ you are doesn’t need to be a reason or excuse for cynicism and an erosion of faith and character? Consider these passages: James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-9. Some ‘places’ we spend time in can be profoundly difficult. Yet...is God teasing and taunting us with words and promises such as Romans 8:28-29...or is God longing and purposing to do a refining and maturing work in us, for our good and in the service of others? Pick up the ‘tools’ of Scripture, wise friends, real stories where insight and hope can be extracted, thoughtful and biblically sound worship music and listening/reading materials. Who are you walking with? Proverbs 13:20. Who are you having ‘table talk’ with? Engage in purposeful Bible reading, reflection and responsiveness. Take note of how you are maturing in specifics. Take note of what you resent or fear, in specifics. What life skills can you use, in the place you find hard to be? ___________________________

    Opportunity Keeps Knocking and Joseph Keeps Answering: Genesis 40

    The Serving Others Realm: Friends, beyond the tension and drama of the story, a treasured opportunity is embraced by Joseph. He chooses to serve others with God given gifts and skills. What doesn’t he do? He doesn’t isolate himself from others and brood over what went wrong...and what shouldn’t have happened. He doesn’t rehash the injustice and the stigma of a sexual scandal and being falsely accused. Did these circumstances hurt and wound the man? Of course. Genesis 40:14-15. He is seeking to honour God right where he is, even if he landed there on the basis of a lie. And so, he is mindful of others and meets real needs in the here and now. Navigational Insights and Tools: 2. Will you ask God for the grace to endure a hard reality and somehow, and in some way serve another, even through tears fall and questions persist? Sometimes, persisting with faith is massively important. More on that next Sunday...Navigating ‘the land between’ Genesis 41. Will you explore ways in which to serve others, Sundays or between Sundays? Remember the example of Jesus. Mark 10:45. Even on the night, and in the place of betrayal. John 13. That ought to get our attention. And spark prayers of confession and direction.

    So, You and Your Unlikely Places of Opportunity...

    will you ask God to help you engage in the opportunities offered in the realm of faith, life skills, character and service? Which realm most needs your attention today? What navigational insight/tool do you need to lay hold of and use? And remember, you are not alone. Jesus by his Spirit lives in the life of a follower, ready to help us navigate opportunity, with wisdom, perspective, and courage in the most unlikely of places, beginning today.
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    Sep 30, 2018
    Opportunity in Unlikely Places
    Series: Navigate
  • Sep 23, 2018Navigate Temptation
    Sep 23, 2018
    Navigate Temptation
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  • Sep 16, 2018Navigating Family Drama
    Sep 16, 2018
    Navigating Family Drama
    Series: Navigate