I feel like every week the passage we are studying is so relevant for our current situation in Canada; this week is no exception. We have reached the “turn the other cheek” passage and if there was ever a generation that needed to learn how to bear offences well, it is ours! Doesn’t it feel like our favourite hobby is getting offended? Well, Matthew 5:38-42 gives us a great look at why we get offended and what we love to take revenge on any and everyone who dares offend us! But it also shows us how to stop being so easily offended and how to reverse the cultural trend of anger and bitterness. Join us online (for our last online-only service) as we continue our march through the Sermon on the Mount and consider what it means to be a Christian in the Age of Offence.
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March 7, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

 
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IF YOU ARE WANTING TO SEE some of your Redeemer family and get a little teaching at the same time, you should consider attending our “Coffee Breaks” on Zoom!  Continuing every Thursday at 1 pm until March 25 , Pastor Carl will host an hour long gathering online where he will lead a short (but in-depth) study of a psalm and engage the group in some discussion questions.  This is a time to gather, to learn (so have your Bible handy!) and to see some friends that we may not have seen much of recently.  We will send out the link to the Coffee Break in each Wednesday’s RBConnect. We look forward to seeing you there!
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JOIN US for a short time of prayer for our church, region and world on Thursday March 4 from 7-8 pm. This will be an online time of prayer. The link is provided here and will be reposted on Facebook the day of the meeting.

Topic: Zoom Prayer Meeting – March 4, 2021
Time: Mar 4, 2021 07:00 PM EST

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In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is laying the foundation for his followers, plainly telling us what it means to be a Christian – how we are to think and act. It is a sort of “Christian manifesto”, and more broadly speaking, the Sermon shows us what it means to be human. In this series, we will look at Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 in hopes of seeing what it means for Redeemer to be the church that God desires it to be in our region and world.

Mar 7, 2021
Christians in the Age of Offence
“Christians in the Age of Offence” – Matthew 5:38-42 You Review Matthew 5:38-42. How does this speak to your life? • Think about the last time you were angry. What made you angry? Why did it anger you? • What would need to change in the way you deal with being offended for you to live as Jesus instructs you to live? Why is this so hard for you? Church What implications does Matthew 5:38-42 have for us as a church community? • How do you think the church (Redeemer or the Church in general) does in modeling the sort of ”non-retaliation” within its walls? • Do we respond to wrongs with mercy, love and generosity? If so – how? If not – why do you think that is? City How does this passage speak to our city? • Jesus asks us to not resist those who wish to do us harm. What might a church that learned to “turn the cheek” and “go the second mile” look like in our community?
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  • Mar 7, 2021Christians in the Age of Offence
    Mar 7, 2021
    Christians in the Age of Offence
    “Christians in the Age of Offence” – Matthew 5:38-42 You Review Matthew 5:38-42. How does this speak to your life? • Think about the last time you were angry. What made you angry? Why did it anger you? • What would need to change in the way you deal with being offended for you to live as Jesus instructs you to live? Why is this so hard for you? Church What implications does Matthew 5:38-42 have for us as a church community? • How do you think the church (Redeemer or the Church in general) does in modeling the sort of ”non-retaliation” within its walls? • Do we respond to wrongs with mercy, love and generosity? If so – how? If not – why do you think that is? City How does this passage speak to our city? • Jesus asks us to not resist those who wish to do us harm. What might a church that learned to “turn the cheek” and “go the second mile” look like in our community?
  • Feb 28, 2021Christian Integrity
    Feb 28, 2021
    Christian Integrity
    “Christian Integrity” – Matthew 5:33-37 You Review Matthew 5:33-37. How does this speak to your life? • Have you ever thought about who and what you trust? Are you suspicious of people? What media outlets do you trust? Why do you trust some but not others and what does that tell you about your biases? Church What implications does Matthew 5:33-37 have for us as a church community? • What implications do Jesus’ words have on the Church’s handling of things like church membership, volunteer responsibilities, etc.? • What can we do in the church to increase the trust that we have for one another? What role do our promises to one another play in this? City How does this passage speak to our city? • We can see that trust for institutions and governments is plummeting in Canada. How might the Church be a countercultural community of integrity in the Niagara Region?
  • Feb 21, 2021Marriage & Divorce
    Feb 21, 2021
    Marriage & Divorce
    “Marriage & Divorce” – Matthew 5:32 You
    Review Matthew 5:31-32. How does this speak to your life?
    • Considering Jesus’ words about divorce in this passage and in 19:3-9, how is your view on marriage and divorce changed? Church What implications does Matthew 5:31-32 have for us as a church community? • How might Redeemer better care for people who have been or are considering divorce? • Where have you seen churches fail to care for people who have gone through divorce? How could they have responded better? City How does this passage speak to our city? • Considering your unchurched friends, family, coworkers and what you see on TV, what do you think the world’s view about marriage and divorce are? How does this view differ from Jesus’ perspective? • If the church is to be a “city on a hill”, and “salt and light”, what might we do to model Godly marriages in our region? How might we model biblical healing for those who have gone through divorces?
  • Feb 14, 2021The Church and Lust
    Feb 14, 2021
    The Church and Lust
    You Review Matthew 5:27-30. How does this speak to your life? • What “lusts” do you struggle with? You may find yourself fantasizing about a better job, house or spouse. Think about the things you desire the most – what is it about that “thing” that is so beautiful to you that feel like you just must have it? Church What implications does Matthew 5:27-30 have for us as a church community? • The church is called to radically committed to both: rooting sexual sin from our midst and caring for and restoring the repentant sinner. Have you ever seen the church (Redeemer or another church) balance these two well? How were they able to do this well? Or, how did they fail to do this well? City How does this passage speak to our city? • On any day this week, try to make a quick note in your phone, or on a piece of paper, of all the instances you see images (in the city, on TV or online, etc.) that tempt you to lust? What surprises you about the number and nature of the images that you notice? How has being observant to the way images are used to tempt us to sin impacted you?
  • Feb 7, 2021Anger
    Feb 7, 2021
    Anger
    “Anger” – Matthew 5:21-26 You Review Matthew 5:21-26. How does this speak to your life? • We all wrestle with different triggers that can stir up anger within us. What are some specifics that you can identify that cause anger to take control? Church What implications does Matthew 5:17-20 have for us as a church community? • Jesus implies that reconciliation is a prerequisite for worship. Is there a relationship in your life where you may need to explore the possibility of reconciliation? If so, what next step do you need to take? City How does this passage speak to our city? • Our world encourages people to hold grudges or lash out in revenge based on who it believes is "justified" to do so. How can we as Christians demonstrate humility and reconciliation in the eyes of the public? How can this impact our testimony to the world on behalf of the Gospel?
  • Jan 31, 2021Our Righteousness
    Jan 31, 2021
    Our Righteousness
  • Jan 24, 2021What We Work For
    Jan 24, 2021
    What We Work For
  • Jan 17, 2021What We Experience
    Jan 17, 2021
    What We Experience
  • Jan 10, 2021What We Do
    Jan 10, 2021
    What We Do
  • Jan 3, 2021Who We Are
    Jan 3, 2021
    Who We Are
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Hello Church!
I have been asked about what sort of Bible Reading Plans I use, and I would recommend for people wanting to commit to regular reading of God’s Word in 2021. Below I have a list of just a few options that I think are pretty good, and some comments for each.

In some ways it doesn’t much matter which plan you settle on, the biggest challenge you will face is discipline. The habit of reading the Bible regularly is like any other habit – it is hard to sustain. If at all possible, I always encourage people “read together”, or “don’t read alone”. Gather with a group or a friend/spouse every day or week and read together and talk about it. If you are part of a life group that meets online during the pandemic, then read the Bible together.

Whatever you decide to do, be sure to soak your reading in a good deal of prayer!

I am hoping to have some news soon about some Bible Studies that I will be leading/providing to help people to not only spend time in the Word, but to study it deeply. Stay tuned for that!

Here are my top 5 suggestions for Bible Reading Plans for 2021 (though there are many more!)

Ligonier is a great organization committed to Scriptural authority. They are rooted in the Reformed tradition and tend to (rightly) emphasize the “solas” of the Reformation. This link will introduce you to a number of Bible reading plans for 2021 – there are so many plans that I can’t even summarize them! Check them out for yourself!

This is a Great plan! It will guide you through every word of the Bible, which is good. It also tries to follow things chronologically, which means that you will encounter psalms pressed into David’s life (i.e., in Samuel/Chronicles/Kings). I like that it is a 5-Day plan too since for many people a 7-day plan is daunting.

This one is a little more daunting because it is basically a 7 day/week plan, but it offers what only the Bible Project can offer – accompanying videos that help you understand what you are reading. The videos are generally very good and even provide a good medium for including kids in on the readings.

 This app is really good. To get the most from this app you will need to pay for it, sorry! But it has not only reading plans, but it is audio so you can have your daily passages read to you if you’d like! There are loads of cool features that make it easy to have the Word in your head all day. If you like getting your reading in through audio, or spend time in the car, at the gym, or doing work around the house, then perhaps this is right for you.

In Christ, Pastor Carl

 
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