Apr 2, 2021
The Garden Test
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  • Apr 2, 2021The Garden Test
    Apr 2, 2021
    The Garden Test
  • Mar 28, 2021Behold Your King
    Mar 28, 2021
    Behold Your King
    “Behold Your King” – Zechariah 9:9-13 You Review Zechariah 9:9-13. How does this speak to your life? • Think about the time when you became a Christian. What were you looking for and how did God “come to you”? In what ways was God exactly what you wanted, and in what ways is God the One you needed but not the One you were searching for? Church What implications does Zechariah 9:9-13 have for us as a church community? • Zechariah uses the singular tense to refer to Israel (i.e. “daughter”, “you”, “your” are all singular). What does this mean for your personal journey as a believer who is also part of a single “whole” called the Church? In what ways does this threaten and strengthen your individual faith? What part can you play in serving the Body of Christ? City How does this passage speak to our city? • Jesus came to those who would never come to him. How can Redeemer be more effective at reaching those in our region that are neither looking for Jesus nor are aware of their need of Jesus?
  • Mar 21, 2021A Final Word
    Mar 21, 2021
    A Final Word
    “A Final Word” – Matthew 7:21-29 You Review Matthew 7:21-29. How does this speak to your life? • What, if it was robbed from you, would lead to your feeling lost, worthless and as if life lost its meaning? Be honest. • What in our passage scares you? Comforts you? Challenges you? Why? Church What implications does Matthew 7:21-29 have for us as a church community? • Jesus says that “many will say” that they have lived as Christians but have not known him (Jesus) at all. How can Redeemer help ensure that fewer “believers” live in this sort of delusion? City How does this passage speak to our city? • If there is only one foundation (Jesus) that we can build on which can bear the weight of our hopes, fears and needs, then how does the church model and proclaim this truth to a world that not only doesn’t trust Jesus, but is skeptical of anyone’s ability and right to tell them how to live?
  • Mar 14, 2021Christian Love
    Mar 14, 2021
    Christian Love
    “Christian Love” – Matthew 5:43-48 You Review Matthew 5:43-48. How does this speak to your life? • Who do you find it hard to show love to? Why? • What would a prayer for your enemy sound like? What would you pray for? How would you “make the sun shine” and send “rain” upon them? Church What implications does Matthew 5:43-48 have for us as a church community? • What role can the church play in helping you/believers to better understand what it means to love your enemies and help you to practically show this love? City How does this passage speak to our city? • If our enemies are those who persecute us and those we “hate” or look down upon, then who are the “hated” peoples in our region/city? • How might Redeemer show love for these people? How might you?
  • 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?
  • Jan 31, 2021Our Righteousness
    Jan 31, 2021
    Our Righteousness
  • Jan 24, 2021What We Work For
    Jan 24, 2021
    What We Work For