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Our current eight week sermon series focuses on the nature of the local church. Starting on June 21st, 2015 we will delve into the glorious mystery–now revealed, that the plan of God hidden for ages was to reveal His glory through a redeemed people–the church.

Sermon #1. A Kingdom For His Glory, June 21, 2015. The foundational, theological principles that church is the exclusive expression and manifestation of the kingdom of in this age.

Sermon #2. What is the Church?, June 28, 2015 A detailed description of what the church actually is, what it entails, what must be present to make a church a church.

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Church History Semiar: A History of Church Membership

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Sermon #3. The Particular, Peculiar Church, July 5, 2015. If the church is to reflect such glory–why is it sometimes so deficient, dull, and full of failing sinners? The glorious purposes God has in and through His church is displayed through weak, struggling, often failing, but gloriously redeemed people local congregations.

Sermon #4. The Unity of the Church. July 12, 2015. The New Testament speaks strongly to the necessity of the unity of the church. How are we to understand church unity? How do we practice it? Is it even possible?

Sermon #5. The Order of the Church. July 19th, 2015. The order of the church exist so that unity can be protected and preserved. God has established disciplines, practices, offices, and requirements in order to build unity in a church that contains justified, but not yet glorified saints–who have the Holy Spirit–but who also struggle with their remaining indwelling sin.

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History of Missions Seminar: A History of Modern Missions Movements

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Sermon #6. The Mission of the Church. July 26th, 2015 This effort has been greatly distorted in our day–in the modern, evangelical, American church. Missions today reflects far more of the inventive, innovating, and independent strategies of men than it does the God defined mission of the church.

Sermon #7. The Racial Diversity of the Church. August 2nd, 2015 When Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus about the mystery kept hidden for ages, now revealed through Christ, he had a particular insight that he wanted them to perceive. The mystery that the Gentiles are fellow heirs of the promises! Jew and Gentile are now one new man. If the gospel is so powerful as to demolish the dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile–it’s power should equally be manifest in racial unity in the church. A dimension of the gospel worthy of our pursuit and our sacrifice.

Sermon #8. Treasuring God’s Inheritance in the Saints: Applications for RGC. August 9th, 2015 We’ll conclude the series by reflecting on applications for Redeeming Grace Church. We need to establish a doctrine of church membership that reflects these glorious realities and resists the undermining superficial values of consumerism and independence that marks so much of American evangelical church life.

Additional Resources on the Church and Church membership:

Books:
church_membership_leemanChurch Membership, Jonathan Leehman

kingdom_conspiracy_mcknightKingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church,Scot McKnight

gospel_commission_hortonThe Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples, Michael Horton

church_suprising_offense_leemanThe Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline, Jonathan Leeman

Podcasts:

The White Horse Inn: The Church & Kingdom of God – Sunday, May 17th 2015.

The White Horse Inn: Members of the Body of Christ – Sunday, May 24th 2015.

The White Horse Inn: Consumerism, Pragmatism, & The Triumph of the Therapeutic – Sunday, May 31st, 2015.

The White Horse Inn: Sustainable Churches – Sunday, July 5th, 2015.

The White Horse Inn: The Lord is My Shepherd – Saturday, August 1st, 2015.

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Psalms: Songs That Shape Our Souls

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The book of Psalms is topographical map describing the landscape of our lives. They mark lofty mountains, and deep valleys. Not only do the Psalms describe the territory–they also express our hearts as we travel. They are our weary cries, our joyful anthems, and our declarations of hope. They’re our road songs as we navigate life. “Road songs,” is more than an apt metaphor–because Psalms really are songs. They’re meant to be sung. And as we read, meditate, pray, and sing the Psalms, they shape us.

Check out this excellent video overview of the Psalms produced by the Bible Project.

Redeeming Grace preached an extended series in the Psalms in 2014 and 2015. Here is a list of the Psalms we covered and some of the subjects we addressed through them.

Series Introduction:
The Shape of the Psalms, Psalm 1:1-6
Psalms for All Seasons, Psalm 48:12-14
A Tapestry of Psalms, Psalm 119:169-176
Jesus, Singer of Psalms, Psalm 22:1-31

Psalms of Praise:
Introduction: Be Fit For Praise, Psalm 33:1-22
Gospel Reflections in Creation’s Waters, Psalm 104:1-35
The Way God’s Works Work, Psalm 111:1-10
Rejoicing in Judgment, Psalm 97:1-12
Trust Not That Which Perishes, Psalm 146:1-10

Psalms of Lament:
Introduction: Crafting Our Cries In Days of Distress, Psalm 13:1-6
God is Good, Psalm 73:1-28
The Purging Power of Repentance, Psalm 51:1-19
The Perseverance of Praying Saints, Psalm 5:1-12
A Plentiful Harvest of Righteousness, Psalm 85:1-13
The Prayers of a Perplexed People, Psalm 44:1-26
Your Weeping Will Not Be Wasted, Psalm 6:1-10

Psalms of Trust:
Introduction: Tears Transformed into Treasures.
Boundaries That Preserve Blessings, Psalm 16:1-11
The LORD is My Shepherd, Psalm 23:1
Our Shepherd in Sunshine and in Shadows, Psalm 23:1-6
God’s Glory Proclaimed Through Deliverance, Psalm 40:1-17
God Alone is Our Sure Salvation, Psalm 62:1-12

Psalms of Thanksgiving:
Introduction: The Joy of Deliverance, Psalm 30:1-12
Great Relief in Restoration from Sins, Psalm 32:1-11
A Testimony of Deliverance, Psalm 116:1-19
God Turns Cries Into Songs of Thanksgiving, Psalm 107:1-43

The Imprecatory Psalms:
Introduction: Entering Into the Triumph of God, Psalm 35:1-28
Jesus, Bearer of Our Reproach, Psalm 69:1-36
Pity Not, Judas Iscariot, Psalm 109:1-31

Topical Psalms:
Praying: Praying the Psalms, Psalm 1:1-6
Singing: Singing the Psalms – Then and Now, Psalm 47:1-9
Messianic Psalms: Jesus, Our Royal Priestly King, Psalm 110:1-7
Spiritual Warfare: The Shield and Sword of Spiritual War, Psalm 18:1-50
Abundant Grace: A Catalog of Grace, Psalm 103:1-22
Creation: Surrounded by the Voice of God, Psalm 19:1-14
God’s Power: Secure Under the Scrutiny of God’s Knowledge, Psalm 139:1-24
Spiritual Hunger: How is Your Hunger for God?, Psalm 84:1-12

Conclusion:
Psalms that Shaped Our Souls, Psalm 1:1-6

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