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Re-launch Sunday is almost here!

Important thoughts on the future of Redemption 

In Acts 1, the disciples ask a very understandable question about the future. The answer Jesus gave was not what they were expecting.

“Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:6-8

In these words, Jesus called his followers, as he has called us, to not only experience, but extend, the life-changing love of Christ in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities.

Over the past 9 months, we have been busy laboring together as the Church towards the goal of re-launching. We have chosen a new name and developed a new logo. We have held three Sunday School classes to talk through how we can better experience and extend the life-changing love of Christ. We have spent 40 days praying for opportunities to experience and extend the love of Christ. We have revamped our website, revised the Facebook page, and invested time and money in search engine optimization to increase our search engine traffic. We have printed and distributed 70 yard signs and 3000 door hangers. Finally, we have invited friends, neighbors, and coworkers to join us.

We have done the work of Church that we are called to embrace. We have done it well, and we have done it together. On behalf of our elders, let me say to everyone, “Thank you!”

This Sunday, is re-launch Sunday! But it is not make or break Sunday.

 

How many people will we have on Sunday? The answer is, I don’t know. Only the Lord knows what the future holds. We could have 50 visitors. We could have 10. And, we could have none.

This Sunday, is re-launch Sunday! But it is not make or break Sunday.

How many people will we have on Sunday? The answer is, I don’t know. Only the Lord knows what the future holds. We could have 50 visitors. We could have 10. And, we could have none.

The work we have been doing together has not been done with the expectation of bearing its full fruit this Sunday. It has been done as the sowing of seed which will bear fruit when the Lord brings the harvest. This has always been the way of things.

When Monday comes, our church will continue to experience and extend the life changing love of Christ. In the coming weeks, we will be starting a Christianity Explored class on Sunday nights for seekers and skeptics. We will also be launching a church-wide discipleship program. Later this fall, we will be conducting a “Thank You” evangelism campaign. And, we will continue to pray that the gospel would be proclaimed through Redemption Church.

As members of the Church, it is important for us to remember a few simple truths:

First, the words of Jesus to his disciples, which are recorded in Acts, were spoken by Christ after his death and resurrection. Through these two events, Christ accomplished the task of securing our redemption. The Church is not participating in a fool’s errand, but in the mission of God to proclaim the good news of the gospel. A gospel that is as true as it is powerful!

Second, these words were spoken by Christ beforehe ascended into heaven. In the midst of whatever uncertainties and challenges that we face, individually and as the church, we do so confident that our risen Lord is now seated at the right hand of God, praying for us, ruling us, and defending us. He is right where we need him.

Jesus reminds us, in his words to Peter (a disciple who frequently waffled between zeal and disappointment), that the success of his Church is never in doubt,

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:16-18

See you all Sunday!

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