Monday, October 4, 2021

Sunday October 10th Worship Meeting Location

Because most Redeeming Grace Church members will be participating in the Fall Fellowship Camp, October 7-10, the worship service on Sunday the 10th will be held at the chapel of the Turkey Hill Ranch Campground near Freeburg, MO at 10:00am, with lunch served afterwards.  Anyone is welcome to join the meeting at the Campground.  Our regular weekly schedule will resume, Lord willing, after the Camp.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Jesus' Wonderful Promises to Believers - Nathan Rages


1. You’ll be helped by the indwelling Holy Spirit. “...He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;” (John 14:16)
2. You’ll enjoy fellowship with the Father and the Son. “...we will come to him and make Our abode with him.” (John 14:21-23)
3. Your prayers will be answered. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) 
4. Your work will be successful.  “...the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do...” (John 14:12) 
5. You’ll have authority over Satanic powers. “...I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy...” (Luke 10:17-19)
6. Your sacrifices will be rewarded. “...gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” (Matt. 10:41-42)
7. You’ll be with Christ forever in heaven. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3)

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Jesus' Costly Expectations for His Followers - Nathan Rages


The Lord Jesus called His followers to "count the cost" of committing their lives to Him, including these five remarkably difficult areas:
1. Dying to yourself.  “hate … even his own life … carry his own cross and come after Me” (Luke 14:26-27)
2. Hating your family.  “does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters” (Luke 14:26)
3. Giving-up your possessions.  “give up all his own possessions.” (Luke 14:33) 
4. Enduring persecution.  “Blessed are you when men hate you and ostracize you and insult you...” (Luke 6:22) 
5. Loving God and people completely.  “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart .… love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:28ff)

Four thoughts of application from this study:
1. The Christian life must be *supernatural*. 
2. Rejoice that salvation is by *grace* alone.
3. There’s no room for *self-pity*.
4. It’s still *worth it* to follow Christ!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Jesus' Six Surprising Salvation Sayings - Nathan Rages


Jesus taught some unexpected, even counter-intuitive, truths about our salvation.  This message explores six of these surprising sayings:
1. Salvation is through Christ exclusively: “no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
2. Salvation is only for bad people: “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
3. Salvation is only for child-like people: “unless you are converted and become like children you will not enter” (Matt. 18:2-4).
4. Salvation is only for born again people: “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom” (John 3:3-8).
5. Salvation includes Christ’s forgiveness: “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Mark 2:5-12).
6. Salvation involves eating Christ: “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life” (John 6:51-57).

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Jesus' Amazing Claims About Himself - Nathan Rages


The Lord Jesus Christ spoke often about Himself during His earthly ministry.  This message surveys some of His most spectacular claims: 
1. He existed eternally (John 8:56-59). 
2. He’s the unique revealer of the Father (Matt. 11:27).
3. He’s the long-prophesied Messiah (John 4:25-26).
4. He’s greater than the Temple and Sabbath (Matt. 12:5-8).
5. He’s greater than King Solomon (Matt. 12:42).
6. He’s sinless (John 8:29).
7. He controlled His death and resurrection (John 10:17-18).
8. He’ll resurrect all dead people (John 5:28-29).
9. He’s God (John 10:30-33,14:9).

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Building Your Life on Jesus' (Radical) Words - Nathan Rages


In the parable of the two house builders in Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus taught that the difference between building successfully on the rock vs. disastrously on the sand lay in how one responded to His teaching. To be like the wise man means HEARING and DOING Jesus' words -- building your life on Christ by embracing all His teaching. But Jesus' words (about Himself, His salvation, His requirements for discipleship, and His promises for followers) were extreme, controversial, and polarizing. They still are today. So we're tempted to ignore or water-down His difficult sayings, but we must vigorously resist that tendency. Instead we can imitate Peter, who after hearing Jesus' challenging and unpopular teaching declared, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life!" (John 6:60-69)