Last week's sermon from Mark 11:12-21 warned us of the spiritual danger of empty religious ritual and disregard for God's gracious purposes for the nations. This week as we seek to follow Christ faithfully as disciples let's be quick to remember that God is not impressed by mere outward obedience. Sadly there will be some on the day of judment who will have done "things" for Christ, but never truly knew Him, and will therefore be judged (Matt. 7:21-23). Where we discover hypocrisy in our own lives, may we be quick to confess our sins, seeking forgiveness from God and transformation through His Spirit.
If you missed the sermon Sunday and would like to listen, you can find it here.
This week Carey Wilson (who usually leads worship in song) will be leading us in worship through the preaching of the word. Pray for him as he studies and prepares his own heart this week. And pray that, no matter who stands before us on a given week, our hearts would be ever open to receive the truth of the timeless and transcendant word of God.
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-2
June 10-12th is going to be a special weekend of focusing on the task and privilege of missions at Countryside, our sending church. Everyone is invited to come be part of this celebration, especially since Redemption Hill is an extension of Countryside's missions efforts. The events of the weekend are as follows:
- 6:30pm Friday, June 10 - Missions Keynote Message (Roger Johansen) and Dinner
- 6:30pm Saturday, June 11 - Countryside Missions, Past, Present and Future (Mike Summers, Roger Johansen, Brian Warne, JD Summers)
- 5:30pm Sunday, June 12 - Missions Q&A (Roger Johansen, Brian Warne, JD Summers) and Reception
There are also events happening at Countryside Sunday morning that we will miss (a wives discussion panel during their Sunday school hour and Brian Warne preaching in the morning service), but I am looking forward to participating in all the other sessions. Be sure to mark your calendar and come be a part of this weekend of focusing on missions, of which Redemption Hill Church is a key part.