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Sermons, Articles and News from Redemption Hill Church in Lawrence, KS

Preach It

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: August 26, 2018 | Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-2

Sermon Summary

In the 1st Century, false teachers attempted to lead people astray by perverting the message of the gospel. In the 21st Century, false teachers continue to oppose the truth of Scripture. Thankfully, false teachers are not the only carry over from the 1st Century. Scripture is also alive and active now as it was then. God's Word is is not chained (2 Tim 2:12) and is able to bring people to salvation through faith in Jesus (2 Tim 3:12). Because both of these are true, that false teachers and God's Word are still alive and active, Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 4:1-2 that we must faithfully preach the Word.

Run Well and Finish Well

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Speaker: Roger Johansen | Date: August 05, 2018 | Text: Hebrews 12:1-2

Sermon Summary

Life can be dreary and wearisome. It is like running a race - not a sprint, but a marathon. As we tire from the obstacles we face along the way, we must look to Jesus, who has not only modeled how to focus on joy as he ran his own race, but who is the author and perfecter of our faith. If we are to finish the race, we must focus on Jesus. 

A Call to Missions

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: April 22, 2018 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

Jesus tells us that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). We must pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers. And as we pray in faith, we ought to expect God to answer this prayer! Jesus indicates that we are called to be the means by which God extends the mercy and grace of the gospel to those in darkness; both in our prayers, and in surrendering ourselves to be used by God in taking the gospel to the nations. Listen as pastor JD presents the biblical priority of missions and presents an exciting opportunity for Redemption Hill Church to invest in the future. 

New Year, Same Mission

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 7, 2018 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

After three years of ministry at Redemption Hill Church, we want to make sure we don't lose sight of our mission: we exist to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus. How do we remain faithful to this God-given call? We must be guided by scripture, focused on Jesus, dependent on the Holy Spirit, and engaged in relationships.

Why the Virgin Birth Matters

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: December 31, 2017 | Text: Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Summary

For many believers the story of Jesus' birth (with it’s characters, narrative, details) is familiar to us. As it should be. But the danger of familiarity is that the "what" becomes so common that we may neglect to stop and ponder the "why." The reality is that every detail of Jesus birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension are filled with significance – including the virgin birth.

Comfort and Redemption Through Messiah

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Speaker: Carey Wilson | Date: December 17, 2017 | Text: Isaiah 40:1-5

Sermon Summary

The promise of a messiah had immediate significance for Israel in Isaiah's day. The people going into exile were promised hope of comfort and redemption. But this foreshadowed a future greater Messiah who would come and bring deliverance not just for Israel, but for the world.  

Melchizedek to Messiah

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: October 22, 2017 | Text: Genesis 14; Psalm 110; Hebrews 5-7

Sermon Summary

What does it mean that Jesus is a high priest after the order of Melchizedek and why is that connection important? In Melchizedek we have the unique union of two roles - priest and king. This picture is key to understanding the person and work of Jesus Christ, God's messiah.

The Opportunity of Testing

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Speaker: Mike Summers| Date: May 21, 2017 | Text: Genesis 22:1-18

Sermon Summary

Throughout our life, we experience challenges to our faith that we may not understand. But these tests are not random. They are never without a purpose. They are intended by God to increase our dependency on him, prove the quality of our faith, and accomplish God's intended purpose for our lives.  

Change We Can Count On

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Speaker: Pastor Mike Summers | Date: July 10, 2016 | Text: Ezekiel 14:3-6

Sermon Summary

All our sin is ultimately a worship problem. Whatever we desire most, fear most, seek most, need most, that is our functional god. Our tendency to turn from the true God to something or someone else is nothing less than idolatry that must be repented of. The good news is that Jesus loves and died for idolaters like us, and there is hope for forgiveness, true change and real satisfaction in Christ.

Behold Your God

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Speaker: Pastor Roger Johansen | Date: June 5, 2016 | Text: Isaiah 40

Sermon Summary

As A.W. Tozer once wrote, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us... Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God." God has graciously revealed Himself to us in His word so that our thoughts might not simply project our own imagination, but rather reflect reality. Listen as pastor Roger Johansen (missionary to Brazil) calls us to behold our God, for our God is a God to behold. 

Confronting Conflict With Confident Faith

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Speaker: Pastor Scott Nicoll| Date: April 17, 2016 | Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-29

Sermon Summary

What will you do when you face overwhelming circumstances? Often we respond with anxiety, fear, or foolish self-reliance. When Judah was threatened by approaching armies bent on their destruction, King Jehoshaphat responded in faith, seeking the Lord and calling the nation to prayer. When we rely on the Lord we can be confident that He will be faithful. He always wins His battles and always keeps His promises.   

What the Resurrection Reveals and Confirms

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: March 27, 2016 | Text: misc.

Sermon Summary

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is not a legend, not a myth, not a metaphor. It is an historical reality. But the resurrection has more than simply historical significance; it has theological relevance. The resurrection reveals and confirms some essential truths that call us to faith and offer us hope.

Worship Christ the Newborn King

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Speaker: JD Summers  |  Date: December 20, 2015  |  Text: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Summary

Who were the magi, how did they know about the birth of Jesus, and why did they come to worship Him? As we discover the answers to these questions in Matthew's unique account we discover that Jesus is more than just the King of the Jews. He is the ultimate King, the promised messiah, the King of Kings who will reign over an eternal kingdom. The coming of this king demands a response. Some will be hostile like King Herod. Others apathetic and indifferent like the religious leaders. But some, those whom God is drawing to the light, will come and worship. 

What Child is This?

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Speaker: Carey Wilson  |  Date: December 6, 2015  |  Text: Philippians 2:6-8

Sermon Summary

Only when we gain a grand vision of the eternal glory of Christ will be able to rightly value the miracle of the incarnation. As we celebrate Christmas, the maginitude of Jesus' humble condescention should inspire awe-filled worship and compel us to likewise pour ourselves out in humble sacrifice for others. 

Courageous Obedience

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Speaker: Steven Parkin  |  Date: July 19, 2015  |  Text: Joshua 1:1-9

In the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles, God calls us to trust in His promises, find comfort in His presence, take courage, and obey. At a pivotal moment in Israel's history this was God's instruction to His servant Joshua. This same God calls us today to believe, trust, and obey as He sends us on His mission. 

Standing in Babylon

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers  |  Date: May 10, 2015  |  Text: Daniel 3; 1 Peter 3:13-18

As issues of gender identity and expression beome more and more prominent in our culture there is pressure to affirm and approve the efforts of those who choose to transition. But scripture makes clear God's will in this matter. How must those who follow Christ respond? We need to stand. We cannot affirm something that God calls sin. This will require courage, and it will require compassion as we seek to speak the truth in love.

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Resurrection and the Gospel

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers  |  Date: April 5, 2015  |  Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 14-22, 53-58

The historical reality of the bodily resurrection of Jesus is essential to the gospel message. Listen as we examine the description and definition of the gospel, and then consider the implications for us as believers today. The resurrection of Jesus ensured victory in the future and inspires confident perseverance in the present.