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

The Gospel of Mark - A Fitting End

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: December 4, 2016 | Text: Mark 16:9-20

Sermon Summary

Most scholars agree that Mark 16:9-20 was not original to Mark's gospel, but was added later. If that is the case, how should we approach these verses and how should we understand the seemingly abrupt ending in verse 8? As we sort through these issues we discover a powerful truth that is intended to impact the reader of the text.     

Suffering and Scorn

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: November 13, 2016 | Text: Mark 15:16-32

Sermon Summary

Following the sentencing of Pilate, Jesus is taken to be crucified. The true king is mocked, ridiculed and scorned as He suffers a humiliating and painful punishment. Why did Jesus willingly submit Himself to such treatment? Because through His agony and shame God's plan of redemption is accomplished. 

Peter on Trial

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: October 30, 2016 | Text: Mark 14:66-72

Sermon Summary

Why did Peter deny Jesus? And how can we avoid failing as disciples when opposition and fear arise? Consider the contrast between the failed disciple and faithful Savior.

**the first few minutes have been re-recorded due to missing audio**

Rejection of the Messiah

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: October 16, 2016 | Text: Mark 14:53-65

Sermon Summary

As Jesus stands trial before a corrupt Sanhedrin, He reveals His divine identity and destiny as the Son of God. One day the roles will be reversed when Jesus stands not as the accused but as the judge of all the earth. On that day only those who responded to the gospel in repentance and faith will be acquitted. 

Betrayed and Abandoned

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: October 9, 2016 | Text: Mark 14:43-52

Sermon Summary

As the conspiracy to arrest Jesus unfolds, He is betrayed by Judas, misunderstood by the crowd, and abandoned by the disciples. But in the midst of this seeming tragedy His strength is shown in submission, His glory in suffering and His sovereignty in His surrender. . 

Agony in the Garden

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: October 2, 2016 | Text: Mark 14:32-42

Sermon Summary

In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus experienced a deep anguish of the soul in the hours preceding His betrayal. Why was He so filled with dread? He was painfully aware of the profound event that was about to take place. More than the physical suffering of the cross, Jesus would soon take upon Himself the burden of sin and experience the outpouring of God's wrath that such sin deserves. Though the first Adam declared in another garden "Not your will, but mine be done," bringing sin and death into the world, Jesus would obediently submit Himself to the Father, praying, "Not my will, but yours be done," bringing salvation to a cursed humanity. 

The Last Supper is the Lord's Supper

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: September 11, 2016 | Text: Mark 14:22-26

Sermon Summary

As Jesus celebrates Passover with His disciples the night before His death, He assigns new significance to the elements of the meal, illustrating His sacrificial death, revealing the purpose of His suffering, and indicating the power of His sacrifice. The death of Jesus inaugurates a new covenant, and He extends the blessings of participation to all who will come to Him in faith. 

** Audio for this sermon is not available, but notes are available upon request **

Sovereign Lord, Suffering Savior

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: September 4, 2016 | Text: Mark 14:12-21

Sermon Summary

As the time for Passover arrives, Jesus makes two predictions that reveal His divine knowledge of the future and providential control of its outcome. Though mankind is held fully responsible for sin, God is completely sovereign over the affairs of men. This sovereignty is expressed most powerfully as a display of love through the sacrificial death of the Son of God. 

Adoration and Exploitation

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: August 28, 2016 | Text: Mark 14:1-11

Sermon Summary

In the final days of Jesus' life, two characters provide a stark contrast between humility, and hostility. One sees Jesus as someone to be worshiped, the other as someone to be used. One is willing to sacrifice everything for Jesus, the other to sacrifice Jesus for money. One will be remembered forever as a model of true discipleship, the other as the one who betrayed Jesus.  

The Beginning of the End - pt 2

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: August 14, 2016 | Text: Mark 13:14-27

Sermon Summary

When the disciples ask Jesus about the end of the age, He tells them about the great tribulation that is to come, and about His glorious return. Christ's teaching about the future guards us against deception, provides us with hope and motivation, and stokes the flames of faith with the promises of God.

The Beginning of the End - pt 1

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: August 7, 2016 | Text: Mark 13:1-13

Sermon Summary

Though the disciples are impressed by the magnificence of the temple, Jesus tells them it is scheduled for demolition. Religious hypocrisy is being judged, and religious symbols are being replaced. When they ask a question about the sign of things to come, Jesus warns them not to be deceived and to remain steadfast in persecution.

The Greatest Commandment

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers | Date: July 17, 2016 | Text: Mark 12:28-34

Sermon Summary

Though many are familiar with Jesus' teaching on the greatest commandment, this familiarity can cause us to miss the impact it must have upon us. Jesus ties together doctrine and practice, theology and emotion, as He lays out our ultimate obligation to love God supremely. 

The audio recording begins a few minutes into the sermon. 

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.

Fighting for Faith in Troubling Times

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Speaker: Steven Parkin | Date: March 13, 2016 | Text: Habakkuk 1:1-11

Sermon Summary

When life doesnt make sense we can be tempted to wonder about God. Does He see? Does He care? Why isn't He doing something? When the prophet Habakkuk faced a dire national situation in Israel he cried out in prayer to God. And God answered. Listen as Steven Parkin shares with us the truth about God's character and plan in this introduction to the book of Habakkuk. 

The Ordinances of the Church - The Gospel Made Visible

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers| Date: February 7, 2016 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

Christ has given the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper to the church. In the ordinances, the gospel is made visible. If we love the gospel, we will love these ordinances. If the sacrifice of Jesus for our sin is important to us, baptism and the Lord's Supper will be too.  

 

What is the Leadership Structure of the Church?

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers| Date: January 31, 2016 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

What is God's design for church leadership? Who is qualified to lead? What is the source and extent of their authority? And what functions must they fulfill? In this sermon we consider the theological reality of Christ as the Head and Chief Shehpherd of the church as well as the two offices of elder and deacon. 

 

Church Membership - A Covenant Commitment

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers| Date: January 24, 2016 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

Like a job, or a marriage relationship, or membership in any other organization, membership in the church comes with both certain benefits and obligations. There are certain promises and commitments we make when becoming a member and there are blessings that come with being a member. Listen as Pastor JD reviews some of these biblical duties and blessings and presents our church covenant at Redemption Hill. 

 

Why Church Membership?

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers| Date: January 17, 2016 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

Is church membership really necessary? Though our tendency is to be fiercely autonomous individuals, hesitant to commit, and sometimes apathetic towards the institution of the church, the biblical emphasis is clear - membership matters. In this sermon Pastor JD presents the biblical expectation of a clearly defined membership in the local church, as well as the biblical requirements to become a member. 

 

What is the Mission of the Church?

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers| Date: January 10, 2016 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

What is it that the church must do? What is it that God desires us to give ourselves to as His representatives in this world? In this sermon we examine the biblical mandate to make disciples, the message that is central to that mandate, and the biblical model given to us by Christ, His apostles, and the early church. 

**the recording cuts out about 2/3 of the way through. Although the conclusion and application is missing the main structure of the sermon was captured.  **

 

What is the Church?

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Speaker: Pastor JD Summers| Date: January 3, 2016 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

If we are going to build and become a biblical church, we need to understand what the church is. In this introduction to 2016's series on "The Church" we examine how the scripture defines and describes the church, discovering along the way some key implications for us as we seek to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ. 

 

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.