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

The First Commandment: Exclusive Worship

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 14, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:1-3

Sermon Summary

We, like the nation of Israel, live in a time where multitudes of false gods clamor for our attention, devotion, and worship. Only the One true God deserves to be worshipped exclusively, however. Let us take holy action in embracing the Lord by faith and rejecting lessor objects of worship. Let us give God the glory he deserves and receive joy and satisfaction in the great I AM. 

Why We Need the Law

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 7, 2021 | Text: Misc.

Sermon Summary

For believers living under grace, it is easy to ignore or demonize the law as something unhelpful for the Christian life. But God still utilizes the law to reveal his character, remind us of his authority, convict us of sin, point us to Christ, and guide our obedience. Let us seek to understand and apply God's law to our own lives, as well as utilizing it in pointing others to Christ. 

The Giving of the Law

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 28, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:1-21

Sermon Summary

The giving of the Law is rooted in who God is and what he has done for us, and it reveals what he wants from us. They are eternal commandments rooted in his character and his work, and is intended to produce holy fear in us. In God’s prohibitions, there is safety. Let us run to God in faith, pressing into a fear of God based on awe and reverence, not fear of death.

The Holy God Comes Down

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 21, 2021 | Text: Exodus 19:9-25

Sermon Summary

God's arrival on Mt. Sinai caused the nation of Israel, and all creation, to respond in fear and trembling. His arrival brought his holiness and the people's sinfulness into stark clarity. These twin realities are still true today, but now we see both through the lens of Jesus Christ, our mediator who took our sinfulness and brought God's holiness to us. Praise be to our great Savior!

The Promise and Purpose of the Covenant

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 14, 2021 | Text: Exodus 19:1-8

Sermon Summary

True freedom does not exist in being completely unrestrained by any external authority, as our current day and age might have you believe. Rather true freedom comes from living in step with the design of the Creator, by being who and what we were meant to be. At Mt. Sinai, God reveals his purpose for the nation of Israel and invites them to embrace it. Let us also search God's Word for his purpose for us, seek to walk in it, and be free!

An Outsider Believes

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 31, 2021 | Text: Exodus 18

Sermon Summary

Scripture often contrasts different reactions people have when they are faced with the presence of God. Some reject him and oppose his plan and his people. But others embrace the fear of the Lord and experience his blessing, which in turn leads to a desire to love and bless God's people. May we come to God out of reverence and worship and enjoy the lovingkindness he promises in the gospel!

The Lord is our Banner

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 24, 2021 | Text: Exodus 17:8-16

Sermon Summary

We are sure to face battles in our life. As we do, we must remember that the battle depends on God's presence, power, and authority. No other source can overcome our adversaries, no other power can lift us through the fight. Let us look to the Lord, our banner, and find hope in the midst of the fight!

Water from the Rock

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 17, 2021 | Text: Exodus 17:1-7

Sermon Summary

Faith is the primary way we relate to God. We are called to trust in God at all times, but often the hardness of our hearts keeps us from faith. When faced with difficult circumstances, we are tempted to protest against God's plan and demand his provision. But God calls us to repent of this hard heartedness and receive the abundant grace he extends to us as our redeemer, our rock who himself was struck for our transgressions to provide forgiveness for our sins. 

Bread from Heaven

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 10, 2021 | Text: Exodus 16

Sermon Summary

No one desires times of crisis. But God brings them about in our lives to accomplish a variety of purposes, and we are called to respond to them with faith and obedience. As we encounter times of crisis, let us look to God's provision, listen to his Word, take in his glory, and remember his faithfulness. The glorious, faithful God who provided for Israel is at work today, and will be in the future. 

Bitter Water, Brittle Faith

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 3, 2021 | Text: Exodus 15:22-27

Sermon Summary

Scripture teaches that God works all things together for good. Days, years, and people come and go. Things change but God does not. Who He is today is who He was and who He will be.

God uses difficulty to teach us things we desperately need to know. Like how, here in Exodus, the children of Israel are taught what it means to trust in Him as our provider.

The Song of the Redeemed

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: November 29, 2020 | Text: Exodus 15:1-29

Sermon Summary

Exodus 15 shows us how to respond to God's work: with thanksgiving. We should also follow their example of seeing God's work, fearing him, and believing in him. The same God who worked in the history of Israel works today in our lives, and we must join with Israel in remembering what God has done and recognizing who he is. Then we should look forward to what God will do, overcoming our greatest enemy and keeping his final promises of salvation. Thanks be to God!

Crossing the Sea

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: November 23, 2020 | Text: Exodus 13:17-14:21

Sermon Summary

The Exodus was the greatest salvation event in the history of Israel. God displayed his power, his faithfulness, and the importance of his presence with his people. God shows himself mighty in working salvation, and invites us to respond to him, nay, demands that we respond to him. We, like the Israelites before the crossing of the Red Sea, are prone to fear and unbelief. But we must embrace our sovereign, saving God with faith and trust that he will keep his promises to us.

Instructions for the Redeemed

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: November 1, 2020 | Text: Exodus 13:1-16

Sermon Summary

God's deliverance demands a response. We cannot receive salvation and redemption apathetically, neglecting to remember and act on what has been done for us. God calls us to rehearse and share the wonders of his hand, and to give him the praise and glory that he deserves for his mighty acts. Let us live in light of God's powerful redemption and walk according to his holy desire!

God of Our Salvation

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: October 25, 2020 | Text: Exodus 12:29-51

Sermon Summary

Our God is a saving God, and the Exodus reminds us of this. God's salvation includes overcoming our enemies, providing for all our needs, keeping all of his promises, and building a new community. God demonstrates his faithfulness, his sovereignty, and his goodness in salvation. Let us meditate on the story of God's salvation with the nation of Israel and look to Jesus, who has given himself to effect an even greater salvation!

God of Wrath and Mercy

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: October 18, 2020 | Text: Exodus 11:1-12:28

Sermon Summary

The lead up to the tenth plague demonstrates God's righteous justice and hatred for sin. For the Egyptians, this means the just sentence on every firstborn male. The same just sentence would have fallen on the Israelites, had they not obyed God's Word by faith. Today we too face the just sentence for our sin, unless we trust wholeheartedly in Jesus Christ's substitutionary sacrifice for us on the cross. God is full of just wrath, but he also overflows with endless mercy.

God of the Plagues

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: October 4, 2020 | Text: Exodus 7:14-10:29

Sermon Summary

God performs mighty wonders in order to make himself known. The plagues he brought upon Egypt were demonstrations of his power, and gradually grew worse in their severity as God gave opportunities for the nation to repent. These plagues carry meaning even to our present day, reminding us of God's power, his judgment, and his deep desire to be known accurately for who he is.

Trusting in the God Who Is Sovereign

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: September 20, 2020 | Text: Exodus 6:9-7:7

Sermon Summary

God often brings us to a place that seems to have no way out, only to do the impossible and show his sovereign power and love. God is totally sovereign - over history, over the hearts of men and women, over everything. This means we can trust him, whose sovereign plan is to make himself known and shine the light of his glory to the ends of the earth. 

Beholding God in Times of Crisis

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: September 13, 2020 | Text: Exodus 5:1-6:8

Sermon Summary

We often ask "Why?" when we encounter a crisis in our lives. We want to understand what is going on and know why God has put us through something so difficult. God doesn't always answer our "Why?" question, but he always answers the "Who?". The God who was, is, and is to come reassures us that he is still the Great I AM and that he will act according to his plan and his character. Knowing God is the answer to our crisis.

Israel, My Son

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: August 30, 2020 | Text: Exodus 4:18-31

Sermon Summary

God always acts according to his character and his plan, but there are many different ways to respond to him. Some resist God and are judged. Those who neglect and ignore God's plan also face judgment. But those who embrace God and lean into his working will worship and rejoice in the glory of God.

Inadequate Man, Omnipotent God

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: August 23, 2020 | Text: Exodus 4:1-17

Sermon Summary

We often choose one of two options when faced with our inadequacies. We may draw back and crumble, lacking confidence and losing hope. Or we may look to ourselves and try to draw strength from within. But neither is sufficient to overcome our shortcomings. Rather, we must trust fully in our all-sufficient Savior whose power is made perfect in our weakness.

The Great I AM

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: August 16, 2020 | Text: Exodus 3

Sermon Summary

God's self revelation of his name "I AM" displays his holiness, might and power. It also proclaims the good news that the God who needs nothing and no one to exist has chosen to come to his creation, his people, and work among them. Let us remember God's power to deliver, and embrace his deliverance by trusting in the deliverer, Jesus Christ.

The Preparation of the Deliverer

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: July 26, 2020 | Text: Exodus 2:11-22

Sermon Summary

In Moses' personal exodus from Egypt to the land of Midian, he gains valuable experiences that shape him and further developed his sense of identity and character. God's preparation of Moses reveals his grace and faithfulness, and Moses' choice to identify with the people of God offers a model of a faith that counts the cost.

The Birth of a Deliverer

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: July 19, 2020 | Text: Exodus 1:8-2:10

Sermon Summary

The initial scene in the Exodus story paints a bleak picture; one of oppression, cruelty, malice, and mass murder. A godless king crushing God's people under his thumb. But against that dark background shines the faithfulness of God, His divine protection, His divine provision, and the triumph of His divine promise.

Exodus: The Story Continues

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: July 12, 2020 | Text: Exodus 1:1-7

Sermon Summary

In the opening words of Exodus, the stage is set for a great drama; one that will reveal the glory and purpose of God, form a nation, and establish a paradigm for God's plan of salvation. Though the chosen family entered Egypt numbering only 70, their presence there is evidence of God's promise, his providence, and his great purpose.