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Jim & Margaret Belton took the Youth Group girls to see God’s Not Dead last weekend. Read Jim’s take on the film:
I would heartily recommend that all members of the Redeemer family see this movie. In the film a college freshman is challenged by his philosophy professor to admit the “obvious fact” that God is dead or rather that he never existed at all. The student feels compelled to defend his Christian faith on both scientific and philosophical grounds by debating his professor in front of the entire class.
The plot is slightly contrived. However, it allows the filmmaker to introduce a very intellectual school of apologetics to the audience. Moreover, the film gives a fairly accurate depiction of the anti-Christian prejudice found on most university campuses today. One of the strengths of the film is that it addresses not only the head but the heart. There are many brilliant Christian apologists today who have defended the faith on both scientific and philosophical grounds. However, many of them are ineffective at addressing man’s spiritual and emotional need for God. On the other hand, there are many heartfelt evangelists who find it difficult to defend the faith on intellectual grounds.
Throughout the film, we are introduced to numerous characters who struggle with their unbelief in God. We see not only the arguments they project to the world but also the life traumas that have brought them to unbelief. We see how God’s working in ways they cannot comprehend is calling them to him.
Big warning! There is a major debate among Christian apologists today. Many embrace the Big Bang because it seems to prove that God created the universe as it states in Genesis 1:1. Others reject the Big Bang because it contradicts the idea that God shaped the universe in six 24-hour days. This film is sympathetic to the Big Bang theory.
God’s Not Dead is a great testimony to Christ. For that reason, the enemy in Hollywood will try to shut it down as soon as possible. I would like to strongly encourage you to see the film soon and take your friends.
Chris Jarvis, one of our deacons and community group leaders who recommends From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology, said:
Sometimes life feels like it’s drudging on. In these times, each breath you take can feel as labored as trying to truly connect with the free offering that Jesus makes to you. This book presents the opportunity for us to radically break free from any typically stagnant and depressed worldview that requires us to be the center of the world’s story and balance. Instead, T. Desmond Alexander examines Scripture’s promises to paint a lively, joyful picture of God’s purpose and plan for the world–a story and master plan that we’re all truly caught up in, carried by its energy, momentum, and power! You’ll be hard pressed to not be swept away by the magnificent vision of what God has in store; the weight of yesterday just has no place in God’s world redeemed.
On World Water Day March 22, Redeemer’s team of 13 adults, 2 kids, and 2 dogs joined other teams from around the Lowcountry for Water Missions International‘s 8th annual Walk for Water. (There’s still time to contribute to our team’s goal.) We enjoyed a beautiful spring day, as we walked the streets of downtown Charleston. We carried buckets to simulate the long walk to fetch water that many around the world must take each day.
Last Sunday we were so blessed by our little ones joining the choir for a special song! The kids will sing another song on Palm Sunday, so mark your calendars now for that service and our other Easter week events.
Join us Sunday, March 23 for our Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am, and refresh your memory on Romans 1-8 with this thematic representation. To help prepare yourselves and your families for worship, here’s our song list with the lyrics. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from Deuteronomy 7:6-11.
Redeemer’s Christian-Education class for adults has been tackling Paul’s letter to the Romans for the past few months. To keep us updated and focused, Kurt Brewer one of our teachers has been gracious to share his thoughts in the past through summaries like this. This graphic is Kurt’s latest offering to remind us of what we’ve studied:
By God’s grace we have arrived safely in Romans 8–halfway! Last week as I was trying to make sense of Romans 8 in the overall context of the letter, I started drawing my thoughts. With a little help from some “mind map” software, here’s my thematic representation of Paul’s letter to the Romans so far. It all centers around the big idea of righteousness.
Mark your calendars for Redeemer’s special events of Easter week beginning with Palm Sunday, April 13 when we’ll hear special music from our children and the choir. The children will lead us in singing “Hosannas!” and waving palm branches, as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
On Wednesday, April 16 we’ll celebrate Passover with a Seder meal at 6 pm, a traditional Jewish celebration of God’s faithfulness and goodness to his people. This family-friendly event asks, “Why is this night different?” God commanded his people–prone to forgetfulness–to remember at the first of every year His deliverance, from oppression and bondage under Pharaoh, into the freedom of His ways. Likewise, we must worship by commemorating what God has done to free us from slavery to sin and futility in death by drawing us near through life in Christ. Experience the difference Christ has made by reliving God’s day of deliverance as we enjoy the Passover meal together as a church family. Then on Good Friday, April 18 we’ll join several area churches for a joint worship service at 6 pm at Cathedral downtown looking at Jesus’ words from the cross through Scripture and song, as we remember the death of our Lord.
But up from the grave He arose! Join us three days later for our joyful celebration of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. First, we’ll enjoy an Easter Sunday breakfast on April 20 during the Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am, then we’ll celebrate His victory over death with a special worship service and special music. He is risen indeed!
Redeemer’s newest community group begins Tuesday, March 25 in downtown Charleston, SC. Though we already have community groups that meet throughout the greater Charleston area, we’re so excited to finally have a community group meeting downtown again! Thomas Szymanski, one of our deacons, lives downtown, and his passion for reaching downtown Charleston is contagious:
My vision is to really, really treat this as something more than a Bible study or book study group. We can have a set-in-stone meeting on Tuesdays that could range from studies to fellowship (in someone’s house or in public) to community outreach/mission work, but I also want to ensure that we are a community group. That is to say that we will also do all of those things outside of a once-per-week, two-hour time frame. We all live so close and, on many occasions, are already congregating for social events or worship. I pray that we’ll truly develop to the point that we have a real family feel that can support one another when it comes to personal, physical, emotional, and especially spiritual support. That kind of trust and mutual accountability would be awesome!
If you’re interested in joining the downtown community group or checking out their first event, then get all the details on the group’s Facebook page.
UPDATE | Last night Jamie Mills went into labor, so her baby shower of blessings will be postponed probably until April or May. Be sure to check your Email Blast for details once the event’s been rescheduled. With her little girl’s coming early, we’ll be able to celebrate with Jamie and her little one at her rescheduled baby shower of blessings!Redeemer’s upcoming women’s event, scheduled for this Saturday, March 22, celebrates Jamie Mills and her little girl on the way. After you’ve worked up a good appetite at the Walk for Water, head over to Patty Brown‘s house for brunch and the baby shower of blessings at 11 am. With delicious food and fun fellowship, these women’s events offer a great opportunity to get to know more women in the Redeemer family. The special time for prayer and blessing gives all women a chance to offer advice, stories, and memories, as we celebrate life’s big moments together.
Whether you have years of experience with newborns, memorable stories of your own mom, or experiences with being a “spiritual mom,” we want you to fellowship with us, share with us, and celebrate these precious little ones with us! Join us for this special event in the life of our church. Check out pictures from our most recent women’s events.
Join us tomorrow, March 16 for our Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am where the adults are studying Romans. The kids will practice in the sanctuary during that time for their special music with the choir. What a joy to hear little voices lifting up the praises of the Lord! May our spirits be refreshed with the children’s music this Sunday. To help prepare yourselves and your families for worship, here’s our song list with the lyrics. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from Deuteronomy 7:1-11.
Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars is coming to the Charleston area, and they’ve donated some general admission tickets to the church! Their performances will be held at the Ladson Fairgrounds on March 21-23 for multiple shows each day. These tickets can be upgraded for reserved seating. Please email JaiLynne at the church office to request tickets.