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What Should We Do With Manuscript Variants?

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We received a question about footnotes found in many translations of the Bible. They say things like, “Early Manuscripts to not contain this verse” or something to that effect. Looking at the second ending in Mark or the woman caught in adultery in John 8, you might see brackets. Some Bible translations even remove these verses. What are we to think about verses with these footnotes? Can we or should we trust our Bible translations? Should Pastor Bryan preaching on these verses?

This question came into a Redeeming Life: LIVE session so Pastor Bryan and Derek discuss what’s behind these footnotes and how we should think about this issue.

If you have a question or would like to look to answers to other questions, please visit the Redeeming Life: Q&A page.

"The Third Commandment" (Exodus 20:7)

Dr. Michael Cooper was our guest preacher on Sunday. He opened to Exodus 20:7 to discuss the third commandment, “Do no take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Is this about using God’s name to curse? How should we understand the power of the name of God? How do ew know or measure what God, the highest law-giver has said? What does it mean that Christians take on God’s name as our identity as well. What does all this mean? Michael Cooper looks at all of these questions and more.

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle MusicTuneIn, or on the non-iTunes feed and never miss a sermon! 

Are Drums and Electric Guitars in Christian Worship Irreverent?

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During one of our Redeeming Life: LIVE sessions, we were asked how we could be worshiping in a reverent way if we have drums on the stage. This is not a new question. It comes from a strong connection to the style of worship a person grew up with. The irony is that this for a generation, this debate was applied to the organ because the organ was used in pubs. But God has a lot to say about using instrumentation to worship him.

Pastor Bryan and Derek take some time to address this question.

If you have a question you’d like to ask Pastor Bryan, or if you’d like to see answers to other questions, please visit our Redeeming Life: Q&A page.

"The Second Commandment" (Exodus 20:4-6)

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Guest preacher, Travis Kerns opened Exodus 20:4-6 to look at the second of the Ten Commandments to discuss God’s instruction on idolatry. This is the third sermon in our series, “The Ten Commandments.”

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle MusicTuneIn, or on the non-iTunes feed and never miss a sermon! 

What's the Point of Going to Church?

Why should Christians go to church services? Maybe you’ve heard a person say he or she loves Jesus but doesn’t need the local church? Is this biblical? Does a person really need to gather with the faith family and worship with fellow believers?

This question was asked of Adam Handy, Ed Fall, and Pastor Bryan during a Redeeming Life: LIVE session. We’ve edited that specific question and answer out to kick off Redeeming Life: Q&A.

Do you have a question you’d like to ask? Head over to the Q&A page and ask. While you’re there, find other questions and answers.

"Back to the Fundamentals" (Exodus 20:3)

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When it comes to the Christian Journey, we want to be in the game, on the field, but we’re often sitting the bench because we don’t practice the fundamentals of the Christian life. Exodus 20:3 commands that God’s people should not have affection for any other Gods but the Triune God of the Bible. In many other Scriptures throughout the Bible we are instructed to love God with everything we are: with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. But in our day and age, we don’t know how to love, live life together in meaningful relationships, or be close to God. How can we love God if we have no idea how? We must get back to the fundamentals of the Christian Journey.

Listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon about how to get back to the fundamentals. He even gives us a simple list of next steps to get us started.

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle MusicTuneIn, or on the non-iTunes feed and never miss a sermon! 

"The Law Fulfilled" (Matthew 5:17-20)

On Sunday, Pastor Bryan Catherman asked the questions, “What is the relationship between the Law and grace for the New Testament believer?” and “How should the New Testament believer relate to the Old Testament Law today?” In short, how to we process questions like, “Can a Christian get a tattoo?” and “Are Christians free to eat bacon?”

This sermon is the introductory sermon to our new series, “The Ten Commandments,” a 12 week journey through the Ten Commandments.

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle MusicTuneIn, or on the non-iTunes feed and never miss a sermon! 

"Growing Up in Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Each year in September, we take some time to cast vision for the next years of our church.  Pastor Bryan preached from Ephesians 4:11-16.  As we look at the need for our church to grow spiritually and physically we need to understand how a church grows physically and spiritually, and how a Christian grows into maturity.  Ephesians 4:11-16 offers us a plan and that's what Pastor Bryan laid out for us.  And he provided a path that helps you identify your next step on the Christian Journey.  Where are you and what's your next step?  What's missing and needed to help you grow and mature in Christ?  

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle MusicTuneIn, or on the non-iTunes feed and never miss a sermon! 

"Bless the Community" (Luke 10:25-37)

Join Redeeming Life as Pastor Bryan Catherman concluded our series, Love People.  He asks, "If we closed our doors, would our community miss us?"  But more significantly, why do we try to create loopholes so we don't have to be a blessing to our community.  He opened to Luke 10:25-37 to look at what God's Word says about being a blessing as we love people.  

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle MusicTuneIn, or on the non-iTunes feed and never miss a sermon! 

Gen-X and Millennial Breakfast

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There are many opinions about Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings.  Some good; some not-so-good.  But that doesn't really matter.  It's a new day.

On behalf of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention Gen-X Convention Officers, I am hosting a free breakfast at The Point Church before the 2018 UISBC annual meeting this year.  

Together, with Pastor Matt McGuikin (Calvary Baptist Church and UISBC President), Pastor Corey Hodges (The Point Church and UISBC 2nd VP), and Gen-X Board Members, we want to network with Gen-X and Millennial pastors, messengers, leaders, and guests.  We want to hear your ideas and dreams for the UISBC for the next 30 years.  We've spent enough time looking back at the problems, places were things fell short, and preferences we didn't care for.  It's time to start looking forward into the future of the convention.  If your church is a part of the UISBC you have a seat at the table, especially if you're a messenger.  It's our convention, how can we steward it for God's glory and advancing Kingdom in Utah and Idaho?  Let's eat some food, coffee up, and discuss ways we can, together, do more with our collaborative work through the UISBC for God’s Kingdom throughout Utah and Idaho. 

If you’re planning on attending (and if you're a Gen-X or Millennial leader, messenger, or guest I think you should), and you want food, please complete the registration.  

Registration Form

Here’s a brief video for the Gen-Xers and Millennials who need changing shots and artsy visuals (or you just don't like to read):

You really need to consider joining this Breakfast Club. 

In addition, I encourage you to stay for the UISBC Annual Meeting.  We have at least 4 sermons from Acts 18 planned this year.  Our theme comes from God's instruction to Paul not to be silent. Sean Patrick (Risen Life and Worship Catalyst Leader for Utah and Idaho) is assembling a worship team from UISBC Worship Leaders for 3 of our 4 worship sessions, and The Point Church will lead us in, what I’m sure will be a "get up off your seat" evening session of worship.  Plus, we’ll have 4 sessions of guided, corporate prayer times.  

If you can, come as a messenger from your church and let your voice be herd at the annual meeting too.  (Messenger is just the older word given to the representatives from the local churches to the convention.) We're shooting to conduct what necessary business needs conducted and then get a much time in the Word of God, worship, fellowship, and prayer together as we can. 

For the Kingdom!
Pastor Bryan Catherman
Redeeming Life Church
UISBC VP 

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