Continuing in our series, “I AM,” Pastor Bryan Catherman looks at the things Jesus claims in his statement, “I am the Good Shepherd.” We see that Jesus is saying some things about himself and he says some things about us. It’s a huge statement, tying to Ezekiel 34, Psalm 23, and other Old Testament passages to make promises for the New Testament believers. We also see that we are sheep in need of a shepherd and Jesus is the only True Shepherd. Listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “I AM: The Good Shepherd” from John 10:11-18 here:
Guest preacher, Brett Brandewie opened to John 8:12-20 to explore Jesus’ statement, “I am the light of the world.” That’s a huge statement, packed with theological truth. As we dive into the depths of such a claim, we learn more and more about God. Like the other statements, this one too shows us that Jesus is God and he is the only way to a redeemed life in the Kingdom.
Brett is leading a mission team from Ingleside Baptist Church this week. We’re thrilled to have him. Also join us this week is a mission team from Forest Hills Baptist Church.
Listen to Brett’s sermon, “I AM: The Light of the World” from John 8:12-20 here:
We’re setting up the baptismal tub this Sunday (July 7th). We’ll also have a mission team leading our worship and Brett Brandewie (a mission team leader) is preaching. If you’ve never faithfully followed the Lord in believer’s baptism, it’s not to late. Please reach out to Pastor Bryan and let him know you’re interested in getting baptized.
As we continue in our series, “I AM,” guest preacher, Justin Davis opened to John 10:1-10 to explore what it means that Jesus says he is the door. Justin is the youth pastor leading a mission team serving with us this week as we seek to see our community redeemed by the power of the gospel. Listen to his sermon, “I AM: The Door” here:
The news of Makenzie Lueck’s disappearance and murder is hard to process. Not only is it difficult news, it’s confusing, alarming, and disheartening. The stories coming to us via the bombardment of never ending media streams are not only shaping the conversation in our community, they are exposing the depth of brokenness and depravity just under the surface.
As many as 500 women at the University of Utah using some kind of sugar baby app, as if relationships and sex could be a side gig no different than Lyft or Uber? A request to build a secret, sound-proof room? Meeting in a park at 3 AM? The horror of that fire? Surely more and more will pour in through the fervor of the media keeping the story nipping at our attention.
But this is not new and this is not unique to today’s tragic story. Most people in our community have strange, sinful skeletons in our closets. Without the gospel, we’re all dead bones, which makes the idea that you have a closet full of dead bones even more graphic. And most people, even if they don’t have a skeleton or two in hiding, have desires that could easily conceive sin that will grow up like a devouring dragon. We’re all just a bad decision away. Which is why we all need the gospel of Jesus Christ, every day, every hour.
In this video, I offer some thoughts about the Lueck tragedy. I also offer a way for you to get in touch with us if you have questions or need prayer. If you’re curious about how a Christian should respond to this situation or if you’re confused or concerned by it all, please, take a few moments and watch this video. And please, pray for our community. Plead with God that he will redeem our community.
It’s important that followers of Jesus know, live, and proclaim the Gospel, that is, the hope found only in Jesus Christ. The gospel is for Christians. If we don’t want to keep returning to our brokenness—like a dog returns to its vomit—we need to know and live the gospel. And by letting the gospel inform and direct our lives, the skeletons are evicted and we live in God’s design more and more, rather than in brokenness. That’s a beautiful gift bought with the blood of Jesus.
Here’s a video explaining how we, as followers of Jesus Christ, can preach the gospel to ourselves every day and in every situation. Knowing how allows us to live in the Truth of God’s Word and helps us share it with those broken inside who need the light beamed into the dark spots in their soul.
Redeeming Life exists to know, live, and proclaim the gospel. We are trying to be a light in our community and a blessing to our neighbors. We don’t always get that right, be we are trying because we hope to see our community redeemed by the power of the gospel. We’d like to encourage you to be our guest for a Sunday worship service. We meet at 11 AM. Or reach out to us with your questions or prayer requests. We are happy to pray with you.
For the Kingdom!
Pastor Bryan Catherman
Redeeming Life Church
After taking 5 loaves and a couple of fish to miraculously feed 5,000 men (plus women and children) until they couldn’t eat any more, the people still wanted a sign that Jesus was the Messiah. He told them, “I am the bread of life.” This is the first of seven "I am” statements that Jesus made in the book of John to show that he is God and demonstrate his connection to the major themes of the Bible. There’s much we should see and chew on in John 6:22-59, but in his sermon, “I AM: The Bread of Life,” Pastor Bryan Catherman wants us to see three things: 1. Jesus is the giver and sustainer of life, 2. God is the provider of all we need, and 3. Our work is to believe and feast of Jesus, the Living Word made flesh.
Listen to his sermon here:
We received a question for Redeeming Life: Q&A. “Does your church believe everything in the Bible?” It’s a good question. But the answer to this this question is not just a simple yes or no. It’s a complex question. What does a yes really mean? That depends on what question we’re really answering. There are many sub-layers undergirding this question. Is the question about inerrancy, infallibility, and inspiration? Or maybe it’s about authorship? Might it be about how literally we look at the Word of God? The person asking this question might be hoping to learn that our church tosses out parts of the Bible. We don’t.
In this video, Pastor Bryan walks through the wide ranging questions that come from this loaded question.
Find more questions and more answers at Redeeming Life: Q&A.
Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, he spoke several imperatives, that is, commands. These commands are steps for the Christian to follow in order to grow more like Christ and live out the Christian journey well. In this series, we walked through some of those commands. You can listen to all the sermons of this series, “The Commands of Christ” with the links below.
“Repent and Believe”
Mark 1:14-15 (Listen Here)
4/28/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
Matthew 28:19 (Listen Here)
5/5/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
Matthew 6:5-8 (Listen Here)
5/12/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
Matthew 28:19-20 (Listen Here)
5/19/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
“Endure to the End”
Luke 21:19 (Listen Here)
5/26/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
“Love One Another”
John 13:31-35 (Listen Here)
6/2/2019, David Gantenbein (Guest Preacher)
Matthew 6:1-4 (Listen Here)
6/9/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
“Gather at the Table With the Saints”
Hebrews 10:24-25 & Matthew 26:26-28 (Listen Here)
6/16/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
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As we conclude our series, “The Commands of Christ,” Pastor Bryan Catherman examined two commands that go hand-in-glove. Hebrews 10:24-25 summarizes Jesus instruction that believers regularly gather and Matthew 26:26-28 commands that those gatherings be centered around the gospel. Listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “Gather at the Table with the Saints” here:
Sacrificial giving or tithing might be the great unspoken controversy in the American Church. We love our money and it’s often the idol we do everything to protect. But Jesus commands us to give. His command in Matthew 6:1-4 is not about money. It’s not about the poor. It’s not even about God. It’s about us. And giving helps us see Jesus rightly.
In his sermon, Pastor Bryan Catherman looks at how giving is an opportunity to grow closer to God. Bryan also explores how the Law relates to Jesus. How does this topic in the Old Testament fit in the New Testament? How does it all work. Find out by listening to Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “Give” from Matthew 6:1-4 here: