For Christians, the Friday before Easter is called good. Why? Why would we call the day Jesus died on the cross as a good day or a good thing? Pastor Bryan’s sermon opens to Scripture that show us why it’s Good Friday. He also shows us why it’s good, from time to time, for Christians to lament over sin and see the magnitude of sin and death and the remarkable work of Christ on the cross. If you weren’t able to join us at Redeeming Life Church for our Good Friday service, you can still listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “My Sin Killed Jesus” from Acts 2:22-24 here:
Every year at this time, thousands of Southern Baptist churches around the nation remember a missionary advocate and champion named Annie Armstrong. Or they at least continue her work when they take up a special offering named after her. Our work in Salt Lake has greatly benefited from donations made to the Annie Armstrong Easter offering, has have hundreds of other church plants. But it’s not just the mission work and the church plants that bless communities with resources given through Annie Armstrong offerings. Communities experiencing serious disaster have been blessed by Disaster Relief teams that come in and serve long after the disaster has happened. They work hard to restore communities after tornados and hurricanes and floods and earthquakes. They’re still serving in areas of California that were devastated by fire.
If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, you may give a check written to Redeeming Life Church with “Annie Armstrong” written in the memo line. We’ll collect these funs and forward 100% of the money on to the Annie Armstrong Offering. You may also give online by following this link: Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
Thank you for partnering with this important work.
As we begin our new, short series for Easter, Pastor Bryan Catherman opened to the prophecy of Zachariah 9:9 to kick off a discussion about the meaning of Palm Sunday. Then he moved to the New Testament to see the fulfillment of the prophecy in Matthew 21:1-11, John 12:12-16, Mark 11:1-10, and Luke 19:28-40. How should we think of this coming King. What does it mean that he’s on a baby donkey? And how was is possible that the city would praise Jesus on Sunday but by the following Friday morning they were screaming, “Crucify Him!”? If you weren’t able to join us for worship on Sunday, you can still listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “The Coming King” (Zach 9:9).
*Note: Pastor Bryan indicated that he jumped over a name in his notes, leaving the listener to think that Alexander the Great was the one who killed a pig in the Temple, but it was actually Antiochus IV Epiphanes who did it, during Empire and rule of Alexander.
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As we conclude our series, Down But Not Out, Pastor Bryan opened to 2 Corinthians 13:11 to look at the last instruction. As we dig in, we actually see it’s a grand invitation to live in the good design and blessing God intends for his people. Listen to his sermon, “Finally, Brothers and Sisters. . .”
On Sunday, Pastor Bryan opened to 2 Corinthians 12:11-21. He warned us that it's a very hard word to the church. He almost didn’t want to preach this text because the news is so bad. But there’s good news too! The church in Corinth was in bad shape, but so are many churches today. They shows signs of relational problems fit to destroy a church; however, the good news of the gospel brings hope for the church and hope for each of us. Listen to Dr. Bryan Catherman’s sermon, “From Shame to a New Song” (2 Corinthians 12:11-21).
Guest Preacher, Pastor Jason Benson from Risen Life Church visited our faith-family and opened to 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 to look at how God bring us joy through our weakness. This is a gift of God and a blessing, although it might not look like something we would expect. In this section of the letter to the church in Corinth, Paul even discusses is own weakness and the reality that God put that weakness for Paul’s good. Listen to Pastor Jason’s sermon, “God’s Grace Produces Joy in Our Weakness.”
Today, on St. Patrick’s Day, Pastor Bryan Catherman opened to 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 to look at what might happen to us when we learn to boast only in Christ. Using Patrick as an illustration, along with John Wesley and C. H. Spurgeon, Pastor Bryan examined Paul’s statements of madness to make much of Jesus. He shares what we can learn from God through Paul and the Corinthians. And how we might think rightly about Patrick, and how it could be that Patrick might inspire us to live more for Christ than for anyone or anything else. If you were unable to attend with us today, you can listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “To Boast in Christ Alone,” here:
After much prayer, research, and discussion, we're making the switch to the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation. There are a number of reasons, but its readability is towards the top of the list. This doesn't mean you need to get a new Bible, just that Pastor Bryan will be preaching from the CSB and our pew Bibles will be of the same translation. This video has more info and a look at the new Bible.
This will start on April 14th, Palm Sunday, in our new series, "This is Easter."
Here’s a little more detail about why we’re making the switch:
1. The CSB is easier to read and a little smoother. We believe it will help our youth and those who struggle to read.
2. The ESV was first put out in 2001 and utilized Nestle-Aland 27th edition for the Greek manuscripts. Based on new finds and a great deal of academic work, an update has happened (NA 28). The CSB, published in 2017, utilizes these updates and notes.
3. Like many Bible translations, the CSB seeks to conform to the Colorado Springs Guidelines regarding when it is appropriate to use gender-neutral words and when it is not. (http://www.bible-researcher.com/csguidelines.html). We think the CSB has--from what we've reviewed thus far--done a nice job of this.
4. The CSB is a Holman/LifeWay product so we'd be supporting a ministry that some of our Cooperative Program dollars go to. We'd be supporting a ministry within our denomination.
5. The CBS fixed a bunch of HCSB things Pastor Bryan really didn't care for. (You can read more about that here: https://csbible.com/ministry/hcsb-to-csb/)
6. The CSB Study Bible is like an updated ESV Study Bible. It utilizes many of the same scholars and has a "somewhat" reformed bent like the ESV. There are a couple dispensational scholars who contributed to a couple OT books, but there's similar stuff in the ESV study Bible. Thus far, Pastor Bryan has found the CSB Study Bible to be a rather good resource for study and growth.
7. The CSB is endorsed and encouraged by many pastors and scholars we respect, to include David Platt, Allister Begg, Robert Plummer, Ron Edmondson, Daniel Akin, David Dockery, Dhati Lewis, Jared Wilson, Tony Evans, Kyle Idleman, and J. D. Greer.
Here is a great article by a pastor who made the switch. We found it helpful and informative: “Why We Are Moving to the CSB at Redeemer Church.”
And finally, here's video that share a little more about what the CSB is about.
“Pastor Bryan, why don’t you do verse-by-verse sermons on Sunday morning?” This is a good question. Some churches walk through God’s Word one or two verses per week, not skipping any. Every Sunday. Folks that like that kind of preaching often wonder why we don’t preach that way at Redeeming Life. This question was recently sent into Redeeming Life: Q&A. Here’s Pastor Bryan’s answer:
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Pastor Bryan Catherman opened to 2 Corinthians 10:1-11:29 to look at what the Apostle Paul had to say about false-apostles. In this text, Bryan shares 3 observation about false-teachers and 4 observations about true leaders. If you were unable to join us, you can listen to the sermon, “Leaders and Losers” below. We’d love to have you join us at Redeeming Life Church. We meet at 11 AM, Sunday mornings.