On Sunday, guest preacher, Dr. Michael Cooper opened to 2 Timothy 3. This was the third sermon in our 4-part series, “Stay the Course. Listen to his sermon here:
The most up-to-date place to find out what’s going on at Redeeming Life Church is on Realm, our on-line community communication tool. If you’re not on Realm, you might be missing out. Sign up for Realm here.
But in the meantime, here’s a list of some things to be aware of at Redeeming Life Church:
COOK OUT AT THE CATHERMANS | Come enjoy a backyard cookout with the Catherman family on August 31st from 6 to 8 PM. We’ll provide the burgers and dogs (including lettuce wrap options) but you’ll need to bring a side or dessert to share with others. Please sign up and RSVP on Realm.
UISBC WOMENS RETREAT | The UISBC is hosting a women’s retreat called Journey. It’s September 20-21 in Layton. It’s only $25 (before 9/9) and includes breakfast and lunch. There’s more information on Realm or ask Lisa Catherman for more info.
NEXTGEN NIGHT | Starting September 10th Pastor Bryan and Lisa will lead a night for young people (1st grade through senior high). It’s on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8 PM at the church building. If you are the parent of a person in this age range or a student and you’re interested, join the NEXTGEN group on Realm and plan on joining us. Please direct your questions to Pastor Bryan.
1st AND 3rd FELLOWSHIP GROUP | Pastor Bryan is leading a discussion-based fellowship group on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, starting September 19th. They’ll meet at the Kneaders in North Salt Lake (1050 North 500 East, North Salt Lake, UT 84054) at 7 PM. Together, they’ll discuss their way through books of the Bible. It’s open to all, but there will not be childcare available. The first book is Isaiah. Direct any questions or comments to Pastor Bryan.
2nd AND 4th LADIES’ NIGHT | Ladies, mark your calendars for a ladies’ night and Bible study on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, starting September 12th. Find more info in the Ladies of Redeeming Life group on Ream or reach out to Lisa Catherman or Krystyl Walker.
HOUSE OF PRAYER | We believe as the temple of the Living God, and as Jesus said his father’s house is a house of prayer, we are called to be a house of prayer. Prayer should live and dwell in us. One way we practice this is by gathering together for prayer. We pray on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM at the church building. Please come and join us.
EZRA SERMON SERIES | Our next sermon series—after Vision Sunday, is “Return.” It’s a 11-week study through the book of Ezra. If you’d like to dig in deeply, start reading this book a few times in preparation for our series.
YOUR NEXT STEPS | We believe the Christian journey at Redeeming Life Church is a wonderful way for you to grow as a Christian and get involved with our faith-family at Redeeming Life Church. Are you taking the next step in your journey? What’s your next step? 1. Worship weekly with the faith-family. 2. Engage in weekly Bible study with others. 3. Join a Fellowship Group. 4 Serve the faith-family. 5. Live on mission. Are you willing to take the next simple step on your journey with Jesus?
RIGHTNOW MEDIA | RightNow Media is a great resource for discipleship. It’s an app that offers more than 15,000 Bible studies, kids’ cartoons, and so much more. Use your computer, Roku, Chrome Cast, Amazon Fire Stick, or an Android or IOS device. If you’re not on it, our church will pay for your subscription. Go to the Redeeming Life website and find RightNow Media under the connect tab to sign up. And, if you have friends who are not presently connected to an evangelical church, we’ll pay for their subscription. Send them to our website.
RESOURCES FOR THE FAITH-FAMILY TABLE | Followers of Jesus should seek growth and maturity as they walk well with Jesus. To help you on your journey, we’ve provided a table of various resources as we have them. The resources are free, first-come-first-served, and may help you faithfully make disciples of Jesus Christ. Please be sure to check out the table and pick up anything you think may be helpful on your journey.
WHO ARE WE? | We are a church that hopes to see our community redeemed by the power of the gospel. Redeeming Life Church exists to know, live, and proclaim the gospel. We believe the God’s Word from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is the inerrant story of the redemptive history of God—otherwise known as the gospel. To be people who are immersed in knowing, living, and proclaiming the gospel, we follow the instructions of Christ to love God, love people, and make disciples.
NEED PRAYER? | Do you have a prayer request and would like our pastoral staff to pray for you? You may email your prayer requests to Prayer@RedeemingLifeUtah.org or text (385) 368-6665.
DISCIPLESHIP ESSENTIALS | We believe one-on-one and small group discipleship is a necessary part of the Christian journey toward maturity. To assist you with a simple group or one-one-one facilitating method, we provide the Discipleship Essentials Bookmark. It’s free and available on the Mission Resources table. Grab a bookmark and a friend and start a discipleship relationship together!
TEXT GIVING | If you would like to worship through faithful giving and use text messaging to do it, send “RLC $(insert desired amount)” to 73256. The system will send you a secure link to complete your transaction and send you a giving receipt. (This will also allow your donation to be tracked in our system so we can provide you with tax info in January.)
KEEP UP WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING | Realm has email options that serve to keep you informed with what’s happening at Redeeming Life. Select your settings so you get everything in a specific group, just updates, or a daily digest (one email per day with a summary). The mobile app has options for push notifications. Realm is our official location for church announcements so if you want to keep up with what’s happening, Realm is where it’s at.
MEMBERSHIP | Are you ready to join our faith-family and serve on God’s mission with Redeeming Life Church? If so, please contact Pastor Bryan about your next steps to become a member of Redeeming Life Church.
ONE-ON-ONE DISCIPLESHIP | As disciples of Jesus, it’s important that we are in discipleship relationship where we are truly known by another believer and know that believer. To make your discipleship time easier, we’ve provided a Discipleship Essentials Bookmark with simple questions in a simple discipleship framework. They are on the Mission Resource table.
STRUGGLING? | If you are struggling under the weight of life’s circumstances, sin, or spiritual attack, you don’t have to go through it alone. God’s Church is his family and we are here to help. If you are struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Fellowship Group Leader, another Covenant Member, or Pastor Bryan. We will pray with you, walk alongside you, set up a time for Pastoral care or formal counseling. You are not alone.
SERMON PODCAST | In the event that you miss a Sunday sermon because you are serving in Children’s Ministry or you are unable to be with us for the service all-together, you can always find an audio recording of the sermon on our website at www.RedeemingLifeUtah.org.
THANK YOU FOR GIVING | Thank you for your faithful giving on Sunday, by mail, text giving, and on Realm. Your faithfulness keeps our ministry serving the Kingdom. Thank you!
JOURNEY THROUGH JOHN | Interested in a verse-by-verse study through the book of John. Pastor Bryan is walking through the book of John, one verse at a time, by way of two-minute videos. Find more at www.SaltyBeliever.com/journey-through-john or follow SaltyBeliever.com on Facebook.
FELLOWSHIP GROUPS | Are you connected in a Fellowship Group that meets mid-week? If not, please contact Pastor Bryan about various groups and find a good fit today!
WE NEED HELP THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY | Here’s a great opportunity to serve and preach the gospel to the next generation of the Church. Please consider volunteering in the Nursery or Pre-K classes, or serve as the helper/floater. Also, please pray for a leader to lead this ministry. It will most likely be on rotation, certainly not every week or as often as you might think. Please contact Pastor Bryan for more info.
FACEBOOK | The fun thing about our Facebook page is all the photos and videos we share. Want to keep up with the comings and goings of our faith-family? Follow us on Facebook!
REDEEMING LIFE T-SHIRTS | New Redeeming Life adult and kid’s shirts are available for a donation of $10 or more. Please see Pastor Bryan if you’d like a shirt.
QUESTIONS ABOUT FOLLOWING JESUS? | If you have questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, we would like to help. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Pastor Bryan, a Fellowship Group leader, a Worship Team leader, or other covenant member to discuss what it means to be a Christian. We’d love to try to answer any questions you might have and pray with you.
BIBLE STUDY ESSENTIALS | We believe studying God’s Word is extremely important. To assist you with a simple but good method for Bible study, we provide the Bible Study Essentials Bookmark. It’s free and available on the Mission Resources table. Grab a bookmark and a friend and start your journey through the Bible together!
MISSION RESOURCE TABLE | Every disciple should be seeking to make disciples as we follow Jesus. To help equip you to engage in the work of the Great Commission, we provide free resources on a table in the back of the sanctuary. The resources are free and may help you faithfully make disciples of Jesus Christ.
PRAYER WALKING | Interested in joining God’s mission through prayer walking? It’s easy, but if you’d like more info, direction, and encouragement, chat with Pastor Bryan. From time to time Redeeming Life Church travels to various parts of the state to join other Christians in prayer-walking activities. It might be good to join them.
REALM | We use an online medium called Realm to stay informed and connected throughout the week. You can join groups that offer much more in your Christian journey. There’s a group for prayer requests, another for more Biblical study. There are fellowship groups and community connection groups. There’s also an app for easy mobile use. If you are not yet on Realm, you can sign up at https://onrealm.org/rlc.
SALTYBELIEVER.COM | Pastor Bryan keeps a website called SaltyBeliever.com. The site features lots of Bible study and discipleship resources, videos, classes, and podcast called “Salty Believer Unscripted.”
CSB BIBLE TRANSLATION | While we love many Bible translations at Redeeming Life Church, officially, we preach out of the Christian Standard Bible (CSV). It’s not that we think this translation is perfect or the best, but that we settled on a specific translation, so you could bring a Bible and follow along if that’s your preference. We also like both the CSB Study Bible and the ESV Study Bible, although we don’t argue that either are perfect.
ANNIE ARMSTRONG OFFERING | If you would like to make a donation to support the work of the North American Mission Board’s church planting or SEND Relief work in North America, you may write your check to Redeeming Life Church and include “NAMB” or “Annie Armstrong Easter Offering” in the memo line or give online and put “NAMB” or “Annie Armstrong Easter Offering” in the note. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation on Realm, select the SBC Mission Offerings drop-down choice Or you may text "RLC SBC $" and the amount (following the $) to 73256. (Annie Armstrong was an instrumental woman who was instrumental in starting the Women’s Mission Union and raising support for mission work in North American. This offering is named after her.)
LOTTIE MOON OFFERING | If you would like to make a donation to support the work of the International Mission Board mission work overseas, you may write your check to Redeeming Life Church and include “IMB” or “Lottie Moon Christmas Offering” in the memo line or give online and put “IMB” or “Lottie Moon Christmas Offering” in the note. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation on Realm, select the SBC Mission Offerings drop-down choice. Or you may text "RLC SBC $" and the amount (following the $) to 73256. (Lottie Moon was a brave woman who served as an SBC missionary to China for over 40 years. This offering is named after her.)
YORK DILLMAN OFFERING | If you would like to make a donation to support the work of missions and church planting through the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention, you may write your check to Redeeming Life Church and include “York-Dillman” in the memo line or give online and put “York-Dillman” in the note. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation on Realm, select the SBC Mission Offerings drop-down choice. Or you may text "RLC SBC $" and the amount (following the $) to 73256. You will promptly receive a response with instructions and a secure link to follow. (York and Dillman are the last names of the first people to plant SBC churches in Idaho and Utah. Our UISBC special offering is named after them.)
Continuing in our study, “Stay the Course,” through 2 Timothy, we once again see the power and magnitude of the gospel. In today’s text, we see that Christ’s salvation produces our faith, and our good works are a result of our salvation and faith. Pastor Bryan preached 2 Timothy 2. Because of the gospel, we see how we can and should live, but let us not forget the gospel. It’s of the utmost importance. Pastor Bryan also explored the desire to share the gospel and the trouble with false teachers and false gospels we still believe. Listen to his sermon, “Be Strong in Christ’s Grace” here:
In our new series, “Stay the Course,” Pastor Bryan preached 2 Timothy 1. Paul’s letter to Timothy is pastoral but he opens with an encouragement to rekindle and guard the faith. Timothy needed some encouragement, very much like most of us. Faith is the foundation and our ministry is the overflow of Christ in our life, pouring into others. Listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “Rekindle Your Faith” (2 Timothy 1:1-18) here:
We’re joining up with Britney and Jason McNair (LifePoint Church, Farmington) to offer Financial Peace University at Redeeming Life. Britney McNair and Patrick Miller (from Redeeming Life) will co-facilitate the course.
When: Tuesday nights, 6:30 - 8 PM, September 10th through November 5th
Where: Redeeming Life Church Building
Childcare: Jason McNair is providing childcare for kiddos Kindergarten age and under. Pastor Bryan and Lisa are leading a kid’s and youth night for any kids first grade through senior high. (Please be aware, the Kid's and Youth Night is a Christian event and will be engaging in biblical and Christian content.)
In order to participate in Financial Peace University, you must register and pay for the course through their website. Follow this link to sign up: http://bit.ly/2M9dt9k.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.
For the next four weeks, we'll be gathering to enjoy dessert and a discussion centered around 2 Timothy. It will be a fun, laid back, discussion-driven format. Kids are welcome to join us. (If we have a volunteer to help, we may have the little ones play in the nursery or toddler room to make it easier on the smaller children.)
While I'll also be preaching out of 2 Timothy on Sunday morning for the next four weeks (minus the week Michael Cooper is preaching), the discussions won't require hearing the sermon. Even if you can’t join us on Sunday mornings, you’re welcome to hang out with us at our dessert and discussion. We just want us to fellowship around food and the Word of God as we finish up the summer. I hope you'd like to do that too.
When: Sunday nights, 7 PM
Where: The Redeeming Life Church Building
See you there!
It's painful to hear about mass shootings like the two most recent tragedies pouring across our news screens. We've also had recent drive-by incidents in Rose Park. The news circus camped outside one house for a few days as we all pondered the horror of what must have happened in the home and backyard. These shocking events pile upon the regular appearances of a strung-out man on the street corner, screaming at passing cars or a woman stumbling around in the road with her pants around her ankles.
It would be easy to check out, get angry, or become a fearful recluse. Somewhere deep down, we argue with God. We shout, if only in our prayers, "Don't you care God!?!"
But let us not forget the moment the disciples shouted those same words to Jesus.
They were in a storm so severe they knew they were going to die. It was over. Mark 4:37 records that the waves were so big they were dumping into the boat. The eyewitnesses said the boat was swamped. It was going to sink. The wind was ripping across the water, the storm was raging, and they were going to die. Where was Jesus? Asleep on a cushion in the stern of the boat.
It's easy to see this picture because that's often how our life in the storm feels. And what did the disciples do? They woke Jesus up to accuse him. They were ready to blame him.
"Teacher! Don't you care that we're going to die?" they blasted Jesus.
In the next verse (39), he got up and rebuked both the wind and the disciples. To the wind, he said, "Silence," and it stopped. To the disciples, he asked, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
After the storm was subdued, they were terrified. Maybe now the disciple's fear was more significant than before because they knew they were in the presence of God. It seems the better thing to say to Jesus would have been to ask him to save them (without an accusation). "Lord, help us!"
In the aftermath of yet another shooting, more drug addiction, anger toward one another over politics, and the raging storm that's rocking your boat, you have a choice. Accuse God. Or better yet, cry out to God, "Lord, help us!" And maybe we will get a glimpse of his power and glory as the disciples did. Pray. And in your prayer, ask, "Lord, help us."
For the Kingdom!
We’ve finished our I AM series. In this journey, we explored Jesus’ 7 “I Am” statements in the book of John. If you missed any of the sermons or you’d like to go back through the journey, here are the sermons:
“I AM: The Bread of Life”
John 6:22-59 (Listen Here)
6/23/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
“I AM: The Door”
John 10:1-10 (Listen Here)
6/30/2019, Justin Davis (Guest Preacher)
“I AM: The Light of the World”
John 8:12-20 (Listen Here)
7/7/2019, Brett Brandewie (Guest Preacher)
“I AM: The Good Shepherd”
John 10:11-18 (Listen Here)
7/14/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
“I AM: The Resurrection and the Life”
John 11:25 (Listen Here)
7/21/2019, Dr. Josh Seafkow (Guest Preacher)
“I AM: The Way, the Truth, and the Life”
John 14:16 (Listen Here)
7/28/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
“I AM: The True Vine”
John 15:1-17 (Listen Here)
8/4/2019, Pastor Bryan Catherman
Jesus said he is the True Vine. He also said his Father is the Gardner and we are his branches. Jesus provides all that makes it possible for us to produce fruit. And when there’s fruit, there’s also some pruning so that there can be more fruit. In Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “I AM: The True Vine” (John 15:1-17), he looks at what it means to be pruned, to abide in Christ, and produce fruit. What is the fruit? What are we actually supposed to to do follow Jesus? Fortunately for us, Jesus explains further and Pastor Bryan looks at that too. Listen to the sermon here:
We're finishing up our "I AM" series this morning. It's been a good series.
For the next four weeks, we'll be working out way through 2 Timothy. It's possibly Paul's last letter in the Bible and in it is a great encouragement to Timothy to embrace his calling and then fulfill his calling. There are a number of encouragements to Timothy, many of them are about persevering in light of challenges, holding on to the gospel, and proclaiming the gospel. Some of those challenges were even coming from inside the faith-family, both for Paul in Rome and Timothy in Ephesus. (It's one thing to get your teeth kicked in from the far-from-Jesus world around you, but it's a different thing altogether when it comes from inside the faith-family. . . the home team.) Paul understood this and he encouraged Timothy. And Paul expresses the significance of knowing, living, and proclaiming the gospel.
It's a good epistle and a good encouragement in challenging times. I'd like to encourage you to take some time to read it a couple times this week. It's short; it won't take long. And start praying that God will use our next 4-week series, "Stay the Course" to encourage and equip you and our church.
For the Kingdom!
P.S.> For you over achievers, we'll be in a series in Ezra from September until Christmas and then we'll be in a long series in the Gospel of Mark. Start reading through these books and please be praying for me as I prepare for these upcoming journeys into God's Word.