Church Newsletter 2018-9-12

Saints,

I know how hard it is to cling on to the joys of a good worship service as the week’s troubles, disappointments and sins set in. As well, our triumphs, work and family time can occupy all our thoughts and resources.

So, it is important to stop and reflect. To listen. To ponder and remember. To meditate and mull over the Lord our God in all His mysterious Glory and merciful compassion.

This newsletter is an opportunity for me to connect with you midweek and encourage you to keep your eyes on Jesus. On His all sufficiency, nearness, comfort and glory.

Where has the Spirit led you? Long after our to-do lists have gone to pot, God’s is still getting His done. He is working in and through you. Look to Him. Follow the Spirit into the wilderness where Jesus defeats His enemies. And commune there with your victorious Lord. Thank Him. Praise Him and Pray for His body.

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. (2 John 3) Continue reading “Church Newsletter 2018-9-12”

Church Newsletter 2018-9-5

Saints,

Blessings on your week. Please pray for everyone receiving this email. I know school starts for most of us, so keep the little ones and their parents in your prayers. And pray for the Helleksons, this will be their last Sunday with us.

Turn your heart and mind to God and pray that He would rend heaven and pour His Spirit anew on us all, and in abundance on Sno-King. Come Lord Jesus!

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thess. 5:23–24)

Filling up the edges

In Mark 4:41, the disciples ask, “who is this?” John Mark uses this device throughout the gospels. John Mark wants us to engage with what he’s written.

In 1:7-8 John the Baptist says a mighty one is coming who will baptize us with the holy Spirit?

Who is this?

In 1:9 a Galilean comes tearing open heaven with His obedience, unleashing peace.

Who is this?

Mark expects his audience to decide what to do with what it sees and hears. He shows us the material and invites us to decide for ourselves.

Who is this?

Jesus is the messiah, the beloved Son of God (1:9-11). Jesus is the mighty one, the warrior defeating God’s enemies (1:7, 12-13, 25-26). Jesus is the Messenger, declaring the Lordship of God (1:11, 14) and declaring the proper response to that Message (1:14, 16-20).

The Son of God, the servant-messiah-king is declaring the Kingdom of God and calling everyone to come, repent and acknowledge the LORD.

This is the blueprint. If all Jesus had to do was die, then why didn’t God allow Herod to kill Jesus in the cradle and be done with it? Jesus came to do more than die. He came to live. To be the way, the truth and the life – for every man, woman and child in every age.

He wants us to be parables of Him. He wants us to be bait for Him. He wants us to live like him. Warriors, servants, messengers – obedient and joyful. Submissive and powerful.

The heavens have opened and God the Father’s word to Jesus is a word for all of mankind –  “this is beloved son with whom I am well pleased.”

And in Christ we are made partakers of this message of peace and love.

John 1:12–13 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17–21 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Who is this?

He is the long-awaited ladder to Heaven. He is the bread from heaven come down to feed us eternal life. He is the mighty one slaying our demons and defeating Satan. He is the ark in which we are hid from the tidal wrath of God, the Father.

And when we go down into the water, He descends from Heaven by the Spirit into each of our hearts, into our fellowship; making us one body – his body. And in that we hear what we have all longed to hear our whole lives. We hear in Christ the Father say; “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”

Truly, the Son of God became a nobody to make nobodies the sons of the living God.

Around the worldwide web

Pastor Alistair Beg offers his sermons online. His series on Mark is worthy to listen to. Especially, since his Scottish accent makes him sound even more reformedJ

https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/jesus-baptized-tempted/

Devotional

My good God, Father, and Savior,

grant me aid by your Holy Spirit to now work fruitfully in my vocation, which is from you, all in order to love you and the people around me rather than for my own gain and glory. Give me wisdom, judgment and prudence, and freedom from my besetting sins. Bring me under the rule of true humility. Let me accept with patience whatever amount of fruitfulness or difficulty in my work that you give me this day. And in all I do, help me to rest always in my Lord Jesus Christ and in his grace alone for my salvation and life.

Hear me, merciful Father, by our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Church Calendar

Service 9-9-18

Ron Coverdale, Call

Jered Leslie, Prayer

DISCIPLESHIP CLASSES

Start Sunday, September 16, 9AM. Kid classes for ages 4-7 and 8-12 need volunteers; see Jered for more info.

HEIDELFEST

Saturday, Sept 22, St. Edwards Park. Register for free meal tickets and meal times at heidelfest.org.

MARRIAGE CONFERENCE

October 26-27. Save the date! Details coming.

Church Newsletter 2018-8-29

Saints,

Blessings beloved of God! I hope that your week is going well and that you are resting in Christ’s victory. This newsletter is meant to remind you of Sunday’s message, equip you for study and devotions this Wednesday, as we turn our minds toward the Lord’s Day.

May God’s face shine upon you and give you peace.

Filling up the edges

To have the message of God; to say, “thus sayeth the Lord,” is the calling of every Christian because of the Great Commission and that message is found in the bible, which is constantly opened wider and deeper to reveal more to us.

Revelation comes through the Scriptures directly from God, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, to individuals studying it, as well as, through preaching and teaching.

You are not seers, fortunetellers or mystic predictors of the future. But you do have the prophetic voice.

Because you are the church.

The prophetic voice is one crying in the wilderness “make straight the paths of the LORD.” “Repent.” “Be baptized.” “The Mighty one Comes.” “Make way.”

Mark 1:4-9. Mark is not concerned that we know about the miraculous birth or backstory of John. All Mark is concerned about is John’s preaching, which “serves only one purpose – to point to Jesus.

As John declared it to Israel, Mark is declaring the same message to his readers. And His readers, in response – repent and go forth declaring that same message.

On the day of Pentecost Peter cited the words of the prophet Joel, who said that God would pour out his spirit on all his people, and as a result, “your sons and daughters will prophesy,” (Acts 2:17).

There are thirty-three Greek words in the NT for preachingor proclaiming. Not all of these activities can be described as formal public speaking in the worship service – the form of preaching we often think of when we hear the word.

Acts 8:4 says that all Christians except the Apostles went from place to place “proclaiming the messiah.” This cannot mean that every believer was standing up and preaching sermons to audiences. Priscilla and Aquila explained the word of Christ to Apollos in their home (Acts 18:26).

Paul calls all believers to “let the message of Christ dwell in your richly,” and to “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.” Every Christian has the prophetic word – “believe, repent, make way for the mighty one comes.”

Every Christian should be able to give both instruction and admonition.

We should all be able to answer Satan’s basic question “did God really say?” We should be able to counsel and instruct anyone from God’s word. ALL OF YOU.

Mother to daughter, wife to Husband, father to son, Husband to wife, brother to sister, one to another. You all have a prophetic word for one another and for the world.

Every Christian must understand the message of the Bible well enough to explain it and apply it to other Christians, and to his neighbor, in informal and personal settings.

No church should expect all the life transformation that comes from the Word of God to arise strictly through formal Sunday preaching. It can’t take the strain. It isn’t often enough or thorough enough.

We need the prophetic voice. The World needs it. To John, the fundamental human problem is not ignorance or inherent human imperfection, but sin, understood as active rebellion against the creator.

Israel did not know her condition, so God sent a messenger. This is a pattern. Rome did not know her condition, so God sent John Mark. Seattle doesn’t know her condition, so God has sent messengers. You.

The gospel is that Jesus is King. John declares that “the mighty one comes.” This is significant given that God is referred to as the “the mighty one.”

God’s coming is marked by power and strength.

Power and strength is what Israel needed to fulfill her calling. Power and strength is what the Roman Christians facing Nero needed to fulfill their calling. Power and strength is what we need to raise large families on one income in a culture hostile to the Christian faith. Power and strength is what we need to overcome our avarice and apathy.

And the mighty one comes to dwell on each of us in the Holy Spirit. Every man, woman and child.

He comes to empower us. Acts 1:8“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Just as He came to equip the prophets. Judges 3:10“The Spirit of the LORD was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the LORD gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand.”

This has always been the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has always been the presence of God amongst God’s children, that empowers them to overcome the circumstances that are otherwise too much for them.

The things of God always require the work and power of God made available to us so that we can accomplish what we can’t on our own. If the Spirit of the Triune God dwells within you then the power of the Triune God dwells within you.

We are confronted every day with feats that are too much for us in our own power. We need the power of God to do the things God commands us to do. We can’t fulfill the law, we can’t love God or our neighbor as we are commanded to, which God’s goodness and Holiness requires, without the provision of God’s own strength.

Full of the Holy Spirit, we proclaim the Gospel in Word and deed and thereby the church fulfills its prophetic calling. By declaring that man’s problem is sin and Jesus is the cure, we fulfill our prophetic calling. To say that Jesus is the Lord of natural law and the dictionary, of genitalia, the family and of our feelings, we fulfill our prophetic calling.

Here in the wilderness of poofdom, where it’s harder and harder to tell the difference between a man and a woman, straight and gay, evil and good – we need that voice more than ever.  We need a community built around that voice that is always preaching and teaching that same word – Jesus. We need men who lead by following Jesus and women who follow Jesus by following their man. Confess your love and fear of the world. Die and rise.

What sin has got you by the heart and soul? What word does your spouse and children need? What word does your church need? Who in your community and family needs repentance, baptism and the Lordship of Jesus Christ? The Word the world needs is Jesus. Are you willing to fight for it? Bleed for it? Die for it?

Is Jesus bigger than your circumstances? Bigger than the rainbow jihad? The abortion death camps? Your porn addiction? Your fear of man?

Is Jesus bigger than your anxiety and doubt? Bigger than your self-image and easy safe selfishness? Bigger than your insecurities? Is Jesus bigger and stronger than your sin?

John Mark, James, Peter and John the Baptizer urged the early Christians to repent of their lusts and wars, while emulating the prophets who proclaimed the judgements of God and resisted the evil rulers with patience and joy.

Jesus is the prophetic word. Proclaim Him. He is mighty, and He is with you by the Holy Spirit always.

Around the worldwide web

Part of our community life should be encouraging one another and enjoying the grace of God in our midst throughout the week. Part of our outreach ought to be spreading the Gospel message to as wide an audience as possible. Both in word and deed; in messages and actions. Social Media is a huge blessing and very affective megaphone if it is used in such a way. For the last month, we have spread our message to a wider and wider number of people and tried to foster thanksgiving in our midst by celebrating and proclaiming publicly – the goodness of the Lord in the good things He is doing.

If you want to help get the word out, follow us, share the posts and proclaim Redeemer’s message to your larger community. Boast in what the Lord is doing at Redeemer and be refreshed throughout the week between Lord’s day and Lord’s day. The Triune God is in our midst and He is mighty good.

Instagram: http://gramha.com/profile/redeemer_church_lynnwood/7608789176

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/redeemerlynnwood/

Sermon recordings from website: http://redeemerlynnwood.com/sermons/

Pastor’s blog: https://theologyaspoetry.wordpress.com/

Devotional

Father,

Thank you Lord for Sabbath rest, for work to fill the week, for the sacraments, sacred words of scripture and the fellowship of your body.

Deliver Redeemer Church out of the darkness of unbelief. Let us lift up the name of God in praise. Let us be renewed in Communion with you, washed in your word as your faithful bride, altered in heart and mind by grateful praise to you.

Let us be prepared for action, molded as a tool for the tearing down of strongholds and building of your kingdom.

Let Christ shine in our eyes and may the power of your spirit flow through us to the world. Bless our fellowship, our songs, our words of adoration and supplication, our hearing and our doing.

Bless our worship service and all our preparations for it. May our worship honor and delight you. May we be transformed by it.

In Christ, as Christ, for Christ,

Amen.

Church Calendar

Service 9-2-18

Jered Leslie, Call

Byron Heward, Prayer

LADIES’ BOOK STUDY

Wednesdays July & August, 1PM; Contact Molly for info.

TRINITY MOM’S FELLOWSHIP 

Tuesday, Aug 28, 10-noon at the Letsche home: 20330 74th Dr SE, Snohomish. RSVP to hannahgking1@gmail.com for childcare.

DISCIPLESHIP CLASSES 

Start Sunday, September 16, 9AM. Kid classes for ages 4-7 and 8-12 need volunteers; see Jered for more info.

HEIDELFEST 

Saturday, Sept 22, St. Edwards Park. Register for free meal tickets and meal times at heidelfest.org.

MARRIAGE CONFERENCE 

October 26-27. Save the date! Details coming.

 

Church Newsletter 8-15-2018

Saints,

Isn’t it amazing how quickly we forget what the sermon was about? Isn’t it amazing how quickly the cares of the world drain our Sabbath joy?

Hoping to encourage you all, I am going to send out a newsletter on Wednesdays that will consist of “filling up the edges;” follow up to the sermon or excerpts edited out on Sunday morning, resources from around the web and a devotional to aid in your preparations for the next Sunday Service.

It’s important to slow down, quiet your mind and reflect on what we are learning as a church, as a church. There are a lot of distractions in the world but consider the following a point of renewal, which the whole church is participating in together. Pray for the recipients of this email and the worship service to which we are all heading together.

I pray that this is an aid to stay in touch with you all midweek, as well as, a way to “be of the same mind,” (Phil. 2:2).

Filling up the edges

The whole idea for the sermon titled “The Gospel according to Mark according to Peter according to Christ,” came from the idea the scriptures are a product of the Body of Christ. Jesus is the message, He first entrustred that message to men who would write it down. Jesus then preserved it through centuries of history. Finally faithful men died that it might be transmitted into English and the Lord blessed their effort by putting the gilded leather copy in your hands. Give thanks.

The following was edited out of the sermon do to time restraints but summarizes the whole sermon nicely:

John Piper explains “From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus was preparing for the transmission of his truth and authority to his church through authorized spokesmen who would teach with his authority, commit their teaching to writing, and leave a body of inspired writings through which Christ would govern his church until his return. Christ did this by calling, commissioning, and then sending the spirit to guide the apostles.”

The Word of God always intended to govern the church of God through words. Not just any words, words he arranged by the power of the Holy Spirit to be read and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This is called organic inspiration and we can see through the transmission of the Gospel from Jesus to Peter, Peter to Mark and Mark to us, that this is indeed the case.

Theologian John Frame explains organic Inspiration this way; “God used all the distinct personal qualities of each writer. God used the differences of heredity, environment, upbringing, education, gifts, talents, styles, interests, and idiosyncrasies to reveal his word. The differences were not a barrier that God had to overcome. Rather, they were God’s chosen means of communication with us. God’s word is complex and nuanced, muliperspectival. God used the organic complexity of human persons and the diversities among persons to communicate the complexity of his own personal word. He used Human persons to communicate with us in fully personal ways.”

In Genesis God said he made man in His image, male and female He made Them. A community is the best image of the Triune God. The best written revelation of this God is transmitted the same way; through a community in all its diversity and unity.

Jesus was the first Christian preacher and He declared His kingship in word and Deed. Peter preached that same message as an eyewitness. John Mark Recorded it and compiled it for Roman Christians, all the while, Jesus the Lord, by the Spirit, was preparing a message for the whole world.

Mark’s task was to project Christian faith in a climate of uncertainty where martyrdom had been a reality. He selected and arranged the tradition to present the Christ who continues to speak and act meaningfully in the context of crisis. What was demanded by the Roman Christian’s situation was not a past word, descriptive of what Jesus had said and done, but a word from the present through which the Living Lord could be here and known. 

And so reading the gospel of Mark we meet the Lord Jesus here and now.

Around the worldwide web

The link is to the podcasts of Parish Presbyterian Church. #19 is Pastor George Grant’s first sermon on Mark and it is wonderful. I suggest you subscribe, if you like good podcasts or good sermons.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/parish-presbyterian-church-podcasts/id691474731?mt=2

Devotional

The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King,

O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.