At our church, Redeemer we often speak of serving, strengthening, and “renewing” New York City. When we talk like this, we must be careful not to deny “common grace.” We believe God gives all people — not just Christian believers — talent and insight to preserve and cultivate human life. But what if the Body of Christ in center city New York were, for example, to triple over...
Author: Tim Keller
Generational tension. What I want to do for a few minutes is I want to talk to the older generation. You may say, “Am I in the older generation?” If you ask, enough said. But I want to talk to the younger generation, and as a guy who’s kind of like maybe a little bit in between I want to try to speak to the older guys. So let’s talk first to the older generation, and...
Author: Craig Groeschel
Topic: Church and Culture
Lessons from the life of Jesus in the four gospels are often simple stories that convey powerful truths. From the parable of the soils to the wedding banquet, we learn how to prioritize our lives and respond in faith.
Scripture: Genesis, Genesis, Genesis, Genesis, Genesis
Twice the Apostle John tells us that Christmas happened: the Son of God became a human being to take away sin, or to destroy the works of the devil, namely, sin. All of this because he was born. He was incarnate. He was the God-man. No incarnation, no regeneration. No faith. No justification. No purification. No final glorification. Christmas was not optional. And therefore...
Speaker: John Piper
Scripture: 1 John 2:1, 1 John 3:1-10, 1 John 4:10, John 3:5, Matthew 1:18-20
Topic: Christ as Savior
The three parables of the lost sheep, the lost son, and the lost coin all involve something or someone lost, found, rejoicing and celebration in being found. Jesus is the true elder brother, searching for that which has been lost (all of humanity). We are all runaways, but still try to earn God's favor by our deeds. The Good News is that we don't have to be our own Savior. He...
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: Luke 15:1-2, Luke 15:11-32, Hebrews 1:1-3, Mark 7:6, 1 John 3:1
Topic: Love of God
What do you want out of your Christian experience? If you're like most people you might answer that you are looking for peace, strength during difficulties, or even some level of personal prosperity. Would these be your answer? If so, you might want to consider God's list of priorities for us in prayer. When you pray, what are your priorities—your spouse or kids, your job,...
Author: Tom Terry
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Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
What do you do when a non-believer asks you for prayer? Your co-worker has just shared with you that her son is battling a drug addiction. You press in and provide a listening ear. But as the conversation closes, what do you say? Nothing? That you will pray for her family? Or do you ask if you could pray with her right then? I’ve done all three, and there are circumstances...
Author: John Beeson
Dear Roger, With the passing of Billy Graham, I have wondered a lot about the verse in Matthew 24:14: "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Bill Bright started Campus Crusade for Christ, and Billy Graham's evangelistic crusades reached the world with the gospel. Could they be the...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Many years ago when our church began revitalization, we prayed and asked God whom he was calling us to reach. The answer we felt God impressing upon us then was to focus on unchurched families. So we created strategies and programs designed to reach out to these families. God showed up and we began making inroads to reach these families, but then something unexpected...
Author: Brian Moss