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March 25, 2016 0 comments

What the Movie 'Warrior' Teaches Us About Good Friday

Jake Phillips writes about Good Friday and the movie "Warrior"...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Reconciliation, art, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, redemption, Warrior, movies, Moby Dick, white whale

January 19, 2016 0 comments

Discussing the Benedict Option, Sort Of: Part 2

Part 2 of a discussion about the Benedict Option......Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, history, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Catholicism, Benedict Option, BenOp, Know-Nothing party, anti-Catholicism, John F. Kennedy, JFK

December 23, 2015 0 comments

Advent: God Is Not Dead, Nor Does He Sleep

What can a 19th century poet teach us about the meaning of the Advent season?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Hope, Christmas, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Advent, Messiah, Second Coming, I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day, Longfellow, Henry Longfellow, Christmas carols

April 14, 2015 1 comments

TGC15 and an Embarrassment of Riches

Joey Phillips describes just one little gem he learned from listening to Dr. Tim Keller's opening address at TGC15. Thank God for godly, smart pastors, locally and globally. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Sin, the gospel coalition, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Tim Keller, TGC, TGC15, Coming Home, tension, goodness, Old Testament, John Piper, D.A. Carson

March 19, 2015 0 comments

The Problem of Evil

Joey Phillips discusses the problem of evil and how Christians should respond to this objection. It is the most difficult philosophical and apologetic problem we will face. And while the answer might not be satisfactory, it exists. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Sin, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, philosophy, Jesus, apologetics, Problem of Evil, Dostoyevsky, Brothers Karamasov, evil

March 12, 2015 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

Drowning, Park Slides and Evangelism

Janelle Garrett writes about what she learned regarding evangelism through a near-drowning experience and watching her son play at the park. Evangelism is possible because we aren't alone....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, parenting, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, preaching, Great Commission, drowning, ocean, park, courage, Calvinism

February 12, 2015 by Janelle Garrett 2 comments

Demonstrating the Gospel Is Not Enough

Janelle Garrett shows why demonstrating the Gospel is important, but not sufficient. We must also use words. We must declare the Gospel even as we demonstrate the Gospel. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, gospel, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Jesus, compassion, preaching, Wayne Grudem, St. Francis, Great Commission

October 28, 2014 by Ryan McLaughlin 0 comments

5 Things Young Ex-Evangelicals Wish Their Reformed Brothers and Sisters Knew

Ryan McLaughlin, a Catholic who came from a Reformed Protestant tradition, writes about 5 misconceptions that Protestants have about Catholic theology. How can knowing these things help us in our dialogue and discussions with Catholics?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, redeemer, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Catholicism, Virgin Mary, Protestantism, salvation by grace

September 9, 2014 0 comments

Kill Them or Convert Them: Duck Dynasty Styled Evangelism

There are reasons to respect Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family at the center of AMC’s blockbuster hit Duck Dynasty. He was a good enough athlete to start over 4-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw while in college even though he didn’t think much about practice. He was, by his own admission, a borderline alcoholic and druggie until he was miraculously saved in his late twenties. He’s a self-made man who went from the backwoods of Louisiana to become a TV star and a multi-millionaire on the basis of a business that sells duck calls. He is articulate and uncompromising in expressing his testimony....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Racism, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, Muslim, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, preaching the gospel, evangelize, church blog, duck dynasty, Islam, ISIS

September 3, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Training New Disciples to Make Disciples

Like my good friend Alex Thermenos, you may have thought that last week's post was the final post in this series on making disciples. Now this is understandable. I mean, after touching base with the lost, talking to them, enjoying meals with them at your dinner table, teaching them how the gospel relates to their lives, tying them into the fellowship of the church, and calling them to trust in Jesus alone for their salvation what else could disciple-making entail? Well, I believe the Bible reveals to us one more crucial step. Today I will close our series on making disciples by explaining how training new disciples to make disciples themselves is a necessary final step in this process....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, mission, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, the gospel, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, discipling, making disciples, kingdom of God, evangelize, church blog

August 29, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Calling the Lost to Trust in Jesus

This is what making disciples of Jesus all boils down to. In fact, there is a real sense in which this is the only absolutely necessary step in the process to making disciples. Everything about this process hinges on whether or not our lost friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors, by God's sovereign grace, place their trust in Jesus, and Jesus alone, for their personal salvation. This is the step that we've been building towards all along. And from the beginning of the process this is what we must be prayerfully aiming for....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, mission, Eric Garrett, lee vista, Judgment, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, discipling, making disciples, Gospel-centeredness, church blog

August 22, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

Errands, Tantrums, and the Gospel

My sister’s baby had a fever, so I ran by her house the other week to pick up two of her kids and take them with me on my errands to give her a little break. They were prattling on like little girls do, talking about nothing and everything. On our way home, we were listening to a local Christian radio station and Everfound’s “God of the Impossible” came on. Now, I’m not a fan of Christian radio per se, but the lyrics got me thinking about my life and what I was doing with it. “Here I am, Lord send me. I won’t look back cause I was made to be a part of the impossible, you’re God of the impossible…I dare to believe in incredible things, I’m ready to go, ready to go.” As I was driving, listening to mindless chatter and my son babbling in the back seat, I thought, “Gosh, there is so much I could do with my life. I could go to Africa and take care of orphans, or go back to Haiti and work at the orphanage there. Or even Bolivia, learning Spanish and preaching the Gospel in La Paz. Yet here I am, going to Walmart and buying groceries and living a pretty mindless life. I want to do GREAT THINGS!” All the while the song kept playing in the background…here I am, Lord send me....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: girls, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, parenting, mission, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, making disciples, motherhood, women, mundane, image of God

August 20, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Tying Lost Friends into the Church

In reading last week's post, some of you may have wondered how by yourself you could ever teach your lost friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers "all" that Jesus has commanded us (see Matt. 28:18-20). If that was you, there's good news: you don't have to do this alone. In fact, you shouldn't. The wonderful truth about our witness to the lost is that it is a community project. God has made us a part of a body of believers, and we are called to teach the gospel together. So our next step in the disciple-making process is to tie our lost friends into our relationships with our Christian brothers and sisters in the church....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, making disciples

August 13, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Teaching the Gospel to the Lost

Over the last few weeks, I've been painting a picture of how we can practically apply our wonderful responsibility of sharing the gospel with the lost in a simple, step-by-step approach. By following these steps I believe each of us can obey Jesus' radical call to make disciples by simply interacting with the lost people who are already in our lives in intentional, Jesus-imitating, gospel-focused ways. So after we intentionally touch base with the lost, begin to winsomely talk with the lost, and seek to sincerely befriend the lost by interacting with them in meaningful ways at our dinner (or breakfast, lunch, snack, coffee, etc.) tables, we must teach them about the truths of the gospel in a way that relates to their lives....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, mission, lee vista, lee vista church, lakenonachurch, discipling, making disciples, kingdom of God, evangelize, evangelism

August 6, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Inviting Sinners to Your Table

Who would you invite into your home for dinner? Perhaps more significantly, who would you not invite over for dinner? If we're honest, most of us probably have some real restrictions on who makes it to our dinner table. It's one thing to have people come over for a large event, it's another thing to have a few people over for the game, but we tend to reserve our dinner table to a select few...and this is normal. Sharing a meal with someone is a more or less universal way of communicating a desire for friendship and intimacy with others. And this is ultimately because God has made it so....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Fellowship, Lake Nona Church, blog, food, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, mission, lee vista, outreach, lee vista church, lakenonachurch, steps to disciple making, making disciples

July 30, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Talking Winsomely With the Lost

Last week, we discussed the importance of engaging with the lost with the intent of making disciples of Jesus. We talked about how we need to make it a priority to prayerfully and intentionally touch base with those around us, just as Jesus did. Just as Jesus "looked up" towards Zacchaeus as he passed through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem (see Luke 19:5) we must take the time and effort to look towards the lost that we pass by every day in our neighborhoods, at work, or even at home....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, Lake Nona Churches, mission, lee vista, lee vista church, lakenonachurch, the gospel, discipling, making disciples

July 24, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Getting in Touch with the Lost

Last week, I introduced a seven-step approach to making disciples that I believe can serve as a helpful, step-by-step way for us to follow Jesus in fulfilling his Great Commission. By way of reminder, here is the basic approach....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making

July 16, 2014 by Eric Garrett 1 comments

A Progressive Approach to Making Disciples

If you've been with us at Redeemer Church for a bit, you may have heard us use the term "disciple-making disciple" as a way to encapsulate what we believe is our role as followers of Jesus in our God-created, fallen, yet redeemed and soon to be restored world. As I've explained elsewhere, as we seek to follow Jesus in his mission of redemption for the world, we are to draw upon the awesome power of the Holy Spirit to make disciples of Jesus, just as he did when he was on earth....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, discipling, making disciples

July 9, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

One Way to Imitate God: Pursue Others

For those of you who were not present to hear Jesse's message on Sunday, please do yourselves a favor and listen to it here. It was simply and profoundly inspiring. As he reminded us about God's relentless and merciful pursuit of us in our wanderings and rebellion, my soul was stirred afresh as I was reminded of the wonder and the power of God's great love for us, for me....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, community groups, church life, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Eric Garrett, lee vista, odyssey, lee vista church, sermons, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Jonah, sermon review

July 2, 2014 by Eric Garrett 1 comments

They Will Listen

On Sunday, we completed our inspiring series through the book of Acts. In this second volume of Luke's theological history of the birth of the Spirit-filled church, we've seen over and over again the Holy Spirit indwelling and propelling the church forward to extend the bounds of God's kingdom. And as we were reminded about on Sunday, all of this came on the heals of God's promises to His church through Luke. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, evangelism, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, Eric Garrett, charismatic, lee vista church, propelled, Acts Series, lakenonachurch

February 19, 2014 0 comments

Disciple Making Disciples

I was recently asked to succinctly describe my burden for Redeemer Church: I want to see God birth in us a rich culture of disciples who make disciple-making disciples....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church

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