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November 24, 2014 by Bob Putman 1 comments

Casting Out Legalism

Pastor Benny began his message on Sunday by saying these are difficult verses because of how radical Paul’s message was. The Galatian churches were being affected by “men from James,” the Jerusalem church that James led. The Judaizers, whom James did not agree with, were saying, it’s fine and important to become a Christian, and yes, Jesus is the Messiah. But to become a Christian you have to become a Jew under the law....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: sermon, sermon review, Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible reading, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, gospel-centered preaching, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatian's series, from slavery to sonship, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Galatians series

November 21, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

The Day I Watched a Man Die

I watched a man die once. It was not an experience I’ve ever wanted to repeat again. He was a quiet, pleasant patient whom I had taken care of a few times since he had been placed within our unit. That day, my friend was his nurse. She called me in to come help her, stating he was having difficulty breathing. Sure enough, he was in his recliner gasping for breath. As she ran to grab non-rebreather mask (a step up from your typical 02 mask), things went downhill quickly. I didn’t have enough time to even call another nurse into the room with me before I knew I had to call a code. Thankfully, a physical therapy assistant was in the room with me, and helped me lift him onto the bed so I could start CPR. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, abortion, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, cultural engagement, Redeemer Lake Nona, culture, social justice, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

October 23, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

The Word of God in Jeremiah

I love God's Word. I hope you do too. I love knowing that because of what Jesus accomplished for me in the gospel, earning my righteousness by living a perfect life, absorbing the penalty for my sin at the cross, and rising from the dead to secure my new life in him, I can sit at his feet and commune with the living God in a completely restored relationship. And I love that this is always possible no matter how sinful I feel - rightly or wrongly (Heb. 4:16). Seeing Jesus in me, God wants me to come to Him at all times and in every circumstance. The Word of God assures me of this, and it is comforting beyond words....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, bible reading, bible, reading, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, devotional, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, read, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Jeremiah, The Word of God, prophet, Suffering

September 24, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

God's Masterpiece of Unified Diversity

Something unexpected happened to me on Sunday morning. While I was preparing to teach for our children's ministry, Truth Miners, I was struck by the profundity of the passage I was about to teach from. One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how God reveals to both young and old the same truths in profound ways. I was so affected by what I studied that I want to share some thoughts about the passage with you. The passage I taught from is 1 Corinthians 12, and my thoughts center on what God is doing when He masterfully blends unity and diversity together through His people, the church....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, church life, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Scripture, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, The church, church ministry, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, unity, diversity, unified diversity

September 22, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Freedom Fighter for Truth

On Sunday morning Pastor Benny reprised his excellent intro to the Book of Galatians by focusing on the Apostle Paul as a “freedom fighter for truth.” Judaizers from Jerusalem had come to the churches Paul had planted in Galatia making three accusations against Paul: 1. He was not an apostle. 2. He was not preaching the true gospel. 3. The gospel (of grace) he preached would lead to loose living....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, sermon review, redeemer blog, sermon, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatians, Galatian's series, from slavery to sonship

September 12, 2014 0 comments

Sexual Ethics and Controlling the Discourse

“Oh, great,” said everyone. “Another church railing against promiscuity, homosexuality, and how society is going to hell in a handbasket. Just what I want to read today (this is not what I want to read today).” I know there is something archaic and cliché to read a blog post about sexual ethics from an evangelical church. Having admitted that, I hope you’ll bear with me since this post isn’t really about decrying the erosion of a normative sexual ethic built on heterosexuality and abstinence until marriage and replacing it with the new normative sexual ethic that basically anything consensual and post-18th birthday goes. It’s about why sexual ethics generally have changed (both within and outside the church) and what that means going forward....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Sin, lee vista, Fighting the battle of temptation, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, church blog, sex, sexual ethics

September 10, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Longing For a Culture of Grace

There is something that's been on my heart about the life of our church (and others) for some time. Although I've discussed it briefly in various contexts I've never really sat down to try and succinctly articulate what it is...here it goes. I hope this turns out to be helpful for you. Week in and week out, as we gather together to lift up our Savior with one voice as a church family there is something I long to see brought to maturity in our midst. It's something that's "thereish", but not really there yet. The best way I believe I've heard this expressed is with the idea of a culture of grace. As the body of Christ, I long for us to be part of a culture that exudes grace to all who are in our midst....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Fellowship, lake Nona, vision, ministry, bible, church life, grace, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Scripture, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church ministry, church blog

September 4, 2014 0 comments

Compassion for Criminals: A Christian Calling

When I decided to go to law school, I received many comments like “Are you going to be one of the ones who keeps the criminals off the street?” and “Nice. So you’re going to get the bad guys and make sure they pay.” At the time, I had no difficulty with these statements. Though I had no intention of pursuing a career in criminal law, I figured that if I did, it would certainly be to prosecute criminals. Obviously. Why would I want to deal with the moral quandaries involved in working to get a murderer acquitted? Or a child molester? Or a rapist? Sure, I would probably be fine with helping someone out of a trespassing charge, or maybe even a DUI. But actively attempting to ensure that a man or woman, guilty of some heinous crime, be set free? Or even receive a light sentence? Why? How could anyone live with themselves?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Friends of Redeemer Tags: criminal law, extrospective understanding, introspective understanding, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Sin, Christian Character, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog, social issues, Gospel-centeredness, cultural issues, church blog

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 28, 2014 4 comments

Keeping the Home

At age 60 I remember the days when church women’s ministries were focused on Titus 2: 3-5 which in part teaches women to be “keepers at home.” In fact, I was one of those pastor’s wives who taught this passage in our own church’s women’s ministry. Honestly, I benefited from this. I gained a vision for my home as the primary focus of my gifts and ministry. I learned to push through not feeling creative or administrative enough to get it all done. God used other women in my life to inspire and help me overcome patterns of procrastination and I really did come to love the often mundane tasks of keeping a home running....Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: homemaking, ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, bible, gospel, church life, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, Identity, lee vista, family, odyssey, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, redeemer blog, women, mundane, cultural issues

August 26, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Welcome to the Priesthood

For hours our group of foreign and Chinese teachers drove south through rice paddies and terraced tea hills to the famed Yellow Mountains of east central China. My initial fascination worn thin through endless unfamiliarity, I felt I had been dropped on another planet and wished I could switch off my senses. But we kept driving and entered the town of Mt. Jihua (pronounced jo-hwah), ringed by eighty-one temples. Throngs of Buddhist worshipers crowded the streets for the September pilgrimage....Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: royal priesthood, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, bible reading, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Idolatry, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, The church

August 25, 2014 by Bob Putman 3 comments

Moses and the Burning Bush: A Sermon Review

When God appears to Moses in the form of a burning bush, this is a moment that affects everyone. God steps forward and speaks His name. But before God tells Moses who He is, He shows him who He is. A messenger speaks on God’s behalf. This is called a theophany, God appearing in another form. There are many in the Old Testament. This burning bush is a temple of the living God. And Moses stands in the presence, alive. Exodus 33:20 says of God, “for man shall not see me and live.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Age of Heroes, redeemer blog, gospel-centered preaching, holiness, holiness of God, burning bush, Moses

August 21, 2014 by Ginny Jacobson 1 comments

Should Women Be Leaders in the Church?

An automated spiritual gifts test once assumed I was a man. It was a generic test, so at the end, the tally of my results indicated (to the formula of the test results) that I should serve as a teaching pastor or lead men’s ministry. I cried, and the elder leading our class had no idea how to console me. In his mumbling, he said this, “God didn’t mess up and you aren’t disobeying God by being a strong leader and teacher.” But as a professing complimentarian, I was confused. Should women be leaders and teachers in the church? ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: women's leadership, leadership, ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, bible, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog, social issues, church ministry

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 19, 2014 0 comments

Counseling: The Gospel for the Details

So far this series, we’ve discussed how the gospel is more than a reference point for ministry, and we have seen how that shapes our approach to preaching. This week, we discuss how that affects our approach to counseling....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, bible, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, church ministry, church identity, counseling, gospel-centered counseling

August 18, 2014 0 comments

Fickleness, Faithfulness, and Freedom

A man is working hard in obscurity. His intent is to work in obscurity because any attention was bad attention (or so he thought). But he drew the attention of the Lord, who came to him and instructed him that he would be used to rescue his people from their oppressors. The Lord filled the man with strength and bravery, and miraculously everything the Lord said would happen did happen, because of the obedience and bravery of this man....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Gideon, Age of Heroes, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, Idolatry, lee vista, lee vista church, lakenonachurch, the gospel, gospel-centered preaching, sermon, sermon review, faithfulness of God, Freedom

August 14, 2014 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

The Heart of Women and Work

This month in our cultural value series we are sharing thoughts on different issues women face. Last week, Janelle discussed the issue of women and image. This week I want to touch on the topic of women and work. When you think about women and work there is SO much that has already been said and written on the subject. I am not going to attempt to address the question on whether or not a woman should work outside the home. What I want to touch on and dialogue about today is how we are making the decision about whether or not to work inside or outside the home....Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, church life, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, Work, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, women, cultural values, women and work, decision making

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 12, 2014 0 comments

Preaching More Than Moralism

Last week, we looked at the gospel as Scripture’s paradigm for ministry in general. Today, we are looking at the gospel as Scripture’s paradigm for preaching for interpreting and applying God’s Word for God’s people on God’s terms....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Gospel-centeredness, preaching the gospel, gospel-centered preaching, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, ministry, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, mission, lee vista, lee vista church, sermons, theology, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog

August 11, 2014 0 comments

Deliverer in the Furnace

Dad (Benny) continued our series "Age of Heroes" with the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three men thrown into a fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar. As Dad explained, the story is a story of faith on trial....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, miracle, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Idolatry, Idol, lee vista, odyssey, lee vista church, sermons, joey phillips, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Age of Heroes, sermon review, redeemer blog, Sanctification, book of Daniel

August 8, 2014 0 comments

Work Ethics Part 1

The issue of what it means to work, where we should work, and how the gospel applies to our work is an important issue, and one that Alex Thermenos somewhat addressed in an earlier post. We want to look at the issue more in-depth; this is Part I of a series on “Work and the Gospel,” and I want to address an issue that is relevant to whatever “work” we are doing. What does it mean to have a biblical work ethic?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Work and the Gospel Tags: Work, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog

August 7, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 2 comments

Image is Not Everything

Our culture gets it wrong when it comes to women and image. That is no surprise, and much has been said on the topic. Recently the Huffington Post did a piece on what tabloids would look like if they treated men the way they treated women. Westminster College has a well-researched article about beauty standards, women in the media, and how women internalize the “thin-beauty” standard....Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Hope, parenting, Idolatry, trayvon martin, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, motherhood, women, kingdom of God, The church, image of God, cultural issues

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

August 5, 2014 0 comments

More Than a Reference Point

If you've been around the church world long enough, you've probably heard someone somewhere talk about being "gospel-centered" - gospel-centered preaching, gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered counseling, gospel-centered everything. And you've probably had one of a number of reactions to these pretentious-sounding assertions of unique commitment to the gospel reactions that range from indignance at the implications regarding apparently non-gospel-centered churches and ministries to amusement at what sounds like an awfully simplistic approach to life and ministry. I initially reacted with a little of both and a lot of everything in between. I was at first a little confused at what people meant and why they were so adamant about it. But the more I learned, the more it made sense to me, and the more I liked it...until finally I decided “gospel-centered,” as a term, is just too small to capture what people are saying, that the relationship between the gospel and ministry is much more robust than mere centeredness. But before I explain what I think the gospel is to ministry, let me explain the idea of gospel-centeredness....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Gospel-centeredness, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, ministry, bible, gospel, church life, Lake Nona Churches, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, The church, church ministry, church identity

August 4, 2014 2 comments

Babylon, Jerusalem, and the Kingdom of God

“Israel and Hamas broke their ceasefire today and resumed fighting. This means the war has now gone on for…let me just check my watch here. Is it July 31st? Ok that means the war has been going on for…3000 years.” That joke (roughly) was how Stephen Colbert began his show on Friday, and it was either hilarious or insensitive. But it was also illustrative of a far more important point, a point that Jesse made in his sermon on Sunday about the life of Daniel (the latest in our Age of Heroes series): earthly kingdoms are constantly in turmoil and war, and they all inevitably fade away. But the kingdom of God does not. The kingdom of God is eternal; the kingdom of God is righteous; the kingdom of God is here....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: redeemerchurch, sermons, lee vista church, lee vista, Jesse Phillips, Identity, Faith, mission, Lake Nona Churches, gospel, bible, bible reading, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Redeemer Church, lakenonachurch, the gospel, sermon review, redeemer blog, Israel, kingdom of God, kingdom of man, book of Daniel, Age of Heroes

August 1, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

True Peace for Israel

I forget things all the time. Just ask my husband. He has formed a habit of following behind me whenever we leave somewhere, whether it’s a restaurant or a friend’s house, to grab my phone, keys, and wallet that I left behind. My forgetfulness is my dad’s fault (right, Mom?), or so I claim. I tend to forget other things, too. I tend to look at what is going on around me in the world and see all the pain, suffering, death, and mourning and forget that God is in charge of it all. If forget that He is reigning still, in the midst of suffering. Forgetting my phone is one thing. Forgetting the sovereignty of God is another thing entirely....Keep Reading

Posted in: Current Events Tags: Israel, Palestine, Middle East, peace, Suffering, soveriegnty, Revelation, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, Conflict, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, the gospel, Muslim, redeemer blog

July 31, 2014 by Benny Phillips 0 comments

Love That Changes Us - Then and Now

Ephesians 5:23-30 is a familiar passage to most of us. (It’s the one about husbands and wives relating to one another as Christ and the church do.) While it’s a great passage about husbands and wives, it carries far greater significance. There are many different images in the Bible to describe the church, but none more clearly communicate the way God binds Himself in love to His people as does marriage....Keep Reading

Posted in: Pastor's Musings Tags: Bride of Christ, Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, devotional, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Ephesians, Sanctification, Love of God, love, marriage

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 29, 2014 0 comments

Two Things the Gospel Does for Us When We Suffer

The gospel does two things for us when we suffer: it comforts us, and it calls us. In my last post, I surveyed the glorious hope our identity in Christ gives us in the face of suffering:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Hope, Identity, lee vista, Suffering, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, redeemer blog, love, 1 Peter

July 25, 2014 by Kyle Davis 0 comments

Worship and Art

In this, the third and final post of the series on worship, I am hoping that you have been challenged with how you prepare your heart, as well as your physical expressiveness in times of corporate worship. Today, I would like to stir up the pot a little with what is an ongoing debate amongst churches and hopefully encourage us all to use our gifts and talents for the glory of God....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Worship, Creativity, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, church life, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Kyle Davis

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 23, 2014 0 comments

David, Goliath and Underdogs

This past Sunday, Joey Phillips delivered the latest sermon in our Age of Heroes series, entitled David and Goliath. Joey pointed out that the story of David and Goliath is a story about the complete and utter authority of God, as well as the heroic obedience of David....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Age of Heroes, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Faith, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, joey phillips, lakenonachurch, sermon review

July 22, 2014 3 comments

What Our Identity in Christ Says About Our Suffering

The suffering in our lives keeps us from doing and experiencing many good things, and it often teaches us bad things. Suffering has the tendency to pervert our perception of the world around us. Children who grow up abused often have uniquely distorted views of God, self, and others. Those who suffer traumatic experiences in any stage of life often have difficulty engaging with life after the trauma. Chronic pain or illness can keep us from so much of what we could be doing if only we were well, and we wonder if we're doing well enough under the circumstances or failing to redeem what little time we have. In the end, we often ask, "Is there any value in the years ravaged by another's sin? Is there any value in a life only half-lived due to our own folly, inability, or disability? Is there any good in all the bad, and what about all the bad we see in the good? Do we or our lives amount to anything more than the cumulative effect of sin upon sin and pain upon pain, or are we nothing more than failures who have been failed by others, wounded, broken, and destined to perpetuate the process in others?"...Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: Identity, Suffering, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, In Christ, Who You Are in Christ, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, joseph

July 18, 2014 by Kyle Davis 0 comments

Expressiveness in Worship

There is a reason that the first post in this three part series was on preparing our hearts for worship and the fact that every aspect of our lives during the week is a form of worshiping the Creator. We were created to worship God and we are emotional creatures, but just as in everything else we are called to do, we are to direct those around us to God’s glory and not our own. Our expressiveness in worship is no exception! If we are clapping our hands, singing, bowing before God, kneeling, lifting hands, shouting, playing instruments or dancing (Ps. 47:1; Eph. 5:19; Ps. 95:6; Ps. 134:2; Ps. 33:1;Rev. 15:2; Ps. 149:3; Ps. 22:23) so that others are impressed by our acts of worship then it is but a loud clanging cymbal that does not reflect the heart of a true worshiper. We worship God because we are no longer slaves to our sin. We are free in Christ and our identity is wrapped up in who He is. And the fact that He is now living in us means that our lives are a reflection of that! One of my favorite lines in a song is by Matt Redman: “It’s the overflow of a forgiven soul, and now we’ve seen You God. Our hearts cannot stay silent!” Our words should be confirmed by our actions. If we confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord then our bodies and our actions should confirm that. If I were to say to my wife that I love her and not confirm that with my actions then my words don’t really mean that much to her....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Worship, Spirit Filled Church, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, Spirit life, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Kyle Davis, Matt Redman

July 10, 2014 by Julie Brackin 0 comments

Does the World See Christ Through Us?

Walking purposefully along the winding sidewalk towards the host hotel for my final day at The Gospel Coalition’s national women’s conference, I was stopped by an inquisitive taxi driver who looked at my name tag and asked me what was going on inside. As if to aid me in my answer, I held out my nametag for him to read and replied “It’s an event put on by The Gospel Coalition and it’s for women.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: testimony, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, lee vista, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, conference, tgcw14, Islam, Muslim, redeemer blog

July 3, 2014 by Ginny Jacobson 0 comments

Reminders of the Gospel - TGCW14 Testimony

I went to the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference on the book of Nehemiah. That still makes me laugh. Who teaches Nehemiah at a women’s conference? And beyond that, no one taught a single leadership principle! Not one. Because that isn’t the heart of Nehemiah or the overall story of the Bible: the story is God, in love, redeeming His people....Keep Reading

Posted in: Testimony Tags: testimony, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, gospel, grace, Lake Nona Churches, Doctrine, Holy Spirit, lee vista church, theology, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, tgcw14, nehemiah,

July 1, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

Coming Together Around God’s Word: TGCW14 Testimony

This last weekend a few ladies from Redeemer went to The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference. We heard from speakers including Don Carson, John Piper, Tim and Kathy Keller, Paige Benton Brown, and Nancy Guthrie. Those were only the plenary speakers! There were several breakouts to choose from including a list of speakers and authors who have contributed to the gospel work around the globe....Keep Reading

Posted in: Testimony Tags: bible reading, bible, testimony, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, conference, tgcw14, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, lake Nona, Spirit Filled Church

May 5, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Keep God At the Center

As Christians we are tempted to push God away from the center of our lives, and to replace him with heart idols. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ helps us to identify idols, turn from them and keep God in his rightful place at the center of our lives....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, Gospel According to Isaiah, bible, church life

March 31, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Big words, deep truths, great joy on a big day!

Propitiation and expiation are some big words, deep truths and cause for great joy on this big day! The wrath of God has been appeased and the guilt of sin removed....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: bible, Benny Phillips, gospel, Gospel According to Isaiah

March 10, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Abounding Hope

Recap of our Sunday gathering. Benny Phillips preached on our Abounding Hope from Isaiah 11:1-10, continuing our series on the Gospel According to Isaiah....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Isaiah, Metro Life Church, Orlando Church, Redeemer Church, Worship, Benny Phillips, bible, Hope, blog, church life

September 12, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

New Daily Devotional App from Desiring God {free}

Solid Joys is a free application available from Desiring God (for iPhone and iPad) which provides a short daily devotional excerpt from the ministry of John Piper....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: bible, church life, devotional, iphone

June 8, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

{my journey to redeemer} Kara's Testimony

The following testimony was shared by Kara Sherman in September of 2011. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Testimony Tags: About Us, bible, church life, gospel, grace, humility, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, ministry, miracle, Redeemer Church, Prayer

April 12, 2012 0 comments

lessons from a 1970′s co.worker (part two)

Yesterday's thoughts has me asking myself some pretty probing questions: Why should I care for my home when I know people are just going to keep messing it up? Why did I discipline my kids for arguing and being disrespectful when I knew they would do it again within days or hours or minutes? Why should I trust God to help my hurting friend when it seems my prayers have gone unanswered? Why can't I "sin back" when those I love are uncaring, selfish or lazy?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: gospel, Faith Rising, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Sheree Phillips, bible

January 15, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Bible Reading Plan

What a joy it will be to read the Word of God together as a Church family! Throughout this journey it will be exciting to hear about what God is showing and teaching us through His Word. Please feel free to post on our Facebook Page as you are reading over the next three months to give us all updates and to share how God is speaking to you personally. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: reading, mark, bible, , Benny Phillips, bible reading, blog, Gospel of Mark, Lake Nona Church

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