Tag Archives: Community

“Supernatural Love”

In The Compelling Community, Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop wrote: A cold heart that does not love suggests one of two things. Either it has never been forgiven, or it does not appreciate the depth of its forgiveness. In fact, … Continue reading

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Sanctification as Group Work

Timothy Lane and Paul Trip in their book, How People Change, emphasize the importance of Biblical community in the process of sanctification. They ask; “What are some common obstacles that hinder redemptive relationships from developing in our lives?” They then … Continue reading

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How to Encourage Gospel Culture

This summer we are going to read through Ray Ortlund’s book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ. I know the book was quoted on the blog last week, but at risk of overexposure I hope mentioning … Continue reading

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Community Thrives in a Gospel Culture

In his excellent book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, Ray Ortlund wrote: A gospel culture is harder to lay hold of than gospel doctrine. It requires more relational wisdom and finesse. It involves stepping into … Continue reading

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Gossip: A Killer of Community

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” –Ephesians 4:29 The sermon text this past Sunday covered Ephesians … Continue reading

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Pray for Community

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” –John 13:35 As we have been studying through Ephesians we have seen that love within the church is an important theme. First, … Continue reading

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True Community

During the sermon on Sunday I mentioned Collin Hansen’s new book, Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church. The thrust of this book is to show that Christians tend to separate into one of these three groups; courageous, … Continue reading

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Because I Love You…

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes … Continue reading

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The Church is a Countercultural Community

In the sermon this past Sunday, I sought to bring specific application from the text to bear on the life of our church. The central verse was Mark 9:35, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all … Continue reading

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A Meal Together

One of the main emphases of our small groups at Redeemer is having a shared meal together. We strongly encourage our groups to not neglect gathering around the table when they meet. Table-fellowship is vital to cultivating a real sense … Continue reading

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