Over the next twelve months, until school starts in 2020, we’re going to repeatedly, emphatically, and prayerfully explore the theme of friendship. We have three goals in mind for every member of Redemption, that each of us would be able to say:
We don’t settle for knowing about Jesus. We want to know Jesus. We want to be intimates of Jesus, filled with Jesus’ Spirit, living every moment with an awareness of Jesus’ presence with us, and overflowing with the life that comes only from Him.
We don’t settle for loneliness, and we don’t even settle for acquaintances. We want the relationships God made us for. We want real, deep, heart-level, invigorating, soul-stirring, life- and neighborhood-changing friendships with each other.
These friendships may be unique and unusual, but they’re the work of Jesus—so they’re our work too, our beautiful, world-healing work. This is how we become radically inclusive. This how we offer hope to absolutely anyone.
Will you join us in this year of deep friendship? Will you become Jesus’ friend? Will you become ours?
If you’re new to Redemption or are struggling to get involved, let us know. One of our pastors would love to buy you coffee and help you find your place:
Here are some helpful ideas and pieces of encouragement, both from us and others. We’ll be updating this section regularly throughout the year. In other words, check back here soon for much more.
The Relational Soul, by Richard Plass and James Cofield
$5.99 on Amazon
This book is written to get at our hearts, to help us with loneliness, to help us with sin, to help us grow and thrive forever and ever. Writing with expertise in both theology and psychology, Plass and Cofield lead us towards the vulnerability and connection, with each other and God, that we were made for.
Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
$6.49 on Amazon
This short book has become a classic of Christian community life. It covers various practical aspects of what it means for us to have fellowship together—including prayer, worship, work, and solitude.
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Be near me today Jesus Remind me you’re my friend Remind me you care - Fill my soul with your love - You love me when it’s hard to love myself You love me when I feel as if you don’t You love me at my best You love me at my worst - Help me love you today Help me believe I am really your friend
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The Trinity: The Divinity of Jesus and the Oneness of God
The Trinity was not an invention of the early Church. Instead, the need for clarification arose as various errors concerning the nature of Jesus began to spread and take root. This clarification led to the conclusion that Jesus is God, and yet there is only one God.