Foundations of Christian Discipleship Class

The New Testament writers used the term "Christian" only twice. They used the term "disciple" more than 200 times. Foundations of Christian Discipleship will explore the biblical call to being and making disciples of Jesus.

Starting Monday, June 12th, this group will meet weekly from 7:30-9pm for four consecutive weeks. You must be committed to attending all four weeks. This is not a "drop-in".

If you are interested in registering for the group, please talk to Reid Johnson about participating. Hope you can join us!

Sunday Family Soccer

Join us in June for Sunday Family Soccer! Adults and kids of all ages are invited to join. Feel free to invite your friends and family! It will be held weekly from 2-4pm at Trimble Park throughout the month of June. 

It is being led by the Trotter & Boldt families. Feel free to ask them for more details or send Karen Trotter an email here. She'd be happy to get in touch with you!

Community Potluck Lunch: May 28

On Sunday, May 28th Murray Dueck from Samuel Mantle's Prophetic Training School is coming to preach here at Redemption. After the service, we will have a community potluck lunch and have a time of prophetic ministry and training with Murray Dueck. Bring a dish for 6-8 people to share at our community lunch! Hope to see you there!

Murray and his team will be leading a time of ministry training after lunch at 1pm. He also has books available for purchase. Bring some cash if you'd like to check out these books! 

Ember: May 27

Join us for a time of musical worship, prayer, and prophetic words at Redemption Church on Saturday, May 27th from 7-9pm. There will be a full band and microphone set-up for prayer and prophetic words (we will be screening the words). Our desire is to create a space for people to encounter God's presence and rest in His Spirit. Although we have a structure, we are believing that the Holy Spirit will lead us. 

Check out the Ember Facebook page for more details, or contact Chris Felzmann if you have any questions.

Showing Who Christ is Through Our Love

This week, a handful of the redemption youth and youth leaders will be leading and serving on sunday morning.  one of our youth, juliette felzmann has written this week's blog post as a way of participating in body life.  

A couple weeks ago, I had an encounter with a family that I will never forget.

This family, a husband, wife, and 5 children plus one on the way, fled their home in Syria. They are Kurdish Muslims refugees. They spoke virtually no English as they had just arrived 3 months ago and started English school two weeks ago. They had lost everything in Syria. The ten year old boy used mostly hand gestures to communicate that their house had been flattened by a bomb. They also left behind all their extended family and made their way to Turkey for 2 years to seek refuge before coming to Canada.

As they were new neighbours on our street, my mother and I wanted to welcome them by giving a box of fruit bar snacks for their kid's school lunches. All we knew when we came to their house was that they were Muslims who had fled Syria with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. When we came with the gift, they immediately welcomed us warmly into their house. The box of fruit snacks was hastily put onto the kitchen counter, and we were invited into their living room. The basement suite was small and minimally furnished. I saw no toys except for a few stuffies. They insisted we sat on the sofa while they pulled up the dining room chairs for themselves. The wife lifted up my mother’s feet and put a throw cushion so she would not directly be touching the floor. While we were talking through a Google translator app, the oldest daughter made a Syrian dish and only brought two bowls, one for me and one for my mom. The seven of them sat around us and intently watched us eat the food.

Talking with them was very hard because the Google translator app was not always accurate. For instance, they were trying to communicate about the children going to school and the app translated the Arabic word madrasa, meaning school, as mafia. We talked about all sorts of conversational topics such as school, work and their life in Syria. When it was time for us to go, they expressed real appreciation and thankfulness that we had come to see them.

So, how do you share the good news of Jesus in a situation like this? You show them love, in everything you say and do. You show love even if you can’t communicate.

In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus says that the most important commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind. He then goes on to say that equal to this command is to love your neighbour as yourself. My mom and I showed the Syrian family a small part of the gospel through reaching out and loving them. In that time, through our actions, God planted a seed of His truth and love. The irony in this experience is that in loving the family, God also planted a seed in my heart for people who need help and acceptance. My hope and prayer for this family is that they come to Christ, and they learn about the unconditional love that He gives freely.

Sometimes, you may feel like you can’t share the gospel with someone that you meet. Sometimes, you don’t feel comfortable sharing the gospel as I felt in this experience. If this happens to you, I encourage you to love that person unconditionally as Jesus loves us, and maybe they will know we are Christians by our love….By Our Love - For King and Country

Juliette Felzmann

My name is Juliette Felzmann. I am in 7th grade at Carver Christian High School. I play the violin. I love cats and dogs. I also like to draw and paint.

After Over 18

[To read Zoli's previous blog about the damaging effects on porn and how it points to our ultimate need for God, click here. If you'd like to continue the conversation about biblical sexuality, join us at the church this Saturday and next, on May 6 & 13 at 9:30am for our "Navigating a Sexually Explicit World" workshops with Journey Canada.]

On April 29th about 30 people gathered at Redemption Church to watch the documentary “Over 18”. After the movie finished, we showed a short video of frequently asked questions that the producers had faced as they promoted this documentary last year. They answered such questions as; What can parents do? What if you have a porn addiction? What is it like to interview a porn star? They answered each question with wisdom and grace. All the feedback I have received so far was one of gratitude that we took the initiative to show this film. It certainly informed and helped us all take notice of what is going on right under our noses on the internet. While the film did not hold back about the truth of this issue, it also offered hope for us as people of God that truly evil does not have the last word on this or any subject. Jesus always has the last word, as he said in the gospel of John: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b)

A number of resources were mentioned at the end of the evening. So, with the intention of helping both those who attended the screening and those who did not, the following is a list of some of the helps that can be found.

For starters, this film is still being shown around the lower mainland and around the world. If you were unable to attend and would still like to see the documentary check the following page for screenings.

http://over18doc.com/screenings/

For more info on this subject the following books are recommended reads:

  • Gail Dines: “Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked Our Sexuality” (available at the VPL)
  • Ogi Ogas & Sai Gaddam: “A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships” (available at the VPL). You Tube link: https://youtu.be/sPJQbB2o8Es
  • Gary Wilson: “Your Brain on Porn” (n/a at the VPL)
  • William M. Struthers: “Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain” (n/a at the VPL). You Tube link: https://youtu.be/sWXqSFuIXSc

The following are resources for those struggling with porn addiction:

Resources for parents:

  • Kids Wifi - A separate wifi system for children that actively blocks inappropriate sites.
  • Great Books:
    • Kirsten A. Jensen & Gail Poyner: “Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn Proofing Today’s Young Kids”
    • Educate Empower Kids: “How To Talk To Your Kids About Pornography”
    • The Guideline: A Parent’s Guide To Addressing Pornography With Children
    • By Fight The New Drug (free download pdf)

The above is just a start, but a good start. My prayer is that we, as the church, will help one another throw off those things that hinder us and others, and the sin that so easily entangles us. And run the race that is before us both as individuals and as a community. Encouraging each other to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Who for the joy set before him endured the cross scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of God. And that we will continually consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Blessings

Zoli

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ZOLI MIKLOS

Zoltan Laszlo Miklos has been attending Redemption for a long time. He started following Jesus in his last year of high school. When he is not at church he can be seen riding his bicycle to work wearing some bright orange shorts - which is his wife Cheryl’s favourite colour. When he is at work he has tried to subdue the earth by beating it with the 46,000 landings (+/- 100 but who's counting) of the various airplanes he has flown over the years. It has not worked yet but he keeps on trying.