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  • The Cotswold Community Group meets to celebrate Jesus and lift each other up. We want to see each other learn, grow, and go­ – that’s our motto. We believe that fostering a community of openness and vulnerability is essential to achieving this mission and seeing our vision come to life...


  • “And Abraham obeyed and went, not knowing where he was going.”- Hebrews 11:8

     

    I wrote that on a notecard and placed it on my dashboard while driving/moving from Georgia to Texas. As a 25-year-old, I only owned what could fit in my Honda Civic. I was scared but emboldened by the community of faith ahead and a place to explore my next steps after working in campus ministry for 3 years after college. It was certainly easier than moving to South Africa or China like some of my missionary friends had, I told myself...


  • We've set apart these next two weeks to explicitly focus on these questions: Who was Jesus? (Palm Sunday) Why did He die?(Good Friday) What does it mean? (Easter resurrection)

    We looked at answering that first queston last Sunday...


  • Read a letter from Pastor Shawn about how our finances were stewarded in 2016 and check out our full Financial Report.


  • This week was our last We Are The Church sermon before going into personal discipleship and church membership following Easter. Pastor Shawn talked about what we hope to see developed in the next three years, as well as the immediate practical and leadership positions we are looking to fill now. Where are we in the blueprint? What needs to be developed? What needs to be sustained? Where can you take ownership?...
     


  • Many of you have heard us repeat our foundations of Redemption: Jesus, Scripture, community, and mission. While these form our foundation, what behaviors do we want to exhibit as God's church? What makes us unique in our pursuit of being a biblical, Christ-centered church? Since we are building a church, what strategies will we use to build faithfully? Check out our 10 leadership principles..


  • Those of you who have been around Redemption for a little while know that in the fall of 2015 we handed out New Testament Daily Devotional books and committed, as a church body, to read through the entire New Testament in 2016. As someone who thrives on structure and knowing exactly what is expected of me, this was a great resource. I loved having a set amount to read each day. It made me slow down and actually look more closely at things I had read multiple times before. I also loved that there was a goal; at the end of the year I knew I would have read the ENTIRE New Testament. There was no picking and choosing what I thought was most applicable to my life right now­­‑ just straight through the Bible. No part of scripture is included by accident. There is something important and good about reading scripture start to finish, in its context....


  • In week nine of our "We Are the Church" series, we looked at the ministry of deacons. Just as we looked at character requirements and functional role with elders, we did the same this week with deacons. Check out the Sermon Summary to see the two emphases of deacon ministry: facilitating the ministry of the word and developing others.
     


  • A little over a year ago, my life as I knew it: Shattered. As if that fragile dinnerware your grandma gave you fell from your grasp onto the hardwood floor: Shattered.

     

    We had just run the gauntlet of Halloween through Christmas retail chaos, and replaced all our leaders with new corporate agendas to push and names to prove. Pressure was at an all-time high. I was exhausted, losing my grip on reality, my roles and my life. I had been running on below E for longer than I could remember and like usual ignored all the dashboard warning lights. My closest friends felt distant or gone altogether. My family was wounded a few months prior by me announcing that God desired for our family to be uprooted and re-planted ten and a half hours away. Charlotte was my Nineveh. Oh, and I was taking the grandchildren too. #MicDrop...