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  •  Like Zacchaeus, we may need a perspective change in order to meet Jesus. For Zacchaeus, it took the physical form, as his short stature prevented him from seeing over the crowd. But how often do we, metaphorically, get caught staring at the backs of strangers, and we miss Jesus’s presence? Fortunately for Zacchaeus, Jesus sees him and demands to visit his house. An encounter with Jesus is an opportunity for a second chance­­­ – for him, and for us as well...


  • Two months ago I mentioned a few short term goals for Redemption’s discipleship strategy in a “We Are the Church” sermon on what’s coming next. The first goal being a review of our discipleship strategy, and the second, a beginning of our middle school ministry. I wanted to take some time to update you all on our progress as we tackle these goals...


  • This spring, we sought to test the waters for a new community group in the Matthews/SE Charlotte area. This “incubation group” brought together a few folks who are fairly new to Redemption (and the city of Charlotte), as well as existing members who were also a part of an existing community group. Over the past few months, two couples bought houses and moved, and numerous people had job transitions, while others in the group attended school to pursue professional degrees...


  • “Grow Deep Roots”…

     

    Back in January, our group came up with some guiding values and a mission we wanted to practice/pursue for the year under the realm of our church as a whole. We determined that we wanted to “Grow Deep Roots” as a community and individuals in the gospel. This meant to grow in spiritual maturity, to challenge our faith in new ways and to be even more engrafted in to the life of Christ, our True Vine...


  • The Sedgefield Group is made up mostly of young professionals and is split between singles and married couples. As a group that’s all in our twenties and early thirties, we’ve spent a lot of time focusing on how we can use this early life stage as a catalyst to deepen our individual relationships with Jesus for our whole lives.


  • Our hope over the coming months is to see our view expanded of the whole, complete, full, satisfying, and eternal life that God has set before us through Christ. One of the obstacles that may be keeping you from knowing this full life may be your riches, or your poverty. James reminds us that when looking at our life through an eternal perspective, riches and poverty are merely a means for us to know God more, or be pushed further from Him in our sin...


  • The Wilmore group seeks to be a place where we can meet weekly as a “safe place” of learning from each other, with the ultimate goal of being more like Jesus in all areas of our lives. Each week we spend time catching up on each other’s lives, and how God has been moving, and where we would like to see him move...


  • This week we looked at faith and wisdom, and  how the typical application leaves us vulnerable to religion apart from Christ. Read below to hear the good news that pure faith emphasizes Christ's work while still giving us freedom to act in godly ways...


  • I have been asked to write a short blog about the Huntersville Group and what we have been up to lately. Our group enjoys gathering together for fellowship, service, and accountability. I asked our members how they would describe our group and one reply I received said:  “We are a small and weird group with lots of kids.” Seems about right; I will go with that answer. And in case you’re wondering, we currently have 8 kids in our group, two of which are middle schoolers.  By Redemption standards, that’s a lot of kids. Come by and visit and we may put you to work watching our kids...


  • A healthy church has a spiritual, relational, and practical benefit to the members and its immediate community. This kind of church worships Jesus, loves each other as family, and serves together in mission...