A Gospel Primer: Obey

Dear Redemption City Family,

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, it is very common in the church to think the gospel is only for non-Christians. We know the gospel is the means by which we are saved, but once saved, we tend to believe our growth is dependent upon our hard work and obedience. Do better. Try harder. Read more. Pray longer.

If we lack an understanding of how the gospel is the means by which we also grow as a Christian, then our strivings will do one of two things: 1) make us discouraged, feeling as if growing in godliness is impossible because we can’t do what we know we ought, or 2) make us self-righteous, causing us to think we’ve somehow figured it out and are sufficient for our own growth.

However, both ways lead us to a dead end road, further from Christ and from the way of the gospel.

Why do we need the gospel?  Because without it our lives remain caught between these two opposite sides of the spectrum (discouragement and apathy on one end, and self-righteousness and moralism on the other). Yet, when we grasp the glory of Jesus, who he is and what he has done on our behalf, it becomes the sustaining inspiration that transforms our lives. It’s the kind of grace that changes people from the inside out.

Isaiah was transformed by seeing Jesus in the temple.
Peter was transformed by seeing Jesus after his resurrection.
Paul was transformed when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus.


These men were changed when they saw the glory of Jesus.

Join us tomorrow as we learn what it means for the gospel to change our hearts and grant us the ability to obey God.  

Praying for you,
Pastor Juan

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Announcements

Newcomers' Lunch
New to Redemption City Church and want to learn more about us? Join us for our Newcomers' Lunch directly following our gathering tomorrow. Location to be announced during service. 

Volunteer Training
If you are a volunteer, plan on volunteering, or know someone that wants to volunteer at Redemption City, then please save Sunday, August 9th at 1PM for an important volunteer meeting. We want to celebrate and thank you with a massive cookout, re-cast vision, and provide additional training for the Fall so that we can welcome and serve more people at Redemption City. More details are forthcoming.

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Members' Meeting
Covenant Members, mark your calendars for our bi-annual meeting next Sunday, July 19th. We will meet at 1PM after our Sunday Gathering to celebrate God's grace and growth, pray for our church and city, and discuss where we are now and where we are headed. Lunch will be provided. Add it to your calendar and get location details here.

Help Wanted
We’re a growing church and are always in need of some helping hands with our Sunday Gathering. Please stop by our “Resource Table” on Sundays or check out our website to find out how you can get involved. 

Pre-service Prayer 
Every Sunday morning, Redemption City Church holds pre-service prayer meetings at 9:45am. Please join us in the hallway next to the auditorium to pray for our church, our city, and our world.

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