Our sermon series "The Path of Christ" continues this week as we take a look at John 13:1-20:
As we approach our worship gathering this Sunday morning, pray. . .
Our sermon passage for Sunday is John 12:44-50:
As we approach our corporate worship gathering, pray for. . .
1. . . Jeremy as we prepares to preach God's Word
2. . . our church family to grow in our understanding and appreciation of the eternal life that the Gospel brings us
3. . .the unbelievers who gather with us on Sunday morning to believe in Christ and be saved
4. . .our children to hear and trust in the Gospel as it is taught this Sunday in Kid's Worship
Our sermon passage for Sunday is John 12:37-43:
As we approach our corporate worship gathering on Sunday, pray for. . .
In our February 2018 Members' Meeting our church family voted to change our name to Redeemer Baptist Fellowship. This congregational decision concluded more than a year of consideration and discussion over the idea of transitioning to a new name. The primary reason for this transition was the confusion that the name Cherokee caused for many of our neighbors. As we talk with people who live in our area, we're almost always asked about the significance of our name and if we are are a church primarily for Native Americans. If our church still met in the Cherokee neighborhood (as it did prior to its move to East Memphis in 1979), referring to our body as Cherokee Baptist Church would make sense. Now, after almost 40 years in the Sea Isle neighborhood, the name doesn't help people understand the location, doctrine, or people who make up our church family.
The name Redeemer was an easy choice for us because it represents Jesus Christ, the Savior we treasure and follow. While we could have chosen a name based on our location, it felt like the right choice to communicate the greatest news and primary truth about our church in our name: that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of sin and made us sons and daughters of God.
The Symbolism in Our New Logo
We had three goals in our new logo:
1 - We wanted to highlight three elements that detail the three core elements of our body life together: the gospel, community, and mission.
2 - We wanted to highlight our unity in the Gospel that transcends color, background, age, and socio-economic status. The stained glass background of the logo helps depict that unity.
3 - We wanted something that connected us with our past. Even as a church replant that is experiencing new life and vitality, we want to embrace our unique heritage as a body that has existed for 65+ years and that seeks to stand in the larger historical stream of confessional Baptists. The stained glass windows in the back of our church's sanctuary originally inspired us to incorporate this symbolism into our logo.
What hasn't changed?
A new name doesn't mean that we're a new church. Our location, doctrine, and mission haven't changed. Our passion to know Christ in community and to make him known in our community hasn't shifted. Instead, it's our hope that embracing a new name will help us better engage our neighbors individually and our city as a whole with the life-transforming news of the Gospel. We're grateful for our legacy as Cherokee Baptist Church and we're excited to see what God might be pleased to do as we call ourselves Redeemer Baptist Fellowship.
Our sermon passage for our Easter Worship Gathering is John 12:27-36:
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine.Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
As we approach our corporate gathering, please pray for. . .
1. . . Jeremy as he prepares to preach.
2. . .Unbelievers to gather with us and come to faith in Christ.
3. . .the Spirit to (A.) grow our church family in our understanding of the work of Christ on the cross and (B.) move us towards confidence in Christ and and sacrificial love for others in response.
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