A nine-session cycle of 10–12 minute voice-only audio prayer guides, each corresponding thematically to a chapter of the Redemption book. Inspired by Anglican Morning Prayer, Lectio Divina, and infused with passages from Redemption to set the scene for our imaginations.
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God’s story is the ultimate frame for our own. Our stories are most meaningful when they are swept up into and rewritten by his.
In Egypt, the Israelites were under a fog of unyielding oppression: daily suffering was as far as the eye could see for as far as the memory could recall…
When Pharaoh withheld straw for their bricks, what had already been ruthless labor for the Israelites became unbearable.
The Israelites suffered terrible slavery in Egypt, but they also served its gods.
The old life of slavery was gone and a new life with God had begun. God’s people had gone through a sort of death and resurrection.
Food and water were scarce, and fears were fierce. God had delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh, but could he also deliver them from the wilderness?
…they coerced Aaron into making an idol, something they could see and feel, something to embody their hope of redemption while God and Moses were absent.
God’s character, which he’d already proven by his redemptive works, he now proclaimed in words: The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious…
The blessing of God’s presence—the very lifeblood of human existence—this is what was at stake for the Israelites…
Father God, we come before your throne of grace with confidence knowing that you not only deeply desire our requests, but you also want our constricted hearts.
We stand in awe of your power and glory and we ask on behalf of the children, women and men who are victims of Modern-Day Slavery to rescue them.
We, your children, ask for their freedom, restoration and salvation. We claim the blood of Jesus and the power of Resurrection to break the chains of oppression, lust, lies, physical, emotional and psychological abuse that trap these victims in our city, in our country and in every corner of the world.
We also ask that your Spirit of unity will be present in those of us whom you have called to fight on behalf of the hurting in this city of San Diego. Fill us with your power through your Holy Spirit. Fill us with broken hearts so we will be moved and fight your battle. Grant us the wisdom to know what you have called us to do on behalf of these victims. Open the windows of heaven and pour down your Holy Spirit and every resource needed to do your work.
We are confident that You, the Sovereign God, will create a change in our city. We want to see transformed lives; we want to see the freedom that you offer in the lives of these victims. We want to see your Kingdom in our midst. Please Jesus hear our prayers.
“I thought I could have leaped from earth to heaven at one spring when I first saw my sins drowned in the Redeemer’s blood.”
– Charles Spurgeon
“By faith we are taken into Christ, made at once safe from holy wrath against sin, and kept safe from all perils and penalties. He, our divine Redeemer, becomes to us the new sphere of harmony and unity with God and His law, with His life and His holiness.”
– A. T. Pierson
Topics: Faith, Redemption
“There’s some task which the God of all the universe, the great Creator, your redeemer in Jesus Christ has for you to do, and which will remain undone and incomplete until by faith and obedience you step into the will of God.”
– Alan Redpath
Topics: Obedience, Redemption
“We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.”
– Elisabeth Elliot
Topics: Suffering, Brokenness, Redemption
“We are continuing God’s work of forming, filling, and subduing. Whenever we bring order out of chaos, whenever we draw out creative potential, whenever we elaborate and ‘unfold’ creation beyond where it was when we found it, we are following God’s pattern of creative cultural development.”
– Tim Keller
Topics: creativity, dominion, redemption, work
“Christ’s yesterday was the accomplishment of redemption,–His tomorrow is the having His Church with Himself in glory. But He is a living Christ for today.”
– G.V. Wigram
Topics: Redemption, Heaven
“It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things. God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.”
– Oswald Chambers
Topics: Prayer, Redemption, Change
“Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I’m not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things – things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him.”
– Oswald Chambers
Topics: Redemption, Service, Surrender
“By Christ’s purchasing redemption, two things are intended: his satisfaction and his merit; the one pays our debt, and so satisfies; the other procures our title, and so merits. The satisfaction of Christ is to free us from misery; the merit of Christ is to purchase happiness for us.”
– Jonathan Edwards
“Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe. I die because of my belief in Christ.”
– Watchman Nee
Topics: Salvation, Resurrection, Redemption
“Intercessory prayer for one who is sinning prevails. God says so! The will of the man prayed for does not come into question at all, he is connected with God by prayer, and prayer on the basis of the Redemption sets the connection working and God gives life.”
– Oswald Chambers
Topics: Prayer, Intercession, Redemption
“The more clearly we see the infinite chasm between God’s glory and our sinful falling short thereof, the greater will be our appreciation of His grace and love in bridging that gulf to redeem us.”
– Dave Hunt
Topics: Grace, Redemption
“If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption.”
– Josh McDowell
Topics: Forgiveness, Redemption, The Cross
“The work of redemption was accomplished by Christ in His death on the cross and has in view the payment of the price demanded by a holy God for the deliverance of the believer from the bondage and burden of sin. In redemption the sinner is set free from his condemnation and slavery to sin.”
– John F. Walvoord
“We desperately need to understand something of the magnitude of sin, of evil, and of gross wickedness in this world if we are to appreciate our redemption. God’s love, grace, and mercy shine all the brighter against the awful reality of evil. Indeed, the very existence of evil is a powerful proof of God’s existence and holiness.”
– Dave Hunt
Topics: God, Good and Evil, Redemption
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UNAPOLOGETIC PREACHING : Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2
UNASHAMED WORSHIP : Lifting high the name of Jesus through worship
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
UNCEASING PRAYER : Believing firmly in the power of prayer
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
UNAFRAID WITNESS : Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness
“And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:19-20
three W’s – WORSHIP. WALK. WORK.
The path of authentic discipleship is a lifetime of following Jesus Christ more consistently and closely.
Growing disciples go through a continual process called sanctification, which simply means becoming more and more like our Lord. We like to describe that as worshiping, walking, and working for Christ. And when we become intentional about seeking to honor God in these three ways, we can’t help but become “mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28), growing deeper in our relationship with God and our relationships with others. Disciple-making is to be worked out together in ministry to one another. We believe it’s not about one or a small number of pastors bearing the total responsibility to care for the entire congregation. Rather it’s about all disciples using their God-given spiritual gifts to provide mutual ministry to build each other up, all in the context of a vibrant and strong local church (Ephesians 4:11-12).
High Impact Worship Services
Worship in spirit. At Redemption, corporate worship is highly participatory. We invite our people to worship with passion and energy. We don’t want to be lazy or lethargic when it comes to worship. Instead, we want to be enthusiastic and demonstrative. Scripture allows for a great deal of freedom in worship (clapping, kneeling, raising hands, etc.) but not without losing sight of the object of our worship-we worship God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. Emotions are an acceptable part of worship, but should never be manipulated or fabricated. Healthy and appropriate expressions of emotion are part of what it means to worship genuinely in the Spirit.
Worship in truth. The Bible is the ultimate authority when it comes to worship. At Redemption, therefore, we strive to worship in truth – the truth of who God is as revealed in Scripture. Strict attention is paid to theological content, ensuring that every lyric sung, every word spoken, and every art form expressed is biblically sound and supported. We also look to God’s Word to discern how God desires to be worshiped rather than follow the wisdom of man or the latest cultural fad. This is Vertical worship.
Our primary means to develop our gifts, and to minister to one another is through Small Groups. Everyone who calls Redemption their church home is strongly encouraged to take part in a Small Group where the Scriptures are opened, lives are shared and prayer is upheld.
Redemption Bible Church exists to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).