Redeemer Church Digital Bulletin


May 9, 2021   /   Redeemer Church Riverview


Song of Praise “Build My Life”
Call to Worship Psalm 34:1-3
Song of Praise “And Can It Be”
Confession of Faith Philippians 2:9-10
Song of Praise “What A Beautiful Name”
Prayer of Adoration
Greet One Another
Ministry Spotlight (video) Mother’s Day
Prayer of Intercession
Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings
Song of Preparation “Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)”
Scripture Reading Luke 11:27-28
Sermon David O’Dowd
Prayer of Commitment
Song of Response “In Christ Alone”


Luke 11: 27  
THEME: We cling to praising human life when our need is life in the divine, incarnate Son of

1. The Father Made It “Incarnate Son’s Day.” Luke 11:27-28 (Regarding hearing the word of
God, see Luke 1:41-44; 8:20-21; 9:35) (Regarding identifying & keeping the word of God, see
Luke 5:1-8; 8:18-25; 8:9-11)

2. Eve—the first mother—and Everyone Since Face the Same Reality. Gen 4:1; 25-26

3. Christ Jesus—the Ultimate Seth—Intrudes on Everyone’s Expressive Individualism.
John 8:47-59; 5:12-24

Carl R. Trueman: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive
Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, pp. 49-50:

“For such selves in such a world, institutions such as schools and churches are places where one
goes to perform, not to be formed—or, perhaps better, where one goes to be formed by
performing. 16 This helps explain in part the concern in recent years over making the classroom a
“safe place”—that is, a place where students go not to be exposed to ideas that may challenge
their deepest beliefs and commitments (part of what was traditionally considered to be the role
of education) but to be affirmed and reassured.
“While hostile commentators berate this tendency as that caused by the hypersensitivity of a
generation of “snowflakes,” it is actually the result of the slow but steady psychologizing of the
self and the triumph of inward-directed therapeutic categories over traditional outward-
directed educational philosophies. That which hinders my outward expression of my inner
feelings—that which challenges or attempts to falsify my psychological beliefs about myself and
thus to disturb my sense of inner wellbeing—is by definition harmful and to be rejected. And
that means that traditional institutions must be transformed to conform to the psychological
self, not vice versa.
“This could also be described, using Taylor’s terminology, as the triumph of expressive
individualism and of poiesis over mimesis. If education is to allow the individual simply to be
himself, unhindered by outward pressure to conform to any greater reality, then the individual
is king. He can be whoever he wants to be. And rejecting the notion of any external authority or
meaning to which education is to conform, the individual simply makes himself the creator of
any meaning that there might be. So-called “external” or “objective” truths are then simply
constructs designed by the powerful to intimidate and to harm the weak.
“Overthrowing them—and thus overthrowing the notion that there is a great reality to which
we are all accountable, whether that of the polis, of some religion, or of the
economy—becomes the central purpose of educational institutions. They are not to be places
to form or to transform but rather places where students can perform. The triumph of the
therapeutic represents the advent of the expressive individual as the normative type of human
being and of the relativizing of all meaning and truth to personal taste.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1-3, p. 116:
“Thus for their knowledge of God human beings renounce the word of God that approaches
them again and again out of the inviolable center and boundary of life; they renounce the life
that comes from this word and grab it for themselves. They themselves stand in the center.

“This is disobedience in the semblance of obedience, the desire to rule in the semblance of
service, the will to be creator in the semblance of being a creature, being dead in the
semblance of life [emphasis added].”
John 8:47–59 [ESV emphasis added]
47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you
are not of God.” 48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan
and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you
dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51
Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to
him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If
anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham,
who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If
I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is
our God.’ 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I
would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham
rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are
not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to
you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid
himself and went out of the temple.
John 5:12–24 [ESV emphasis added]
12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the
man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a
crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are
well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the
Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting
Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My
Father is working until now, and I am working.” 18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the
more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God
his own Father, making himself equal with God. 19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to
you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For
whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and
shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that
you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives
life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23
that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son
does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word
and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has
passed from death to life.

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