Redeemer Church Digital Bulletin

Remembering Our Calling

January 17, 2021   /   Pastor Craig Swartz   /   Redeemer Church Riverview


We Worship God Who Calls His Church To Gather

Song of Praise “God Is For Us”
Call to Worship Psalm 100
Song of Praise “Immortal Invisible God Only Wise”
Confession of Faith Heidelberg Catechism #54
Song of Praise “Revelation Song”
Prayer of Adoration
Greet One Another
Ministry Spotlight Steve Luhrsen
Speaker for Men’s Retreat
Prayer of Intercession
Giving of God’s Tithe and Our Offerings
Song of Preparation “Forever We Sing Hallelujah”
Scripture Reading 2 Timothy 1:8-10
Dismiss Children
Sermon “We Are The Church: A People Called, A People Sent: Remember Our Calling” Craig Swartz
Prayer of Commitment
Song of Response “Cornerstone”


Theme for Redeemer 2021:

We are the church:  A people called; a people sent.

C. S. Lewis:

“For the Church is not a human society of people united by their natural affinities but the Body of Christ, in which all members, however different, (and He rejoices in their differences and by no means wishes to iron them out) must share the common life, complementing and helping one another precisely by their differences.”

Bishop Handley Moule:

“It is difficult to read Paul’s second letter to Timothy without finding something like a mist gathering in the eyes.”

John Calvin:

“So highly does the Lord esteem the communion of His church that He considers everyone a traitor and apostate from religion who perversely withdraws himself from any Christian society which preserves the true ministry of the word and sacraments.” 


1 Corinthians 15:10

2 Timothy 1:8

William Booth:

  • Religion without the Holy Spirit
  • Christianity without Christ
  • Forgiveness without repentance
  • Salvation without regeneration
  • Politics without God
  • Heaven without Hell

J. B. Philips paraphrase of 2 Timothy 1:8:

“So never be ashamed of bearing witness to our Lord, nor of me, his prisoner.

Accept, as I do, all the hardship that faithfulness to the Gospel entails in the strength that God gives you.”

Romans 1:16

Mark 8:38


1 Thessalonians 4:7

1 Corinthians 1:2

John 1:12-13

Tim Keller:

“To preach the gospel is to show people their need of salvation against a backdrop of God’s nature and the character of sin, and then present Jesus as the only remedy for what ails them and the world.”


2 Timothy 1:8-9

E.K. Simpson:

“The Lord’s choices have their unfathomable grounds, but they are not founded on the innate ability of the chosen.”


2 Timothy 1:10

1 Corinthians 15:55

James G. Small:

“I’ve found a Friend, oh, such a friend!
He loved me ere I knew Him;
He drew me with the cords of love,
And thus He bound me to Him.
And round my heart still closely twine
Those ties which naught can sever,
For I am His, and He is mine,
Forever and forever.”

The Observer magazine:

“Far from being prepared for death, modern society has made the very word almost unmentionable….

We have brought all our talents into use to avoid the prospect of dying—and when the time comes we may react with anything from excessive triviality to total despair.”


“The Lord promises to be with us, to come to us when we need comfort, to lift us when we stumble, to carry us if need be, to cry, laugh, mourn, and rejoice with us. Every day He offers to take us by the hand and help transform ordinary life into extraordinary spiritual experiences.”


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