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Pastor Andy Elmes shares his heart for iamredemption, first shared at Family Church on Sunday 12th January 2014.
Redemption is a big word; it is a God word. It’s a word that reveals the very intentions of the Father heart of a God that loves you. To redeem is to “purchase back”, and that is indeed what He did for each of us through His Son, Jesus. He purchased us back to relationship with Himself, to His own cost and pain.
But when it comes to God's intentions for us, Redemption is a bigger word than the dictionary could ever define. It can mean so many wonderful things, each revealing God's heart and intentions for the humanity He created. Things like: restored, healed, made alive or new again; to be forgiven, given a fresh start, rebuilt, given another chance; to mend what was broken, make well what is sick, replace what was stolen, restore what was lost; to have hope restored where hope had gone.
God's redemptive heart is not just about saving the soul of man, its power can affect the daily life of a person too, whether that be an individual, community or even a nation. It can express its restoring potential in a person’s marriage, health, finances or any other subcategory of life.
So turn your eyes to Christ the Redeemer – not the statue in Rio de Janeiro, but the living God who loves you and has plans that can change the storyline of your life.
Pastor Andy Elmes shares the heart behind iamredemption, and how you can become part of this movement of redemptive people.
We stand alongside a number of ministries who are actively persuing redemption in the lives of others, as well as ministries and outreaches that are part of Family Church. Find out about these ministries:
Stella’s Voice is an amazing initiative. Working in Moldova, they work daily to make a difference in the lives of the many orphans there, as well as providing homes and new life opportunities to the girls who live under the constant threat of being trafficked. This inspirational ministry brings more than awareness, they bring redemptive change.
We have identified a ‘here and now’ need in the Philippines, on the island of Bacolod. We have found a village called St Andy’s. The village has been heavily affected by the monsoon making many people homeless, or at least causing great damage to their homes and livelihoods.
When it comes to the message of how God redeemed us, this vital message we carry to others, it is important that what we believe about redemption is correct. We can only share what we know. In our opinion redemption is one of the most important, life-changing, belief-shaping subjects you can study, as it affects so much to do with your walk and relationship with God.
Here are some recommended books that will give you a correct and radical understanding of the subject of “Redemption”.
The Bible in the Light of Our Redemption
E. W. Kenyon
This challenging study covers the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, showing the unfolding of the Plan of Redemption. It is a Basic course, which should be studied by every Christian. It will answer many questions for the new convert, and will make the Bible a new book for you. It is a course for the mature Christian as well. It shows the legal side of the Plan of Redemption... who we are and what we are in Christ. It will thrill and amaze you and challenge you to a deeper walk with Him.
Published by: Kenyon Gospel Publishers
Complete Redemption is a comprehensive look at the multiple aspects of the miracle of the new birth. It’s effects will be to build faith in God’s transforming power and define difficult terms in a simple and profound way to persuade and convince people of their new identity in Christ Jesus. It will define holiness as “wholeness.” It is a book dedicated to the gospel, “which is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.” You will be encouraged and challenged, no matter where you may find yourself in your Christian life-journey.
God's Blueprint for His Church
Revisiting subjects like: The Great Commission (is Church to be seeker-friendly, mission-minded, or both?); Discipleship (what place should it have in modern Church?); The power of God (are we building safe churches or supernatural ones?), we see how today's Church lines up with God's original plans and intentions for His house. Is it time for the 21st century Church to return to a 1st century vision? And how do we do that, both effectively and relevantly in our generation?
Published by: Great Big Life Publishing
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