Uncharted: The Commitments & What’s Next

In September, we kicked off a two-year Uncharted initiative knowing unchartered territory and uncomfortable situations is where God does His best work and where we have the possibility for the most growth.

 

We challenged everyone who calls Redemption home to begin to give in a way they had never given before, trusting God in the uncharted areas of finances and generosity.

 

We had two main goals with Uncharted: 1.) To motivate 100% of people who have partnered with Redemption to be gospel-driven in generosity and, 2.) to finance the mission of Redemption (including paying down our debt) via our goal of $7 to $9 million over the next two years via a “one-fund” approach.

 

Commitment Sunday was October 15. On that day and the two following Sundays, we collected commitment cards from those willing to write down their two-year commitments, either anonymously or with a name attached.

 

While we did not meet our financial goals of $7 to $9 million over two years, we did get commitments of just more than $4 million over the course of two years. While, obviously, we had hoped for a number closer to our goals, we believe the initiative has been a seed-planting process in the hearts and minds of many who call Redemption home, and believe the Holy Spirit will continue to grow what has been planted. We believe discipleship is a long-term, lifetime process and generosity is often among the final pieces of a discipleship puzzle.

 

The $4 million in commitments will help guide our budgeting in a realistic manner over the next two years (including what we can give to support Drew and Bre Thurman’s church planting efforts in Boston). While we believe more will be given than was committed (for example, in 2016, we had more than 600 giving “units” at Redemption and we had just fewer than 300 commitments to the Uncharted initiative), it is extremely helpful for us to see where we are, presently, and what we can expect, in faith, in 2018 and going forward.

 

We will continue to do everything in our power to live the mission of loving God, loving people, and seeing Him change the world through the ministry of Redemption Christian Church. We also believe God has great things in store for Redemption and our work in southern Indiana that are still to come. However, we have been provided with resources and we must steward those well by giving, saving, and paying down our debt obligations.

 
REMINDERS:

1.) If, for some reason, you missed the opportunity to commit, you can contact TRACY AUSTIN and let her know what you would like to commit for the next two years.

2.) The two-year Uncharted commitments begin with your first gift in November 2017 and will continue until your last gift of November 2019.

 

We pray you will continue to follow God into the uncharted waters of generosity in giving of your time, talents, and treasure for the mission of God’s kingdom in this time and this place.

Tri-Cap Holiday Shop

Redemption’s Jasper Campus will be hosting the Tri-Cap Holiday Shop on Saturday, Dec. 9. We are a part of many churches, organizations, and individuals in Dubois and surrounding counties who help to make this a special event. We have two ways you can help. 1.) Beginning Sunday, Nov. 12, take a gift tag or cash tag from one of the trees in the lobby. The gift tags will have items to purchase for the shop. The cash tags will have dollar amounts on them if you prefer to give toward purchasing items for the shop. 2.) Volunteer. We need many volunteers to make this day possible. You can register to volunteer at redemptionin.com/register.

What’s New This Year

Changes were implemented last year to vastly improve an already-great event. Here are highlights of those changes:

— The participants will be divided in to two shopping groups, alphabetically by last name, with one group shopping from 9 to 11 a.m. and the other group shopping from noon to 2 p.m.
— The participants will enter the shop in groups and given a set amount of time to shop before checking out and wrapping presents.
— Participants will have a limited number of vouchers.
— There will be a larger quantity of more quality/popular items in the shop.

These changes were made to benefit both the participant and volunteers to make this day a better experience for everyone.

 

Volunteer Registration Now Closed.

Songs We Sing (10.29.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing — as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of October 29, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

ONE GOD

Written by Cam Huxford, 2011. Huxford says of this song, “One thing that I have seen throughout my life is that God is faithful to crush our idols. He can do that because he is simply bigger and more powerful than all of the other things that we might choose to worship. The song “One God” was written out of the continual experience of seeing a big God rule over everything else.”

 

ABSENT FROM FLESH

Written by Jamie Barnes, 2011. This song is based around the hope we have that, one day, all shackles of sin will be cast off and we will live with God in eternity. This is a modern adaptation of an old Isaac Watts text.

 

ROCK OF AGES

Written by Augustus M. Toplady, 1776. Music by Thomas Hastings, 1830. “Let the water and the blood/From Thy wounded side which flowed/Be of sin the double cure/Save from wrath and make me pure.”

 

GIVE US CLEAN HANDS

Written by Charlie Hall, 2000. This is a good song of repentance and one we need to pray more often.

 

IT IS FINISHED

Written by Brian Eichelberger and Dustin Kensrue; 2013. The song takes the words of Jesus on the cross and turns them into a victory cry for the people He has redeemed through His work on the cross of Calvary. Jesus has finished the work of our salvation, there’s no deeds we can do to accomplish it and, as the lyrics say, “there’s no rite nor magic words.” He has done it for us. This is fantastic news.

 

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Songs We Sing (10.22.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing — as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of October 22, 2017, Redemption bands The Jasper Collective (in Jasper) and Narrow Path (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

ON OUR SIDE

Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, 2004. This is another Chris Tomlin song that we’ve more or less revamped in style to make it our own. Romans 8 says, “if God be for us, who can be against us?” A great encouragement for Christians.

 

A WAY OUT OF NO WAY

Written by Daniel Ross, Kurt Neighbors; 2010. This is a song of hope and trust knowing that God is in control of things, not us. Buy “A Way Out Of No Way” by (Redemption band) Narrow Path.

 

OH GOD

Written by Zach Bolen, 2012. In the valleys, in the heights, God has shown us through the sacrifice of Jesus, He will won’t abandon or forsake us.

 

YOU NEVER LET GO

Written by Beth Redman, Matt Redman, 2005. CCJ sings this one very well. We love singing this one with you. This is such a great song of hope and faith, nowing that there will be an end to the troubles of this life, but until then, we will praise Him.

 

WE ARE CALLED

Written by Daniel Ross, 2008. This song was written for our study of I Peter (preached in early 2009). This is a reminder of who we, as Christians, are in God’s eyes and we have no need to fear, even in the face of trials or persecution, because we (Christians) are His people. Buy “We Are Called” by (Redemption band) Narrow Path.

 

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Songs We Sing (10.15.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing — as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of October 15, 2017, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and Day 41 (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

HERE IS OUR KING

Written by David Crowder, 2005. God is a God of redemption and forgiveness. “Here is our God who’s come, to bring us BACK to Him. He is the One, He is Jesus!”

 

GRACE ALONE

Written by Dustin Kensrue, 2013. We worship a triune God (Father, Son, Spirit) Who is three in one. This song address our Triune God in each verse (Father, Son, Spirit) and helps us remember we are only saved by grace alone.

 

THE LOVE OF GOD

Written by Frederick M. Lehman, Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai; 1917 (Arrangement by MercyMe). No matter how often we sing it or say it or write it, nothing can describe the love of God for us.

 

NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD

Written by Robert Lowry, 1876. I love the lyric “Nothing can for sin atone/Nothing but the blood of Jesus/Not of good that I have done/Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” This is a song that helps us focus on Christ’s work for us and helps us take our eyes off of our own work.

 

ABSENT FROM FLESH

Written by Jamie Barnes, 2011. This song is based around the hope we have that, one day, all shackles of sin will be cast off and we will live with God in eternity. This is a modern adaptation of an old Isaac Watts text.

 

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