Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 17): “We Are Standers”

Greg Huffer, Guest Speaker – Ephesians 6:10-24

This week, Redemption Bible Church concludes the “Identity Theft” sermon series with Greg Huffer, as our guest speaker. With a look at Ephesians 6, Greg describes how one who glorifies Jesus stands in God’s power and needs to be strong in the Lord. He teaches us that we’re going to experience temptation, anger, deceitful thoughts, and through that one can start to doubt God’s love. As believers, we are saved by the Gospel of peace that sets us firmly in God’s family. Therefore, we should never need to raise these doubts again, allowing us to maintain a firm resolve in the face of sin.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 16): “We Are Rewarded”

Doug Recker, Elder/Teacher – Ephesians 6:5-9

Doug Recker, one of the elders of Redemption Bible Church, teaches how one’s relationship with Christ should transform our relationships at work. As a part of the “Identity Theft” sermon series, we continue the study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Doug describes Paul’s letter in relation to modern times, guiding us on how both employers and employees can honor God through our work. Given the time at which Paul wrote it his letter is centered on the relationships between slaves and masters, as roughly 1/3 of the population were living in this type of a arrangement. Slavery is among the most difficult topics in the Bible. Paul exhorts Christian slaves to obey their masters, but does that mean the Bible condones slavery? At that time and now, employees are to obey their employers, and employers are to care for their employees. Jesus sees, knows and rewards those under authority and those in authority.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 15): “We Are Fathered”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Ephesians 6:1-4

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church on the topic of parenting, from both the perspective of the child and the parent. This is part of our continuing exploration of the Book of Ephesians in the sermon series entitled “Identity Theft.” Pastor Jason explains how the most important people in our lives are our parents. Our parents have more power than anyone, to influence us, for good or for evil. When we hear the word “father” or “mother” does it conjure up amazing memories, or does it cause the listener to sense loss because of abandonment, betrayal, or failure? We are asked, “What kind of parent are, or will you be?” We are encouraged to strive to become like Father God, and bless our children the way he has blessed us.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 14): “We Are Loved”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Ephesians 5:22-33

Redemption Bible Church is led by Pastor Jason Mayhall in teaching about marriage this week. This is part of its continuing study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, in the sermon series entitled “Identity Theft.” Pastor Jason describes the parallel Paul establishes between how Jesus loves the Church, and how a groom is supposed to love his bride. The three types of marriages and the meaning of the word “submit,” as used in scripture, are explored. Not addressed but implied is also a lesson in perseverance, as we encountered some minor recording issues this week, so the sound isn’t as clear as our typical standard. We appreciate your grace in tuning in, and pray the message offered remains clear.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 13): “We Are Illuminated”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Ephesians 5:1-21

Redemption Bible Church continues its study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, led by Pastor Jason Mayhall. In the sermon series entitled “Identity Theft,” we look at Ephesians 5, where Paul teaches how we should live as Christians. Paul’s letter talks about how all humans are capable of living in darkness and committing evil acts, as that is our nature. We have to recognize that the sacrifice of Jesus enables us to be children of the light, rather than continuing to live with our sins. To truly accept this, we must be honest about our own sin with God and our fellow Christians. We must talk about our sins and struggles. There is no perfect church community — we all have issues. However, it is through exposing these struggles and talking to our community that we can love and serve others. Paul also talks about how living as a Christian means accepting that we have been granted the wisdom to know what God wants us to do. We must look at our lives and make sure we’re making the best use of the limited time we have. Finally, at the heart of Christianity is joy, the joy that comes from knowing Jesus and that we have been redeemed. It is this joy that can drive us to give thanks to God, to glorify Him, and encourage us to serve one another.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 12): “I Am Forgiven”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Ephesians 4:25-32

Redemption Bible Church celebrates Easter Sunday, led by Pastor Jason Mayhall. Continuing the sermon series entitled “Identity Theft,” Pastor Jason explains how it is common for us to become angry and frustrated, but we can look at the lessons offered by Paul the Apostle to overcome those emotions. In Ephesians 4, Paul shares six commands for an angry person that can help us change the way we live. For example, conflict resolution is best handled face-to-face rather than through gossip. We should focus on building up others with our words rather than tearing them down. The challenge is that to really change and abide by the six commands, requires us to recognize the gift of forgiveness we’ve been granted by the grace of God. Once we accept that we’ve been forgiven for our sins, by God, we can see that we’ve been enabled by Christ to forgive others.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 11): “I am New”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Ephesians 4:17-24

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church in continuing its exploration of Ephesians, part of the current sermon series entitled “Identity Theft.” Pastor Jason teaches how Paul is telling Christians to be better, while reminding us that we must recognize our human nature is to rebel. Our old self walks away from Jesus, even if on the outside we look like perfect servants. Our old self is futile, ignorant, and callous as we lack the humility to be led by God. Furthermore, we alone are not capable of making ourselves new. We have to receive from Jesus a renewal that changes us inside and out, and leads to new behavior.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 10): “I Am Gifted”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Ephesians 4:1-16

Redemption Bible Church continues its sermon series entitled “Identity Theft,” led by Pastor Jason Mayhall. Pastor Jason teaches how Jesus has given each Christian spiritual gifts to be cultivated. Some of us have multiple gifts, and our gifts can be at different levels. God gives gifts to equip the saints and build up the body of Christ. We are challenged to separate our gifts from our identity, as our gifts are not our identity. Our identity is, first and foremost, in Christ. Our identity in Christ explains who we are. Our gifts from the Lord help clarify what we do for Him. We are not what we do, but what Jesus has done for us.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 9): “We Are Heard”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Ephesians 3:14-21

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church in its series entitled “Identity Theft.” Pastor Jason explains the different aspects of prayer as part of his review of Ephesians 3. When we pray, we are talking to our Father and that we can always expect one of three answers. All three responses can change us, as can the act of praying itself. Prayer can help keep us from grumbling and gossiping and, instead, give us a great sense of comfort and encouragement.

Identity Theft – Finding Who You Are In Christ (Week 8): “We Are Welcomed”

Greg Huffer, Guest Speaker – Ephesians 3:1-13

This week, Redemption Bible Church continues the sermon series entitled “Identity Theft,” led by Greg Huffer. Using Ephesians 3, together with selections from Romans and Acts, it is explained how the Apostle Paul sees his mission as reaching the Gentiles with the Gospel. Through this, we see God’s deep love for both Israel and the Gentiles. All of us are members of God’s family. We are all the people of God, if we come to him in faith.