“The Divine Comedy”

Cameron Sapaugh, Guest Speaker – Habakkuk 1-3

Cameron Sapaugh leads Redemption Bible Church in a look at Habakkuk 1-3. We see the rising threat of the Babylonian war machine threatening Judah, one of the last places left unconquered in the region. God said he would use the Babylonians as His tool, but they had become convinced of their own power and did not believe they needed to rely on God. God punishes Babylon. The story here reminds us that we must never lose sight of our faith in God. In spite of any challenges we may face or any successes we may achieve, we must still exalt the Lord as it is in His strength alone that we are able to grow. The alternative is to live by our pride and faith in our own strength, which will ultimately lead to ruin; like the Babylonians.

Trust Fall (Week 6): “Sexy Solutions or Old-Fashioned Faith”

Cameron Sapaugh, Guest Speaker – Genesis 16:1-16

Redemption Bible Church continues its examination of the story of Abraham in the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall.” This week we are led by Cameron Sapaugh as we dive into Genesis 16. Through the actions of Abraham, Sarai, and Hagar we see what can happen when people try to take shortcuts. Instead of trusting God with our problems, we see how taking things into our own hands and coming up with our own solutions can create strife for us and those around us. We also see Hagar’s devotion; her willingness to be guided by her faith. She understands that God sees and hears what we’re going through. She’s an example we can learn from.

Unwrapping Christmas (Week 2): “The Magi and the Messiah”

Cameron Sapaugh, Guest Speaker – Matthew 2:1-12

Redemption Bible Church continues its latest series entitled “Unwrapping Christmas” examining the birth of Jesus Christ. This week we are led by Cameron Sapaugh, who describes King Herod’s concerns about the birth of Christ, the travels of the Magi, and the religious scholars of the time. A key lesson is that, like the magi, we are invited to come and see Christ and worship Him. We should recognize that, at times, during the holidays things can be challenging as it is an emotional time of year. As we review these emotions, it’s important to reflect and remember that Christ wants to carry our burdens, to be our good shepherd. As we reflect on our past and where we want to go we should look at how our heart aligns with God’s heart. As we engage with people during the Christmas season, we should look for those who might be down or without hope as perhaps there’s an opportunity to help them find Christ. Christ continues to love and support us and this is a gift we should look to share with those around us.

Out of the Spotlight (Week 8): “E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One”

Cameron Sapaugh, Guest Speaker – Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:18

This week concludes the “Out of the Spotlight” sermon series, in which Redemption Bible Church learns of several less well-known characters in the Bible. Cameron Sapaugh teaches us about Simon the Zealot and his relationship with Matthew. We know a lot about the famous Simon, Simon Peter, Christ’s closest disciple. But what do we know about the less well known Simon, Simon the Zealot. You may have just passed over this name when reading through the Gospels, but there is a reason that the Gospel authors make sure to identify this Simon as Simon the Zealot. As we know one of Christ’s other disciples, Matthew, is himself a tax collector. One would expect these two men to not get along at all but through the Gospel we see two individuals with widely different views putting aside their differences and working together for Jesus Christ. There are a lot of things that divide us today. Race. Socio-economic status. Politics. And yet, Christ has broken down every barrier that divides us. In Christ, we should embrace one another.

Out of the Spotlight (Week 5): “A Dead Dog at the King’s Table”

Cameron Sapaugh, Guest Speaker – 2 Samuel 9:1-13

This week, Redemption Bible Church continues the “Out of the Spotlight” sermon series, the study of several less well-known characters in the Bible. Cameron Sapaugh teaches us about Mephibosheth, the grandson of King Saul. After Saul’s death, David began to take his rightful place as king. David shows mercy to his enemy when none was required of him. Because of his position as a son of Saul, Mephibosheth deserved death, and yet, David does the opposite. Not only does he spare Mephibosheth, but David offers him the greatest privilege he could offer—sonship. This poor man, whom the author reminds us is “lame in both feet”, could do nothing to change his dire situation. He couldn’t change who he was; he couldn’t even flee away and save his own life. And yet, the king calls him to himself, forgives him, adopts him, and shares with him everything he has. God has done the same for us. Because of our sin we deserved death and yet, because of God’s grace, we received life—and so much more. We get to eat at the king’s table continually, although we are lame in both feet.