SOLA (Week 1): “Solus Christus”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Hebrews 1:1-4, 4:14-16, 9:11-15, 10:12-14

Pastor Jason Mayhall begins a new sermon series at Redemption Bible Church entitled “Sola,” which is the Latin word for “alone” (or “only”). Starting with “In Christ alone,” Pastor Jason teaches how only through Christ can we find salvation . This is embodied by the Latin phrase Solus Christus, the first of five central theological principles that describe what the Christian church is centered on. It is these truths that we need to focus on and not focus on things other than Jesus to validate our faith. We learn about the story of Martin Luther and the belief that salvation is not earned by doing good deeds but is only received as a free gift from God. This view was revolutionary at the time, as the church was in the business of selling indulgences as a way to offset sin, and Martin Luther was branded a heretic for his teaching. Ultimately his view spread beyond his native Germany and remains a central characteristic of doctrine to this day.

A Skeptic’s Guide to Church (Week 8): “Maintaining Harmony”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Titus 3:9-15

Pastor Jason Mayhall concludes the sermon series entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to the Church,” at Redemption Bible Church. Pastor Jason teaches this week about how Paul guided Titus to focus on maintaining harmony in his church. Paul instructs Titus to avoid getting his church involved in foolish controversies, as they do not bring more disciples to Jesus. He says it is important to confront divisive people so that others do not split up into factions, but will remain unified. We must always look for ways we can help each other and glorify God, rather than fighting over petty differences. It is forgiveness, showing grace to our brothers and sisters, which is the key element in building harmony. We must learn from the example Jesus set for us, showing us grace in spite of our sins and use that as a benchmark for how we treat others.

A Skeptic’s Guide to Church (Week 7): “Devoted to Grace”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Titus 3:1-8

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church through an examination of chapter three of Paul’s letter to Titus. This is part of the current series entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Church.” We are reminded that we must remain humble and patient with those around us. We should be submissive to authority, kind, gentle, and we must not speak evil of others. All people have a role to play in the church, for God’s glory. Those outside of the church may respond differently to those in the church when they see the actions of those who follow Christ. In the face of negativity, we must remember how God saved us not because of our works but because of his mercy. To be patient and kind in the face of negativity and persecution can be difficult, but we must remember that we need to respond with love, which is how God has responded to us in spite of our sins. We must always remember the love and grace that God had shown us and let it guide our actions toward others.

A Skeptic’s Guide to Church (Week 6): “The Amazing Grace of God”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Titus 2:11-15

Redemption Bible Church continues its series entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Church,” led by Pastor Jason Mayhall. This week looks at the grace God gives all of us. Pastor Jason emphasizes that many people want to attach a ‘merit-based’ mentality to church and grace, but this is not how we should think. For God, good deeds to honor Him, come after salvation; not before. By showing everyone grace and forgiving our sins, God’s hope is to inspire us to attract others to God. It is the belief in God and the Gospel that leads us to Gospel-driven behavior. We are all in need of rescue. The unredeemed will still suffer God’s judgement, but his children will rejoice and gain his benefit. We can all be saved!

A Skeptic’s Guide to Church (Week 5): “A Biblical Perspective on Slavery”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Titus 2:9-10

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church in the examination what the Bible says about slavery and racial hatred, given the events of Charlottesville this week. This is a continuation of the sermon series entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Church,” a look at what makes a vibrant and inviting church environment. It is clear that racial prejudice is still alive and well in the United States. Pastor Jason uses the Gospel to show how we as Christians should stand up boldly against racism in any form. All races are equal, as we all come from the same maker. People who believe they have been placed above others, or those who take on idolatry of country over the Lord’s Word, must understand they are acting against the teachings of Jesus Christ. We as Christians are called to rise up and speak the Gospel of Christ and cannot stand idly by and allow this hatred and discrimination to exist, unchallenged, by those who truly believe. All those who seek God can find love and freedom.

A Skeptic’s Guide to Church (Week 4): “The Everyday Gospel”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Titus 2:1-8

Redemption Bible Church continues its look at Paul’s letter to Titus, led by Pastor Jason Mayhall, in the sermon series entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Church.” This week, we look at the church community and the perception problem facing Christians today. A healthy church doesn’t just exist for those who attend it. Churches and their attendees are there to be faithful witnesses to the rest of the world, to the people who need to hear it. Christians are often looked at as being more concerned with the speck in someone else’s eye, rather than the plank in their own eye. It is important for church members to encourage those around them to listen to the word but also to not pretend that the church members have no faults and have committed no sins. It is only by humbling ourselves, knowledgeable of all the ways we have failed, that we can avoid being cast as holier than thou.

A Skeptic’s Guide to Church (Week 3): “The Ministry of Confrontation”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Titus 1:10-16

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church in the continuation of the sermon series entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Church,” a look at what makes a vibrant and inviting church environment. Jesus’ sacrifice brings life where we were once dead, but those unfamiliar with the gospel may be easily led astray by false teaching. How can we show grace when someone is teaching false doctrine, leading people away from the gospel of Jesus? Pastor Jason teaches, with the context given in Paul’s letter to Titus, that in these cases grace can be given by confronting the ones who are leading others astray. This takes courage, but with Scripture revealing the truth, we can confront the false teachers with confidence that what they are leading people toward is not the truth of the gospel. Anything in addition to Jesus’ sacrifice is an attempt to take power away from Jesus, who alone has paid the price for our salvation. Confrontation is having grace enough to cut, in order to cure the false teaching from infecting those who are not yet familiar with Scripture. God’s grace is a gift, and we should extend it to each other, by sharing the truth of the gospel.

A Skeptic’s Guide to Church (Week 2): “Shepherding Like Jesus”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Titus 1:5-9

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church in the continuation of the sermon series entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Church,” a look at what makes a vibrant and inviting church environment. Pastor Jason teaches, from Paul’s letter to Titus, about church elders and government. These are the pillars on which the church stands, to preach the Word of God. Church leaders can be instrumental in either bringing people into the church or pushing them away from church, turning them off from the faith. Paul talks about how a healthy church must have healthy spiritual leadership, which encourages us to center ourselves on Jesus Christ. When we look at elders, we should ask: What would happen if the church imitates this person? The characteristics of good elders are explored, and the need for elders to lead and guide the church. With good leadership, the followers of Jesus Christ are able to experience blessing they could never have imagined.

A Skeptic’s Guide to Church (Week 1): “Saved to Serve”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Titus 1:1-4

Pastor Jason Mayhall begins a new sermon series entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Church,” at Redemption Bible Church. Using Paul’s letter to Titus, Pastor Jason teaches that every one of us is a servant of the Lord. We are chosen by God, and yet have the choice to serve Him by serving others. Faith is at the heart of accepting that both of these can be true at the same time. We are chosen, but have a choice. Those who are not centered on the church, are encouraged to see what the church’s mission is all about. If people see a picture of a healthy church, it may change how they think about what it means to be a part of the church.

Pray Like Jesus (Week 4): “The Greatest Prayer”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – John 17:1-26

Pastor Jason Mayhall concludes the current sermon series, entitled “Pray Like Jesus,” at Redemption Bible Church. The teaching includes what we should think about when we pray, specifically how our eternal life hinges on the knowledge and acceptance of one true God. Praying like Jesus means we must look beyond our own wants and needs, and recognize that everything we have is because of God. We must recognize that the Devil is real, and we need to pray for protection from him — not just for ourselves, but also for the rest of the world. We must be witness to the world as one being, recognizing that when we unify together we create the bonds that Jesus sought for us. The enemy of God, the Devil, seeks to divide people. As a church, we must emphasize relationships amongst ourselves and our community. No matter what is happening, Jesus is praying that we stay and work together; that we are united in the belief that there is one true God who loves us and protects us. Praying as Jesus did helps us strengthen the bonds between us. It encourages us to think about not just ourselves, but those around us and the role we can play in redeeming the world.