Trust Fall (Week 16): “A Piece of the Promise”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 23:1-20

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church to looks at the story of Abraham, concluding the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall.” Pastor Jason recounts how we’ve seen Abraham show incredible faith in God, but we’ve also seen him reject the promises God had for him. As we enter chapter 23, we see the death of Sarah and Abraham’s devastation. This is the only time Abraham is recorded to be weeping. We then see Abraham’s determination to make sure Sarah’s burial plot will be in Canaan. Abraham is a wanderer in the land of Canaan, without a place of his own to bury her. He desires a permanent place to bury her, so as to not have to borrow land for this need. God had promised Abraham land but this promise had not yet been fulfilled, so Abraham keeps his faith in God and is able to secure the land sought for Sarah’s burial plot. This story shows, again, how we are saved when we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Trust Fall (Week 15): “The Obedience of Abraham”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 22:1-24

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church through the details of the famous story of Abraham and his son Isaac in Genesis 22. This is a continuation of the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall.” We see how God will use tests of faith to get our attention. He does this as a way to ensure our priorities are right, to help us let go of our daily concerns and to focus on Him. We see how Abraham perseveres through such a test, as he is willing to offer up his son Isaac on the altar. It is through perseverance in these tests of faith that we demonstrate obedience to God and make our faith visible. These experiences put our true character on display, revealing what we believe and how we act on that belief. Moving through spiritual tests helps us become more like Jesus, letting the world see His greatness through us. These experiences can come suddenly and can be difficult to get through, but we must trust that God knows what he’s doing. In spite of any frustration, pain, and doubt, we must see that God is asking us to obey. God will always give us what we need to get through to the other side with our faith strengthened.

Trust Fall (Week 14): “The Covenant of Peace”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 21:22-34

This week’s sermon examines Abraham and the Book of Genesis as part of the current series entitled “Trust Fall,” at Redemption Bible Church. Pastor Jason Mayhall explains the art of peacemaking, using Genesis 21. He describes how Abimelech and Abraham must sort out their differences, as Abraham lied to Abimelech in the past and Abimelech’s men had taken over a water well that Abraham had created. The men sort out their differences in a respectful way that provides us with a great example of how to pursue peace with others. Pastor Jason points out that it is up to us to actively seek to restore relationships in our lives that have become broken. We know that the truth may hurt at times and there is always a cost that comes when trying to restore peace. A question we have to consider is whether we willing to pay the cost to pursue peace. We need to look inside ourselves and reflect on the sin we bring to the table, especially when we think we are right in a dispute. If we take a step back and look at the grace God has shown us in spite of our sins. If we reflect on how God grants us peace, even though we are all broken people, we can see that our pursuit of peace allows us to glorify Him and thank Him for everything He has blessed us with.

Trust Fall (Week 13): “The Son of Promise”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 21:1-21

After an inspiring question and answer session with graduating high school seniors, Tre Whittaker and Sarah Guckenberger, Pastor Jason Mayhall teaches about the promise we all possess, to lead lives centered on God. This is a continuation of the “Trust Fall” sermon series, which dives into the Book of Genesis and the story of Abraham. We see here that God fulfills his promise to Abraham and Sarah, through their son Isaac. We see from this example a few things: that God will always be there for us, that He will deliver on His promises, but that He will do so on His timing. Pastor Jason talks about how this timing can be inconvenient or frustrating for those who follow God. We live in a culture with a lot of unfulfilled promises that can overwhelm us with doubt. It is how we handle this doubt and meet this need for patience that will test our faith. In order for our faith to grow it must be tested. We must never lose confidence in the fact that God hears our cries, that He is a compassionate God, and He will always be there for us.

Trust Fall (Week 12): “The Nature of Sin”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 20:1-18

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church through a continuation of its series entitled “Trust Fall,” on the Book of Genesis. As we see the repercussions of Abraham lying about his wife Sarah, we also must see that no matter what we’ve done, God is always there for us. All of us have things in our lives that we’ve struggled with; things we’re not proud of. The key is that, as a follower of Christ, to confess all of the sins we know we’ve committed, to plan our time so as to avoid temptation, and to remember that God is always there for us, no matter what. It is solely through the grace of God that we can find eternal peace.

Trust Fall (Week 11): “The Price of Sin”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 19:1-38

Redemption Bible Church continues its series “Trust Fall,” the Life of Abraham, with Pastor Jason Mayhall teaching through Genesis 19. Most of us have seen warning labels that discourage certain activities. Yet, if it feels good or the harm is limited, we go right ahead and do the things we know aren’t good for us anyway! This week, we talk about the price we pay when we fail to heed those cautions… the price of sin.

Trust Fall (Week 10): “Is God Fair?”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 18:16-33

Redemption Bible Church continues it’s series entitled “Trust Fall,” an examination of the story of Abraham in Genesis. This week, Pastor Jason Mayhall leads us to examine Genesis 18 and ask the question: “Is God fair?” We all have things in our lives we have dealt with or we will deal with that we don’t understand. We don’t see God’s plan and may ask why did this happen to us? It is in these times, more than ever, that we must make time to spend with the Lord in prayer. It is through prayer God’s plans can be revealed to us. If we do not set aside time to spend with the Lord, we can become arrogant and concerned only with our own needs above all. We must trust in His purpose, His justice and His grace. Only through persistence and bold prayer is our faith strengthened.

Trust Fall (Week 9): “Nothing Too Difficult”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 17:15-18:15

This week, Redemption Bible Church continues the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall,” an examination of the story of Abraham in Genesis. Pastor Jason Mayhall reviews forms of doubt, a feeling that everyone has from time to time. Does prayer work? Are the issues we are dealing with too much for even God to engage in? We see that God will bring us to the end of our strength and resources and ask us to fully trust in Him. God told Abraham and Sarah, after 25 years of serving Him, that He will bless them with a son — Isaac. Sarah, who at this time is 90 years old, asks how God’s promise of a son could be possible and God responds with a question, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” If we believe in this, then we should have no doubt that placing our trust in God, rather than in ourselves, will enable us to live a blessed life.

Trust Fall (Week 8): “The Sign of the Covenant”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 17:9-14

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church in a continuation of the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall,” an examination of the story of Abraham. We see through Abraham’s example someone who was asked to be patient and trust that we are in the hands of a loving and sovereign God. In Genesis 17, God asks Abraham to set his people apart as part of the covenant between them through a sign; in this case, the sign is male circumcision. Being part of a covenant also requires action or else it is simply an empty ritual. How do people know that we are participating in a covenant agreement with Jesus Christ? Are we being faithful and obedient in service of it? Finally, we must look at our lives and ask, “Where is God asking us to trust and obey him?” His arms are out and waiting for us.

Trust Fall (Week 7): “Blamelessly Walking With God”

David Northup, Elder/Teacher – Genesis 17:1-8

Redemption Bible Church continues its examination of the story of Abraham in the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall.” This week, we are led by one of our church’s elders, David Northup, as we look at Genesis 17. We see through Abraham someone who was focused on obeying the Lord, but also had lapses and crises of faith. In this chapter, we see God communicating to Abraham in Canaan almost 2,000 years before the birth of Jesus. God commands Abraham to make his daily life; his thoughts, words, and deeds, thoroughly pleasing to God. By trusting God’s promise, Abraham was counted as righteous. God then established an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his people to always be there for them. It shows how God enjoys his relationships with his people, reaching out to us to draw us closer to him. With respect to living a life that is pleasing to God, blameless, we see it is later Jesus who is the one that actually led a sinless, blameless life, as a continuation of that covenant. Since that time we have Jesus who will take the sin away from us. Through His actions we can be blameless, if we trust in Him.