A God Who Redeems
God promises, we mess it up, Jesus redeems.
Today, we're not only talking about a God who is with us, but also a God who redeems us. I want to talk to those who feel helpless and hopeless in life. Maybe you feel that you're at the end of your rope. I believe that God brought you here for a reason, and I'm asking you to step across a line of faith as you listen to why Jesus came. There is hope if you're hopeless and helpless. And you're not alone; most of the world is in that place of emptiness and struggle. That is why Jesus came—so that we might have redemption.
One of the wonderful churches I have pastored was a church that was started around a kitchen table in Beaumont, Texas. There were about ten other people, and me and my wife, and we just sat down and talked about getting a church going. This church grew by leaps and bounds. We kept outgrowing places and having to move into bigger buildings. We finally moved into a converted auto mall and turned it into a worship center. More and more people were coming in and being baptized, so we brought in this small indoor display model swimming pool one night. There were about 30 people who were planning to be baptized. But we realized just before the service that we didn't have a hose! We had a leaky one at home, so I asked other staff members, but no one had a hose! I decided to just go buy one.
As I'm walking out to get the hose, this guy named John stopped me. He said, "I'm glad I caught you, pastor. I need to talk to you." So I try to have this conversation with him where I'm kind of aiming toward my car, and he said, "No, I need to talk in private." "Alright," I said, "let's go into my office." We went to my office and started talking. He said, "I want to know if you're for real. You've been talking ...
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Philip Griffin is the Senior Pastor of the Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.