Men’s Bible Study & Fellowship | 1st & 3rd Tuesday Evenings

Beginning in September 2020, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month, men are invited to meet at the “Steinberg Breezeway” at 7pm for Bible Study and Fellowship.

What to Expect

Men (18 and older) are invited to come as often as possible on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month to learn from God’s Word, discuss together from what is taught, and fellowship over drinks. Men may begin attending any time. This is a good opportunity for co-workers, neighbors, and relatives to visit or join anytime.

Water and coffee will be provided. Men are welcome to bring their own other drinks to enjoy and/or share. Feel free to bring any snack to share. Nevertheless, anyone is welcome to simply show up, drink some water, and enjoy the study and fellowship.

During the first 20-30 minutes, a man will lead a teaching time. Then we will have 20-30 minutes for discussion, often with a list of prepared discussion questions to aid the group make helpful progress. Then we will have 5-10 minutes for prayer together. Men will be welcome to continue fellowship and discussion after the official cut-off time of 8pm.

Study Focus Beginning in September

We plan to kick-off our study time together by considering fatherhood lost, redeemed, and restored. We are not going to simply ask, “How can I train my kid better?” Instead, we will be looking at fatherhood in a bigger way that then informs how we live as fathers in our homes, churches, and communities.

This is not a study only for young dads. This study focus is for all of us men at our various ages and stages of fatherhood. We each have something to learn and something to share.

This first teaching focus will draw largely from “Daddy Tried” by Pastor Tim Bayly.

“Every father knows failure. It comes with the territory. One generation to the next, imperfect men chip away at God’s original design for daddies, leaving a flawed pattern for their sons to follow. Overwhelmed by their failures, it’s easy for fathers to feel they have blown it for good and can’t redeem themselves.

Within these pages, Tim Bayly offers a frank and hope-filled path to overcoming the inherent failures of imperfect fathers—and to reclaiming manhood and dignity for the man called Daddy. Drawing from decades of his own journey as an imperfect son, father, and pastor, Bayly makes it clear there are no quick fixes. The road to recovery is paved with blood, sweat, and tears, but our Savior walked this path before us.

Daddy Tried makes no apologies for being a book for men. Its subject is the male-only club of fatherhood. It takes the only perfect Father as our guide. Bayly stares the sins of fathers past, present, and future squarely in the face and clears a path to overcoming them—a path that begins with faith in our heavenly Father who tells us He knows our weaknesses.”

Dr. John Frame (Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Reformed Theological Seminary) says, “Tim Bayly’s Daddy Tried is the best book on fathering currently in print. Bayly meticulously exegetes the biblical teachings about fathers (especially fathers in the home, but also the leaders of the church and civil governors). And he applies the biblical teachings with great clarity, frankness, and vividness. He is aware that Christian fathering is today in a terribly weak state, and he stands firmly against fashionable compromises with biblical principle. But he also emphasizes winsomely that adherence to biblical principle is another name for love. This is the book to give to our sons on the verge of becoming fathers. It will clear their heads and steel their spines.”

I hope you will join the other men on Tuesday evenings beginning September 1st. I looking forward to growing in Christ with you men. –Pastor Tyson

For address and directions or with other questions, please reach out to Pastor Tyson at 850-797-8849.

We are alone

COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, shelter in place, quarantine, flatten the curve, social distancing, phases of re-opening, economic cost vs health risk…this is one of the strangest presidential election years that I remember. The news cycle is fixated on a virus instead of on the nearing election. Thousands have died of at least in part from contracting the coronavirus. Millions have lost their jobs. Locusts swarmed the African nations. Killer bees and malicious moths have landed in Washington state.

Do you wonder why the United States and other countries are suffering?

Are demonic forces pulling off a grand, coordinated attack against humanity? Is an international conspiracy being played out? Is Mother Earth rebuking mankind for pollution? Have the righteous been forsaken?

God speaks to us today the same words He spoke through His prophet, Jeremiah, c. 625 BC.

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.

Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it; if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it. So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh turn back, each of you from his evil way, and reform your ways and your deeds.” ’ But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’” (Jeremiah 18:1–12)

Does God have just cause to judge the United States of America?

Yes.

And any potential national treasury of merit has surely been exhausted.

Jeremiah reveals that God is opposed to nations which reject Him. A nation rejecting its Potter is filled with citizens who say, “It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.”

From the American’s point of view, the greatest sin is to deny a man his complete self-autonomy.

We laud the man who greets each neighbor, “Well, if that is ‘your truth’ then go for it!”

We despise the woman who tries to convert her neighbor to an exclusive religion through Jesus Christ alone.

We accept our children who self-diagnose themselves to have been born wrongly into bodies with sex organs which do not fit their gender identity. We allow infinite gender fluidity back and forth over one’s life while outlawing reparative therapy. And all of this despite the protest of the mirror on the wall.

We protect a woman’s right over her own body. That’s what we say when we allow her to have the life of her growing baby’s body taken away in the safety of her womb. The fetus is the woman’s right and freedom. Yet the newborn baby stops being her body and becomes the father’s responsibility via child-support payments.

Two-feet tall Americans rule their towering parents in the grocery check-out line and at bedtime. Our children have learned that it is a sin to deny complete self-autonomy.

Our schedules are too busy to care for our neighbors’ needs.

Our poor are too precious to mature.

We magically make money. Yet somehow our value and security has not increased.

We lie.

Self-autonomy is a lie.

Declaring autonomy from the Potter is the greatest sin.

The United States is constituted of men and women and children who reject our Potter. The US is not alone in the hall of nations.

What pottery says to the Potter, “Why did you make me thus?” What crafted bowl refuses to retain liquid?

God says, “I am fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you.”

If this is how He spoke to His people Israel 2,500 years ago, how much more right does He have to speak thus to the United States and other nations?

But this is not all God says. He continues, “Oh turn back, each of you from his evil way, and reform your ways and your deeds.”

Keep your eye on the ball. Are you following your own plans, according to the stubbornness of your evil heart? Who can enter God’s court and deny that this characterizes the aggregate of our nation’s citizens?

God has declared His pleasure to forgive and relent.

But the self-autonomous has no need for God’s favor. He is alone…alone in the face of the coronavirus, alone in the furry of insect swarms, alone under racial violence and hurricanes and corrupt conspirators. The God-rejecting autonomous man is alone.

Are you alone?

Jonah and Nineveh know that national repentance is still possible.

If the nation is unwilling, God is willing to forgive you and you will not be alone.

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6–8)

At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:25–30)

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” (Romans 10:12–13)

Call on the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith and you will never be alone.

-Pastor Tyson

Book Recommendation: A Call To Prayer

A Call to Prayer was one of J.C. Ryle’s best received works in his day and has remained so ever since. It is a direct exhortation to pray fervently and without ceasing. “I want the times we live in to be praying times. I want the Christians of our day to be praying Christians. I want the church to be a praying church. My heart’s desire and prayer in sending forth this tract is to promote a spirit of prayerfulness. I want those who never prayed yet, to arise and call upon God, and I want those who do pray, to see that they are not praying amiss.”—from the Conclusion.

You may download a PDF copy free here:
You may download in other formats here.
Or you may purchase a printed copy here.

GRC Events in May

Until the restrictions change related to COVID-19, most of our church family’ meetings are online via Zoom. Here is the list of events and cancellations from normal schedule.

Sunday Morning Worship Gathering
10:30AM | Sundays
At: Online via Zoom

Kids Sunday School
Recorded lesson weekly from Mrs. Steinberg

Youth Sunday School
4PM | Tuesdays
At: Online via Zoom

Adult Sunday School
9:15AM | Sundays
At: Online via Zoom

Sunday Afternoon Small Group Fellowship
cancelled until further notice

Women’s Bible Study
postponed until further notice

Women’s 4th Friday Fellowship
cancelled until further notice

Kids Scripture and Sweets
1PM | Wednesdays
Continuing thru May
At: Online via Zoom

Men’s Wednesday Bible Study Lunch
11AM | Wednesdays May 13th, 27th
At: Online via Zoom

Men’s Basic Training
6:30AM | Saturdays
May 2nd, 16th, 30th (Final)
At: Online via Zoom

A Sermon though Apart

March 29, 2020

God’s Word was preached from Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 this Sunday by one of our Elders, Michael Steinberg. Does any area of your life seem vain? It is not only in perplexing times like ours with the novel coronavirus that we sense our lack of control over our lives. What does God say to us in the midst of life’s fleeting joys and hardships?

View or Download the Sermon Video Here if you cannot see the Facebook Upload.

Ecclesiastes 1:1–11

1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” 3 What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun? 4 A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever. 5 Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; And hastening to its place it rises there again. 6 Blowing toward the south, Then turning toward the north, The wind continues swirling along; And on its circular courses the wind returns. 7 All the rivers flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, There they flow again. 8 All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. 9 That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later still.

Free Bible Teaching – Ligonier

March 18, 2020

Dear Grace Redeemer Church Family,

The ministry of Ligonier, founded by the late R. C. Sproul, is giving a gift, available to you and your families, through the end of June. You may stream online and through their app, all of their teaching series. I’d encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity, especially with your children. Infect them not with COVID-19 but with the joy many of these teachers share in their teaching of God’s Word.

View full list of series available here:
https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/?sort=az

Maybe begin with one of these:

1. Dust to Glory: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/dust-to-glory/
An extended overview of major Bible stories from cover to cover.

2. Priest with Dirty Clothes: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/priest_with_dirty_clothes/
Audio of one of Sproul’s children’s books.

3. Handout Church History: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/handout-church-history/

4. Apostles’ Creed: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/apostles-creed/

5. Foundations/Systematic Theology: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/foundations/

6. Tour of Pilgrim’s Progress: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/pilgrims-progress-guided-tour/

7. The Intimate Marriage: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/intimate-marriage/

8. What is Reformed Theology?: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/what_is_reformed_theology/

9. Sacraments-Baptism and Communion: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/sacraments/

Even if you take advantage of the free resources alone, I am sure the ministry would appreciate an email note of thanks for their work.

Love in Christ,
Pastor Tyson

The original note from Ligonier:
As a result of the global health crisis, churches are canceling Bible studies, small groups, and Sunday school classes. Pastors and elders around the world are thinking about new ways to bring God’s Word to their congregations. Fathers and mothers want to care for their children’s souls. This truly is an unprecedented time. To serve growing Christians around the world, Ligonier Ministries is here to help you maintain your daily growth and the discipleship within your family and community.

For the first time ever, we have made our entire library of hundreds of teaching series free to stream. Download the free Ligonier app today and stream thousands of messages from R.C. Sproul, the Ligonier Teaching Fellows, and other gifted pastors and teachers. Or browse more than 2,500 messages here on Ligonier.org. This represents 1,000+ hours of time-proven, trusted teaching covering topics in biblical studies, theology, church history, Christian living, and worldview. Our entire video and audio teaching series library will remain open until at least June 30.
https://www.ligonier.org/blog/all-teaching-series-now-free-stream/?utm_source=ligonier&utm_medium=slider

COVID-19 Response 01

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the elders of Grace Redeemer Church have been in conversation but at this point have not decided to cancel or adjust any of the church family events or gatherings. We will continue to seek God’s provision of wisdom in response to this spreading illness. And, we welcome your direct questions and concerns anytime.

We have learned in Romans two related trustworthy truths. First, “…we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). And second, “[we] consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

Because of these truths and our hope in Christ Jesus, we cannot live in fear of suffering and death. Knowing God’s love for us enables us to face suffering and death without fear.

Notwithstanding, we cannot say that we love God if we do not love our neighbor. As we’ve learned from Romans 13:8 & 10, “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law…Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

As medical professionals remind us, we are in the very, very early stages of data collection and understanding of the full picture of this coronavirus and its effects. It seems that often for younger people without other illnesses or underlying issues, COVID-19 is experienced as a mild flu. But similar to other flu strands, those who are older and those with other health issues can require hospital care to survive this coronavirus.

If you are concerned for your health, please do not feel pressured into attending a church family gathering. Please let the elders know of your concerns.

If you are sick, please consider the health of your brothers and sisters and keep an appropriate distance, even refraining from childcare or gathering altogether until you or your children are well and not contagious.

We should all be thankful and respectful towards those authorities over us as they exercise their responsibility for the care of our communities. Again, as we’ve learned in Romans 13, God has designed government for our good and blessing. Let us not lack in giving honor where honor is due.

Please speak with the elders anytime with any concerns or questions.

Finally, let us all praise and thank God for His abundant mercy in the midst of so many effects of our sin in our lives and in creation.

In Christ,
Your Elders (Michael, Tom & Tyson)