Can’t Buy Me Love – Genesis 29:1-30: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Laban – Laban is Rebekah’s (Isaac’s wife and Jacob’s mother) brother. He first enters the story in Genesis 24 when Abraham sends his servant to find Isaac a wife. Now, Isaac has sent his son Jacob to find a wife and Isaac again comes to Laban. In their culture, it was…

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Stairway to Heaven – Genesis 28:10-22: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Paddan-aram/Haran – These two place names are used interchangeably in the narrative to refer to the same place (or it’s possible that Paddan-aram is the region containing the city Haran). Thus when Isaac sends Jacob to Paddan-aram in v. 6, Jacob is being obedient when he goes to Haran (v. 10).…

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The Masquerade Party – Genesis 27:1-46: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Blessing – In Ancient Near Eastern culture, it was common to pronounce blessings or curses on others. These blessings/curses were not seen as mere wishful thinking but were believed to be influential ways to call upon God to act in a certain way towards an individual or a nation. This means…

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The Hunger Games – Genesis 25:19–34: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Abraham – Abraham was called by God to become the father of God’s people—Israel, and to ultimately be a source of blessing for all nations (Gen 12:1-3; Abraham’s story can be found in Gen 11:26-25:8). Isaac & Rebekah – Isaac was Abraham’s son. He was promised to Abraham and Sarah by…

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Personal Growth Guide

Redemption Church exists to make authentic followers of Jesus who live for the glory of God and the good of our world.  We believe that following Jesus is a lifelong process of walking faithfully with our God. Whether it’s the simple stresses of everyday life, good things that demand our attention, personal hardships, or the…

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Alive in the Mission of God – Colossians 4:2-6: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Being watchful – The phrase being watchful (v. 2) could have two emphases. It’s possible Paul is encouraging believers to be “watching” for Christ’s return (see Col 3:4; when Christ…appears). However, this word basically means “to be awake” and is used more often in the NT to encourage Christians to be…

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Growing Up In Christ, Part 3 – Colossians 1:1-17: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide *This is our last of four Sundays in this same passage. This week’s reflection guide is topical, focusing on one of the major theological themes of this section. Key Terms Justification – Justification is an act of God in declaring a person to be righteous, or in “right standing” with God, because of…

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Growing Up In Christ – Growing Up In Christ: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Right hand of God – In ancient culture, the right hand signified the place of honor and prominence (e.g. 1 Kgs 2:19). This language of sitting at the right hand of God (v. 1) comes from Ps 110:1 and is used of Jesus’ position throughout the NT (e.g. Acts 2:33-34, Heb…

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