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Three years ago a friend of mine invited me to Praxis church. I heard Justin Anderson speak for the first time from the book of Joshua. I loved the expository teaching and I loved the depth of how he spoke (plus his sarcasm). It became my second church on Sunday nights. Praxis church eventually merged with other churches to become Redemption church. Even after the merger, Justin still primarily taught at the Tempe campus. But he is now moving on to San Francisco to start Redemption SF with an amazing team. Tonight in Tempe he spoke his last message from 1 Corinthians 8:1-13. I thank God for this hero of mine and the impact his teaching had on me.

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Carlos Whittaker brought a lot of energy to PhoenixONE tonight. I love corporate worship and singing in unison with the body of Christ. I’ve seen Carlos many times at Catalyst and he has an amazing heart for the Lord. Justin Anderson taught a great message from Mark 8 about how Peter rebukes Jesus for mentioning his own death on the cross. Peter says this for his own personal gain and Jesus in turn rebukes him with the famous “Get behind me Satan” quote. He then says to him and the crowd “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Basically, what path will we take?

Justin brought up a study from a book called Soul Searching by Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton that that surveys 3,000 teenagers. This landmark study on the faith lives of American teenagers reveals that while a majority identify with a religious congregation, many adolescents subscribe to a watered-down belief system that the authors call Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.

  1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
  2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
  3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
  4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
  5. Good people go to heaven when they die.

Basically, people generally choose ‘the easy path’. We choose a path for our own personal happiness, not holiness. We invest ours lives in our own personal gain and our sense of entitlement. Jesus warns us of this life for ourselves and that there are consequences for not choosing this path for our righteousness. I thought Justin picked a great topic for this age group (and for this culture in general).

Afterwards they played this awesome video of a girl who found Christ on her own. In my Islam class, I have been studying about Muslims who have been finding Christ through their dreams. This makes me want to reach out more to people.

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In late 2010, Praxis Church and East Valley Bible church made the stunning announcement that they are going to merge their churches into Redemption Church under the Acts 29 network – a church planting network . I have attended the evening service at Praxis church for the past few years and have also taken courses at East Valley Bible church. So this merger is important to me because I have connections with both churches. We got to attend the inaugural launch of the church in which they gathered the whole church community on the lawn of what was once East Valley Bible church. Pastor Justin gave an amazing message from Jeremiah 29 about going out into the community.

From Redemption church’s website:

Redemption Church is born out of the conviction that the church unified can impact the world dramatically for the gospel. The vision of Redemption Church is to saturate the State of Arizona with Gospel-centered, Reformed, Missional churches through campuses and church plants. We see thousands of people worshiping Jesus and living out the Gospel all over Arizona, equipped every Sunday with the same message and living out the same values everyday.

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Here is a video discussing the merger.

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