Posts by Kevin Freeman, Associate Pastor

About Kevin Freeman, Associate Pastor

Rev. Kevin FreemanMy name is Kevin Freeman, and I am privileged to serve as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship, Youth, and Families here at Redland. Feel free to get in touch with me here if I can serve you. I would love to hear from you.

52 verses – March 31

Download printable version

Memorize (Head) and discuss (Heart)

What does this verse mean?

How can we put this verse into practice in our family?

What do you think will happen to the person who lives out the message of this verse?

What are some signs that a person has put this verse into practice?

Does this verse remind you of any other verses in the Bible?

Pray together and thank God for his Word.  Ask for God’s help in applying the verse to your lives.

Other ideas for using 52 verses

Congratulations!

You have a great resource here, one that will help you and your family grow closer to God together.

Here are some ideas to make the most of these verses:

  • Cover one verse per week (52 weeks in a year)
  • Put the verse of the week on your fridge.
  • Offer small rewards, like privileges, for anyone who memorizes the verse (adjust length for younger family members)
  • Talk about the verse at the beginning of the week – what it means and how you can live it out.
  • Refer to the verse when its message comes up in daily life.
  • Pray for the message of the verse to take root in you and your family.
  • That’s it!

52 verses – March 24

Download printable version

Memorize (Head) and discuss (Heart)

What does this verse mean?

How can we put this verse into practice in our family?

What do you think will happen to the person who lives out the message of this verse?

What are some signs that a person has put this verse into practice?

Does this verse remind you of any other verses in the Bible?

Pray together and thank God for his Word.  Ask for God’s help in applying the verse to your lives.

Other ideas for using 52 verses

Congratulations!

You have a great resource here, one that will help you and your family grow closer to God together.

Here are some ideas to make the most of these verses:

  • Cover one verse per week (52 weeks in a year)
  • Put the verse of the week on your fridge.
  • Offer small rewards, like privileges, for anyone who memorizes the verse (adjust length for younger family members)
  • Talk about the verse at the beginning of the week – what it means and how you can live it out.
  • Refer to the verse when its message comes up in daily life.
  • Pray for the message of the verse to take root in you and your family.
  • That’s it!

52 verses – March 17

Download printable version

Memorize (Head) and discuss (Heart)

What does this verse mean?

How can we put this verse into practice in our family?

What do you think will happen to the person who lives out the message of this verse?

What are some signs that a person has put this verse into practice?

Does this verse remind you of any other verses in the Bible?

Pray together and thank God for his Word.  Ask for God’s help in applying the verse to your lives.

Other ideas for using 52 verses

Congratulations!

You have a great resource here, one that will help you and your family grow closer to God together.

Here are some ideas to make the most of these verses:

  • Cover one verse per week (52 weeks in a year)
  • Put the verse of the week on your fridge.
  • Offer small rewards, like privileges, for anyone who memorizes the verse (adjust length for younger family members)
  • Talk about the verse at the beginning of the week – what it means and how you can live it out.
  • Refer to the verse when its message comes up in daily life.
  • Pray for the message of the verse to take root in you and your family.
  • That’s it!

An update about web updates

Whew!  We’ve had some busy weeks here, lately!

I wanted to share with you that you’ll see some changes to our website in the coming days/weeks.  Some of that back end work has distracted me from regular postings.  Sorry about that!  On that note, here are some quick pieces of information on youth ministry:

Sunday School, 3/17

This Sunday the youth will take a peek at the fascinating encounter between Balaam and Balak.  Even when this sorcerer/prophet was trying to curse Israel, he couldn’t.  That’s because God is faithful to keep his promise to bless his people. That’s a promise for us as well.  Here’s a discussion sheet for a faith at home devotional.

Fuel, 3/17

At Fuel we will finish chapter one of James, covering verses 19-27.  This passage is a treasure trove of Christian living.  It reminds us that the faithful must actually live out their faith.  Take some time to read through the passage with your youth this week.

Youth Retreat

We have 20 youth registered so far, and there’s still space for more!  See our retreat post to learn more and sign up.

https://www.redlandbaptist.org/2019/02/rym-2019-spring-youth-retreat/

52 verses

Don’t forget to learn a verse each week as a family.  This week is Proverbs 30:8-9.  Download a printable version to learn and discuss.

Categories: for Parents

52 verses – March 10

Download printable version

Memorize (Head) and discuss (Heart)

What does this verse mean?

How can we put this verse into practice in our family?

What do you think will happen to the person who lives out the message of this verse?

What are some signs that a person has put this verse into practice?

Does this verse remind you of any other verses in the Bible?

Pray together and thank God for his Word.  Ask for God’s help in applying the verse to your lives.

Other ideas for using 52 verses

Congratulations!

You have a great resource here, one that will help you and your family grow closer to God together.

Here are some ideas to make the most of these verses:

  • Cover one verse per week (52 weeks in a year)
  • Put the verse of the week on your fridge.
  • Offer small rewards, like privileges, for anyone who memorizes the verse (adjust length for younger family members)
  • Talk about the verse at the beginning of the week – what it means and how you can live it out.
  • Refer to the verse when its message comes up in daily life.
  • Pray for the message of the verse to take root in you and your family.
  • That’s it!

Time to talk about that bronze serpent

Do you remember it?

It was the story of a bronze snake that was hastily fashioned and put up on a pole.  God’s rebellious people needed only to look up at it for God to heal them from the poison of the not-so-bronze snakes that had been let loose among them.  This story is our lesson topic for Sunday, where we’ll discuss the main idea: Rebellion against God is rooted in failing to trust God.

Jesus, too, was lifted up on the cross, much like the serpent.  God’s rebellious people need only to look up in faith to Christ for God to heal them from the poison of the sin that has been let loose among us.

Have a “Faith Talk”

If you’ve been involved in the recent family ministry overview, then you’ve learned what a Faith Talk is.  It’s simply a time set aside by families to talk about God’s truth together.  Sometimes that idea is overwhelming, but families who do this once a week grow closer in their faith and relationships.  We have a talk sheet for you to use.  You’ll get to springboard off the lesson above.  It centers on Moses interceding for the people and our own call to step in to pray for others.

Get equipped to grow spiritually as a family

Our three week Family Ministry Orientation course begins March 17 and takes place during Sunday School.  Contact me (Kevin) if you want to join in.

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52 Verses – March 3

Our first weekly Bible memory verse resource is here!  Look for these verses every week.

Download printable version

Memorize (Head) and discuss (Heart)

What does this verse mean?

How can we put this verse into practice in our family?

What do you think will happen to the person who lives out the message of this verse?

What are some signs that a person has put this verse into practice?

Does this verse remind you of any other verses in the Bible?

Pray together and thank God for his Word.  Ask for God’s help in applying the verse to your lives.

Other ideas for using 52 verses

Congratulations!

You have a great resource here, one that will help you and your family grow closer to God together.

Here are some ideas to make the most of these verses:

  • Cover one verse per week (52 weeks in a year)
  • Put the verse of the week on your fridge.
  • Offer small rewards, like privileges, for anyone who memorizes the verse (adjust length for younger family members)
  • Talk about the verse at the beginning of the week – what it means and how you can live it out.
  • Refer to the verse when its message comes up in daily life.
  • Pray for the message of the verse to take root in you and your family.
  • That’s it!

Parent meetings this Sunday for youth retreat

Dear Parents,

We have two meeting options scheduled for this Sunday so that you can stay in the know for the upcoming youth retreat.

Sunday, March 3, at 10:00 am (Note, the meeting may start a few minutes late)

Sunday, March 3, at 5:45 pm

Both meetings will contain identical information, so just pick the one that works best for you.

Learn more about the retreat here.

Categories: for Parents

Fuel Sunday: James 1:13-18

Our students at Fuel will continue a study in James.  Last week we learned that God uses trials to help us grow.  This Sunday will have a lot of fun and games, plus some worship and a short discussion on temptation.  Take some time to review the passage as a family and talk about temptation.  Here’s a faith talks” resource to help with that, plus some questions below.

  • What are the steps from temptation to sin that James lists?
  • Develop an example of temptation leading to sin – something on the lighter side that can serve to help discuss it as a family.
  • How can you recognize temptation and stop it before it gives way to sin?

Want to WIN BIG on this?  Take just 8 minutes to watch the teaching session.  Need a free access account? Visit http://rightnowmedia.redlandbaptist.org.

Special note:  As a church we are kicking off a resource called 52 Verses.  It’s one verse a week for your family to learn together and talk about.  This Sunday’s verse ties in with our James study, because God’s Word gives us the truth we need to avoid and withstand sin.

Proverbs 6:23, “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.”

Categories: for Parents

March 3 Youth Sunday School, Rebellion and losing trust

About this past Sunday

We’ve finished our series on Core Beliefs, and last Sunday our 8th-12th grade youth had Bible Answer Man.  It was intense!  There were several HARD questions brought up, and youth were not willing to settle for easy answers – good for them!  We decided to hold another Bible Answer Man session (TBA) to address some of what we couldn’t this past Sunday.

Youth want to talk with their parents about the hard topics, too!  We mostly discussed salvation and the difficulty in accepting that Jesus is the only way.  Here are some of the questions:

  • “How is it fair that others are punished [by] being born into a non-Christian Family?…If you were raised a certain way you likely wouldn’t convert to Christ.”
  • “Do people from other faiths get saved?”
  • “Will everyone’s heaven be the same?”
  • “How could people before Jesus be saved?”

I’m telling you, our youth were animated in discussion about this.  We discussed the truth of what the Bible says, why it’s sometimes hard to believe, examples of people from other faiths coming to Christ, and how we should respond to the whole topic.  So if you want to get some mileage out of this discussion, ask your 8th-12th grader about it; let them know you heard there was a lot of discussion and get some feedback.  You may get a very deep conversation.

6th-7th were taught a lesson about the Israelites from our normal curriculum, and they, too, will have a Bible Answer Man soon.

For Sunday, March 3

Youth will pick back up in their series on Israel learning to encounter God and entering into the Promised Land.  Unfortunately, we know our spiritual walk has ups and downs.  This Sunday will cover a BIG “down.”  We’ll talk about the rebellion in the wilderness – a rebellion that really stemmed from a lack of trust in God.  That brings up a good conversation point.  How often do we go our own way because we simply do not trust God’s plan?

Take some time with this Faith at Home resource, a discussion sheet for a faith talk with your family.

Categories: for Parents

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