Worship Location for October 4th

Due to the forecasted cold, Renovation Church will be gathering for worship on Sunday at 10am at the American Legion in Garretson (on Main Street). Please wear a mask while you are inside the building (if you are physically able to do so). You are also invited to join us online as we will be streaming the service live from the Renovation Church Facebook Page (if technology cooperates).

Sermon Discussion Guide (Acts 14:1-7)

Below is the sermon discussion guide for the message I shared last Sunday at Renovation Church. We will be meeting to discuss these questions during an online Bible Study tonight via Zoom at 8pm – all are invited to join us (even if you have not watched the message). Connection info is here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/

Book of Acts – Week 34 – Acts 14:1-7
Discussion Guide

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

2. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

Discussion Questions

1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 14:1-7. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

2. One of the big ideas Tyler shared in the message is that all of us are called to be full-time missionaries. How would you define what it means to be a “missionary”? Practically speaking, how can you take steps to reorient your life around this calling?

3. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – pay special attention to how Paul uses the term “ambassador.” What stands out to you from this passage?

4. Tyler shared about four ingredients to be a successful missionary: partnership, boldness, endurance, and perseverance. First, define each of these “ingredients” in your own words. Second, which of these is the most difficult for you to live out?

5. One of the best teachings on endurance can be found in Hebrews 12:1-2. Read through this passage and answer the following questions: Who is in the “cloud of witnesses” being referred to? What is the difference between a “hindrance” and a “sin”? What are some practical steps we can “lay them down” so we run our race with greater endurance?

6. One of the reasons the early Christians were so committed to being missionaries is because they understood the “fear of the Lord.” First, what are some passages that come to mind that teach on the “fear of the Lord”? Second, what are some practical ways you can grow in the “fear of the Lord”?

7. Finally, what is at least one way you are seeking to apply this passage to your life this week?

I Am Preaching at Two Churches on Sunday!

Hi everyone!

I wanted to write a short note to invite those of you in the area to join me for church at one of two different churches. This Sunday I have the opportunity to share a message from the Book of Acts at The Rescue Church in Flandreau, SD as well as Renovation Church in Garretson, SD.

If you live near the Flandreau area, I highly encourage you to join The Rescue Church for Sunday morning worship at 10am. On the other hand, if you live near Garretson, I would love for you to join Renovation Church for worship outside at Split Rock Park at 10am.

(If you are wondering how I can be in two places at once – the message in Flandreau will be pre-recorded. I’ll be heading to Flandreau tomorrow to record that message. I will be sharing the message in-person in Garretson as I do every week).

The Priority of Discipleship (Acts 13:42-52)

This past Sunday, I had the honor of teaching through Acts 13:42-52. In this passage, we see two things the early church prioritized: discipleship and obedience. As a result of these two priorities, three effects followed: multiplication, persecution, and maturity. In this message, I unpack what each of these mean practically in our own lives.

The “Sermon Discussion Guide” can be found below the message to help you go deeper in the text. I will be leading a small group online via Zoom this Wednesday at 8pm (central time) to go through the guide. All are invited to join us. The connection info is here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/

Book of Acts – Week 33 – Acts 13:42-52
Discussion Guide

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

2. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

Discussion Questions

1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 13:42-52. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

2. One of the first evidences that the Holy Spirit is drawing a person to a life of discipleship is a deep hunger to know God through His Word. Read 1 Peter 2:2-3. What stands out to you from this short passage by Peter on this subject?

3. One of the ways we grow as disciples is to follow and submit to human leaders as they follow and submit to Jesus – this is clear in the reality that the crowd “followed” Paul and Barnabas as a means of following Jesus (Acts 13:43). Read Hebrews 13:17. Practically speaking, what does this passage mean? What about when leaders are ungodly or have disqualified themselves from ministry?

4. One of the major themes of the Book of Acts – and one that we see in this passage – is the more obedient you are to God the more you will likely suffer and face rejection. Why do you think this is? What are some steps each of us can take so that we are ready for suffering and rejection as a result of following Jesus?

5. Acts 13:48 says, “all who had been appointed to eternal life believed.” It’s important to discuss and think through difficult verses. What are your thoughts on this verse and the concept of “pre-destination”?

6. When Paul and Barnabas were kicked out of the city, the text says the shook the dust off their feet. What is the meaning behind this? Is there ever a time when we need to do something similar in our own lives? If so, when?

I Don’t Know (Original Song)

As some of you know, I love writing and recording music. I wrote my first song when I was 11 years old and sometimes received bad grades in high school because I spent most of my time in class writing poetry and music.

My best music often flows from times of darkness in my personal life. Writing music helps me process my emotions and commit them to God. I strongly considered not releasing this song because it’s almost too authentic and raw. Nevertheless, here it is. My hope & prayer is that you connect with it. This song is completely original – it was written, recorded, and mixed by me.

(Lyrics are below so you can follow along easier).

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[Chorus]
Let me tell you where I’m at
I, hope I can climb back
Here’s, my soul on a live track
I, don’t know where I’m at

[Verse 1]
I don’t keep a journal, I have music though
I take the pain then I make it so beautiful
I’m in a dark place I just pray that you use it though
It’s unusual, the things inside my mind
Been day-dreaming ’bout going back to a 9 to 5
To take all of my ministry and just throwing it to the side
I don’t know why, well actually I do
I just want to hide from all the pain that I’ve been through
Disillusioned and confused partly by the news
And partly by the people in the pews who just consume
What do I do? I don’t know
I feel my soul growing cold as I try to cope
Being pulled to self-medicate with a false hope
So here’s a small note just to get this off my chest
And everything I wrote is so you know that I’m a mess
And I don’t know where to go to deal with all this stress

[Chorus]
Let me tell you where I’m at
I, hope I can climb back
Here’s, my soul on a live track
I, don’t know where I’m at

[Verse 2]
Yeah, I’m disillusioned with the Christian church
Full of hatred & division – we don’t listen first
They said that “Black Lives Matter” and we’re feeling hurt?
So we yell “Trump 2020” go and get the hearse
It’s ridiculous, we’re preaching politics
I’ve come dangerously close to call it quits
Cuz I don’t get where I fit in with all of this
Even as I write this song it’s coming with a risk
But I refuse to be a puppet for an audience
So go and put me on your list, that is a-okay
Romans 1:16 I’m still unashamed
But I feel the pain of all the things that I need to say
So I will bleed today, through my written word
Praying that my God will come administer
The hope & healing that I need as a minister
The hope & healing that I need as a minister

[Chorus]
Let me tell you where I’m at
I, hope I can climb back
Here’s, my soul on a live track
I, don’t know where I’m at

Location Update for Renovation Church (9/16/2020)

LOCATION UPDATE FOR OCTOBER:

Our plan has been to move inside to the American Legion beginning on Sunday, October 4th. Instead, beginning in October, we are going to make a week-by-week decision on where we will be gathering for Sunday morning worship. If it is relatively nice out, we will be meeting at Split Rock Park in Garretson (as we have been doing all summer). If it is cold out, we will be meeting at the American Legion. In other words, we are going to seek to hold our services outside as much as possible until it gets too cold for us to do so. At that point of time, all our services will be moved to the American Legion.

Practically speaking, we will announce our meeting location by Friday of each week. This announcement will go on our website & social media.

(When our services are at the American Legion, we are asking everyone to wear a mask. See previous updates for full information on that).

Some More Thoughts on Masks

As most of you know (especially if you attend Renovation Church) we are asking everyone to wear a mask when we move to indoor services on Sunday, October 4th. I sincerely appreciate those of you who have reached out to me with feedback on this decision – both positive and negative. I have provided numerous reasons on why we are making this decision and those can be found here: https://tylerramsbey.com/2020/07/27/unmasking-the-mask-debate/

Instead, I want to provide the example of a real person that many in our church know. This is a comment that was sent to me by a member of our church. This person has been part of our church before our church was around – if my memory serves me correct, I think she was the first person to get plugged into our church planting team. I have changed some of the details in the original comment to help shield this person’s identity. Her comment is below:

“Hi Tyler. I read your thing on having masks on for indoor church. I stand behind you 100% on that. Unfortunately, there are too many people around who are not wearing them…. I want to tell you I went to the (name of business removed) meeting couple weeks ago and I was the only one wearing a mask and it did upset me that people are careless. We social distanced in there but I would have felt more comfortable if all had a mask on in an enclosed room. I am one of the vulnerable older adults and will feel safer watching your services online when we get indoors. If the crowd gets smaller indoors this winter and EVERYONE has a mask on I might chance going. OK? You hang in there with your decision it is the right decision.”

I hope what I am about to say next does not come off as too harsh but here’s the reality – if you are unwilling to wear a piece of cloth on your face for one hour a week to make other people feel safe so they can go back to worshiping with us in-person, that is a sign of spiritual immaturity. One practical application of Paul’s admonition to “in humility consider others as more important than yourselves (Philip. 2:3)” is to deal with the small inconvenience of a mask for the sake of people like the one above in our church who do not feel safe joining us until we follow CDC guidelines.

Finally, my daughter has to wear a mask every single day for preschool. She has never complained about it. In contrast, we had some elderly people stop by our house a few weeks ago and Ava was adamant that she put on her mask when they came in our house so she could do her part in protecting them from COVID-19. If my 3 1/2 year old understands this, I hope & pray adult followers of Jesus will as well.

In Christ,

Tyler Ramsbey

The Message That Changed the World (Acts 13:13-41)

This past Sunday, I taught through Acts 13:13-41. In this passage, we are given a glimpse into one of the very first sermons preached by the Apostle Paul. By slowing down and studying this passage, we learn the core details of the message proclaimed by the early church that literally transformed the world.

Below the video you can find the “Sermon Discussion Guide” to help you go deeper into the text. We will be meeting on Wednesday night at 8pm (central time) via Zoom to discuss these questions and all are invited to join us. The link can be found here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/

Book of Acts – Week 32 – Acts 13:13-41
Discussion Guide

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

2. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

Discussion Questions

1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 13:13-41. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

2. Paul was invited to speak in the synagogue after the reading of “The Law” and “The Prophets.” What portions of our Bible is this language referring to? Have you ever studied “The Law” or “The Prophets” – if so, what are some things they teach us about God?

3. Although Paul has a rift with John Mark here in the book of Acts, they eventually reconcile with one another (see 2 Timothy 4:11). Likewise, all of us will have conflicts with other Christians. What are some steps you should take in order to bring about reconciliation in a troubled relationship? In contrast, what do most people do?

4. The first part of Paul’s sermon explains how Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. Although we are not Jews, many people (all of us?) are also longing for a type of Messiah. What are some of the “messiahs” or “saviors” people in our culture trust in rather than Jesus?

5. One of the main Psalms used by Paul in his sermon is Psalm 2. Read through this Psalm – what stands out to you? What questions do you have?

6. One of the reasons this section of Scripture is so difficult for many of us to understand is we do not study the Old Testament (better known as the Hebrew Scriptures). First, why do you think so many people avoid studying the Old Testament? Second, what are some steps YOU are going to take to better familiarize yourself with this part of the Bible?

7. Finally, what is at least one way you are applying this message to your life this week?

Important Update for Renovation Church

On Sunday, October 4th we are moving indoors to the American Legion and asking all people to wear masks (see previous post for the official statement). There have been a few questions that have come in so I wanted to write a brief post to answer them.

Q: If I am physically unable to wear a masks due to a health issue, can I come to church
A: Yes. That being said, if you have a severe underlying health issue (such as severe asthma) it’s probably best for you to join us online but that’s a decision you need to make.

Q: Do my kids need to wear a mask?
A: We are asking all kids who are 5 years old and older to wear a mask. Those who are younger, we encourage it but understand that it can be difficult for kids. For what it’s worth, my daughter who is three will be wearing one and she wears one every day at preschool without any issues (or complaining).

Q: Will we be taking communion?
A: Yes. We will continue to take communion while practicing social distancing, good hygiene, and the wearing of masks before and after communion. Of course you can take your mask off to take communion but that’s only for a few seconds.

Q: Will there be singing?
A: Yes. If we were not wearing masks, we would not do any type of singing. Although singing does increase the risk of COVID-19, this risk should be reduced if everyone who is able is wearing a mask.

Q: What if I do not want to wear a mask?
A: If your reason for not wearing a mask is simply a refusal to do so or a philosophical reason (i.e. you think masks are the mark of the beast – or some other internet theory) – you have two choices. First, you are more than welcome to join us online – but online church is not ideal. Second, there are many churches in our area who are not asking people to wear masks. We encourage you to get plugged into one of them.

Finally, I appreciate the encouraging comments some people have sent me. I shared with my wife this morning that, for the third Sunday in a row, I have had severe anxiety on Sunday mornings (to the point of my hands have been shaking). I generally have very little anxiety. I think my anxiety comes from the reality that I know this is the right thing to do but I also understand there’s a significant number of people upset with me. Nevertheless, I take comfort in the writings of Paul, “If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ (Gal. 1:10).”

In Christ,
Tyler Ramsbey

Spirit-Led Ministry (Acts 13:1-12)

This past Sunday I had the honor of teaching through Acts 13:1-12. In this passage, we see five characteristics that MUST be evident in our church in order to survive (and thrive) in a post-Christian society. The “Sermon Discussion Guide” is below the message. We will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesday night at 8pm to talk through these discussion questions. All are invited to join us. The connection info is here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/

Book of Acts – Week 31 – Acts 13:1-12
Discussion Guide

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

2. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

Discussion Questions

1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 13:1-12. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

2. Tyler shared in the beginning of the message that churches have lost anywhere from 25 – 50% of regular attenders since the start of COVID-19 and many of these people will never return to the church. Why do you think this is?

3. Although it’s easy to fall into despair when considering this reality, we should keep in mind the teaching of Jesus on pruning. Read John 15:1-8. What stands out to you? What are some personal experiences of “pruning” you have in your faith journey?

4. The Holy Spirit spoke to the church in Antioch when they were in the midst of “worshiping and fasting.” First, how do you define “worship”? What are some activities that fall into this category? Second, what is the purpose of fasting in the life of a Christian?

5. In this passage, Paul & Barnabas face Satanic opposition through a false prophet named Bar-Jesus/Elymas. In a similar way, all of us who desire to make an impact of the Kingdom of God will face opposition. Read Ephesians 6:10-20 – what does this passage have to teach us about this spiritual war we are in?

6. One of the surprising things that happen in this passage is that Paul, who already has the Holy Spirit, is once again “filled” with the Holy Spirit. Paul is likely reflecting on this experience (and others) when he writes Ephesians 5:15-21. Read through this passage – what does this teach us about being filled with the Holy Spirit?