How to Strengthen Your Soul (Acts 14:21-28)

In the message this past Sunday at Renovation Church, I had the honor of teaching through Acts 14:21-28. Specifically, we studied verses 21-22 to learn more about what it looks like to be a disciple and the importance of having our souls strengthened. The message is below and you can find the “Sermon Discussion Guide” underneath the message.

We will be meeting on Wednesday at 8pm via Zoom to go through this discussion guide. Connection info is here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/

Book of Acts – Week 35
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 14:21-28. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text? Tyler ended up only sharing two of the things we can do instead of all four from this text due to time. As you read through this passage, what are some other things we can do to strengthen our souls?

2. In the beginning of the message, Tyler shared some common signs of “mission drift” or “feeling lost.” These signs are below. Do you resonate with any of them? Why do you think that is?

1. You start to question the reason you are doing the things you do in life
2. You start each day feeling horrible
3. You feel as if you are disconnected from the people around you
4. You are constantly thinking destructive, pessimistic thoughts
5. You think that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel

3. According to Acts 14:21, disciples are created through the Gospel. This is also highlighted in 1 Peter 1:23-25 – read through this passage. What stands out to you? If a somebody asked you, “What is the Gospel?” how would you answer them?

4. One of the primary ways we continue in the faith is by practicing spiritual disciplines. Have you ever studied spiritual disciplines before or is this a new concept to you? If you have studied them, what are 1 or 2 spiritual disciplines that have been especially helpful to you on your faith journey?

5. Another way that we strengthen our soul is through developing a theology of suffering. First, share in your words what the phrase “theology of suffering” means. Second, read through 1 Peter 2:19-25. What stands out to you? What further questions do you have about the place of suffering in the life of a Christian?

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

I Completed 14 Credits in 3 Weeks!

While all of you were watching the debate, I passed the objective assessment/test for Web Development Foundations!

I have now completed 14 credits (a full semester) in 3 weeks at Western Governor’s University. Almost every night, I work on school from 7pm to 12:30am. Mainly, I was able to test out of almost all of the classes from teaching myself security concepts, html5, CSS, python, and basic coding concepts for fun in the past few years. I am on track to graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in less than a year as well as earn 11 industry-level certs in the field of Cybersecurity/Information Assurance.

I may also have a part-time contracting gig for a local business to help provide security & encryption for their files & system that I’ll be starting soon. It will only be a few hours a week but will provide good experience in the field.

(I’m sharing these updates regularly as an online journal so I can look back and see what I have accomplished from month-to-month.)

Schedule a Meeting With Me!

Hey everyone!

I am terrible at getting back to people about meetings as it requires trying to line our calendars up together. It seems it ends up with me going back-and-forth with the person until it fizzles out. As a result, I have placed my calendar inside of an easy-to-use website that allows you to look at my calendar each day and schedule a time to meet that is convenient for you. I have blocks of time available almost every day from 7am – 10pm.

If you have questions about Renovation Church, the Christian faith, or simply need to talk – let’s connect! Click the link below to be brought to my calendar to schedule a time.

Schedule a Meeting with Tyler Ramsbey

Important Church Meeting via Zoom

We will be meeting on Wednesday, October 21st via Zoom to continue discussing the future of Renovation Church and thinking of ways we can thrive during this “new normal.” We will be sharing some major changes that may be coming our way so we highly encouraged EVERYONE who is part of Renovation Church to attend.

Connection info is below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88335371734

Meeting ID: 883 3537 1734

Positive Case of COVID-19 at Renovation Church on Sunday, October 4th

Positive Case of COVID-19 at Renovation Church on Sunday, October 4th:

Hi everyone,

I just received a phone call from Kris Frerk who is part of our church and attended the service last Sunday at the American Legion (I received her permission to share her name). Kris begin having COVID-19 symptoms on Monday and tested positive for COVID-19.I have consulted with Dr. Diane Kennedy from Sanford Health in Luverne, MN about the steps we need to take. Dr. Kennedy explained that since we mandated social distancing and masks, the other people in the service do NOT have to self-quarantine. If we did not practice these things, everyone in the service would need to quarantine for 14 days and be tested. Kris Frerk wanted me to pass on the message that she is incredibly grateful that we had everyone wearing masks in the service on Sunday so that she did not pass COVID-19 on to those around her.

This once again proves why we have been so adamant about the need for masks and social distancing – even though many people have been upset. We are continuing to ask EVERYONE to wear masks and practice social distancing during our indoor services and will continue to follow the recommendations of local health officials – regardless of who is upset about it.

For questions, you can contact Pastor Tyler Ramsbey at 605-359-9486

The Idolatry Trap (Acts 14:8-20)

This past Sunday I had the honor of continuing our series through the Book of Acts by teaching on Acts 14:8-20. In this passage, we see the people of Lystra exalt Paul and Barnabas as gods. The reality is, idolatry is something all of us are guilty of. The way Paul and Barnabas respond provides relevant teaching on how each of us can keep our hearts firmly fixed on Jesus.

The “Sermon Discussion Guide” is below the video. We will be meeting on Wednesday at 8pm to discuss it via Zoom. Connection info is here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/

Book of Acts – Week 35 – Acts 14:8-20
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 14:8-20. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

2. Tyler said in the message that the man crippled from birth mirrors our spiritual condition apart from Christ. Read Ephesians 2:1-3 – what stands out to you about your identity before you came to know Jesus?

3. What set the crippled man apart from others is that he truly listened and received God’s Word. According to James 1:21 we are to “receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” Practically speaking, how do we receive God’s word with “meekness”?

4. The people in Lystra commit idolatry by proclaiming that Paul and Barnabas are gods who have come to visit them. In the same way, our culture is full of idolatry but it’s not as explicit (but just as dangerous). What are some false gods that are prominent in our culture today?

5. Read slowly through Paul and Barnabas’ response to the worship of the people in Lystra in Acts 14:14-17. What did you think of their response? What are some things that stand out to you that all of us should consider for our lives today?

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

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).