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).

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?