Dealing with Division (Acts 15:36 – 16:5)

This past Sunday I had the honor of teaching through Acts 15:36 – 16:5 at Renovation Church. Below the message is the “Sermon Discussion Guide” that will help you go deeper with the text. We will be discussing this sermon discussion guide during our online small group via Zoom on Wednesday at 8:30pm. All are invited to join us and the connection info is here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/

Book of Acts – Week 39 – Acts 15:36 – 16:5

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 15:36 – 16:5. What themes stand out to you? What questions do you have about this passage?

2. Spend a few moments reflecting on division – what aspects of the (sinful) human heart lead to division and divisiveness? What are some common things people divide about today?

3. Keeping with the question above, read through James 4:1-10. What themes and words stand out to you from this passage that apply to the divisiveness of our church and culture?

4. In the beginning of this passage, we see the pastoral heart of Paul and Barnabas in that they want to go back to see how the new believers are doing. Often, making disciples is as simple as checking on how other believers are doing. Who are 3 people you will reach out to this week to see how they are doing in their faith?

5. Read through Ephesians 4:2-6. Based on this passage, what is some advice you would offer two Christians who just had an extremely heated argument on face masks, politics, or another hot button issue of our day?

6. Jesus is adamant in Matthew 16:18 that it is His job to build the church and not even the gates of hell will overcome it. Practically speaking, what are some ways this promise from Jesus should encourage us – especially in light of where the world is at today?

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

Update On My New IT Position Alongside of Pastoral Work

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share a short update for those who were unable to attend the meeting tonight via Zoom. I begin my full-time IT position with Interstates in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, November 24th. I will be working Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm and, as a result, here are some of the changes that will be happening:

1. I am putting on “pause” all of my regular/weekly meetings I have with various individuals both inside and outside of our church for a month. After a month, I will have a better idea of what my schedule and rhythm will look like during this new season of ministry.

2. The one exception is that I WILL continue to lead the Wednesday night Bible Study via Zoom. The Bible Study will begin at 8:30pm instead of 8:00pm.

3. I will continue to preach and lead the same number of services as I have been doing. You will not notice any difference on a Sunday morning.

If you have further questions, feel free to give me a call (605-359-9486) or join us for one of our Wednesday evening meetings via Zoom. Have a great week and see you all on Sunday!

Another COVID-19 Update…

Hi everyone –
I am excited to announce that the Elders of Renovation Church have decided to continue to have in-person services at the American Legion. The reason for this are the following:

  1. Due to COVID-19, we generally have 20 – 25 people in attendance so our services are small (which is a really good thing right now).
  2. Every single person in the service wears a mask (including me when I preach).
  3. The Legion offers us more than enough room to practice social distancing. Each family unit is separated by over 6 feet from others.

All are invited to join us and we will continue to do our best to offer a worship service that prioritizes the safety and health of those in attendance by asking everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Important COVID-19 Update for Renovation Church

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE FOR Renovation Church:

There are multiple people in our church – including leaders – who have either tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting a test result, or who are quarantined due to a family member testing positive. As a result, the service for this Sunday will be moved online from the Renovation Church Facebook page.

Due to the rapidly increasing cases in our community, we may end up moving our services completely online for a few weeks but we have not made that decision yet. Instead, we are taking it one week at a time and I will do my best to keep everyone posted.

Thank you!

Career Update

I am excited to announce that I have accepted a full-time position with Interstates in Sioux Falls as an IT Support Specialist II (Tier 2) and will be starting on Tuesday, November 24th. Thankfully, the position requires no evenings, no weekends, and no being on call. I will need to work standard business hours in the beginning but as I get trained in and acquainted with the role, there will be opportunities for developing a flex schedule.

I will be doing this alongside of pastoral ministry at Renovation Church. For those who attend our church on Sundays, you will not notice any difference. I will still be leading, teaching, and preaching at the same number of services as I currently do. I will also continue to lead the weekly Wednesday night small group/Bible Study.

All that being said, it is unrealistic for me to think I can do everything I currently do. Pastoral care will be split between me, our Elders, and members of the church. For other aspects of the church to run smoothly, those who are members of the church will need to take ownership of various areas. If you currently attend Renovation Church and feel called to serve in a volunteer role that would take anywhere from 1 – 4 hours/week, please send me a message.

Finally, as I survey the effects COVID-19 has had on small churches across the United States (including Renovation Church) I firmly believe many churches are going to have to make a choice. Either churches will close due to decreased attendance & giving (not to mention pastoral burnout) or churches will restructure and rethink leadership to become more organic and aligned with principles we see in the New Testament. This role will allow me to remain as a pastor for the long haul and measure my “success” by making disciples and teaching the Bible rather than filling pews & relying on tithes.

I firmly believe there is no such thing as “secular” work for a Christian. If you are a follower of Jesus, all that you do is sacred – including your work – because you have been set apart by the Gospel. As I move into this new role, I am going to strive to be the best IT professional I can be as a means of pointing those around me to the beauty, hope, and life found in Jesus.

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