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

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?

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?