Easter | Real Jesus | Pastor Duane Smets
1 John 5:20
This is a special Easter sermon focusing on the reality and divinity of Christ’s saving work on Earth. This sermon was originally preached on April 20th, 2014 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.
Event Announcement | Women’s Retreat
The Resolved Women’s Retreat is coming this May 15th through the 17th!
Come spend a few days in Big Bear relaxing and connecting with all your Resolved Ladies. Be inspired and renewed as we grow deeper with each other while embracing our identity found in Christ through the seasons of life!
“Be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ.” Philippians 3:9
If you want to go REGISTER HERE
Summer 2014 Classes
Theo 101 – Theology of the Resolved
An 8-week course covering the range of theological beliefs essential to the gospel. Topics include: the existence of God, the truth of the Bible, the depravity of humans, the good news of Jesus, the order of salvation, and the role of the church, art & culture. This class is necessary for membership in The Resolved Church. Times TBA.
Theo 141 – Women’s Discipleship
An 8-week study focusing on discipleship for females. Passing on tools and developing skills to continue building a gospel centered community of trained women who walk alongside one another through life in a holistic, intentional, grace filled manner. Times TBA.
2013 Parenting Seminar | Videos
For those who did not get a chance to attend, the parenting seminar was a sweet time of teaching and training from Jesse and Angie Winkler– experienced and godly parents from our sister Acts 29 church.
All who attended walked away reminded of how The Gospel shapes hearts, the importance of a Christ-centered marriage as a parent, the value of your church community helping model what it means to follow Christ in real and diverse ways, and the heart and practical implications of discipline. It has been awhile since the seminar, and I still find myself referring to the concepts presented in my daily life as a parent.
We highly encourage everyone who is a parent (whether veteran or new) to carve out some time to sit down with your spouse and watch these! – Carrie Sandys
If you who missed the event, or want a little bit of a review, we are overjoyed to have video for each of the sessions viewable online on Youtube.
Click on the images after the jump to check it out!
We take the development of leaders within The Resolved Church very seriously. We are glad you are expressing interest in receiving some training in order to fulfill the ministry God has, or may be calling you to (Col 4:17). For anyone who enters the leadership development group we look for a demonstration of spiritual consistency, humility, and teachability. We believe any person has the potential to become a great leader in God’s church (1 Cor 1:26-31) and that there is a right time for this level of teaching and training to begin in one’s life.
We structure leadership development to be 5 months on and 1 month off, which each segment focusing on a particular area of leadership. The next segment will be on Gospel Character (where theology convicts character). There are four segments. Once all four segments are completed, a third year of apprenticeship under an Elder or Deacon begins. Currently there are multiple groups and each is designed to be no more than 12 men in order to foster healthy discussion. Each meeting is led by a rotating member of the group who presents the material everyone has read and guides a discussion concerning it. All those in leadership development are expected to be leading something in the church or being trained to lead in the future.
We have entry opportunities into Resolved Leadership Development twice a year. For some who apply, we may sense it would be best to wait a while before you would enter a group. For others, we may sense this is in fact the right time for you to join. In both cases our utmost goal is to try to discern who Jesus is calling to begin development as leaders in our church. Whether a person is asked to wait or accepted, it is our expectation that the response would be met with much humility and trust both in God and the current leadership of The Resolved Church.
For more info about leadership development at The Resolved Church see:
If you are interested in joining leadership development please apply here:
Luke 3:1-18 | Prepare The Way | Pastor Duane Smets
This sermon is a Palm Sunday message exploring how John the Baptist’s testimony concerning Christ prepares the way for salvation offered in The Gospel. This sermon was originally preached on April 13th, 2014 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.
Acts 2:37 “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”
*IMPORTANT NOTE:* If you are interested in getting baptized on Easter, you must meet with Pastor Duane at 5pm on April 13th to briefly go over the meaning of the sacrament.
If you are a Christian and have never been baptized you need to get baptized!
To be baptized fill out this form: Be Baptized!!!
What is baptism? Baptism in Jesus’ time it was a pretty common cultural practice. When people converted to Judaism and wanted to become Jews they would baptize them. And then there were baptisms for all kinds of stuff, whether it was just washing up for meals or for other religious purifications.
The whole thing is all about this: Water is a natural cleansing agent. That’s why most of us take showers regularly and wash our hands. Water makes us clean. In the Bible water is a symbol for spiritual cleansing. We don’t just get physically dirty but spiritually dirty. Sin which is our living apart from God, living for ourselves, seeking and enjoying things we know we shouldn’t makes our spirit or our soul dirty.
The message of the gospel is that Jesus cleanses us. He takes all of the dirt onto himself on the cross so that we can be forgiven and wiped clean and renewed into a right relationship with God. When that happens in us Jesus says to get baptized to seal the deal. Not because the physical washing of the water actually does anything for us spiritually, but because it’s an outward picture or demonstration of what he has done for us spiritually.
Believers in Jesus throughout the ages have been baptized as a sign of their love and commitment to him. Being baptized is powerful experience.
Blog | Sean Hutchinson
We are excited to officially announce our four rotating worship bands!
The Music Worship Ministry has been working towards developing four full bands that rotate and lead once a month. Each band, unique in its instrumentation, represents the diversity and unity we have in Christ as His body, the Church. We are immensely blessed to have so many talented musicians and lead worshipers at The Resolved. I wanted to share with you the bands and worship leaders who serve the church so faithfully.
COMMONWEALTH: whose name is drawn from Ephesians 2:12, bring ambient guitar driven elements inspired by the sounds of Explosions In The Sky, Sleeping At Last, and Copeland combined with a keyboard driven rhythm section in the likes of Page CXVI. (Led by Sean Hutchinson, Mike Anderson, Kyle and Brittany Bonura, and David Volz.)
THE SHEEP DRAW TRAIL: whose name was taken from an art exhibit here in San Diego, referring to the trail that sheep leave in tall grass as they follow their shepherd. They bring traditional elements of folk and bluegrass in the likes of The Avett Brothers, Indelible Grace and The Lumineers. (Led by Nick Todd, Jenny Kvaternik, Ashley Warner, and Gabe Hagstrom.)
THE FOUNT: whose name is inspired by many hymns poetically portraying the blood of Christ shed on the cross. They bring an edgy guitar driven indie rock feel to their songs and hymns, inspired by the sounds of Young The Giant, Citizens and Dustin Kensrue. (Led by Ryan Leech, Erica Calvert, and Ryan Buss)
SAY SO: whose name is drawn from Psalm 107, are a diverse and eclectic ensemble of musicians, drawing inspiration from Sufjan Stevens, Jon Foreman, and Bon Iver. (Led by Sean Hutchinson, William Leung, Brad Beyenhof, and Rachel Samuelsz)”
Blog | Ryan Buss with readings from Andy Stanley
This past week we celebrated a milestone in the growth of our church body, which is only one part of how God advances The Gospel in our city. We as a body are growing– in numbers, glory, testimony, and vision.
As we begin a new season of growth, it is valuable to track the vision of the ministers and ministry leaders who are at the forefront of serving under the vision that Jesus has for our church. Using the 20 “Building Blocks of Vision” laid out in Andy Stanley’s book, Visioneering, we will be giving small snapshots of what it looks like for God’s vision to grow within the life of the people ministering under it.
Ryan Buss is a pastoral intern who has been serving at The Resolved in different capacities for a couple years. Currently he coordinates our college ministry, but also serves as an overseer and coordinator for the various community groups of all types in our body. “College” in our era is synonymous with young adulthood, which is a crucial period in which we develop our ideas concerning identity and community. Ryan strives alongside college students and community group leaders in attempting to direct people toward finding their identity in Christ-centered community.
Here are just a few thoughts on how Ryan envisions his calling to minister to different communities within our church and our city, relating that vision to important “building blocks” that Andy Stanley presents.
Romans 10:15 | Go Tell
This sermon is a topigetical message exploring how beautiful it is to participate in spreading The Gospel, and re-affirming our mission in San Diego. This sermon was originally preached on April 6th, 2014 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.