Welcome

Welcome to Redeemer Online, a time for the community of Redeemer Church of Dubai to sit under the teaching of God’s Word, hear Scripture, and sing songs of worship even as we’re unable to physically meet due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 


We're so happy to have you join us today! Pastor Dave Furman will help us to think clearly about the oft-forgotten spiritual discipline of fasting. We’ll examine what the Bible has to say about it and then consider what it looks like for us as a church body to fast during this season as a means of drawing nearer to God and feasting on the one who truly sustains us.



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Song


Cornerstone


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Scripture Readings



Judges 20:24–28

24 So the people of Israel came near against the people of Benjamin the second day. 25 And Benjamin went against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed 18,000 men of the people of Israel. All these were men who drew the sword. 26 Then all the people of Israel, the whole army, went up and came to Bethel and wept. They sat there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD27 And the people of Israel inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, 28 and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, ministered before it in those days), saying, “Shall we go out once more to battle against our brothers, the people of Benjamin, or shall we cease?” And the Lord said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will give them into your hand.”



Joel 2:12–13

12   “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
            “return to me with all your heart,
            with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13     and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
            Return to the LORD your God,
            for he is gracious and merciful,
            slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
            and he relents over disaster.



Matthew 6:16–18

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."



Matthew 9:14–17

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”



Acts 13:1–3

1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.



Acts 14:21–23

21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.


Worship Through the Word


"Fasting"


Song


We Will Feast in the House of Zion


Benediction: Jude 24–25


24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.


Reflection Questions


  1. What are you going to specifically pray for over the summer?

  2. What will your plan be for fasting?

Worship Through Giving at Any Time

Anyone can easily make a contribution by local bank transfer or via cash deposit at ATMs throughout the city. Here is the relevant information:


Bank Name: Emirates NBD
Account Name: The Evangelical Church

IBAN: AE940260001011031971904
Acct: 1011031971904
UAE Bank Route Code: 0262-0155
SWIFT Code: EBILAEAD
Reference: "Redeemer"

Address for Account Holder (if required):
Dubai Evangelical Church Centre
Jebel Ali, Dubai UAE
P.O. Box 8684


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