Welcome to Redeemer Bible Church

 

We gather on Sundays at 10:30 at Keswick Christian School Chapel

10101 54th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL 33772

 

Note that During the week, we are not on the school campus. Instead, you can contact Pastor Cole directly at redeemerbibletc@gmail.com.


Don't Build Walls: Aim at the Heart
An Expository Series on Parenting

Parenting children is by far the most taxing, difficult, and challenging task of life. But not everyone comes to the task equally. Some don’t have a good example from their own upbringing to help guide them. The lack of experience itself can be anxiety-producing for some. Other new parents approach the challenge without an intentional parenting strategy. So, whatever they bring to the table, parents naturally look around for guidance to assist them in the journey.

Rules are the natural form of help many new fathers and mothers turn to. After all, just as we are governed by laws in our culture, so also rules are designed to govern behavior. A parenting strategy focused on enforcing rules seems to make sense. And using rules is easy to do. After all, how much time and energy does it take to lay down a few rules for children to obey? Not much. And, you might add, rules appear to govern behavior and that’s what it’s all about, right? Don’t we want our children to be on their best behavior?

Rules can govern a child’s behavior, no doubt, especially when they’re in your sight. But establishing rules as a way of regulating behavior is a time-bomb waiting to blow up. It is the child’s heart that governs a child’s behavior. The heart is the operating center of every boy or girl (Proverbs 4:23; Luke 6:43-46). So, every parent’s strategy must be first and foremost to develop the heart. It is the heart where desires, cravings, emotions, loves (for God and neighbor), dreams, interests, and wants are born and developed.

If the heart is not developed intentionally as part of a parenting strategy, no sooner than the child is out of your sight that he or she reverts to the cravings of his or her flesh. The flesh is the traitor within children that will comply with rules when necessary, but will show its true colors when out of your sight.

Rules are like walls: they are external and can curb our choices, but they fail to do the one essential task in parenting—change the heart.

Targeting the child’s heart is the key to parenting. The heart of education is the education of the heart. Once the heart is shaped and developed, it won’t matter whether they’re in your sight or in a distant land. Their conduct will flow from the heart. Don’t build walls. Aim at the heart.

Parenting is the challenge of a lifetime. So, our parenting series is designed to encourage and equip parents with a biblical strategy of their own to shape and develop the heart of their children.


Pastor Tim and his wife, Michele, will be leading weekly discussions to follow up the Sunday morning messages in this Parenting series. Discussions will be held in their home on Thursday evenings at 7 PM.


Tim is known for expository, verse by verse teaching of the scripture. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, (THM, NT Greek, 1984), he maintained and honed his knowledge of biblical Greek teaching at the DTS Tampa extension. He earned a D.Min. at Covenant Theological Seminary in 1990 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in NT studies at University of Chester. Tim has spent 35 years of pastoral ministry dedicated to study and teaching of the word with accuracy and depth, and to discipling young men and women, equipping them for leadership and to do the work of ministry. He has a heart for juvenile delinquents, offenders, and those marginalized in our society, and has maintained a weekly ministry at a facility of the Department of Juvenile Justice for 19 years.  If he’s not studying the scriptures or discipling people, you may find him under the hood of a muscle car, hopefully a ‘71 Mach I, which he restores in his spare time. He has three sons, three beautiful granddaughters, and lives with his wife of 41 years, Michele.

Tim is known for expository, verse by verse teaching of the scripture. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, (THM, NT Greek, 1984), he maintained and honed his knowledge of biblical Greek teaching at the DTS Tampa extension. He earned a D.Min. at Covenant Theological Seminary in 1990 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in NT studies at University of Chester. Tim has spent 35 years of pastoral ministry dedicated to study and teaching of the word with accuracy and depth, and to discipling young men and women, equipping them for leadership and to do the work of ministry. He has a heart for juvenile delinquents, offenders, and those marginalized in our society, and has maintained a weekly ministry at a facility of the Department of Juvenile Justice for 19 years.

If he’s not studying the scriptures or discipling people, you may find him under the hood of a muscle car, hopefully a ‘71 Mach I, which he restores in his spare time. He has three sons, three beautiful granddaughters, and lives with his wife of 41 years, Michele.


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Children’s ministry

Our children join with their families for the beginning of the worship service, then are dismissed before the sermon for an age appropriate lesson based on the the same passage or theme. All our children's volunteers are screened with a federal background check.