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Do you feel like your marriage is stagnant or could use a boost? Do you find yourself thinking, “Things will never change” or reflecting, “Is this all there is?”

On October 11, 2013 around 250 husbands and wives gathered at Sojourn Midtown for our Redeem Marriage event, seeking Jesus as their only hope for their marriages. Over the course of Friday evening, couples participated in worship through song, fellowship with one another, a time of teaching, intentional time as a couple, dessert and dancing!

During this event, couples learned about God’s vision for our marriages and His relentless love for us, which enables us to move forward in taking steps of faith with Jesus in our marriages. Following the teaching, couples enjoyed intentional time alone, sharing and applying these gospel truths to their own lives and marriages.

We invite you to listen and follow along with the teaching audio and PDF material here.

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Pastor Robert has written a blog post for the Biblical Counseling Coalition on the important topic of the church and psychiatric disorders.

Check it out here: BCC Blog

BCC Staff Note: We describe the BCC’s Grace & Truth blog as “Voices from the Biblical Counseling Community.” The modern biblical counseling movement spans a diverse spectrum of people and organizations committed to a view of people helping summarized by the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Confessional Statement. It is with this diversity in mind that we have run a series of posts addressing the important issue of biblical counseling and mental illness.

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How God Continues to Redeem His Bride

by admin on May 14, 2013

Pastor Robert has written an article for The Gospel Coalition blog! Check it out here: How God Continues to Redeem His Bride

TGC’s blog features a community of voices who promote gospel-centered ministry for the next generation. We discuss the Bible, theology, church history, books, culture, and more, so join in the conversation as we seek to glorify God in what we do and say.

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The Church and Psychiatric Disorders

by admin on April 10, 2013

Sojourn Care in Community Training

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At Sojourn, we seek to keep learning and growing in our ability to apply the gospel to the challenges that we all face in our homes, church and world. Our vision is to provide Care in Community Training to address the tough issues of life with a thoughtful and comprehensive gospel framework.

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, nearly 100 ministry leaders and servants gathered to learn how they can better care for those struggling with psychiatric disorders. They listened to and engaged with Dr. Brian Briscoe and Dr. Ben Mast, both members of Sojourn Community Church who have spend numerous hours over the past three years with Pastor Robert Cheong thinking through and discussing how the gospel deals with psychiatric and psychological issues.

The goal of this training was to help the church understand and envision how they can come alongside those suffering with bi-polar, schizophrenia and chronic depression. The resounding message offered to the church was that the people of God can and must step into the lives of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). Everyone left encouraged as they realized that they can play a significant and necessary role in helping those with psychiatric disorders live life with Jesus.

Everyone who attended was asked to listen to selected audio recordings from the 2011 CCEF Conference on Psychiatric Disorders and read selected articles as pre-work.

Please download the PDF booklet before watching the video so you can more easily follow along and take notes.

Care in Community Training Video

Care In Community Training Handout

Care in Community Training Video Guide

Brief Bios:

Brian Briscoe, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, a member at Sojourn East, and has attended Sojourn since 2006.  He serves as national Vice-President of the Psychiatry Section of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and on the local leadership Council for CMDA.  He has previously served on the full-time teaching faculty at the University of Louisville and continues to teach medical students and residents through a gratis faculty appointment.  During his own training, Dr. Briscoe was mentored by biblically-based pastors and Christian leaders in the medical field.  Dr. Briscoe is currently in private practice in Louisville, KY (www.louisvillepsychiatry.com).

Benjamin Mast, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. He also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine and as Vice Chair of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. Ben is an elder at the East Campus of Sojourn Community Church.

Robert K. Cheong is Pastor of Care at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. He has a vision and passion for shepherding and equipping the church to care for one another wth the gospel in community. During his early years at Sojourn, he also served as a professor of Biblical Counseling at Boyce College in Louisville, KY. Prior to Sojourn he worked with couples and individuals at church-based counseling centers for several years while completing his Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. Before being called to vocational ministry, he worked with Michelin Tire Corporation after completing his tour of duty in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Power officer. Robert enjoys life with his bride, Karen, and their adult children and grandchildren.

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Redeem Marriage: Everyday Marriage & Mission

by admin on February 20, 2013

February 8, 2013 Redeem Marriage Event

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Every husband has questions about spiritual leadership. Every wife has questions about marital submission. What does leadership and submission look like in everyday marriage? At this Redeem Marriage we learned how God has called husbands and wives to love, lead and submit so that marriages reflect the gospel and accomplish God’s mission, even when you fail to love one another.

On Friday night, over 100 couples gathered together at Sojourn J-town and enjoyed dessert, coffee and fellowship with their spouses and other couples! It was a great time to for couples to learn & grow together. The highlight for most couples was the “heart talk” time, when each couple had 30 minutes of intentional time to apply the gospel truths to their own marriages.

We invite you to listen and follow along with the teaching audio and PDF material found below.

“Everyday Marriage & Mission” audio

Everyday Marriage and Mission Booklet

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Redeem Marriage

February 4, 2013

Our Redeem Marriage event is just around the corner this Friday, February 8th from 6:30pm-9:45pm at Sojourn J-town! The topic of this Redeem Marriage is “The Gospel in Everyday Marriage”. Each Redeem Marriage event is new and different, but always about the gospel applied to everyday marriage. This Redeem Marriage event will focus on the […]

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Pastor Robert posts on BCC blog: Why We “Care” Instead of “Counsel” One Another

June 7, 2012

Sojourn Pastor, Robert K. Cheong, joined up with other pastors from the Biblical Counseling Coalition to write the multi-part series Biblical Counseling in the Local Church. Check out the BCC Blog to read Pastor Robert’s account of why he made the switch from “counseling” to “care”.

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Redeem Marriage: Jesus is Better than Sex

February 16, 2012

February 3, 2012 Redeem Marriage Event Jesus is Better than Sex: Warfare and Redemption in the Marriage Bed The marriage bed can be both heaven and hell on earth. Oftentimes, this area of intimacy ends up revealing the junk in our hearts. But such suffering and sin should compel us to seek Christ for refuge […]

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Pastor Robert posts on BCC blog: Equipping Sojourners for Gospel Care

January 5, 2012

Sojourn Pastor, Robert K. Cheong, joined up with four other pastors from the Biblical Counseling Coalition to write the multi-part series Equipped to Counsel. Check out the BCC Blog to read Pastor Robert”s account of how he equips Sojourners to love one another with Gospel Care.

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Redeem Marriage

October 20, 2011

Friday night was hopping at the Midtown campus with over 100 couples learning together and enjoying desserts in the art gallery and dancing in the Listening Room. Lachlan & Terri Coffey warmed up the crowd with some fun games and book give-a-ways then Brooks and Lauren Ritter helped to prepare our hearts through worship. The […]

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