• Robert Butler

    Contributing sermons since Oct 3, 2019
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Robert Butler
Itasca, Illinois 60143

About Robert
  • Education: Northern Seminary, Lombard IL - Masters of Divinity - 2006, Ordained in 2011
  • Experience: Rev. Robert “Bob” Butler is a third career pastor with a entrepreneurial heart. He graduated from Chicago’s Northern Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. He has been part of large, small and multi-site churches. Bob is a new ministry pioneer and a church planter. He currently resides in Chicagoland, leads RENEW A Missional Expression and a missionary outpost called the ‘The Center.’ He is also a domestic missionary trainer, consultant and residency coach. Bob’s passion is to see the rule and reign of Jesus come to fruition on earth as is it heaven.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I prefer to speak the truth versus writing it down.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Get out of the Boat
  • One of my favorite illustrations: are real people doing life
  • Family: I have a beautiful wife of 33 years and a 26 year old son
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My parents have gone on to heaven but I believe they would smile.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She wishes she didn't have to listen them on podcast on Mondays.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Little Victories and Little defeats make up life. There are no rules so don't limit yourself by what others think of you.
  • Books that have had an impact: Shape of Things to Come - Alan Hirsch and Micheal Frost; The Great Giveaway by David Fitch; Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter; Joshua by Grizzone; Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne; Soul Revolution/Unshockable Love by Burke; Underground Church by Sanders; Crazy Love by Francis Chan; Irresistible Revolution
  • Hobbies: reading, movies, working out
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God's grace gives us the power to not take ourselves too seriously and love unconditionally.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: A 6'7" fully dressed elve ran through service unexpectedly
  • What I want on my tombstone: He gave all he had for Christ
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  • Bible - Why Bother? #4

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2019

    The inspiration of the writers of scripture, and the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in determining the canon of scripture, the ongoing impact of the scriptures in our lives and in the Christian mission give us complete confidence in the authority and reliability of the Bible.

    So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way more

  • Bible - Why Bother? #3

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2019

    The bible is the account, through poetry, history, song, prophecy, law, wisdom, gospel, letters, homilies of the History of God’s redemption in Christ, an invitation to life in Christ, and the promise of the future victory in Christ. God’s salvation in Jesus is the center of the entire story.

    Last week we focused what is the Bible and how should we interpret it. I put forth the scriptures are the inspired, authentic self-revelation of God and as such have primary and foundational authority in all matters of what we believe, what we value, and how we live. The week before, we focused on more

  • Bible - Why Bother? #2

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2019

    The Scriptures are the inspired, authentic self-revelation of God and as such have primary and foundational authority in all matters of what we believe, what we value, and how we live.

    Last week we focused on the purpose of the Scriptures: what are they for and why should we bother getting ourselves acquainted with them? We learned the Bible is God’s self-revelation that pulls back the curtain for us to know who God is, who we are, the purpose of our lives, and the destiny of the more

  • Bible - Why Bother? #1

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2019

    Can I be a Christian without the Bible? The answer: Yes – a weak, confused, distracted and disillusioned one.

    As I reflect on my journey of becoming a Christian, my story would not be complete if I did not share a funny story which came during the initial phase of coming back into community. It was about 15 years ago. We had just come back to church and my wife decided to write on one of the connect cards, more

  • My Crazy Mixed Up Family #1

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2019

    God doesn’t remove the challenging family situations, He works through them.

    We put the fun in dysfunctional. We’re probably a lot like you in that we have struggled in coming to understand why God created us and then placed us in such crazy mixed up families. Can I get a witness? The good news this morning is that we are not alone. Throughout the ages, people have more