Love One Another
September 12, 2021 • Pastor Rob Reed • John 15:12–17
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE & SAVE YOUR OWN NOTES. Three statements from Jesus: 1. Love one another 2. You are My friends 3. I chose you If you want to show you are a Jesus follower, love your fellow Christians!
August 29, 2021 • Dr. Larry Greene • John 14:28–31
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES. YOU CAN SAVE THEM OR EMAIL THEM TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. For those who know Jesus as their Savior, His death on the cross holds special meaning. A quick survey of Scripture reveals its powerful meaning to the believer. Romans 5:9 1 Corinthians 1:18 Galatians 1:3-4 Ephesians 1:7 1 Peter 2:24 1 Peter 3:18 Revelation 1:5 All of these and many more declare the significance that Christ’s death has for us. But have you ever stopped to consider what Jesus death meant to Him? In today’s passage we get four glimpses from the Savior as to what His death meant to Him. 1. His Person will be vindicated, v. 28. 2. His truth will be verified, v. 29. 3. His foe will be vanquished, v. 30. 4. His love will be validated, v. 31. So what does Jesus’ death mean to you? It can mean salvation!
June 13, 2021 • Scott Duncan
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES. You can save them & email them yourself or others. Pastor Scott Duncan will lead our church mission team of 21 people to the San Jose area of Costa Rica July 24-30. Almost a billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. Unsafe water kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. 4,000 children die every day due to water-related diseases. These numbers are staggering, but there is hope! Filter of Hope has developed a simple, inexpensive, easy to use water filter that will provide a family with up to 150 gallons of clean water per day and will last for up to 10 years or longer. By helping meet this physical need we earn the right to talk with people about their greatest spiritual need. The visual aid of the water filter provides an easy transition into sharing about Jesus, the Living Water.
A Follower of Jesus
April 25, 2021 • Glenn Clodgo
TAP NOTES TO TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES. You can save them & email them yourself or others. Glenn & Tammy Clodgo are missionaries in Spain, serving as church planters with ABWE. River Cities Church has been pleased to partner with them in ministry for more than a decade. We are so glad to have them with us today, as they share what God is doing in Spain and Glenn encourages and challenges us with God's Word. A follower of Jesus: A. Denies himself – “let him deny himself” B. Dies to self – “and take up his cross daily” C. Finds his life in Christ – “whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
Our Supernatural Union
August 15, 2021 • John 14:18–24
(AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE) One of the greatest truths of our salvation is the union of the believer with Christ. Lewis Sperry Chafer wrote: "To be in Christ, which is the position of all who are saved, is to partake of all that Christ has done, all that He is, and all that He will ever be." By means of seven simple words with one syllable each, Jesus spoke the most profound salvation truth ever uttered, ". . . you in Me, and I in you" (John 14:20). These words express the profound truth of our supernatural union. The experience of our supernatural union, vv. 18-20 The expectations of our supernatural union, v. 21 The exclusiveness of our supernatural union, vv. 22-24 This truth should produce in us two responses: A thrilling reponse -- I am His; He is mine. A chilling response -- Wherever I go, whatever I do or say, He is there.
The Hope of Easter
April 4, 2021 • Dr. Larry
TAP ON "NOTES" TO TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES TO REVIEW LATER OR EMAIL TO SOMEONE ELSE! Today we are reminded of God’s plan from eternity past to redeem us from sin. It cost Christ’s death on the cross, but gave us access to God and salvation. Our eternal hope is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ! - The Aim — Ephesians 2:12 - The Cost — Colossians 1:19-20 - The Result — 1 Peter 1:3 - The Victory — 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
What Jesus' Death Meant to Him
August 8, 2021 • John 14:15–17
Perhaps many of you have had one or more people tell you that they cannot become a Christian because “I am afraid I won’t be able to live it.” The truth is, they are right. They are not able to live it. No one can! Prior to His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection and ascension into heaven, Jesus informed His followers of the arrangements He and the Father had made for them. The Christian life is doable, not by superhuman effort, but because of our Supernatural Helper. Jesus packed four truths about the Holy Spirit in these three brief verses. The Provision of our Supernatural Helper. The Person of our Supernatural Helper. The Presence of our Supernatural Helper. The Permanence of our Supernatural Helper. You can’t live the Christian life! The abiding, indwelling Holy Spirit lives it through you!
Liberating the Joy of Your Heavenly Citizenship
November 1, 2020 • Rex Howe
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE, SAVE, OR SEND YOUR OWN NOTES! “Timeless Truth: Christ is the situation of your citizenship.” Paul's situation was not "in prison (even though that is from where he was writing this letter). His situation was Jesus Christ. Our circumstances do not change our situation. 5 CALLS to Believers in this Passage 1) WALK with Christian leaders. Imitate people who are laser-focused & set on the resurrection & who are pursuing Christ hard. (3:17) 2) WEEP about those who are hostile to the cross of Christ. Don’t forget the mission. Weep about lost people. (3:18-19) 3) WAIT. Hope hopefully for the Savior’s return & for the resurrection. (3:20-21) 4) WELCOME other believers with affectionate fellowship. (4:1) 5) WITHSTAND adversity in the Lord. Stand firm in your situation which is your heavenly citizenship in Christ. There is enough to get discouraged about, but don’t be discouraged. Be encouraged in Christ. (4:1) Since this Tuesday is Election Day, here's some practical advice: Go to the websites of both parties. Study the platforms of both parties. Be self-critical of your party. Pray. Then go vote.
Message by Bryan Hagley
September 13, 2020 • Pastor Bryan Hagley
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE, SAVE, OR SEND YOUR OWN NOTES! "It's not about you." - Pastor Rick Warren It's easy to get behind that statement, but it's difficult to adhere to what it really means. Humans are naturally "all about us." On our own, humans are selfish. That's why we need a Savior.
Immanuel: God with Us
August 1, 2021 • Larry Greene • John 14:7–14
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES. YOU CAN SAVE THEM OR EMAIL THEM TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. What was it about the life of Jesus of Nazareth that made Him so remarkable? How could a Man who was raised in an obscure village, have a public ministry of only three years, and die the death of a criminal, have such an ongoing worldwide impact nearly 2,000 years after He walked on earth? The answer is in today’s passage. Jesus was Immanuel. God with us. After His amazing declaration in John 14:6, Jesus revealed Himself as God with us in three profound ways. Jesus revealed His Person to us, vv. 7-11. Jesus revealed His power in us, v. 12. Jesus revealed His promise for us, vv. 13-14. Is Jesus Immanuel to you? Not just God on your side, but is He God — personally present and active in your life?
Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment
August 16, 2020 • Pastor Scott Duncan
TAP ON "NOTES" TO TAKE, SAVE, OR SEND YOUR OWN NOTES If we claim to believe something and it doesn't impact our lives, then do we really believe? That is what James is challenging believers to consider here: to be not only hearers of the Word of God but to be doers of the Word too. Please note, the meaning of judgment here is related to showing bias or partiality. Pastor Scott will discuss three main points: 1. Pure Religion & Judgment 2. God's Choice & Judgment 3. Mercy, Judgment, and the Royal Law Conclusion: Mercy triumphs over judgment!
The Answer to Your Need
July 25, 2021 • Larry Greene
TAP "NOTES" TO FILL IN THE BLANKS & TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES. YOU CAN SAVE THEM OR EMAIL THEM TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. We live in an age that maintains all religions are created equal. Culture cries out to us, “We all worship the same God. We are striving to reach God. We may be on different paths, but they all lead to the same destination.” In John 14:6 Jesus made a claim that, if true, marks Christianity not just one way among many, but rather the only way. To repeat Jesus’ claim will cause us to be labeled intolerant. So be it. As a Christian, you can only acknowledge what Jesus said about Himself. To do otherwise makes you a "Chino" = "Christian in name only." To appreciate the radical nature of Christ’s claim we have to understand our desperate condition. C.S. Lewis correctly observed, “We are not merely imperfect creatures in need of improvement. We are rebels who must lay down our arms.” • The devastating _____ of our sin. • The Divine _____ by our Savior. There is only one question that the answer to which has eternal consequences: “What have you done with Jesus?” Are you agitated, sorrowing, or confused today? Jesus comes to you and says, “Trust.”
Israel Mission Trip
In February, RC3 sent a team of 10 to Israel where they served alongside Jews for Jesus staff with whom we partner in Tel Aviv. They helped teach children in Shabbat School, encouraged folks at a senior living home, toured biblical sites, conducted spiritual interest surveys with people regarding their thoughts about Jesus as Messiah, and more.
Tranquil Truths for Troubled Hearts
July 18, 2021 • Larry Greene
TAP "NOTES" TO FILL IN THE BLANKS & TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES. YOU CAN SAVE THEM OR EMAIL THEM TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. Three pictures in the New Testament provide a mental picture of being troubled. For some it is agitation. For others it is sorrow. Finally, confusion carries the idea of being troubled. In John 13:36-38 all three pictures presented themselves to the disciples’ minds. They were agitated because Jesus said that one of them would betray Him (v. 21). They were sorrowful and confused because Jesus declared that He would go away and they could not come (v. 33), and that their leader, Peter, would deny Him three times (v. 38). To agitated, sorrowful, confused disciples, back then and now, Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” With giving this exhortation, Jesus also gave the remedy for a troubled heart. When you are troubled, trust. • Trust My _____, 14:1. • Trust My _____, 14:2-3. Are you agitated, sorrowing, or confused today? Jesus comes to you and says, “Trust.”
What Weighed Heaviest on Jesus’ Heart?
July 11, 2021 • Larry Greene
TAP "NOTES" TO FILL IN THE BLANKS & TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES. YOU CAN SAVE THEM OR EMAIL THEM TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. *“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”* No matter what we do, it is easy to drift to that which is of lesser importance. We lose sight of “the main thing.” Thankfully, that was not the case with Jesus. He constantly kept the main thing the main thing. In preparing His disciples for His departure back to the Father by way of the cross, Jesus communicated with them what weighed heaviest on His heart, the main thing. There were two burdens that weighed heaviest on the heart of Jesus. • The _______ to glorify God, vv. 31-32 • The _______ to love one another, vv. 33-35. Two burdens, a commitment and commandment, weighed heaviest on Jesus’ heart. Do you share those same burdens?
Unmasking the Hypocrite
July 4, 2021 • Larry Greene
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES. YOU CAN SAVE THEM OR EMAIL THEM TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. There was a word used in NT times for one who was "playing a part." This word described actors who wore different masks to portray different characters. The word was "hypokrites" or hypocrite. This word aptly describes one who puts on a false front or plays a part. Many people use the presence of hypocrites as an excuse not to be involved in church. Yet, one of Jesus' twelve disciples was the consummate hypocrite! In today's passage, Jesus reached out to Judas Iscariot in both grace and truth in order to unmask his hypocrisy. Jesus _______ the betrayer. John 13:18-25 Jesus _______ ____ ____ the betrayer. John 13:26 Judas _______ the Savior. John 13:27-30 Lingering lessons from the tragic life of Judas: 1. One can kiss the door of heaven, yet go to hell. 2. The fact of hypocrites does not negate the truth of the gospel. It establishes it.