Sources of Security: Community
by Tony Nester
Jesus gave us more than himself, he gave us each other. He commanded us not only to love God, but to love one another. Holy Communion, which we share in this morning, is more than our communion with God; it is our communion with each other, for we together are the Body of Christ, each a different member of that Body. So today I want to talk with you about the third source of security in this three part series on sources of security in an insecure world. Two weeks ago I spoke...
Community, Commitment, Connection and Tradition
by Bob Wickizer
We need to spend some time today reflecting on the first Native American clergy person in Indian Territory along with the challenges of Christian mission. It's a tall order. The Reverend David Pendleton Oakerhater had many names, titles and careers during his long life. We recognize him today for what he did with the latter half of his life. But if we were to pick a modern term to describe his early days, that term...
The Value of Community (2 of 6)
by Michael Romero
In January we began a teaching series of Riversides core values. I want to thank you all for hanging in there with me as we discover together those things that our church considers important non-negotiable values that define our Christian walk. As a corporate body of believers we need to be able to define and live the values that we believe. This has been my motivation for teaching this series. I want to briefly go over the core values that we have unfolded and discovered...
Community Jeopardy (23 of 36)
by Keith Krell
In 1 Cor 10:14-11:1, Paul is going to conclude a three-chapter discussion on the freedom that God has given Christians. The passage falls into two major sections. In 10:14-22 there is a stern warning and in 10:23-11:1 there is empathic counsel on how to use our freedom to God's glory, for the good of other people. Paul is going to tell us that true freedom is putting God and others first. Paul first supplements this idea with a warning...
Community (6 of 6)
by Benny Perez
Today I am continuing our Series Our House. We will be talking about a few of the core values of Our Church House. Every House has a Culture, what is acceptable and not acceptable in the house. Today I want to continue talking about Our House - Community What do you think of when I say Community? Some think of a place where they live. Some think of a group of people. Others think of people with a common interest. Definition of Community...
Why Our Community Needs Us
by Joe Alain
This sermon was a challenge to the church to seize the opportunities to minister in a growing community and hurting world by expanding current facilities and spiritually building up God's kingdom. Various Scriptures are used throughout the message. Our community will provide the places of business to support these young families, it's happening all around us, and our schools will accommodate the influx of children (because we love our children and will make sure this...
Building a Life of Community (5 of 5)
by Kerry Shook
Oh, hey, how are you doing today? I'm just doing a little bit of sanding. We all know that sanding can be very useful when it comes to woodworking or finishing furniture. But, if you take sandpaper and you rub it against your skin, it doesn't feel too good. It's irritating. It's painful. We all have people in our lives that are sort of like sandpaper. They irritate us. They rub us the wrong way. They get under our skin. I call them sandpaper people. We all have sandpaper people in our...
Community: Christ and the Church (33 of 40)
by Jesus Culture Resources
For the last few sessions, we have looked at marriage and relationships. Marriage is a great reflection of the love of God because it illustrates what He wants with His people: togetherness. He desires to be so close to us that two lives - His and ours - become one life. God wants to be one with His people (Eph. 5:30, 1 Cor. 6:17). God wants to share Himself with us and us to share ourselves with Him to the extent that nothing we do is apart from Him. Everything we do and...
What Is a New Covenant Community? (5 of 26)
by Rick White
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. And such confidence we have through Christ toward God...
Reaching Our Community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
by David Cook
One of the goals of our church is to reach out into this community God has placed us in and to minister to their needs. Every Christian is primarily called by the Lord to serve. A missionary was sent into the deepest parts of a jungle and fell into the hands of a band of cannibals. Realizing they were going to eat him the missionary told them, "you are not going to like me," and calmly took out...
You Were Made for This! - Topical Sermon on Small Groups
by Brian Fletcher
Introduction: Just as Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away, is isolated on a deserted island, he has no one to relate to, he finally creates someone out of a volleyball. His friend is Wilson. He could not stand to be alone. But that's because he was not created to be alone, he was created for
Growth Group Manual
by Rick Ferguson
Fellowship:Growth groups allow believers to meet with fellow believers of similar age and life experiences on a regular basis. Growth group meetings are intentionally relaxed, with limited structure in order to allow for maximum spontaneity and sensitivity to the ever changing needs of the group. Growth group meetings involve...
by Zach Terry
Tonight we are beginning a series where we look at the nuts and bolts of a local new testament church. Tonight we are starting with - small groups. From the beginning God said, ''It is not good for man to be alone'' God created you unfinished so that you would only be complete when you are engaged in a larger group. In a day when communication is at it all time high…so is isolationism and loneliness