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Tina Lee shares a message about the initial steps in our apprenticeship to Jesus -- Awakening. She reminds us that God awakens, and we are the awakened. Whether our awakening experience is earth-shaking or a series of smaller moments, it serves as an invitation into discipleship or spiritual formation -- to step into the journey of apprenticeship t…
 
Josh continues our discussion about apprenticing to Jesus, looking at a passage from Luke 9, where Jesus interacts with different people who say they want to follow Him. Jesus' responses can seem harsh, but Jesus understands what the journey with Him involves. What it offers. It's worth more than all the other things we want to take care of before …
 
Josh shares from the first four chapters of Joshua to help illustrate the journey of apprenticeship to Jesus that we are all walking. The Israelites could've crossed the Jordan in any number of ways, but they crossed the river as led by the Spirit. But they didn't stop there, because the story of the river was on the way to where God was leading th…
 
Josh shared a message based on the story from Joshua of the 12 stones out of the Jordan. The story serves as a visual of not only hearing testimony of what the Lord is speaking to us but also following through and actively engaging what God is leading us into. We have to create space to hear from God and follow His guidance. None of us can pull our…
 
As we wrap up our walk through the Book of Ephesians, Josh shares about the "armor of God." These are verses many have heard before, but we may not connect with the armor imagery. What does armor have to do with a gospel message like "love your enemies?" The armor imagery, like Paul's use of "body" or "temple" imagery elsewhere, is a vehicle to exp…
 
Josh shares from Ephesians 6 today about some verses that can be hard to hear -- whether you are a child or a parent. Paul is encouraging the Ephesian church that life in Christ is not like the context in which they live where power dictates the relationship. Parents like to correct their children -- especially when they don't listen and obey. Chil…
 
On this Mother's Day, Josh continues our equipping the saints discussion looking at the end of Ephesians 5. We see in these verses the invitation to be Christ in our relationships. In the marriage relationship, we are invited to learn what it means to serve the other -- not to dominate the other. These verses are challenging to read in today's cont…
 
As we celebrate our 7th birthday as a church, we have many things for which to be thankful. Scripture is full of reminders of the Father's heart to bring us joy and to encourage us. We hear some testimonies from important people in the life of RCC and from our own family members. Luke 2:10; John 15:11; Luke 4:15-19; Galatians 5:22-23; Psalm 150.…
 
Josh continues our ETS discussion today, looking at a passage from Ephesians 5. Paul is encouraging the church in Ephesus, in their call to be light in the world, to be wise -- to not be foolish. How does that apply to us today? What is foolishness now? Maybe it's the badge of busyness we wear. The world is driven by busyness. We are too busy. Are …
 
Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns shares a message from Ephesians 5 as she takes us deeper into our "equipping the saints" journey. Paul's letter to the Church in Ephesus is a follow-up to his two years of ministry with this group of people. Paul is responding to a new church family that heard his message of the gospel of Christ but that is allowing the cul…
 
Continuing our series of messages around the idea of "equipping the saints" as we move into the Easter season, Josh looks at the end of Ephesians 4 where Paul is talking about new life in Christ. At our Easter service, we celebrated a number of baptisms which is what Paul is pointing to as he shares with the Church in Ephesus about this new life in…
 
As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, we pause in "holy awe" as we hear the story at the empty tomb and a group of followers who can't comprehend what's happened. Jesus doesn't appear to explain everything like we might prefer. They have to bear the weight of this transformational moment and do the work to understand the significance of what's occur…
 
Josh steps out of Ephesians to continue the discussion of "equipping the saints" by looking at the Palm Sunday narrative from Mark 11. The context of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem illustrates some of the misperceptions we hold about Jesus and what He wants to do in and through us. When Jesus is entering Jerusalem on a donkey from one end, the Roman g…
 
Josh continues our discussion in Ephesians, moving to Chapter 4, in which Paul challenges the young church in Ephesus to grow into maturity in Christ. That call involves Christ as the centerpiece, the unity in the church, and each person realizing they have a grace to grow into to contribute to the body of Christ. The worship journey this week: "We…
 
As Josh continues our series, he looks at the end of Chapter 3 of Ephesians to the prayer that Paul is praying for the church in Ephesus. We see Paul understanding the limits of his ability to convey the fullness of grace and the depth of the love Christ has for us. So much so that Paul is on his knees praying they would learn what it means to be d…
 
We continue our series on "equipping the saints" which is a challenging concept to pin down in 3 or 5 or 10 easy steps. Josh looks at Ephesians 3 today, where Paul, who is writing from prison, is sharing his understanding of the mystery of Christ. Foundationally, that mystery is that the Gentiles are also heirs of Christ. But the mysteries of Chris…
 
Josh continues our discussion in the book of Ephesians, highlighting the community that Jesus invites us into when he says to us, like he did to the disciples, "Come, follow me." Jesus is our peace and brings groups together that have no business together. Through Christ, the dividing walls come down, and the disparate groups become one new humanit…
 
Josh shares from Mark 1, where Jesus is baptized and then immediately led to the desert for 40 days. He here's God call him his Beloved -- receiving his identity -- and then is led into the wilderness to be tempted. We can get caught thinking once we come to Christ that life is going to be full of blessings, but Jesus' own story shows us how wrong …
 
We are excited to enter into another groups season at RCC. Kara shares the heart behind lifegroups at River City. They are spiritual and relational. They are each unique but share the same DNA of communion, prayer, connection and word. Joining a group can be risky, but God is present with us when we risk stepping into community. Each of this season…
 
Josh kicks off a series of messages walking through the theme of "equipping the saints for the work of ministry" from Ephesians 4. Paul explains to the church in Ephesus that God has already done and continues to do much of the work in and through us. Part of becoming "equipped" is remembering that we walk in that reality. We know that God is good;…
 
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