All of us are members of several communities, some by choice and others by default. Neighborhoods, school, work, any number of clubs or organizations—all of which function in basically the same way. The members of a community share some common identity or purpose that unifies the group as a whole. Christians thrive on this idea of community, and in fact believe that we are a part of the most extensive, formative, and important community in existence: the Church.
So often, God gives us the privilege of sharing in the fruits of our generosity. If we can get better at noticing this, joy awaits.
Many of us are ambitious about something (or a few things), but most people don’t associate the word “ambition” with the words “giving” or “generosity.” God, however, does.
Operating outside of God’s power? Bad plan.
Sure, it can be scary to obey God. It’s when we’re not obeying God, though, that fear truly finds a foothold and begins defining our lives. Exhibit A: King Saul.
Not changing course simply because you’re already headed in a direction? Bad plan.
In this message we’ll look to an episode from the life of King Saul for insight on what happens when we won’t change direction.
Taking matters into your own hands because God’s way isn’t getting the job done? Bad plan. The worst plan of al, in fact, might be thinking your plan is better than God’s plan.
Avoiding God’s call? Bad plan. When God speaks about the direction of your life, it’s not a suggestion. As scary as his call may be, though, there's one big reason you don't have to be afraid. Speaker: Justin Gerhardt // Watch the whole series here: www.rrcoc.org/badplan
The Bible says that followers of Jesus are aliens. …What in the world does that mean?
Christmas is layered. We laugh and we cry, we celebrate togetherness and we mourn the loss of those we can't be with anymore. Christ can be trusted in that complexity—after all, the first Christmas was all about darkness and light. …And the life that light brought.
The holiday give us a great opportunity to gather with others. But with “others”...comes conflict. Spouse-to-spouse, sibling-to-sibling, child-to-parent, parent-to-child, friend-to-friend--the opportunities for us to disagree with and disappoint one another abound at this time of year.
So how do we survive? We’ll look to a famous passage in Scripture for the answer.
Christmastime is full of expectations. The photos, the presents, the meals, the parties, the family interactions--we have an idea of how each of these things should go. Unfortunately, things often don’t go according to plan. Photos don’t turn out, presents don’t arrive on time, your kids (or parents) don’t behave--the list goes on and on. So what do you do with the disappointment that inevitably comes? In this message, we’ll see what God has to say about surviving the unmet expectations that often plague us at Christmas (and the rest of the year as well).
Ever been frustrated by your repeated failure in the face of temptation? If so, you might be missing something.
The bad news? You can't beat sin on your own. The good news? God has a plan for that.
In this message, we explore what the Apostle Paul says about a strange ritual called baptism.
Whatever you struggle with—whether selfishness, hatred, prejudice, greed, dishonesty, laziness, pride, or something else—you have these moments when you see it clearly...but when you try to do better, you can’t.
It's like you’re weighed down, trying to rise above, but you keep getting pulled down by this almost gravitational force.
This is a series about that force—about what we need to know (and do) about the sin that holds us down.
You need to be loved. You need to belong. You need protection and identity. In this message, Justin shares what it means to be adopted by God (and why it’s just what you most need).
If you believe the universe is purely material, you'll have to have faith in at least 3 things. In this message, we'll examine those 3 things and see how they hold up.
Who are you…really?
How do you figure out the answer to that? Is your "self" just the sum of your deepest wishes and desires? Or are you more than that? In this message, we'll explore competing approaches to the question of Identity.
Text: 1 John 3:1
10/22/17 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
What's going on with all the magical stuff in the Bible--Daniel in the lion's den, Noah and the flood, a talking donkey, fire from Heaven, Jesus healing people? Are we supposed to believe that stuff actually happened? Or can we dispense with the magic and welcome the wise teaching?
"You should be free do live as you see fit, as long as you don't harm others." Maybe you've heard this before. Maybe you've said it before. But is it a value worth holding onto? In this message, we'll explore the consequences and alternatives of a life focused on personal freedom.
In this message, we explore a belief commonly held by skeptics: “You don’t need God to have a full life of meaning, hope, and satisfaction.”