Unfortunately, one of the things you can count on in life is suffering. Good news, though: that’s not the only thing you can count on if you’re following Christ. In this message, we’ll explore how integral suffering is to the Christian experience, and what makes that more than okay.
What can we learn from Jesus' ascension to heaven?
Guest speaker Dr. Brad East leads us to consider a few key truths.
Just about everyone (Christian or not) has a story about that one time a Christian said something truly dumb. Hey, we're all human. It happens.
However, some of the phrases and platitudes Christians have come to rely on aren't actually from Jesus. Some things we say aren't true. Others are downright irreverent. In this message we'll identify a few so we can move toward knocking it off with the dumb sayings.
Why Do We Sing In Church?
Isn't it kind of strange that, every Sunday, millions of people gather in rooms around the world and sing together?
Have you ever wondered why God likes music so much, and why He commands us to sing?
In this message, we'll explore the spiritual nature of music, and the ways God uses singing to help us grow.
Given that Easter is for everyone, we’d better figure out how to communicate with love in the midst of significant differences. In this message, we'll explore two fascinating events in history to learn about one thing that—according to God—has the power to divide or unite us.
One thing God is famous for is his exacting standards. He’s holy. He does not like sin. Which means that if we’re sinful, we’d better distance ourselves from him...right? In this message we’ll look to Peter in John 21 to see how Jesus treats us when we’ve done less than our best--and to see the best way to respond to God’s holiness.
You'd think that the folks given the immense privilege of being the first witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus would be some serious VIPs. ...But were they?
In this message, we'll shine the spotlight on a few of the first witnesses of Jesus' resurrection and find ourselves reminded of God's broad love and the fact that Easter really is for everyone.
Waiting has a way of taking over and forcing us to live in the future, which leads to discontent and worry. God, though, has an alternative for us—a different place for us to live. In this message, we'll look to a man named Joseph for an example of waiting well and being here now.
Want to wait well? You'll need to lean into two things: Faith that God will provide and Gratitude for what he's already given. In this message, we'll explore what each of those looks like.
Whether you're looking for a job, trying to have kids, enduring a battery of tests at the doctor's office, or figuring out your purpose in life, waiting is hard.
Is it possible God has something to teach us during these seasons of delay?
In this series, we'll talk about waiting and how to make it holy.
Why is asking for help so hard sometimes? God didn’t intend for it to be so difficult. In fact, He makes it pretty clear in scripture He desires involvement in every aspect of our lives, especially our struggles.
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.