Leadership and the Congregation – Part III

Power to the People – Part III In our previous posts we saw that the apostles’ charge to guard the “good deposit” – both in defending sound doctrine and in instructing and admonishing the people to faithfully observe it – continues today in the ministry of the...
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Leadership and the Congregation- Part II

Part II – A Noble Ambition: The Authority and Task of Leadership In 2 Timothy 2:2, we find the clearest expression of a succession of leaders in our New Testaments.  Here Paul instructs Timothy to entrust to other men “what you have heard from me in the presence of many...
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Leadership and the Congregation – Part I

Who’s In Charge Around Here? – Part I The correct answer is Jesus.  He is the head of the church and the “chief shepherd” of the flock.  But Jesus is building a church, and that church has some order and structure to it (Matt.16:18-19; 18:15-20). At Riverside Community...
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Introducing Our Elder Candidates

As we read through the writings of the New Testament, which embody the traditions of Christ and His apostles, we find two important facts about the early church – the church that Jesus built. First, we find that Jesus’ church had a plurality or team of leaders...
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Southern Religion – Part 2

If you read Mark 4:35-5:20 closely, you’ll see a Jesus who was especially frightening. Though his supernatural power saves them on the violent Sea of Galilee, the disciples are not comforted but “filled with great fear” (4:41). Jesus is more frightening than the life-threatening...
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Southern Religion – Part 1

If you want to understand the South, you have to read southern authors. Folks like Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter, Walker Percy, Pat Conroy, etc. But perhaps Flannery O’Conner summarized its religious culture best: “While the South is...
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Sermon Blurb – The Sign of Jonah

Jesus performed many “signs and wonders” throughout the course of His ministry – more than could be written down (John 20:30-31). He did these, in great part, that the people might believe in Him (John 4:48). And many within Israel were impressed with Jesus’ miracles and displays...
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The Book of Jonah: A Whale Tale?

Whenever we talk about the book of Jonah, most of us think of our childhood picture of the absurdly disobedient prophet, swallowed by a whale. In our memories Jonah is more a cartoonish farce than a serious prophetic book of the Bible. After all, the story is surprisingly...
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