Small Group Leadership Intensive Spring 2019

Paul calls the church “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” (1Tim.3:15). As a pillar, it thrusts the truth high for all to see. As a buttress, it supports and establishes the truth “on earth as it is in heaven.” In other words, the church both grounds and displays the gospel in...
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Why One Service

  As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be unified in the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit. This means that we disciple each other, pursuing Christlikeness, as we go into our city and invite others into a new life with Christ and His people. We grow more unified...
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Congregational Discussion: One or Two Services?

Last year we discussed going to two services for essentially three inter-related reasons surrounding our hope to increase our capacity for multiplication.  First, we wanted to move toward planting another congregation and forming a platform to incubate a future church plant...
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Small Group Leadership Intensive 2018

Paul calls the church “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” (1Tim.3:15). As a pillar, it thrusts the truth high for all to see. As a buttress, it supports and establishes the truth “on earth as it is in heaven.” In other words, the church both grounds and displays the gospel in...
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Exiles and Strangers in the World

As we walk through 1 Peter together this fall, we will see how the apostle paradoxically expects the churches of Asia Minor to be both compelling (2:12, 18; 3:1-4) and repelling communities (2:15; 3:16; 4:3-4).  Even more paradoxically, the very thing that makes us compelling to...
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“Are You Observing Lint This Year?”

That is the question a Baptist friend of mine posed on Twitter recently. And it represents about as much familiarity with the tradition as I had growing up in a so-called non-liturgical church. The “Season of Lent” is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar....
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Cure Your Christmas Consumerism

“FIND THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS. WIN MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!” Of course, we all know that mere consumption is not the meaning of Christmas. Our heads align with Linus reciting the Christmas story rather than Snoopy selling out to make money. Yet, underneath the surface of head...
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Advent 2017 – The Fullness of Time

Next Sunday, December 3rd, will be the start of Advent! We’ll celebrate it, in part, by focusing on how Christ’s coming and incarnation changes everything about us and our relationships in a four week mini-series within the Book of Galatians (specifically, Galatians...
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Summer Rhythms and Rest

  Riverside is a church of small groups. (I’m sure you’ve heard this before.) But more fundamentally, we’re a church of disciples. We band together, we live out our lives in Christ together, we make disciples together, and pretty much everything else—we do...
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