Congregational Discussion: One or Two Services?

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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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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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Discipleship Intensive: Doctrinal and Spiritual Foundations

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As “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” (1Tim.3:15) the church’s purpose is to embody the gospel before a watching world, showing as well as telling the good news of the kingdom of God, and so making visible the invisible glory of God revealed in the person and work of Jesus...
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Why Worship Matters, Part 2

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). In the last post, I tried to show the relationship between the First and Second Commandments. Both...
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