River City Church - Smyrna, GA
Live Well. Live Wisely. Live Humbly.

Live Well. Live Wisely. Live Humbly.

September 12, 2021

Josh continues our study in the Book of James. Today, we discuss the power of language. What we say and the words we choose have the power to build up or to tear down. Our mouths can spread cursing or blessing. Pray that we would have the humility to repent of any cursing and the wisdom to be a blessing to others and ourselves. James 3:1-12. 

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

September 5, 2021

Josh continues our walk through the Book of James. In Chapter 2, we see James encouraging the brothers and sisters to hold onto Jesus as he cautions them against showing partiality to members of their body. Biblical community discards hierarchy. We must be aware when we consider others for what they can provide us instead of inviting them into community because of who they are in Christ -- be they rich or poor. We have to put faith into action and avoid judging others' situations or statuses. Mercy triumphs over judgment.  

POTS and Pure Religion

POTS and Pure Religion

August 29, 2021

Josh begins a 5-week study from the Book of James. James is writing to the diaspora that is struggling, in part, with living in community with Gentiles. James' call to be hearers of the word and doers of the word and to "strip away sordidness." James is calling them to listen -- to be slow to speak and slow to anger. James could be writing this letter to us today as well. We have a choice to pause; to be less reactive; to use our words to encourage and not tear down. James 1:17-27; Matthew 7:17; James 2:17. 

Josh shared three quotes today: 

1) Archie Smith Jr. -- "Words Create Worlds of Meaning. We use words to express ourselves; to convince and convict ourselves and others; to describe, name, blame, or label things; to win arguments; to sell an idea or object; to lecture; to expound a point, explain things into or out of existence, persuade, condole, console, counsel; to announce, denounce, deceive; to ask someone to marry; to declare war and make peace; to sentence someone, diagnose a condition, analyze a problem, deliberate or negotiate a deal. We cannot get along without words. Words can alarm, harm, uplift, inspire, degrade, or silence someone. They can reveal our inner thoughts. Where would we be without words?"

2) William Barclay -- "Cultivate virtues of a discerning welcoming spirit. Listening and being listened to opens doors for the righteousness of God in communities."

3) William Barclay -- "What you hear in the holy place must be lived out in the marketplace."

Home in Jesus

Home in Jesus

August 22, 2021

Josh finishes our discussion in John 6 regarding Jesus as the bread of life. John 6:56-69.

Wisdom. Bread. Singing.

Wisdom. Bread. Singing.

August 15, 2021

Josh continues the discussion from John 6 surrounding Jesus' talk about the bread of life and how that includes the eucharist but is also more than that. Proverbs 9 mentions wisdom and folly. The wisdom we seek originates in the bread of life and the person of Jesus. As we journey with Jesus, we partake in the bread and water He is offering and develop the wisdom spoken of in Proverbs. Proverbs 9; John 6:51-58; Luke 24:30-32. 

What Are You Hungering For? (Part 2)

What Are You Hungering For? (Part 2)

August 8, 2021

Bill continues the discussion of hunger looking at this week's Lectionary passages. We see in 1 Kings an exhausted Elijah who has no idea what he needs, and the Lord provides food and water for his journey ahead. In Psalms, we read the words of David, writing about tasting and seeing that the Lord is good after the priest provides him with loaves of the bread of the presence. In the Gospel passage from John 6, we read about the Bread of Life that came down from heaven in the person of Jesus and the invitation to imitate the life of Christ. And in Ephesians, we read about what a life in Christ looks like which invites us to continually partake in the Bread of Life to fill, sustain and satiate us. 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8; John 6:41-51; Ephesians 4:25-32.

What Are You Hungering For?

What Are You Hungering For?

August 1, 2021

Kara shares from John 6 today and asks us the question Jesus asked those following him after he fed the 5000: "What are you hungering for?" Are we trusting God to satiate our true hunger? Do we believe Jesus is the One God sent to satiate our true hunger? Do we believe that even when what God provides doesn't look like what we expect or thought we wanted? John 6:22-35; Exodus 16:2-4.

ETS - Creating with Christ

ETS - Creating with Christ

July 18, 2021

On this Creative Sunday, Mariah, our Service Coordinator, shares a message about spiritual formation as a creative process. God is a creator. He made us to co-create with Him. We see His creativity in the creation story and in the specifics of the Tabernacle construction in Exodus. Through the Holy Spirit, God continues to create a dwelling place within our own hearts, and we continue to have roles as co-creators as we step into the tools provided through spiritual practices like sabbath, silence and solitude, and others. Genesis 1:1, 12, 27; Genesis 2:19-20; Exodus 35:5, 10, 22, 30-35; Psalm 51:10; Ephesians 2:19-22. 

ETS - Abiding in Christ (OneCamp Sunday)

ETS - Abiding in Christ (OneCamp Sunday)

July 11, 2021

After a week at our network's OneCamp for our middle and high school students, Bill shares a message from 1 John 4 and John 15 about abiding in Christ. The OneCamp theme this year was "Abide," but the message of abiding in Christ dovetails nicely with RCC's discussion this year about equipping the saints. And the ETS groups we are planning for the fall are an easy way to participate in the work Christ wants to do in our lives. We also hear a number of OneCamp testimonies from the students and adults who attended camp. 1 John 4:9-13; John 15:5, John 15:2, John 15:7; Matthew 11:28-30. 

Equipping the Little Saints

Equipping the Little Saints

July 4, 2021

Jessica, our CityKids Coordinator, shares a message from the Gospel of Matthew for the RCC children and the adults. We see Jesus befriend an outcast like Matthew, who was a tax collector. And then we see the disciples try to stop the children from seeing Jesus, and we learn how Jesus sees the little children. They have something to offer our church family as well. As much as we want to focus on our personal equipping, the children need us as well to equip them and provide opportunities for them to share their faith with us. Matthew 9:9-13; Matthew 19:13-15; 2 Timothy 3:14-15. 

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