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Proclaiming

Certain Hope For Uncertain Times

To all who are weary and need rest; to all who mourn and long for comfort; to all who fail and desire strength; and to all who sin and need a Savior, this church opens wide her doors with a welcome from Jesus the friend of sinners.

We believe Jesus meant it when he said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We invite you to come as you are, not to a perfect church but to a perfect Savior.

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River City meets at Highland Elementary School in Riverside IA

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Gatherings begin at 10:00am

Questions? Text or Call: (319) 302-3221

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UpcomingEvents
Women's Prayer Meeting

June 20, 2024 - 7:00 am

Join the women of River City for coffee and weekly prayer meeting!

Weekly Gathering

June 23, 2024 - 10:00 am

Join us for our weekly gathering at Highland Elementary School!

Newcomer's Lunch

June 23, 2024 - 12:00 pm

Newcomers lunch is for anyone who is new or feels like they are new. It's a great place to hear the vision/mission of River City, hear a snapshot of our history, meet the Leadership Team, and have a place to ask questions. We do this about once a quarter, so if this one doesn't work, you can always jump into another one in the future! Registration and location will be announced soon!

TrekFest

June 27, 2024 - 12:00 am

Trekfest is Riverside's annual city festival! For a full list of events and happenings, visit the official TrekFest website here: https://trekfest.org/

Women's Prayer Meeting

June 27, 2024 - 7:00 am

Join the women of River City for coffee and weekly prayer meeting!

Weekly Gathering

June 30, 2024 - 10:00 am

Join us for our weekly gathering at Highland Elementary School!

Community Group Coaching

June 30, 2024 - 6:30 pm

If you are a Community Group Leader or Co-Leader, this meeting is for you! Community Groups are bi-weekly gatherings of 3-5 households, where a shared meal, devotional study, and prayer are the priorities. This meeting is for the Leaders and Co-Leaders of those groups to start planning and strategizing for the year ahead!

Women's Prayer Meeting

July 4, 2024 - 7:00 am

Join the women of River City for coffee and weekly prayer meeting!

Women's Prayer Meeting

20
Jun

Weekly Gathering

23
Jun

Newcomer's Lunch

23
Jun

TrekFest

27
Jun

Women's Prayer Meeting

27
Jun

Weekly Gathering

30
Jun

Community Group Coaching

30
Jun

Women's Prayer Meeting

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Jul

THE STORY OF GOD

The Bible is one continuous story of who God is and what he has done as spelled out in the six movements below.

Creation

Genesis 1,2

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In the beginning, God made everything we see and all the things we don’t see. As a reflection of his goodness and perfection, everything he designed was “very good!” God’s design for human life was that humans, using the abilities and creativity and connection to God and each other, would expand God’s presence and fullness and abundance throughout all of the earth, until the whole earth was filled with people who would live with and enjoy him forever.

Rebellion

Genesis 3-11

2

Part of being God’s representative means being created with dignity and purpose. Along with that dignity comes the choice to reject the purpose for which we were made. Given the choice between following God’s wisdom or choosing their own, the first man and woman (Adam & Eve) intentionally rejected God’s wisdom, which unleashed sin and death into God’s good world. As a result, they experienced sorrow, shame and separation from the goodness and abundance of God’s presence. Humanity now stood over against God as his enemy and deserved to die for their treason.

Promise

Genesis 12-24

3

But God wasn’t finished with humanity. In his mercy, he didn’t crush them where they stood, but instead promised that one day He would crush evil once and for all. God chose a middle-eastern man named Abraham and made a promise to him, that from his family tree rescue would come and redeem the rebellious human race. Until that rescue would come, God’s people would find relationship with Him through his Law (The 10 commandments), and making animal sacrifices to cover their sins.

Jesus

John 1:1-18; Isaiah 53

4

Generation after generation, a small segment of Jewish men and women continued to faithfully cling to the promise of a Redeemer who would take away sin and restore right relationship to God. And at just the right moment in human history, God fulfilled His promise by sending His own Son, from heaven to earth, to be FOR us what we failed to be. Born of a virgin, he grew up to be a man, was named Jesus, and willingly gave his life, dying to become The Sacrifice, once and for all, so that sinners could be made right with God; bought back from sin and death and adopted as children of God – enemies become family. After his death, God raised Jesus from the dead to prove that his death worked. The payment for the sin of humanity was paid in full, and the check cleared!

Holy Spirit/Church

Acts, Romans

5

Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus returned to his Father's side and sent humanity a new helper — His own Spirit, to live in, not just with, all who believe. God's people, now called the Church, act as his cross-cultural ambassadors – still sinning on occasion and yet at the same time, made holy through Christ.

New Heavens, New Earth

Revelation 21,22

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For those who have been redeemed by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, this life here on earth is as bad as it gets. There is a fully restored world, free of evil, sin, tears, death, and darkness that is coming for all who believe. One day Jesus will return to claim those who have called on him to save them, and he will cast out all evil and wickedness, defeat the Accuser, the Enemy of our souls, and on that day, the whole earth will be full of His glory! For eternity, those who have been redeemed by his life, death, resurrection, will worship him and enjoy him for his marvelous grace.

Next Steps

THE GOOD NEWS

If the Story of God is true, then we are forced with a decision: Remain in our sin and under God's wrath, or repent and be forgiven.

Sin Brings Death

Romans 5:12

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In Genesis 3, the first humans, Adam and Eve unleashed sin and death into the world by wanting to be sovereign themselves. As a result, they became separated from the Author of Life – dead in their sin. Scripture tells us that since we're Adam and Eve's descendants, we are born in sin... AND we choose it! We have God's revealed will right in front of us (in the Bible), we are able to see his eternal power and divine nature (in creation) and we have purposely refused to seek him, honor him, or worship him as he is due. The paycheck for sin is death – death to our relationship to God and to others which, carried on into eternity, results in eternal suffering and judgment apart from the mercy and goodness of God.

Salvation is Not From Within

Romans 3:10-25

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In that sinful state, scripture tells us we are spiritually dead. Dead people cannot do anything to resurrect themselves. Salvation is not about "becoming a better you" or "living your best life now." It's not found in self-help, self-discovery, or self-anything. There is no excuse or argument you could make for your sin that will hold up in the courts of heaven, no amount of "becoming a better person" or "let me explain my situation" that would be able to bring you up to God's standards of holiness and righteousness. Salvation must come from somewhere else. Someone else. "But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." The good news of Jesus is that he didn't ask you to get your act together before he decided to pay the penalty for your sin – it would never have happened! Without your permission, God lovingly stepped in and acted by sending His own Son, Jesus to take the penalty for sin (death) and the consequence of sin (separation from God) by dying a cruel, lonely death.

The Resurrection Matters

Colossians 1:13

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If Jesus stayed dead, though, no one would be saved. If the story of Jesus is a story about a nice guy who had an unlucky death, we all still face the ultimate enemy (physical death) and lose. But that's not where the story ends. Dead and buried for only 2 nights, Jesus was raised to life again by his Father, and appeared to over 500 people in 6 weeks time. If Jesus' death was the payment for sin, then his resurrection means God accepted the payment and rose Jesus back to life which in turn does two things: 1) it proves Jesus was who he claimed to be, and 2) it makes dead-in-sin sinners now righteous (and spiritually alive) as their record of sins is removed! With that payment, God transferred us from the kingdom of darkness (sin, evil, death) into the kingdom of the Son he loves (Jesus). God didn't need to wait for or ask anyone's permission before doing this. He did it of his own free will out of love, because he knew it was the only way to redeem sinful humanity.

You Must Choose

Romans 10:13

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Every major world religion teaches that you can't know if you've done enough to "get in" until you die. Christianity teaches that you can confidently know before you die, because we are saved by the good that JESUS did, not the good we've done. In other religions, you work hard and hope you get in. The good news of Jesus is that, when you've trusted his life, death, and resurrection for your salvation, you don't have to wait to get in – You ARE already in! The good works come AFTER salvation, not before. We are saved by grace! Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” That’s a big statement! But another big statement is, “anyone who believes in me will not perish, but have eternal life.”  Anyone! It’s all-inclusive… unless you think you're doing just fine on your own and don't need a savior. But "if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. If you refuse this salvation, you still stand under the crushing penalty and consequence of sin (death, eternal judgment).

Discipleship

Acts 2:38

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Acts 2:28 says, "Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit takes up residence in the hearts and minds of those who have called on Jesus for salvation. This is monumental, because His presence in you is your downpayment, your guarantee that you are no longer dead in  sin, but alive in Christ. He convicts, comforts, encourages, protects, and strengthens us as we begin to follow Jesus in a process called "discipleship." It's the idea of being an apprentice, where we spend the rest of our lives growing more and more like Jesus. Talking like him, walking like him, acting like him, thinking like him, so that when the world sees us, they see Jesus is still alive and still at work in the world. On our Next Steps page, you'll find helpful resources for everything from baptism to Bible reading and prayer, as well as a list of gospel-teaching churches around the world you can look into.

Next Steps

The stewardship of our finances is a tremendous—and often overlooked—area of our lives in which we can faithfully proclaim the gospel. Giving strengthens our devotion to Christ and frees us to live open-handedly with the gifts God gives us. We trust in Him and His provision instead of our perceived self-sufficiency. As people of faith, we give faithfully and generously even though we fully believe God doesn’t need our money. Giving of our resources opens our eyes of faith to see God meet our needs and provide for us as we trust him.

“O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!”

-1 Chronicles 29:13-14

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Be An Ambassador

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The idea of being an ambassador is that we represent Christ as message-carriers. That takes on a whole host of forms in the life of a church. It might mean taking a meal to a neighbor, extending forgiveness to someone who’s wronged you, or giving of your time and talent to serve during a Sunday gathering. From parking cars, to leading singing or playing an instrument, helping with children’s ministry, or working with technology, there is room for you to plug in and be an ambassador of Christ at River City.

“…in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: ‘Be reconciled to God.’”

-2 Corinthians 5:19-20

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