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Topic: church

A Healthy Church

April 21, 2024
As the church spreads out due to persecution, Antioch becomes one of the primary hubs for this new faith. In fact, it’s here that Jesus followers are first called Christians. Barnabas encourages the burgeoning church in Antioch, who in turn encourages the believers in Judea with famine relief.
Peter is sitting down to eat lunch one day, when he falls into a trance and sees a heavenly vision about eating unclean animals. After the vision, some unclean men arrive at the door asking him to come with them. The Lord instructs Peter to go with them “with no doubts.” And he ends up in the home of a Romans centurion. The “bridge” that is the church of God is starting to come together in Christ!

The Growing Church

February 4, 2024
The church in Acts is taking off like a roller coaster, picking up speed as the number of disciples continues to grow. But not everything is going perfectly smoothly. As numbers rapidly increase, so does the opportunity for conflict. Sure enough, what started out as a good benevolence program has now become a place where certain people are getting overlooked. The apostles have a choice to make.

Gospel Fruit

October 15, 2023
Peter’s message presents the gospel, and God opens the eyes of 3000 people to repent of their sin and turn to Jesus. Now, those 3000 are looking to live out this new identity in Christ as this gospel begins to bear fruit in their lives.

Appointing Elders

April 30, 2023
How should the church be governed and led? What kind of person should be the leader? Where does their authority begin and end? In this message Pastor Rodney walks us through the role of an elder in the church.
When a stone mason begins building, he or she starts with one stone from which all the other stones are laid. As God is building believers into a spiritual house, there is one stone from which all the others derive purpose and significance.
The Holy Spirit has been given to the church as the power to do what we’ve been called to do – which is what? In this message from one of River City’s Leadership Team, we look at what the church is empowered to do.