Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 25

November 19th, 2017

Josh looks at the stories of Jesus' cursing of the fig tree and cleansing of the temple. From a distance, Jesus looks at both the tree and the temple looking for fruit. But when He stands next to the tree and enters the temple, He sees none. Josh reminds us that the tree doesn't represent us -- that is, Jesus doesn't view us as His enemies. His anger is directed at the enemy that feeds us lies that result in fruitlessness on a tree and in the temple. Mark 11:12-19. Galatians 5:22-23. James 2:17. Romans 13:10. Micah 6:8. James 1:27.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 24

November 12th, 2017

Josh shares the story of Jesus' triumphal entry. Jesus comes into Jerusalem as the King of Peace -- not like King David. Will we take off our cloaks to follow a king who rides in on a donkey or demand he shower us with the blessings of a conquering king? Mark 11:1-11. Zechariah 9:9.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 23

November 5th, 2017

Josh looks at the story of Bartimaeus - a blind man whose identity is caught up in his affliction. He is broken, but his awareness of his plight compels him to call out to Jesus. We see the need to do the tough work of our own souls to become aware of our brokenness. Through that, we find the bravery to call out to Jesus, and He can silence the voices that feed our false identities and speak directly to us: "What do you want me to do for you?" Mark 10:46-52.

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Pull Up a Chair Q & A

October 29th, 2017

Over the last few weeks, we asked the RCC family to pose their questions about the local church, giving, etc. This morning, we took time to answer some of those questions. 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8. Psalm 1:1-3. John 15:5. Luke 22:7-20.

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Pull Up a Chair Pt. 3

October 22nd, 2017

In the third part of the Pull Up a Chair series, Josh and Sara tackle the topic of giving. They address five of the most common reasons people don't financially support the local church: (1) I don't have enough money; (2) I don't really trust what the church will do with my money; (3) I'd rather give to a mission organization where I can see the results of my support; (4) I don't understand why I should give or how to do so; and (5) I don't really know how to start giving. Romans 12:1-3. Acts 2:42-47. 

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Pull Up a Chair Pt. 2

October 15th, 2017

Why does the local church matter? Why is it important to connect with a local church community? Do Sunday mornings matter? Josh and Sara provide some insight into these and related questions about the local church in part 2 of the Pull Up a Chair series. Hebrews 10:23-25. Ephesians 1:22-23. 1 Corinthians 12:26. Galatians 6:10. Ephesians 2:19. 

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Pull Up a Chair Pt. 1

October 8th, 2017

Josh invites us to "pull up a chair" to discuss some things that matter to our community within RCC and our surrounding area. Using the Lord's Prayer as a model, we kick off this series focusing on prayer and inviting the Lord to speak to our body about why we're here, what our purpose is in Smyrna, where we should be located, etc. We are asking the Lord to lead us moving forward, praying into six areas: Presence & Intimacy, Kingdom, Provision, Humility & Forgiveness, Guidance, and Protection. Matthew 6:9-34. 

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 22

October 1st, 2017

Josh looks at the third time Jesus predicts his death and the disciples' response -- asking for seats at his side in glory. We are challenged to consider what the seat is in our life that says, "you need to get this" because then you will have value. We keep asking for things that don't benefit us or anyone around us. Jesus wants us to see, like he wanted the disciples to see, that it's not about our reputation or status or all the things we have but about how we serve and when we choose the other over ourselves. Mark 10:32-45. Philippians 2:5-7. Luke 22:24. 

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 21

September 24th, 2017

Bill walks through the story of the rich young man. We see Jesus reminding us that outward appearances do not concern Him. In a culture that said this rich man's possessions demonstrated God's favor on his life, Jesus shows how our attachments to secondary things can actually get in the way of the call on our lives to follow Jesus with the openness, dependence and wonder of a little child. Mark 10:13-31. 

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 20

September 17th, 2017

Josh discusses the story of the Pharisees' attempt to trap Jesus with their question about the lawfulness of divorce. We see Jesus use the interaction to illustrate His love for us. Marriage is beautiful. It is a picture of the kind of love Jesus has for us -- a love that pursues us and overpowers the world through His sacrifice. Mark 10:1-12. Mark 3:6. Deuteronomy 24:1. 

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