In this new series, Josh begins our discussion of the tables of Scripture by looking at the story of Jesus overturning the tables in Herod's Temple. The worship journey for this week: "What table does Jesus need to overturn for us to be present with Him and His Body? Jesus, help me understand the value of Your Body and be present today!" Matthew 21:12-17; Isaiah 56:1-8; Isaiah 65:11; Psalm 8:1-2.
Josh wraps up our series in 1 Peter this week. The worship journey this Sunday is: "Developing a shepherding heart. Receiving it and giving it." 1 Peter 5:1-14; Numbers 11:16-30; Mark 10:42-44; John 13:3-6.
Josh showed a picture during service of a modern twist on iconic imagery -- The Calling of Peter. Here is a link to that artists set of icons: https://scottericksonartshop.com/collections/all/icons
Mark Nysewander shares a message about Moses' pursuit of the fullness of God. Mark serves as the Executive Director of the Transformation Network of which River City Church is a part. The worship journey for this week: "God's glory is His presence and nature. Through Jesus, we have the incredible calling to go after God's glory in our lives. Are we still on that quest or have we been distracted by lesser things? Moses is a great example of someone who persevered in going after the fullness of God's presence and nature in his life. He interceded for the Hebrews in the desert. Moses had a heart for God's glory and refused to be distracted from his pursuit for the fullness of God." Hebrews 11:27; Exodus 32:9-13; Exodus 33:3, 12-18.
Josh continues our look at Peter's first epistle. The worship journey for this week: "Christian suffering is a huge opportunity for spiritual refinement. Our joy is that His presence remains with us in it and through it." 1 Peter 4:12-19; 1 Peter 5:8; John 15:18; Romans 8:17; Philippians 3:10; Acts 5:41; Acts 6:15; Proverbs 12:1.
Josh continues our walk through 1 Peter. The worship journey for this week: "Becoming a people who are awake and alert because Christ is near." 1 Peter 4:7-11; Matthew 26:40-41; Matthew 6:9-13; Proverbs 12.
Kara shares her heart for students at RCC. The worship journey for this week: "Honoring how God is moving through the generations at RCC." The prayers of the season (POTS) for student ministry are (1) Lord, we pray for Your guidance in creating a lasting foundation for RCC's student ministry for today and years to come; (2) Lord, we pray that we establish a culture within the student ministry that mirrors the vision You have given us for RCC (i.e., Living in Love, Creating Space, Spiritual Formation, and Community Transformation); and (3) Lord, we pray that the RCC body partners with what You are doing in the lives of our students and embraces the reality that You speak to and through young people. Mark 10:13-26; Isaiah 61; 2 Timothy 3:13-17; Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
The worship journey for this week: "Being made alive in Christ." 1 Peter 3:17-4:6; Ephesians 3:18; Romans 6:4. (Includes a special message from and prayer for Ms. Sarah Luke.)
The worship journey this week is "Form us into a people of hope." Josh discusses six virtues of the church: unity, sympathy, love, compassion, humility and forgiveness. 1 Peter 3:8-16; Acts 2:41-47; Matthew 5:44.
Josh and Sara tackle one of the more misunderstood passages of Scripture: "Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands," bringing light to the context of Peter's letter. The worship journey for this week: "Forming our hearts toward Christian living. Let us practice unity, sympathy, agape love, compassion, humility and forgiveness." 1 Peter 3:1-12; 1 John 3:14-15; 1 John 4:20; Psalm 34.
Josh reminds us that we are called to love -- an agape love -- to love those we are masters over and those to whom we are slaves just as Peter reminded the exiles receiving his letter. When we demonstrate agape love to those around us, people will see Christ. The worship journey for this week: "Christian freedom through humble living." 1 Peter 2:13-25; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; Psalm 133:1; Psalm 100:3.