Aug 21, 2016
On Good Authority
Series: MARK
Have you ever heard someone speak with such authority that everyone in the room was hanging on his every word?  Now, maybe you've heard some experts talk about what they've learned on a subject, and you might even admit that you picked-up a thing or two, but I'm talking listening to someone that captivated your attention and left you in awe and amazement.  This is what happened when Jesus gave a sermon in a synagogue in Capernaum that captivated hearts and minds, as He freed a demon possessed man from oppression by the evil one. 
 
Jesus spoke with the authority of God, and lives were changed in the first century "church", just as Jesus is setting people free from sin and changing lives in the church today.  Listen, believe, and know that Jesus came to set the captive free and give life to all who believe in Him.  You can stand on His Word...because we have it..."On Good Authority".    Mark 1:21-28 (ESV)
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  • Aug 21, 2016On Good Authority
    Aug 21, 2016
    On Good Authority
    Series: MARK
    Have you ever heard someone speak with such authority that everyone in the room was hanging on his every word?  Now, maybe you've heard some experts talk about what they've learned on a subject, and you might even admit that you picked-up a thing or two, but I'm talking listening to someone that captivated your attention and left you in awe and amazement.  This is what happened when Jesus gave a sermon in a synagogue in Capernaum that captivated hearts and minds, as He freed a demon possessed man from oppression by the evil one. 
     
    Jesus spoke with the authority of God, and lives were changed in the first century "church", just as Jesus is setting people free from sin and changing lives in the church today.  Listen, believe, and know that Jesus came to set the captive free and give life to all who believe in Him.  You can stand on His Word...because we have it..."On Good Authority".    Mark 1:21-28 (ESV)
  • Aug 14, 2016Faith, Family, Fishing, and the Future
    Aug 14, 2016
    Faith, Family, Fishing, and the Future
    Series: MARK
    What are you willing to leave behind to follow Jesus?  Where are you willing to go?  The question seems all the more challenging when stated in the negative:  "What would you be unwilling to leave behind to follow Jesus?"  "Where would you refuse to go?"  As followers of Christ, many of us have sung the words to the classic praise hymn "Worthy is the Lamb."  But when it comes down to it, do our lives reflect what is worth more to us than Jesus?  Listen to today's sermon and see examples of Jesus calling his disciples to follow him, as they leave the things of this world behind, and faithfully follow Jesus, as he helps them become fishers of men.
     
    Mark 1:12-20 (ESV)
  • Aug 7, 2016A Man on a Mission with a Message about the Messiah
    Aug 7, 2016
    A Man on a Mission with a Message about the Messiah
    Series: MARK
    This morning, Pastor Stephen kicked off a new sermon series as he leads RWC on a march through the Gospel of Mark.  The oldest and shortest of the gospels, Mark takes his readers on an action packed journey to the origins of the Christian faith and clearly shows Jesus as both our Suffering Servant and Savior.  Listen to this week's message as John baptizes Jesus and marks the launch of his earthly ministry as both the Christ and the Son of God.
    Mark 1:1-15
     
  • Jul 31, 2016Will You Turn and Go…or Just Say So?
    Jul 31, 2016
    Will You Turn and Go…or Just Say So?
    Lip service.  We all know what it means; perhaps we've even been guilty of giving it to someone a time or two ourselves?  Are we more concerned about the impressions we give than the lives we lead?  In today's sermon, Pastor Stephen uses the Parable of the Two Sons to challenge RWC members to examine their lives and evaluate if their walk is lining up with their talk.  In this powerful passage, he explores the response of the two sons that Jesus laid out before the Pharisees who were challenging his authority, and He asked them to identify which son "DID" the will of the Father.  Listen to today's sermon and see for yourself which character you are in this passage, and then consider the characteristics of the Father as you apply the lessons to your life as you grow in Godliness.
     
    Matthew 21:28-32
  • Jul 24, 2016The Power of your Words
    Jul 24, 2016
    The Power of your Words
    Brother Scott Farmer shares a message with the RWC Family on the power of our words using Proverbs 10 along with various places in Scripture to challenge those attending to use our words to heal and provide hope to those around us.
     
    Proverbs 10
  • Jul 17, 2016Sowing and Reaping…Blessing and Weeping
    Jul 17, 2016
    Sowing and Reaping…Blessing and Weeping
    Series: GALATIANS
    Pastor Stephen wraps up his 14-sermon series on Paul's letter to the Galatians today as he teaches on God's immutable law of reaping and sowing.   He shares some insight as to how this Christian principle is different from the Buddhist concept of Karma, and how what we sow will always result in fruit of like kind and in greater measure than what we've sown in God's timing.  Listen to today's message and consider what kind of seeds you are sowing in the mission field of life.  May you be blessed and be a blessing to others as you live by the Spirit.
     
    Galatians 6:6-18 (NIV)
  • Jul 3, 2016Bearing Your Brother’s Burdens
    Jul 3, 2016
    Bearing Your Brother’s Burdens
    Series: GALATIANS
    A believer you know has fallen into a trap of sin, and they are struggling to get out.  What do you do?  What should you do?  Should it be you?  God's Word provides the answers for these questions and more.  Listen to today's sermon as Pastor Stephen unpacks Galatians 6:1-5 to share the responsibility that "those who are spiritual" have in gently restoring a brother or sister in Christ who is caught in sin.  We are to bear one another's burdens, and we look to Jesus as the perfect model who sacrificially loved us and laid down his life for us as our example of how we should live out our faith.  Doing nothing...is not an option for those who are in Christ Jesus.  We are commanded to love, as Christ loved us.  Celebrate the freedom you have to love one another and give God the glory in the restoration.
     
    Galatians 6:1-5
  • Jun 26, 2016The War that Rages Within
    Jun 26, 2016
    The War that Rages Within
    Series: GALATIANS
    Do you believe in Christ, but still struggle?  Do you feel constant conflict between your fallen nature and your spirit nature?   Why is it that you still struggle from time-to-time with that which you know is wrong, and why do you do what you do not want to do?  Why didn't God just eradicate your sinful nature the moment you placed your faith and trust in Jesus as your Savior?  And what role must you play in this war that rages within?  Those are good questions, but they are not hard ones to answer.  Listen to today's sermon as Pastor Stephen explains the difference between justification, sanctification, and glorification--as he closes out Galatians Chapter 5 by contrasting the works of men with the fruit of the Spirit.  Listen and learn more about the value of the battles we face in light of the freedom we have in Christ.
     
    Galatians 5:16-26
  • Jun 19, 2016The Only Thing that Counts
    Jun 19, 2016
    The Only Thing that Counts
    Series: GALATIANS
    Having trouble making sense of it all?  Hearing things that seem like a contradiction...or even worse...are you seeing professing believers living their lives differently than their faith directs them to?  Are you confused by it all?  Paul set out to establish the truth and bring clarity to the church plants in Galatia that were being misled by the Judaizers. Paul stood firm in the faith and preached Christ's liberating work on the cross as a finished work, and there was nothing man could do to be saved outside of God's grace through faith in Christ alone.
     
    Paul refuted the Judaizers' works-based salvation and the religion of legalism they established.  He demonstrated how a believer's heart must be circumcised by the Spirit through faith, (and not simply by a surgical procedure in the flesh) and he made it known that the "only thing that matters is faith expressing itself through love."  Fathers, are you running the race and allowing your children to see your faith expressing itself through love?  Listen to today's message and live out the faith you believe within.  Christ is love!
     
    Galatians 5:1-15 (NIV)
  • Jun 12, 2016Healer, Redeemer, Servant, Friend
    Jun 12, 2016
    Healer, Redeemer, Servant, Friend
    Series: GALATIANS
    Life got you down?  Do you feel like you keep going through the motions and missing the meaning?  Why do you do what you do?  Is there something you are missing out on?  "What has happened to your joy?" was the question Paul asked of the Galatians who were struggling between the message of the truth and a lie.  Listen to this week's sermon as Pastor Stephen uses a video clip from the 1989 movie, Patch Adams, to point out lessons we can learn from watching the collision between love and the law. 
     
    Pastor Stephen challenges RWC members to find joy in the sacrifice of serving others--which yields greater blessings and greater joy over being self-serving.  Deny Lucifer's lies and become more like Christ as you lay down your life in service to another, regardless of the cost.  Proclaim as Paul did,  "You have done me no wrong," and zealously serve your Lord as you grow in His likeness and share in the Gospel blessings.
     
    Galatians 4:12-20