Oct 11, 2015
Take it from Me
As RWC prepares to launch it's fall and winter ministries, Pastor Stephen expands upon a word of encouragement that the Apostle Paul spoke into his young protege's life as he labored in the minstry for the Lord.  While sitting on death row in a prison cell in Rome, Paul penned his final letter to Timothy in Ephesus to encourage him to minister in the power and grace of Christ and pass on the truth to the next generation of believers.
Paul reinforces a believer's journey through the lens of being a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer.  Listen and give God the glory as you take time to remember the victory, the crown, and the harvest.
2 Timothy 2:1-13 (NLT)
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  • Oct 11, 2015Take it from Me
    Oct 11, 2015
    Take it from Me
    As RWC prepares to launch it's fall and winter ministries, Pastor Stephen expands upon a word of encouragement that the Apostle Paul spoke into his young protege's life as he labored in the minstry for the Lord.  While sitting on death row in a prison cell in Rome, Paul penned his final letter to Timothy in Ephesus to encourage him to minister in the power and grace of Christ and pass on the truth to the next generation of believers.
    Paul reinforces a believer's journey through the lens of being a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer.  Listen and give God the glory as you take time to remember the victory, the crown, and the harvest.
    2 Timothy 2:1-13 (NLT)
  • Oct 4, 2015From Salvation to Selfishness?
    Oct 4, 2015
    From Salvation to Selfishness?
    Series: JONAH
    Pastor Stephen dives into the final chapter of Jonah's story, as he reviews the lessons we can learn from chapter 4 as it relates to our lives today.  Not all stories have a happy ending, but all stories do eventually end.  When you look at the life of the Prophet Jonah--are you more concerned with yourself and your reputation or the souls of others.  In this series, we've come to learn that God always has the final word--and this story proves to be no exception.
    Live to fulfill your calling and allow God to use you to make a big impact for His Kingdom.
    Jonah 4
  • Sep 27, 2015You Are Worth It!
    Sep 27, 2015
    You Are Worth It!
    Listen to guest speaker, Reverend Tracy Gorman, as he shares a message regarding the good work that Evansville Rescue Mission is doing in our community and the motivation behind their work.  This motivation can be summed up by the message Jesus sent to those He came in contact with:  "You are worth it!"
     
     
  • Sep 20, 2015When Rebels Repent…
    Sep 20, 2015
    When Rebels Repent…
    Series: JONAH
    Have you ever considered what true Biblical repentance look like?  It is more than saying, "I'm sorry."  It is more than carrying around feelings of regret.  It is more than realizing that you have done things or said things that are wrong.  True Biblical repentance involves acknowledging your sins, confessing them to God, and turning your life around.
    In the story of Jonah, we see both this wayward prophet and the entire wicked city of Nineveh come to repentance.  In the king's decree, we see that both his head and his heart had changed.  The Ninevites not only believed in the words of God, but they cried out urgently to Him and then put their faith into action.  Are you crying out urgently to God and allowing Him to change your heart and your behavior?  Listen to today's sermon, and submit to our King's commands.
    Key Text:  Jonah 3:5-10
  • Sep 13, 2015A Feast and A Fast
    Sep 13, 2015
    A Feast and A Fast
    Series: JONAH
    A Feast and A Fast
    This morning's message came as Israel ushered in the Feast of Trumpets with the blowing of the shofar at sundown at 6:48pm IDT (or 10:48am CDT).  Pastor Stephen spoke about the signs in the heavens, the mission of Jonah, and how the two correlate in Scripture.  The thrust of the story of Jonah is that we (like Jonah) are to carry the Word of the Lord to a lost and dying world (Nineveh).  Those who hear it must repent and wholeheartedly seek the Lord to avoid the decree of death and destruction that is soon to come for the wicked and unrepentant.
    God created the heavens, the earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars which all submit to His will to announce sacred times and holy appointments ordained by the Lord, as we have observed in 2014-2015.  As the Jewish people celebrate the 6,000th year of Adam (creation of humanity); and if "a day is like a thousand years," could we be ushering in the Millennial reign on the 7th day?  Listen, think about it, and decide how you will respond to the Words of God.  Are you ready to meet your Maker?  Thy kingdom come...Thy will be done.
    Key Text:  Jonah 3:5-6
  • Sep 6, 2015Second Chances and First Impressions
    Sep 6, 2015
    Second Chances and First Impressions
    Series: JONAH
    In today's sermon, Pastor Stephen shared some insights we can learn from Jonah's journey, as he was given a second chance to make a first impression on the Ninevites.  The truth is that God's plans for Jonah had not changed, but Jonah did.  While inside the belly of the great fish, he cried out to his God as his life ebbed away for a second chance to proclaim that "Salvation comes from the Lord!"  And in today's message, this wayward prophet is empowered and equipped with the very Words of God to speak to the Ninevites.  Throughout Scripture, we're given countless examples of God using people who once failed Him to accomplish great things for His Kingdom.  Our failures do not have to define us, but they can be used for our Father to refine us and make us more like Christ!
    Listen and be encouraged; then go and share the Good News that "Salvation comes from the Lord!"
    Key Text:  Jonah 3:1-5 (NIV)
  • Aug 30, 2015From the Inside Out
    Aug 30, 2015
    From the Inside Out
    Series: JONAH
    This week, Pastor Stephen explores one of the deepest prayers in Scripture--both from its physical origin inside the "abyss-bound" belly of the great fish and from the depths of Jonah's heart.  In the second chapter of Jonah, we again see many pictures of the sacrifice, death, and resurrection that would later come in the form of Jesus at Calvary.  Both Jonah and Jesus were given a mission by God--both came to expect death--one for his disobedience and One for his perfect obedience.  Listen to this week's message, and allow the story of Jonah to speak into your story and know that God is perfectly willing to use a crisis to draw you closer to the Christ.  There is no distance too far or sin too great that He doesn't hear our cries.  Stop clinging to the worthless things of this world, and choose not to forfeit the grace that could by yours. (vs.8)
    Arise Jonah...and Go!
    Key Text:  Jonah 1:17-2:10
  • Aug 23, 2015With or Without You
    Aug 23, 2015
    With or Without You
    Series: JONAH
    Pastor Stephen picks up where he left off last week in this whale of a tale by examining the intersection of God's will and Jonah's.  In today's sermon, Jonah sails directly into the path of a God-sized storm that was so severe that it threatened to bust up his boat.  The Lord loved Jonah so much that He was willing to sink his battleship before allowing Jonah to continue to set sail on the open seas of rebellion.  Listen to today's message and learn how lives are changed by God whether we are willing participants or running rebels.  God's ultimate purpose will be accomplished with us or without us...but God desires that we take part in the great "co-mission" with Him.
    Key Text:  Jonah 1:4-16 (NKJV)
  • Aug 16, 2015Man on the Run
    Aug 16, 2015
    Man on the Run
    Series: JONAH
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    Have you ever just wanted to throw your hands up and run away from it all?  Tired, confused, scared?  We've likely all been there, and so too Jonah experienced these emotions.  While you've likely heard the story of Jonah as a child, you have to determine if you believe it's true (meaning that is was a real historical, miraculous event).  I believe it's true because Jesus believed it was true (Matthew 12:39-40).  Listen to today's sermon and apply the lessons of this whale of a tale to your life to become a more obedient follower of Christ.  When God says "Go," we need to take action to move in the direction of His calling in our lives instead of defying Him and running from it.  You too have been given a mission, and you no longer have to live like a "Man on the Run" because God sent His Son.
    Key Verses:  Jonah 1:1-3
  • Aug 9, 2015A Worthless Faith?
    Aug 9, 2015
    A Worthless Faith?
    Given the shocking news headlines that have ripped through our nation's media and shattered the hearts of Christ followers who believe in the sanctity and dignity of every human life, Pastor Stephen unpacks a message of truth and love and encourages each of us to live out our faith in an increasingly hostile world.  If we fail to let our light shine in the darkness of this world,  it begs the question:  "Is our religion 'worth less'?"   We need to transform the culture by constantly renewing our minds and building ourselves up in our most holy faith through the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in us and rests upon us.  We need to allow His Story to turn the sins of our past into history--including the sin of abortion.  While abortion is evil, there is forgiveness for this sin, as well as, all others except for blaspheming the Holy Spirit.  Listen to today's teaching, apply it to your lives, and live out your faith.  Share truth in love and action.
    Key Passages:  Matthew 12:25-43,  James 1:26-27,  James 2:14-18