The Father, Son, and Who? - Dan Teefey

35:11 minutes (16.11 MB)

Sermon text: John 16:5-15

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Today we begin 4 weeks dealing with several of the questions that you put in the sermon suggestion box over the past several weeks. There is no way we can get to all of the questions, but where possible I have combined the topics to cover most of them in one of these 4 sermons. The reality is that some of the questions or suggested topics are so large that it would be impossible to address them adequately in 30 minutes, so for the next 4 weeks each sermon will be 3 hours long. Just kidding. We simply won’t be able to get into the deep details of some of the topics, but I keep all the suggestions and hopefully we will use them as a basis for choosing sermon series and Discovery Hour classes in the future.

This week we are going to discuss the Holy Spirit. There were several questions in the suggestion box concerning the Holy Spirit and then Dave Timmerman’s small group stuffed the box full of questions about the Trinity. No big deal, in 30 minutes or so I am going to rehash 2,000 years of discussion.

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Luke 17:7-10

Where do we go from here - Dan Teefey

20:02 minutes (9.18 MB)

Sermon text: Ephesian 4:1-16

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October 18, 2009

Today we are wrapping up our sermon series on the church and the vision that God has called Riverside to have. This is really a jumping off point for us to think about our collective identity. What we have been doing is taking the themes that God has given us through his Word and discussing how they apply to what we want to do both in our individual lives and in our church.

We have pointed out three movements: planting seeds or allowing the Holy Spirit to get going in us, developing into mature plants or disciples that follow after Christ, and finally producing fruit or producing life change in ourselves and other people. These are the three movements that make up the Christian’s faith walk and they are the movements that we want to emphasize when we think about what it means to be Riverside.

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Fruit Producers - Dan Teefey

31:03 minutes (14.22 MB)

Sermon text: Matthew 7:15-23

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Thus far in recent weeks we have started to progress through the primary themes or vision that should guide how our church discerns through the decisions that we make. Our starting point is the power of God. Nothing we do has any merit unless its source and its power is God himself. Next we discussed what it means to be a church that God uses to plant seeds that germinate. We can acknowledge God's growth potential all we want, but ultimately we must unleash it in our lives. We must step back and allow the Word of God to sprout in us. We must run towards new life in Christ. But that is not enough either. A sprout is just a beginning. We must also grow, develop and mature into Christian disciples . . . followers of Jesus Christ that pick up our cross and go after him each day. We study God's Word, we communicate with God through prayer, we spend time with other believers and we share our story with others through evangelism. But what is the result of all this? What do we become or what do we produce? The Bible says that we become mature plants that produce fruit. But what is the fruit that we produce?

Lets read our passage this morning to get us going. Matthew 7:15-23.

Mature Followers - Dan Teefey

35:17 minutes (16.15 MB)

Sermon text: Philippians 3:12-21

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Dana told me she is tired of hearing about plants and I promise I won't have another botany lesson, but this morning we are moving forward in our imagery. God grows things. At some point, whether in an instant or gradually, a seed is planted and is germinated in our lives. It's growth potential is unleashed. The Holy Spirit enters us and we begin to be recreated into something new. A sprout springs forth, but there must be more.

I was in optimist club speaking contests when I was a kid and I will never forget the ending for my 8th grade speech. I paraphrased someone who I can’t remember and said, “it only takes a spark to start a fire . . . and I have the rest of my life to kindle it.”

When we come to know Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes upon us. The Spirit dwells in us and guides us. In the New Testament the Spirit is associated with fire. It desires to burn through us.

Seed Germination - Dan Teefey

27:09 minutes (12.43 MB)

Sermon text: Luke 8:4-15

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Last week I introduced you to the starting point for this series of sermons on our vision for Riverside. I shared that I believe that visions that we set and decisions that we make must come out of our relation to revelation, the biblical story. We say that we are a biblical church. Our denominational history started with a bunch of people asking repeatedly, “where is it written” in the Bible before making choices. So last week I shared that my jumping off point for us was taking our name Riverside and the rich agricultural language of the Bible and asking what does it teach us about what kind of church and people God has called us to be. Our conclusion last week is that the discussion must begin with God. That God grows things. That God not only grows our personal faiths, but He grows our fellowship, and our impact on our community. We cannot manufacture these things, but will be successful or faithful to the extent that we let God be God. To the extent that we participate, or become co-workers in what He wants to do.

God Grows Things - Dan Teefey

32:37 minutes (14.93 MB)

Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 3:1-5

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Last summer I gave a sermon entitled, “Who is Riverside?” We introduced several things. One was intentional discipleship, another was Discovery Hour, and a third was a full-time Youth Director. All of these things have become increasingly developed this past year. Though we chose not to institute a discipleship program, we did encourage you to enter into discipleship relationships with one another. Many are doing this. And some disciples have begun discipling others. Discovery Hour has grown. Though not everyone is taking advantage of this opportunity, those that are taking part have consistently reported that it is making a difference in their lives. Finally, we hired Becky Wellner as our first full-time Youth Director. Her dedication and ministry to our Jr. and Sr. High students has helped to solidify our priority of helping our children to mature into faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

This year we will have 5 sermons on Riverside and particularly who we want to try to be as a people of God. Visioning is extremely important for any group of people, but it is particularly important for a church because it is our communal discernment of what God wants to do with us. Proverbs 29:18 says, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” The word “vision” there is not just some goal, but it is revelation. Where there is not foundation upon God and his revelation, Word to us, we will perish.

Spiritual Generations - Dan Teefey

35:31 minutes (16.26 MB)

Sermon text: Matthew 18:1-6

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Riverside believes that the spiritual development of children is one of the most sacred tasks of a church. And we thus invest a great deal of resources in the development of children. Promiseland advertises that it wants to be the best time of your child’s week and we take this seriously. From intentional teaching to brightly colored classrooms and teaching aids we want to communicate the Gospel in clear and age appropriate ways. (check out the hallways downstairs that continue to be transformed) And we purchased the white house (or as the LT likes to refer to it following the Riverside theme – the boat house) to free up more space for our growing Children’s Ministry.

If you don’t know how our Children’s Ministry is structured, we have two hours that they kids meet. Obviously, right now the kids are downstairs in what we call Promiseland Children’s Church. During this time kids sing songs, watch a video, do crafts, and play games, all with Christian messages. And actually starting next Sunday, Children’s Church will begin at 10:15am rather than after the offering. While we are singing up here, the kids will sing downstairs. This will help to ensure that we have enough seats for everyone. If you really value worshipping as a family during that time in the sanctuary though, please feel free to have your kids stay with you. You don’t have to take them downstairs, it is just an option.

Christian Parenting - Dave Timmerman

38:08 minutes (17.46 MB)

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

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