Worship with us on Sundays at 8:30am & 11:00am     |     plan a visit   |     calendar    |     contact us

X Close Menu

Post Category: Preparing for the Lord's Day

Subscribe to the RSS Feed
  • Featured Posts
  • All Posts

December 8, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparing

Preparing for the Lord's Day Longing for Peace Advent is a season of anticipation. As a people we are directed to look forward to the coming of Christ. We look first to the birth of Christ into the world to bring peace (Luke 2:14) and then to the return of Christ to establish his eternal kingdom of peace. Yet while we wait, we must feel the deprivation of what is absen...

Keep Reading

December 1, 2019 Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Longing for Christ: "Longing for Restoration" Giving thanks to God for His goodness to us in all things is always appropriate for Thanksgiving. Pastor Mike will be taking up the theme of "Yet Will I Rejoice in the LORD" from Habakkuk 3:17-19 for the Thanksgiving Day worship service at 10:00am. Come join us as we look to the Lord with thank...

Keep Reading

November 24, 2019 Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparing

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:Missions We conclude our sermon series on Spiritual Training by looking at missions. So often we think of missions as something that only the spiritually elite are engaged in, or we think of missions as only being a department or ministry of the church...something that only those interested in missions do. Looking at miss...

Keep Reading

November 17, 2019 Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparing

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:Evangelism I have a bad eating habit. Halfway through enjoying lunch I find myself asking, "What's for dinner?" This is not because lunch is unenjoyable, but because the delicious flavors of lunch get me excited about the next delicious meal to come. What would happen if we had a similar appetite for evangelism as we have f...

Keep Reading

November 10, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparing

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:Christian Service This Sunday, Rivermont is pleased to welcome Dr. Sandy Willson to the pulpit to expound God's Word. Pastor Willson is Pastor Emeritus of Second Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Memphis, TN. He has been invited by the session of Rivermont to lead our men's retreat this Friday and Saturday and to preach on Sun...

Keep Reading

November 3, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparing

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:Christian Giving Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, turn your clocks back on hour. As we have enjoyed in the past, our Sanctuary Choir will be singing the Prelude before the welcome and announcements. Please arrive early to the Sanctuary to prepare your hearts for worship. It is a pervasive issue. If you make $50,...

Keep Reading

October 27, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparing

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:The Preached Word His nickname was The Trumpeter of God. John Knox, the leader of the 16th century Reformation movement in Scotland and the founder of the Presbyterian Church, was truly a man who sounded forth the Word of God. In his mission to reform the Scottish Church he engaged with monarchs and statesmen, he fought the...

Keep Reading

October 20, 2019-Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training: "Prayer" Prayer is something many Christians feel like they need to do, but something many Christians don't feel like they know how to do. From feeling awkward, uncomfortable, distracted, and distant the reasons not to pray are plentiful. ThisSunday, we continue our sermon series,Spiritual Training for the Purpose of Godli...

Keep Reading

October 13th, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training: "Christian Meditation" In a world that is filled with endless information the discipline of Christian meditation is the most powerful practice for growth in Christ. To meditate means to give your attention to a particular topic for an extended period of thought and reflection. It means to fix your mind upon a subject to un...

Keep Reading

October 6th - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:"Christ's Peace and His Word" By God's grace, Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church has a Godly heritage to embrace God's word as being God-breathed; we receive the Bible as authoritative and sufficient for all of life. Our Biblical commitments bless us with God-focused and Christ-centered worship, discipleship, and m...

Keep Reading

September 29th, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training: "Sabbath Rest" From the very beginning of creation, the Lord has ordered our time around a one in seven cycle of work and rest (Gen 1-2:2). Six days have been given for work and the activities of the world and one day has been set-apart for worship and rest. As we begin our study of the spiritual disciplines, we start wi...

Keep Reading

September 22, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day "Spiritual Training" Introduction What is the difference between a vital and an anemic Christian life? I think that many of us would feel that our spiritual lives are lacking in some way. We feel that there should be more depth to our faith, more stability in times of trial, deeper knowledge of God's Word, and more love and humility. Howev...

Keep Reading

September 15, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day True Grace 1 Peter Sermon Series This week we come to the end of our study of the book of 1 Peter. In these final verses Peter offers his concluding thoughts and greetings. Throughout his letter to exile Christians Peter has continually pointed to the central importance of the grace of God in Christ Jesus (1:2,10,13; 3:7; 4:10; 5:5,10). It...

Keep Reading

September 8, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day The God of All Grace 1 Peter Sermon Series If you have ever run on a treadmill you know that you have two display options. Your miles can count up or they can count down. For some reason I enjoy watching the numbers go down. It might be that I don't enjoy running on a treadmill very much and watching the distance I have left to run diminish ...

Keep Reading

September 1, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day Christian Resistance 1 Peter Sermon Series Stephen Charnock once wrote, "The goodness of God makes the devil a polisher, while he intends to be a destroyer." The Lord Jesus warned his followers that the devil has come to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10), yet the Lord has come to bring life and bring it abundantly. Often, we are blind ...

Keep Reading

August 25, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day The Strength of Humility 1 Peter Sermon Series In our passage for this Sunday, the Apostle Peter calls God's people to the strength of humility in our relationships with the Lord and with His people. While the world "humility" is not so popular with the secular world, there is Spirit-given stability and growth as we become meek and lowly bef...

Keep Reading

August 11, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series It is always difficult to trust someone else's judgment. When you are in the car with someone who brakes a second later than you, it is difficult not to comment. If you are in a meeting at work and you disagree with the approach your boss is taking, it is difficult to follow his directive. When ...

Keep Reading

August 4, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series While suffering is not a popular topic, it is an important one for Christians to study. While there are many who would present Christianity as a path away from suffering, the reality is that all Christians should expect suffering in this life. Jesus promised that His disciples would suffer. In 1...

Keep Reading

July 28, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Westminster Shorter Catechism #1 asks, "What is the chief end of man?" The answer: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." In our passage for this Sunday the Apostle Peter calls upon all Christians to do just that, to glorify God. He explains that in all things we must brin...

Keep Reading

July 21, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In his book, Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam surveys the decline of social capital in the United States since the 1950's. Statistically, there has been a decrease in political involvement, loss of membership in civic organizations, and fewer volunteers for groups such as the Cub Scouts or the Red C...

Keep Reading

July 14, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Mania, confusion, and hysteria are what we should expect at the end times if we are to believe the film and popular novels which depict this event. How many watched A Thief in the Nightand came away horrified about what the end would be like? How many have read the Left Behind Serieswith the hop...

Keep Reading

July 7, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series What is it that motivates human action and decisions? While there are several factors involved in driving the human will, the Bible simplifies human motivation into two categories: a person is either living to the flesh or to the spirit (John 3:6). By virtue of humanity's fall into sin, we are a...

Keep Reading

June 30, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series How are we to find freedom from the power of sin in our lives? There are some who believe that they can overcome the power of sin through moral self-improvement, an act of the will to align one's behavior with what is ethical. Others believe that they will overcome sin if they break old habits a...

Keep Reading

June 23, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Often living the Christian life is meant to be lived by looking back. We look back as a reminder of who God is, of who we are, and what He has done in and for us. That is absolutely vital when we face trials and suffering in the Christian life. If we don't have a good grasp of these reminders, w...

Keep Reading

June 16, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series As we live the good life Christ has called us to live, people will ask us questions. Why have you given up so much to follow Christ? Why do you endure through life's challenges and suffer with such patience and persistence?They may ask an even more ultimate question: What hope do you have that c...

Keep Reading

June 9, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In commenting on 1 Peter 3, John Calvin wrote, "How is it that we are overwhelmed with fear...unless because we ascribe to mortal man more power to injure us than to God to save us?" This week we will be talking about fear and in particular how we overcome the fear of man by properly fearing the...

Keep Reading

June 2, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In our passage for this week, the Apostle Peter presents us with the question, "Who desires to love life and see good days?" Which of us does not want such a blessing? Who doesn't want to love life? Who doesn't want to see good days? It is human nature to desire such blessings. How then might we...

Keep Reading

May 26, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Last week we looked at the creation and the corruption of marriage in the opening chapters of Genesis. There we saw that God's original design for the marriage relationship was personal union between one man and one woman rooted in equality of nature and difference of roles. The creation culture...

Keep Reading

May 19, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the presence of God, to join this man and this woman in holy marriage. The bond and covenant of marriage is instituted by God, regulated by His Word, and blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and His C...

Keep Reading

May 12, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series How does the gospel change the way Christians work? We understand that the gospel is not to be compartmentalized to Sunday mornings and private devotions, but how does it effect our "nine-to-five" lives? In our passage for this week, Peter is speaking to how Christians are called to live when un...

Keep Reading

May 5, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series What is the relationship between a Christian and the governing authorities? It is clear from Scripture that we are called to submit to the authorities that have been established in our lives. However, what are we called to do when these authorities act in ungodly ways? How far is our submission ...

Keep Reading

April 28, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day Who is worthy to receive the grace of the Lord? Of course, we have been taught to answer such a question with a response along the lines of, "No one is worthy of God's grace." Nevertheless, we tend to treat people as more or less worthy of God's grace. We treat people with greater wealth, a better status, or a good family as worthier than some...

Keep Reading

April 21, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day Easter Sunday The women who followed Jesus had an unfinished task to attend to on Sunday morning. Friday evening they had seen that the crucified body of Jesus had been laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. They had prepared spices and ointments to anoint the body. Yet evening came and they obediently rested on the Sabbath. Therefore, the ...

Keep Reading

April 14, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

Preparing for the Lord's Day Palm Sunday What will be the defining hour of your life? Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus continually refers to His hour(2:4; 4:21; 7:30; 8:20; 12:23,27; 13:1; 16:32; 17:1). In this hour, He will be glorified and will bring glory to God the Father. In John 12 we come to the passage of Scripture which is commonly called the triumphal entry...

Keep Reading

April 7, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

preparinglordsday

What does it mean to live a beautiful life? In our passage for this coming Sunday, the Apostle Peter calls all Christians to keep their conduct "honorable" among the unbelieving world. The word translated "honorable" has a broader meaning of "beautiful" or "well ordered." Conduct which is honorable is sound and whole and beautiful. The life of a Christian should be one tha...

Keep Reading

October 20, 2017 - Cupola Express

cupola express header

Preparing for the Lord's Day Union with Christ is short hand for describing the relationship that Christians have with their savior. It means that we have been so joined to Christ that we have a new identity, that we have been forgiven and that we have spiritual life that all flows from our Savior. As a result of this union, whatever Christ does, affects us. If He dies, w...

Keep Reading

October 13, 2017 - Cupola Express

cupola express header

Preparing for the Lord's Day We do not often speak of the session of Christ. We speak of His incarnation, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension. Yet those have all taken place in the past. What is Jesus Christ doing right now? The theological term for what Christ is doing right now is session. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God ruling this world with all p...

Keep Reading

October 6, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Puritan John Preston once commented that, "To be in Christ is the ground of all salvation." It is from our union with Christ that every aspect of salvation flows. Our election, calling, regeneration, conversion, justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification all flow from being joined to Christ by God's grace. This week, we will begin a three week study of unio...

Keep Reading

September 30, 2017 - Cupola Express

cupola express header

Weekly Preparing for the Lord's Day and the latest announcements and information...

Keep Reading

September 22, 2017 - The Cupola Express

cupola express header

This week's Preparing for the Lord's Day and the latest announcements and information....

Keep Reading

September 15, 2017 - Preparing For The Lord’s Day

Have you ever been trapped? Maybe when you were a child you got your head stuck in the banister. Or, as an adult you have been locked in a room by accident or stuck in traffic for hours. It is a rather helpless feeling to be trapped. To know that unless someone comes to rescue you, you have no hope of freedom. This week we will continue our study of Colossians focusing on ...

Keep Reading

September 8, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Have you ever struggled to be free of a besetting sin? Something that you desired to leave behind but for some reason could not stop yourself from doing? We all struggle in this way. Yet as Christians our response is not the same as the world's response. To be free from the power of sin we do not look to the law but rather to the power of the gospel. This week we will cont...

Keep Reading