October 19, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day
Preparing for the Lord's Day
Connecting Missions from Sunday to Monday
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 is one of those most familiar verses of Scripture that provides a profound summary of the Gospel and Christ’s mission for the Church. Our Triennial Mission Conference, Connecting Missions from Sunday to Monday, continues this Sunday with a blessed day of worship and encouragement. On Sunday morning, our guest preacher is Josiah Bancroft, the Senior Director of Mission for Serge, formally known as World Harvest Mission. In his sermon, “God Loves the World,” Josiah will preach from John 3:16 to point us to the motive for daily mission. Josiah will highlight the changes that Jesus brought establishing His Church as His missional people.
As we celebrate God’s missional heart and our call to follow Christ, we will sing the Keith Getty hymn “For the Cause.” During this hymn, Rivermont members will carry flags from the countries in which our missionaries serve. They will be led by the Christian flag, which is meant to be a visible reminder “that at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). We will also sing “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” for the Acclamation of Praise, closing with the hymn, “Take My Life, and Let It Be.”
Finally, please join us on Sunday evening as our Mission Conference continues. Dr. Ray Baker will talk about the different ways he looks to build relationships with non-Christians and how we can do the same. Drs. Dan and Priscila Cummings will talk about the faith required to run a 300-bed hospital with little funding. Following a panel discussion with the Ray and the Cummings, REPC member Ashlyn Lindsay will share about her upcoming opportunity to serve as a two-year apprentice with Serge in North Africa starting in March. We will be commissioning her at the end of her presentation. We will also enjoy a time of fellowship through an International Dessert Tasting in Cheatham Reception Center following our time in the Sanctuary.
If you’re going to be out of town this Sunday, let me encourage you to listen to the sermon online (usually posted by Monday afternoon) or you can download the REPC podcast, which will be delivered to your mobile device.