Rev. Dr. Mary McDonald preaches this week on World Missions Sunday
Sermons from The River
Trusting God’s Word includes trusting that the books in the Bible are God-breathed. Why were these books included, when, by whom, and for what reasons? Why is having a Canon of Scripture so important to us, the Church, and our world?
Scripture Used: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, John 14:15-27
Meaningful Conversation Starters: How would you feel, and what would you do, if you had to search through everything ever written in order to find God’s Words to you? You have God’s Word available to you in the Bible, and more available than ever in the history of the world! What will you do with it?
This week we begin our new series, one that will explore the many reasons we can trust the Bible to be what it asserts -- God’s Word . We are exploring the development of the Old and New Testament, the modes of inspiration, and more. In addition to the series we’re encouraging the congregation to engage in a challenge to read 50 Bible passages that we’re providing weeks 1 and 2.
Scripture used: 2 Peter 1:16-21, John 1:1-14
There are times in life when everything crashes in, and we feel like giving up. Elijah’s desperate escape and God’s loving restoration paints a picture of how God desires to lead us to wholeness and hope. In comparison, Jesus’s quiet model of slipping away in the quiet of the morning, demonstrates an alternate approach for coping with life’s chaos before we crumble under the stress.
Scripture used: 1 Kings 19:1-16 and Mark 1:29-39
Meaningful Conversation Starters: Share a time in your life when it seemed like all was crashing in. How did you find you way back to God? What might you do differently next time?
Our bodies are made in God’s image, proclaimed “very good” by God himself, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” At Christmas we celebrate the Son of God being born without shame in a human body. In addition, Jesus’ resurrection was a foretaste of our own resurrection. When he returns, death will be defeated and we will be risen with everlasting human bodies like his.
Scripture Used: Genesis 1:26-31, 1 Corinthians 15, Luke 1:26-56
Meaningful Conversation Starters: Do you honestly think of your body as “very good” like God said, or “fearfully and wonderfully made” like David wrote? Why or why not?
Before the sermon, did you understand that Jesus’ resurrection was a foretaste of your own afterlife? Does 1 Corinthians 15 change or clarify anything you believed previously?
In the early church, advent was a time to celebrate the first coming of Christ, but also to prepare for His return. This series will explore the glories of heaven -- its realities, promises and rewards -- as well as the imminent return of Jesus Christ. We should grieve, but not like the world because God has a person and plan in whom/which can place our hope.
Scripture used: I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:29-35
Meaningful conversation starters: What are areas where you grieve? Have you shared these with those you trust? How can they lead you TO God rather than away from Him? Do you have confidence in the person and plan of God for you in eternity?
In the early church, advent was a time to celebrate the first coming of Christ, but also to prepare for His return. The Advent series will explore the glories of heaven -- its realities, promises and rewards -- as well as the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Who we are and how we live today matters because our journey into eternity, towards God or away from Him, begins here on earth.
Scripture used: Heb 11:1-16; Rev 7:9-17
Meaningful conversation starter: What were some of the images or ideas about heaven you’ve had as a child or young adult? How has the bible helped to change those ideas?
It's easy for us to become ensnared by a love of money. But we can combat this by remembering rightly what God has done for us and what he has promised to do.
Scripture used -- Deuteronomy 8:1-18; Matthew 26:6-13
Today’s message talks about the blessings of giving eagerly, thoughtfully and generously. Scripture used: 2 Chronicles 9:1-15; Luke 12:13-21
The new sermon series called “Managing As a Joy and Not a Burden” will look at what the Bible says about how managing time, talents, and treasures should lead us to greater faith, generosity and gratitude -- not fear, greed and covetousness. Today’s message deals with God’s provision for us not to worry but seek first His Kingdom. [Scripture used: 1 Chronicles 29:1-18; Matthew 6:19-34]
This sermon by Mary McDonald addresses a Biblical orientation of our thinking, convictions and heart response to the international students, immigrants and refugees among us (Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:17-19, Luke 10:25-37).
This sermon will address how the Good News should compel us to do good works to help those in need. In this sermon we will look at the bible, St Patrick and a local initiative called the NRV Diaper Pantry as ways we can serve others in difficult situations (Scripture used: Matt 5:12-16; 25:31-46; 1 Peter 2:1-12).
This sermon address the nature of friendship and how to have quality, intentional friendships with those outside of the Christian faith (Scripture used: 1 Samuel 18:1-16; John 15:1-17).
Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, a refugee from the violence in his homeland of Sudan, visits us to preach about the Gospel and persecution.
In the sixth of our sermon series, Still Good News?, Pastor Jonathan shares the importance, beauty, and power of sharing your testimony of the Gospel with others.
Sharing the Gospel can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Pastor JT looks at scripture to point out 6 different personality-based approaches to Gospel ministry.
In the third of this sermon series, Dr Tagg explains the challenges and opportunities of gospel ministry within religious pluralism (Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:1-8; John 3:16-21)
In Part II of the new Fall sermon series, Still Good News?, Dr. Tagg explains what the core of the Gospel is, and how that core becomes confused with the benefits of the Gospel. (Matt 16:21-28; Rom 6:15-23)
In the first sermon of the new fall series, Dr. Tagg explains that many Christians struggle to share their faith because of personal experiences, our western narrative, societal pressures and lack of Lordship. (Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-15; Matt 23:1-12)