Living Out the Gospel (Defining Church #4)


In 1 Timothy 3:14-15 we learn that God’s household is His church. As fallen people, it is normal to feel the tension of following God and living in our sin. We were born into our sin yet we are to keep pulling away from that which we were born into feel continually drawn to.

In the final part of Pastor Erin’s “Defining Church” series, we explore the tensions between our sin and how we ought to live.


Under Jesus (Defining Church #3)


When one looks at a sports team, business, and even a church, it’s common to think of the organization as belonging to the leader. For example, one might say that the New England Patriots (of the NFL) are “Bill Belichick’s” team or even that Riverwood is “Erin Bird’s church.”

In today’s sermon, Pastor Erin pulls apart our misconceptions of who is in charge of the church we attend. He explains that, when it comes to the church, there is only one leader over each and every church and that is Jesus.


On Mission Together (Defining Church #2)


The redeemed people of God are living on mission together. Living on mission together is spelled out in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:-18-20). This means that we are to work together and enjoy each other but we are also to take the message of Christ to “Jerusalem, Judea, and to the ends of the earth.”

In part 2 of the “Defining Church” series, Pastor Erin shows how the church should be “on mission” together. He explains what our “Jerusalem and Judea” are and shows how we can further reach the ends of the earth.


The Redeemed People of God (Defining Church #1)



In Acts chapter 2, verse 41 we learn that 3000 people were saved through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Those people began devoting themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to fellowship. These “redeemed people of God” we’re praising God and finding favor with all around them. God used this scenario to add more and more to their numbers. Of course, the only way this could happen was if the redeemed people lived among the non-redeemed.

We learn these three things about the church:

  1. The redeemed people of God give to one another.
  2. They serve one another.
  3. They love one another

In this sermon, Pastor Erin begins to explore what it means to be the church.

This is the first part of a four-week study. If you are not a follower of Jesus, you’re welcome to be a part of Riverwood. We started this church for you. Our doors are open to you.


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