Making reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ

Easter! / River Reach News 3/30

Dear River Reach Family,

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

I once had a friend tell me that he would believe in Jesus Christ if God would write him a message in the sky to prove His reality.  He was looking for something big to convince him that Jesus Christ was real and who He really claimed to be.  In His wisdom, God designed the credibility of His Word to rise or fall together.  It must either all be believed or all be rejected.  There is no room to pick or choose parts that we believe and parts that we reject.  To reject any part is to reject God.  Knowing the magnitude of the faith He was demanding, God designed one proof of His credibility on which everything would rest.  This proof would be so significant and undeniable that it alone could provide a solid foundation on which the faith of every believer could firmly rest for all time.  That event was the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is far more spectacular than a message in the sky!  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most significant event in human history.  There are many other miracles recorded in the Bible, but none of them are as significant to our faith as the supernatural work of God to bring His incarnate Son back to life from the dead.  Why is this event so significant?  The validity of Jesus Christ and all of Scripture hang on this one event.  The Apostle Paul clearly recognized the significance of the resurrection to our faith when he labeled it as first on the scale of importance.  This Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior we will consider the significance of that event to our faith, our lives, and for all eternity.

Sunday Sermon: “Unless You Believed in Vain” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-20a

Resurrection Celebration – Sunday 4/1

Redemption Memorial Service – Sermon Audio

What a blessing it was to spend last evening meditating together on the suffering and death of our Savior Jesus Christ.  The cross is all about willing substitution.  Jesus willingly took my place and bore the wrath of God for my sins so that I could be saved!  There is no other explanation for the cross than love.  He died for me!  If you were not able to join us last night, you can listen to the audio entitled: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”.

Church Directory Update

I appreciate Dawn’s work to update the church directory.  A master directory is on the lobby table.  If you have opportunity, please check to make sure that your information is correct.  If you are not in the directory and would like to be, please fill out a form also on the lobby table and give it to Dawn, or me.  (We do not sell or share your information outside the church 🙂

Prayer Requests:

  • The Walker family as Jennifer’s grandmother (Mickey’s mother) passed away this week.  The funeral was on Thursday.
  • Susan’s health
  • Opportunities and boldness to make relationships to share the Gospel
  • Those faithfully serving the Lord in the military
  • River Reach Baptist Church to make reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ
  • Our missionaries as they serve the Lord around the world
  • Our nation and leaders

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday 3/31 – 10:30-11:30 – Easter Invitation Distribution
  • Sunday 4/1 – Easter Sunday!
    • 9:15am Breakfast
    • 10:00am Easter Service
    • Easter Egg Hunt (following the service)
  • Wednesday 4/4 – 6:30pm – Prayer Meeting / Bible Study by Douglas Smith
  • Saturday 4/7 – 8:30am  Men’s Meeting / Workday
  • Sunday 4/8 – 6:00pm Foundations class resumes
  • Friday 4/13 – 6:30pm Ft. Caroline Outreach
  • Saturday 4/21 – 10:30am New Move-ins Outreach

Blessed to be your Pastor!
Matthew Rowley


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