Making reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ

The Transformed Life 7/19/19

Dear River Reach Family,

Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 

Acts 9:1-2

Do you ever look at someone and think, “There is no hope for that person!” Maybe they are deeply bound by sin. Maybe their life is a disaster. Maybe they hate God and are opposed to the Gospel. Maybe you look at you own life and think there is no hope in your situation. Praise God Jesus Christ transforms lives! There is no greater example of spiritual transformation than the testimony of change from Saul the persecutor to Paul the apostle of Jesus Christ. All salvation is of God. He is able to save even the most hardened and proud sinner and make them glorious servants of Jesus Christ! In our passage for Sunday, God gets the attention of Saul, brings him to faith in Christ, and begins the process of completely transforming his life. In Saul/Paul’s testimony we find great hope in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! (Romans 1:16)

Sermon: “The Transformed Life” – Acts 9:1-22

RRBC 10th Anniversary in one week!

Jesus Christ has been building us together for His glory for 10 years! Our first Sunday as a church was July 26, 2009. I know the Lord has worked in my life through fellowship in this body and I trust He has done the same for you! Next weeked we will be celebrating God’s grace to us. Here is our current schedule for the weekend of July 27-28:

  • Saturday 7/27 – 5:30-7:30 – Anniversary dinner on the grounds.
    • We will be catering our dinner from Olive Garden and look forward to a wonderful time of remembering God’s grace to us over the past 10 years.
    • You don’t need to bring anything!
    • We will have lots of photos, some memorabilia, and wonderful fellowship. All are invited! If you are able to come please let us know.
    • Dress will be Sunday evening / Wednesday evening dress
    • Toward the end of the meal: Photo History of RRBC Testimony (Matt Rowley)
  • Sunday 7/28 – Anniversary Sunday
    • 9:25 – Testimony of God’s grace in our lives
      • We will give an opportunity for you to share maybe one thing that God has done in your life during your time at RRBC.
    • 10:30 – Morning Worship: Special Speaker Bim Rowley
    • No evening service

Assignment: Complete Chapter 7: “Contentment” in The Walk booklet.   Be prepared to discuss what you learned! We will continue discussing the last part of the chapter on “Contentment”.

If you need a book, I will have extra available in the morning service. Please ask me for a copy.

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday 7/28 – 9:25am – Sunday Classes (Adult and Children’s classes)
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship: “Acts: Your Part in God’s Plan”
      6:00pm – “The Walk” class
  • Saturday 8/27 – 5:30pm – Anniversary Dinner
  • Sunday 7/28 – 9:25am – Testimony Opportunity
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship: Special Speaker: Bim Rowley
    • No Evening Service
  • Wednesday 7/24 – 6:30pm – Prayer Time / Bible Study
  • Saturday 8/3 – 8:30am Men’s meeting / Workday

Prayer Requests:

  • Spiritual growth for those being discipled
  • Our nation to repent and turn to God
  • Someone that the Lord can use you to lead to Christ
  • Someone that the Lord can use you to lead to follow Christ
  • Peace in our nation and around the world
  • Our missionaries as they serve the Lord around the world

Blessed to be your Pastor!
Matthew Rowley


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