Making reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ

The First Missionary Journey 9/20/19

Dear River Reach Family,

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.”

Acts 13:4-5

Our Lord’s last command to us to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) requires some Holy Spirit called faithful disciples to leave their homes and churches and travel to distant lands with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark were the first Holy Spirit commissioned missions team of the church. What would it be like to be a missionary? Our passage this week launches us off to follow the joys, labors, trials, preaching, and success for the glory of the Lord on this first missions trip. The Holy Spirit records this journey and others to inspire us to trust God to enable us to succeed in taking the Gospel to the furthest part of the world (Acts 1:8)!

Sermon: “The First Missionary Journey” – Acts 13:4-14

Lunch Fellowship this Sunday Afternoon!

This Sunday we will have an opportunity to enjoy lunch and fellowship together followed by an evening of rest. We thank the Lord for a variety of blessings that He gives us to enjoy!

Lunch Menu: “Make your own subs”

You may sign up to bring an item to the fellowship here.

Upcoming Sunday Evening Bible Study: The God Who Hears

In about 2 weeks we should finish our study in “The Walk” discipleship series. Thank you to those who gave feedback on our next study last Sunday evening! Our next study will be on prayer as we work through the book The God Who Hears. You may order your own book, or I will also have books available. If you do order I would suggest saving money and buying one of the many used copies available. I’m looking forward to how the Lord will use this study to strengthen our prayer lives.

Praise and Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who helped and prayed for Melodie to be able to get mobile again. Some gave financially, some gave of their time to help Melodie get her driver’s license and vehicle registered again. Thank you for your physical displays of love for these brethren! Please continue to pray that she will be able to find a job quickly.

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday 9/22 – 9:25am – Sunday Classes (Adult and Children’s classes)
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship: “Acts: Your Part in God’s Plan”
    • 11:35am – Lord’s Supper Observance at the end of our morning worship
    • No Walk Class
  • Wednesday 9/25 – 6:30pm – Prayer Time / Bible Study
  • Friday 9/27 – 6:00pm – Ladies Night Out

Prayer Requests:

  • Zachary recovering from surgery
  • Melodie to find a job
  • 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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