Published on 10 June 2018
Discipline and punishment are very different. One is an investment and is done for the good of the recipient. The other is done by a judge for payback. Scripture says "He disciplines those He loves."
Published on 03 June 2018
Did you know that every believer Is in a race? Hebrews 12:1-3 speaks of the race that has been set before us. In this text we are told how to make this journey keeping our eyes on Jesus and casting off the things that slow us down.
Published on 27 May 2018
Hebrews chapter 11 is known as the hall of faith. This week we take a closer look at the object of our faith, and the substance of it. Qualities like love and faith may not be immediately evident, but they will always have tangible expressions. We will look at the substance of faith in a number of the the expressions listed in Hebrews 11.
Published on 20 May 2018
Hebrews 10:26 and following is one of the most difficult passages in the Bible to understand correctly. It says, "If we go on sinning deliberately there no longer remains a sacrifice for sin." This morning Pastor Dave will try to help us interpret this passage by asking some good questions and then applying the truths we learn.
Published on 13 May 2018
This Sunday we turned the corner to application, after 10 chapters of laying a theological foundation. The pattern is simple since we have confidence to enter the holy places, and since we have a great High priest (Jesus), let us draw near to God. This message lays out 4 privileges we have as a result of the foundation we have in Jesus.
Published on 06 May 2018
In this message one of our elders, Wyatt Fisher, walks us through John chapter 15. We'll see four different principles of spiritual growth that Jesus taught us from the vineyard.
Published on 29 April 2018
This week’s message was an explanation of our vision. We have three big concepts: Bringing, Training, and Sending. If you’d like to know more about how RiverValley works out the great commission check out this message.
Published on 22 April 2018
A lot of New Testament Christians have an Old Testament hangover. They continue to live as old covenant followers even though the sacrifice Jesus offered was once and for all. In this message we look at the status, means, focus and work of the old and new covenant. With a goal of seeing what it is to live forgiven.
Published on 08 April 2018
Have you ever felt far from God? Imagine what it would be like to be separated by a tent and a courtyard where only the priests could be next to the place where God dwelt, and where only the high priest could enter that most holy place once a year. Even then it didn't forgive all their sins, it just covered them. The author shows how Jesus fulfills all of the shadows and delivers a far better eternal redemption.
Published on 01 April 2018
Is the Old Covenant obsolete? Well Hebrews 8 says it's becoming obsolete, because Jesus is the real thing that fulfills the copies and shadows that the Old Covenant displayed. In this message we look at why the Old Covenant didn't work, and how Jesus is a better High Priest, a better sacrifice, and has better promises.
Published on 25 March 2018
Palm Sunday reminds us of the hope of the Messiah coming to be our King. Hebrews 7 reminds us that Jesus is not only a King, but that He is a King who came to die as our Great High Priest. Understanding that Jesus is fully, perfectly, equally, and simultaneously Priest and King is foundational to understanding our Savior and His finished work on the cross.
Published on 18 March 2018
This week we hear from one of our elders, Wyatt Fisher, on what it means to worship God through giving. Giving involves more than just money. It reveals where our heart and our faith is.
Published on 11 March 2018
The third warning in the book of Hebrews is about not falling away from the faith. It begins with a clear explanation that there is much we could know, but we are content to have dull hearing. Then Pastor Dave helps us take a look at one of the most difficult passages in the Bible and gives four views to get us started.
Published on 04 March 2018
Chapter 5 of Hebrews continues to look at Jesus as our high priest. In this message we compare the human priestly line from Aaron with Jesus. We also see again the depth of Jesus' sacrifice for us and why he understands our suffering. The text concludes with the statement, "Being made perfect He became the source of our eternal salvation."
Published on 25 February 2018
This week we looked at a very familiar passage. Hebrews 4:15: "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses..." What is unique about this text is that it follows the exposure of sin by the Word of God. Which leads us not to shame and hiding, but to a Savior and high priest who understands, who liberates us from the penalty of our sin, and Invites us to come in confidence to the throne of GRACE!
Published on 18 February 2018
Hebrews 4:12 says, "The word of God is living and active, sharper than a two edged sword..." The question is how does it fit the instruction to enter into God's rest. The invitation to rest is an invitation to enter into a relationship with God, where his word will penetrate to the deepest places in our soul. It will discern our thoughts and intentions with the purpose of making us more like Christ.
Published on 11 February 2018
Are you exhausted? Weighed down by many burdens? Hebrews chapter four carries with it the invitation to God's rest. In this message we look at the availability of God's rest, the nature of His rest, and the pursuit of His rest.
Published on 04 February 2018
Hard-heartedness is a theme in the Bible. Todays text says, "Today, if you hear my voice do not Harden your heart..." In this message we look at the progression of hard-heartedness, then the results and finally the remedy.
Published on 28 January 2018
Continuing our study of Hebrews, this message focused on Hebrews 3:1-6 under the title, Jesus, Moses, and You. We highlighted the greatness of Moses, with added significance to Jesus' greatness. "Consider Jesus" (v.1) as a command to give Jesus continual attention was central in our thinking. The main application was to encourage confidence in Christ.
Published on 21 January 2018
Jesus made a perfect world for us at creation, a creation that we were meant to rule and manage. But we chose sin, and invited Satan to begin to corrupt the Lord's perfect world. Jesus could have left us alone or destroyed us, but he decided to redeem His world through the incarnation. The author of Hebrews shows us the awesome wonder of our Restorer.