RMCChurch Christmas Gathering
--Power in Giving Joyfully--
At our next gathering this Saturday (Dec. 20th), RMCChurch will be having a Christmas Celebration. You and yours are invited to come out and celebrate.
The celebration starts at 7pm, please note:
-everyone should bring a white elephant gift(minimal value)
-we will have short worship time and celebrate the Lord's supper
-play games, have coffee, eat desserts, and more!
At River Market Community Church we desire to be a group of people plugging into God's Story.
To Plug into God's Story we are to be gospel, mission and community centered. To help us in our journey of becoming centered in such a way, we apply and live out principles and truths found in the Bible.
WHAT is the gospel? Simply, the gospel of grace: We are sinners saved by Jesus' works and not our own works for relationship with God.
--Power in Giving Joyfully--
With the Christmas Season in full swing, we can find ourselves going from enjoyment to becoming cynical about it all. Sometimes we bounce back and forth and sometimes we camp out in one side or the other. RMCChurch encourages you to step back and reflect on the power and blessing of giving.
Below you will find verses from the Bible about giving. Read them over and after the Scripture passages you will find a question for you to ponder before the next gathering & you will also see a missional challenge.
THE GOSPEL WORD
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
"There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered."
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."
"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive."
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places"
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
A leading question for the Christmas season:
-What is your view of giving?
-Is there power in giving joyfully?
-Where is your heart this season in regard to giving?
WE LIVE ON A MISSION
Missional challenge for the season: Get a gift for someone not on your list. &/OR- take someone out to a meal such as: co-worker to lunch, a friend you haven't seen in a long time, a homeless person...the people options are endless.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
We hope to see you at the RMCChurch Christmas Celebration.
To help us wrestle with God's Word and engage as a community, answer these questions prior to the next Saturday evening worship gathering.
Making It Real
This application piece is a follow-up to each Saturday evening sermon. We typically discuss assignments at the Missional Community Gatherings.