Greetings in the Name of Jesus! We have begun a new sermon series called "7". It is about the 7 churches in the book of Revelation. The purpose of this series is for us to be the church that God desires! So far we have studied the churches of Ephesus and Smyrna. Ephesus was about returning to our first love Jesus! Smyrna was about discovering that Jesus is with us and He is greater than our suffering! I want to encourage you to stay connected during this series and listen to the messages online and do your own study on these churches. To help you, I am including a link to the actual trip I took back in May to these churches.
The link is http://blog.theupstreamcollective.org/2011/06/15/jet-set-turkey-smyrna/ this link is for the church of Smyrna. You can navigate from there to see the other churches. The teacher is Dr. Ed Stetzer whom I have know for several years. In fact, Dr. Stetzer was the man who recruited me to come to Philadelphia 12 years ago! I think you will enjoy the short summaries that he provides and they will help you in your study.
Remember, God has created Riverside to fulfill His will! Ephesians 2:10. We want to be the church that He desires! Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for the church. Let's join together as the body of Christ and be the church that gives Him glory!
See you Sunday!