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March 27, 2022

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The local church is made up of people from multiple generations.For the Gospel proclamation to continue beyond ourselves, we unapologetically invite older generations to lay down their cultural preferences and pour into the next generations. The church is the strongest at the intersection of the wisdom and experience of olders and the passion and innovation of youngers.

 

Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren.

Deuteronomy 4:9
 

Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to follow, so that you may live, enter, and take possession of the land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.

Deuteronomy 4:1
 

Obedience to God’s Word leads to life.

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You must not add anything to what I command you or take anything away from it, so that you may keep the commands of the LORD your God I am giving you. Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal-peor, for the LORD your God destroyed every one of you who followed Baal of Peor. But you who have remained faithful to the LORD your God are all alive today.

Deuteronomy 4:2-4
 

Obedience to God’s Word depends our sole allegiance to God.

 

Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren.

Deuteronomy 4:9
 

Obedience to God’s Word leads to life.

Obedience to God’s Word deepens our sole allegiance to God

 

If you are an older:
– practice your hospitality
– share stories of God’s faithfulness
– share the why and not just the what

 

If you are a younger:
– don’t dismiss tradition
– don’t forget the olders
– find someone to mentor you
– learn to commit to a church

 

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.

Matthew 16:18
 

Holt Venue

At riv, we invite everyone to know and enjoy Jesus as we stumble in our pursuit to love like Him.

 

What does it mean for Riv to be multi- and next-generational?

The local church is made up of people from multiple generations. For the Gospel proclamation to continue beyond ourselves, we unapologetically invite older generations to lay down their cultural preferences and pour into the next generation. The church is the strongest at the intersection of the wisdom and experience of olders and the passion and innovation of youngers.

 

Don’t let anyone despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12
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Because of the truth of the Gospel, we are:
– united as a family across generations
– called to mutual cross-generational humility
– motivated to proclaim the gospel to the next generation
 

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift.

Ephesians 2:8
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So, then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh — called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. At that time you were without Christ, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility.

Ephesians 2:11-14
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So, then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household.

Ephesians 2:19
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Agape: unconditional sacrificial love regardless of the merit of the one receiving it, it is not based on emotions or feelings but a love of deliberate choice of serving with humility that can come at a cost to us.

 

Don’t rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters with all purity.

1 Timothy 5:1-2
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I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also.

2 Timothy 1:5
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“Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
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REO Town Venue

They think they know everything, and are always quite sure about it. – Aristotle

 

The local church is made up of people from multiple generations.

 

Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers. Don’t rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters with all purity.

1 Timothy 4:15-1 Timothy 5:2
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generations to lay down their cultural preferences and pour into the next generations.

 

The church is the strongest at the intersection of the wisdom and experience of olders and the passion and innovation of youngers.

 

The wisdom and experience of olders.

 

Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life.

Job 12:12
 

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.

Psalm 90:12
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The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.

Proverbs 20:29
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Don’t let anyone despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12
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Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you. And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we do for you. May he make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
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Westside Venue

Sunday April 17, 2022

We’re excited to worship with you this Easter! Whether you call Riv home, or you’re joining us for the first time, Easter is a great opportunity to gather together and celebrate Jesus! Invite your people and join us at our Holt, MSU, REO Town, and Westside Venues to celebrate Easter with the Riv fam.

Services will be family style, which just means if you’ve got kids with you you’ll bring them in the auditorium with you. Our RivKids team is putting together activity books, be sure to grab one on your way in to service!

Service Times


Holt Venue: 9am and 11am
Online: 11am
MSU Venue: 11:30am
REO Town Venue: 10am
Westside Venue: 9am and 11am

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