Sep 15, 2019 |More Of The Same

Opening More Doors

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09.15.19 | More Of The Same

Opening More Doors

Noel Heikkinen

Luke 5:15-32

At Riv, we want to open more doors so more people can step into and join our family because our most desperate need is to be forgiven of our sins. Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen shares how the big T truth that everyone is looking for (even if they don’t know it) is the liberating Gospel of Jesus. Our whole existence as a church is for more people to hear this truth.

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But the news about him spread even more, and large crowds would come together to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. Yet he often withdrew to deserted places and prayed.
Luke 5:15-16

On one of those days while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea, and also from Jerusalem. And the Lord’s power to heal was in him.
Luke 5:17

Just then some men came, carrying on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed. They tried to bring him in and set him down before him. Since they could not find a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the roof tiles into the middle of the crowd before Jesus.
Luke 5:18-19

Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and after digging through it, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
Mark 2:4

Seeing their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Luke 5:20

Do you realize the kind of impact you can have on your friends’ relationship with Jesus?

Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to think to themselves: “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus replied to them, “Why are you thinking this in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
Luke 5:21-23

But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he told the paralyzed man, “I tell you: Get up, take your stretcher, and go home.” Immediately he got up before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. Then everyone was astounded, and they were giving glory to God. And they were filled with awe and said, “We have seen incredible things today.”
Luke 5:24-26

Lord willing, by 2024 Riverview will expand our Gospel footprint by fervently adding disciples, groups, leaders, pastors, venues, and churches.

At Riv, we open doors to more groups, venues, and churches so people can step into and join our family.

At Riv, we hold open doors into the Gospel through serving and leading.

At Riv, we have homegrown leadership with a dash of outside help.

At Riv, we are ish about worship services but serious about worship.

At Riv, we are sacrificial with our time, treasures, and talents for the sake of the gospel.

Seeing their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Luke 5:20