Sep 08, 2019 |More Of The Same

The Same Old Gospel

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09.08.19 | More Of The Same

The Same Old Gospel

Noel Heikkinen

1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Galatians 1:3-10

As we live in a world of always new, always fresh, always clamoring for attention of our daily scroll, what if the best, greatest thing was actually something very much the same? Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen shares our vision for what we’re praying and trusting God to do in and through Riv over the next five years, and it is more of the same. We are committed to the same Gospel Jesus spoke over 2000 years ago and hope to create more platforms to invite more people into its life-changing freedom. We don’t add to, take away from, or change the Gospel. The Gospel is the Gospel. And we stand for it.

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Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

Riverview exists to proclaim the liberating power of the Gospel as we grow, serve, and go.

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

Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2

For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers and sisters at one time; most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
1 Corinthians 15:3-7

Last of all, as to one born at the wrong time, he also appeared to me. For I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1 Corinthians 15:8-9

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, so we proclaim and so you have believed.
1 Corinthians 15:10-11

At Riv, we proclaim the liberating power of the Gospel.

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Galatians 1:3-5

I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:6-7

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!
Galatians 1:8-9

At Riv, we employ culturally fresh takes on historic Christian beliefs.

For am I now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10

For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because I am compelled to preach—and woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this willingly, I have a reward, but if unwillingly, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? To preach the gospel and offer it free of charge and not make full use of my rights in the gospel. Although I am free from all and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law—to win those under the law. To those who are without the law, like one without the law—though I am not without God’s law but under the law of Christ—to win those without the law. To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so that I may share in the blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:16-23

At Riv, we have an irenic (peace-seeking) posture toward theology.