Riverwood Church - Waverly, IA: Sermons
Erin Bird - Pastor of Riverwood Church
A Jesus-centered community in Waverly, Iowa that strives to live as Jesus lived and love like Jesus loved.
The Distractions Outside (Building Lives #4)
The Distractions Outside (Building Lives #4)
Many people have a dream and goal in life that they are working towards but have to deal with constant distraction and derailment. Similarly, Nehemiah had to deal with distraction while sticking to the mission God gave him. Watch and Learn More: https://weareriverwood.org/the-distractions-outside-building-lives-4/
The Implementation (Building Lives #3)
Nehemiah 3, shows how it took everyone generously giving their time and energy to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. Some would build, and some would repair - but they all had a specific job to ensure the completion of the effort. Watch and Learn More: https://weareriverwood.org/ctc-sermons/the-implementation-building-lives-3/
May 9 2022
The Plan (Building Lives #2)
Waiting can be difficult, awkward, painful, and slow. As humans, we tend to do anything we can to distract ourselves from waiting. Waiting can often bring rich rewards. God uses these moments of waiting to do deep work in His children. Watch and Learn More: https://weareriverwood.org/ctc-sermons/the-plan-building-lives-2/
May 2 2022
The Call (Building Lives #1)
Even though he had never been to Jerusalem, Nehemiah was Jewish and cared deeply about his people. He mourned and fasted for days when he heard that the gates had been burned down. Nehemiah needed God to move the king’s heart to allow him to begin rebuilding the walls and gate. Watch and Learn More: https://weareriverwood.org/ctc-sermons/the-call-building-lives-1/
Apr 25 2022
The Resurrection (Easter) Mark #51
In movies, happy endings can often feel cheesy. Life rarely works out with a “happy ending.” J.R.R. Tolkien says that he thinks Happy Endings give us a glimpse of something deeper that we long for. Happy endings can point us toward the Easter story, however.
Apr 18 2022
The Pain Before The Cross (Mark #49)
The disciples must have felt pretty special that Jesus would ask them to follow Him so closely. But, just a while before this part of Mark, they learned that He would die soon and that one of them would be the betrayer. At this stage, Jesus started to show worry for the first time. Watch and Learn More: https://weareriverwood.org/ctc-sermons/pain-before-cross-mark-48
Apr 4 2022
Betrayals (Mark #48)
Since we are all betrayers, are we going to be blind, unrepentant, or repentant betrayers? While we were still enemies of God, Christ died for us. He is not hurt and wounded by our betrayal. When we sin/betrayal, where do we turn? To beating ourselves up or ignoring the shame and filling the void with substances, food, entertainment? Or, do we turn to Jesus and jump out of the boat and swim to Him? Learn More and Watch The Sermon here: https://weareriverwood.org/betrayals-mark-48/
Mar 28 2022
United To Christ Together
Guest speaker, Patrick Ray, teaches about how Churches worldwide have different problems, but we all have the same hope. Through Jesus, we can be unified despite our differences. Democrat or Republican, Russian or Ukrainian, Racial differences, etc. Galatians 3:27 explains how those baptized into Christ are not different, but we are clothed with Christ. We are also Abraham's descendants and heirs to the promise if we belong to Christ. Watch or Learn More at: https://weareriverwood.org/ctc-sermons/united-to-christ-together
Mar 21 2022
The Passover (Mark #47)
Throughout the centuries, the Jewish people would celebrate Passover. It was also customary to go to Jerusalem to celebrate. In Mark 14:12-26, Jesus sends some of his disciples ahead to get a room for Jesus and his disciples. In this room, Jesus breaks bread and gives it to the disciples. He instructs them to eat it as it is His body. He then takes a cup of wine and He tells them that it is His blood of the covenant that is poured out for each of us. The tradition of Passover was typically four cups of wine (Exodus 6). They symbolized sanctification, deliverance, redemption, and praise. Read More and Watch the Sermon: https://weareriverwood.org/ctc-sermons/passover-mark-47/
Mar 14 2022
Death Preparations (Mark #46)
Just as we want to give all of our time/attention/money/etc. to that special person in our life or the hobbies we love, we should feel even more the same way about God. In Mark 14, verse 3, a woman (probably Mary Magdalene) poured a jar of expensive oil on Jesus' head. This perfume was made with pure nard and was worth a year's wages. Imagine using a full year's wages in a quick moment to honor someone you love. For many, that is unfathomable.
Mar 7 2022
Revealed (Putting the Bible In Its Place #4)
What is the purpose of school? It’s not to make friends, to get good grades, or to be able to regurgitate facts. The purpose of school is to learn. It’s essential to know the purpose of what you’re involved in. This is also true of scripture. Many people seem not to understand the purpose of the Bible. Why did God give us the Scriptures? The Bible is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness, but those are not the primary purposes of the Bible. Learn More: https://weareriverwood.org/ctc-sermons/revealed-putting-the-Bible-in-its-place-4
Feb 21 2022
Recognized (Putting the Bible In Its Place #3)
How do we know we can trust the Bible and what’s included and intentionally not included? Watch the sermon or learn more on our website at https://weareriverwood.org/ctc-sermons/recognized-bible-in-its-place-3
Feb 14 2022
Reliable (Putting the Bible In Its Place #2)
the Bible claims in and of itself to be the word of God. On its own, this can be a weak piece of evidence. Combined with the following points, however...
Feb 6 2022
Written (Putting the Bible In Its Place #1)
In 2 Timothy 3:16 and 17, Paul instructs Timothy on teaching sound doctrine. He explains how every detail in scripture is breathed out by God.
Jan 30 2022
Vision Sunday 2022 – Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Today's sermon is a look at where Riverwood is, as a church, today. Pastor Erin helps us take a look at our past, discuss our areas of growth & areas to work on, and help us see the vision of where Riverwood is planning to focus in the future.
Jan 23 2022
Less is More (The Upside-Down Kingdom #3)
This human yearning for more has been around since sin entered the world but Jesus would have us understand that less IS more.
Jan 16 2022
Empty is Full (The Upside-Down Kingdom #2)
In Matthew, Jesus extols the spiritual benefits of fasting. He also shows that prayer and fasting are linked.
Jan 9 2022
Down is Up (The Upside-Down Kingdom #1)
Jesus tells us that the way we connect with heaven is to pray. In other words, the way to get up to heaven is to get down on our knees in prayer.
Jan 2 2022
Seek God (Seek #6)
What James wrote about 2000 years ago continues to apply to us today. Seek God while you Watch/Listen to the final part of our "Seek" series.
Dec 26 2021
Seek Jesus (Seek #5)
Many people don't believe they could be loved by God because of the mistakes they make in life. We find forgiveness by seeking Jesus.
Dec 24 2021