New Year, New Shepherding Plan

New Year, New Shepherding Plan

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It is a new year, and the elders and deacons of Ridgeview are implementing a plan to show better care to ALL the members of Ridgeview. It is pretty simple, but we think it will help a lot.

We have grouped the membership list alphabetically and assigned each member to a deacon or an elder. We’ll keep these assignments for 3 months, and then rotate the list. So, every Ridgeview member will have an elder or deacon praying specifically for them all the time. And every 3 months, a new leader will be praying for you!

Don’t be surprised if a church leader reaches out to you to find out how you are doing and how they can pray for you or help you. It is our hope that this will help members and church leaders to get to know one another better!

Please keep praying for the elders and deacons as we seek to shepherd the congregation well, with love and humility; for the good of the church and the glory of God.

Note: As always, members are welcomed and encouraged to contact any elder or deacon with their needs. You can find the elder & deacon contact info in the weekly bulletin. Also, each church leader will continue to be responsible to shepherd every member, not only the ones assigned to them each quarter. This plan is an added bit of structure to help us do that better.

The Church Needs the Church

The Church Needs the Church

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The church needs the church. Not just on Sunday to help with Sunday school, potluck, greeting newcomers, nursery care, or worship. The church needs the church for everyday life. And if you haven’t noticed, life can be hard in our fallen world. We groan with all creation at the fallen-ness of this world and the effects it has on our lives (Romans 8:23). 

Conflict in relationships, health struggles, financial unknowns, child rearing, disabilities, marriage challenges, injustices at our workplace, death, addiction, and the list goes on. Christians and non-Christians alike are needy people. The difference is where we go to address those needs. As Christians we turn to God, our loving Father, and cry out to him with our needs. And then we turn to the body of Christ, in our local church, or at least we should. God is gracious to provide the body, our family of brothers and sisters, to help each other as we walk through life. 

Ed Welch explains this well (Side by Side, p.11):

We were meant to walk side by side, an interdependent body of weak people. God is pleased to grow and change us through the help of people who have been re-created in Christ and empowered by the Spirit. That is how life in the church works.

Christ has commanded us to love one another (John 13:34). He is speaking about the family of Christ loving each other. This love must be visible to the world as our love and care for each other in the body becomes a witness to others of our love for Christ (John 13:35). We all have a responsibility within the body to do this. This is what it means to be a disciple and to disciple others. 

It is critically important that we do this well for one another not only because Christ commanded it, but also because the world cannot offer the help the body can offer to each other. Our hearts and minds have been transformed by the gospel. The gospel and God’s Word radically shapes how we think, feel, and deal with all of those hardships listed above. 

But how? We need wisdom on how to love each other well. I highly encourage you to join the 13-week class on Discipleship/Counseling, on Sunday Mornings, 9-10 a.m. (during Sunday School hour) beginning January 12, 2020. You can sign up here

I need you and you need me. The church needs the church. 

New Class on Biblical Counseling

New Class on Biblical Counseling

Announcements

The Ridgeview elders invite you to join us for a 13-week class on Discipleship/Counseling, on Sunday Mornings, 9-10 a.m. (during Sunday School hour) beginning January 12, 2020.

This class is about how to deal with life’s issues and to help others work through difficult things. Topics include: the Sufficiency of Scripture, Comparison of Approaches, Marriage, Child-rearing, Anger, Depression, Sexual Sin, Suffering, and Communication.

In a sense, we are all counselors. Let’s learn how to be good counselors, equipped to provide answers that will help us and the people around us grow into maturity.

The sign-up sheet will be in the Worship Center Lobby this Sunday, or you can sign up online by clicking here (click here).

If you have questions, make sure to talk to Kassy Herbert or Maya Johnson.

Manly or Godly?

Manly or Godly?

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I have never really considered myself a very “manly” individual, but not for a lack of trying. Growing up I hunted, lifted, weights, and worked on the ranch hoping to show my prowess as a mighty provider. Yet, as I got older I never felt like I was much of a man. It did not seem like I had the characteristics that make a boy a man.

When I got to college, other Christian men came around me and taught me the importance of God’s Word and encouraged me to search the Bible for answers. So I dug in deep! I found stories of great warriors and kings that inspired me and challenged me, but I also saw stories of women with great courage and strength that did the same. As I searched the Scripture, I noticed that there were few, if any, character qualities that God designated just for men. Both men and women are called to be strong, courageous, humble, kind, gentle, peaceful, and self-controlled. All Christians – no matter the gender – should persevere, fight for the faith, and run the race. In all my reading I never found a call to “manly” characteristics; instead, I found a much more challenging call.

God doesn’t call me to be like the great warriors of the past. God calls me to be like himself!

In 1 Peter 1:14-15, Peter wrote the following words to persecuted believers, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you are also to be holy in all your conduct.” You see, I found that God does not call me to be like the great warriors of the past. He calls me to be like him! Paul wrote to Timothy and told him to “train yourself for godliness.” His call on the character and conduct of Timothy is not to be manly, but rather to be godly. What a challenge!

Notice that these are not statements about who we are, but rather statements of what we are to become; who we are to train to be. If a man wants to be strong or fast, he trains. If he wants to be the best pitcher, hunter, mechanic, doctor, or teacher that he can be, he trains. None of those skill sets come naturally. Being godly does not come naturally, either. We must work at it. We must train for it.

But where do we train? To build muscles, we have gyms. To grow professionally, we have schools and conferences. To train in godliness, Christ gave us his church. The church is meant to be a place – a fellowship – for us to train in godly disciplines.

For this reason, the Ridgeview Men’s Group will be going through “Disciplines of a Godly Man“, by R. Kent Hughes. This book will challenge us to seek godliness in all aspects of our lives from purity to studying God’s word to leadership. Along with godly disciplines we will talk about the roles that the Scriptures give men to fulfill such as being a husband, son, father, friend, and leader in the church.

Join us, every Thursday at 6:30AM.

New Elder: John Dockweiler

New Elder: John Dockweiler

Announcements Word in Season

We are pleased to announce the appointment of John Dockweiler as an elder of Ridgeview Bible Church. After a process of prayer, a time for congregational input, and a sweeping vote of affirmation from the congregation last Sunday, the existing elders believe that God has led us to John as the one to join the elder team. John has accepted the position.

We will present John to the congregation this Sunday and pray together for him and his ministry. Please be praying for John and the other elders (Jason, Devin, Mike, Rob and Jim) as we seek to humbly lead and lovingly shepherd Ridgeview, for the glory of God and for the good of his people.

John & Ann are longtime members of Ridgeview, and John leads one of the adult Sunday School classes. They ranch east of town, and Ann is a registered nurse. They have one grown son, Cole. You can listen to a sermon by John here [link], and a testimony he shared during a worship gathering earlier this year by clicking here [link].

Member Vote Next Sunday

Member Vote Next Sunday

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As we have announced for the last two Sundays, next Sunday (October 6, 2019), immediately following the Worship Gathering, we will have a brief Members’ Meeting to vote on whether to add John Dockweiler to the elder team. If you’re a Ridgeview member please plan to be here to be a part of this important decision. But if you can’t make it, there is still a way that you can vote. You can submit your vote via email.

The official voting question will be as follows and you can cut and paste this into an email:

Full name:_______________

Are you a member of Ridgeview Bible Church?

Yes___  No___  Unsure___

Will you affirm God’s leading through the elders in regards to John Dockweiler becoming an elder of Ridgeview Bible Church?

Yes__

No__

For your vote to count, please email this to elders@ridgeviewbiblechurch.com by Sunday morning, October 6, 2019.

You’re Invited to the Spirit of Truth Conference

You’re Invited to the Spirit of Truth Conference

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Dear Christians in the Chadron Area,

We are really looking forward to hosting the conference that begins tomorrow night. It is free and we invite all who are interested to participate. You can expect bible-saturated teaching and wonderful worship. If you don’t attend Ridgeview, we would welcome you to come to the Friday night and Saturday night meetings. We will make the Sunday morning sessions available for download after the conference. That way you can worship with your church family, and still take in all of the conference.

Since October of last year, a group of very dedicated Bible teachers has met weekly, studying the Scriptures, working through deep truths in God’s Word, praying together and planning – all for this weekend. We believe that God will use this time to edify his people and glorify Christ. We titled the event The Spirit of Truth Conference because we will focus all of the teaching on the work of the Spirit.

The aim of the conference is summed up in this sentence: We want to educate, edify, equip and motivate God’s people by focusing on the Work of God’s Spirit as we can see his Work in God’s Word. Every word of that statement is intentional, but that final clause is crucial – we’re not simply weighing in on contemporary views. Instead, we are seeking to know what God’s Word teaches in these matters.

Things kick off at 6:30 PM tomorrow, March 22. The doors will open at 6 so you can come early for a bit of fellowship. At 6:30, we’ll begin with an interactive discussion on the Work of the Holy Spirit in a Person. We’ll do this either in small groups or in one plenary group, depending on the number of participants. Then we will enjoy a time of corporate worship, led by the Ridgeview Worship Team. After that, we’ll hear a sermon on Ephesians 5:18, and what it means to be filled with the Spirit. Then more worship, and we’ll end the evening in prayer.

On Saturday, March 23 at 6:30 PM, we will again enjoy interactive discussion, but this time on the Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Then we will come together for sweet corporate worship, followed by a brief sermon to wrap up that theme, focusing on the unity the Spirit brings to the church. Following that, we will have a panel Q & A time. You will be able to text in your questions for the panelists to answer. So bring your tough questions to the second night!

On Sunday morning, March 24, at 9 AM, we will have another plenary meeting, and the theme of this meeting will be the Controversial Works of the Holy Spirit (i.e., the works of the Spirit about which Christians struggle to find agreement); specifically prophecy, tongues, and healings. While these are controversial subjects, you won’t find the tone of this meeting to be controversial at all. We are looking forward to joyfully digging into God’s Word together, led by Samuel Parker, for our edification and encouragement.

Finally, at 10:30 AM, we will begin our worship gathering. During the service, Scott Langemeier will preach from Acts 1:8, showing how the Spirit empowers the church to go on mission for the glory of Christ.

We’ll cap it all off with a church-wide fellowship meal.

We’re trusting God for a wonderful weekend together. I hope you will be a part of it as much as possible. Also, please pray fervently that God would be honored by all that happens this weekend.

For the glory of Christ,

Pastor Mike Johnson

 

P.S., Complimentary child-care will be available during all scheduled meetings.

Resolve to Study the Bible in 2019

Resolve to Study the Bible in 2019

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Why should Christians study the Bible? What reason would you give someone if they asked you this question? Isn’t sitting through a sermon most Sundays enough “time in the Bible”? I have asked myself these questions and now I have two young kids wondering the same thing when we sit down to read the Bible together. “Why mama?” I open the Bible and we start in Matthew 22.

Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind…” (Matt 22:37). How can you love someone with the magnitude that Jesus describes here that you hardly even know? As Christians, we read and study the Bible so we can know God. What is He like, what breaks His heart, what brings Him joy, what is His greatest desire? Furthermore, it is no small thing that Jesus claims that the scriptures “bear witness about him” (John 5:39). Every one of the 66 books of the Bible shows us something about our Savior, Jesus, who is the exact imprint of God (Heb 1:3). So if you want to know God, look at Jesus. If you want to know Jesus, study God’s word as if your life depended on it. We don’t have a shot at living out the greatest commandment if we neglect God’s word.

Which brings me to my next point. God has spoken. Let that sink in a bit. How can we, as Christians, be uninterested in what God has to say? Paul reminds his beloved Timothy, that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17). God has spoken and if that isn’t enough, He claims it is profitable and serves a purpose to “complete” and “equip” all believers. As Christians, God’s word is essential, equipping us properly for the work He has for prepared for us (Eph 2:10).

Not convinced yet? What about the fact that man lives by these words (Deut 8:3), that we are called to long for these words, so we can grow to understand our salvation (1 Pt 2:2), and that we are soberly warned to pay close attention to these words, so we don’t drift away from our faith (Heb 2:1). Do you want to take a stand against evil? You need the word of God, your sword (Eph. 6:17). Do you want to be the wise man who built his house on the rock? You must know God’s word to obey it (Matt 7:24). Do you want to be blessed? Delight in the law of the Lord day and night (Psalm 1:2). Studying and laboring over the Bible is not a burden or another item on your to-do list. There is life in these words. These words satisfy deep longings in your soul and will eventually become sweet like honey to the believer (Psalm 119:103). Your greatest joy will be loving God with every inch of your being as you come to know Him through the scriptures.

Resolve to study the Bible, God’s very own words, this year. Don’t do it alone though. Make it a point to commit to one of our women’s studies and enjoy the fellowship of studying the Bible with others. We have four women’s studies starting in the new year.

Galatians: Tuesdays at 6:30PM @ church – Starting January 15th – Contact Lacy Troester
Ecclesiastes: Tuesdays at 6:30PM @ church – Starting January 15th – Contact Maya Johnson
Biblical Overview: Wednesdays at 9:30AM @ church – Starting January 23rd – Contact Kristen Huls
Gospel Study: Mondays at 7:00PM @ the Varvel house in Hay Springs – Starting February 4th – Contact Raime Varvel

Let the cry of the prophet Jeremiah ring true for you in 2019. “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart…” (Jeremiah 15:16).

Editor’s Note: We have a few other studies going on for men and women. One of them is an in-depth study of 1 Thessalonians, which meets on Sundays at 9AM @ church. We are also planning to launch a men’s group in the Spring. Check the Event Calendar for the latest meeting times.

Spirit of Truth Bible Conference

Spirit of Truth Bible Conference

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What: A Bible conference, hosted by Ridgeview, focusing on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Why: To educate, edify, equip and motivate God’s people by focusing on the Work of God’s Spirit, as we can see his Work in God’s Word.

When: March 22-24, 2019 (Friday & Saturday 6-8PM, Sunday 9-10AM and 10:30-11:45, followed by a fellowship meal). Child-care will be provided for all events.

Who: Open to the public.

Where: Ridgeview Bible Church, 919 E 10th Street, Chadron NE, 69337

During each gathering, we will enjoy corporate worship, prayer, biblically-saturated and inspiring teaching, and rich Christian fellowship. Mark your calendars, and plan to be a part of this special time of learning and growing.

Christ’s Kids Teacher Training

Christ’s Kids Teacher Training

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Hey parents! Christ’s Kids on the Ridge will be hosting a training for teachers this Sunday night, October 7th, at 6. We will have coffee and desserts for those who attend!

The purpose for this training is to encourage, train, and equip you to teach the children at Christ’s Kids. It’s been a while since we have done this, so we will be looking at some policies, expectations, and other information that we hope will help you in teaching.

We are very excited about this! If you aren’t able to make it, please contact Liz Parker at 402-364-3316 so that we can arrange something with you. It would be helpful to let us know you’re planning to come on the Event FB page (Click here to do that). Thank you!

Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” – Jesus