2022 Ridgeview Women’s Retreat

2022 Ridgeview Women’s Retreat

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What: A retreat for the women of Ridgeview with the goal of fostering deeper relationships among us as we come together for a time of teaching, fellowship, and worship.

When: January 14 (check in from 4:30-5:30pm) and 15 (ending around 3:30 pm)

Where: Camp Norwesca, 79 Camp Norwesca Rd, Chadron, NE 69337

How Much: $50 Includes lodging and all meals
(or $15 for no lodging)
*You will be directed on how to pay this fee after you sign up

Featured Speaker: Glenna Marshall
https://www.glennamarshall.com

Register Today: Click Here

*Registration closes December 19th

My Writing Leave – Don’t Call Me, but Please Do Pray…

My Writing Leave – Don’t Call Me, but Please Do Pray…

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On Monday, Lord-willing, I will “go away” for two weeks of writing leave. I put scare quotes around “go away” because I’m actually staying in Chadron (shhhh!) for these weeks to make the endeavor less of a burden on my family. For me, the leave will mean being free of church responsibilities for two weeks. I won’t be preaching or counseling or having meetings or handling church matters or being available in general from June 14 to June 27.

I’m grateful to the Ridgeview elders for granting me this leave, and I thought it would be good for me to explain to you what this is all about.

First, it is not a vacation. I do have one of those coming up later this summer, but I won’t be resting during these upcoming two weeks. If anything, I will be more busy; but with a different sort of work.

I have a few specific goals for these two weeks. The really big one is to finish a major writing project that I have been struggling to write for the last two years. A college science professor and I have undertaken a book together countering theistic evolution. He is writing from a scientific standpoint, demonstrating that genuine science does not, in fact, require that informed, intelligent, non-science-denying Christians buy into the claims of those today who are promoting the theory of evolution.

I am writing from a theological standpoint, demonstrating the incompatibility of a truly biblical worldview (and the gospel!) with the views and claims of theistic evolution. Our target audience will be Christian college students, and our hope is that this work will help some students as they encounter professors who are hostile to the biblical understanding of Creation (along with many other of the Bible’s teachings). We want to produce a book that might help college students keep the faith while in college.

The good professor is nearly done with his part (and he should be – they only work about half the year, ya know!). All that is left is for the theologian to take up his pen and finish his part. Please pray that I will finish this project, and that the Lord will make it fruitful.

Another goal of mine is to create a better outline for another book project rolling around in my head. This one is about the first 7 years as a lead pastor. It’s still forming, but my hope is to provide an easy-to-read book aimed at incoming pastors to help them walk through their first season of pastoral ministry. I’d like to share a few of the mistakes that I have made and lessons the Lord has taught me during my first 7 years in a way that might be helpful to new pastors. I am also eager to share the joys of this early season, that make every tear and heartache of a new pastorate totally worth it.

Some other, fairly optimistic goals are in the mix too. 1) I’d like to read a couple of really good books. 2) I’d like spend some time reading and praying about upcoming preaching projects (Habakkuk, the rest of 1 John, where we will go next, etc.). And 3) I plan to spend a lot of time praying for the church, for the ministry in Chadron, and for… you.

Which leads me to the big burden of this post. I would like to ask that you pray for me during these two weeks. Pray for focus and productivity and a clear head and few interruptions. Pray that from these two weeks, the Lord bring genuine fruit for his glory and the good of others. And pray for those who are taking up the slack with preaching and church ministry, etc..

Do pray. Please and thank you!

Introducing The Ridgeview Podcast

Introducing The Ridgeview Podcast

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Do you listen to podcasts? It’s a great way to use windshield time or to make the most out of your run. We produce a weekly one that is super helpful, covering a broad range of mostly church-related topics. Here is the published description:

The Ridgeview Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted and produced by the staff, leaders, and members of Ridgeview Bible Church. It focuses on Theology, contemporary issues, church life, and other mildly helpful but quirky and nerdy stuff.

Click here to check it out!

Ridgeview Pastors’ Retreat

Ridgeview Pastors’ Retreat

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The purpose of the Ridgeview Pastor’s Conference is to encourage and equip men who lead in the local church through the role of pastor and/or elder. The event is all inclusive: housing, meals, speakers, break out sessions, and fellowship. All you need to do is get there!

Guest Speaker:

Brian Croft, Practical Shepherding

Brian Croft has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years and is the founder and Executive Director of Practical Shepherding.  He is also the Senior Fellow for the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has written or contributed to over twenty-five books on pastoral ministry.  He is married to Cara and they have four children. For more information on Brian’s ministry visit practicalshepherding.com.

April 8th @ 5:00 PM – April 10th @ 10:00 PM, 2021

Camp Norwesca

79 Camp Norwesca Rd, Chadron, NE 69337

Early Bird Price (by February 13th): $120

Normal Price (After February 13th): $150

Information about the schedule and seminars will be available as the conference gets closer

 

You can register at the link below and pay at the conference.

REGISTER HERE

Creation to the Cross – A New Bible Study Coming Soon!

Creation to the Cross – A New Bible Study Coming Soon!

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The Bible is not a massive collection of unrelated stories. It is one unfolding narrative of God’s saving grace. Join us in this powerful study to learn how all the events of the Bible – from creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – fit together to tell the greatest story in the universe; that God so loved the world.

The intro session will be December 15 @ 6:30PM in the Worship Center. The weekly study will begin on January 15. This would be a great class to invite friends and family to, especially those who would like to learn more about the Bible.

What: A weekly Bible study focusing on the unfolding narrative of the Bible.
When: Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30 (Intro class on December 15, then weekly from Jan 15).
Who: This is a class for anyone desiring to learn more about the Bible! Pastor Mike Johnson & Cody Trump are the teachers.
Where: The Worship Center of Ridgeview Bible Church

*Child care provided and there will be a Zoom-in option available by sign up.

Christ’s Kids Starts on Sunday!!!

Christ’s Kids Starts on Sunday!!!

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Christ’s Kids will be starting up again this Sunday, September 13th, at 10:30AM, and we are so excited!

What is Christ’s Kids? It’s a ministry that takes place during the Sunday worship-gathering hour at Ridgeview. It is for children from 6-months old to the 2nd grade. We exist to glorify God by coming alongside parents to help “train our children in the ways of the Lord” as we are commanded to do in Proverbs 22:6.

At Christ’s Kids we have teachers who LOVE Jesus and work hard to prepare lessons each Sunday that help the children grow in their knowledge of the Lord, and learn how they can live for Him. This year, all families must complete a Registration Sheet for their children, which includes a Covid-19 waiver. Click here to access that form. They will also be available Sunday morning at the check-in table.

Be sure to like and follow Christ’s Kids Facebook page for the latest info!  See you Sunday morning at 10:30! As always, we need helpers! If you are interested in teaching, leading music, or helping in any other way, please let us know.

On Sunday (May 10) We Gather

On Sunday (May 10) We Gather

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Dear Church Family,

On May 4, a new set of directed health measures went into effect for our area, and churches have been formally exempted from the 10-person limit on gatherings. Accordingly, we plan to gather together as a church on Sunday, May 10 at 10:30 AM. I can hardly wait. It feels like it has been years!

We will need to comply with a few conditions/stipulations from the authorities. So please note the following:

  1. The 6-foot Rule:
    1. Households are encouraged to sit together in the Worship Center, and maintain a seating distance of three seats from other households seated in the same row.
    2. Seating will be arranged with six feet of distance between the rows. Because most of the college students and all of the Job Corps students are presently away from Chadron, we believe we can use this method to both accommodate all who wish to come and also adhere to the distancing guidelines.
    3. Please do not congregate in the Worship Foyer and limit fellowship in high-traffic areas (entrances and exits). It might be better to fellowship outside, keeping six-feet apart.
    4. No nursery or child-care services will be provided. Parents, please keep your children with you, and help them comply with the 6-foot guidance.
    5. No coffee or beverage services will be available.
    6. Please avoid handshaking or hugging.
  2. The Lord’s Supper: we plan to observe the Lord’s Supper together. Special arrangements will be made so that the elements can be distributed while maintaining the social-distancing guidance.

Of course, if you are in an at-risk demographic, are constrained by work or quarantine requirements, or simply feel unsafe attending the meeting we would encourage you to stay home. We will still livestream the service so you can follow along from home. And we look forward to the day when all of us can gather together again.

I hope to see you this Sunday.

In Christ,

Pastor Mike, for the Elder Team

Why We Won’t Be Applying for Stimulus Assistance

Why We Won’t Be Applying for Stimulus Assistance

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Recently, the President of the United States signed into law the CARES Act, known informally as the Coronavirus Relief Bill. There are many provisions in the bill that are intended to assist small businesses as well as faith-based groups like churches. The most relevant to Ridgeview is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Basically, this program makes it possible for churches to take out a loan equaling 250% of their monthly payroll. It is more assistance than loan, as the debt is 100% forgivable, so long as the funds are applied to the payroll and the payroll remains the same (no layoffs). Ridgeview researched this program with help from our primary banker and then we sought guidance from our elder team. On Sunday, the elders met to decide whether we will apply for this. And, as you can tell from the title of the post, we decided that we will not. For the good of the church, I think it is worth sharing our reasons.

First, no one on the elder team was convinced that we should participate in this program. Not all the elders were against it, but no one was clearly for it. And two of the elders felt strongly that we shouldn’t do this. To move ahead on something like this, we would need a strong and unified conviction that we should, and we are nowhere near that.

Second, while we do acknowledge that churches can trust God to supply for them AND also apply to these programs (seeing these programs as a means of God’s provision), we also believe that we can trust God to supply for the church through normal means; i.e., through the believers who make up this local church.

We believe that God would be more glorified by our looking to him alone to provide for our church through normal and biblical means – through the body of Christ.

Third, we feel that we, as a church, need to grow in our theology of giving. God calls us to be cheerful and sacrificial givers, not merely people who give out of our abundance or prosperity. These are trying times, but in these times we are not called to be any less cheerful or sacrificial in our giving. Taking advantage of this assistance would not help us grow in this area, and it could even hinder us, as we look to the government to do what God has called us to do.

Fourth, and most important, as an elder team we believe that God would be more glorified by our looking to him alone to provide for our church through normal and biblical means; through members of the body of Christ. Honestly, it would be easier for us to turn to this program, and it can feel more secure to do so. Yet God is not always honored when we take the easy path. He is glorified when we find our security and our rest in him alone. And more than anything, we want to glorify God.

None of this is to say anything about churches that decide differently than we did. We recognize that there are coherent and valid arguments for choosing to apply for these programs. These are simply our convictions, before the Lord. We also sincerely pray that many small businesses (especially local businesses) and individuals receive the help they need through the CARES Act.

For the Glory of Our Risen King,

Pastor Mike

Consider This…

Consider This…

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And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. Hebrews 10:24

I recently preached a message at my church on Hebrews 10:24-25. This passage challenges believers to consider ways to stir up one another to love and good works by gathering together and encouraging each other. As a follow up, I thought it would be helpful to write some articles for the next couple of weeks to stimulate in our minds and hearts ways to encourage and stir up one another in our churches and communities. The purpose will be to study God’s Word and use our own creativity to find ways to practically live out this command from Hebrews 10:24. Hopefully this will be the first of several articles that can help us think of ways to outdo one another in love.

Bear With One Another

One phrase from the Apostle Paul that always makes me giggle a little is when he commands Christians to “bear with one another” or as the NIrV says in our modern lingo “put up with each other”. The quote is slightly laughable because it accurately presumes that we as humans are not always easy to get along with. A part of considering how to stir one another up in love and good deeds is being able to get over our differences.

This idea of bearing with one another comes from two verses in the writings of Paul: Colossians 3:13 and Ephesians 4:2.  Both passages are encouraging the church to love one another, and each has a slightly different focus. Let’s look at both passages, find the distinctives, and come to some practical ways we can use these truths to stir up one another.

Forgive One Another

The Colossians verse contains many ways believers are to live because they are in Christ. Paul points out in 3:11 that all differences we once had become moot under the truth that we are servants of Christ above all else. Neither race nor social class, neither profession nor political bent exist in Christ, when we are Christ’s he is in all and is all. Our difference are secondary to our unity in Jesus. 

In light of that we are to be humble, kind, meek, patient, and, as we are focusing on here, to bear with one another. Paul helps us to do this by commanding us to forgive each other as Christ has forgiven us. This is a great application for stirring up one another. What better way to encourage our community than to live everyday with a heart of forgiveness. In this time of fear and confusion many will say and do things that will harm us and others. As Christians, we will need to be ready to forgive and bear with those offenses. On the other hand, we can also seek forgiveness. We are not perfect. We have and will hurt others and need to be ready to seek forgiveness as well as give it. What a great way to stir up the church in love!

Eager to Maintain Unity

Ephesians 4:1-5 uses a lot of the same language as Colossians (humility, gentleness, patience), but it has a slightly different focus. In Ephesians, Paul is encouraging believers to eagerly bear with one another for the sake of unity in the Spirit. True unity in Christ does not come from having similar hobbies, careers, or movie preferences. It comes from having one Spirit. Verse 3 says our bond is that of peace – peace with God because of Christ’s sacrifice. We are united in our common salvation through the savior. Therefore we should be eager to maintain that unity because it was bought with a price.  We can bear with one another because Christ bore our sins on the cross. 

Practically speaking, we should be a people who are visibly eager. Eager to make Christ known, eager to love fellow believers in spite of our differences, and eager to keep the body united. What does this eagerness look like? Call someone who you have not seen since last time you met in person. Message someone who you do not normally talk to because you run in different circles. The bond of peace that we share with fellow believers is one that we should eagerly hold on to by bearing with all differences and barriers that seem to keep us apart.

You have probably heard the old adage “blood is thicker than water.” We use it to express how much more important family is than normal friendships.. However, I have been told that this idiom comes from an older saying that goes something like: “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” What a great truth? The bond that we have in Christ’s blood is deeper and stronger than any other. May we be a people willing to bear with one another in order to keep that bond and stir each other up to love and good works in the name of Christ. 

Our New House-Church Movement

Our New House-Church Movement

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How I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house… – Acts 20:20

Christians and house churches go way back. Some of the earliest churches met in homes. Even today, many Christians meet in homes. And now, at least for a while, we will too.

Today, the Governor of Nebraska restricted all public gatherings to no more than 10 people. This restriction will remain in place for at least two weeks, but possibly much longer. Obviously, this makes it imprudent for us to continue meeting as we normally have.

Thus, the church leadership has developed a plan for us to still meet, while also complying with the law. And that plan involves meeting in homes.

Every Sunday at 10AM (Update: Beginning, Lord-willing on March 29), Ridgeview members and attenders are invited to one of several homes (click here to sign up to attend a group). The groups will each have a leader and will worship and pray together. And then, at 10:45, the groups will all watch a message preached live in one of the groups, and broadcast via Facebook Live.

Those in greater danger of COVID-19 and others who feel safer by sheltering-in-place might choose not to meet at one of these groups (and that is totally fine!). You can still catch the sermon online. If you need any help arranging this, please contact us and someone would be glad to walk you through it.

Many people will see these things as very negative developments, and in some ways they are. These are hard times! Yet, we see so many opportunities to love the church, to see people discipled, to evangelize the lost, to develop new leaders, to serve one another, and to glorify God as a unified church meeting in diverse locations. It’s true: for a time we are not able to gather together as the full local expression of the body of Christ that Ridgeview is. Yet we can still meet, freely and without persecution. We just have to meet in smaller groups. We are very blessed.

And Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Check back here later this week for more specific information. Also, sign up for Remind (text @rbcchadron to 81010), and check out our Facebook page for the latest developments. Everything in this post – except for God 🙂 – is subject to change as things change and develop in our state and nation.