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

Announcements Word in Season

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

Announcements Christ's Kids

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

Ministry Opportunities for Fall 2018!

Ministry Opportunities for Fall 2018!

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Are you a part of Ridgeview and looking for a ministry in which to serve this Fall? We have many opportunities for service and would love to talk with you about finding your place! Here are several of our current ministry needs:

  1. Worship Team/AV Team: vocalists, instrumentalists, and A/V technicians (musicians try out, but we can train AV techs)
  2. AWANA Children’s Ministry: Teachers and helpers*
  3. Sunday School (for children): 2 Regular teachers and 2 substitute teachers*
  4. Christ’s Kids on the Ridge: Help with or teach children during the worship gathering once or twice a month.*
  5. Nursery: Volunteers to serve during Sunday School and the Worship Gathering*
  6. Host Parent Ministry: Host Parents for college students
  7. Job Corps Ministry: Small group leaders and helpers every Monday night
  8. Fellowship Meals: Monthly hosts
  9. College Meals: Monthly hosts
  10. Youth Group: Helpers every Wednesday night*

You do not need to be a member of Ridgeview to serve in many of our ministries, but non-members will need to complete the Ministry Leadership Application process (click here) to serve in any ministry at Ridgeview. Members do not need to complete this process (so maybe you should join? :-)). Contact us today!

 

*Ministry with youth and children at Ridgeview requires a recent background check, which Ridgeview will complete for you free of charge.

Four Reminders on Resurrection Weekend

Four Reminders on Resurrection Weekend

Announcements Word in Season

Dear Church Family,

There are four things that I want to remind you about today: three things concerning events and such and one reminder from the Bible.

First, please note that there will be no Sunday School this Sunday. We will gather together to worship our risen King at 10:30 AM.

Second, next Sunday, April 8, there will be a baptism service during the regular worship gathering. If you, or someone close to you, would like to be baptized or learn more about it please contact us by Wednesday, April 4. Also on April 8, we will enjoy our last church-wide fellowship meal of the semester. So bring some friends, some food and plan to stick around for some wonderful fellowship!

Third, on April 15 at 6PM we will host a seminar focusing on Science and the Christian worldview. Specifically, we will address evolution and theistic evolution as they relate to the Bible and to the Christian gospel. Zachary Varpness (a science professor at CSC and an elder at Ridgeview) will speak from a scientific and philosophical point of view, and I will speak from a biblical and theological perspective. Following the presentations, there will be a time for Q&A (hard questions welcomed!). We’re putting a lot of effort into this, and our hope is that this seminar will be helpful to anyone thinking about or struggling with how to reconcile modern science with the teachings of the Bible. Please make your plans to attend this event (and spread the word too!).

And finally, I want to remind you that on Thursday evening of the Last Week, while the disciples were pondering their own first-ness, Jesus laid aside his outer garments, tied a towel around his waist, and washed their feet. He said to them: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15). Let’s go into this weekend following Jesus’ example. Instead of seeking our own, let’s go low and seek to serve – for the good of others and for the glory of God.

I can’t wait to worship the Risen Jesus Christ together with you this Sunday.

In Christ,
Pastor Mike Johnson, for the Ridgeview elder team

Science & the Christian Worldview

Science & the Christian Worldview

Announcements

Does science prove evolution? Is evolution (or theistic evolution) compatible with a Christian worldview or the gospel of Jesus Christ? A scientist and a theologian will team up to address these questions in this exciting seminar hosted by Revive (CSC Student Group) here at Ridgeview Bible Church.

Each will give a 30-minute presentation. And, following that, there will be an open Q & A time – welcoming both live questions and questions people text or tweet in.

If you have ever wondered about the compatibility between Science and the Christian Worldview, this seminar is for you. We hope you will make your plans to be here on Sunday, April 15, 6-7:30PM. Contact us if you have any questions (call 308-432-5131 or click here for our contact form).

6 Things to Know

6 Things to Know

Announcements

There are several important things happening these days at Ridgeview. Here are six of them:

1. There will be a Discipleship Seminar for women on Tuesday @ 6:30PM at Ridgeview. This is for you if: 1) you are involved in discipling others, or 2) you would like to be involved in discipling others, or 3) would simply like to know more about what discipleship looks like, and how to effectively do it.

2. There is a Wild Game Feed Friday @ 6PM at the Dawes County Fair Grounds. This is to raise funds for launching a new Special Youth Challenge (SYC) Ministry here in Chadron. SYC is a great ministry to children and teens with disabilities, enabling them to hunt and enjoy the outdoors in a way often not possible. And best of all, it is a vehicle to share the greatest news in all of life.

3. On February 2, from 5:30-8PM and February 3, 9AM-12PM we will Live-stream Paul Tripp’s Marriage Seminar. This is a free event and open to all and child care will be provided. And by the way, we are looking to hire a few people to do nursery and child care for this event. If you are interested please contact us through the contact form (click here), and the coordinator will get back with you. A background check is required and preference will be given to those who currently serve in a child-care ministry at Ridgeview.

4. On Sunday, February 4 we will have a Baptism Service during the worship gathering. If you would like to be baptized, please let us know (use the contact form or see an elder during the worship gathering before February 4).

5. Beginning on February 11 at 9AM, we will teach a New Members’ Class. This 4-week course is designed to help you understand who we are and what it means to join the membership. This is for you if you want to join Ridgeview, want to know more about the church, or for members who joined before we offered a membership class, who are interested to know what the course entails.

6. Finally, we use Remind (a text-messaging service) sparingly to pass on more important or time-sensitive messages (e.g. when a service or event is canceled or postponed due to inclement weather). If you would like to sign up simply send a text message to 81010 with the message: @rbcchadron . Click here for a PDF with instructions.

If you have questions about any of these things (or anything else) be sure to contact us. Have a great week!