Instructions: Just Add Love & Respect

Instructions: Just Add Love & Respect

Word in Season

Pastors, whether they want to or not, regularly have the privilege of helping people walk through difficult seasons in their marriages. Often, by the time a couple decides to see a pastor, things are quite bad. So I think I have heard and seen everything. In fact, I am considering writing a book on marriage called, “Creative Yet Totally Proven Ways to Quickly Wreck Your Marriage “. 🙂 I think it would sell well.

Of course, problems in marriages come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the needed behavioral changes to right a marriage. However, it is not an overstatement to say that most marital issues can be traced to a deficiency of two things: love and respect.

In Ephesians 5:22-33, the Apostle Paul gives clear guidelines for a healthy marriage. Verse 33 is the summary: “…Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” For a marriage to thrive, it must have love and respect.

Of course, men and women both need love and respect. And all of us should show both love and respect to our spouses. But the Apostle Paul indicates that there is a special significance in the husband’s responsibility to love his wife, and also the wife’s responsibility to respect her husband. I think that’s because men need, more than anything else, respect from their wives. And women need to be loved by their husbands above all.

A lot needs to be said, more than I can say here, about what real love is, and also how a wife can genuinely respect her husband. The point I want to make with this post is that those are the two main ingredients in a thriving marriage: love and respect. Husbands, love your wives. And wives, respect your husbands. In my experience, when both parties apply themselves to their respective responsibilities, their marriage begins to drastically improve.

A common mistake we make is to become concerned primarily with how our spouses fail at their responsibilities. But we are not responsible for how well or how poorly our spouses do at this. As we often tell our children: we are responsible for our own actions.

Thus, the solution to your marital issues, if you are going through a difficult season right now, probably has to do with love and respect. A great question to ask as you try to diagnose your problems is this: Am I doing what God requires of me in this marriage? How can I love my wife better and show her that I love her in ways that she will see and appreciate? Or, how can I respect my husband so that he knows that I am for him?

God created marriage, so it stands to reason that he knows exactly what is needed for a marriage to thrive. And, thankfully, he has shared that information with us. A healthy marriage, more than anything, needs love and respect.

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!

Ministry Proposal

Ministry Proposal

Announcements

Interested in launching a new Bible study at Ridgeview? The elder team has developed a process for launching new ministries in the church, especially teaching ministries (like Bible studies). As elders, we feel a responsibility for the various teaching venues of the church. We want to both ensure that all church-sponsored teaching is doctrinally sound, and also to be aware of different learning opportunities so that we can direct people to classes which might benefit them.

We also wanted a clear and simple way for people to get new ideas approved.

So, to that end, we created an easy process. If you have a desire to launch a new church-sponsored study (a new men’s study, ladies Bible study, workshops, special events, etc.) you need only fill out a “Ministry Proposal” and return it to the church office. The elders will review all proposals quickly and communicate approval or any suggestions in a timely way. This is the only prerequisite necessary to launch a new study. Pretty easy, right?

You can download the form here (click here to download). So, if you have an idea or a desire to launch a new Bible study or event that will be hosted at Ridgeview, or otherwise sponsored by the church, we hope you will find this new process helpful. If you have any questions, please contact us.

4 Reminders

4 Reminders

Announcements

There are a lot of things going on at Ridgeview these days. Here are four of them:

First, there will be a members’ meeting on November 5, immediately following the worship gathering. Childcare will be provided. In this brief meeting, we hope to accomplish three things: 1) the elders will share our vision for 2018 and also take questions, 2) we will vote on the 2018 budget, and 3) we will vote on some proposed changes to the Ridgeview constitution. Documents for this meeting are available from the church office.

Second, don’t forget the Women’s Bible Study Workshop tonight (October 12) from 6-7:30 and October 19 in the Worship Center. This interactive workshop is designed to equip women to study the Bible for themselves. Please pass the word; this is for anyone interested in the community, not just members or attendees of Ridgeview. Childcare will be provided.

Third, we are wanting to organize our next New Members Class. If you would like to become a member or learn more about Ridgeview, please let us know. This is a 4-week course, held at 9 AM on Sundays. Once we have a few people signed up, we will work out dates for this.

Finally, there will be no Sunday School this Sunday, October 15. We follow the CSC academic calendar for things like Sunday School, and CSC is on Fall Break this weekend. The Worship Gathering will begin as usual at 10:30 AM, and we will hear from Ridgeview elder Devin Davis, as he continues his series unpacking the book of Jude.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Vacation Bible School 2017

Announcements


2017 Vacation Bible School

Come and Discover the God of the Universe at our 2017 Vacation Bible School. During VBS kids will discover that the God who created everything there is—the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible—wants a relationship with them!

When? June 19th – June 22nd 2017 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Who? Ages 4 thru 12
Where? Ridgeview Bible Church – 919 E 10th St Chadron, NE

And don’t forget our VBS Closing Celebration – Thursday June 22nd – 6:30 pm @ Ridgeview Bible Church. See your kids perform some of our VBS Songs, Enjoy Dessert, and more!

 

Register your Kids Today Here: http://bit.ly/yesvbs
 
Help is Needed to Spread the Gospel to Children. Can you Help? Sign Up Here to Volunteer: http://bit.ly/volunteervbs2017
 
Keep Track of all of the Up to Date News on VBS at our Facebook Pagewww.facebook.com/vbsontheridge/

 

Alexis is Going to Africa!

Alexis is Going to Africa!

Missions

Those going on our Costa Rica mission trip (which leaves in 18 days!) aren’t the only one’s going on mission this year. Meet Alexis Phillips, the Ridgeview member planning to go to South Africa from June to August! We are posting it here to encourage people to get behind Alexis financially and through prayer. Here is what Alexis wrote:

God has blessed my life in so many ways, and has recently opened the door to Adventures in Missions, and I will be going to Nsoco, Swaziland and Port Elizabeth, South Africa this summer from June to August. The Kingdom of Swaziland is home to 1.1 million people, with the world’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rate. It is estimated that by 2050, Swaziland will cease to exist. There are around 6,000 orphans that I will be helping; the kids are scattered throughout this nation and are in desperate need to know God. Adventure’s in Missions has been committed to seeing these statistics reversed, and believe the key to a nation’s future is its children. In South Africa, I will be preparing food, doing women’s ministry, Bible study, worship, gardening, hospital visits, working with the homeless, and door to door ministry. This mission trip has already changed me and I am honored to go and make God’s name known. If you feel it in your heart to help me go, there are many ways you can do so:

1) You can click on this link (click here or the ‘donate now’ button below) and donate online.
2) I am selling fundraising t-shirt’s for 20 dollars, and if you would like to buy one just get in touch with me.
3) Come attend the Ridgeview Church Spaghetti Fundraiser Feed on April 30th!
4)  PRAY. If you are unable to give financially, I ask that you pray for my safety this summer!

 

Reach Missions Emphasis 2017

Reach Missions Emphasis 2017

Announcements Missions Reach Conference on Global Missions

 

On March 18 & 19, 2017 Ridgeview will be hosting Reach Missions Emphasis 2017. The purpose will be to focus our hearts and minds on God’s heartbeat for the nations. Make your plans to be here for this exciting weekend, and trust God to work in a significant way in your life!

Things begin on Saturday, March 18 at 6PM with a Concert of Prayer for Global Missions. This will be an exciting mix of worship (featuring Ridgeview’s Worship Band), prayer, missions presentations and speaking. You don’t want to miss this!

Then on Sunday morning, we will have Greg & Julieann (we’re going to stick to first names online)  joining us from Global Serve International. Julieann plans to share with the college women during the Sunday School hour (9-10), and Greg will preach during the main worship gathering. They have a ton of experience in cross-cultural discipleship and a fresh perspective we all will benefit from. Here is Greg’s bio:

Greg was raised in a Christian home in Michigan and grew up with relatives involved in missions. Greg spent a year working on a tribal contact in South America and then graduated from Michigan State University in Chemical Engineering. While working at Dow Chemical, Greg felt the Lord leading him to work overseas and he attended Columbia Biblical Seminary in South Carolina. There he met his wife, Julieann and they moved to Florida where they served on staff at a church for 3 years. During this time the Lord placed Siberia on their hearts and in 1994, they went out to work among the ethnic peoples of Siberia. They spent over a decade planting communities of faith among ethnic people groups and a large community of deaf people in the region. The fellowships are now on their own with their own pastors and leaders. Greg formed Global Serve International (GSI) to assist workers to enter and work among the least reached in closed or limited access regions. Greg and Julieann have 2 sons, Dylan, 22 and Eric, 20. Greg now serves as International Director of GSI.

Following the worship gathering, everyone is invited to an international meal in the Ridgeroom, prepared by Job Corps students from Thailand, Burma, and other countries. During the meal, the Costa Rica team will share their experiences serving people in the hurricane-affected regions of Costa Rica during Spring Break.

So make your plans to be here March 18-19. We are trusting God to use this weekend in a significant way in the hearts of many. Maybe even in yours!

Bible Study Workshop for Ladies

Bible Study Workshop for Ladies

Announcements


Attention Ladies! Join us on February 4, 9AM-11:30AM, @ Ridgeview Bible Church for an indepth Bible-study workshop. Learn how to discover for yourself the treasures in God’s word. Whether you have studied the Bible for many years, or are just starting out, we believe this workshop will be profitable for your walk with God!

If you have any questions, send us a message or give us a call (308-432-5131). Child care will be provided for nursery and pre-school aged children.

Burt Newman Hired as Student Ministries Leader

Burt Newman Hired as Student Ministries Leader

Announcements

BurtAmandaHere is an exciting announcement: The members’ meeting on December 18th demonstrated that there is clear unity for the elder team’s decision to hire Burt Newman (96% in favor). Accordingly, we offered Burt the position and he accepted!

He officially begins in that role on January 1, 2017. Burt & Amanda have served in ministry in Chadron for some time, both in the youth ministry at Ridgeview and ministering to CSC students through the Revive Campus Ministry. Burt plans to further develop the missions, youth, Job Corps and student ministries at Ridgeview.

We are happy to welcome him to the staff of Ridgeview, and look forward to what this will mean for our church, for the fame of Christ’s name!