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  1. Preparing for the Destins’ Visit

    From Pastor Greg: As most of you know, the Destin Family (Willio, Neecole, Abigail, and Gabrielle) will be with us at RCG this Sunday, Aug. 6. As we have the privilege of partnering with these dear folks for the advancement of Christ’s gospel in Haiti, please make plans to join us in both the morning […]

    August 2, 2017Ministry, The Church
  2. Ephesians 5:22-24 (ESV)

    22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

    November 2, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Ministry, The Church, Truth
  3. Ephesians 5:31-32 (ESV)

    31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

    October 26, 2016Exaltation of Christ, The Church, Truth
  4. Ephesians 5:18-20 (ESV)

    18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    October 5, 2016Ministry, Sanctification, The Church
  5. 1 Peter 4:7-11 (ESV)

    7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards […]

    July 27, 2016love, Ministry, Prayer, Stewardship, The Church, Training
  6. Colossians 3:12-17 (ESV)

    12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in […]

    July 20, 2016Ministry, The Church
  7. Romans 12:9-21 (ESV)

    9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of […]

    July 13, 2016Holiness, Ministry, Sanctification, Stewardship, The Church
  8. A Christian Response to the Orlando Massacre

    News of the massacre at an Orlando gay night club a little over a week ago was shocking and tragic, on many levels.  49 people killed, 53 injured, and millions upon millions horrified at such brutal, cold-blooded carnage.   Since the shooting, there has been no lack of rhetoric regarding how Christians should think and […]

    June 22, 2016Godly Speech, Holiness, Ministry, The Church, Truth
  9. Sacramento Gospel Conference

    As we’ve been letting you know, the annual Sacramento Gospel Conference is just over a week away.  It will take place on Friday, May 6 (7-9:30pm), and Saturday, May 7 (9:00am – 4:30pm), at Immanuel Baptist Church in midtown Sacramento.  The cost is $30/person (or less, if you’re only able to attend one of the […]

    April 27, 2016church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Ministry, The Church
  10. Christ’s Gift

    How Jesus Christ cares for His body, His church!  Now exalted at the right hand of our Father in heaven, Jesus has sovereignly and diversely gifted every member of His body. “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”  (Eph. 4:7) As Paul goes on to explain […]

    March 16, 2016church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Ministry, The Church, Training, worship
  11. Visible Unity

    Preserving unity in the church matters because of the eternal unity of God!  This is the heart of Paul’s exhortation and explanation in Eph. 4:1-6.   1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and […]

    March 9, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Ministry, The Church
  12. Godly Attitudes and Actions

    Beloved, we find in Eph. 4:1-3 that the proper posture of a worthy walk is to have an eager readiness to do God’s will.  And as Paul makes clear, this involves embracing godly attitudes (“…with all humility, gentleness, and patience…”), and fulfilling godly actions (“…bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity […]

    February 24, 2016Holiness, Ministry, Stewardship, The Church, Training
  13. Preparing for the Lord’s Day

    As we prepare to gather again this coming Lord’s Day, let me encourage you in a few specific ways. First, take advantage of the “order of service” information we include in this newsletter.  Individually, or with family/friends, take some time in the days prior to our Sunday gathering to read through the various Scripture passages […]

    February 3, 2016church growth, Holiness, Ministry, Stewardship, The Church, worship
  14. His Church, His Eternal Purpose

    The church is at the very center of God’s eternal purpose in Jesus Christ!  This truth is crystal-clear from what we’ve been seeing in Eph. 3:10-11,   “…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.  This was according to […]

    November 18, 2015Exaltation of Christ, The Church
  15. Far-Reaching Implications of the Christian Identity

    Over the last two Sundays in our corporate gatherings, we’ve been gazing intently into Eph. 2:19-22.  What we’ve seen in this powerful passage is that as Christians, we belong to God and to one another.  As such, our identity is not determined by any earthly categories (ethnicity, socio-economic status, abilities, etc.).  To the contrary, our […]

    October 28, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Hope, Ministry, The Church
  16. Singing Among God’s People

    In His great wisdom and goodness, God has designed singing to be an instrumental (no pun intended 🙂 ) means of grace among His people.  Our singing to God, with and to one another, expresses thanksgiving to Him, along with instruction and admonition for each other.  And so God graciously commands us:    Let the […]

    September 16, 2015Ministry, music, The Church, worship
  17. 1 Peter 2:9-12 (ESV)

    9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge […]

    August 20, 2015The Church, Truth, worship
  18. Follow in the Fight of Faith

    “Desperate times call for…” You know the rest: “…desperate measures.”  The thought of this cultural proverb is that when adverse circumstances overwhelm, one must resort to whatever actions seem necessary for survival and success.  Only problem with this little adage:  it’s not biblical (though perhaps it expresses some basic common grace). Oh to be sure, […]

    August 5, 2015Exaltation of Christ, The Church, Training
  19. Profound Identity and Significance of the Church

    What a remarkable truth, that the One who rules the universe – Jesus Christ – is also the One who loves and leads His church!   “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills […]

    June 20, 2015Exaltation of Christ, The Church
  20. But Take Heart

    This past week, the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments regarding the legalization of same-sex marriages in all fifty states.  A ruling from the court is expected sometime in June.   There are many significant implications which will flow from the court’s decision, and many sober things for God’s people to consider.   Among these, […]

    May 6, 2015Holiness, The Church
  21. God’s Work Among Us: Elder Affirmation

    As revealed in Eph. 1:3-14, the eternal plan of God, for His glory in Jesus Christ, is far more comprehensive and significant than anything we could ever imagine or dream of!  It begins in eternity past with the Father’s electing grace (vs. 1:4-6), and will culminate in eternity future with everything in heaven and on […]

    February 11, 2015church growth, Ministry, Prayer, The Church
  22. Into His Heavenly Family

    How can we ever fathom the wonder and wealth of all God’s spiritual blessings to us in Jesus Christ??  What assurance, confidence, and security are within these glorious truths:   …in love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…(Eph. 1:4-5)   There never has been, […]

    December 4, 2014Gospel, Hope, love, The Church, worship
  23. Genuine Worship Includes Gathering with God’s People

    God’s word makes clear that genuine worship which pleases Him is that which is “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:22-24), and that which encompasses all of life, all the time (Rom. 12:1-2).  With slight modification to a definition of worship offered by David Peterson in his excellent book Engaging With God, we can say […]

    October 22, 2014church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Holiness, The Church
  24. Body Life

    Our physical bodies are amazing!  The complexity, and intricacy of God’s marvelous design is beyond our ability to fully comprehend.  What diversity of parts: hands, feet, eyes, ears, muscles, brain, nervous system, etc.  Yet in all this rich diversity, what great unity in all these parts working together for the proper life and functioning of […]

    July 2, 2014church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Ministry, The Church
  25. Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    In all of our corporate gatherings on the Lord’s Days this past month (Equipping Hour, Corporate Worship, and our Evening Gathering), we’ve been focusing on God’s mission in Jesus Christ, and what this means for us as His people.  We’ve seen that the Father’s eternal purpose is to glorify Himself in His Son, in His […]

    April 2, 2014church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, The Church

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