This summer, we’re examining the identity of River City Church. That’s the new name of First Assembly Community Ministries, starting in August. Who are we? What are we about? We’re all about people taking next steps. The first of those steps is explored in this message. We think everyone ought to have the chance to know God.
(John 17:3) “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
–>Sin has made people ignorant about God.
(Romans 1:21) For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
(Ephesians 4:18) They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
–>Knowing God is possible because God has made himself known.
(John 1:18) No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
–>Making God known is the central task of believers in relation to others.
(John 20:21) Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
–>The Holy Spirit gives power to believers to be witnesses.
(Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
MAKING GOD KNOWN
- Develop a life of intimacy with God through worship, prayer and the Word.
(Galatians 1:12) I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
- Build intentional relationships.
(1 Corinthians 9:22-23) …I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
- Tell your story.
(John 1:45-46) Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law,and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
- Invite and welcome.
(John 4:29-30) “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.