Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Guide To Discerning God’s Will

Hey Church, Pastor Todd here. As we get closer and closer to the BIG "Daring Faith" commitment day on Sunday, November 15th, I wanted to send you a little guide on How To Discern God's Will.

Don't forget: This Sunday is Baptism Sunday. It's our last one of the year...and it promises to be the BIGGEST one of the year too! Excited to see you at the 8:30 / 10:30 / 5:30 services!

Pastor Todd

“According to your faith, it will be done to you.” Matthew 9:29

The most important decision you or your family will make during your Daring Faith campaign will be your own giving commitment. How will you know what God wants you to give? As you pray about it, remember that giving is about “Equal sacrifice, not equal gifts.” Don’t compare your commitment with anyone else’s. This is between you and God.

Here are some practical steps to help you to seek clarity and wisdom in your decision.
Pray this every day: “Lord, show me how to give in a way that stretches and builds my faith more than ever. I trust you for a miracle.” God is more interested in you trusting him than in the amount you commit to give. As you pray daily, God will reveal the amount that you can give. If you are married, pray together with your spouse.
Don’t rush your decision. Spend time alone with God each day so you can hear what He is telling you. As you seek His will, God will grow your faith and you will come closer and closer to the miracle he is preparing for you.
Decide whether you will give by reason or by revelation.
When I give based on reason, I simply look at how much I have, figure out a “reasonable” amount to give, and then commit to give that amount. This is the most common way people give to charities. It is an act of unselfishness, but it requires no faith, and no sacrifice, so there’s no room for a miracle. Reason simply asks, “What can I afford to give?”

In contrast, when I give based on revelation, I pray, “Lord, what do you want to give through me?” I allow my faith to lead the way. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6 (NIV). That’s why God honored the people of Macedonia: “They gave not only what they could afford, they gave even more than they could afford!” 2 Corinthians 8:3. When you give more than you can afford, you are trusting God in faith to keep his promises. God has more promises in the Bible about generosity than on any other topic. Here is one: “God loves it when we give cheerfully, so He then provides us with everything we need, and even gives us more than we need, so we can keep on being even more generous!” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8.
Hold a family conference, or set aside time alone with God to talk about your contribution. If you have children, get them involved no matter how young they are. This is an opportunity to teach them about faith and generosity.
Ask everyone to suggest creative ideas for reducing expenses, increasing income, or selling personal items in order to contribute more. Read these Bible promises and instructions together and make a list of what you learn from reading God’s Word.

Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 11:24-25, Luke 6:38, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, 2 Corinthians 8:1-12, 2 Corinthians 9:6-12, Matthew 6:19-20

Remember to consider that your Daring Faith commitment includes a "Thanksgiving" cash gift on November 15th, and a 24-month giving commitment. This allows you to give more than you imagined. As you develop the habit of consistent weekly giving, you will be blessed by spiritual growth.
Celebrate your commitment, and what God has revealed to you through this faith-growing process. If you are married or have a family, do this together.

“Heavenly Father, this is a big step for us. We’re asking you to stretch our faith, strengthen our faith, and deepen our faith through our commitment to be generous. We realize that everything we have comes from You, so we have made our commitment for four reasons. First, to express our gratitude for all you’ve provided to us in the past. Second, to show our desire for you to be first in our lives. Third, to demonstrate our faith in your promises to provide for us in the future as we honor you now. And finally, to show our love and support for our church family in making a difference for eternity. We are grateful for this opportunity to grow and trust you more. We pray that this church-wide campaign will bring you Glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Surprise, Surprise

I wanted to let you know that I have 2 (TWO) SURPRISES for you!

First one is this's going to be a GREAT weekend at Riverview!

Second one is on Sunday, November 15th. I'm going to give a HUGE announcement, that you won't want to miss out on. Make sure you're at Church that day!

Also, I hope you and your family have been talking and praying about what YOUR Daring Faith Commitment will be on 11/15. That's the day when we'll be giving our Thanksgiving Offering, and our 24-month Daring Faith pledges.

Remember, we're raising $300,000 (in addition to our normal budget) over 2 years, for 3 things:
There are some major upgrades & repairs that we need to make to our building.
We need to begin saving for our future (and permanent) Church home.
We're going to hire two full-time Pastors to help take Riverview to the next level.

God has already given the Tolson family a number...which I'll be sharing more about in the next week or so.

For now, keep praying. Keep pressing into Jesus. He'll show you what to do next.

Excited to see you soon!

Pastor Todd

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Preview Of This Sunday - Daring Faith & Changed Lives!

"The first time I came to your church was on Easter Sunday of my 8th grade year.

It changed my life.

Although I am definitely not a perfect man by any means whatsoever, God has used Riverview to change my life 100% for the better.

Before Riverview, I went through I long strung out battle with depression. I can't really tell you why exactly it lasted so long but it came from the stress of having to grow up faster than a child should have to. I got mixed up in drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. I was not on a good route and definitely not the one God had planned for me. And it seemed like either nobody cared or they were none the wiser of what I was going through. But a little before Easter I learned about God a little more and tried out a church but it didn't have what I was looking for. Then someone invited me to go to Riverview for Easter.

It changed my life.

I have learned so much about God and his love. And it has allowed me to grow as a person and as a follower of Jesus Christ. I decided that day that I was going to turn my life around. And with the help of Riverview and all the people there...I have. I still am."

Hey Riverview, Pastor Todd here.

I got that email from a young man, not to long ago. He's now out of High School, and is serving in ministry at our Church. And he's one of the main reasons why Riverview launched the "Daring Faith" campaign last Sunday.

As I said last week, this campaign is going to stretch our's going to make us uncomfortable at times, because growth is often uncomfortable.'s the results of growth that we're after...that only come from growing: blessing, maturity, answered prayers, and more!

So, here's a brief preview into what we're going to talk about THIS Sunday...

The Daring Faith Campaign: What Is It?

A 7-Week Focus On Growing, Sowing and Going In Faith.

“Let your roots GROW down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so that you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous...” Colossians 2:7 (NLT)

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever SOWS generously will also reap generously.” 2nd Corinthians 9:6

It was by faith Abraham obeyed God’s call to go to another place God promised to give him. He left his own country, without knowing where he was to GO.” Hebrews 11:8 (NCV)

Why Are We Doing It?

Because... “Without faith it is impossible to please God . . .” Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Because... “Anything that is not done in faith is sin.” Romans 14:23b (GW)

Because... “According to your faith will it be done to you.” Matthew 9:29 (NIV)

The Daring Faith Campaign Has 3 Purposes:

1. To Advance Our Spiritual Maturity By Stretching Our Faith.
“When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you’ll be strong in character and ready for anything!” James 1:3-4 (NLT)

2. To Enhance Our Relational Unity By Cooperating Together.
“The believers in the Jerusalem church were united in their hearts and spirit because they shared all they had with each other . . . In fact, people would sell what they owned, even their homes, and give the money as an offering.” Acts 4:32-35

3. To Finance Our Local Ministry Through A Thanksgiving Offering And Our 24-Month Giving Pledges.
Paul: “What we’re hoping for is that as your lives grow in faith, you’ll play a greater part within our expanding work.” 2nd Corinthians 10:15b (Message)

“Since you already excel in so many ways—you have so much faith, such gifted teaching, so much knowledge, so much enthusiasm, and so much love—now I want you to grow and excel in the ministry of generous giving.” 2nd Corinthians 8:7

How Will We Build Our Faith?
By challenging people to stretch their faith, take wise risks, learn to trust God and practice sacrificial generosity like Christ:
Through the 7-weekend messages on “Daring Faith”
Through the final round of 2015 Growth Groups (beginning Oct. 20)
Through Daily Devotional readings on Faith
Through a 2-year Faith-Commitment Offering – November 15th
So...Here's What We Won’t Do

1. We Won’t Pressure Anyone To Give.
“Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, NOT reluctantly or under pressure, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

2. We Won’t Sell Anything!
David: “I will not sacrifice an offering that costs me nothing.” 1 Chronicles 21:24

3. We Won’t Promote Products Mixed With Giving.
“Promote my product to the church & I’ll give”

And...Here's What We Will Do Without Apology

1. We will show how everyone can give something.
2. We will ask people to sacrifice.
3. We will follow the biblical pattern for an offering in 1 Chronicles 29.

So...Why are we doing the "Daring Faith" campaign?

It's all about changed lives. It's so that I can share more of the kinds of emails that this note started out with. It's all about helping people KNOW Jesus personally, GROW in Biblical community and GO and live generously.

I hope you'll take this seriously, like I am. I hope you'll begin to pray and consider how God wants YOU to be involved in this campaign, so that MORE people will come to know Jesus, and MORE people's lives will be changed.

But it's starts with you...with us...and our Daring Faith.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Todd