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New Location Coming Soon!

A church is a group of people formed by God for His glory. In the past, I’ve written about how it’s not a building or an organization, but it’s people that make up a church. However, after spending a year meeting at the Wilkins School Community Center, sharing space with Swissvale Presbyterian Church, and gathering in member’s homes;…

Are You An Evangelical?

Whether you realize it or not, you might be an evangelical Christian. Some people think “evangelical” is a negative label even though it comes from the word “gospel.” The gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ which is basic Christian beliefs. The results from a new 2-year study properly defines evangelical by theology rather than by self-identity,…

The Joy Project

Reformed Theology is sometimes summarized as the Five Points of Calvinism, or the Doctrines of Grace. I have been richly blessed by a deeper understanding of God’s love for me as expressed in these doctrines. I first began to understand this better while studying at Liberty University and have since grown through the ministries of R.C. Sproul…

The Five “Solas”

River City Church is a Protestant, Christian church. (More specifically, I would describe us Evangelicals who are Reformed Baptists, but you can read about those distinctions in other posts.) Even though there are similarities between Catholics and Protestants, there are also vast differences. Since Reformation Day (October 31) is less than a week away, it seems appropriate…

Gospel-Fueled Service

We’ve been in a short sermon series on the three pillars of River City Church. As a gospel-centered church, we are called to gospel-focused worship, gospel-formed community, and gospel-fueled service. There are two realms in which God calls us to minister with gospel-fueled service. The first is inside the church. God gives each person a special,…

Early Church Worship

If we believe in a worship gathering that is Biblical and simple, then it stands to reason that our worship services today would have things in common with the early church. This article was originally posted on Tim Challies blog. It was really interesting so I thought I would re-post it. The quote from Justin Martyr’s First Apology which…

Gospel-Focused Worship

We’ve begun a new sermon series covering the three pillars of River City Church. Our mission is to glorify God by fulfilling the Great Commission to make, mature, and multiply disciples of Jesus Christ as a gospel-centered church. This is accomplished through the three pillars of gospel-focused worship, gospel-formed community, and gospel-fueled service. On Sunday,…