Five Year celebration

Don’t Miss The River Five Year Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday afternoon, October 22, The River is hosting a picnic. We’ll provide the food. You provide the company! There is no charge.

We’re celebrating five years of the Lord extending His grace and truth through the ministry of The River.

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Learning From His Life: Peter

He was an outspoken fisherman. More than a little impetuous. He often seemingly got himself in trouble. And yet he was one of Jesus’ inner circle of followers. And he ended up living an exemplary life as a follower of Jesus. There is much we can learn from Peter. In this four evening intensive, we […]

Jesus Prays: John 17

In the Upper Room, the evening before His crucifixion, Jesus not only spoke to His disciples about what their lives after His death and resurrection would be like, but He also prayed for them. In that prayer, He explained that He was not praying for those in the room, but for all those who would […]

Am I Gifted?

When asked about how they are “gifted” by the Spirit, many church goers will give you a blank stare. They’ll look puzzled. Perhaps you are even one of those–someone who doesn’t know much about how the Spirit gifts Christians and someone who is a bit unsure about how they’re gifted. In writing to the Corinthians, […]

Gospel Essentials: Romans 1–5

An attendee at a previous intensive in Romans 1-5 explained: “We were plunging into the deep truths of the Gospel and we were challenged to think clearly and fully about all that Jesus did for us on the cross. Words matter–words like righteousness, justification, redemption, atonement, propitiation. Upon these hang all that makes our calling […]

How Joseph Named His Kids

Most Bible-readers know something of the Joseph we meet in the book of Genesis. Hated by His brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, imprisoned and ignored. Behind all of the trouble were a couple of dreams . . . and ultimately his story ends well as his dreams come to fulfillment. But how did Joseph […]

Christmas in Genesis

Jesus’ entrance into the world was not a “plan B” for God. From the very beginning, God had what we think of as the “Christmas story” in mind. In this one-evening class, we will explore the roots of Christmas in the first book of the Bible and gain fresh insight into what makes Christmas so […]

And So It Begins: Acts

Some of those who have taken classes have expressed interest in having a more protracted “lab time”—an opportunity to spend more extended time reading texts together. In response, we’ve added what we’re calling an Exploration. In an Exploration, we set aside time each week to travel through a particular book of the Bible. Each week we will simply […]

That You May Believe

What does it mean to “believe”? To “have faith”? Obviously it is important. John writes that we come to have life with God through believing, through our faith in Jesus. But have you ever really thought what that means? Over two consecutive Tuesday evenings, November 12 and 19, we will be journeying through John’s Gospel […]

Kingdom Greatness: Servant Leadership

Like many of His followers, two of Jesus’ disciples longed for “greatness”—they wanted to live lives that mattered. They wanted to live significant, for Christ’s sake and for the sake of the Kingdom. Jesus wasn’t opposed to that. He even invited them to pursue “greatness” (see Mark 10:41–45). And Jesus invites us all to that […]

Reading Scripture

The River is hosting a six–week course to enrich your ability to read and understand the Bible. Rather than starting with what you don’t know about reading the Bible–which is where many Bible study books begin–this course starts with what you already know about reading and applies it to reading Scripture. Coupled with “lab time” where you will […]