GOD’S PEOPLE, GATHERED AROUND GOD’S WORD
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
- Romans 10:17
The word of God is living and active, achieving His will throughout heaven and earth and having the power to establish faith in a person’s heart. God’s word actively works for the better in a believer’s life, convicting them of their need for Christ and transforming them to become more like Him. Yet in order to fully experience and abide in this living word of God, one must understand the written word of God.
It is important to understand that the Bible is not a collection of man’s perspectives concerning the things of God, but God’s self-revelation of Himself to humanity. It is through the scriptures that He speaks to us, granting us the blessing of His instruction and the precious knowledge of His plan for our salvation. It is therefore very important for each of us to know and believe what the Bible says if we are to receive God’s gift of redemption, realize His blessings, and understand His expectations.
Each week, Riverside Baptist Church comes together to study God’s word. On Sunday mornings before our worship service we provide concurrent, age-appropriate Bible study classes under the leadership of knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. On Wednesday evenings our children meet for Bible drills designed to help them study and memorize the word of God, while our adults and youth meet for special midweek Bible study and prayer.
EXAMINING THE WORD OF GOD, VERSE BY VERSE
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine
- Titus 2:1
At Riverside we preach the entire counsel of God’s word. To that end, we are committed to verse-by-verse, expository preaching as the centerpiece of our worship services. The aim of expository preaching is to explain the meaning of scripture in context. This approach focuses on the substance of the Biblical text rather than a selected topic or issue, allowing God’s inspired word alone to direct the message. As we move sequentially and prayerfully through the books of the Bible, unpacking the unique meaning of each passage, we experience and come to understand the fullness of God’s written revelation.