Recent Sermons

Recent Sermons

July 16


Eric Manlove

Good, Good Father
Psalm 23

July 9


Curtis Baker

Encounters with God, Part 4: Lessons from the Wilderness

When one looks at the story of Moses, there are perhaps more opportunities than any other Biblical character to observe encounters with God. Perhaps the burning bush is the most famous encounter with God in all of history. But before Moses was ready to encounter God’s presence and mission for his life, first he had to go through “the wilderness.” For 40 years Moses labored in silence and solitude in the desert because he had tried to force God’s hand too early. Little did he know that God was using this time to prepare him for what was to come. Have you ever found yourself in the wilderness? Have you ever wondered if God has abandoned you. Perhaps, like Moses, God’s best for you is still to come. But that is only if we learn the lessons of the wilderness.

Exodus 2:11-25

July 2


Curtis Baker

Encounters with God, Part 3: “Until You Bless Me!”

All of us, at some time or another, encounter intense suffering in our life. Whether that suffering comes from our own bad choices or from circumstances beyond our control, we all have to learn how to live through it. Jacob brought about suffering in his life because of his own bad choices. And yet, despite his mistakes, he chose to cling to God. After a long night of wrestling, Jacob clung to God, refusing to let him go until he blessed him. The encounter changed his life. When we cling to God in our suffering, it can change our life as well.”

Text: Genesis 32:1-32

June 25


Curtis Baker

Encounters with God, Part 2: Clearing the Ancient Wells
Genesis 26:1-25

This Sunday, as we continue our look at various Encounters with God, we take up the life of Isaac. Not much is said about Isaac compared to his father Abraham or his son Jacob. However, despite the length of Isaac’s story, he was a man who encountered God in his life. One of the interesting notes about his story was how he cleared the ancient wells his father Abraham had originally dug. Could it be that there are some wells that are stopped up in our life, keeping the presence of God from flowing freely and powerfully through us? Join us this Sunday as we talk about what it takes to “Clear the Ancient Wells.”

The Sermon: Encounters with God, Part 2: Clearing the Ancient Walls

June 18
Curtis Baker

Help Our Unbelief
Mark 9:14-29

A father brings his son to Jesus for cleansing of an impure spirit. Jesus tells him that “everything is possible for one who believes.” The father’s response? “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” Join us as Curtis shares about fathers.

June 11
Curtis Baker

Encounters with God, Part 1: Abraham
Genesis 12

This begins our summer series of lessons on “Encounters with God”. We begin with Moses who had many close encounters with God over his lifetime. Our encounters with God may or may not be as dramatic as those experienced by Abraham. Although there is no cookie cutter approach to such encounters, there are similarities in the encounters we experience. How do we recognize them?

The Sermon:

May 28


Curtis Baker

Must We Choose Between Happiness and Holiness?

Here is an age old question: “Does God want us to be happy?” We are quite sure that God wants us to be holy, but many of us think that is something far different from happiness? But is there really a difference? Can we be truly holy without being happy? The dour reputation of some Christians often makes it look as if this is the case. But isn’t God also the most joyous being in the universe? And who could be holier than God? No one, of course…though some may try. This sermon will explore how the truly happy life is the truly holy life.

The sermon: Must We Choose Between Happiness and Holiness?

May 14


Curtis Baker

Salvation Begins with our Mothers

It’s Mother’s Day, and while I won’t preach a sermon specifically about mothers every year (or fathers on Father’s Day, for that matter), since this is my first year at RiverWalk I thought I would say something about the crucial role many of our mothers play. For many of us, it is likely true that we are a part of the church today in large part because of the influence of our mothers. This sermon will look at the unique and creative ways in which scripture teaches about the uniqueness of our mothers in the role of salvation.

The Sermon: Salvation Begins with our Mothers

April 30
Curtis Baker

Why Baptism?

Have you ever wondered by why God asks us to be baptized to enter into the Christian family? Members of the church of Christ have long emphasized the need for a person to be baptized to be saved, and rightfully so, for this is the teaching of scripture. But have you ever thought to ask the deeper question: Why did God choose baptism, out of all the available options, to be the means of initiating us into a state of grace and into the family of God known as the church? This sermon will explore the roots of baptism in the Old Testament to see why God chose this moving ritual to be a crucial step in our faith journey.

The sermon: Why Baptism?

April 23
Curtis Baker

Can a Christian Suffer from Depression?

Join us as Curtis shares his very personal struggle with depression several years ago, how he was able to overcome its debilitating effects with spiritual and medical guidance. And how he is able to use that experience to better minister to those wrestling with the same pain

This sermon’s blog

The sermon: Can a Christian Suffer From Depression?

May 7
Jim Fly

What’s In It For Me

Sometimes people have not yet accepted the Gospel story because they have not yet received enough information about “what’s in it for me?” To an experienced Christian, this may seem odd. We already know about the benefits of heaven. We know about protection by angels. We know about the value of love and fellowship with fellow believers. We know about the freedom from condemnation and the forgiveness of sins.

In 1 Peter 3: 15, Peter reminds Christians to “always be ready” to share reasons for our hope, and to do so with gentleness and reverence. The lesson on May 7th will offer thoughts on sharing what’s in it for us and for the other people of this world.

The sermon: Soil, Hope and What’s In It For Me?

June 4

Ben Zickafoose

Why Are You Here?

As the current CEO of Carpenter Place, Ben shares his view of the ministry provided to young women who are hurting in their lives and how RiverWalk has been a long-time partner in that ministry. Ben Zickafoose shared with us a two-fold message. First, a message of the 70-year bond between Carpenter Place and RiverWalk Church of Christ. No matter how many times the name of either mission for the body of Christ has changed over the years, the ties, both physical and spiritual, have always been and will continue to remain strong. And second a reminder of “Why Are We Here?” He will be basing his message on James 1:27.

The sermon:Carpenter Place

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