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Rise City Church Podcast
46 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Hope in Suffering
Doesn't it seem like everyone is on edge right now? We have to be reminded to be kind and gentle even in the grocery store lines. The truth is we are surrounded by a suffering world. People are hurting. We ourselves may be experiencing pain, but this week we are reminded how to be a blessing even to someone walking through massive trials. Pastor Jason teaches us through 1 Peter 3 that we can take a posture of a blessing, because ultimately Jesus established His victory through His suffering.
47 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Hope in Everyday Life
Do you like being told what to do? Even the question is hilarious! Of course not! Who likes to be bossed around or unfairly ruled over? So, what do you do when it’s happening? Jesus can fill your soul with the kind of hope that makes you humble in hard circumstances. This passage casts a vision for having humility under hard leaders to follow in government, the workplace, and in the home. Listen in to see how!
41 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
A Hope Proclaiming People
Most of us want to feel accepted and welcomed. But in this week’s passage, Peter literally tells us that following Jesus will make us “strangers and aliens in this world.” Christians are indeed going to look so different from the world, that at times, they will even be rejected. What does that mean? And can that possibly be a good thing? This week, Pastor Nolan looks at the idea that Christians are a contrast community in three ways. Listen in to learn more.
42 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Moving Forward in Chaos
If you have found yourself desperate for answers and direction in this season then listen in and be encouraged. Join us for this one-night event as Pastor Jason leads us through Moving Forward in Chaos.
43 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Think, Live, and Love Differently
The heaviness of this world leaves many of us feeling angry, frustrated, and tired. We're hurting, struggling to connect, and afraid. But what if you knew this was temporary? What if you knew that a great hope, the greatest hope ever, was ahead of you? Would you think differently? Would you live differently? 1 Peter calls us to think, live, and ultimately love differently, because of the incredible hope of the Gospel set before us. Join us as Pastor Jason unpacks this second week of Hope Lies Ahead.
41 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Called to Hope
No one understands what I'm going through. I'm so confused. I'm in so much pain. I'm alone. Two thousand years ago Peter wrote a letter to a culture wrestling with these thoughts. This couldn't be more relevant for us today as we struggle through the chaos in our current world. Do you want power for today's trials? Do you want to find out the purpose in your suffering? Listen in as we start a new series through 1 Peter and find that our Hope Lies Ahead.
35 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
If God is so loving, why was the brutality of the cross necessary? Couldn’t God just forgive sin? Are we really supposed to believe in the old religious notion that God is an angry and vengeful judge? Does God actually feel and act upon wrath? This week we explore this concept in depth from Scripture. We’ll dig into the doctrine of Propitiation as Scott Bean teaches through Romans. Our hearts are changed when we truly understand this horrifying and beautiful doctrine. Join us in the final week of “What’s the Point of the Cross?”
44 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Are you constantly fighting sin? Do you find yourself relapsing and living your old life? Are you seeking perfection, but find that you are failing? The truth is you're going to sin. You will fail over and over again. But God is not shocked by your failure. Only God is perfectly holy. But by the cross, and in His goodness, we get to partner with him in a process called Sanctification. This week, Pastor Jason opens up Philippians 3 to reveal that God is not done with us yet. His love for us is so great that He allows us to walk with Him and become more like him through regular repentance and seeking Him. Join us as we learn to be transformed in this week's sermon, Sanctification.
41 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
You know that moment when you want to hide? The feeling of being exposed - almost naked - because of your own sin or something done to you? That's shame. There's no other feeling like it in this world. Do you live with that as your reality? Do you constantly feel the need to cover up and live in a disguise, so that you don't have to face the truth? This week, Pastor Nolan teaches us the theology of Expiation. We learn that Jesus came to blot out, bury, banish, bleach, and finally, to bear our shame by dying on the cross. Why? Because he wants us to live the life he originally intended before sin entered this world — a life of freedom from shame. Join us for Week 03 of What is the Point of the Cross?
39 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Justice — it's a word we use constantly. We want to see people brought to justice. We want justice for the evil of this world, but we want mercy for ourselves. But the truth is all of us, every single one will stand before Christ in judgment. But why? Aren't you good enough? Not really that bad? Or not the one to blame? God in his holiness, righteousness, and justice will not allow us to go without judgment. It is in His love that He requires a price to be paid for the sins in this world. But how does he do it? Only by Jesus' finished work on the cross. The only way the broken things can be made right is by His grace, through faith in Him alone. Do you understand Justification? Join us for week 02 in What's the Point of the Cross?
45 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Most of us recognize and understand the evil in this world, but do we truly understand the enormous power of the Cross? The cross is everywhere, and it seems so simple — it's how Jesus died, but what happened when he was hung there? The cross is packed with enormous power that makes us no longer dead in sin, but alive in Christ. So how do you battle spiritually for your life? How do you engage against the evil that you come against constantly? Join us as Pastor Nolan walks us through Colossians 2 to show us that we are not made to fight the battle, but to stand on the finished work of Christ. This is Christus Victor in Week 01 of What's the Point of the Cross?
41 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
When you think of your relationship with God do you feel like you are pouring out your all for Him? Are there areas of your life that you’ve kept to yourself? In this last week in the series Worthy, Pastor Nolan leads us through Luke 7, a story of a woman that defied culture and religiosity to give Jesus everything she had - her safety, her dignity, her money… her everything. Join us as we are compelled to ask, what can we give to the God who outpoured all He had for us?
36 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Work | Aug 1
Work. Just hearing that word do you cringe? Do you hate the thought of hustling for 40 hours a week, and long for the weekend? Do you live with the mindset that you work to live instead of live to work? What if that was flipped on its head? What if you woke up each morning hungry for the day ahead? This week, Pastor Jason walks us through a Theology of Work. He shows us that God gave us work not as a curse, but as a blessing. Through the Gospel, Jesus has redeemed work. Join us as we walk through this transformative message.
44 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Does it sometimes feel like God is far away? Do you feel like He is out of reach? The truth is that God is not absent. His presence is fully here — with you, right now. God is not constrained by time or space. So why don't we feel Him? In Week 05 of Worthy, Pastor Jason walks us through a theology of Presence. We see that it's not about God’s lack of presence... it's about our awareness of His presence, fully with us at all times, in all situations. Join us as we become more aware of Him — in our work, our worship, and our prayer.
44 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
What is worship? Is it something we do only on Sundays? Worship is not about being a weekend warrior for Christ, but a daily way of walking. Listen in as Pastor Nolan calls us to walk out our worship by redeeming the time and walking in God's will. But how do we do that? Only by the constant filling of the Holy Spirit as outlined in Ephesians 5. More importantly, why do we walk this way? Because only God is Worthy of our worship.
38 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Have you gotten numb or apathetic toward God and the Gospel? What is it that moves people to praise and celebrate Him? In this week’s installment to Worthy, our worship series, we see that truth leads to worship or theology leads to doxology. What is a doxology? This concept has the power to change our lives. Listen to this week’s teaching from Pastor Nolan, and see why we should be moved by and towards Jesus.
33 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
We are all worshippers. Maybe it's the worship of wealth or status or maybe your body or yourself, but no matter the focus, we all worship... because God created us to worship. He created us to be people that turn our eyes, lift our hands, and bow down in worship. But the only worship that is life-giving, glory-bearing, and is truly good is to God alone because only He is Worthy! This week Pastor Jason opens up the Word and walks us through three postures of worship. We are called to move from spectators to participators in this sermon, Posture. Join us as we see that God created us for worship and speaks that over our lives all throughout scripture.
29 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Are you a worshipper? Whether you know it or not you are worshipping something or somebody - every day, every moment, every minute - with your whole life. We are all worshipping. So what happens when you encounter God's glory? Can you explain it? Can you define it? Not really... but you can experience it. When you experience the weight of God's glory it immediately elicits worship to Him. But, when we sin we defame God's glory, and break the relationship that allows us to experience Him. So, how do we stand in God's glory despite our sin? Through the grace of Jesus. His love washes us clean, so we can experience the Glory of God. Join us as we start a new series, Worthy, and Scott opens us up to this week, Glory.
42 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Come to the Shore
In this last week of Never Too Far Gone, we look at the life of Peter. He's probably one of the last people you think of as being too far gone, but he made decisions that he believed, dismissed him from his calling and his relationship with Jesus. He denied Jesus not once, not twice, but three times. But Jesus, in His grace, calls Peter to Come to the Shore. Join us as Pastor Jason opens John 21, as we see Jesus not only offer redemption, but he restores Peter and recommissions him. This isn't a story just about Peter, this is a story about us. Listen to the life of Peter.
39 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
From Scales to Sight
Who would you consider too far gone for God? A friend, coworker, neighbor, family member, you? This week we meet a man who epitomizes being too far gone: Saul. Saul was a persecutor of the church until he had a powerful encounter with Jesus. In this teaching, Pastor Nolan walks us through what happens when God grabs Saul’s life, and what can happen when Jesus shows up in our lives as well. What could God do in and through you? Listen in to learn more!
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