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On REACH Sunday we welcomed Lorraine and Anil Francis, champions of justice who have invested the last 30 years of their lives building and leading Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission (PRMM) in India. In this interview with Tim Healy, they share their faith in God, love for the women and children of India, and the story of Mukti that restores, renews and rebuilds lives through education, support and empowerment.
We need to wake up to the realisation that the long term answer to humanities troubles isn’t rescue, but re-education, prevention not cure, and cause not effect. Our guest speaker, Paul Scanlon, shares how we can bring hope and help to our world by investing into relationships and growing people.
The world in which we live is full of spiritual, moral and social darkness but God has a plan to overcome the darkness – and that plan is you! As followers of Jesus we get to continue the mission of Jesus to illuminate the dark places in our world with the light of His love and the power of His Spirit. In this message our senior minister Tim Healy shares how each of us can effectively live as those called by God to be “salt and light”.
When Jesus tells us to be the 'Salt of the earth', His symbolism is perfect and the implication is powerful. In this message from Beau Spencer, he shares how we have been created to carry a great treasure; the very presence of God. If we live that out well, we can be agents of change for His Kingdom.
Most of us were born into ordinary families. We don’t all come from families of great wealth, fame or significance. However, when we are brought into right relationship with God through faith in Jesus, we become part of His family! God becomes our Father, King Jesus our elder brother and we get millions of brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world. In this special Mothers’ Day message from our senior minister Tim Healy, we explore 5 life-changing truths about being in the family of God that He wants all of us to know.
Jesus is alive and Jesus is Lord! This is a profound reality and one that has significant implications for each one of us. How should we respond to the truth that Christ has been raised from the dead and all authority in heaven and earth given to Him? Find out in this Easter Sunday message from our senior minister Tim Healy.
In John 13 Jesus demonstrated what a humble heart that serves looks like. The trouble is, it’s a heart that is extremely counter cultural to our western context. Jesus didn’t let social status or cultural norms dictate His relationships with people, instead He got up, got low and got messy. In this message Aaron Stacey, challenges us to follow Jesus’ example, and embrace a humble heart that loves, serves and engages with all the people of our world.
A big part of why Jesus came was to make it possible for each of us to experience the goodness and kindness of God in the form of His grace. We will never understand God if we don’t understand grace and in this message from Tim Healy we discover just how amazing and surprising God’s grace really is.
In Mark 2 we see the friends of a paralysed man going to extreme lengths so he could encounter Jesus and be healed. Are we willing to do the same? Our guest speaker Melinda Dwight shares the different perspective of each one in this story and how Jesus doesn’t always answer the way you expect.
The trouble with Jesus is that he calls us the light of the world, not the light of the church. Zac Gageler highlights four trends of closet Christianity and shares practical wisdom to help us faithfully function as light carriers within a dark world
The Trouble with Jesus is that he doesn’t call us to comfortable, convenient, cultural Christianity – He calls us to lay down our ambitions, our desires, our allegiances, our priorities, our lives and follow. Ryan Gageler in this message, shares that faithfulness to Jesus is marked by discipleship to Jesus.
Jesus came to liberate our lives from enslavement to man-made religious systems and their tendency to produce religious hypocrisy in us. In His challenge to the Jewish religious leaders of the time, Jesus exposed seven things that reveal the presence of a religious spirit in our hearts. In this message from Tim Healy, we discover what they are, and how to be free from them, so that you can love God and serve others with a pure heart.
In Luke 15, the religious leaders accused Jesus of associating with sinners. Jesus confronted these leaders and turned their traditions upside down. Our guest speaker Mark Conner shares a perspective of the real Jesus and an aspect of the prodigal son story that may surprise you.
The family of God is made up of many different generations, each one uniquely positioned to serve and support the others. In this message from Tim Healy, we discover that we are better together when we embrace our diversity and strive for unity as a multigenerational church.
One of the best things about following Jesus is that you get to be part of the family God. However, within the context of spiritual family, we all have a deep desire for friendship and relationship. So how do we move from simply belonging to the family of God, to finding friendship within the family of God? In this message, Tim Healy shares five essentials steps that will guide your way.
As Riverview Church we have a shared future that is full of purpose and promise. We belong together and are better together! In this message, our Senior Minister, Tim Healy, shares the vision that will shape our shared life as a faith community in the year ahead. The best is yet to come!
Every day we have choices to make. Decisions that determine who we become and what we do. Are we living for others, or are we choosing comfort over calling? In this final message from our Life by Design series, Aaron Stacey shares that when we choose God's purpose in the everyday moments and lay down our lives to serve Him, we please God and are set free from the opinion of others.
God has called us and empowered us to live our lives with intentionality and purpose. To align with the divine design for life we need to embrace Kingdom patterns, principles and priorities. Discover how these God-given gifts enable us to live a life that honours God and blesses others.
God has gifted us with the freedom and ability to choose. That power comes with great responsibility as the choices we make have far reaching implications. Discover how the ability to exercise our volitional capacity aligns our lives with the will and the way of God and attracts blessing and favour from God.
Beginning a new year is a perfect time to consider whether we are living in the present, or lost in a past memory. The journey of Israel’s exodus provides a great example of how to let go and lay hold of all God has for us, and in this message Zac Gageler explores two practical principles that will help us live with vision and intent for the things of God.
In the final instalment of our I AM series, we discover the surprising way Jesus expects us to interact with Him. Clare Gageler explains that when Jesus says “I AM the vine” it’s an invitation to strengthen a real connection with Him, to love and be loved, and ultimately, to experience life in the way we were always designed to live.
As we celebrate the season of Advent, Alex McKellar shares that Jesus’ statement “I am the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25) is a story of the incarnation - God breaking into our world as Jesus, becoming the one who will suffer, die and be resurrected for all of humanity. God wants us to be full of resurrection life, and calls us to bring that life to others
In the plane of your life, is Jesus at the controls or have you hijacked the cockpit? In John 14:6, we discover that direction is secondary to the One who directs our steps. Jesus calls us to relinquish our desire for control and deepen our dependance on Him as the way, the truth and the life.
Jesus’s statement, "I am the light of the world” follows one of the greatest grace-filled stories in all the bible - the woman caught in adultery. In this message, Aaron Stacey shares how the law reveals our sin, His love reveals God’s grace, and His light reveals our hope.
Sheep need a shepherd and so do we! Left on our own we are prone to wander, get easily lost and are vulnerable to danger. Jesus has come to be a faithful shepherd and to guide, guard, and provide for His flock. Discover what it means to have Jesus as your good shepherd.
In John 6, Jesus declares himself to be “the bread of life”, and through this statement of identity, gives us valuable insight into who God is. Just as we need to eat every day, we need Him every day to sustain us at the point of our greatest need. In this message Tim Healy shares how receiving Jesus is the key to receiving abundant and eternal life.
God has always shown a special concern for the poor, needy, impoverished and orphans. It should come as no surprise that He expects His followers to do the same. In this episode Beau challenges us on how far our relational responsibility reaches, and encourages us to love passionately beyond our loved ones.
Guest speaker Paul Scanlon shares how God used Pharaoh and the bricks without straw scenario to force movement amongst a people who had become attached to an enemy they thought couldn’t get any worse. Paul explains that sometimes the difference between liberation and freedom is an enemy not a friend.
Everything we have been entrusted with belongs to God. It all comes from Him and belongs to Him and ultimately it must be accounted for before Him. Embracing the call to stewardship is all about accepting our God-given responsibility, not as duty but as an opportunity to love and serve others, and clarifying what we are responsible for, who we are responsible to, and to whom we have a responsibility towards.
We all speak with an accent. But what we say also has a spiritual accent. So what accent do you speak with? Is it an accent of life that flows from a renewed, God-focused heart? Or is it an accent of death that flows from a world-focused heart? The good news is that through a continuing relationship with Jesus, we can renew our heart daily, and start speaking life to those around us.
Conversations are an essential part of human relationships. But are you really listening to others when they talk to you, or are you just thinking about what you will say next, or coming up with a better story than the one they're telling? Listening doesn't happen in a vacuum; it takes all of our senses to truly hear what people say. So who do you need to really listen to today?
God didn't create us just so we could be saved and reconciled to him. That is part of the story, but not the whole story. If we do nothing with our faith, it is like preparing to go for a swim but not actually jumping in the pool. We are prepared by God to encounter Him and others. We are prepared by God to do the good works that He has prepared for us to do.
There are many lines in our lives that we can't or won't cross; lines that are created by society, our upbringing and even our religion. Sometimes these lines can separate us from God, and limit our understanding of Him and relationship with Him. So what are the lines in your life? And are they keeping you from a deeper encounter with Him?
There are so many things competing for our attention, affection and devotion and sometimes they can take on a disproportionate level of priority in our lives. Jesus came to liberate our hearts from these false gods and bring us into vital relationship with the one true living God, whom to know is life eternal.
James 4:8 promises that if we “draw near to God he will draw near to us”. But that is not the end of the story. And what does “draw near” even mean? The book of James gives us some practical ways to live as Christians so we can draw near to God, but the key lies in the attitudes of our mind and the condition of out heart.
John 4 tells the story of a Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at a well, and encountered a deeper contentment than what can be found in the physical world. So how content are you? Not your contentment with surface level things like cars or money, but how content are you at your soul level? Have you encountered the contentment that can only be found in Jesus?
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) - It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
God wants us to seek Him out; for it is when we start to look for Him that he finds us. But how we search for him is determined by the desires of our heart. So we have to ask ourselves ‘how is my heart?’ Is it distracted by the things of this world, or is it whole-heartedly searching for God?
Sometimes we put distance between ourselves and God and end up missing out on the intimacy He has invited us to enjoy with Him. When we are far from God he comes looking for us and, with gentleness and kindness, calls us back to the place of close relationship with Him.
Have you ever been in a tough place, and just needed God to show up in your life? Special guest Dr Haydn Nelson returns to speak from the book of Acts and from his own experience about being in a tough place, not knowing what was next or if there was a next, and seeing what God can do in those situations. Because it’s never over until God says it’s over.