Living Stones

There are few things that can influence the direction of the culture, a city, or life-change like the local church. The Church is Jesus’ blood-bought, future-building, generation-shaping vehicle in the world. The Church isn’t a dying, antiquated, powerless entity. It’s not the building or the logo. No. We are his Church. Each one of us—like living stones—being built up for God’s purpose in the world. This fall, we’re diving into a theology of the Church and scouring the Scriptures to understand her more. Join us as we invade the Bible to get a glimpse of Jesus’ Church.

Living Stones

Living Stones


We Are Crossing Over
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Nov 04, 2019


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We Are Crossing Over

Joshua 1 | Jason Clarke

There are moments the we stand at the edge of a huge decision--a proverbial line in the sand--and hear the voice of God calling us across. The Israelites had a moment like that in Joshua one, standing at the edge of the Jordan. You have moments like that, don't you? We are at a moment like that as a church. Do we cross over? How? Check out this epic sermon by pastor Jason to find out more!

We Are Generation-Shaping
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Oct 28, 2019


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We Are Generation-Shaping

Dueteronomoy 11:18-23 | Scott Bean

Every generation is a mission field. In other words, every generation is a new “lost people group” looking for answers that only the Gospel provides. Every generation needs the Gospel spoken afresh over them. Therefore, among the greatest gospel work we can do is discipling in the context of our home, schools, and neighborhoods among children and teens--both inside and outside our families. Who will go as missionaries into the field to reap hearts and minds for Jesus through hard Gospel work? And what does that work look like according to God's Word? Listen to this sermon by Scott Bean as he explores this topic.

We Are Leader Raising
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Oct 21, 2019


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We Are Leader Raising

Ephesians 4:11-16, various others | Jason Clarke

The universal longing of the human heart is to be led. Our culture is looking for leadership. So, the question is not "Will someone lead?" but "What or who will be leading?" Jesus is the Leader the world is longing for. He has given his Church to the world--even Rise City Church to our city--to serve as biblical leadership, influencing the city to see the beauty of Jesus. While many of us may not consdier ourselves leaders, or even feel nervous about the term leadership, Jesus is calling YOU to be God's kind of leader. Still not convinced? Listen to this week's sermon podcast as pastor Jesus redefines leadership in God's terms.

We Are Messengers
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Oct 07, 2019


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We Are Messengers

Acts 8:1-25 | Nolan Tjaden

How could we see a gospel movement unfold? Here’s how: when the Church lives her calling to be a gospel-proclaiming people.
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Christianity is unstoppable when preaching becomes an every member movement. The preached Word on Sunday is vital, but not total. Proclaiming the Gospel musn’t be consigned to the pulpit but catalyzed by the pew. We are called to be a community of Gospel-communicators.
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What does this look like? We find a powerful picture of what every-member gospel-proclamation looks like in Acts 8:1-25. There’s more in this passage than you would believe! See the eye-opening power of Scripture in this week’s teaching.

We Are A Gathered People
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Sep 30, 2019


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We Are A Gathered People

Various | Jason Clarke

Do you ever feel lonely? Loneliness is something that our culture is becoming known for more and more. Whether it's because of factors outside of our control like work hours, season of life, or ways we tend to isolate ourselves, feeling alone is an increasing pain point for many of us. Here's the beautiful thing scripture offers: Jesus' gathered people. The bible teaches about a God who is--in his very essence--love itself. God is three persons. The Trinity is, in a sense, a community. Therefore, you and I, who are made in his image, are made for community. Love came down in Jesus and invites us into a new community called the Church. Jesus and his Church are the answer to this universal struggle with loneliness. Listen to this POWERFUL message by pastor Jason to learn more.

We Are Blood-Bought
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Sep 23, 2019


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We Are Blood-Bought

Luke 22:14-23 | Nolan Tjaden

Today, in a our age progress we have to wonder why depression rises and many people feel alone, broken, and worthless. What could change this phenomenon? Perhaps it is this reality: we are blood-bought. What if people today new that Jesus--the Gos who created everyone--also bought THEM with his own blood. What would happen if YOU knew that you were blood-bought by God himself? In Luke 22, we find a thesis, unfold that explains what it means to be a blood-bought people. Listen to this podcast to explore!

We Are Future Building
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Sep 16, 2019


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We Are Future Building

1 Peter 2:4-10 | Jason Clarke

There is a war going on for the future of our city. Someone is going to determine the future of our city the only question is who. Jesus is building a better future and he is on a mission to establish that future on earth as it is in heaven. Not only that he has called you to be join him--to be built upon him as the cornerstone of a new movement. God is on a mission and the mission has...you. You are called to Jesus. You are invited. You are chosen by and precious to him. As his Church, we are called to be established upon him as he builds a better future among us.