What Does Ridge Kids Mean To Me?

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by jessica duncan

My daughter Avery (age 4) and I love Ridge Kids!

At only 4 years old, she has had to deal with so much change and craziness in her life that I thought it would be impossible for me to help her cope. She lost her daddy 8 months ago, which rocked both of our worlds. I had to explain to her every day that her daddy would not be coming home. At only 4 years old, you can imagine, she could not understand.

I tried reading her books about heaven, but she had never even heard of heaven before. I beat myself up because I hadn’t even told her about Jesus. As soon as I was able to get the energy to make it out of the house, we went to the Ridge one Sunday and have been there ever since.

Avery came out of her first class in love with her teacher and telling me all about Jesus. It was very hard for me to talk to her about God, because honestly, I was still a little mad at Him, but I didn’t want her to be. The teachers there have helped me break the ice in talking to Avery about Jesus. She is learning so much, and she is learning in a way that she can understand.

She is putting the pieces together in her own time in a way that she can understand. She now knows that God loves her and loved her daddy. She knows that her daddy is in Heaven with Jesus and that Heaven is an amazing place.

The excitement that the teachers at the Ridge have towards teaching the kids about Jesus makes Avery excited to tell me and everyone we know about Jesus. This excitement and childlike view of the world has also helped me cope. The simple lessons that Avery is learning at Ridge Kids are good reminders for me as well.

I am so thankful for Ridge Kids and the love and support they have shown to us.

What Is Your Next Step?

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by kevin bradford

What’s in a next step?

Do you remember the process you had to go through to graduate high school? You had to take this math class and that science, and don’t forget the electives! The amount of effort you put into each class was determined by what you wanted to do after high school. From there, you worked through a plan set by guidance counselors and teachers, designed to help you know which steps to take next.

The same idea applies to your spiritual growth. Let’s face it. Following Jesus is not an easy thing to understand. I look back on times in my journey where I felt dazed and confused, wondering what I was supposed to do next. Thankfully, God placed the right people at the right time in my life to help me navigate those uncertain seasons of life. I learned how to read the Bible, pray, serve, and live my life by watching those men and women, as well as by asking questions. They were patient as they showed me the next steps I needed to take to grow in my relationship with Jesus.

Jesus constantly invited people to take next steps. He told Peter to toss his fishing nets aside and become a fisher of men. He challenged a guy named Matthew, who was a tax collector (probably the most hated profession at the time) to leave behind his crooked ways and follow him. And don’t forget about the woman Mary he encountered after she discovered the empty tomb. “Go tell my brothers.” Every next step he presented was intentionally designed to help them grow.

At Ridge Church, we want to help you take next steps. Regardless of where you are on the journey, we will help you discover where to go next as you follow Jesus and walk with you along the way. The steps you take are critical to seeing transformation happen in your heart.

Here are some next steps you can take:

* Start a Bible reading plan. It can be hard to know where to start reading or what to read next. Bible plans can guide you so you can spend less time wondering what to read next and more time understanding what you’re reading! Visit http://ridgechurch.cc/next-steps/read-the-bible for some ideas to get you going.

* Join a Life Group. The goal of joining a group is to grow in your walk with Jesus around people that can support you in taking your next steps. We believe life is better when you live in community. Visithttp://www.nowsprouting.com/ridgechurch/form.php?pageID=65&loadDraft=1 to sign up for a group.

* Give to the Dollar Club. Once a month, we do the Dollar Club. It’s an offering we collect to benefit an immediate need in our community. As the title says, we ask that you give $1 (or more if you choose to) on the firstSunday of every month. The church matches the total given and then we help someone who could benefit from it.

* Join a Serving Team. When you serve on a team, you get the benefit of connecting with others and being a part of something bigger than yourself. We have a lot of opportunities to plug in. It’s all about helping you find the right fit for you that will help you continue growing in Christ. Visithttp://ridgechurch.cc/next-steps/serving for more information!

Life Change Is Infectious

by bobby williams

Each Sunday that we have baptisms at Ridge Church, it becomes my new favorite Sunday. I love seeing people take their next step in their journey as a follower of Jesus.

This past Sunday we baptized three people with more this coming Sunday!

Every baptism is a person with a story. And every story is someone’s life being changed forever.

Sunday we heard the story of Evageline who thought she had given her life to Jesus early in life but realized later that she only went through the motions but never truly committed her life to Jesus. After coming to Ridge, she said she repented of her sin, gave her whole life to following Christ and took her next step in baptism this past Sunday.

There was Aiden, who as a young boy, knew Jesus was calling him to be His. Sunday when he was baptized, he shot up out of the water like a man who knew all that he had been forgiven of.

Then there is John. John came to the Ridge reluctantly as all-out atheist. But as John would soon find out, when the Holy Spirit draws you into God, you just can not resist. John gave his life to Christ and baptized.

We had a chance to sit down with John to hear his story. His story is a reminder to us that God can literally save anyone. And when he does, it’s hard to keep that kind of good news to yourself.

“It’s time to take a stand and show the world, my faith has changed and my heart has been opened.”

John Miller Story from Chris Hill on Vimeo.

Stop Following Your Heart | New ebook

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by bobby williams

If you have been around the Ridge any length of time, you have heard me plead with you to, “stop following your heart.”

As writer of a new ebook Jon Bloom says, “your heart is a compass inside of you that will direct you to your own true north if you just have the courage to follow it. It says that your heart is a faithful guide that will lead you to true happiness if you just have the courage to listen and act. The creed says that you are lost and your heart will save you.”

Jon Bloom has written a great ebook called Don’t Follow Your Heart. It will help you heal, as well as avoid spiritual heart disease, by identifying and resisting your heart’s errant predilections and directing it to do all God’s will — to follow Jesus.

Grab this FREE EBOOK now at DesiringGod.org 

7 Ways To Invite Someone To Ridge Church Sunday

by bobby williams

This weekend we kickoff and incredible new series called Five Lies of the Devil.  Maybe you’ve seen some of the videos. You can get more info on the series RIGHT HERE.

If you can’t tell, we really believe that this series will greatly impact people in our community and we want to make sure you have all the tools necessary to invite those around you to church this weekend.  I am more fired up about this Sunday than I am the UT game Sunday (and I’m pretty fired up about that.)

Not only do we kickoff a new series, we add a 3rd service time (8:30 – 10:00 – 11:30)…AND….we will have the Dollar Club reveal as well (DO NOT miss this!).

 

This is one of those things that could seriously impact a persons eternity.  That’s HUGE!

We’ve worked really hard to give you great tools & ways you can invite someone to be at Ridge Church with you this Sunday.

Here are a few done-for-you ways you can invite someone to Ridge Church Sunday.

Facebook

Post this on your timeline:

Hey friends! This Sunday I’m going to Ridge Church in Oak Ridge, and I would LOVE for you to come with me! We start a great new teaching series called Five Lies of the Devil. Leave me a comment and let me know if I can tell you more or if you want to come with me!

Share this:

We have THIS event invite made just for you. Share it on your timeline and don’t forget to use the invite your friends option

Use this picture:

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Twitter:

Tweet this:

I’m going to Ridge Church tomorrow- which of my friends are coming with me?

Instagram:

Save and post this picture:

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Add this in the comment section of Instagram:

Can’t wait for this series tomorrow at Ridge Church. We have 3 service times- 8:30…10:00…11:30. Let me know what time you want to come and I’ll meet you there!

Text Message

Copy and paste this text to a few friends:

Hey! I’m going to Ridge Church tomorrow. Want to join me?

Email

Send a short email to a few friends, tell them you’re going, what time you’ll be going, and ask them to meet you there.

Regardless of what you do, be bold, be brave and do it.