Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 6:00pm to Sun, Sep 29 at 6:00pm CDT

Congregational Meeting

Our annual meeting will be held at Knoxville Campus THIS Sunday, Sept. 29, at 6pm. Come celebrate and connect with us as we discuss where 2013 has brought us and look ahead to the coming year! No childcare will be provided.


Deadline to Sign Up for Our Congregational Retreat Is THIS Sunday!

Nationally-known speaker Ruth Haley Barton will lead us in "Sacred Rhythms: A Congregational Retreat" on Oct. 4 & 5. The retreat begins Fri. from 6-9pm and continues on Sat. from 8-4. Lunch and snacks are provided. There is a $15 registration fee. Sign up on our website. Click on "Events.”


Bakers Needed

Our Adopt-a-Block team is in need of some help making baked goods for our monthly Adopt-a-Block Saturdays. Sign-ups are available at http://vols.pt/dNaDc7 for the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, or you can email Rachel Carlson: rlcarlson11@gmail.com.


Jr & SrHi Uth Fall Retreats

The SrHi’s retreat will be Oct. 11-13, and the JrHi’s will be Oct. 18-21 at Great Oaks Camp. Our theme is Confab--short for confabulation: breaking out of our false sense of reality and discovering who we truly are made to be. Cost is $60 per student. Questions? Contact Andrew DeGrado: adegrado@richwoods.org for SrHi or David Bell: dbell@richwoods.org for JrHi. Pick up a brochure at the Connection Point to register.


The Castle Drawbridge Is Closing!

This Sunday, Sept. 29, is the deadline to sign your K-5th graders up for "The Knight Before Christmas: A Kids ROCK Christmas Play"! Performance is Friday, Dec. 6, at Knoxville Campus. Sign-up sheets are at the Knoxville Campus Kids ROCK check-in desk, or email Melissa Anderson: manderson@richwoods.org.


Time to Connect to a Small Group

Come enjoy our ice cream sundae bar and discover the joy of belonging to a Richwoods small group! The Home-to-Home Kickoff is Sunday, Oct. 13, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Knoxville Campus. Childcare is provided. We will be forming new groups and filling spots in existing ones. We are also offering a group focused on strengthening marriages.


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Perpetual Formation

Perpetual formation is about continual spiritual growth. The end goal for all Christians is not just to believe and go to heaven, but to join with God in a lifelong process of allowing Christ to be formed in us.

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2 Peter 1:3-11 (TNIV)

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if any of you do not have them, you are nearsighted and blind, and you have forgotten that you have been cleansed from your past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Spiritual growth is expected.

We have not arrived. We are not complete or fully mature. We are works in progress.

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2 Peter 1:5-8 (TNIV)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Spiritual growth is challenging.

Sometimes we compare ourselves to others. This can give us a false view of where we really are because we are to compare ourselves to Christ--and in that comparison, we fall way short.

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2 Peter 1:5-7; 10 (TNIV)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love….Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble…

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Spiritual growth has repercussions.

When we grow, we put ourselves in a better position to honor God and be used by Him. If we don’t grow, we become ineffective, unproductive, short-sighted, and forgetful.

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2 Peter 1:8-10 (TNIV)

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if any of you do not have them, you are nearsighted and blind, and you have forgotten that you have been cleansed from your past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble…

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We need God’s power.

Too often we are too self-sufficient. We try to do it ourselves and forget that, when we draw near to God in submission and genuine dependence, His power is at work within us.

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2 Peter 1:3 (TNIV)

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

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Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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We need God’s promises.

God’s promises give us the hope, strength, and perspective to move forward when we don’t see, feel, believe, or trust.

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2 Peter 1:4 (TNIV)

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

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Judges 6:13-15 (NIV)

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.

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We need God’s people.

We need people to hold us accountable, encourage us, challenge us, inspire us, and help us.

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2 Peter 1:10 (TNIV)

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble…

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Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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