Sermons by Riley Driver

Sermons by Riley Driver

Ephesians

Ephesians 3:12-4:6 NIV

Paul’s Prayer and Plea  Ephesians 3:12-4:6, April 18, 2021  12 In him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.  13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. Do not fall away from Christ, by reason of his sufferings, which was to their glory; or stated differently, his sufferings were their glory, in that in them he sealed the truth of the doctrine he preached, being…

Resurrection Sunday

I Believe Jesus is Alive  Resurrection Sunday, April 04, 2021  Today, I want to do something a little different. All of you know how I like to tell jokes, some good, some okay, some terrible. Well today I want to start out telling you a joke with a point, so I hope you will bear with me. A woman, Majorie Bosworth, posted this joke on FaceBook. It got over 400 likes and a few dozen comments. This is told from…
Ephesians

Ephesians 3:1

Who Is In Charge of Your Life?  Ephesians 3:1, March 28, 2021  1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— Q: Who is in charge of your life? My life? Our lives? Fatalism? The belief that are events are predetermined and inescapable. Determinism? The belief that all events, including our choices and our actions, are ultimately determined by causes external to our choices and our actions. Are we are victims of circumstances, life.…
Ephesians

Ephesians 2:11-22

One in Christ Ephesians 2:11-22 March 21, 2021 This is week four in Ephesians where in week 1, chapter 1, verses 1-14 our focus was on “In Christ” and the destination predetermined for all who would be in Christ.  In week 2, again in chapter 1, verses 15-23 where we learned we (believers) are Christ’s treasure, His inheritance paid for with His body and His blood as in the parable He spoke of in Matthew 13:44 The kingdom of heaven…
Ephesians

Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV

Made Alive in Christ Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV March 14, 2021 Last week we looked at all the instances we read in Christ one way or another and found 10-12 depending on the version of the Bible you use. Today in the first 10 verses of chapter 2, we have 5 instances of with Christ or in Christ.  Video as an introduction v1. dead in trespasses or transgressions and sins. This is obviously not a real or complete death as we…
Colossians

Colossians 3:18-4:1

Colossians 3:18-4:1 February 07, 2021 Instructions for Christian Households v18. Wives. NIV/KJV submit yourselves, NASB/NRSV be subject Here wives are to voluntarily submit to show respect. The wife’s submission is never to be forced on her as the Greek verb shows the submission is to be voluntary. Nor does it require a servile attitude. The Greek word translated submit is a word borrowed from the military. It literally means “to be under in rank” and applies only to her husband within their…
Colossians

Colossians 3:1-17

Colossians 3:1-17 January 31, 2021 Guidelines for Living as Believers REVIEW 1:15-20  2:16-17 Legalism/Judgments. Food/Drink/Religious Festivals/New Moon/Sabbath Day plus Legalism was but a shadow. A shadow doesn’t exist in and of itself. We embrace the reality not the shadow, Jesus is the reality 2:18-19 False Teachers/Angel Worship. What they have seen was used to provide authority beyond Jesus. Angel worship always demotes Christ. Such denies Christ as the head of the church who nourishes/unites/increases the church. 2:20-23 Asceticism. Doctrine or…
Colossians

Colossians 2:15-23 NIV

Colossians 2:16-23 January 24, 2021 The Shadow and The Reality of Jesus Paul’s letter to the Colossians (and to Laodicea) has the message of 1:15-l9 emphasized throughout. What is that message? No matter what the problem is – No matter what the heresy is – The answer is the same and the answer is not some set of rules, ‘do nots’, but instead the answer is the person of Jesus the Christ.  Now we don’t have the letter from Paul…
Colossians

Colossians 2:1-15

Colossians 2:1-15 January 17, 2021 Paul’s Letter to New Age Heresies Continues Paul’s letter to the Colossians (and to Laodicea) has the message of 1:15-l9 emphasized throughout. What is that message? No matter what the problem is – No matter what the heresy is – The answer is the same and The answer is not a system – Instead the answer is a person, Jesus the Christ.  v1. “how hard I am contended for you” = “intense agony for you…
Colossians

Colossians 1:15-29 NIV

January 10, 2021 Colossians 1:15-29 Paul’s Letter refuting the New Age Heresies  While in prison in Rome, Paul was visited by Epaphras, the pastor of the Colossian Church. Paul wrote of Epaphras as ‘my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus in Philemon 1:23. There is little doubt Epaphras came to see Paul about various heresies causing problems in the Colossian church. The primary heresies were 1) legalism from the Jewish community, 2) oriental philosophies from travelers, 3) pagan astrology, 4) mysticism…
Colossians

Colossians 1:1-14 NIV

Sunday, 03 January 2021 The Polemic Against False Teaching, Part 1 Colossians 1:1-14   NIV Comment: This Sunday, Pastor Riley teaches on Paul’s letter to the church of Colossae – focusing on his take on false teaching in their community.
Philemon

Philemon

Sunday December 27, 2020 Philemon 1:1-25 Comment: This Sunday Pastor Riley teaches on the book of Philemon and how through God’s eyes we are all equal.