Members of the Riverside church of Christ are simply Christians...we are not a denomination or even non-denominational. We're just "Christians". It is our goal to always please God, and we believe that the best way to do this is to follow the pattern established by the first church of Christ in the 1st century, revealed in the New Testament.
We have no creed or doctrine other than God's Holy Word in the Bible, and we follow it book, chapter and verse...without adding to it or taking away from it. It is God's desire that we strive for unity in our teachings of New Testament doctrine.
The book of Job provides us insight into the spiritual realm that we don’t find anywhere else in the Bible. It gives us insight into suffering and various ways by which the devil tempts us. In this study, Don Blackwell leads us through the book, and draws out these rich lessons as we go.
1.HOW DID GOD GIVE US THE BIBLE? “For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21, ASV). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16, KJV).
2. WHAT IS SIN? “All unrighteousness is sin” (1 John 5:17, ASV). “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4, ASV).
3. WHY DO WE NEED JESUS CHRIST? “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23, ASV). “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, ASV)read more
What must I do to be saved? The answer to this question has implications both now and for eternity. Sadly, wrong answers are being given all the time. In this study, Don Blackwell opens the Bible and shares with us God's answer to this question. It is a simple, straight-forward study done in a kind and loving manner. With a question of this magnitude, you cannot afford to be wrong. Won't you join us for this vital study?
Have you ever felt strongly about a religious idea – one that seemed so true, so clear, and so logical? Maybe statements like, “Surely God would like this,” and “Surely God wouldn’t do that” resonate with you at times. Perhaps your spiritual zeal is so strong that you confidently feel, “This must be what God wants me to do.”
The question is: How do you know God wants you to follow what you feel in your heart to be right? How can you know anything about God? Of course, we can know about God by observing nature. “The heavens declare His glory” (Psa. 19:1). “His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived […] in the things that have been made” (Rom. 1:12). The physical world itself testifies to the existence of God. But how can you know His thoughts?read more...
Do you constantly beat yourself up for sins committed years ago? Do you struggle with the feeling that you are not perfect? Are you filled with worry and dread about your eternity? Do you have constant doubts whether you will go to heaven? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this video is for you. In this study Don Blackwell opens the book of 1 John and draws from each chapter points that instill hope and confidence in the heart of each faithful Christian. It is a study of 'blessed assurance.'
Grace is forgiveness that forgets. Grace is favor in absence of merit. Grace is love that stoops. With those who do not deserve anything, grace gives everything for nothing (Ephesians 2:8–9).
Donald Barnhouse said, “Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace.” The Old Testament word for grace (chen) means “to bend.” God condescends to men of low estate (cf. Romans 12:17), runs to meet sinners (Luke 15:20), and loves the unlovable (Romans 5:6). What kind of grace does God have ready for manʼs needs?.read more...
What exactly is a miracle? The Bible describes many miracles in times past, but do miracles still exist today? In this lesson, Don Blackwell looks to the Bible for the answers to important questions.
In view of recent tragedies, one writer suggested that we all “boycott God.” She suggested that if we all stopped praying, attending church, and praising Him, that just might make Him stop killing so many people in these tragic disasters.
God gets blamed for a lot of things He doesn’t do. When Satan attacked Job, he made the fire that burned up his sheep come as “fire of God from heaven” (Job 1:16). The persecution came from the opposite direction, but it was in Satan’s favor to make God out to be the bad guy. It still is, and he still does.read more...