Worship

On this day of reverence we prepare ourselves for the season of Lent leading to Holy Week, the Cross and Easter Day Resurrection.  We are offering 3 service  times on February 14th, so please join us for a time of worship, prayer, and the imposition of ashes in the chapel.  (Not the sanctuary)


 

Sermon for Sunday, February 11th

Sermon Series Continues on "Stories of the Kingdom"

In the Meantime

Acts 1:7-8

The first disciples had a distorted idea of the coming Kingdom of God.  “Lord,” they asked.  “Are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  Jesus responded by saying, “The future is in the Father’s hands . . . But you are about to be empowered to do the one thing which matters in the meantime.”

What would that be?  What is it that Jesus asked his followers to be doing until God wrapped up time?  Jesus offers his last word before the his ascension into heaven:  “You will be my witnesses.”

Sunday we are completing a series on Matthew 24-25 by looking at Jesus’ call to action.  While we wait expectantly for the Lord to come we build the Church by giving witness to our own experiences with the Lord. 

See you Sunday.  Don’t just come to church but come ready to be the Church.  If Jesus should tarry, we are building the church by giving a compassionate, loving witness to our faith.   See you Sunday.  

~ Martus


 

Sermon for Sunday, February 4th

Sermon Series Continues on "Stories of the Kingdom"

Preparing for the Judgment

Matthew 25:31-46

When I was a young boy, eight to ten years old, one of the most frightening moments in the evangelist’s sermon was the story of the final judgment. It could be absolutely terrifying.  Our young group did not talk about being with God as much as we talked about what it would take for us to stay out of hell?  

Matthew’s story of the Kingdom separates the sheep and the goats, not on the basis of grace through faith, but on the basis of their works.  This is not what we as Baptist Christians have been taught about salvation, is it?  Didn’t Paul say that we were saved by grace, through faith, and not by works, lest anyone should boast?

Perhaps Jesus was not introducing us to another doctrine to be believed.  Maybe he was  telling us that the greatest expression of grace is compassion — that if we are so transformed as to reflect the mind of Christ it would be by showing compassion.

So while we wait for Jesus to return, as did Matthew’s church, we need to hear “Whenever you did it for the least of these, my brothers and disters, you did it for me.”  See you Sunday to listen to the Word of God. 

~ Martus


 

Sermon for Sunday, January 28th

Sermon Series Continues on " Stories of the Kingdom"

If the Lord Waits, What Do We Do?

Matthew 25:14-30

I have had a hard time picturing Jesus laying out a long-term investment strategy to His disciples.  However, according to the Kingdom story that Matthew relates, that may be exactly what Jesus does.

Jesus’ disciples asked him if this was the time when he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel.  In response,  Jesus promised them the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and then he ascended into the heavens.  At that time two  men appearing as angels said,  “Why do you stand looking into the heavens?  This Jesus, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into Heaven.”

It had been a while since Jesus had left them.  They were beginning to wonder if Jesus would ever come back.  Like the bridesmaids in last week’s story, they began to think he may not be coming right away.  The story of the talents helps us see more clearly what we are to be doing while we wait for Jesus’ coming.

See you Sunday to see how we might make a difference in the mean time.  

~ Martus


 

Sermon for Sunday, January 21st

Sermon Series Continues on "Stories of the Kingdom"

Being Ready If the Lord Waits

Matthew 25:1-13

I am curious:  has anyone who worships at ROBC heard of “the Rapture’?  Has anyone not heard of it?  Well, as Paul says in Sunday’s sermon text, “I would not want you to be ignorant (uninformed), brothers and sisters.”

How can we be ready to meet the Lord?  Let’s say you decided to run in the marathon last Sunday, what do you do?  You don’t just sign up for the Houston Marathon, put on your track suit, and go to the starting line.  If you do that 26.2 miles is a long, long way to run.  Training for a marathon takes months, sometimes years.

Almost all of us can get in better shape than we are.  We can “eat less and move more.”  We can diet and exercise.  If that’s how one tends to the body, how do you tend to your soul?  Paul admonishes us to stay alert and be prepared.  This means to live on tip toe and be in shape everyday for the Lord could come at any moment. 

See you Sunday to see how we might get in shape spiritually to meet the Lord.

~ Martus


 

An Invitation to a New Sermon Series Beginning Sunday, January 14th

Jesus Is Coming.  Be On the Alert!

For the five Sundays following Epiphany,  I want to spend time asking a question, “How are we to be ready for Jesus’ Coming?”  If, as Matthew 24:42 says, “we do not know which day He will come,”  how do we live in such a way as to be ready? 

The topics that we will be exploring  include the following (focus on Matthew 25.):

Making Sense of the Lord’s Work  (I Corinthians 7:29-31)

Being Ready if the Lord Waits  (Matthew 25:1-13)

Investing in the Kingdom of God  (Matthew 25:14-30)

Being Ready for the Judgment  (Matthew 25:31-46)

In the Meantime  (Acts 1:6-8)

I am confident that we shall all be challenged to live with Kingdom values.  My childhood understandings of God’s end to history will be stretched.  My prayer is that God will lead us to see the truth of His word, His presence and power.

See you Sunday to get started on the journey.

~ Martus


 

A Note from Pastor Martus Miley

Welcome to River Oaks Baptist Church!  We are a caring family of people seeking to be devoted followers of Jesus Christ.  Our devotion expresses itself through the disciplines of study, worship, prayer, fellowship and missions.

I would like very much for you to be a part of this loving comunity of faith.  I extend to you the invitation to join with us by your profession of faith in Christ or by the transer of your church letter.  If our staff can be of any assistance to you, please call on us.


Sunday Worship Services

Worship is the expression of our love for God and is essential to our growth as believers.  We encourage active participation in worship by all ages. Our goal in worship is to experientially know the presence of God so that our personal lives are transformed by God's presence.  




Traditional Worship Service

10:00AM Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary

At ROBC, we provide a creative worship experience through a blending of traditional and contemporary worship styles.  Our service is designed to lead persons to worship through scripture readings, personal and corporate prayer, hymn and chorus singing, choral music and responsive readings. The service is characterized by a spirit of respect for the majesty and sovereignty of the living God and a joy at being in His presence. Led by our Pastor, Martus Miley, and our Associate Pastor for Worship, Greg Stahl, the worship service provides Biblical based messages that provide truths applied to everyday living. We want you to worship with us!


Sanctuary Assisted Listening Available

As a part of the ROBC sanctuary renovations during the summer of 2012, considerable upgrades were made throughout the audio systems.  One of those upgrades was to the assisted listening devices for our members that might need additional help hearing during the worship services.

Individual wireless receivers are available in the Welcome Center before the worship service.  Each unit has individual volume control and a single ear bud.  Our Greeters will be able to assist you with the units, or they can locate our Sound Engineer if you have a question.

If you would like to use one, please sign the unit out when you arrive and return the unit to the Welcome Center following the worship service by placing it in the metal box to be recharged for the following week.


Chinese Worship Service

11:00AM Sunday mornings in the Chapel

Our Chinese Service is a celebration of God's Word in the Chinese language. Informal in style, this service is lead by Pastor Clifford Lee and is characterized by scripture readings, hymns and prayer. The service is supplemented by a Bible study program for all ages.  Please visit our Chinese Church page for more information.