Sunday Sermon: Better Than All the Rest

Sunday, June 4, 10:45 AM
Sanctuary (In-Person); Facebook & YouTube (Online)

Better Than All the Rest
Psalm 13

A regular element of Old Testament prayer, as revealed in the Psalms, was drawing upon God’s character and past deeds.  This practice illustrated the person’s trust and confidence that God was both capable and willing to help, as well as encouraged God to act in ways consistent with how He had acted in the past. In this sense, the Prayer of Confidence is both a praise and a plea.  It fits the bill of glorifying God for his many attributes and powerful actions, while requesting that he put those attributes and power to work on our behalf once again.

Join the ROBC Family for Worship this Sunday, June 4 at 10:45 AM either IN-PERSON or ONLINE:

Click Here for Online Worship on Facebook  
Click Here for Online Worship on YouTube 

Click here for the Worship Guide

Please note: You DO NOT need a personal Facebook account to view the ROBC livestream services. 

If you have children at home, feel free to print the fun age-appropriate Children’s Worship Guides for them to complete:

Click here for Ages 3-6 Worksheet 1 Color.pdf.
Click here for Ages 3-6 Worksheet 2 Color.pdf.
Click here for Ages 7+ Worksheet Color.pdf.

Sunday - June 4

Next Sunday, June 4, is Flip Flop Sunday, when Bible Study will begin at 9:30 a.m., and worship will immediately follow at 10:45.

We hope you’ll also join us for breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00, where we’ll have a variety of tasty items for you to enjoy before you go to Bible Study.  We’ll also have a barista on hand to prepare your favorite morning beverages!

Wear your flip flops and your Hawaiian prints, and join us next Sunday, June 4th!



Church-Wide Breakfast Fellowship - Sunday, June 4

Join us next Sunday, June 4, 2023 for breakfast and a cup of coffee from Java Pura Barista Coffee in the Fellowship Hall.  The Java Pura Barista Coffee will be serving from 8:45 to 10:45 am.

We will have the following Menu:
Flat whites
Cafe Americanos

Various Monin syrups and sauces

Hot chocolates
Assortment of teas
Coffee urns of brewed Costa Rica "Don Teofilo" and Cold Brew Latte

Have a cup of coffee before going to Sunday School!



Look What’s Coming Up at ROBC

Sunday, June 4th @ 9:00 AM 
- Worship & Bible Study Time Flip Breakfast 
  (Bible Study @ 9:30 AM & Worship @ 10:45 AM)

Sunday, June 4th @ 12 NOON
VBS 2023 Workday

Monday - Thursday, June 5th - 8th @ 8:45 AM - 12:00 NOON 
- Vacation Bible School 2023: STELLAR


Midweek Worship will resume in the Fall

River Oaks Baptist Church Midweek Worship Night will resume in the Fall!

Josh Moore and his band will be leading contemporary worship, followed by a sermon from ROBC Senior Pastor, Dr. Steve Laufer.  We hope you will come and bring your family!

Childcare will be provided in the church nursery (PS112) for babies through 3 year olds.
Children (age 4 through 6th grade) will leave after worship for a time of fun in the gym.  Youth (7th through 12th grade) will leave after worship and continue their regular Wednesday activities in the Commons youth suite. 

For questions, reach out to Angela Johnston at or Cheri Pemble at

RSVP for your family by clicking the link below:
ROBC Midweek Children/Youth RSVP


2023 ROBC Pledge Card

Dear Members and Friends of ROBC,

This past Fall as we’ve looked in depth at the teachings and practices of Jesus related to the Kingdom of God, I’ve been reminded of how His lived-out examples are as relevant and vital in our age as they were in his. It’s incredibly challenging to consistently give attention to the spiritual and eternal when the pressures of our current era entice us to always focus on the earthly and temporal.

The wonderful thing for us is that the Church is the place where all the spiritual and eternal and earthly and temporal collide into one community. We have the opportunity to bring our expected eternal hope just a bit more into the world in which we live where the people we love exist! In worship, in service, in sharing life together, in inviting others to come experience and know the God whom we love, and in countless other ways, we bring the invisible spiritual world into the visible physical realm, just like Jesus did.

In these days where requests for the generosity of financial investment come from every direction, it is good for us to be reminded of the eternal and divinely appointed significance of the Church, with Christ as its head, his disciples as its members, and his message and example as its mission.

Much prayer and planning has already gone into the year to come, and we have great expectations for how the Lord will continue to use our church to shape the lives of our members, and all those that come into contact with us in our community and our world. In order to fulfill the 2023 Ministry Budget recently approved by the congregation, ROBC needs your giving pledges for the coming year.

A commitment card is included along with this letter that can be mailed back to the church in the enclosed self-address postage-paid envelope.  You may also bring your commitment card to the church either on Sunday mornings, or to the church office during the week. Please give prayerful consideration to how you can be a part of the financial opportunities that the coming year will inevitably present to ROBC.

The Apostle Paul, following in the example of Jesus, describes us as the Body of Christ, with each one of us having a role to play in the overall health of this church family. Thank you for everything you do to make ROBC an ongoing influence for the Kingdom of God in the community of River Oaks and across our great city of Houston.

Following are the options for making your 2023 Pledge:

  • Receive email with virtual for making Pledge Card and return via email:
  • Print at home and mail or deliver to church in person
    Click here for the 2023 Fillable ROBC Pledge Card.pdf
  • Receive printed pledge card in mail and return via US Mail
  • Pick up printed pledge card at church and return it in person the following Sunday

Yours in Christ,

Dr. Steven R. Laufer
Senior Pastor




Did you know ROBC has it's own app?  We do, and it is very useful for doing things like listening to sermon podcasts, watching past worship services, and even giving.  If you don't have it yet, be sure to download it at no charge from either the Apple App Store or the GooglePlay App Store by scanning the above QR code with your phone's camera.


Bible Study Rooms

We have resumed Bible Study for all ages (pre-school through adults) on the ROBC campus.  In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, room assignments will be different than they were pre-COVID.

Here are the locations for Bible Study Classes:



Children’s Church (K thru 4th)


Babies (Nursery)




3's, Pre-K, & K


1st & 2nd 


3rd - 6th


Youth (7th-12th)

Youth Room (Commons)


Fellowship Hall A&B



Step By Step


Young Adults



Commons Dining Room (CDR)


Church Library

Just as in worship, we are encouraging everyone in Bible Study to wear a face covering and to continue to practice social distancing.

We are very excited to resue Bible Study and to move one step closer to a sense of normalcy!


Dr. Steve Laufer Installation Service - Thank You Volunteers!

What a wonderful day in the life of our church on May 15th!

The service installing Dr. Steve Laufer as our new Senior Pastor was very moving.  Sincerest thanks to those who participated in this very special service.  Thank you to the ROBC Ministry Council for the well-attended celebration lunch we shared following the service.  The food was outstanding, and the decorations were lovely.  With more than 130 in attendance for lunch, it was a truly special day to be in the Lord's House on that day!

Please continue to pray for the church and all the members as we move forward in sharing the good news with our friends, family, and the community. 


Updated ROBC COVID-19 Guidelines

With the increase in people being vaccinated and the additional booster available, COVID is still with us.  There are many cases of people who have been vaccinated, but still contracted the COVID Delta/Omicron variant. ROBC Deacons are still recommending that we continue to follow the COVID-19 Guidelines listed below:

  1. All adults and children (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are strongly encouraged to wear a face-covering at all times while on campus, including during corporate worship and Bible study.  This request is made out of concern and care of others who are around each of us. Once you are in your seat in the Sanctuary for worship, you may remove your mask, as long as others around you are at least 6 feet away from you.

  2. The ropes have been removed from the Sanctuary for worship, however, we encourage everyone to make every effort to maintain social distancing when they are here for Worship and Bible study.  

These are the only two recommendations at this time that we are asking people to follow.  It is very important that we, as a church family, do what we can to keep ourselves and our church family as safe as possible.

Hopefully, soon the positive case numbers will decrease and we can once again enjoy the smiles and unmuffled words of encouragement we all receive when we walk into ROBC.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. ~ John 13:34