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Sunday Order Of Worship

*Opening Song
We Praise You

Adam Thornton

*Worship Songs
Desert Song // Do It Again // Broken Vessels
The Rev. Jimmy McIlrath
Series: Heroes
Sermon: Agent of Change

*Announcements // Dismissal
Calling All Heroes

Have you heard of Jonathan and his armor bearer?

An armor bearer is someone who carries the weapons of his master during a battle. They were known to be confidantes and trustworthy men, personally recruited by warriors and kings. 

This Old Testament story (1 Samuel 14 and 15) tells when the (enemy) Philistines gathered 30,000 chariots, 6000 horsemen, and soldiers as many as the sands of the sea to fight against Israel. When the men of Israel saw that they were in danger, they hid in caves, rock and holes, leaving only 600 fighting men with the Israelite King Saul. To add to their problem, the Israeli army wasn't ready to fight! King Saul also ended up angering Prophet Samuel, God’s spokesperson, by offering a burnt offering and violating God’s command (1 Samuel 13).

It was in the backdrop of this situation that Jonathan says to his young armor bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side” (1 Samuel 14:1). At the looks of it, Jonathan’s suggestion seemed foolish and life threatening, but his armor bearer stood by him without any resistance. 

Jonathan initially wasn’t even sure whether God was in this plan. But his armor bearer replied, “Do all that you have in mind. Go ahead, I am with you heart and soul” (1 Samuel 14:7). 

The armor bearer’s heart was completely surrendered to his master and his loyalty for Jonathan was above his life! He gives immense courage to Jonathan through his words. 

Subsequently God rewards their boldness with a victory. And as they climb the rocky cliffs to reach the Philistine post, great trembling and panic falls upon the enemy camp. The two end up killing 20 men, following which there was a great earthquake and God saves Israel that day.

At the end of it all, the people claimed: Jonathan had accomplished great deliverance for Israel (1 Samuel 14:45). The crowds cheer for Jonathan, but his friend went unnamed and unnoticed. 

Surely without the friend's backing, Jonathan would not have won the battle for Israel. 

Do you know the Hebrew word for ‘armor bearer’ is ‘to lift up’? Jonathan’s friend played such a crucial role - he was there with him lifting his burden physically and emotionally, just like a best buddy who silently stands beside you, encourages you and shields you from the schemes of the enemy. I would venture to go so far as to say that the armor bearer acted as heroically as Jonathan.

As the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." NIV

You can also be a hero by being someone who lifts others up.

Who can you lift up this week?

*Pou Lin Chang
Current Series
What is a Hero? Most believe that a hero is strong, unbeatable, and even flawless. But when we look at the Bible, we see that heroes are found in the most unlikely places. They’re strong, but not in the ways we may think. They don’t have all the answers, but they put their trust in the One who does. In this series, we look at what the Bible says about what it means to be a hero. As we look, we’ll see that through God we all have what it takes to be a great hero of faith.
Special Recognition for Stewart McWhorter This Sunday - August 7th

Stewart McWhorter has recently accepted a new position with UMB Bank (Kansas City). This is something he has worked very hard to accomplish and we celebrate this new opportunity with him. He is very excited to see what God has in store. 

One of his challenges will include more travel and managing a new team. Even though he'll stay in Phenix City and work remotely, the new schedule and work demands will limit his ability to serve as worship leader at The Ridge. 

Don't worry!!! Even though he will be stepping away as worship leader, he (and his amazing family) will remain committed members at The Ridge. I imagine we'll still see him on the stage from time to time. :) 

We cannot say enough about Stewart and Kari and what they mean to this church family. We would not be where we are today without their love, grace, leadership and friendship. Join us this Sunday, August 7th as we celebrate and give thanks to God for their past ministry with us but also look forward to the new things that God has in store for their future.

We're also taking up a love offering as a gift. If you'd like to make a donation, simply use the PayPal link on the app or website or mail your gift to the church office. If you make an online donation, email Clay and let him know to earmark the contribution for the McWhorters (clay@theridgecolumbus.com).
Teacher/Student Recognition Sunday
This Sunday - August 7th

Let's join in prayer for a great beginning.

This is your year!!
Back To School Bash
RidgeRunners Pool Party
Sunday // 2pm // Coca Lake Pool
Grab some lunch following worship and join us for some fun in the sun.
Fall Student Ministry Kickoff
Sunday - August 14th 3:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

New 6th graders through HS seniors are invited!
Come cool down with us and have some fun at the lake. We'll play games, swim, paddle, tube and surf!!! Invite a friend and let's start the fall off right. Drinks, snacks and finger foods will be provided.

We'll close out the day around sunset with a devotion and prayer for our schools. Parents are welcome to come and hang out with us, for part or all, to see what youth is all about.

Students should bring their swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen.
Address: 497 Sturges Rd., Fortson, GA 31808
Volunteer Recognition Sunday
Ridge Rockstar Award - August 21st, 2022 
Ridge Appreciation - Month of September

We can't do Sundays without you!

We're taking a full month to celebrate the impact of those who serve within The Ridge family. At least once a year, we like to to shine a light on the people who lend their time and talents to make a difference!

If you currently serve on a Sunday rotation, we want you to join us for a fun time during the volunteer worship time on Sunday mornings during the month of September. And if you aren't on a serving team but would like join a team, email Dawn Trawick and let us know: click here.
We're looking forward a great new semester!
More info coming soon. Stay tuned ...

Please let us know if you're interested in leading a Journey Group. Email: click here
Series: Heroes
Message: We Could Be Heroes
Video link: Click Here
“Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” – Numbers 13:30, NLT

All heroes are shadows of Christ. – John Piper 

We could be heroes:

1. Heroes are willing to: stand alone. (Exodus 23:2)

2. Heroes are willing to: make sacrifices. (Matthew 20:26)

3. Heroes are willing to: take a risk. (1 Corinthians 15:30-33)
Fall Conference // October 28-29

Click Here for more information.
Special Events:

*Bunco night - August 19th at 6:30pm.
Click here for more information.

Our next dinner is scheduled for Wednesday evening, August 17th.

If you would like to be notified about when and where to meet us, send us an email and let us know. We'd love to have you!

Thank you for the support. If you'd like to give, click here.
Sunday Serve Teams
The church doesn't function without everyone getting involved and making it happen. Have you been thinking of volunteering? Now’s the perfect time to start!!

If you aren't on a serving team but would like to register: click here.
- Ridge Youth -
Youth Summer Schedule

Sunday Night Youth and Afterglows

August 7 – Dinner Out – 5:30-7:00 pm at Location TBA.
(First weekend with school)

August 14 – Lake Party

Questions? - Contact Nathan at 706-464-7548 or nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.
Parent and Student GroupMe

We have a student and a parent GroupMe account to help keep everyone up to date on what's going on in student ministry. GroupMe is a group texting app that's a great forum for staying connected and asking questions. It can be muted, so you won't get notifications constantly. If you or your student would like to be added, just text or email Nathan at 706-464-7548 and nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.
Children's Ministry

August Theme - Best Year Ever

This August at RidgeRunners, our theme is Best Year Ever, based on
1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply.”

Masks are optional on Sunday morning. If you wish to send your child with a mask, we will support that and will require them to wear it while at RidgeRunners. Extra kn-95 masks are available in the greeting area near kid's check-in.

Hi, Parents!
We've re-opened our Pre-K room on the Turner Auditorium main hallway. Children who are potty-trained through Pre-K5 should be dropped off in the upstairs hallway. Look for the banner outside their room. Infants through Toddlers will remain in the last classroom on the right. Kindergarten through Elementary will continue to meet in the gym. Check in at the hallway table just inside the Turner Auditorium doors. 

If you're looking for some more online options for children's programming check out:

*Rightnowmedia.org: This is a free video resource for our church. Check out the kids' section (VeggieTales, etc.) and watch with the family! Registration link: click here.

*Ridge resources for Sunday morning activities/lessons. Just in case you missed out this weekend: click here.

Car Talk:
*How does God feel about you? (He loves you and wants what is best for you!)
*When life is hard what should we do? (Choose to trust God no matter what.)
*Who's the best example for showing love we can learn from? (Jesus and followers of Jesus who reflect his love.)
Memory Verse (learn it together):
Matthew 22:39: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Message Series Archive
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