Chestnut Ridge Church
Clear as Mud—Part 5
The gospel can be confusing. What exactly should be included in the presentation of it? What does God require of us to receive forgiveness of our sins? How do we receive the gift of eternal life? Our current series, Clear as Mud, will answer these questions and more. No message is more important than the gospel—so, let’s clear it up.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
  • Chestnut Ridge Church
    Sunday 5:55 PM


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Overcome, Worthy of Your Name, Who You Say I Am, Do It Again Fill your belly with delicious biscuits and gravy! All proceeds will help the Ridge Students team raise money for high school camp. Stop by the gym during our fall fundraiser after the 9am and 11am services. It’s only $5 per person! No reservations are needed, and take-out meals will be available. Whether you’re new or you’ve been coming to The Ridge for a while, Next is the place for you to hear a brief overview about the church, ask any questions you might have, learn how to get involved, and determine your next step here—whatever it might be. Stop by the conference room after the 9am, 11am, or 5pm services. You can make a difference this holiday season by bringing in new or gently used coats, and winter accessories to share with those in need in our community. Drop off your items for donation in the lobby now through Sunday, November 18th. If you, or someone you know, is in need of winter gear this year, Community Pick-Up Days will be Monday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 13th from 11am to 7pm. You’re invited to The Ridge during those times to pick out any needed items. The Ridge is an official drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child! Bring your filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, November 12th–18th. If you’d like to volunteer to assist with the collection process anytime during the collection week, please email

Clear as Mud: Part 5 (Tim Haring)

Problem: People don't realize how the gospel is to affect their lives.
Solution: We are to live a life worthy of the gospel: rid and run
Today's Takeaway: Represent Christ well as citizens of heaven
This one thing I urge as the only thing needful. - Vincent
Paul does not set forth a series of exhortations but only one, and it is crucial. Yet this one exhortation is comprehensive since it covers every aspect of the readers’ lives. - O’Brien, P. T.
The words [“live your life”] translate a political word which would mean much to the Philippian believers. Literally it means “live as citizens.” Because Philippi was a Roman colony, the Christian inhabitants of the city would appreciate Paul’s use of that verb. – R.P. Lightner
At various locations around the Empire, retired legionaries were given land in the provinces, establishing colonial towns. Philippi in Greece is one example. - “Life in the Roman Empire,” Carol Ashby
There were four classes of people in the Roman Empire: citizens of Rome, Latins, non citizens, and slaves. - Carol Ashby
Those who possessed such a status enjoyed a wide range of privileges and protections which varied over time and place. Some of the more common benefits were the right to vote in assemblies and to be eligible to run for civil or public office. It also included the right to make legal contracts or hold property, as well as the privilege of immunity from some taxes and legal obligations. They even had the ability to request Caesar himself hear their case. Additionally, citizens could not be tortured or whipped (scourged), except for treason. -
Our goal: Represent Christ well as citizens of heaven
1. Love others and pursue unity.
2. Be careful how you live.
3. Focus on serving Christ.

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