Riverside United Methodist Church

Fall 2019 Sermon Series

October 6 – November 3, 2019

Body Language: The Silent Messages of the Church

In 1971, Albert Mehrabian published the book Silent Messages, in which he discussed his research on non-verbal communication. Professor Mehrabian combined the statistical results of the two studies and came up with the now famous rule that communication is only 7% verbal and 93% non-verbal. In other words, our body language often conveys more than our words.

In the Bible, the Church is often referred to as the Body of Christ. Could Professor Mehrabian’s work speak to the church today? Wouldn’t it be something if we remembered that the world heard the message of God’s love most clearly by the Church’s actions and less by the Church’s words? In this five week series, we will explore five silent messages of the Church (kindness, praise, fellowship, service, and generosity) that communicates God’s love through our “Body Language”.

October 6

Theme: Kindness

Scripture: 2 Samuel 9:1-7 and Titus 3:1-8

October 13

Theme: Praise

Scripture: Psalm 96:1-13 and Revelation 4:1-8

October 20

Theme: Fellowship

Scripture: Acts 2:2-47 and Ephesians 2:19-22

October 27

Theme: Service

November 3

Theme: Generosity

Scripture: 1 John 3:11-20 and Luke 12:22-34