Galatians 1:1-9 – No Other Gospel

October 31, 1517. A monk in a small town in Germany with a troubled soul and much trepidation attempted to invite a theological debate within the church. He didn’t realize that this spark would set off a building powder keg of tensions that would explode and change the course of history. The Protestant Reformation followed. This fall marks the 500th anniversary of that day.

Join us this fall as we take the next few months in a study of Galatians. One of the letters that was vitally important to the Reformation. As we do, we will do so with an eye toward the original context the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the first churches he had planted and an eye toward the Reformation.

Psalm 3 – David's Worship Through Trial

The life of David is a constant help where every Christian may find comfort, example, and the gospel. Though faced with fear, anxiety, and hurt David is able to rest in the promise and word of God leading him to trust-fueled worship. We likewise see David’s example, and are drawn to the perfect example of Christ, who endured all things, fear, anxiety, and hurt on our behalf bringing the salvation of God to the people of God.  

2 Peter 1:3-11 – Remember

From Pastor Jon Rees: This Sunday is my last Sunday as your Pastor at RHC. The past five years have been a joy, honor, and privilege to serve alongside you in reaching Capitol Hill and beyond with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As most of you know, the Rees family is moving to Washington, IA where I will be the Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church. This is an exciting adventure for us and one we are anxiously awaiting what the Lord is going to do in and through us in this transition. We will pray for you that the light of the gospel will shine bright here in D.C. and that a gospel awaking will break out in this city through all the gospel-preaching churches. 

It is such a joy for me that I will be able to preach one more time to RHC this Sunday. Please come and hear God's Word and prepare yourself through prayer and by reading 2 Peter 1:3-11. The call of this passage is to not forget the gospel, something I know you don't want to do. So, come and worship with your church family this weekend and please be sure to say "goodbye" to us as we journey from this place. We love you and we will miss you, RHC.

Revelation 3:1-6 – Sardis

Sardis was a well known city, maybe even the most storied city in the list. Jesus has nothing good to say about this church, though. He confronts them as the one who has the fullness of the Spirit of God and tells them that though they have a reputation of being alive, they are really dead. We might hope that this kind of church isn't around us today, but that is sadly not the case. It is easy for churches to be consumed with activity and have great reputations but still be spiritually dead. 

Revelation 2:18-29 – Thyatira

The church in Thyatira was doing a lot of good work, and Jesus commended them for it. There was a major problem, though. Some of the Christians in Thyatira had embraced a lifestyle that stood opposed to the holiness of Christ. He let them know that He saw their lives and actions, and called them to repent. Christians today face the same kind of pressure. A stand for biblical morality can become a divisive problem outside of the church and can even compromise social and economic opportunities. This is another important text for us.

Revelation 2:12-17 – Pergamum

Pergamum was a government town, which means it had a level of arrogance and a feeling like it was the center of the news cycle - we don't know anything about that here in DC, right? The Christians in Pergamum faced tremendous cultural and political pressure, and Jesus told them that their city was the place where Satan's throne was. While the Pergamites did hold to Jesus' name, they allowed their beliefs to sway to the whims of the pressure they were under. This is a particularly important church for us to see and understand. The pressure to change and adapt the gospel to fit the culture of our time and place is nothing new. Jesus has strong words to say, though, and reinforces the importance of His Word. 

1 John 5:6-21

We started the journey through this book back in the fall of 2015 and we will wrap it up Sunday looking at 1 John 5:6-21. The is a tricky passage that if not understood in the context of the book and the whole Bible can be misunderstood and confusing. As John finishes this book, his desire is that the believers would be assured of the salvation and eternal life they have in Jesus. That is something we all desire and so it is very applicable for us today. 

Luke 24:13-35 – Revelation

In this passage we see the encounter that two travelers on the Road to Emmaus had with the risen Lord Jesus. This was on the same Sunday on which Jesus had risen from death to life. In the midst of their sorrow, the travelers didn’t realize who they were talking to. We will see the revelation of Jesus in the whole of the biblical storyline – how all Scripture whispers His name.

Luke 23:50-24:12 – Resurrection

This Sunday we will celebrate the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, conquering sin and death. As we do so, we will reflect on Luke 24:1-12. Mary Madgalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, along with other women, came to Jesus’ tomb on Sunday morning at dawn and found it empty. Even the Apostles didn’t believe them. But Peter, even in the wake of his denial and failure, ran to the tomb to see it for himself. We will see the historical reality of Jesus’ resurrection, as well as its importance for us.

Luke 23:44-56 – Death, Pt 2

Throughout the ages, the church has gathered on the Friday before Easter to remember the path Christ took to the cross. Good Friday is an invitation for us to stop and reflect upon Jesus as He lived out the lowest of human experience. It is a call to sit in the dust, hand in hand with our own doubts and sorrows. This Good Friday, we gather as a church to reflect upon the sufferings of Christ, see the great cost of our sin, and foster an anticipation for Easter Sunday.  

Luke 23:26-43 – Death, Pt 1

Luke’s Gospel paints a unique portrait of Jesus as the Lord was paraded through Jerusalem. It was the same city as the previous Sunday, and many of the same people. On Sunday His destination was the Temple, but on Friday it was the place of the skull, to be exposed, mocked, hung on a cross, and killed alongside criminals. As we look at Luke 23:26-43 we will see the importance of Jesus’ interaction with a group of women mourning for him, with the leaders and the soldiers, and with the thieves killed alongside Him. We will also see the role Simon of Cyrene played in the storyline. This is an important Sunday. The crucifixion is at the very core of the Christian faith and the gospel itself.

Luke 22:63-23:25 – Accusation

Luke records four rounds of questioning and accusation. Jesus was arrested and dragged in front of religious leaders, politicians, and crowds of people. The people in this story reflect so much of our world today. They were grappling with who Jesus really was. Their positions and passions shaped their responses to Jesus. The same happens today. This Sunday will be a great one to invite friends to join you. We will take time to ask the question, “Who is Jesus?” It’s the most important question we could ever ask because Jesus is either a man of infinite significance or dismissible insignificance. There can be no middle ground. This section will show us that Jesus is the Son of Man, the Messianic King, and the Innocent One.