Weekly Update 9/23-29

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RVC Fall Members Meeting

Rainier Valley Church's Fall Member Meeting is coming up on Sunday, September 29th directly after service. Food and childcare will be provided. We will be giving operations, outreach, and elder updates as well as talking about developments with the Union Gospel Mission.

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Rainier Valley Church is passionate about fulfilling Jesus’ mandate to make disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28: 18-20) so that every member becomes a mature and fully-equipped followers of Jesus (Ephesians 4: 11-16).

We believe that in Community Groups (CGs), Christians are coming together regularly to discover how our lives were meant to be lived in Jesus and empowered by the Spirit.   It's our desire  that CG's cultivate fully-formed followers of Jesus in the everyday stuff of life.

A Community Group is a group of 10-12 people who live life together by regularly meeting throughout the week to eat, learn, pray, study the scriptures and do ordinary life together following the way of Jesus.

Join us and follow the way of Jesus in community.

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Sunday Baptism

Baptism Sunday is coming up on Sunday, November 3rd.

Baptism provides an opportunity for every believer to publicly acknowledge their faith. “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)
Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace alone, and the outworking of this faith is demonstrated by obedience. Taking the step of baptism demonstrates our obedience to Christ! Now is your time to be baptized.

If you or someone you know needs to be baptized, please sign up to be baptized on November 3rd. Invite family and friends to celebrate this incredible step of obedience and faith! It's time to celebrate your baptism!

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Galatians: Finding Freedom

Living In Line with the Gospel

Francis Schaeffer once said, "biblical orthodoxy without biblical compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world." The Gospel is a set of beliefs that should flow into our actual behaviors. Gospel Doctrine should flow into a Gospel Culture. What does it mean to live in line with the Gospel? Listen or download this message on Galatians 2:11-21 https://rainiervalleychurch.com/latest-sermons

Living in Line with the Gospel

Sunday, September 22nd 

Galatians 2:11-21

2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

2:15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

2:17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Reflection Questions 

  • In which areas have you been increasingly walking in line with the gospel over the last month? The last year? 

  • Are there people in your church you have not been “eating with” because they are not “like you”? What self-righteousness lies beneath this attitude? 

  • How could you motivate yourself, and other Chritians, less with guilt and more with the gospel? 

  • Is Christ’s death everything to you? What difference does this make to your love for Him and your actions in life? 

  • How would you explain “justification by faith” to someone who has never been to church before? 

  • How would you explain the difference between being moral and being a Christian to someone who thinks being good makes them acceptable to God?

  • How would you counsel someone who claims to believe in justification by faith but shows no sign of love for Christ? 

Exercise - Talk sometime this week to have a meal with someone in the church you’ve  never eaten with and ask them questions to get to know them better.