Weekly Update 9/4

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Men’s Retreat 2019

Men, the Christian life is a battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It’s impossible for men to live this life without the resources God has made available to each of us. God has given us His Word, His people, His Spirit, His truth, and His Son to fulfill our mission. As men, we must humble ourselves, learn to look to God for His supply and live in his power.

Join other men from Rainier Valley Church as we learn what it means to follow Jesus as we enjoy fellowship, food, teaching and worship at the 2019 RVC Men's Retreat at Camp Casey.

Time: Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15
Cost: $75 (scholarships available if needed)
Location: Camp Casey
Contact: Doug Foreman and Kari Culumber for more details

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Hope Place Graduation

You're invited to join us at Rainier Valley Church for a night of celebration and testimonies at September's Hope Place Graduation. Graduations are inspiring events filled with stories of life transformation. If you've never been, we'd highly encourage you to go, support many of the ladies who come to RVC, and be encouraged by their stories.

RVC also helps provide childcare for this event as well. If you're interested in helping families celebrate their big night by providing childcare for kiddos please talk with Kari Culumber

Hope Place Graduation
September 11, 2019
6:30pm - 8pm

RVC Members Meeting

Rainier Valley Church’s Fall Members Meeting is coming up on Sunday, September 29th. The Members Meeting will begin directly after the worship service. The Elders and the Board will be sharing some upcoming outreach events, giving church-wide updates, and sharing the direction and goals for RVC this Fall.

Come join your church family and hear what God is up to and be praying about what role you can plan in this next season of life together as Jesus’ people in South Seattle.

Rainier Valley Church Members Meeting

Sunday, September 29th

Directly after the worship service

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Galatians: Finding Freedom - Week #1

“The Uniqueness of the Gospel”

Sunday, September 1st  

(Galatians 1:1-9)

1:1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:

1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

Questions for Reflection 

  • Paul is astounded that once believing Christians are turning to another Gospel. What other Gospels exist in our culture and why might a Christian be tempted to turn to them instead of the true Gospel? 

  • How does legalism undermine the Gospel? What’s the difference between legalism and zealous obedience? 

  • Why is the fact that the Father initiated salvation important for understanding that the gospel is free? 

  • In what ways do we add to the Gospel? What are some “Jesus+something else” messages taught today?

  • What does Paul say about those who preach false gospels? Do you think Paul is out of control in this passage? Why or why not? 

  • Does free grace lead to carelessness about sin? Explain. 

  • How do Paul’s words about pleasing Christ, not men, affect you? Do you struggle with the desire to please others over Christ? How might we fight this sin? 

  • What practical steps can you take to avoid legalism in your life? 

  • When do you find it hardest to accept the authority of apostolic New testament teaching? Why? 

  • How would you explain the gospel to someone who asked you today what you believe? Why is the Gospel good news to some suffering? Why is it good news to someone who doesn’t know God? Why is it good news to the self-righteous? 

Exercise - Talk with someone from your neighborhood, workplace, or school about their life and discern what “Gospel” they believe about the good life, God, and themselves