Summary: Beyond just introducing the author and recipients, Paul lays out the purpose of his apostleship, which corresponds well to the purpose of his writing. He desired to see healthy churches established, governed by faithful elders, maintaining sound doctrine and good works.
Summary: God calls his people to share the gospel with relevance to all people. We have no greater example in Scripture than Paul, who sought "to become all things to all people," so that he might present the gospel in an understandable way no matter what the context. Missiologists call this contextualization. Paul said, "I do it all for the sake of the gospel..." Do you?
Summary: Each of us carry many burdens throughout life. The greatest is the burden of our sin. Galatians 6:1-10 instructs believers to walk together through accountable relationships, bearing one another's burdens, and looking for opportunities to practice good works. Community Groups at RHC provide the context for this to happen on a regular basis.
Summary: Renowned author Jim Harrison says, "The answer is always in the entire story, not just a piece of it.” That is certainly true of the Book of Ecclesiastes. If every pursuit is ultimately unsatisfying, what is the solution to life? What is the point of it all? The final passage of the book teaches us that we can find freedom from vanity by fearing God and keeping his commands. On this side of the cross, we understand this only happens through the gospel.
Summary: How should we navigate our journey through life? Ecclesiastes teaches us that we need to use a God-centered compass by allowing our knowledge of God as Creator to color and flavor every detail of our lives.
Summary: Paul Tripp says, "Whatever rules the heart will exercise inescapable influence over the person’s life and behavior.” Ecclesiastes 10 explains how what is going on in our heart will necessary be revealed in our actions. Using Tripp & Tim Lane's Heat, Thorns, Cross, Fruit structure, this sermon explains that we need a heart remade and constantly renewed by grace to walk the path of wisdom.
Summary: We all have a tendency to see what is in front of us more clearly, but not see what is in the distance all that well. Ecclesiastes 9 teaches to enjoy life with the end in view. In other words, it's by grasping the reality of death that we learn to enjoy the preciousness of each day in the present.
Summary: When’s the last time you either saw something or read something that made you say, “That’s not fair! That’s not right!” Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 gives us wisdom for how to live in an unjust world. It teaches us to fear God, who is the righteous Judge of all things.
Summary: On April 15th, Redemption Hill celebrated it's One Year Anniversary as a church. It's our desire that we be like the one leper in Luke 17:11-19 who after he was healed by Jesus, returned to express gratitude and praise.