RH Equip

Redemption Hill Church exists to cultivate Gospel-Centered, Grace-Driven, and Mission-Minded people; and one aspect of cultivating disciples involves the particular ministry of equipping (Ephesians 4:11-12, Hebrews 13:20-21). RH Equip is series of interactive courses, intended to equip folks across Redemption Hill with the skills and tools to apply gospel riches in their own lives and homes. We have developed a number of courses that include content and practices fundamental to being a faithful and fruitful disciple, as well as classes that address particular needs as they arise. Equip classes meet Sunday nights and Tuesday nights throughout the fall at The Fourhundred (400 West 32nd Street). Class sizes are limited to 25 participants, and childcare is available.
 

Upcoming Course Registrations

 

Fall 1 Term

September 3rd
Community Bible Reading Spark | This course will introduce the Community Bible Reading (CBR) journal and encourage you in the reading and praying of God’s Word. The CBR journal is a proven tool to help us surrender to God’s word, see Jesus in all of scripture, and experience richer community. Come hear about CBR, as well as others’ experience with it, then join with us as we move into the fall encouraging one another in God’s Word.

September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and October 6th
Gospel-Centered Theology | The Unfolding Story of Redemption in all the Bible | Come learn how to read the Bible as one story that culminates in the person and work of Christ, so that every part of Scripture is understood in relation to Christ. Special attention will be given to the covenants, sacrificial system, and the history of Israel in the Old Testament.

September 10th, 17th, 24th, October 1st, and 8th
Expectations | Redeeming the Realities of Marriage | How can we root our marriage in worship? How does grace help us to love one another? Why am I so selfish? How can we graciously deal with disappointments? How can we have better communication about things that matter? Join us for a five-week course on Expectations: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.

Gospel-Fluency | Speaking the Truths of Jesus to Ourselves and Others | How can the gospel have a deeper impact on our everyday lives? How can I speak about Jesus so others can experience this? Where in my life am I failing to believe the truth about God and the gospel? How can I better understand my own experience of God’s grace? How can my story help others believe?Join us for a five-week course using Jeff Vanderstelt’s book Gospel-Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life.

October 15th
Side-by-Side | Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love | Why do we struggle to respond well to people that are hurting? Do you find yourself saying the wrong things, or not knowing what to say, or not sure what to do for them? How can we wisely help someone with ongoing comfort and support? Join us for a special Equip class using Ed Welch’s book Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love.

This is a Bible | Unique, Reliable, Historical | How does the bible stand up against textual criticism? Has it been preserved over the centuries? Come explore (again) the story of the canon, reliability of ancient sources, and the show-stopping beauty of the bible’s organization and unifying story. Join us for a special Equip class using Tim Challies’ book A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible: Seeing and Knowing God’s Word.

Theology as Biography | Join us as we we explore the faithful lives of past Christians, focusing in on specific people and movements in history.
 

Fall 2 Term

October 20th, 27th, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th, 29th
Gospel at Work | What is God’s purpose for my work? How should the gospel change the way I do my job? How does a Christian strategize and plan their career? Most Christians spend half of their waking lives at work, but we go to work with serious misunderstandings of how God intends Christians to think and live in the workplace. God provides a better way to think about work: “Who we work for is more important than what we do.” This course will help you think biblically, live wisely, and act practically in your workplace.

October 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th, and 19th
How to Study the Bible | This course will introduce basic concepts of exposition and application; including consideration of the various genres, importance of historical and literary contexts of scripture, and use of study aides. The goal will be to equip men and women to have more effective personal study, and learn to teach bible passages to others.

None Like Him | An Introduction to the Attributes of God | God is infinite, self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omniscient, sovereign. Join us as we wade around in the shallows of the endless ocean of God’s perfections for five weeks. Special emphasis will be given to how different God is from us, and how remembering his attributes can affect us in our everyday lives. This course will follow Jen Wilkins’ book None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (And Why That’s a Good Thing).
 

2019 Winter Term (Previous)

January 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th, and 19th
Everyday Church | This course will explore our calling to an ordinary life with gospel intentionality. Using 1 Peter and Everyday Church, participants will be challenged to think biblically about the church and making disciples. This will get very practical and encourage individuals and RH Communities to engage with the unbelievers around them. Participants will also write a short-version of their personal Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration story for the purpose of understanding the gospel’s work in their lives, and with a view toward sharing it with others.
 

2019 Spring 1 Term (Previous)

February 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th
Rhythms of Grace | This course will explore proven practices that help us respond well to God’s grace: Reading the Bible, Corporate Worship, Sacraments, Serving, and Stewardship. Our hope is to engage in these with more expectation and benefit, and be equipped to encourage others to do the same.

The Gospel at Work | What is God’s purpose for my work? How should the gospel change the way I do my job? How does a Christian strategize and plan their career? Most Christians spend half of their waking lives at work, but we go to work with serious misunderstandings of how God intends Christians to think and live in the workplace. God provides a better way to think about work: “Who we work for is more important than what we do.” This course will help you think biblically, live wisely, and act practically in your workplace.

April 9th
Gospel Fluency | We’ll spend one evening exploring how asking good questions and listening to others can help us declare the gospel in meaningful ways. Our hope is to leave this evening with more confidence about taking the next step in conversation with an unbelieving friend.

Healthy Tensions in Gathered Worship | Conversations about worship on Sunday often produce much more disagreement than agreement. Even though the act of worship is innate, knowing how we’re to worship God isn’t. Is worship an event, or all of life? Should worship be planned, or spontaneous? Should it be directed to God, or one another? Is worship about my head, or my heart? This course will seek to examine the number of seemingly paradoxical, or at least contrasting, ways to worship God when we gather together, and how our call as worshippers of God isn’t just to be “balanced” in our approach to Sunday morning, but to become more faithful.

Everyday Christianity: How to Take Small Steps in the Great Commission | It is easy to feel overwhelmed and inadequate in light of Jesus’ call to make disciples of all nations. Join us as we look at our own fears and obstacles in light of God’s glory and power displayed in the gospel. We’ll remind ourselves of the promised hope we have in God’s Word, and explore simple and practical ways to “live such good lives among” the unbelieving so they themselves may one day see and glorify God (1 Peter 2:12).

Side by Side | Course description coming soon!
 

2019 Spring 2 Term (Previous)

April 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, and 21st
Seeing and Enjoying Jesus in the Scriptures | Have you been wondering how to jump-start your daily worship? How to read the bible regularly and with satisfaction? How to meaningfully share what you are learning with your spouse, kids, and friends? This course will introduce the Community Bible Reading (CBR) Journal, and cover the CBR lectures: Invitation, Surrender, Jesus in the Old Testament, and The Bible in Community. Each session will involve working through Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication together, and will also look to equip others to use this tool in small group settings.

April 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th
Apologetics: Exploring Reasons for Belief | How would you respond if a coworker asked you: Can a rational person believe in God? How can a good God allow so much evil? Can we trust the bible? Can you prove the resurrection? Can we agree with other religions? Perhaps you have been wondering about these for yourself as well. Join us for a five-week course where we take some time to do some of the hard work of searching our own hearts for lingering questions or doubts. Come be equipped to better work these reasons for belief into your ongoing conversations with new and not-yet-believers.
 

2019 Summer Term (Previous)

May 28th, June 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
Sovereignty and Salvation | This course will explore the riches of the gospel as described in the five doctrines of grace using Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton. The goal for this course will be to move participants toward a more robust and joy-filled understanding of how God redeems his people.

Marriage Basics | Course description coming soon!
 

What People are Saying

Everyday Church
I was inspired to keep deepening my relationships with non-Christian friends and also to remember that the pressure is not entirely on me to “convert” someone but to be able to listen to their story well while sharing with them parts of mine and articulating how Jesus fits into that. – Jane

Sharing your story is vital and not something that we typically do with people we do not know all that well. It helped with increasing vulnerability and taking some of the intimidation factor out of sharing some of the more vulnerable parts of life. It made me think that I could do that again (and will!) – Casey

The biggest part for me has been identifying how to draw out people’s functional idols with attentive questions. Also, this was a space where people could open up and talk freely about their lives and how the Gospel applied to them. – James

Sovereignty & Salvation
Coming into this class, I had been wrestling with fear & doubt and a lack of joy and confidence. My prayer was that by the end of the class, God would use these truths to encourage my heart and bring about joy. I learned in small pieces about each of the doctrines, but seeing the big picture and how they all fit together in and throughout Scripture was really impactful for me. Praise God that my salvation has nothing to do with ME. I feel relief & peace, knowing that God is the one who chose me, rescued me, and keeps me. – Cait

This course helped me to treasure God’s mercy in a deeper way as I meditated more on my sin and on the riches of His grace! Thank you so much for all that was put into this! – Susanna

I left this class feeling immense comfort that God specifically chose me. I recognize God as bigger and more sovereign than I did before. – Cody

Gospel Transformation
Each of the lessons were so rich, that I thought we could have gone multiple weeks on each. Chris: the Lord worked through you in remarkable ways to synthesize key themes. Thank you for your preparation and sacrifice to lead us through this very valuable text, filled with such life-altering theology. – Gary

Being able to visualize the chart was so helpful. It gives me visual direction, and I’ve found I make it to the CROSS quicker and intentionally am striving with God’s help to bear fruit instead of thorns. – Kathleen

For the first time being a Christian, I am learning how to deal with my emotions biblically without just :”praying about it” or “reading the bible” trying to fix my behavior but not addressing the real issue. – Marcus

My friend asked if I would partner with her to take this course, I reluctantly agreed – to come to ONE class. LOL! God has such a sense of humor – having used my fear of man (not wanting to disappoint my sweet friend) to get me right where He wanted me to be. This study was SO timely and an absolute LIFE CHANGER. I would highly recommend both this study and the book When People are Big and God is Small to every single person in the church body because it is NEEDED by ALL. – Jo