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 a series of interactive courses intended to help anyone at Redemption Hill Church apply gospel riches to their own lives, and to help others do the same. 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. Class sizes are limited to 24 participants, and childcare is available.

NEW IN 2020

In addition to Sunday and Tuesday evening courses at The Fourhundred (400 West 32nd Street), we will begin offering courses Tuesday nights at West End Baptist Church (2844 Parham Road), and Wednesday mornings at The Fourhundred.

2020 Spring 2 Term

May 11th, 18th, 25th, June 1st, and 8th
How to Study the Bible | This online Zoom course will pull from best practices and methods for studying the bible. We hope to equip you both for personal study, and for teaching others. You’ll see how to ask questions of a text in different genres (OT narratives, wisdom literature, gospels, and epistles), and how to use study tools for help. Overall, the aim is to stir joy within you through observing, interpreting, and applying scripture.

May 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd, and 9th
Anxiety and the God of Rest | This online Zoom course will use Ed Welch’s book Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest to explore the sources and effects of our everyday and acute anxiety. Time will be given for both teaching, small group discussion, and personal reflection. We’ll provide everyone with a Kindle version of the book.

2020 Spring 1 Term

Beginning March 8th, 10th, or 11th
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.

March 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and April 7th
Church History: The First 2,000 Years | What do I really need to know about church history? How can it help me today? How can it prepare me for the future? Whether you are a novice, or an academic, join us for a five-week course on Church History. Professor and pastor John-Paul Lotz, M.Div., Ph.D. will be leading this course as we look at the major movements in the history of the church.

2020 Winter Term

January 19th, 21st, or 22nd
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 2020 encouraging one another in God’s Word.

Beginning January 26th, January 28th, or January 29th
Prayer: Its Purpose, Power, and Practice | In Psalm 23 David prayed for rest, strength, hope, guidance, comfort, peace, confidence, and encouragement. Over 5 weeks, Mark Becton will use these specific requests to equip you to pray with more purpose and expectation of the power of God’s grace. Our hope is that each student will finish this course inspired to pray daily with practical tools, and be encouraged to approach God in every crisis.

January 28th, February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
How People Change | This course will explore the fundamentals of grace-driven change that leads to greater joy and Christ-likeness. We will be reading Paul Tripp’s How People Change, and putting into practice the Heat, Thorns, Cross, Fruit model. Students will be equipped to better apply the gospel to their own lives and help others begin to experience transformation from the inside out.

March 1st
Theology as Biography: William Carey | In this special Equip course, Mark Becton will walk us through the life of William Carey.

March 3rd
Theology as Biography: Hannah More | In this special Equip course, Megan Clinch will look at the life of Hannah More.
 

2020 Spring 2 Term

Beginning March 8th, 10th, or 11th
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.

March 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and April 7th
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.

March 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and April 7th
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).

March 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and April 7th
Church History: The First 2,000 Years | What do I really need to know about church history? How can it help me today? How can it prepare me for the future? Whether you are a novice, or an academic, join us for a five-week course on Church History. Professor and pastor John-Paul Lotz, M.Div., Ph.D. will be leading this course as we look at the major movements in the history of the church.

April 14th
Revival: Past, Present, and Future | What have been the extraordinary movements of the Holy Spirit? Should I expect and pray for them again? What happens if I’m disappointed…or surprised? In this class, Mark Becton will survey the movements of God in scripture and history. Starting with Biblical accounts, we will look at the context and impact of the great movements of God, with particular focus on how believers and not-yet-believers respond, and the impact they have on the culture. Mark will also share from his personal efforts, frustrations, and experiences with such prayer. The resources of scripture, history, and personal experience will provide you with practical tools for faithful prayer and God-glorifying expectation.

April 14th
Intro to Christian Thinking for Gracious Discourse | Join Raymond Goodlett for a fast and furious evening as he introduces his 5-week course on Christian Thinking for Gracious Discourse. During the class, he’ll give an overview of the most important topics trending today: politics, culture wars, economic systems, gender issues, social justice, and race.

April 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 10th, and 17th
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.

April 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 10th, and 17th
Apologetics: Knowing, Sharing, and Defending the Gospel | Do we really know the basic elements of the gospel? Do we know how to articulate and explain it others? How would you respond to some of the most common questions about God or the Bible? 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. Join Sebastian Traeger 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.

April 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th, and 19th
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 Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.

April 21st, 28th, May 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.

April 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th, and 19th
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.

April 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th, and 19th
#Trending | Christian Thinking for Gracious Discourse | Join Raymond Goodlett for a five-week course that will wrestle with some of the most important topics trending today: Politics (Is it good, bad, or neutral for Christians to be involved in political matters?), Culture Wars (What should and should not matter?), Economic Systems (Does Scripture make a case for Socialism or Capitalism? Should Christians have a preference?), Gender Issues (Clarity and compassion in confusing times), Social Justice (Wisdom for both liberal and conservative responses to injustice). This course will includes lectures, recommended resources, small group discussion, and time for Q&A. Come be encouraged and challenged in your convictions and opinions, and also equipped to discourse well about today’s most trending issues.

Beginning April 21st or 22nd
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands | How can the gospel change me? How can God use me to help others? How can I lovingly confront and be confronted with truth? What does ongoing peer-to-peer counseling look like? Join Chris DeRoco for a five-week course examining Paul Tripp’s model of personal ministry: Love, Know, Speak, Do. This course is for anyone who wants to be equipped to help others, and for those who have particular interest in being matched with those in the church seeking peer-to-peer help with particular struggles.
 

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