We believe that the gathering of God’s people on Sunday mornings should be focused on growing believers and leading them in God-exalting worship. As a result, our sermons take the necessary time to delve into thorough exposition of Scripture. We make sure to preach the entirety of Christian doctrine found in the Bible – not only the amazing grace of a loving Heavenly Father, but also the depravity of our own sin and the reality of eternal condemnation apart from Christ’s redeeming work. We choose worship songs that help us to glorify God not only with our heart and emotions, but also by engaging our minds, intellect, and will. We incorporate public Scripture reading and corporate prayer in our services, as the church has done for centuries.
We can’t promise that when you walk through our doors you’ll get an entertaining, feel-good service. What we can promise is an authentic, substantive worship service, grounded in Biblical truth, focused on giving our Great God the glory He deserves. If that sounds good – this could very well be the right place for you.
Here is what to expect when you walk through our doors:
Our people are kind, friendly and generous because their lives are being transformed by the power of the Gospel. They shake hands, give hugs, listen and pray for each other. They love the Word and enjoy talking about it.
Call to Worship
We begin every worship gathering with a reading from Scripture.
We pray several times during the worship gathering. We pray for our time together, for our people and for our leaders and nation.
The music at RHC is Gospel-centered and Christ exalting. It is filled with Biblical truth. We love modern and traditional hymns. We use songs from the Getty's, Sovereign Grace, Matt Boswell, City Alight, Issac Watts, John Newton, Augustus Toplady, Martin Luther and many other trustworthy sources. We usually have a full band onstage but we also like to do acoustic sets with just a guitar and singers.
We do not do Ted Talks or 20 minute sermonettes. "Sermonettes produce Christianettes" (John Stott). Our sermons are usually 60 minutes in length. We teach expositionally (line by line) through books of the Bible. We teach Scripture in its original context. We use biblical terminology and do not shy away from words like sin, judgment, repentance and hell. We teach The Doctrines of Grace. Our aim is not to entertain, but to focus on feeding our people with the Word. We use the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible because it is a literal, word for word translation and very accurate. The NASB is great too.
We do not ask for money. Because God has given us everything in Christ, many people want to give and help support our church. So we provide a time during the gathering for them to do so. However, no one is ever pressured to give because the good news is ALWAYS a free gift. We just want you to come and receive what God gives.
We celebrate Communion on the last Sunday of each month as a time of remembrance of Jesus's finished work on the cross.
We perform water baptisms once or twice a year depending on the need. We have a portable, heated baptistery that we bring into our sanctuary and set up. This is an incredible time of celebration at RHC!
We give parents an opportunity to dedicate their children to the Lord once or twice a year depending on the need. The whole congregation prays for these families.
Parents are welcome to keep their children in the worship gathering because we love it when families worship Jesus together. But if they prefer to put them in age specific ministries, we offer Nursery for babies to 5 years old and Kids Camp for 6 to 10 years old. We teach both groups the Gospel. We also take the safety and security of children very seriously. Our staff has been screened through Live Scan.
We have no dress code. Some folks wear t-shirts, shorts and flip flops. Others wear polo shirts with jeans or Dockers. Dresses are great. Once in a blue moon you'll see a guy or two in a suit and tie. Our main teaching pastor prefers hawaiian shirts, Levis and Vans or his favorite cowboy boots. Wear whatever makes you comfortable. But remember, modesty is good policy.
There is a large parking lot behind our building. We have ushers patrol it during our worship gatherings to make sure that our vehicles are safe.