The Long, Broad Road: A Brief History of the RCA’s Current Situation

Last week, in one of our updates, I mentioned that we would be taking some time over the course of the next week to look at the conflict that has come to a head within the denomination that Hopkins Community Church is affiliated with, the Reformed Church in America.  This is not a new discussion by any stretch of the imagination.  However, for many, this may be the first time that you are hearing about this. 
 
While some churches have put this in the forefront of things to talk about, HCC has chosen to keep it on the periphery as our affiliation with a denomination is ultimately subservient to our loyalty to Christ.  So, as things have continued to transpire, the leadership has been watching and waiting for the right time to have this conversation as a congregation.  We feel that the right time is now.
 
So, for the next three days, I will be releasing a short video laying out various aspects of the current denominational strife.  We will start by talking about the history of our current struggles and how we got here.  Following that will be information on our current reality and the immediate decisions in front of the General Synod (our national gathering as a denomination) in October.  The final video will then involve some information on what we have done, can do, and some potential opportunities that may be in our future as a church.
 
Before you watch each of these videos, though, I want to ask you to take some time to read the following Scripture passage and prayerfully reflect on it in light of the current events of our day and the current cultural context that we are faced with.  Below that you will find a link to the video as well as some additional resources that I reference in them.
 
On Sunday, we are going to hear from this passage and others in a message about Biblical authority and our foundation in Scripture.  After the worship service, there will be some informal time for questions and answers regarding these videos and the denominational issues that we face.  We will likely be having some district meetings following this as well with dates to be determined.
 
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Matthew 7:13-20

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
 
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