This Sunday @ RVPC

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM)

Sermon Text (Revelation 20:1-6)

[1] Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. [2] And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, [3] and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.

[4] Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. [5] The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. [6] Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. (ESV)

This Lord’s day we are getting back into our study through the book of Revelation. We are getting close to the end of the book, and will be looking at the opening passage of Revelation chapter 20. This, of course, is the passage that speaks of Satan being bound for a thousand years and the saints ruling with Christ for that same thousand years. (Many call this the Millennium).

What are we to make of this passage? Some insist that this passage be understood in a strictly literalistic fashion (although they do not seem to take the part about Satan being a dragon who is bound with an actual chain literally for some reason). How (and when) is Satan bound? How (and when) do the saints reign with Christ?  These are some of the questions that we hope to address on Sunday.

We hope that you will join us as we examine this great passage of the Word of God this Lord’s day!

Sunday Night Bible Study (6 PM)

We are currently going through a study of the Heidelberg Catechism. Please join us as we take an in-depth look at this great teaching tool and means of unity in the church that has stood the test of time for over 450 years!