E-MAIL PRAYER CHAIN
To join our email prayer chain: Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and put the word “Join” in the subject line. You will then be added to our email distribution list to received regular updates of prayer requests.
Prayer requests should be for attendees, their families, and upcoming ministry needs. Please indicate if your prayer requests are confidential. Confidential requests will be distributed to the staff and elders only. All other prayer requests will be complied and distributed periodically to the members of the RBC prayer chain.
To submit a prayer request: Send an email to email@example.com with “Prayer Request” in the subject line. If it is a confidential request, please indicate so in the subject line (confidential prayer requests are sent to staff and pastors only). Urgent prayer requests can be phoned in to the church office at 703-404-5010.
THRONE OF GRACE
In addition, there is an attachment to our weekly e-newsletter called Throne of Grace. Throne of Grace is a compilation of current prayer requests divided into the following categories: Praises (including new births), Health Concerns, Ongoing Needs, Family Needs, Condolences, Upcoming Events (RBC), along with occasional staff-designated categories such as Featured Ministry, Featured Area of Prayer (such as people in the military, marriages in the church, etc.).
The purpose of Throne of Grace is not just to inform the body, but to give you the opportunity to minister to the body through love, prayer, encouragement and meeting each others needs. If you do not receive our weekly e-newsletter, please email Dale Peak.
We pray that Reston Bible Church will become a church of prayer and glorify God in all that we do.
The “Trail Guide” devotional is used by our adult leaders of grade school groups in Quest as a way to prepare their hearts and minds for the topics we will be covering with the children on the weekend. We have made them available here to help our parents of grade-schoolers engage with their children around the topics we are discussing and also for anyone else that might be blessed by following along.
SOUL SHERPA, LESSON 2: The Holy Spirit is Our Guide
My mother is infamous for her sense of direction. Or should I say, lack thereof. She once followed a car for some distance out of her way because “they looked like they knew where they were going.” She has driven almost out of state before realizing she had taken a wrong turn. Mom was sure she was going in the right direction. She even thought she had recognized some landmarks. It took some time but Mom has learned to lean not on her own understanding when it comes to directions. Nowadays she makes sure she either rides with or follows someone who knows the right path.
How many times have you headed down a path that you were sure was right and wise only to find out that you were on a road to heartache? When we depend on our human discernment and worldly understanding they will fail us in the end. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
We can contrast two great men of scripture in this regard. Saul, the first anointed King over Israel, when pressed, did what he discerned to be the wise thing when Samuel was delayed and an attack seemed imminent. He took it upon himself to sacrifice to the Lord. It might seem to us, on the face of it, to be an intelligent move. Samuel hadn’t shown up on time, they were in great danger, and they needed God’s favor. But Saul had been told to wait. He did not inquire of the Lord and he did not trust the command he had been given by the man of God. He was leaning on his own understanding. By contrast his successor, King David, inquired of the Lord for almost every big decision he made, with the exception of a few that famously went badly for him. God has given us a trustworthy spiritual GPS system; his Word and his indwelling Holy Spirit, ever present to guide us. Inquire of the Lord and He will make your paths straight. He is our trustworthy teacher and guide. This is a promise of God.
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? – 1 Corinthians 1:20
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” -Traditional Hymn
MEDITATING ON THE WORD:
1 Corinthians 1:20
1 Samuel 13
1 Samuel 23:4
TEACHING: Before the Throne, Part 4
Why does all hell break loose when we try to enter into prayer? Because prayer is war, and the lack of prayer is nothing less than a declaration of independence from God.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing from this message that was particularly helpful or insightful? What was one thing that was difficult to understand or put into practice?
- Read and discuss Matthew 26:36-46. What do you see about the nature of man? What do these verses tell you about the nature & person of Jesus? What do you observe about prayer in these verses?
- “Prayer is war.” What does this mean? Have you found this to be true?
- Pastor Mike highlights several other hindrances to entering in to prayer: “Prayer is too hard.” “I rarely get what I ask for.” “I can’t find the time.” “Prayer is boring.” “I get distracted.” “I can’t see the Person I’m talking to.” “I can’t hear a response.” “I don’t need to pray about ____. That will never happen to me – I’ve got this under control.” Which of those hindrances do you struggle with?
- What other hindrances to prayer can you think of?
- How does being strategically specific help us engage in prayer?
- Can you think of a prayer that God did not answer, then discovered later it was for the best?
- Through this series, what have you learned about the importance & benefits of prayer? By contrast, what are the detriments of not praying?
- How do you feel you need to grow in the area of prayer? What will you do to pursue this – what’s your plan? Spend some time in prayer asking God to make you a person of consistent prayer, and our church a church of constant prayer.
RBC Ladies, I wanted to let you know about a couple new offerings in Women’s Ministry. Both will meet at the church beginning soon.
- FORGIVEN & SET FREE: This confidential 8 week study is for women who suffer pain, guilt or shame of a past abortion(s). This study, which effectively administers God’s healing grace, is offered in a safe environment with the goal of helping you find lasting healing, forgiveness, and freedom that can only be found in Christ. If you struggle with secrecy, guilt, condemnation or forgiveness, this study is for you. It will meet on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 pm beginning April 24. For more information or to register contact Amy Raye, 571-283-7248, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Kennedy 571-327-0617, Kathy.email@example.com.
- LIVING HOPE: This will be a women’s group for those who struggle with depression. Psalm 42:11 asks the questions, “Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” Beginning May 15, we will host an 8-week (5/15 – 7/10) group on Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 AM for women who struggle with depression. We will share from Scripture and from our own personal lives for the purpose of building each other up as we walk through difficult emotions and circumstances. Our goal is that through sharing openly and honestly with one another, reminding each other of the truths found in Scripture and speaking the truth in love, we will be able to say to our souls, like the Psalmist, “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Due to the intimate and confidential nature of the group, size will be limited (6 – 10 women). Childcare will not be provided. If interested, please contact Julia Blanchard (firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-404-5045).
Have a wonderful week and enjoy this gorgeous spring weather…finally!
Director, Women’s Ministry
Greetings & blessings from the Staff and Elders of RBC. Here’s a look at what’s coming up over the next few very busy weeks.
PRAISE ITEM: Spring Clean last Saturday
Nearly 180 workers helped with 60 jobs and raised $22,000 for this summer’s youth missions trips on a beautiful spring day last Saturday. Thanks for your prayers for safety and good weather, and for your support of this annual event.
PRAISE ITEM: Conversations Help
Thanks to all who responded to a special plea for help that went out Tuesday evening. The response was great! We are still in need of more help, though, in these areas: Childcare for all nights, especially Tuesday (contact Joan Lastova) and some meals during the week (sign up here). For more information, please contact Barb Ruffner.
Finally, more invitation cards have arrived and will be available at tables throughout the Meet and Greet area this weekend, so please continue to invite your friends, co-workers & neighbors to this year’s production.
RBC BOOKSTORE: Will be closed on Easter Sunday in order to accommodate visitors.
LEAKED VIDEO FROM THE LATE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JIMMY O’LENOMAN
April 14-18 is Hometown Heroes Week on the Late Late Late Show with Jimmy O’Lenoman. Instead of celebrities, our guests will be folks whom you, our nationwide viewing audience, have nominated to be on our show – people who are doing good and making a difference in their own little slices of the world. Here at the Late Late Late Show, we know heroes are everywhere, even right under our very noses. So in honor of Hometown Heroes Week, we took a camera behind the scenes of the RBC Network offices in search of our very own Hometown Heroes. They had no idea we were coming. Here’s what we found. Be friends with Jimmy on Facebook (www.facebook.com/
GLOBAL MISSIONS UPDATE: Scott & Suz (Chad)
Scott, Suz and their five children work in Chad, Africa, using well drilling as a means of reaching villages with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every November, the TEAM missionaries in Chad have their annual conference. This year it is November 22-29. There is a need for at least two adults to come to work with the missionary children that week. There are about 10 children ranging in ages from 3 to 13 years of age. If you are interested in serving our missionary family in Chad in this capacity, please e-mail Cheryl Hurley.
WIDOWS, AND FAMILIES WITH DEPLOYED SPOUSES
If you are aware of a widow, or a family whose spouse is deployed with the military, and who also call RBC their church home, please pass their contact information to the RBC deacons at email@example.com. We would like to reach out to them and see if there is anything that RBC can do to assist them.
EASTER SERVICES SCHEDULE: Sunday, April 20
Please consider coming to the 7:30 am service in order to accommodate the large number of guests. There will only be childcare at the 7:30 service for children age 2 and under. Older children may join you in the Sanctuary; however, all Quest children’s classes will be held as scheduled at the 9:00 and 11:00 services.
NEW WOMEN’S MINISTRY CLASS: Forgiven and Set Free Begins April 24
This confidential 8-week study is for women who suffer pain, guilt or shame of a past abortion(s). This study, which effectively administers God’s healing grace, is offered in a safe environment with the goal of helping you find lasting healing, forgiveness, and freedom that can only be found in Christ. It will meet on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 pm beginning April 24. For more information or to register contact Amy Raye (571-283-7248) or Kathy Kennedy (571-327-0617).
MOMS CONNECTION: Friday, April 25 (9:30-11:30 am, Clubhouse)
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PARENTING 101: Sunday, April 27 (11:00 am-12:15 pm, Room 240)
This is an overview of the foundational principles that are found in the Scriptures for raising children of all ages. To register or for more information on other dates and class times, please click here.
STARTING POINT ORIENTATION: Sunday, April 27 (10:30 am, Room 234)
Are you starting a journey with God? Are you returning to church after being away for a season? Do you have doubts about God? If so, why not join us at the Starting Point Orientation. There is no commitment when you come to the orientation; just show up to learn more about Starting Point and sign up for a group if interested.
MARRIAGE BOOSTER: Friday, May 2
AS YOU WALK ALONG THE WAY: God’s Call to Generational Discipleship
Nothing draws a couple together like a shared vision, a mission of everlasting significance. The greatest battle that the church family currently faces is the knock-down drag-out fight with Satan over the hearts of the next generation. Join us as we look out over the cultural horizon to explore the role of couples, parents and non-parents in fighting for the next generation. Raising a generation that knows Christ and makes him known will be our greatest gift & legacy we can give to future generations. Click here to register.
MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, May 11
RBC will be sponsoring a special blood drive from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in loving memory of Stephen Chiang, a faithful blood donor for many years who passed away last year. We will once again have two bloodmobiles to make donating that day even quicker. Why not celebrate Mother’s Day by giving the gift of life. You can sign up here.
MEN’S SUMMIT: Monday, May 12 (7:30-8:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm)
Men, join us and bring a friend to hear Nabeel Qureshi speak on “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” where he describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity. Engaging and thought provoking, Nabeel tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart, and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus. Nabeel is a member of the speaking team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Click here for further information and registration.
NEW WOMEN’S MINISTRY CLASS: Living Hope Begins May 15
An 8-week women’s group for those who struggle with depression will meet on Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am beginning May 15. We will share from Scripture and from our own personal lives for the purpose of building each other up as we walk through difficult emotions and circumstances. Due to the intimate and confidential nature of the group, size will be limited (6 – 10 women). Babysitting will not be provided. If interested, contact Julia Blanchard (703-404-5045).
CHILD DEDICATIONS: Sunday, May 18
At RBC, dedicating your child allows you to proclaim publicly your desire to raise your children for the glory of God. Taking Parenting 101 is a requirement prior to dedicating your child. The next Parenting 101 class is April 27. To register or for more information contact Hannah Vasicek.
DADS & KIDS CAMPOUT: June 6-8
Load up your kids and your camping gear, and join us for an unforgettable weekend in the woods at Pohick Bay Regional Park. Join us for a weekend of bonfires, sleeping under the stars, and just plain fun! As Phil Robertson would say “everybody happy, happy, happy” with all the group games, campfire-songs, hotdog & marshmallow roast, and Sunday morning worship. It’s a special opportunity to disconnect from daily distractions, create life-long memories with your kids, and get to know other dads at RBC. The cost is $25 per camper. Sign up here. For more information, contact Brad Hill (703-517-994) , or Eric Korsvall (202-439-0651).
There are many great opportunities coming up to help us know Christ and make Him known – keep an eye on the Upcoming Events section of the RBC website. It is a blessing to serve and grown in our mighty Lord with you.