Take 5: Entering the World of the Unknown, Part 3


The Bible opens and closes with peace. Everything in between is war. Our people must understand that to live in this present world system to live in a world that is hostile toward believers.

Take 5 is a series of videos for pastors & teachers of God’s Word. Mike Minter, teaching pastor and founder of Reston Bible Church, shares practical wisdom from over 40 years of ministry experience.

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To suggest a topic for Pastor Mike to cover, send an email to questions@restonbible.org.

TRAIL GUIDE: The Goal of the Soul

QUEST Trail Guide DevoThe “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.

EXTREME MAKEOVER, Section 2, Lesson 3: The Goal of the Soul

What is the goal of the soul? Our souls were built for relationship with God. That relationship, once founded in Christ, can either be cultivated or neglected. Remember back to your childhood for a moment. When you learned to turn cartwheels or dive headfirst into the pool, did you shout, “Daddy! Look at me”? How about when you got good grades, your first job, or got engaged? In a healthy father-child  relationship it is natural to want to please Dad.

How much more so our perfect heavenly Father? Cultivating our relationship with God means aiming to please Him out of love, not obligation. When we love God with our soul, we are pleased to please Him. Take a nice slow read of the following two passages and then prayerfully reflect on how we can help the kids cultivate their soul relationship with the Father.

“And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” – Jesus (John 8:29)

“I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” – David (Psalm 40:8)

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation, He is my fortress – I will never be shaken.”    -Psalm 62:1-2

MEDITATING ON THE WORD:

Prov 11:29-31 | Matt 10:28 | Ecc.12:7 | Eze.18:4 ! Eze.18:20 | Luke 16:19-31 | 2 Cor 5:6-8

 

HOPE Ministry Haiti Trip


Early in October 2014, a small group of RBC ministry leaders took a short trip to Pignon, Haiti. Aaron and Abi Osborne (our Jr High youth pastor and his wife), Pat and Courtney Cassada (who coordinate RBC’S HOPE Ministry) and Pete Ferrara (one of our church elders) took a trip to see one of our supported missionaries, Pastor Francois, in Pignon, Haiti. Pastor Francois, a native of Pignon, runs both a church that he started about 30 years ago as well as an orphanage that houses over 40 orphaned (and functionally orphaned) children ranging from infancy to almost 20 years old.  He’s hired mothers, teachers and more for these kids and clearly prioritizes their spiritual health as well as their physical health.  They’d give our kids in Awana a run for their money in scripture memorization (or soccer, for that matter.)  They were amazing kids with bright smiles and lots of love. The pictures we took don’t even do them justice.  I believe so much of that is due to Pastor Francois.  He is a man with a full trust in God’s provision and grace, and was an amazing blessing to be around.  He repeatedly called Reston Bible Church his “sister church,” and fully believes we are united in the work of the Lord, who adopted us out of our sin and calls us His children by His grace.

We brought new sound equipment for his church, a lot of much-needed clothes, shoes, and less-needed (but still enjoyed!) candy and toys that were just treasured – all generously donated by RBC. Our agenda, however, was not the typical short-term missions agenda. In Pastor Francois’ terms, “We are in Haiti,” which roughly translates to “Who needs an agenda?!”  We simply played with and loved on and prayed for his children and talked a great deal with Pastor Francois about how to best serve and enable his ministry. When it comes to these children and his community going forward, he wants our hearts in Pignon more than our checkbooks.  There are a lot of needs there. But well beyond the great need is a greater trust that the God who calls Himself “the Father of the Fatherless” will provide in abundance.

- Courtney Cassada, HOPE Ministry

 

Please take some time to pray for the children in Pignon and for the work Pastor Francois is doing there for the sake of the gospel. Be on the lookout for upcoming opportunities at RBC to support the children of Pastor Francois’ orphanage.

 

Sunday Rewind | 10.19.2014

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Your Love Never Fails (Romans 8:38-39) – Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

Alive In Us (Ephesians 2:4-5) – God Is Able by Hillsong

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Psalm 16:11) – Original Arrangement

Your Great Name (Philippians 2:10-11) – Love Revolution by Natalie Grant

Give Me Faith (Psalm 73:25-26) – Nothing Is Wasted by Elevation Worship

Endless Light (Psalm 113:3-4) – Cornerstone by Hillsong

 

TEACHING: A Study of Deeper Faith in Colossians, Part 12

Our vertical relationship with God deeply impacts our horizontal relationships with others, and peace with God gives us the peace of God. The world defines peace through the lens of security; the Christian’s peace comes from confidence in the gospel.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERMON AUDIO

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
  2. How do you define “peace”? What brings you peace?
  3. Read and discuss Colossians 3:12-17. What do these verses tell you about you? What do they tell you about Jesus?
  4. What “vertical” and “horizontal” elements do you see in these verses?
  5. What does it mean to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (v. 15)?
  6. What is the difference between peace with God and the peace of God?
  7. How does the world tend to define peace? Is this different from the peace of God? Why or why not?
  8. How does the gospel bring us peace? How have you experienced this peace during a painful trial?
  9. What is one way you can intentionally impact someone else’s life this week with the peace you have in God?
  10. Spend some time praying for the things you’ve discussed. Thank God for the peace we have with and from Him through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Take 5: Entering the World of the Unknown, Part 2

The wisdom of God is counter-intuitive to the fallen mind, so we must teach our people to be wise in the Scriptures.

Take 5 is a series of videos for pastors & teachers of God’s Word. Mike Minter, teaching pastor and founder of Reston Bible Church, shares practical wisdom from over 40 years of ministry experience.

For more Take 5 videos, visit vimeo.com/channels/minter or subscribe via RSS here: blog.restonbible.org/category/resources/take-5/feed/

To suggest a topic for Pastor Mike to cover, send an email to questions@restonbible.org.