Take 5: Making It Stick, Part 5

When you communicate, every point you make is either load-bearing and supports your message or else it becomes interference and dilutes your message.

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.

Sunday Rewind | 9.28.2014

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Be Lifted High (John 3:30) – Nothing Is Wasted by Elevation Worship

Open Up The Heavens (Psalm 108:4-5) – Worth It All by Meredith Andrews

The Lord Our God (James 1:17) – Let The Future Begin by Kristian Stanfill (Passion)

God You Lifted Me Out (Psalm 30:1-2) – For The Honor by Elevation Worship

Cornerstone (Psalm 18:2) – Cornerstone by Hillsong

In Your Presence (2 Corinthians 8:9) – Nothing Is Wasted by Elevation Worship

 

TEACHING: There’s No Time Like the…

Everyone tends to default to living in either the past, the present or the future. Where does God desire us to be?

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. Everyone tends to default to focusing on the past, present or future. What are the strengths of each? What are the weaknesses?
  3. Which do you tend to think more about – the past, the present or the future? Why do you think that is?
  4. Read and discuss John 14:1-17. What do you see about the person and works of Jesus Christ? What might these verses also tell us about man? What jumps out at you personally as you read through these verses?
  5. What does it mean that God’s Spirit “dwells with you and is in you” (v. 15)?
  6. What does it mean to be in the presence of God? Can you describe a time when you knew you were in His presence?
  7. How does the gospel of Jesus Christ frame your past? How does the gospel impact your present? What does the gospel promise for our future?
  8. Spend some time in prayer about the things you’ve discussed. Thank God for His presence and the new life we have in Him. Pray for His grace over any specific struggles you have focusing too much on the past, present and/or future. Ask for a continual awareness of His presence in your daily life.

Take 5: Making It Stick, Part 4

Every audience will have skeptics and unbelievers. In the 4th session of “Making It Stick,” Pastor Mike talks about inviting them into the conversation.

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: http://blog.restonbible.org/category/resources/take-5/feed/

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

Take 5: Making It Stick, Part 3

In part 3 of “Making It Stick,” Pastor Mike talks about the need to anticipate questions your audience may have regarding your message.

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

Weekly Update | 9.26.2014

RBC Weekly Update

Greetings & blessings from the Staff and Elders of Reston Bible Church!  Here’s a look at what’s coming up over the next few very busy weeks as the fall ministry year gears up.  There are also many great ways to get involved in church life here at RBC.

PRAISE ITEM:  Bikes for Nicaragua
We received this update on last weekend’s bike collection.  A huge thank you to all that donated to help change the lives of orphans in Nicaragua.

The total is now 168 bikes!  Amaaaazing!  I am so thankful.  Every week I’m so humbled and amazed by how God provides for this ministry.  This week, it’s RBC.  You all supplied so many wonderful bikes and tremendous words of encouragement.  I deeply appreciate it, as does our entire team in Nicaragua. We’ve been studying the possibility of opening a third bike shop in Sebeco- a remote area in northern Nicaragua that we’ve been ministering in for three years.  I really think the huge collection that RBC just provided might move that new shop into reality.  I will be going to Sebeco in January for my second meeting with their leadership as well, God willing, to finalize the business plan.”

GUILFORD ELEMENTARY UPDATE
Want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors, especially children?  For the next several weeks we will be collecting new and gently used children’s books, enough for three per child.  Look for designated bins in the lobby. For a list of recommended books, see attachment.  Other ways that you can help support Guilford that don’t cost anything but a little time:

  • Register your Giant Foods card on behalf of Guilford.  Every time you shop at Giant, Guilford will earn points that will be converted into money.  Last year most of the schools in Loudoun County earned between five and ten thousand dollars.  Guilford earned significantly less.  Register here. The Guilford Elementary school ID is: 02102.
  • Participate in the Box Tops for Education program that General Mills sponsors.  Just clip the box top symbol off of the products that you are already buying.  Look for the donation box labeled “Box Tops For Education” in the lobby.  Last year Guilford earned over $1000 through this program.
  • If you enjoy shopping online or would like to get coupons for General Mills products, you can earn additional rewards by registering here.

We still need volunteers to:  provide monthly snacks, deliver snacks, be homework helpers, pack weekly food bags, deliver weekly food bags, and provide teacher encouragement.  You can sign up online and the volunteer coordinator will send you more information.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: HomeFront Volunteer on Rotation for 1 Hour
Currently, only one family supports organizing and executing refreshments for HomeFront (an RBC community whose goal is to strengthen married couples and parents through practical biblical teaching and relationships).  The snack task is simple and already organized – we just need willing hands to execute setting up and monitoring, in rotation with other volunteers.  Please contact Diane Sheldon.

RBC MEN’S RETREAT:   October 3-5
Last 3 days to register!!  Dr. Richard Blackaby will be speaking at this year’s event. Want to learn how to hear from God and live it out? The Meadowkirk Retreat Center, located near Middleburg, is close enough to offer the option of “conference/meals only” attendance (without having to stay overnight). However, space is limited so sign up immediately.  Register here and to get more info about our speaker and location.

BLOOD DRIVE:  Sunday, September 28 (8:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Our next blood drive is Sunday.  Walk-ins are always welcome, or you can register here to secure an appointment time.

STARTING POINT ORIENTATION:  Sunday, September 28 (10:30 am, Room 234)
Are you starting a journey with God? Do you have doubts and questions about God?  Are you returning to God after being away? Come to the Starting Point Orientation to find out more about joining a 10-week Starting Point group. Registration is required to attend a group, but not this orientation.  Please contact Brian Stegeman for current group dates and availability.

WORKFORCE MINISTRIES:  Friday, October 3 (Noon to 1:00 pm, McLean Pres)
Come hear Dr. Richard Blackaby share how the shifting patterns of your life reveal God’s purposes for you. This free lunch event will be held at McLean Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall,1020 Balls Hill Road, McLean. We  encouraging you to live out your faith in all aspects of your lives – including at the workplace. Please RSVP here or at www.workforceministries.com so that we can get an accurate count for meals.

1st CHOICE WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER GALA:  Tuesday, October 14 (6:30 pm)
1st Choice is a supported RBC Ministry.   We invite you to join them for “To God be the Glory,” their 2014 Fund Raising Gala at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport.  Eric Metaxas, a New Your Times best selling author will be the special guest speaker.  For more information or to register, click here.

MARRIAGE BOOSTER:  Friday, October 17
Join us as Paul Goodnight shares his humorous real life applications and truth from Scripture.  Head out for a date-night dinner with your spouse and then come to the church for some light refreshments, coupled with experienced teaching.  Click here to register or for more information.

CROWN MONEYLIFE COURSE:  Begins Sunday, October 19 (9:00-10:15 am)
Crown MoneyLife is a new study on managing money God’s way. Learn what the Bible says about money in six weeks, this class will completely change the way you look at money and possessions.  The cost is $50 per family and scholarships are available.  For more information, click here.  To register, reply to this e-mail.  Limited to 12 participants!

FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
The food pantry is in need of a few volunteers, one Tuesday per month, to help load our monthly shipment of food from the RBC garage where it is delivered in to the pantry stock room.  This job will take a few volunteers about an our and the time frame on Tuesday is very flexible. This would be a great monthly project for a shepherd group! Tuesday September 30 is when we need volunteers this month. Please contact Betsy Madden if you can help either next Tuesday or in the future.

PRAYER MINISTRY
You now have the opportunity to receive face-to-face prayer immediately following each Sunday service.  Several RBC volunteers will be located in the front corners of the sanctuary.  An invitation will be made at the end of the service inviting people who wish to receive support and encouragement through a brief time of prayer to meet with the prayer volunteers.

STOP/YIELD SIGN AT OAKBROOK COURT
You may have noticed we have replaced the stop sign at the end of our driveway with a Yield sign on Sunday mornings to facilitate getting out of our parking lot as quickly and safely as possible.  However, during the week there is significant traffic coming from the right at that intersection so we revert back to the  Stop sign.  Regardless, please check both ways before leaving our driveway.

We hope you’ll consider some of these great opportunities as we seek to know Christ and make Him known. As always, keep an eye on the Upcoming Events section of the RBC website.  It is a blessing to serve and grow in our mighty Lord with you.

Dale Peak
Administrator