Sunday Rewind | 7.20.2014

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

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

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

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

10,000 Reasons (Psalm 103:1) – Unrelenting Love by Nick Thurmond

Forever Reign (Lamentations 5:19) – A Beautiful Exchange by Hillsong

 

TEACHING: Rooted: A Study of Deeper Faith in Colossians, Part 5

Love is the prerequisite to a fuller understanding of Christ.

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. Read and discuss Colossians 2:1-5. What do these verses tell us about Jesus? What do they indicate about the nature of man?
  3. What do you tend to “contend for” or “agonize over” (v. 1)?  Do these things draw you toward Christ and His church, or push you away?
  4. What is the significance, importance and the result of being “united in love” (v. 2)?
  5. What is the relationship between wisdom & knowledge (v. 3)?
  6. What “fine-sounding arguments” (v. 4) might we deal with today? How do these pull us away from being rooted in Christ?
  7. Is there anything holding you back from seeking out the deep riches of Jesus? Is there anything keeping you from being “united in love” with fellow believers? How does the gospel address or apply to these obstacles?
  8. Spend some time in prayer thanking God for revealing Himself to us in Christ. Pray that He would encourage our hearts toward being united in love, that we might know Christ and make Him known all the more.

 

 

Weekly Update | 7.18.2014

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 weeks, including many great ways to get involved in church life here at RBC.

PRAYER & PRAISE ITEM: Youth Summer Camp
Praise God that we are about to have our largest ever group of youth attend camp!  And thanks to your generosity, we have taken in the highest amount of scholarship money – ever!  Please pray that God will work in the hearts of our students, staff and volunteers and that our speaker, Bob MacRae from Moody Bible College, will inspire and challenge each participant.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE:  Fall Children’s Ministry Volunteers Needed
Question: What does serving Jesus, loving Jesus, and enjoy being with His children have in common? Answer: These are the only things required to serve in QUEST and BABYQUEST. The Fall session runs from September 7 through May 2015. Current background check required. Interested? Please click here.

HOMEFRONT:  Sundays (9:00 am, Youth Building)
Join us at HomeFront for our current series on Parenting.  It’s a great opportunity to meet other couples from your area and discuss the issues that all parents face as they raise the next generation.

BLOOD DRIVE:  Sunday, July 20 (8:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Our next blood drive is this Sunday.  Walk-ins are always welcome, or you can register here to secure an appointment time.

WORKING MOMS:  Interest Meeting July 24 (7:00 pm)
An interest meeting will be held for working moms at the home of Jennifer Connell, 46463 Saffron Ct., Sterling.  Come and fellowship with other working moms while enjoying some yummy dessert and coffee.  We will briefly discuss the results of the working moms survey, chat about how we can support each other, and discuss opportunities to meet on a more regular basis. Register here, or contact  Jennifer Connell 703-395-6299 with any questions.

COURAGEOUS MAMAS FAMILY BBQ:  Saturday, July 26 (4:00 pm)
Don’t forget to RSVP for our first family barbecue potluck coming up soon. This will be a great time for our entire families to get together. It will be held at the home of Dave and Lauren Smith, 12568 Quincy Adams Ct Herndon. To RSVP please e-mail Lauren or call 703-594-1297. Looking forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP by Monday, July 21 so we know how many to expect.

STARTING POINT ORIENTATION:  Sunday, July 27 (10:30 am, Room 234)
Are you starting a journey with God? Do you have questions?  Are you returning to God after being away? Come to the Starting Point Orientation to find out more about joining a group.

PARENTING 101:  July 27 or August 10 (11:00 am – 12:15 pm, Room 240)
Join us for one of our next classes which give an overview of the foundational principles that are found in the Scriptures for raising children of all ages. Click here to register or for more information.

ART OF MARRIAGE EVENT: Starts Friday, August 22 (7:00-9:00 pm)
Join us for our next event, which will take place Friday, August 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, August 23, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The cost of $45/couple includes all the material you need for the sessions, plus your snacks.  Marriage is colored by personalities, passions and experiences. Making marriage work is a divinely inspired art form. Get ready to make a masterpiece of your marriage through The Art of Marriage.  For more information, please click here.

FOOD PANTRY: Monetary and Diaper Donations Needed
The Pantry helps provide basic food and necessities to over 150 families each week.  We are able to provide this service for just under $7 per family, with the additional donations we receive from area restaurants, markets and farms.   If you would like to contribute, you can give by check by putting “Food Pantry” on the memo line or give on the Online Giving page.  Also, diapers are the most needed item at the Food Pantry and we are currently in need of sizes 1-4. Donations can be dropped off in the carts located in front entrance labeled Food Pantry.

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 grown in our mighty Lord with you.

Dale Peak
Administrator

Set List: Evening of Worship

Many of you have asked for a copy of the set list from our last Evening of Worship (July 11, 2014).  Ask and you shall receive:

With Us (Hillsong)

Unstoppable God (Elevation Worship)

I Will Look Up (Elevation Worship)

Your Great Name (Natalie Grant)

Be Thou My Vision (Heartsong)

Lord I Need You (Matt Maher)

Cornerstone (Hillsong)

Glorious (Paul Baloche)

Open Up The Heavens (Meredith Andrews)

Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)

Come Thou Fount (RBC)

Closer (Hillsong)

Always (Kristian Stanfill)

Great And Mighty King (Elevation Worship)

Lord of All (Kristian Stanfill)

From the Field: Colombia

From the Field

Spanish World Ministries reaches thousands of people all across Latin America areas through radio broadcasts of solid Bible-based teachings with a gospel emphasis.

RBC supported missionary, L., ministers with Spanish World Ministries (SWM) in Colombia.  When he began his ministry with SWM in 2007, 63 stations were broadcasting these programs. At the end of 2013, L. reported 259 radio stations in his database. Through the years, L. has shown great determination to fulfill his ministry expanding the number of outlets airing the gospel, and the Lord has blessed his efforts. Although L. and his wife are serving SWM part-time, they reflect a sincere desire to take the gospel to every region of their country.

Recently, L. was contacted by a radio listener.  During their conversation, she shared her story:

“I live with my daughter and my son-in-law.  A few weeks ago she lost her job and her employers denied paying her pension.  My son-in-law is also looking for a job, but unfortunately the unemployment rate is very high in this city.  My granddaughter is in college and I am the only one that can help her to pay for her studies.  I am 70 years old and, as you see, I am going through a very tough time trying to help my daughter and her family.  Your programs on the radio help me to seek wisdom in God’s Word, and at the same time they give me insight on how to keep on living.  Every time I listen to your programs God reminds me that He is with me and that He understands my condition.  Please pray that the Lord would continue giving me wisdom in the midst of the trials that I am going through.”

After the conversation that L. had with this lady, he was reminded of the importance to keep increasing the number of stations broadcasting the SWM programs.  Through the 259 radio stations carrying SWM’s programs, the Gospel is reaching people all over Colombia, but L.’s desire is to seek more outlets willing to air the programs.

His prayer is that, just as this listener, many others in Colombia and throughout Latin America will find comfort and wisdom as they listen, and that those who do not know Him, might understand what God offers through Jesus on the cross.

Currently Spanish World Ministries is broadcasting their programs 15,500 times per week all over Spanish speaking countries. Pray for gospel fruit throughout Latin America as these teachings go out!

Sunday Rewind | 7.13.2014

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Open Up Our Eyes (Ephesians 1:18-19a) – Nothing Is Wasted by Elevation Worship

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

In Your Presence (Deuteronomy 31:6) – Nothing Is Wasted by Elevation Worship

In Christ Alone (Galatians 2:20) – Let The Future Begin by Kristian Stanfill (Passion)

I Will Look Up (Deuteronomy 7:9) – Only King Forever by Elevation Worship

 

TEACHING: Seek and You Shall Be Satisfied

Any journey worth taking, or any task worth doing, will be difficult. We will be tempted to cut corners or settle for something less. This is especially true in our relationship with God. Psalm 63 gives us permission to struggle in our relationship with God, but not to give up or settle for something less.

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. “Our hearts are too stubborn to obey more than one thing at a time.” Do you find this to be true in your life?
  3. Read and discuss Psalm 63. What do these verses indicate about man? What do they tell us about God? What do you note about seeking God from these verses?
  4. Why is it significant that David was in the wilderness when he wrote this psalm? Have you ever experienced spiritual wilderness?
  5. Why are we tempted to cut corners in life? How do we tend to cut corners in seeking God?
  6. “Many Christians have never been given permission to struggle in their relationships with God.” What does this mean? Can you identify with this? Why or why not?
  7. What “snares” can you identify in your life that choke life out of your relationship with God?
  8. How does the gospel of Jesus both enable and encourage us as we seek God and struggle in our relationship with Him?
  9. Spend some time in prayer, thanking God for His faithfulness to us in Christ and for the promise of satisfaction we have in Him.