Sunday Rewind | 11.23.2014

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Sing, Sing, Sing (Psalm 47:6-7) – Hello Love by Chris Tomlin

With Us (Psalm 46:10-11a) – God Is Able by Hillsong Worship

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

The Wonderful Cross (Galatians 6:14) – The Worship Initiative, Vol. 5 by Shane & Shane

Unending Love (Romans 8:38-39) – God Is Able by Hillsong Worship

Son of God (Psalm 145:3-4) – Beauty in the Broken by Starfield

 

TEACHING: A Study of Deeper Faith in Colossians, Part 16

Friendships expand the capacity of the soul to experience life.

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 4:7-14 . What do these verses show us about the nature of ministry and the church?
  3. If you were writing a letter to tell others about how thankful you are for the people in your life, how many people would you include? Who are they? Who might include you in their letter?
  4. “Friendships expand the capacity of the soul to experience life.” How have you seen or experienced this? What qualities make for a deep friendship?
  5. When you find people in pain, do you tend to avoid or engage?
  6. “Any time you forgive or are forgiven, your soul expands.”  How have you experienced forgiveness? Is there someone in  your life you need to seek forgiveness from? Is there someone you need to extend forgiveness to?
  7. What specific seasons or moments in your life have expanded the capacity of your soul to love and care for others?
  8. What does the gospel direct and demand regarding friendships, forgiveness , encouragement and ministering to others?
  9. Spend some time in prayer about the things you’ve discussed. Ask the Lord to show you one person you can “go after” in encouragement.

TRAIL GUIDE: Remember When?

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 3, Lesson 3: Remember When?

Why is it that God spends so much time in the Bible telling His children to “remember” Him? I’d like to venture four reasons I believe are grounded in scripture. When we fail to remember God we risk…
1. …Falling into idolatry/trusting ourselves or our possessions (Deut. 8:13-14)
2. …Never growing in trust of/faith in God (Isa. 40:20-21)
3. …Stumbling into sin and suffering the Father’s discipline (Deut. 8:19)
4. …Forfeiting a generation to the enemy (Judges 2:10-11)

So how can we use our minds to remember God? Here are five ways, listed below, that God has ordained for us to remember Him, who He is, and all that He has done. Help your kids use their memory to love God this week.

1. In His Word – God’s Word is our primary means of remembering who He is and all that He has done throughout history. As adults our most important duty in the kingdom is to take the words of God and, “Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home. Talk about them when you walk along the road. Speak about them when you go to bed. And speak about them when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:19).
2. In song – Remembering God in song is a theme we see in scripture over and over again. How wonderful it is that our Creator gave us music, knowing the power it has to help us remember as well as to connect our heads to our hearts and emotions.
3. In prayer – Prayer should not only be about asking for help but about remembering to God all that He has done. When we thank God in our prayers we are “remembering” that God alone is responsible for providing our every need. (Nehemiah 9)
4. In true Christian fellowship – Fellowship is much more than potluck dinners or bowling night. It is about gathering together to remember God to one another. (1 Corinthians 14:26)
5. In traditions and memorials – Traditions and memorials are things that we, in the bible church movement have largely banished from the life of the church. While a healthy dose of caution about tradition becoming idolatry is warranted, the Bible is also clear that God has given us tradition and memorial to help us “remember” who He is and all that He has done. (Joshua 4:4-7, Luke 22:19)
I hope that these will serve you well in helping the children in your group apply their minds to remembering God for who He is and what He’s done.

 

“Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely  changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.”    -Romans 12:2

 

MEDITATING ON THE WORD:

Josh 1:21-24 | Prov 22:6
Psalm 103:1-5 | Jn 14:26
Deut 11:19 | Prov 3:1-6
Deut 8:1-5 | Deut 24:9

 

Take 5: Anatomy of a Message, Part 13

Here is a distillation of final thoughts on meditation, observation, preparation, and oration as you put your message together.

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.

Ready to Reset

ReadyToReset_blogWhat do you get when you mix fellowship, food, fun, and a teaching with 150 women?  Why, a girls’ night out, of course!  And that is exactly what happened this past Monday evening at the Ready to Reset women’s event at RBC. Even the bitter cold weather could not keep the women away from this special evening. The night began with fellowship, ice breakers, and a great selection of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and delicious flavored coffees and teas.

​Our ​speaker, Cheryl Ryan, shared from her own life, and the lives of Leah in the Old Testament, and Paul in the New Testament. She explained how God uses ​H​is ordained resets in all of our lives to bring us to ​Him. Those resets can be slow or fast, gentle or painful, surprising or even shocking​, but one truth is constant -​ ​in the resets God always remind​s​ us of ​His great love and grace in our broken lives. Yes, we still live in a broken world​,​ yes, we ourselves are broken, and yes, our hearts are constantly wandering away, but God is redeeming and rescuing us right in the midst of the difficulty, pain, brokenness and confusion.

With ​Leah​ we saw how she​ was “working” for her husband’s love by giving him son after son after son.  ​For Paul​, it was how he​ was “working” by proudly boasting of his own righteousness​. And ​for ​Cheryl​ she​​ shared with us her own personal story of believing that to be good Christian ​meant she had to “work” at being strong​ in the Lord​. In all these cases ​God ​broke through their circumstances and ​showed that the “work” had already been done​ and that the good news is – it Is finished! The love and approval each desperately needed was only to be found in God, and they discovered they didn’t have to work for it.  They actually found His wonderful love and grace was already theirs not by working for it, but by seeing and admitting their own weakness through​ His appointed​ reset​​.

If you enjoyed the event and would like some follow up, we encourage you to please visit the Women’s Ministry of Reston Bible Church Facebook page. There we will be offering some follow up resources, including the references to ​t​he quotes you all have been asking ​for from the event​. ​If you weren’t able to make it to Ready to Reset, in the next few days we will be posting the audio to Cheryl’s message there on the page as well. Then watch for more information on how you can ask follow up questions regarding the teaching. ​You will also find more frequent quotes and resources to encourage you as you follow the page. So let’s get the conversation started by “liking” the Women’s Ministry of Reston Bible Church Facebook page and we’ll meet you there!

Take 5: Anatomy of a Message, Part 12

What do you want to accomplish though your message? Every message should have a clear goal. Here are three major considerations when thinking through the goal of 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.