MUSIC & SCRIPTURE
Alive In Us (Ephesians 2:4-5) – God Is Able by Hillsong
Open Up Our Eyes (Ephesians 1:18-19a) – Nothing Is Wasted by Elevation Worship
Rock of Ages (Deuteronomy 32:3-4) – Death of Death by Charlie Hall
Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) (Psalm 27:1) – Let The Future Begin by Chris Tomlin (Passion)
Be Thou My Vision (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) – Cathedral by Heartsong
Christ Is Enough (2 Corinthians 12:9) – Glorious Ruins by Hillsong
TEACHING: Rooted: A Study of Deeper Faith in Colossians, Part 11
Character counts. For better or worse, human character always impacts history. But divine character, led & influenced by the Holy Spirit, always impacts eternity.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
- Read and discuss Colossians 3:12-14. What do you see about God? What does this tell us about man?
- What is the significance of “chosen” and “holy & beloved” (v. 12)? What are we to “put on” as a result? Why does this matter?
- What does it mean to be a person of character? Who comes to mind for you when you think of a person of good character? How has their character impacted your story?
- How do the accounts of Abraham, Joseph and Mordecai illustrate the principle that divinely-inspired character impacts eternity? What other examples from scripture can you think of that illustrates this principle?
- Do you ever feel like your life is stuck in a rut or doesn’t count? How does the gospel address that?
- How does the gospel inform, impact and shape our character?
- Spend some time in prayer about the things you’ve discussed. Thank God that we matter to Him and ask Him to be glorified in our character as we become more like Jesus.
In part one of the “Making It Stick” sessions, Pastor Mike shares two essential elements to help make your message stick in the minds & hearts of your hearers.
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.
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.
NICARAGUA BIKE PROJECT: This Sunday, September 21
RBC will once again be accepting bike donations for the Casa Bernabe orphanage in Nicaragua. The orphanage has developed a thriving bicycle shop where orphans are discipled as they learn bike repair, sales and customer service. Please bring your bike donations to the sanctuary side of the main RBC building between 8:00 am – 1:00 pm that day. If you have 3 or more bikes and would like them picked up at your home, contact Megan Clark or Betsy Madden to schedule a pick up day. Watch a short video on the ministry.
Beginning this Sunday there will be an opportunity for attendees 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.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Courage Quest (Assisting Children with Special Needs)
The Children’s Ministry is looking for a few individuals who have a heart for helping kids with special needs to get the most out of their experience in Quest, RBC’s Sunday morning worship and teaching ministry for children through 5th grade. We will provide training and the commitment is flexible. We will work with you to design a schedule that fits yours. If you are interested in getting more information please contact us.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Mom’s Connection Childcare
Women’s Ministry is in need of both paid and volunteer childcare workers for our Mom’s Connection Friday Morning Fellowships. We are so excited that this ministry to moms with young children is growing, but it means that we have lots of little ones who need to be cared for. Our first fellowship is next Friday, September 26 so please e-mail Leigh Ann Kiendl if you can minister in this way.
RBC MEN’S RETREAT: October 3-5
Registration is still open until September 22. 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.
GUILFORD ELEMENTARY BOOK DRIVE
This fall we would once again like to bless the children at Guilford Elementary School with the opportunity to take home three books each from the Fall Book Fair. That means we need 1,800 books! The deadline to donate is Monday, October 20. If you would like to be a part of blessing these kids, please drop your new or gently used books in the bins by the Guilford sign in the lobby. Please, no homeschool curriculum books or bibles.
ART OF MARRIAGE: September 21 – October 26
Weave together expert teaching, engaging stories, real-life testimonies with humorous vignettes and you will find the hope, no matter what shape your relationship is in, that your marriage can be a work of art. Visit our website for further info and registration.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Starts Sunday, September 21 (4:30-6:60 pm)
It’s not too late to sign up. If you’re not sure, why not attend the first session free of charge to check it out! The cost: $85 (scholarships available). Childcare (through 6th grade) is provided free of charge by Awana. For more information, click here. To register, click here. To attend the first class free, reply to this e-mail to let me know you’re coming.
FAITH & REASONING: Monday, September 22 (7:00-8:30 pm, Room 238)
Do you wonder what it means to be in the world, but not of the world? Join us when we will explore the many worldviews in our culture seeking to replace the Christian worldview and how they are passed off to us through the new oral tradition. Everyone is welcome – skeptics & believers. To RSVP, e-mail Will Gaines.
MOM’S CONNECTION FELLOWSHIP: September 26 (9:30-11:30 am, Youth Bldg)
Our speaker is author Jaye Wiegold, whose talk is entitled, “Discovering Jesus in the Journey.” Come hear Jaye’s personal story of raising two young children and learning, even in the midst of the most difficult of trials, that joy matters because the Lord is our strength. Come learn how to equip your children to relate to Jesus and what happens when we sit with Him quietly — when we meditate, listen, pray, cry, and worship. You don’t want to miss this! The last day to register is Tuesday, September 23. Please register early so we can plan event set up and schedule childcare workers. There will be limited space in childcare for walk-ins.
BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, September 28 (8:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Our next blood drive is a little over a week away. There will be no sign-up table in the lobby this weekend. 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
GLOBAL MISSIONS: From the Field – Mae Phae, Thailand
“Thank you for sending us a missionary. Thank you for sending the gospel.” Here’s an update on a church plant from the Mae Phae village of Northern Thailand.
TEACHING & RESOURCES: Quest Trail Guide
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 cover with the children on the weekends We are making them available online to help parents engage with their children around the topics we are discussing. We’ll be posting new entries weekly, and you can check out previous posts here.
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.
It has been my distinct privilege to have taught the scriptures for about forty years at Reston Bible Church. Though I think there is still some tread left on the tire, I would like to pass on to both young and old some of the lessons I have learned regarding this great calling that we lovingly refer to as preaching. Take 5 is an online video series for pastors and teachers of God’s Word where I will share some of the teaching tips I have learned through the years.
Starting September 22, we will publish Take 5 on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays here on the RBC blog, and will keep a running archive on RBC’s Vimeo channel.
To suggest a topic for Pastor Mike to cover, send an email to email@example.com.
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.
EXTREME MAKEOVER, Section 2, Lesson 1: God’s Gift of Wisdom
About two years ago, I started using a Mac laptop instead of my old PC. One thing that prompted that switch was the problems I was having with viruses on my PC. As it turns out, the Mac operating system is much less prone to virus problems. It does a better job on its own, without the expense of extra virus protection services, of keeping out unwanted and damaging material that could slow down or freeze up my machine.
Last week we talked about the good passions and desires that God has put in our hearts – let’s call them the pre-loaded software. We also talked about guarding our hearts from storing up ungodly things – let’s call them malware or viruses. The human heart was made for loving and glorifying God. Sin has corrupted that heart, but by faith in Jesus we can have our hard-drive (heart) wiped clean of sin and reinstalled with God’s programs, so that it is free to function as it was intended. The problem is that we still live in a sinful world where there are new viruses around every corner. That’s where God’s heart operating system comes into play: WISDOM. Wisdom comes from God and is the atmosphere in which all of your pre-loaded heart software works best. It is also highly resistant to viruses and will prevent unwanted items from piling up in your heart and slowing down or freezing up your system. If our kids want to love God with ALL their heart, then they need the right operating system… wisdom. “Whatever else you get, get wisdom.” (Prov. 4:7)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for
everything you do flows from it.” -Proverbs 4:23
MEDITATING ON THE WORD:
Prov 2:1-11 | Jer 33:3!
James 1:5 | Psalm 19:7
Prov 10:8 | Prov 16:23