We’re so thrilled to introduce our first live album, No Other Name. And we’re hopeful that it’s the first of many. There was very little discussion over what the vision for this particular project would be. We simply wanted to produce an album that puts great worship music into the hands of our people – but ultimately is filled with songs that have become the heartbeat of who we are as worshipers and how we desire to see God work in our church, both now and in the future.
The album title, No Other Name, comes from the lyrics of the song Forever Reign – a song that has resonated with so many of our people over the past year. We hold to a firm belief that God desires our worship and He empowers us to worship Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. It should be the desire of our hearts to praise no other name but the name of Jesus. As a church, when we gather together, worship together, and experience the love and mercy of our God together, we are reminded of how nothing can ever compare to the embrace of our Savior.
We hope that when you listen to these twelve songs, you’re reminded of how blessed we are to praise Him with our voices every week… from the bottom of our souls to the top of our lungs.
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No Other Name is available from the digital music vendors below. A limited number of CDs will be available soon in the RBC Bookstore. You can also find No Other Name on Spotify, eMusic, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and Rdio.
MUSIC & SCRIPTURE
Our God Is Love (1 John 4:9-10) – A Beautiful Exchange by Hillsong
Glorious (Psalm 111:2-3) - Everything Glorious by Chris Tomlin (Passion)
Always (Psalm 121:1-2) – Here For You by Kristian Stanfill (Passion)
In Christ Alone (Galatians 2:20) - Let The Future Begin by Kristian Stanfill (Passion)
TEACHING: The Handiwork of God
General revelation prepares the heart for the specific revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing that stood out from this sermon that you found particularly insightful, helpful, or difficult to grasp?
- Read and discuss Psalm 19. What does this tell you about the person and nature of God? What do you see about the nature of man?
- What is the difference between general revelation and specific revelation of God? Where do you see general & specific revelation in Psalm 19?
- In what ways does general revelation prepare the heart for the specific revelation of the gospel?
- How have you seen or experienced the handiwork of God in a general sense? How have you seen or experienced the handiwork of God in a specific, personal sense?
- What role does the fear of the Lord have in the Christian’s life?
- Does God regularly reveal Himself to you? What might be blocking the voice of God in your life? Spend some time in prayer thanking Him for His revelation, and praying that He would reveal anything that may be blocking His voice in your life.
In our introduction I began by laying out four things we risk when we do not remember who God is and all that He has done. These were:
- Falling into idolatry/trusting ourselves or our possessions (Deut. 8:13-14)
- Never growing in trust of/faith in God (Isa. 40:20-21)
- Stumbling into sin and suffering the Father’s discipline (Deut. 8:19)
- Forfeiting a generation to the enemy (Judges 2:10-11)
So how do we, as parents, make sure that our family is all about remembering God? So far we’ve looked at remembering Him in the Word and remembering God in song. This post, I’d like us to look at how the people of God remember him in prayer.
How do we teach our children to pray? I know that all too often I fall into the pattern of thanking God for the day’s blessings, asking forgiveness, and making requests. These are all biblical and worthy topics for prayer. But when it comes to remembering God for who He is and all He has done, we want to have something more than short-term memory.
In the book of Nehemiah we find a beautiful example of prayer that truly remembers God in all His glory. In the ninth chapter of Nehemiah the priestly Levites are leading a gathering of the people in worship after the wall has been rebuilt and many of the remnant of Israel have returned. In verse five, they call on the people to stand. Then there begins a rather lengthy prayer.
I think that in this prayer we can find a model for remembering God. First God is recognized for who He is. “Blessed be your glorious name,” they begin. “You alone are Lord.” Many of God’s attributes are then declared in prayer. He is praised as the creator of all things seen and unseen. Immediately following this they begin recounting to God the history of His interaction with them beginning with Abraham. Miracle by miracle, grace by grace, blessing by blessing, they revisit God’s hand at work among them and their own failings throughout the relationship. Wow! It is based on this detailed memory that they are able to cry out to God in the end and say, we know we have failed, we have sinned, but You are compassionate and forgiving and we are turning back to You. How sad it would be if no one present could remember any of it? Where would that have left them?
When it comes to remembering God for who he is and all he has done we want to have something more than short-term memory.
So how might our family emulate this example of memorable prayer? Here are two ideas for you to consider.
- Sit down as a family and record your family’s spiritual history. Include when people were saved, God provided in a different or special way, answers to prayer, etc. Go back as far as you can. Hearing about how grandpa or grandma came to Christ is exciting and interesting for your children. Include the failings as well, where age appropriate, but focus on how God worked through and in these struggles.
- Pick a time when the family can gather for prayer and worship. During your prayer time pray through your recorded history to God. Remember back to Him, as the priests in Nehemiah, who He is, all that He has done in your relationship, and acknowledge Him. Try to do this with some regularity, whether it’s once a month thing or something you do at a specific time of year. You will also need to keep the story updated as God continues to work in and through your family.
Tune in next time when we talk about remembering God through fellowship.
Today’s culture presents its own unique problems and challenges in fulfilling all the responsibilities and duties articulated by scripture for the church body to carry out. As a partial response, the elders of Reston Bible Church this year established the position of deacons and delegated to them the task of addressing the material needs of those that would call RBC their church home. Following a year-long review, selected individuals from the church body presented to the elders a proposed manual for a deacon ministry at RBC. The elders approved the manual and solicited deacon nominations from the congregation.
On November 24, nine deacons were publicly commissioned before the congregation and have begun serving as an extension of the church body’s love and care for widows and widowers, and a channel to direct the generosity of the body of believers at RBC to those with financial or material needs within the congregation. Please be in prayer for our deacons and this ministry.
Learn more about deacons at RBC at www.restonbible.org/deacons.
MUSIC & SCRIPTURE
Alive In Us (Ephesians 2:4-5) – God Is Able by Hillsong
Rock of Ages (Deuteronomy 32:3-4) - Death of Death by Charlie Hall
Closer (Psalm 89:14-15) – Glorious Ruins by Hillsong
Unending Love (Romans 8:38-39) - God Is Able by Hillsong
Glorious (Psalm 111:2-3) – Glorious by Paul Baloche
TEACHING: Philippians: A Journey Toward Humble Joy, Part 6
Evil is far more than outward behavior – it comes from within. The only remedy is the truth of gospel of Jesus Christ.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- If you were to give a one-sentence synopsis of this message, what would it be?
- What comes to mind when you think of the words “evil” and “depravity”?
- Read and discuss Philippians 2:12-18. What does this tell you about the person and nature of God? What do you see about the nature of man?
- Read and discuss Mark 7:14-23 and consider the statement, “The basic makeup of the human heart is capable of committing any sin at any time given the right circumstance.” How do you react to this?
- How does the gospel remedy the “evils [that] come from inside” (Mark 7:23)?
- What does it mean to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12)?
- Is there an area of your life you feel God is calling you to “be poured out like a drink offering” (Phil. 2:17)?
- Pastor Mike uses the analogy of a “humanist wall” and a “gospel wall” – which wall is your ladder leaning against?