Sunday Rewind | 5.17.2015

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Exalted One (Psalm 121:1-2) – For The Honor by Elevation Worship

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

Beautiful Lord (Ephesians 2:4-5) – Sound of Melodies by Leeland

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

Lord I Need You (Hebrews 4:16) – All The People Said Amen by Matt Maher

 

TEACHING: Bucket List

Don’t misunderstand the promises of Jesus. We bring Him a bucket while He has a waterfall waiting for us.  We need to see Him as greater than our personal bucket lists.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
  2. What are some specific promises Jesus makes in Scripture that you hold dear?
  3. Read and discuss John 4:4-42. What do you see about the nature of man? What do you note about the person of Jesus? What strikes you about this familiar story?
  4. What divisions and misunderstandings do you note between Jesus and the woman at the well? How does Jesus address those? How does the woman respond?
  5. What are some misunderstandings regarding Jesus that we deal with today?
  6. In what ways can we be “good at religion, but terrible at faith”?
  7. “We are too concerned with our citizenship on earth, and Jesus wants to point our eyes to our citizenship in heaven.” Have you seen this statement to be true? Why or why not? How does the gospel of Jesus point our eyes to our heavenly citizenship?
  8. How does the gospel show us that we are fully known and yet fully loved? How does grasping this truth affect our life? How might “the Gospel Rule” (do unto others as Jesus has done unto us) overflow and affect the lives of those around us?
  9. Spend some time in prayer thanking God that you are fully known and fully loved. Ask Him to help you set aside your “bucket” and quench your deepest thirst with the waterfall of His grace.

 

Investing in the Teens of RBC

YouthTrainingEvent 2015 Slide

My name is Bob Shull and I am the Senior High Youth Pastor here at Reston Bible Church. I am so thankful for the investment that RBC has made in the youth of our area for almost 40 years now. I am actually one of the fruits of the Youth Ministry here – having become a Christian when I was a Junior at Herndon High School (back in the “Remember the Titans” era) through the ministry of Dave Wentzel, RBC’s first Youth Pastor. Since that time, many things have changed (hair & clothing styles, the cost of gas, technology, to mention a few) since then in our society and in our church. RBC however has continued to focus the time and energies of our Youth Staff on encouraging our families with teens, teaching and equipping our students, and working with our students in reaching out to their friends. We follow the goal of the church as a whole to “Know Christ and make Him known” – both in a big group and small group setting. We also have a long tradition of taking and extended time with our teens in the Word of God at our Winter Retreat and Summer Camp. We give teens an opportunity to be involved in the ministry by using their gifts in worship, drama, teaching, and in the one anothers. We are blessed to have a facility that allows us to do bigger outreaches and events like “First Fruits” and our “Bring It” Talent Competition that impact our community. We have also been blessed to go with teens on over seas mission trips to places like England, Trinidad, Croatia, Brazil, Bolivia and to stateside locations like PawPaw, West VA, Chicago, Maysville SC, St. Louis Mo., and many more. It is on these trips that our teens have had to put their faith to the test and have seen God meet them there. What never ceases to amaze and motivate me is the ability of our teens to still believe and obey God in both little and big ways. Older adults can learn from them in this!

One of the greatest gifts that God has and continues to give the Youth Ministry are many volunteers He has led to join us in investing in our teens and their families and building the Kingdom of God. It is an understatement to say that working with teens is very “relational”. Just like all adults, teens are looking for a place to “belong”, a place to wrestle out what they believe, a safe place share their thoughts and doubts and grow in their faith in God. Doing this requires us to have men and women of all ages, gifting, and personalities who have a clear love for God, a love for His word, and a willingness to love and work with teens. Could God be nudging you to consider stepping out to join us?

The Youth Ministry is hosting a “Youth Ministry Preview and Training Event;” it will be on Sunday May 31st, 2015. It is designed to help anyone who wants to learn more about the youth ministry and is evaluating how he or she can serve at Reston Bible Church. Our hope is everyone attending will get the answers they need to make that decision. We will meet at 10:30am in the front classroom of the Youth Building. Aaron Osborne and Lee Banton will give the group an overview on the who, what, and why of the Youth Ministry. It will briefly cover what we do and the strategy behind it. We will then have the group join and observe the Sunday Morning Meeting – either in the Senior High (called GAP) or the Junior High (called Break Thru). This runs from 11am to 12:15pm. Afterwards the group will have lunch and the training aspect of the event. We will first cover the volunteer process; how someone becomes involved in the youth ministry. We will next cover what the volunteer roles are that we need in the Youth Ministry. We actually need not only relational people, but also those who are gifted administratively, and with specific talents – in music, drama, video, multimedia, etc. We will then go over what we see as being the “essentials” of youth ministry. There is not one type of person who can do youth ministry. However there are some essentials every volunteer needs to have and be growing in. Finally, we will talk about of the “keys” or wisdom that volunteers need to know to be effective in working with teens. It is not about just “hanging” out with teens – it’s helping them to individually learn how to follow Jesus in their lives.

If this sounds like something you want to explore, I would invite you to use this link to register for the “Youth Ministry Preview and Training Event.” You can go to this link: www.restonbible.org/youthpreview

Coming to this event does not mean you are committing to join the Youth Ministry Volunteer staff. However it will allow you to hear, see, and experience what Youth Ministry at RBC looks like and be able to make an informed choice on applying to volunteer with us. It is our goal to identify those who want to join us and begin working with them over the summer to be ready by the fall. If you have any questions or want any other information, please contact Lee Banton at leebanton@restonbible.org

Sincerely,

Bob Shull, Sr. High Youth Pastor

Sunday Rewind | 5.10.2015

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

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

Christ Is Enough (2 Corinthians 12:9) – Glorious Ruins by Hillsong

Your Promises (2 Peter 1:3-4a) – Wake Up The Wonder by Elevation Worship

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

 

TEACHING: Praying for Mercy

If you come before God thinking He owes you something, you will see Him as distant and powerless. We should approach God understanding our need and confident in His character.

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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 Luke 18:9-14, 35-43. What do these verses tell us about the nature of man? What do they tell us about Jesus? What do you observe about prayer? What do you observe about mercy?
  3. Compare & contrast the different prayers in the verses above. What are the similarities? What are the differences?
  4. How would you describe your prayer life? Do your prayers reflect a desperate need for God? Why or why not?
  5. How should knowing our need and being confident in God’s character affect our prayers?
  6. Have you ever prayed for mercy? Share what happened.
  7. How can praying for mercy align our hearts with God’s?
  8. Discuss the following quote from Tim Keller. Have you found it to be true? What does it mean and how can you apply it? To the degree you can shed the ‘unreality’ of self-sufficiency, to that degree your prayer life will become richer and deeper.
  9. Spend some time as a group praying through Psalm 51. Thank God for His great mercy in Jesus Christ and ask Him to help you see your desperate need for Him.

 

The Green Room Sessions: Your Promises

This weekend, we will introduce a new worship song called Your Promises. We pray this song will be a great reminder of the power of the promises God has made, the promises He has kept, and the promises He will keep. We’ll look forward to singing it with you in worship this weekend.

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The Green Room Sessions are a sneak peak into the heart of the worship ministry at Reston Bible Church. We have a huge desire to communicate God’s Word through song and respond to the Spirit, freely worshiping when we’re together. Our hope is that these short videos will provide an extension of the community at RBC and supply your home, car, and office with great songs about the greatness and love of our incredibly able God. See more Green Room Sessions here: rstbl.ch/PrUkYS

Sunday Rewind | 5.3.2015

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

How Great Thou Art (Psalm 145:3) – Hymns Ancient & Modern by Charlie Hall (Passion)

Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) (Psalm 27:1) – Let The Future Begin by Chris Tomlin (Passion)

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

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

Be Thou My Vision (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) – Cathedral by Heartsong

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

 

TEACHING: Grace Given, Grace Received – Part 2

Grace empowers talent to do what talent could never do alone.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
  2. How is grace “the power to live the Christian life” and “an instructor”?
  3. Read and discuss 1 Peter 4:7-11 and Romans 12:1-8. What do you see about the nature of man? What do you note about the nature of God? What do these passages tell us about grace? About gifts?
  4. What is the difference between a talent and a gift?
  5. What gifts or talents do you have? (Evaluation questions: What tends to frustrate you? What are you passionate about? What do people around you say that you are good at?)
  6. Why does God give His people gifts? Do you feel you are using your gifts for His purposes? Why or why not?
  7. What are some specific ways you can use your gifts for the kingdom of God?
  8. Spend some time in prayer asking thanking God for the gifts He gives His people. Ask Him to empower your talents with His grace and use you to further His kingdom.