Take 5 Will Return on January 30

Pastor Mike will be back with a new Take 5 on Friday, January 30. In the meantime, look through our archive and catch up on any videos you might have missed. Or watch them again!

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.

Corey Mattison Visitation & Memorial

mattisonfamVISITATION: Visitation with the family of Corey Mattison will be held on Wednesday, January 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Reston Bible Church. The visitation will be held regardless of weather conditions.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: The memorial service will be held at RBC on Thursday, January 22, starting at 1:00 p.m. Click here for directions to Reston Bible Church

***PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CAMERAS OR RECORDING DEVICES ARE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING FOR THE VISITATION OR MEMORIAL SERVICE, AND NO MEDIA INTERVIEWS MAY BE CONDUCTED ON CHURCH PROPERTY.***

FROM THE FAMILY: Corey was thankful each day for the blessings the Lord provided for him.  He found joy in everything.  On any given day you could find him fervently serving others without a hint of desiring anything in return.  His greatest days were spent with his wife and 5 children regardless of what they were doing.  Corey laid down his life every day for his bride and his children, a beautiful reflection of his love relationship with Jesus Christ.  Corey died the way that he lived, sacrificing his very life to save his family.

MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS:  Financial contributions made to www.gofundme.com/kdjh1o will go to support his wife Denise and the five children.

Please remain in prayer for Denise, her children, and the many others affected by this tragedy. In addition to memorial contributions (link above), we will post updates here should other specific needs for the family arise.

 

Sunday Rewind | 1.18.2015

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

God Is Able (Ephesians 3:20-21) – God Is Able by Hillsong

Mighty to Save (Zephaniah 3:17) – Yahweh by Hillsong Chapel

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

The Solid Rock (Psalm 18:2) – Original Arrangement

Lord I Need You (Hebrews 4:6) –All the People Said Amen by Matt Maher

 

TEACHING: Hope in the Midst of Suffering

Even in the throes of the deepest suffering, Christians can stand on the unshakable hope of the Gospel.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERMON AUDIO

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What truths of Scripture and the Gospel do you find yourself clinging to during moments of great trial?
  2. What does it mean that we are “shaken, but not shaken to the core”?
  3. Read Psalm 23. How does this psalm speak to the faithfulness and help of the triune God?
  4. Read Romans 8:18-30. What hope do you find in this passage? What truths about God do you see?
  5. Read Revelation 21:1-7. How do the promises of heaven give us strength and encouragement while in living in a fallen world?
  6. Spend some time praying over the members of our church body, and the members of your shepherd group, who are suffering. Pray that God would walk with them through their trials, and that He would advance His kingdom through their witness.

Take 5: Caring for the Pastor’s Kid, Part 5

Your child is not primarily “the pastor’s kid” – they are *your* child. Make sure they know that, and love them like crazy.

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.

Courageous Mamas

by Liz Rainey

A few years ago, I heard Lauren Smith speak at a Mom’s Connection about her family’s journey in raising a son with special needs. A picture that she painted stuck in my head as she referred to the surprise that comes in learning your child has some delays. It went something like this: During pregnancy it’s like you are going to live in Italy, so you learn the language and everyone around you is talking about living in Italy as well. One day you find out that you’re not going to live in Italy, but Switzerland. It’s not bad, it’s just different from what you were expecting and your life will look very different from everyone else.

This image hit me like a ton of bricks! I could certainly relate to everything that she was saying about living in Switzerland! I approached her afterwards and was over the moon to learn that she wanted to be a support to other mothers that have kids with special needs. I had only been around moms whose kids were typical and honestly would go home feeling down and overwhelmed as they talked and I was living such a different experience. I knew I had a lot to learn differently about being a mom.

Liz Rainey lives in Sterling with her husband, Evan and son, Jayden (4). She loves to enjoy the beach, learn about nutrition, and spend time with her loved ones!

Liz Rainey lives in Sterling with her husband, Evan and son, Jayden (4). She loves to enjoy the beach, learn about nutrition, and spend time with her loved ones!


Soon after, Lauren founded Courageous Mamas for those with special needs children. It was a chance for women to meet together and share their experiences and receive support one evening a month. In attending the meetings, it felt like someone had thrown a lifeline. At the time, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed that my son, Jayden, would have to attend preschool away from me to receive therapy. He was only 2 years old at the time and I was beside myself! It was such a support to hear from other mothers who had been through preschool and beyond college with their special needs children. I have had so many questions answered and have learned so much. I have cried and just sat back in total amazement at what God does in these families! Thank you to everyone that has shared, been a support, and offered their life lessons.


The experience has opened my eyes to a whole new world of people that God has created, and I am joined in Switzerland by others in the church family. All this to say, that Courageous Mamas has been a huge blessing!

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COURAGEOUS MAMAS, VISIT RESTONBIBLE.ORG/COURAGEOUSMAMAS.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MOMS CONNECTION, CHECK OUT RESTONBIBLE.ORG/MOMSCONNECTION.

TO LEARN ABOUT COURAGE QUEST, THE SPECIAL NEEDS INITIATIVE IN RBC’S CHILDEN’S MINISTRY, CLICK HERE.