Sunday Rewind | 7.24.2016

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Our God Is Love (1 John 4:9-10) – A Beautiful Exchange by Hillsong Worship
Good Good Father (2 Thessalonians 2:16) – The EP by Zealand Worship
With Us (Psalm 46:10-11a) – God Is Able by Hillsong Worship
Come To Me  (Matthew 11:28-30) – Look and See by Village Church feat. Lauren Chandler
Rock of Ages (Deuteronomy 32:3-4) – HYMNS II by PAGE CXVI

 

TEACHING: Between a Rock and a Hard God

Moses struck a rock in the wilderness in order to bring water to a thirsty people. Jesus, the true Rock, was struck so that lost people might drink the living water and never thirst again.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERMON AUDIO & VIDEO

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was something in this message that encouraged or challenged you? What was something that you hadn’t thought of before?
  2. What does it mean that Israel was “putting God on trial” in the wilderness? Who was really on trial?
  3. Do you ever find yourself doubting God that way? How does the Spirit convict you or comfort you in those times? What passages in Scripture help you?
  4. Read Exodus 7:1-7. How does this narrative foreshadow the Gospel? What do the rock, the staff, and the water point to?
  5. Tim Keller has said: “If there were no ultimate judge, what hope would there be for the world? But if there is an ultimate judge, what hope would there be for you and me?” What does this mean? How does the Gospel reconcile this tension?
  6. At the beginning of this message, Chris quoted an atheist who questioned God’s goodness and claimed that his life was better without God in it. How might you respond to him?
  7. Spend some time in prayer seeking God’s help in trusting Him more, and thanking Him for placing upon Christ the judgment that we all deserve.

Weekly Update | 7.22.2016

RBC Weekly Update

Blessings from the Staff, Elders and Deacons of Reston Bible Church. Here’s a look at some opportunities coming up in the life of our church in the weeks ahead.

PRAYER REQUEST: Youth Summer Camp
Nearly 275 students and leaders will be heading to Summer Camp this Sunday! Please pray for God to be at work in the lives of our teens and leaders. For safety in all their travel and activities. For everyone to have an awesome time and make lasting friendships. For God to speak through the speakers and the Bible to their hearts in a clear way. For students to be built up in their faith and that the apologetic nature of the week will not be just head knowledge, but the Spirit will move in the hearts/minds of students. That God will bless the camp with a sense of love, acceptance, unity, and encouragement. For the speakers and volunteer staff who are serving to have wisdom, energy and patience as they serve this week. There will be a prayer time inside the youth building right after the buses pull out around 11:30 am. If you are able to spend a few minutes to praying for the students, leaders, speaker, safety, etc, that would be greatly appreciated!

SCHOLARSHIP NEED FOR SUMMER CAMP
The need for scholarships for summer camp has risen and there are more students requesting financial help than what has been donated. We are thankful for the giving towards scholarships for summer camp by the RBC congregation. The camp cost for each student is $400 and if you would like to give towards the scholarship fund so these students can go, there are two ways:
1. You can click here to give online (then look for Youth Summer Camp Scholarship) or
2. You can drop a check into an offering box with “Youth Summer Camp Scholarship” in the memo

STARTING POINT ORIENTATION: This Sunday, July 24 (Room 234)
Are you starting a journey with God? Do you have doubts and questions about God? Join us immediately after each service at a Starting Point Orientation. No commitment is required. To watch an informational video or for more information, please click here.

MOMS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS: Interest Meeting Wednesday August 10 (7:00-9:00 pm)
Do you have a son or daughter leaving for college soon? If you would like to gather with other women who are experiencing this transition, please join us in Room 238 for a dessert fellowship. We will prayerfully consider forming a group to minister to one another during this season of life. For more information please contact Gini Howard.

FRESHMAN CAMPOUT: August 15-16.
This is a great opportunity for 9th grade students to bond with other teens and leaders. We will be heading to Lovettsville for fun on the river, playing games, and a time to get to know each other. Click here for more details and to register. Registration deadline is July 31.

ANNUAL MEN’S RETREAT: September 30 – October 2 (Meadowkirk Retreat Center, Middleburg)
Has your God-given ambition been starved or sedated for too long? Join other men from RBC for a weekend away in the Loudoun County countryside as speaker Dave Harvey calls for a rescue. It’s time to reach further and dream bigger for the glory of God. Options are available for overnight stays starting at $170 and $120 for day rates for the conference/meals only. To register, please click here.

CULTIVATE: A WOMEN’S GATHERING AROUND THE WORD with Kelly Minter: October 14-15
Biblically focused and stylistically simple, this will be a time to seek God’s Word, worship with an elegant trio of musicians and enjoy the warmth of community. To learn more about the event, find out about volunteer opportunities (we’ll need lots of help!) and to purchase tickets click here. Email Marsha Mathews if you have questions. Advance Ticket Purchase ends soon. Regular ticket pricing begins August 15.

SAVE THE DATE
Financial Peace University: September 18-November 20

SUNDAY REWIND: The Heart of Leadership
Integrity is the heart of leadership, and the church must stand firm in integrity. The church is the only hope for the world because the church carries the message of the gospel. Sunday Rewind.

Sunday Rewind | 7.17.2016

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Be Lifted High (John 3:30) –Nothing is Wasted by Elevation Worship

Nothing But the Blood  – Already Not Yet by Citizens and Saints

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

Jesus Is Better (Mark 9:24) – King of Love by Austin Stone Worship

Your Love Never Fails (Romans 8:28) – Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

 

TEACHING: The Heart of Leadership

Integrity is the heart of leadership, and the church must stand firm in integrity. The church is the only hope for the world because the church carries the message of the gospel.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERMON AUDIO & VIDEO

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was one thing from this message that encouraged your faith? What was one thing that challenged your thinking?
  2. What does it mean that men and nations suppress God’s truth? Why do they do it? What are some of the consequences that can result?
  3. Pastor Mike noted how the culture tends to use words that soften the seriousness of sin — like exchanging “choice” for abortion and “cohabitation” for fornication. Can you think of any others? Why are the terms we use important?
  4. How does seeing ourselves, and each other, as being made in the image of God affect our understanding of human life?
  5. How might understanding that all men come through the line of Adam change our view of race?
  6. Read Psalm 15. How does this kind of integrity set God’s people apart from the world? Who are some people in Scripture who exemplify this passage? Do the verses of this chapter reveal any areas where you feel a need to grow?
  7. If God brought revival to our nation, what might it look like? Pray that believers would come together and cling to the truth of Scriptures, starting with the members of your group, that the world may know that God sent His Son as a payment for sin.

Weekly Update | 7.15.2016

RBC Weekly Update

Blessings from the Staff, Elders and Deacons of Reston Bible Church. Here’s a look at some opportunities coming up in the life of our church in the weeks ahead.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Jet Ski Needed for Youth Summer Camp
If you have a 3-seater jet ski that is in good working condition and that you would be willing for the Senior High to take with them to Summer Camp, please let us know by this Friday! We have taken one for the past 5 years and have an experienced driver who drove it during that time – but our previous owner has sold it. If you are interested – you can contact Bob Shull to let us know and to get answers to questions about it. We will be taking it to camp from July 24-30.

PRAISE ITEM: Kids Camp Wrap-Up
From June 27 through July 1, RBC was transformed into an interplanetary gospel children’s training center where more than 350 children and 180 volunteers gathered for our annual Kids Camp. Read more and watch the videos here.

PRAISE ITEM: Youth Missions Croatia Trip
The team returned from Croatia last Saturday. God really answered your prayers! The team members stepped up and shared their faith. God drew people out to the kids camp they had in the morning and a sports/baseball camp in the afternoon. There were some really good conversations between the team members and the people who came out from the community. Various Croatian teenagers remarked on how the team was the most loving good people they’d ever met and were thankful for the “positivity” brought to their lives and how it would never be forgotten. It was also great to connect with the local pastors and missionaries, to bridge the gap, and connect them with those the team members formed relationships with in the community. Please pray for the Spirit to move and for continued connection. Specifically pray for Mia who came to faith but who’s parents will not let her go to church.

SCHOLARSHIP NEED FOR SUMMER CAMP
The need for scholarships for summer camp has risen and there more students requesting financial help than what has been donated. We are thankful for the giving towards scholarships for summer camp by the RBC congregation. The camp cost for each student is $400 and if you would like to give towards the scholarship fund so these students can go, there are two ways:
1. You can click here to give online (then look for Youth Summer Camp Scholarship) or
2. You can drop a check into an offering box with “Youth Summer Camp Scholarship” in the memo

TOGETHER 2016: Saturday, July 16 (National Mall)
The RBC Men’s Ministry is supporting this gathering on Saturday. From the Together 2016 website: “We’re building toward something unprecedented. We believe there’s power in coming together. Jesus promised whenever two or more come together in His name, He is present. It’s emboldening to join with others, to know we’re not alone, to realize we can do more together than apart. July 16 is the day when this generation lays down what divides us and lifts up Jesus who unites us. On a day of unified prayer, worship, and a call for catalytic change, we will meet on the National Mall to declare that Jesus changes everything. We believe Jesus can do unprecedented things in our time. Our dream is for more than one million people from all backgrounds to be part of this generation-defining day.”

REGULAR BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, July 17 (8:15 am – 12:15 pm)
If you are able to give blood, please prayerfully consider donating at our next drive. As always, Inova’s blood supplies are at low levels. Click here to find more info or to schedule an appointment time. Walk-ins are welcome. As an added incentive this time, Inova will be giving away a free beach towel to all who donate.

FUEL: Begins July 19 (Tuesdays, 6:25-7:30 am, Youth Building)
Summer Fuel begins July 19 and goes through August 23. Join us for 6-weeks, 6 stories. At Fuel, our desire is help men bridge the gap between information and an intimate walk with Jesus Christ through biblical teaching, testimonies about God at work and fellowship with other men.

FRESHMAN CAMPOUT: August 15-16.
This is a great opportunity for 9th grade students to bond with other teens and leaders. We will be heading to Lovettsville for fun on the river, playing games, and a time to get to know each other. Click here for more details and to register. Registration deadline is July 31.

ANNUAL MEN’S RETREAT: September 30 – October 2 (Meadowkirk Retreat Center, Middleburg)
Has your God-given ambition been starved or sedated for too long? Join other men from RBC for a weekend away in the Loudoun County countryside as speaker Dave Harvey calls for a rescue. It’s time to reach further and dream bigger for the glory of God. Options are available for overnight stays starting at $170 and $120 for day rates for the conference/meals only. To register, please click here.

CULTIVATE: A WOMEN’S GATHERING AROUND THE WORD with Kelly Minter: October 14-15
Biblically focused and stylistically simple, this will be a time to seek God’s Word, worship with an elegant trio of musicians and enjoy the warmth of community. To learn more about the event, find out about volunteer opportunities (we’ll need lots of help!) and to purchase tickets click here. Email Marsha Mathews if you have questions. Advance Ticket Purchase ends soon. Regular ticket pricing begins August 15.

SAVE THE DATE
Financial Peace University: September 18-November 20

SUNDAY REWIND: From the Field – The Will of the Father
For security reasons, we aren’t able to share this week’s message online. Sunday Rewind.

Sunday Rewind | 7.10.2016

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Your Great Name (Philippians 2:10-11) – Love Revolution by Natalie Grant

Come To Me  (Matthew 11:28-30)Look and See by Village Church feat. Lauren Chandler

O Praise the Name (Romans 5:8) – Open Heaven/River Wild by Hillsong Live

Unstoppable God (Matthew 17:20) – Wake up the Wonder by Elevation Worship

 

TEACHING: From the Field – The Will of the Father

For security reasons, we aren’t able to share this week’s message online.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was something that encouraged, challenged, or convicted you about this message?
  2. How have the recent events in our nation affected the way you pray?
  3. What are some weaknesses you see in your prayer life? Do you find it difficult to truly pray “not my will but Thy will be done”?
  4. Read Luke 22:31. What is your main desire or prayer when it feels like you are being sifted like wheat? To be safe or to be faithful? How could Jesus’ words in this passage speak to you during those times?
  5. Do you find yourself surprised by the evil in the world? How can we encourage each other to love and good deeds in the midst of evil?
  6. Read Hebrews 12:1-3. Why did Christ go to the cross, according to this passage? How do the truths of these verses help us as we walk through a fallen world?
  7. What does it look like to pray “in the Spirit”?
  8. Spend some time praying for God’s will to be done in America and around the world. Pray for the work of RBC missionaries, and pray that the Lord would show you how he wants to use the members of your group. Pray to ask God what He would have you do, in His will, and then be willing to sit quietly and wait on the answer.