Family Quest: The Hope – Divine Claims

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The Hope series graphic copy“Jesus answered, ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” – John 14:9

“He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 16:13–17

In the past two lessons we talked about how Jesus, as God’s anointed One, was a great teacher and a powerful prophet.  These statements are true, but Jesus did not leave room for us, or the people of 1st century Israel, to leave it at that.  In his famous interaction with the Jewish leaders during the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22-39) Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.” Those who heard him understood exactly what that meant, “The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”   His statement was so unambiguous that they sought to kill him right then and there for claiming to be God.  All that the Law and the Prophets pointed to in the coming Messiah; Great High Priest to restore the priesthood, King of kings to restore David’s rule, and a prophet “like Moses,” could only be fulfilled by God in sinless human flesh.  All other’s had fallen short even as their lives foreshadowed the perfect which was coming, Jesus.  Jesus is our All in All.

 

BIG IDEA: Jesus is God.

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MEDITATING ON THE WORD:

John 1:3   Isaiah 43:25    Colossians 1:16-17
Mark 14:61-62  John 8:58  Isaiah 43:10-11
John 5:17-18   Mark 2:5-7

SECTION VERSES:

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’”   – John 14:6-7

LESSON VERSE:

“Jesus answered, ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” – John 14:9

PRAYER:

Thank God that Jesus left no room for debate about who he said he was; God himself.

DISCUSSION STARTERS:

  • What did the religious leaders not like about Jesus?
  • How did Jesus say that he is God?

LIVE IT OUT!

  • How can we show God the Father to others?  Brainstorm some ideas and post them on your fridge or bathroom mirror.

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ABOUT FAMILY QUEST: At Reston Bible Church, we firmly believe that parents are a child’s first and most important spiritual leader.  In order to support you that mission, we have created a parent devotional and some discussion starters to go along with each lesson your grade school age children are learning at Quest on Sundays. Our hope and prayer is that this material will help you to engage with your children around the topics they are learning on Sunday mornings, answer their questions, go deeper with them, and find real, day-to-day applications. We are honored to be able to partner with you in the critical task of sharing Christ with the next generation.

Weekly Update | 2.12.2016

RBC Weekly Update
THANKS TO YOUR GENEROSITY: Blood Drive Results
We were able to collect 39 units of blood last Sunday, enough to help 117 people with their blood needs. I even had to turn many folks away who were walk-ins, something I never have had to do. It was a great turnout and a real blessing to our community. Thanks.

THE GUILFORD CORNER: Volunteer Needs – Spring Book Giveaway
We are looking for 8-10 volunteers to help at the Spring Book giveaway on March 11. You can work as long or as short a time period as you are able. We start at 7:30 am and work through 2:00 pm. Basically you would need to refill the book tables, restack the books when the tables get messy, and direct children to the appropriate reading level books for their age/ability. To volunteer, contact Barb Ruffner.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Sunrise Senior Living Sunday Service
For many years RBC’s Warren Jenkins has conducted a 10:00 am service on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month for seniors at Sunrise’s Reston location, but he’s looking to “retire.” On the off Sundays another church does it at 11:00 am, so either time works. Warren plays guitar and leads them in singing the old hymns and spiritual songs they remember. He uses the words of the hymns to share the gospel and usually reads from Our Daily Bread as the morning devotional, but this format is subject to change. Anyone interested could accompany Warren to get a feel for what it involves. Please contact Warren Jenkins for more information.

QUEST 5TH GRADE BOYS & GIRLS SHEPHERD GROUPS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Groups are forming and will be starting on March 2. The boys and girls groups meet separately on Wednesday evenings with adult leaders for Bible study and fellowship from March 2 through April 27 (with Spring Break off). For more information and to register for free please click here.

MISSION TRIP TO THE AMAZON
If you have a heart for missions and adventure, have we got the trip for you! RBC, in partnership with Justice and Mercy Amazon, will be sending a team in June 2016 to minister to the people and villages along the Amazon river. Previous trips have included building/construction projects, planning and running kid’s camps, leading worship services and many other activities. Space is limited! If you are interested in going or want more information, please contact Brad Gates or check out www.justiceandmercyamazon.org

LADIES WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING: Date & Time change
Effective immediately, the ladies prayer meeting has moved from Tuesday morning to Tuesday afternoon at 1:00-2:00 in Room 234 in the main building. All Ladies are welcome.

YOUTH WINTER RETREAT SCHOLARSHIPS NEEDED
If you’d like to contribute to the scholarship fund for students who cannot pay the total cost, you can write “YM Retreat Scholarship” on the memo line of your check, or click here to give online. Select “YM Winter Retreat Scholarship” under “Choose Designation.”

MEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST: Saturday, February 13 (7:30 am meal/8:00 event, Clubhouse)
RISE & SHINE is a monthly breakfast opportunity for men to fellowship together in a casual environment around great food and to hear from other brothers in Christ.  This month Bruce Campbell will bring a pertinent and practical talk from scripture. You can register to eat for only $5, or attend the event only for free. To register or for more information, click here.

COURAGEOUS MAMAS – Building Healthy Relationships: Wednesday February 17 (7-9 pm)
Setting boundaries and nurturing relationships can be hard in the best of times, but as the momma of a child with special needs we encounter even more challenges. “How do I effectively discipline yet build a relationship with my child? How do I keep close communication with my husband? How can I nuture my friendships – I’m so busy, and no one understands! How can I help my child build healthy relationships when they struggle socially?” Join us as we discuss these questions and more! We will be meeting at the home of Dana Swenson. To RSVP or for more info, please email Lauren Smith. Feel free to bring a friend!

MOMS CONNENCTION FELLOWSHIP: Friday, February 19 (9:30-11:30 am, Youth Bldg)
Join us as Kay Minter shares on “Come Gather Around the Table, The Family Dinner.” Moms of all ages are welcome. Each fellowship includes a speaker and lots of time to connect with other moms. Coffee and snacks are served. Childcare is provided.  Register here.

MENS SUMMIT:  Monday, February 22 (6:30-9:00 pm, Clubhouse & Sanctuary)
Throughout scripture God used men that felt overwhelmed and under qualified to do His work on earth. It’s no different today. Knowing your identity in Christ allows your gifts, skills, and abilities to be used for the advancement of His kingdom. Join us as Jerry Leachman coachs us with some sound fundamentals and encouragement for “Finding Your Identity in Christ.” Register at www.restonbible.org/summit for dinner at 6:30pm or event only.

2016 ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT:  February 26-28 REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!
Our speaker is Christine Hoover and our topic is From Good to Grace: Embracing a Life Lived by Faith. To register, watch a video on the topic from our speaker or for more information, please click here.

CHILD DEDICATION SERVICE: Sunday, March 13
We are offering registration for both the 9:00 am and the noon services. To register and learn more, please email Hannah. (Parenting 101 is a prerequisite to participating – see above).

MARRIAGE CONFERENCE 2016: March 11-12 (Sanctuary)
You want your marriage to be the best it can be, but the reality of life can put a damper on your good intentions. Begin by treating your spouse the way God treats us, with grace. Come learn how to ignite your love story at the Grace Filled Marriage…Making Love that Lasts event. Author and speaker, Dr. Tim Kimmel brings hope, help and healing in this radical approach to marriage. Don’t miss this life-changing event. Click here to register or for more information.

RBC YOUTH BIKE TRIP 2016: Scholarship Need 
There is a need for scholarships for the friends who are going on the Bike Trip. We would love to remove the cost of the trip as a barrier for friends to go. On the Bike Trip, everyone will be challenged to grow personally and to explore how the gospel applies to their life. The cost of the trip is $550. We see this as a direct investment that can have a great impact on teens in our area. Contact Bob Shull if you have any questions. If you would like to donate to the Bike Trip, you can find that option on the RBC online giving page.

2015 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS
Giving statements are now available in your myRBC profile. As we have done the past several years, your statement will not be mailed to you unless you specifically ask us to do so. This saves us hundreds of dollars in labor and postage, money we would rather spend on ministry. If you need help setting up a myRBC profile, contact me. Here are the steps to print your giving statement:

  • Click on the “$/Give” button on the left
  • Click on “Schedules/History” at the top
  • Click on “Giving Statement” (upper right corner)
  • Make sure “Type” is set to “Family”
  • Set the “Quick Date Range” to “Last Year” (or another year of your choice) and then click “Run Report”

INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATES
Whenever there is the chance of weather affecting ministry activities or Sunday services, an announcement will be posted on our website (www.restonbible.org) at the top of our home page.

SUNDAY REWIND: James – Living Out Our Faith, Part 10
You believe only what you act on. All the rest is just religious talk. Sunday Rewind.

We hope you’ll consider some of these great opportunities as we seek to know Christ and make Him known together.

Sunday Rewind | 2.7.2016

Sunday Rewind
MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Open Up the Heavens (Psalm 108:4-5) – Worth It All by Meredith Andrews

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

Hosanna (Mark 11:9-10) – Savior King by Hillsong Worship

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

The Wonderful Cross (Romans 8:38-39) – The Worship Initiative, Vol. 5 by Shane and Shane

 

TEACHING: James – Living Out Our Faith, Part 10

You believe only what you act on. All the rest is just religious talk.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERMON AUDIO & VIDEO

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
  2. Would you say that you tend toward being a “faith” person or a “works” person?
  3. Read and discuss James 2:14-26. What does this tell us about us? What does it tell us about God? What encouragements, warnings or commands are here for us to heed? What tension do you see in these verses?
  4. How does the whole of Scripture help us interpret these verses? What are some misinterpretations of these verses?
  5. What is the role of faith and works in the life of a follower of Christ?
  6. What is the difference between justification and sanctification?
  7. How does the gospel of Jesus provide context for both faith and works?
  8. Where do you need to grow in living out your faith?
  9. Spend some time in prayer thanking God the salvation He freely offers through Jesus Christ. Pray that He would give you the grace to live a life consistent with the gospel.

Family Quest: The Hope – Heavenly Mission

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“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him…” – John 3:17

“Jesus expressed His compassion and proved His authority with miracles. He was reported to have calmed storms and walked on the sea. On two occasions, He took just a few loaves of bread and a handful of fish and multiplied them to feed thousands of people. Jesus gave sight to the blind, caused the lame to walk, and healed people of horrible diseases. He cast demons out of people, and He even raised people from the dead. For thirty years, Jesus had lived in obscurity. But now, He was demonstrating His power over the physical and the spiritual world, over life and death.” – The HOPE, Chapter 9
In the Bible, there are four words (two Hebrew and two Greek) that are translated as the word “miracle.” In each case, these words describe an intervention by God in which the ordinary course of nature is overruled, suspended, or modified.

The Bible records 35 miracles performed by Jesus during His three years of public ministry. These miracles range from walking on water to raising people from the dead.  A primary purpose (if not the primary purpose) of the miracles recorded in the Bible was as a sign that confirmed the presence or revelation of God. This is true of the miracles of God in the Old Testament as well as the miracles of Jesus. The miracles of Exodus 7–11 confirmed that Moses was speaking for God. In the New Testament, Jesus said that His miracles proved who He was and that God the Father sent Him (John 5:36). Jesus performed miracles so that people might believe He was who He said He was.
In his miracles Jesus demonstrated his power over all of creation (spiritual and physical) as well as his fulfillment of the Isaiah 61 prophecy which he read in the synagogue (61:1-2 and Luke 4:16-20).  He was indeed a powerful prophet of God, the Ultimate Prophet that God foretold in Deuteronomy 18:15,

“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”

 

BIG IDEA: Jesus is a powerful prophet.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS WEEK’S VIDEO

MEDITATING ON THE WORD:

Deuteronomy 18:15
Isaiah 61
Psalm 78:24
Luke 4:17-19

SECTION VERSES:

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’”   – John 14:6-7

LESSON VERSE:

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him,”      – John 3:17

PRAYER:

Thank God for sending Jesus as the greatest Prophet, powerful over all creation, who proved He is God himself.

DISCUSSION STARTERS:

  • Read Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:16-20. Why do you think Jesus stopped reading the passage in Isaiah where he did?
  • How did Jesus demonstrate his power?
  • Why did Jesus demonstrate his power?

LIVE IT OUT!

  • Think of some ways that your actions can show that God’s love is truly in you. Now do them!

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ABOUT FAMILY QUEST: At Reston Bible Church, we firmly believe that parents are a child’s first and most important spiritual leader.  In order to support you that mission, we have created a parent devotional and some discussion starters to go along with each lesson your grade school age children are learning at Quest on Sundays. Our hope and prayer is that this material will help you to engage with your children around the topics they are learning on Sunday mornings, answer their questions, go deeper with them, and find real, day-to-day applications. We are honored to be able to partner with you in the critical task of sharing Christ with the next generation.

Weekly Update | 2.5.2016

RBC Weekly Update

Blessings from the Staff, Elders and Deacons of Reston Bible Church. Here’s a quick look at the busy few weeks ahead.

2016 ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT:  February 26-28
REGISTRATION DEADLINE THIS SUNDAY
Registration is now open for this year’s event at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sterling. Our speaker is Christine Hoover and our topic is From Good to Grace: Embracing a Life Lived by Faith. To register, watch a video on the topic from our speaker or for more information click here. After this Sunday, registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis only and a $25 late fee will be added.

THE GUILFORD CORNER: Spring Book Drive
It’s that time again! We are looking to collect 1,500 new and gently used children’s books for the Guilford Spring Book Drive. Please drop your donations by the Guilford sign in the lobby. The deadline to donate is March 9.

THE GUILFORD CORNER: Volunteer Needs — Backpack Buddy Delivery
We are looking for a few people to help transport our weekly backpack buddy food bags to Guilford Elementary School on Friday mornings during the school year. Currently 238 families receive these supplementary groceries to help feed their kids on the weekends when they are not in school and receiving free lunches. If you are interested, please email Barb Ruffner and she will give you more details.

THE GUILFORD CORNER: Volunteer Needs — Homework Helpers
We are also looking for a couple more volunteers to help with our Homework Helpers program on Tuesday afternoons from 2:35-3:15 pm. The homework helpers are adults that are willing to sit with 1-2 students and help keep them on task as they work on their homework. These are the students that are farthest behind grade level and aren’t able to receive help at home. To volunteer at Guilford with these students, contact Barb Ruffner. Background check is required.

THE GUILFORD CORNER: Volunteer Needs — Spring Book Giveaway
We are looking for 8-10 volunteers to help at the Spring Book giveaway on March 11. You can work as long or as short a time period as you are able. We start at 7:30 am and work through 2:00 pm. Basically you would need to refill the book tables, restack the books when the tables get messy, and direct children to the appropriate reading level books for their age/ability. To volunteer, contact Barb Ruffner.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Food Pantry
We are in need of volunteers to pick up donated food from local stores. The more volunteers we have, the less pick-ups any one person needs to do. You can sign up for a time convenient for you, and by adding your name to the list of those interested in helping, you will receive notifications of new opportunities to pick up and deliver the food back to RBC. Just log into myRBC, click on “Groups” from the left-hand Menu, search for “Food Pantry Pick-Ups” and then click on “Join Group” in the upper right corner.

QUEST 5TH GRADE BOYS & GIRLS SHEPHERD GROUPS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Groups are forming and will be starting on March 2. The boys and girls groups meet separately on Wednesday evenings with adult leaders for Bible study and fellowship from March 2 through April 27 (with Spring Break off). For more information and to register for free please click here.

MISSION TRIP TO THE AMAZON
If you have a heart for missions and adventure, have we got the trip for you! RBC, in partnership with Justice and Mercy Amazon, will be sending a team in June 2016 to minister to the people and villages along the Amazon river. Previous trips have included building/construction projects, planning and running kid’s camps, leading worship services and many other activities. Space is limited! If you are interested in going or want more information, please contact Brad Gates or check out www.justiceandmercyamazon.org

LADIES WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING: Date & Time change
Effective immediately, the ladies prayer meeting has moved from Tuesday mornings to Tuesday afternoon at 1:00-2:00 in Room 234 in main building. All Ladies are welcome.

WORKFORCE MINISTRIES: Friday, February 5 (Noon to 1:00 pm at AOL)
On February 5, come hear Frank Wolfe discuss the state of religious freedom around the world, and in the United States. Learn about the threats, as well as the opportunities to influence the future. His words will create a new awareness about this freedom that many have come to take for granted. Click here for more information and to register.

BLOOD DRIVE:  Sunday, February 7 (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Due to the recent storm, Inova’s blood supplies are at critically low levels. Please consider giving the gift of life at our next blood drive. Click here to find more info or to schedule an appointment time. Walk-ins are welcome.

WORKING MOMS FELLOWSHIP: Monday, February 8 (7:00 pm)
Susan Wood will be leading a discussion on the Five Aspects of Womanhood. Please RSVP by email or text to 703-395-6299.

YOUTH WINTER RETREAT SCHOLARSHIPS NEEDED
If you’d like to contribute to the scholarship fund for students who cannot pay the total cost, you can write “YM Retreat Scholarship” on the memo line of your check, or click here to give online. Select “YM Winter Retreat Scholarship” under “Choose Designation.”

MEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST: Saturday, February 13 (7:30 am meal/8:00 event, Clubhouse)
RISE & SHINE is a monthly breakfast opportunity for men to fellowship together in a casual environment around great food and to hear from other brothers in Christ. This month Bruce Campbell will bring a pertinent and practical talk from scripture. You can register to eat for only $5, or attend the event only for free. To register or for more information, click here.

COURAGEOUS MAMAS – Building Healthy Relationships:. Wednesday February 17 (7-9 pm)
Setting boundaries and nurturing relationships can be hard in the best of times, but as the momma of a child with special needs we encounter even more challenges. “How do I effectively discipline yet build a relationship with my child? How do I keep close communication with my husband? How can I nuture my friendships – I’m so busy, and no one understands! How can I help my child build healthy relationships when they struggle socially?” Join us as we discuss these questions and more! We will be meeting at the home of Dana Swenson. To RSVP or for more info, please email Lauren Smith. Feel free to bring a friend!

MOMS CONNECTION FELLOWSHIP: Friday, February 19 (9:30-11:30 am, Youth Bldg)
Join us as Kay Minter shares on “Come Gather Around the Table, The Family Dinner.” Moms of all ages are welcome. Each fellowship includes a speaker and lots of time to connect with other moms. Coffee and snacks are served. Childcare is provided. Register here.

MEN’S SUMMIT:  Monday, February 22 (6:30-9:00 pm, Clubhouse & Sanctuary)
Throughout scripture God used men that felt overwhelmed and under qualified to do His work on earth. It’s no different today. Knowing your identity in Christ allows your gifts, skills, and abilities to be used for the advancement of His kingdom. Join us as Jerry Leachman coaches us with some sound fundamentals and encouragement for “Finding Your Identity in Christ.” Register at www.restonbible.org/summit for dinner at 6:30pm or event only.

CHILD DEDICATION SERVICE: Sunday, March 13
We are offering registration for both the 9:00 am and the noon services. To register and learn more, please email Hannah. (Parenting 101 is a prerequisite to participating – see above).

MARRIAGE CONFERENCE 2016: March 11-12 (Sanctuary)
You want your marriage to be the best it can be, but the reality of life can put a damper on your good intentions. Begin by treating your spouse the way God treats us, with grace. Come learn how to ignite your love story at the Grace Filled Marriage…Making Love that Lasts event. Author and speaker, Dr. Tim Kimmel brings hope, help and healing in this radical approach to marriage. Don’t miss this life-changing event. Click here to register or for more information.

RBC YOUTH BIKE TRIP 2016: Scholarship Need 
There is a need for scholarships for the friends who are going on the Bike Trip. We would love to remove the cost of the trip as a barrier for friends to go. On the Bike Trip, everyone will be challenged to grow personally and to explore how the gospel applies to their life. The cost of the trip is $550. We see this as a direct investment that can have a great impact on teens in our area. Contact Bob Shull if you have any questions. If you would like to donate to the Bike Trip, you can find that option on the RBC online giving page.

2015 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS
Giving statements are now available in your myRBC profile. As we have done the past several years, your statement will not be mailed to you unless you specifically ask us to do so. This saves us hundreds of dollars in labor and postage, money we would rather spend on ministry. If you need help setting up a myRBC profile, contact me. Here are the steps to print your giving statement:

  • Click on the “$/Give” button on the left
  • Click on “Schedules/History” at the top
  • Click on “Giving Statement” (upper right corner)
  • Make sure “Type” is set to “Family”
  • Set the “Quick Date Range” to “Last Year” (or another year of your choice) and then click “Run Report”

INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATES
Whenever there is the chance of weather affecting ministry activities or Sunday services, an announcement will be posted on our website (www.restonbible.org) at the top of our home page.

SUNDAY REWIND: Redemption
Even in the most difficult of times, God is doing wondrous works of redemption. Our bad things turn out for good. Our good things can never be lost. And the best things are yet to come. Sunday Rewind.

We hope you’ll consider some of these great opportunities as we seek to know Christ and make Him known together.