Sunday Rewind | 8.28.16

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Good Good Father (2 Thessalonians 2;16) – The EP by Zealand Worship

Come Thou Fount (Psalm 16:11) – Public Domain

Unending Love (Romans 8:39) – God is Able by Hillsong Worship

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

Doxology (Romans 11:36) – Public Domain

 

TEACHING: Be the Church, Part 1

As followers of Christ, we don’t go to church. We are the church.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERMON AUDIO & VIDEO

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. Prior to hearing this message, what came to mind when you heard the word “church”? Has that changed at all now?
  2. What passages of Scripture come to mind that describe the design, purpose, or mission of the Church?
  3. What does it mean that we, as followers of Christ, are the Church? Why is it so important to get these terms right?
  4. Have you, or anyone you know, left a local church for any of the reasons that Pastor Mike described? What are other reasons (right or wrong) that someone might leave?
  5. What does it look like for the truth to bring conviction rather than guilt?
  6. How would you respond to a friend who said he was leaving the church because he thought it was boring or irrelevant? What if he thought that the church was full of hypocrites?
  7. Read Romans 6:15-23. What is the difference between how the world defines “freedom” and how Scripture defines it? How does Jesus give freedom to His followers? What should our lives look like in light of that freedom? How should it affect our interactions with unbelievers?
  8. Spend some time praying that your group, and all the believers at RBC, would truly reflect and honor Christ, as His Body. Pray for the unbelievers in your lives, that they would put their faith in Christ and become members of the Church.

Weekly Update | 8.26.2016

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.

NEW PARKING PATTERN STARTS THIS SUNDAY!
You may have noticed it taking longer and longer to get in and out of our parking lot on Sunday mornings. It is a great blessing to have so many people wanting to worship and learn more about Jesus, and we would like to reduce the frustration and delay that many of you experience on Sundays. With this in mind, we are implementing a few changes this Sunday to improve the efficiency and experience of parking here at RBC. We will also have an increased number of Host Team volunteers to guide you and manage the flow of pedestrian and car traffic. Please see the new guidelines with map.

PRAISE ITEM: Spanish Congregation Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary
Our growing Spanish congregation, which meets for Bible study at 10:30 a.m. and worship at noon each Sunday, is celebrating its sixth anniversary this weekend. Praise God for Pastor Salvador Medina and the 120+ people who worship in the Youth Building each week. For more information on this vibrant ministry, please click here.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Host Team Volunteers
We are in need of volunteers to serve as Ushers, Welcome Desk Attendants, Parking Lot Attendants and Coffee Attendants during the services. Please contact Ashley Ramsey if you are interested in helping meet one of these needs.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Fall QUEST/BABYQUEST Children’s Ministry Volunteers
Question: What does loving Jesus and serving His precious children have in common? Answer: These are the only things required to serve in QUEST and BABYQUEST. The Fall session runs from September 18 through May 2017. Ages range from infants to 5th Grade. Interested? Please click here.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Women’s Ministry Childcare Workers Needed
Women’s Ministry is in great need of childcare workers for our upcoming Thursday morning Bible studies and/or once a month on Friday mornings for Mom’s Connection. Being able to provide childcare makes it possible for us to minister to all women in our body who desire to know God’s Word and receive encouragement and fellowship. Application and background check are required. For more information please contact Leigh Ann Kiendl.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Awana Volunteers
Kids look forward to Awana all week! From 4:30 to 6:30 each Sunday evening they hear the gospel and learn the Bible in a fun setting, complete with games, theme nights and special events. But Awana can’t happen without dedicated volunteers who serve each week. So whether you like to teach, run games, lead songs, play with puppets, keep records (or get a pie in the face), Awana has a place for you. One thing’s for sure – you’ll have fun! Will you help us raise up Spiritual champions at RBC? Register online here at or email kids@restonbible.org with your questions.

AWANA REGISTRATION: Now Open
Registration is now open for Clubbers and Volunteers alike! Through the Awana program, Reston Bible Church works together with parents to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Awana Clubs meet on Sunday evenings from 4:30-6:30 pm from September 18 through May.

STARTING POINT ORIENTATION: Sunday, August 28 (Room 234)
Are you starting a journey with God? Do you have doubts and questions about God? Join us Sunday immediately after each service at a Starting Point Orientation. No commitment is required. To watch an informational video or for more information, go to www.restonbible.org/startingpoint.

NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES: Begin September 14 and 15
Registration is now open to women who regularly attend Reston Bible Church. Most classes have a size limit, so register early for best selection. Childcare is offered on Thursday mornings for children 4 months and older on a space available basis. Registration is required. Starting September 8, women who attend another church and want to join one of our Bible studies are invited to register for remaining spaces in classes and childcare. These studies meet at the church both morning and evening. Click here for more information about class offerings and to register.

SANCTITY OF LIFE MINISTRIES: Post-Abortion Group Bible Study
SLM is supported by RBC stateside missions. If you or a friend struggle from a past abortion be encouraged; there is hope and healing. Prayerfully consider joining us for a Bible study beginning September 13 – November 1 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Nova Pregnancy Help Center in Alexandria. For further information or to RSVP by September 1, please contact Mayra Navarro.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Starts Sunday, September 18 (4:30-6:30 pm)
Over the course of nine biblical, practical lessons, you’ll learn how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future, give like never before, and much more! Register for our upcoming session of Financial Peace University, September 18-November 20.

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 $180 and $125 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.

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY: New Blog Feature
We have a new weekly blog feature to help you prepare your heart for Sunday worship. Please check it out here.

SUNDAY REWIND: Be Anxious For Nothing
We live in a world that is morally decaying. Pastor Mike and David Shedd dialogue about viewing the world in which we live through a biblical lens. Sunday Rewind.

We hope you’re enjoying these summer months and that you’ll consider some of these opportunities as we seek to know Christ and make Him known together.

Preparing for Sunday | August 28

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My hope and prayer for this blog each week is that God would use it to stir your affections for Him and for His Word, and to help you prepare for and eagerly anticipate what God will do through our time gathered together on Sunday. Here’s the first Preparing for Sunday post with a more in-depth explanation of why we do this.


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

SONGS WE’LL BE SINGING TOGETHER

Good Good Father | [listen]
by: Anthony Brown, Pat Barrett

Come Thou Fount | [listen + lyrics]
by: Robert Robinson (1758)

Unending Love |  [listen + lyrics]
by: Jill McCloghry, Sam Knock

Jesus Is Better |  [listen]
by: Aaron Ivey, Brett Land

Doxology | [listen | lyrics]
by: Thomas Ken (1674), David Crowder

SERMON TEXT

Acts 14:27
READ

Sunday Rewind | 8.21.16

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Keeper of My Heart (Psalm 121:1-2) – Majestic by Kari Jobe

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (Galatians 6:14) – Mars Hill Music by Dispatch

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

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

 

TEACHING: Be Anxious for Nothing

We live in a world that is morally decaying. Pastor Mike and David Shedd dialogue about viewing the world in which we live through a biblical lens.

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 Sunday?
  2. What makes you anxious as you observe the state of the world today?
  3. Read and discuss Philippians 4:4-9. What does this reveal about us? What do these verses tell us about God? What commands, encouragements or warnings are there for us to heed?
  4. We live in a world that is morally decaying. What opportunities do you have (or can you make) to be salt and light in the environments in which you have influence?
  5. How do we balance the tension between security and compassion in an uncertain world?
  6. What is the root of anxiety, beyond circumstances and situations? How does anxiety relate to trust?
  7.  How does the gospel anchor us in the midst of uncertainty?
  8. Read and discuss 1 Peter 5:6-7. What anxieties do you need to cast upon the Lord? Spend some time in prayer about this.

Weekly Update | 8.19.2016

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.

VOTER REGISTRATION
Are you registered to vote in the upcoming presidential election?  If you have changed residence since the last election you will need to re-register. If you turned 18, or are a new American citizen, you also need to register.  Bob & Angie Magruder will be offering voter registration in the lobby after both services this Sunday, August 21, The deadline to register is October 17.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE:  International Connection
The English as a Second Language program at RBC has a need for a lead teacher on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 am weekly starting  September 14 and running until early May with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Curriculum, training and an assistant teacher provided.  For more information, please contact Susan Morinaga.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Host Team Volunteers
We are in need of volunteers to serve as Ushers, Welcome Desk Attendants, and Coffee Attendants during the services.  Please contact Ashley Ramsey if you are interested in helping meet one of these needs.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Fall QUEST/BABYQUEST Children’s Ministry Volunteers
Question:: What does loving Jesus and serving His precious children have in common? Answer: These are the only things required to serve in QUEST and BABYQUEST. The Fall session runs from September 18 through May 2017. Ages range from Infant’s to 5th Grade. Interested? Please click here.

AWANA REGISTRATION:  Now Open
Registration is now open for Clubbers and Volunteers alike!  Through the Awana program, Reston Bible Church works together with parents to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Awana Clubs meet on Sunday evenings from 4:30-6:30 pm from September 18 through May.

WOMEN’S PRAYER GROUP
The women’s prayer group that meets on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm has moved to Room 236.  All women of the RBC community are invited to join together to seek God in prayer for our church, nation, neighborhoods and families. Even if you can only come for a part of the time we encourage you to join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Marsha Mathews.

EVENING OF PRAYER AND WORSHIP:  Tomorrow Friday, August 19 (7:00-8:30 pm)
We will be having an evening in the Sanctuary devoted to praying and worshiping together as a church.  Come join us as we seek the Lord for His continued blessing and direction for our church.

JR HIGH:  Welcome Party Wednesday, August 24 (7:00 to 9:00 pm, Youth Building)
We are hosting a Welcome to BreakThru Party for rising 6th grade students. On Rising Up Sunday, August 28, 6th graders can join Sunday Morning BreakThru for the first time at 10:30 am in the Jr High room.  If you are a parent of a rising 6th grader, there will be a Parent’s Meeting that Sunday at 10:30 am in the front classroom of the youth building.  Parents are then invited to attend the rest of BreakThru after the meeting ends.

NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES:  Begin September 14 and 15
Registration is now open to women who regularly attend Reston Bible Church.  Most classes have a size limit, so register early for best selection. Starting September 8, women who attend another church and want to join one of our bible studies are invited to register for remaining spaces in classes and childcare.  These studies meet at the church both morning and evening.  Click here for more information about class offerings and to register.

SANCTITY OF LIFE MINISTRIES:  Post-Abortion Group Bible Study
SLM is supported by RBC stateside missions.  If you or a friend struggle from a past abortion be encouraged;  there is hope and healing. Prayerfully consider joining us for a Bible study beginning September 13 – November 1 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Nova Pregnancy Help Center in Alexandria. For further information or to RSVP by September 1, please contact Mayra Navarro.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Starts Sunday, September 18 (4:30-6:30 pm)
Over the course of nine biblical, practical lessons, you’ll learn how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future, give like never before, and much more! Register for our upcoming session of Financial Peace University, September 18-November 20.

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 $180 and $125 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.

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY:  New Blog Feature
We have a new weekly blog feature to help you prepare your heart for Sunday worship.  Please check it out here.

SUNDAY REWIND:  The Purposeful Mind
Stagnation is devastating in the life of a believer. We must set our minds to the greatest purpose of all life – to know Jesus.   Sunday Rewind.

We hope you’re enjoying these summer months and that you’ll consider some of these opportunities as we seek to know Christ and make Him known together. Keep an eye on the Upcoming Events section of the website for more. And don’t forget to check out the Throne of Grace attachment for prayer and praise items!