Pictures from Men's Backpacking Trip

Pictures from the RVC men's backpacking trip this last weekend out on the coast.

#backpacking #washingtoncoast #rainiervalleychurch

Join Us Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow for the second week of Shepherd's Heart as we look at the topic of bitterness, resentment, and forgiveness. Here are the study questions around this week's message for Community Group discussions and personal devotional times.

*Sermon and Study Questions*

https://rainiervalleychurch.com/latest-sermons

Shepherd’s Heart is a four week series where the elders of Rainier Valley Church share their pastoral heart for the church family.

*Week #2 - “Free From Bitterness"*  What are some popular songs, albums, movies, shows, and books that involve the theme of revenge? What’s your favorite revenge story and why?

Read Hebrews 12:14-15 and discuss why bitterness is compared to a root in the ground?

How would you define bitterness and how does it affect us relationally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically? How have you experienced the terrible fruit of the roots of bitterness in your own life and in the lives of those you love?

For a root of bitterness to develop in your heart it takes two things: (1) a seed and (2) the right soil. What would the seed and the soil be in this biblical illustration? How is it that two people can go through the exact same situation but one can remain bitter, resentful, and depressed and the other person can grow and become more refined, humble, and hopeful? If the difference isn’t in the seed but in the soil, what different soils cause bitterness to take root and grow?

How do we cultivate in ourselves a soil that doesn’t allow bitterness to take deep root in our hearts? How have you experienced the seeds of bitterness taking root in your life? How can we identify where bitterness has taken hold of our hearts and our relationships?

How do you go about ripping out roots of bitterness in your heart?

How does the Gospel, both the past grace of Jesus on the cross as well as the future judgement of Jesus on the throne, liberate us to forgive and rip up roots of bitterness?

How did Jesus respond to the temptation towards bitterness?

If Jesus calls us to forgive seventy times seven, how are we doing at obeying that command? Are there people in your life that you haven’t forgiven? What possible good is there and becoming bitter and refusing to not forgive someone who has wronged you? Are there situations in your life that you continue to replay in your heart and mind to feed your bitterness? Where is there bitterness in your own heart that you need to repent of and rip out of your life?

How can we pray for, encourage, and support one another to work out this teaching in our lives over the next week?

Weekly Update 8/7

UPCOMING EVENTS

Join us at Rainier Valley Church directly after service on Sunday, August 11th to support the Philippines Missionary Team. We will be praying over the team and their trip to Cebu to serve our ministry partners GCE (Grace Community Empowerment).

Join us at Rainier Valley Church directly after service on Sunday, August 11th to support the Philippines Missionary Team. We will be praying over the team and their trip to Cebu to serve our ministry partners GCE (Grace Community Empowerment).

Men's Backpacking Trip (8/9-11)  The Men's Ministry at Rainier Valley Church is putting together a backpacking trip on the coast. Ben Johnson is coordinating this trip. If you're interested coming, please respond to this e-mail or contact Ben Johnson directly.

Men's Backpacking Trip (8/9-11) The Men's Ministry at Rainier Valley Church is putting together a backpacking trip on the coast. Ben Johnson is coordinating this trip. If you're interested coming, please respond to this e-mail or contact Ben Johnson directly.

Study Resources

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Shepherd’s Heart is a four week series where the elders of Rainier Valley Church share their pastoral heart for the church family.

Shepherd’s Heart - Week #1 “The Christian Life: Stop, Look, and Listen

Pastor Nate opened his message with the question: “how do you be a good Christian?” How would you answer that question and why does it matter? Pastor Nate focused in on Jesus’ teaching in John 15 about the importance of Christians abiding in Christ. What does it mean to abide in Christ? How can we choose to either abide or not abide in Christ? What difference does Abiding in Christ make in our lives? How is the Christian Life essentially tied to abiding in Christ?

Pastor Nate encouraged us to think over three ways we can abide in Christ as we (1) stop, (2) look, and (3) listen to God.

STOP

Pastor Nate talked about how worry can keep us from abiding in Christ. How has worry impacted your assurance of God’s goodness and love? How do you combat worry without adding to your anxieties? Pastor Nate also talked about stopping the entanglements that keep us distracted. What sorts of things in your life distract you from the simply truth of abiding in Christ?

LOOK

Pastor Nate encouraged us to look to those things which God has ordained to help us to Abide in Christ. How are you practicing looking to the Word for refreshment and encouragement? Pastor Nate highlighted creation as a means of God displaying his power and nature to us. How does being out in nature connect with Abiding in Christ? How do you uniquely experience God when you’re hiking, camping, swimming and enjoying these summer months?

LISTEN

Part of listening is the discipline of slowing down and turning off the noise in your life. How do you practice slowing down? What noises need to be turned off in your life? Pastor Nate gave a “homework” assignment for us by encouraging us to turn off our phones, go outside, walk, and pray and listen to what God has for us. What sorts of things is God bringing up in your heart and mind? How is he leading and teaching you?

Weekly Update 7/28

-Upcoming Events

*Men's Backpacking Trip (8/9-11) The Men's Ministry at Rainier Valley Church is putting together a backpacking trip on the coast. Ben Johnson is coordinating this trip. If you're interested coming, please respond to this e-mail or contact Ben Johnson directly.

*Men's Retreat - SAVE THE DATE (9/13-15) This year's Men's Retreat will be September 13-15. Please save the date. More details coming soon! If you have questions about the retreat or men's ministry, please talk with Doug Foreman.

--Announcements

*Leadership of Service Teams

The Board of Deacons at Rainier Valley Church will be taking a leadership role in each of the five service teams. Board Members will be reaching out to schedule, coordinate, and administrate the details of each of the service teams.

  • Alpha Service Team Leader - Jason Lischke

  • Bravo Service Team Leader - Jesse Epperson

  • Charlie Service Team Leader - Lucas Clements

  • Delta Service Team Leader - Yee Feng

  • Echo Service Team Leader - Samuel Bretz

--Sermon and Study Questions

Making Sense of Church "Love - Mission"

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Making Sense of Church sermon series has been designed to answer the practical questions about what the church is and why we're called to be an active part of a local church as Jesus-followers. Join us as we seek to discover what it means to love Jesus and be his people.

Study/Discussion Questions

Making Sense of Church Week #7 (Various Passages) "Love - Mission"

“Because God loves us, Rainier Valley Church exists to glorify God, to love one another, and to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we serve our neighbors and the nations.”

Because God loves us...(1 John 4:9-10)

Why is it essential that the Christian life starts with God's love for us and not our commitment to do better and try harder? How would you explain God's initiating love show in the Gospel to someone who thinks the Christianity is only about being religious? How do you experience the love of God in the Christian life? Why is it important for others to understand the love of God in Christ Jesus?

..Rainier Valley Church exists to glorify God...(1 Cor 10:31)

How would you explain to someone who isn't from a church background what it means to glorify God and why it's significant for someone to build their life around this goal? If someone isn't glorifying God, what or who are they glorifying with their life? What ways of thinking, feeling, and acting might not be in alignment with your whole life glorifying God?

..to love one another...(John 10:34-35)

Meditate on a few of these one another passages in scripture and consider how your life aligns with these commands.

1. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love…” (Romans 12:10) Are you devoted to others with brotherly affection?

2. “…Serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13) Are you serving others? Are you motivated by love?

3. “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (Galatians 5:26) Is there envy in you?

4. “…Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2) Who do you need to be patient with?

5. “Be kind and compassionate to one another…” (Ephesians 4:32) How can you demonstrate compassion?

6. “…Forgiving each other…” (Ephesians 4:32) Who do you need to forgive and why?

7. “…In humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3) How can you grow in humility?

8. “Do not lie to each other…” (Colossians 3:9) What ways might you be tempted to lie to others?

9. “…Encourage each other…” I Thessalonians 5:11) How can you be encouraging those around you?

10. “…Pray for each other.” (James 5:16) Who do you need to be praying for regularly and why should you pray?

..and to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ... (2 Timothy 4:1-2)

Think of two or three people in your life that don't know, love, and follow Jesus right now. How is the Gospel good news to each of them and how would you explain it as good news to them given their situation and personality? Why is it important to preach the Gospel and not just simply show it through our actions? How do you regularly preach the Gospel to yourself when you are wrestling with unbelief?

...As we serve our neighbors and the nations. (Acts 1:8)

How does Jesus call the disciples to local, regional, and global ministry and why does this matter to us as well? What ways are we personally helping to minister locally, regionally, and globally? Why is it essential that we minister in the power of the Spirit and not the flesh? How do you tell the difference between when you're ministering in the Spirit and in the flesh? What are some ways you've seen the power of the Spirit in your life lately?

Weekly Update 7/23

--Upcoming Events

*Men's Backpacking Trip (8/9-11) The Men's Ministry at Rainier Valley Church is putting together a backpacking trip on the coast. Ben Johnson is coordinating this trip. If you're interested coming, please respond to this e-mail or contact Ben Johnson directly.

*Men's Retreat - SAVE THE DATE (10/13-15) This year's Men's Retreat will be September 13th-15th. Please save the date. More details coming soon! If you have questions about the retreat or men's ministry, please talk with Doug Foreman.

--Announcements

*Leadership of Service Teams

This last Sunday morning Board President Jesse Epperson announced that the Board will be taking a leadership role in each of the service teams. Board Members will be reaching out to schedule, coordinate, and administrate the details of each of the service teams.

--Sermon and Study Questions

Making Sense of Church "Lead - Elders/Deacons"

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Making Sense of Church sermon series has been designed to answer the practical questions about what the church is and why we're called to be an active part of a local church as Jesus-followers. Join us as we seek to discover what it means to love Jesus and be his people.

*Study/Discussion Questions

Making Sense of Church Week #7 (1 Tim 3:1-13) "Lead - Elders/Deacons"

There is a famous African parable that says: "An army of sheep lead by a lion can defeat and an army of lions led by a sheep." How have you experienced the importance of leadership, both good and bad, in your own life? What church leader has encouraged you the most in your spiritual journey? Leadership might matter for a basketball team, a restaurant or a business, but why does leadership matter for the local church?

  1. Jesus is the Head (Rules and Leads)

  2. Elders are Shepherds (Teach and Exemplify)

  3. Deacons are Servants (Support and Administrate)

  4. Members are Ministers (Witness and Serve)

1. Jesus Is The Head (Various)
Why is it significant biblically and practically that Jesus Christ is the chief shepherd, the senior pastor?

  • Jesus Founds His Church (Heb 3:1) - How does Jesus found his church through the death, burial, resurrection? How is our view, value, and priority of the church shaped by Jesus’ founding of it?

  • Jesus Builds His Church (Matt 16:18) - How does Jesus Bible his church and what tools and materials does he uses?

  • Jesus Governs His Church (Eph 1:9-23) - How does Jesus govern his Church? Can churches avoid Jesus' governance? How can we tell if a church is actively following Jesus or not?

  • Jesus Guides His Church (1 Pet 5:4) - Since Jesus is in Heaven, how exactly does he guide his church?

2. Elders are Shepherds (3:1-7)
Read 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and discuss the characteristics of elders. If we uses these characteristics as a measuring stick for Christian maturity and not a finish line for some sort of christian perfectionism, which areas do you need to grow in? What needs to change in your beliefs, behaviors, schedule, speech, budget, and relationships to cultivate these godly characteristics? Much of the Christian life is learning through following the example of others. What leaders and members of your church our worthy of imitation and how will you follow their example as a model for your own life? At Rainier Valley Church, Elders serve on the elder team and help teach, lead, and care for the church. Do you have any questions about the Elder Team or the role of Elders at RVC?

3.Deacons are Servants (3:8-13)
Why is it necessary to distinguish between the minister of the word (Elders) and the minster of service (Deacons)? Why is needing practical needs an important part of Gospel ministry in the local church? How has serving in a Service Team, Community Group, Kids Classroom, Worship Band or other ministry helped you to better understand the Gospel? What are the similarities and differences between overseers/elders and deacons/servants in these texts in 1 Timothy? At Rainier Valley Church, Deacons serve on the board of Directors helping to administrate and serve the church. Do you have any questions about the Board or the role of Board members?


4. Members are Ministers (Various)
In what way do all members of the church minister and serve others?

Members are to appoint Elders and Deacons (Acts 6, 15:2). Throughout the book of Acts we see God's people, by the Spirit and prayer, identifying and appointing leaders. How can we regularly be praying for God to help us see those he has gifted and called into leadership?

Are there currently people in the church that aren't in leadership roles but seem qualified and fit for leadership?

Members are to affirm new members and help discipline (1 Cor 5:1, 2 Cor 2:5-11)
Why is it essential for the entire church to affirm new members? Why is it important for the church to be involved in discipline as well? Why is unity in the membership essential to effective disciple making in the church?

Members are to affirm doctrine and correct false teaching (Gal 1:8-9; 2 Tim 4:3)
The New Testament shows that it is not merely the pastors, elders, theological networks, denominations, and seminaries that are to correct false doctrine but the members of a local church are competent to sit in judgement. What examples from the New Testament can you think of where the church is called to respond to false doctrine? At Rainier Valley Church, Members are equipped to be ministers of the Gospel. What does regular Gospel ministry look like? Do you have any questions about Membership and the role of Members at RVC?


Volunteer Parenting Mentor - CareNet

Volunteer Parenting Mentor Opportunity for CareNet

Parenting Mentor: Parenting mentors support parenting clients with training and resources that enables them to be the best parent they can be. Parenting mentors provide resources that help parents develop nurturing relationships, healthy start, effective education, character development. We are looking for a parenting mentor at our Hope Place location in Rainier Valley community. The Parenting Mentor would lead a small group (3-4 clients) in a 1 hour parenting class on Thursdays. Time to be determined based on availability but looking to offer the class between the hours of 11-3pm. Care Net would provide training and all materials including videos, curriculum and hand-outs. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Kris Foster at 425-440-3363

Weekly Update 7/15

-Upcoming Events

*All-Church Potluck All-Church Potluck is coming up July 21st directly after service. Everyone is welcome to join in as we enjoy a meal together!

The main dishes will be provided. If you are able to contribute to the potluck, please, bring the following based on your last name:

  • A-H Fruit/Dessert/Drinks

  • I-Q Veggie/Salad

  • R-Z Grain/potato/bread

*Men's Backpacking Trip (8/9-8/11) The Men's Ministry at Rainier Valley Church is putting together a backpacking trip on the coast. Ben Johnson is coordinating this trip. If you're interested coming, please respond to this e-mail or contact Ben Johnson directly.

*Men's Retreat - SAVE THE DATE (10/13-15) This year's Men's Retreat will be September 20th-22nd. Please save the date. More details coming soon! If you have questions about the retreat or men's ministry, please talk with Doug Foreman.

--Announcements

If you're interested in helping lead cooperate worship on Sunday mornings, please contact Pastor Nate Porter.

--Sermon and Study Questions

Making Sense of Church "Eat - Communion"

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Making Sense of Church sermon series has been designed to answer the practical questions about what the church is and why we're called to be an active part of a local church as Jesus-followers. Join us as we seek to discover what it means to love Jesus and be his people.

*Study/Discussion Questions

Making Sense of Church Week #6 (1 Cor 11:17-34) "Eat - Communion"

How is everyone doing this week? Anything important going on that you want to share or need to talk about? Any announcements that should be shared with the group? Would someone open our time in prayer?

If you could only eat one food what would it be? What’s your favorite restaurant in Seattle? What's your favorite fast food restaurant? What food did you hate as a kid but love now? What food did you hate as a kid and haven’t eaten since you’ve grown up?

As we come to the Lord's Table, we look outward in unity (11:17-22), Look backward in remembrance (11:23-25) look forward in anticipation (11:26) look inward in examination (11:27-34)

We Look Outward in Unity (11:17-22)

What is the problem in the church in Corinthian and how does it involve the Lord's Supper? Why does Paul go as far as to say that the Church isn't eating the Lord's Supper but their own supper? How is the Unity of God's people an essential aspect of the Lord's Supper? What ways can we make Communion individualistic in our own practice? How can we cultivate a deeper sense of unity with one another as we approach the table? (Reconciling, apologizing, forgiving, receiving the elements together, praying for one another, etc)

We Look Backward in Remembrance (11:23-25)

What is the connection between Passover and the Lord's Supper? What does it mean to you that the bread represent Jesus body and what do you think about as you take of the bread and dip it in the cup? Jesus says his body was given for us, how does Jesus substitute himself in our place? Jesus says the cup represents the New Covenant, what is the New Covenant and why does it matter? Why is remembering such an important part of the Christian life? What do you tend to remember as you partake in the bread and the cup?

We Look Forward in Anticipation (11:26)

At the end of the Passover meal, God's people would say, "next year in Jerusalem" as they anticipated the promise of a return from exile. What does Jesus want us to anticipate as we partake in the Lord's Supper? How does it change your thinking to move from merely thinking of Heaven as a city in the clouds to heaven as the wedding supper of the lamb, the fulfillment of all our hopes, the ever increasing joy of being in God's presence?

We Look Inward in Examination (11:27-34)

How were the Corinthians taking the bread and cup in an unworthy manner? How might we partake in the bread and cup in an unworthy manner? How do you practice self-examination before receiving communion? Are they questions you ask yourself? Does the Holy Spirit bring things to mind? The purpose of self-examination isn't guilt but conviction, trust, and hope, what is the difference between those two outcomes? How does communion have both a gravity and a goodness to it?

How can we pray for each other this week? Are they any practical needs anyone has? What's one thing we can do to encourage each other this week?


Weekly update 7/7

--Upcoming Events

*All-Church Potluck All-Church Potluck is coming up July 21st directly after service. Everyone is welcome to join in as we enjoy a meal together!

The main dishes will be provided. If you are able to contribute to the potluck, please, bring the following based on your last name:

A-H Fruit/Dessert/Drinks

I-Q Veggie/Salad

R-Z Grain/potato/bread

*Men's Backpacking Trip (8/9-8/11) The Men's Ministry at Rainier Valley Church is putting together a backpacking trip on the coast. Ben Johnson is coordinating this trip. If you're interested coming, please respond to this e-mail or contact Ben Johnson directly.

*Men's Retreat - SAVE THE DATE (10/) This year's Men's Retreat will be September 20th-22nd. Please save the date. More details coming soon! If you have questions about the retreat or men's ministry, please talk with Doug Foreman.

--Announcements

This last Sunday we talked about the importance of singing and cooperate worship and set out the call for drummers, female vocalists, and bass guitarists. If you're interested in helping lead cooperate worship on Sunday mornings, please contact Pastor Nate Porter.

--Sermon and Study Questions

Making Sense of Church "Sing - Giving"

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Making Sense of Church sermon series has been designed to answer the practical questions about what the church is and why we're called to be an active part of a local church as Jesus-followers. Join us as we seek to discover what it means to love Jesus and be his people.

*Study/Discussion Questions

Making Sense of Church Week #5 (Ephesians 5:18-21) "Sing - Worship"

If you had to choose your top five favorite songs right now, (any genre, artist, style) what would they be and why?

What is an "Earworm" that you've had stuck in your head lately?

How would you answer the question, why do Christians sing? What is the connection between singing and Christian faith?

What are some Biblical examples of the importance of music and singing?

Read Ephesians 5:18-21.

God commands Christians through the Holy Spirit to not get drunk on wine but be filled with the Spirit. Why does God prohibit being drunk? How is drunkenness unwise, sinful, and even dangerous? How would you explain being filled by the Spirit and how is it different than being indwelt with the Spirit? Why is the Spirit so important to the Christian life? How do you obey this command to be filled with the Spirit? How do you experience the filling of the Spirit in your life?

We're called to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another. Why is it important that Christians sing together and sing to one another? During most of church history, faith, zeal, theology, and wisdom was communicated through song. How have songs helped to teach and shape you as a Christians?
What worship songs have had the biggest impact on you and why? What songs has God used to convict you, encourage you, comfort you, remind you of truth?
What sort of expectations do you have as you come into worship on a Sunday morning? How does our singing impact those around us (Suffering, struggling, uncertain)
How does singing help us to remember, meditate, and understand truth for a life time? How does music us help us to express praise in a deeper way than more than just mere words can?
How do you cultivate an attitude of gratitude and express thanksgiving to God for all his goodness to us?
Let's pick a worship song to sing together and after we're finished singing, let's talk some time to pray and praise God for his goodness.