An Evening with Dr. John Perkins

Dr. John Perkins - “A Charge To The Next Generation” - Othello Youth Center Theater - Thursday, March 21st

Dr. John Perkins - “A Charge To The Next Generation” - Othello Youth Center Theater - Thursday, March 21st

“A CHARGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION”

What: Dr. JOHN PERKINS Guest appearance

When: Thursday, March 21st

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Where: Othello Youth Center Theater

             3800 S. Othello St.

             Seattle, WA 98118

Click on link for more information & to register: http://evite.me/9CfSxq9VHc


Ladies Craft Night

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Join us Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM for an evening of fellowship and saving the world from mass production. Light refreshments will be served. Craft tutorial provided for those needing inspiration. Feel free to B.Y.O.C.P (bring your own craft project) Questions? Contact Shelly Lischke

Ladies Craft Night

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

6515 44th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-3305, United States

Weekly Update 3/12

Hello church!

Announcements this week:

  • There will be a potluck after service this coming Sunday, March 17th. Please bring a dish to share!

  • Our next Ladies Craft Night is Thursday, March 21st at 7:00pm at the Lischke home (6515 44th Avenue South, Seattle). Feel free to bring whatever project you’re working on, or join the ladies in a craft tutorial if you need inspiration! Light refreshments will be provided. Questions? Please contact Shelly Lischke atshellylischke@comcast.net.

  • Next week, Ken Sabalza’s community group will be meeting at the UGM after service on Sunday. If you’re interested in attending or have questions, please reach out to him at rsabalza@hotmail.com

Listen, Watch or Download this week’s message “Religion Vs. Jesus” on online https://rainiervalleychurch.com/latest-sermons

Religion vs. Jesus - Matthew 15 - Rainier Valley Church

CG Questions:

Matthew 15

  • What's a food, movie, music or something you hate? Big idea of this week's message in Matthew 15:1-39 was that Jesus hates hypocritical, external, ethnocentric religion.

Jesus Against Religious Hypocrisy (15:1-9)

  • Jesus hates hypocritical religious actions based on man-made traditions. What are some examples of modern traditions that have actually got in the way of the clear teachings of the scriptures?

  • What sources of authority and traditions compete with God's Word in the context in which you live?

  • If not everyone who quotes scripture speaks the truth, then how can you prepare yourself to discern truth from error? How would you answer this question: The Bible was written by men, so how can it be true in everything it says?" What passages might you appeal to and answering this question?

  • What contemporary trends are putting pressure on believers to compromise faithfulness to God Word? Where have you personally experienced this pressure? How can our response involve both courage and humility?

Jesus Against Religious Externalism (15:10-20)

  • What forms of religious externalism exist within our culture? It's been said that religion is a dumb hobby but many people live with mere external religiosity, why is this? What would someone gain for religious externalism?

  • How does religious externalism lead to behavior modification instead of real heart change?

  • What are the results of kids who grow up in a house marked by religious externalism?

  • In your own words, explain the difference between superficial religion and supernatural regeneration.

  • Jesus teaches that holiness proceeds form the heart. Practically, how can we cultivate such holiness?

Jesus Against Religious Ethnocentrism (15:21-39)

  • What are some example of religion used as a means of oppression, harassing and dehumanizing other people groups? How is the Canaanite woman used as both the archetypal enemy of Israel and the model of Gentile faith?

  • Like the Gentile Canaanite woman, what unlikely converts has God placed around you? How might you doubt God's power and mercy in relation to such people, if so, how does it affect your relationship to them?

  • How does Jesus' interaction with this Canaanite Woman and his feeding of the Gentile crowds help forecast the great commission to the whole world in Matthew 28:18-20? How is your life the best answer to the great commission? What lost coworkers, neighbors, friends and family can we be praying for this week?

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 3/6

Hello church!

Lots to celebrate this week. After years of prayer and study, Nate Porter and Steve Pratt were installed as elders! Congratulations to both, and please continue to pray for them and their families.

Announcements:

  • Men’s ministry will be hanging out this Friday from 4:30pm 9:00pm at the Culumber farm in Maple Valley. If you’d like to shoot trap, please arrive by 5:00pm. Barbecue starts at 6:30pm. If you have questions or need a ride, please reach out to Doug Foreman (dougforeman@comcast.net) or Andrew Bierbaum (andrew.bierbaum@gmail.com).

  • Pictures from the elder installation are posted on our website. Check it out herehttps://rainiervalleychurch.com/news/2019/3/4/install-new-pastors.

  • If you’re not currently on the RVC Slack channel, please sign up! You should have received an invitation via email, or you can join the workspace at rainiervalleychurch.slack.com.

CG Discussion Questions:

Matthew 13:53-58 and Matthew 14

  • Jesus looms over all of human history as the most influential and important figure of all time. What are some views of Jesus that your coworkers, neighbors, family and friends hold? Where did they get their view of Jesus and how has it changed over the years? 

  • A.W. Tozer once famously wrote that: "what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important think about us."  Why is our view of God so important to our life? 

  • This section of Scripture ask us the question, how will we respond to Jesus?  

Responding with the indifference of Familiarity  (13:53-58)

  • Why were those from Jesus' hometown offended by him? How does familiarity breed contempt?

  • If we've grown familiar and cold to the truths of the Gospel, how do we renew and refresh our hearts? 

  • What didn't Jesus do very many miracles in his hometown, was he limited by their unbelief?  

Responding with the avoidance of Fear    (14:1-12)

  • What were Herod's motivations in this section of scripture? How can fear and lust cause us to act and foolish ways? How can we cultivate a fear of God that overcomes a fear of men? Why is fear such a strong motivator? Where do you see fear at play in your own life? 

Responding with the interest of Fascination  (14:13-21)

  • Jesus has compassion on the crowds who were fascinated by him. What are some of the reasons why crowds came out to see Jesus? Jesus' miracles are always signs and symbols pointing towards a spiritual truth, how does the feeding of the 5000 act as a sign? What's the difference between living faith and mere fascination? 

Responding with the devotion and worship of Faith    (14:22-36)

  • Jesus walking on the water is probably one of his most famous miracles. Why does this story capture our imaginations? What do you think caused Peter to ask Jesus to invite him onto the waters as well? Notice that Peter gets out of the boat while others are still huddled together in fear, how has fear kept you from stepping out in faith? What godly risks might Jesus be calling you to take as you follow him into the storms? Peter is walking on water so long as his gaze is locked on Jesus, he begins to sink when he sees the wind and the waves. We feed our faith by looking to Jesus and learning from Jesus and weakening our faith by being fearful and anxious. What storms in your own life by be causing you to take your eyes off Jesus? 

Have a great week!

Install New Pastors

This Sunday, we had the privilege of commissioning two new elders, Nate Porter, and Steve Pratt.

They will be shepherding our church family, serving in various ministries at RVC and they look forward to meeting everyone who comes through the doors of our church.

We are thrilled to have two godly men in pastoral roles, and strongly believe that God will work in them and through them to bless, serve, equip and reach more people for Jesus.

 
#RainierValleyChurch #NewPastors #Seattle

Weekly Update 2/26

Hello church!

Announcements this week:

  • Kids ministry is in need of story time books appropriate for the nursery. If you have any to donate (or titles you recommend), please let Steve know at steveryanpratt@gmail.com.

  • Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help Shelly coordinate our women’s retreat this spring!

  • We hosted a Slack training after service last week that was a big success! If you still have questions about how Slack works or need help getting set up, please visit https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us. If for any reason you’re unable to onboard, you’re welcome to reach out to Kari at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com. Our workspace is rainiervalleychurch.slack.com.

  • Elder installation will be this upcoming Sunday, March 3rd. Please pray this week for Steve, Nate and their families!

 

CG Discussion Questions:

Matthew 13

Stories challenge us to listen, learn, and grow (13:1-23)

  • What are some of your favorite movies and books and why? What stories and characters have actually changed the way you think and live your life?

  • Why does Jesus tell parables instead of just being clear and straight forward? How does a story engage our minds subversively?

  • What are the four different soils that Jesus outlines in his parables. How does these different stories hear the good news of the Gospel? How do we cultivate soft hearts and open minds to the Word of God? 

 

Stories Help Us to Understand the World (13:24-43)

  • What stories and characters helped you to understand the world, the good life, right and wrong, truth and lies, wisdom and foolishness?

  • How do Jesus' parables explain the nature of the Kingdom? Why does this matter and what question is Jesus answering? 

 

Stories teach us what is True, Good, and Beautiful (13:44-46)

  • What is your favorite treasure hunting movie or book and why?

  • Jesus compares the Kingdom to a treasure, in what ways is the Kingdom a treasure?

  • Both the treasure in the field and the pearl of great price are worth selling everything else to obtain. How is the value of the Kingdom greater than worldly achievements, pleasures, titles, popularity, approval, success, etc? 

 

Stories show us Future Consequences for Current Decisions (13:47-52)

  • What are some of your favorite stories that show how current decisions can lead to future consequences?

  • Jesus is constantly teaching about Judgement. Why it so important to understand that this world will be judged? How does Judgement motivate us to godly living and passionate evangelism? How does future judgement help us to understand current evil, suffering, and hardship?

  • What is one of your favorite endings you've ever seen or read and why did you like it so much? 

  • If your life is a story that is being written alongside the importance of the growing kingdom, how does your story intertwine with the Kingdom? How does your story show the Kingdom? What ways is your story currently diminishing the value or hindering the growth of the kingdom?  

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 2/20

Hello church!

Announcements this week:

  • Shelly Lischke is in need of two volunteers to help plan the Women’s Getaway this spring – one volunteer to help finalize the location and one person to help plan the meals. Please reach out to her directly if you’re interested!

  • We will be hosting a Slack training event after service next Sunday. Slack is a collaboration tool, and the easiest way for you to get connected to your church family and stay up to date on what’s happening! Bring your phone and/or computer for one on one help getting it set up.

  • There’s still time to sign up for Paul Tripp’s Marriage Conference, “Habits of a Healthy Marriage”. We are offering this web course free of charge to married (or soon to be married) couples at RVC. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact Kari (operations@rainiervalleychurch.com)

CG Questions:

Matthew 12

  • Why is self-righteousness by it's nature very elusive? How does someone recognize self-righteousness either by light (instruction, teaching, community) or by fire (difficulty, challenge, suffering).   

  • Has your faith caused you to become more critical or more compassionate? How can trying to grow as a Christian actually lead us to become more self-righteous and critical towards others? How can we guard against self-righteous words and behaviors? 

  • How does legalism and a desire to earn a good before God/self/others manifest itself in the lives of people in Seattle?  

  • Explain what it means when Jesus declares himself to be greater than the temple? 

  • Matthew presents Christ as merciful in this passage. How is Jesus more merciful than other philosophies, moralities, and religions? How is the mercy of Jesus different from a "live and let live" mind-set? Would people consider you to be merciful, why or why not?   

  • How would you counsel someone who feared that they had committed the unpardonable sin because of a sinful thought or word toward God? How can a discussion about the unforgivable sin actually help comfort people who are struggling with their sins? 

  • Matthew compares Jesus to Jonah and Solomon. How do these comparisons speak to the seriousness both Jesus' ministry and of rejecting Christ? It's common to hear unbelievers refer to everyone as "God's children." Does Matthew 12:50 help us rightly define God's Family? What's the difference between being a consumer of church and being a servant to your church family? 

Have a lovely week!

Weekly Update 2/12

Hello church! To those who braved the snow yesterday, thanks for coming out. It felt like a festive Sunday!

Announcements:

  • We will be hosting a potluck after service next Sunday, 2/17. Please bring a dish to share!  

  • RVC will be offering Paul Tripp’s Marriage Conference, “Habits of a Healthy Marriage” free of charge to married (or soon to be married) couples at RVC. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact Kari (operations@rainiervalleychurch.com)

  • Friendly reminder that Valentine's Day is this Thursday!

  • The RVC Women's Ministry is in need of a Retreat Coordinator to help plan the retreat this spring. If you’re interested in helping out, please reach out to Shelly Lischke (shellylischke@comcast.net).

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CG Study Questions:

"Doubt and Unbelief" in Matthew 11

  • Everyone experiences doubt the question is how will we deal with it. How have you seen doubt either strengthen or undermine someone's faith? What is the difference between those who work through their doubts to a deeper faith and those who allow doubt to destroy their faith? 

  • In John 11:1-19 John the Baptist in in prison and doubting the Jesus truly is the Messiah because his life isn't going like he thought it would. What are times in your life when you doubted God's goodness? Have there been times in your life when walking with God didn't meet your expectations? How do you respond when God doesn't meet your expectations? 

  • When you are struggling with doubt, what does it look like to doubt your own doubts? How can you starve doubt and feed your faith? Jesus tells John's disciples to tell John everything they have seen and heard. How does seeing God's work and hearing God's words strengthen your faith? 

  • In John 11:20-24 Jesus denounces the cities in which he did most of his miracles because they didn't repent. How is it that people who see miracles still won't follow Jesus? How is unbelief not just intellectual but moral? How can people who claim to be unbiased actually have a built in bias against believing in God because of the implications. 

  • In John 11:25-30 Jesus praises God for revealing truth to little children that the wise and learned don't understand. What is it about a little child that Jesus is highlighting in this passage and who can we cultivate that child-like qualities in ourselves? How can people experience rest in Jesus? How can we communicate this rest to friends and family that doubt the goodness of God? 

Thanks, everyone. Have a great week!

Snow Day Update - 2/11

  • Join us for lunch this Sunday after service (2/17)

  • Contact Shelley Lischke if you are interested in helping coordinator RVC's upcoming Women's Retreat.

  • Please take some time to review Rainier Valley Church on Google and Facebook so that we can extend our reach into the community and create a warm and welcoming digital front door.

  • Connect with Pastor Kyle if you are interested in hosting or leading a new Community Group.