Happy New Year, church! We’re off to a busy start!
We need help putting away Christmas decorations this Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If you’re available, please stop by!
If you currently volunteer in Kids ministry (or are interested in volunteering) please plan to attend a training event this upcoming Sunday, January 13th at 11:30am (after service). This event is for people who are currently volunteering, or are interested in volunteering in Kids ministry. Pastor Brent Capatch will be visiting from Cross & Crown church – see his introductory video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlYy4xdWmn4&feature=youtu.be
The next Board meeting is Monday, January 14th. Please reach out to Sam Bretz (Samueljbretz@gmail.com) for details.
Our church will be helping with childcare during the next Hope Place graduation ceremony on Wednesday, January 23rd. Please sign up here: https://ugm.volunteerhub.com/event/index/5756479
Our next member meeting is Sunday, January 27th after service. If you’re interested in becoming a member of RVC, please contact Pastor Kyle at email@example.com.
The deadline to sign up for the Philippines trip is January 31st. For additional details, or to learn more about GCE Ministries, please contact Sharon Pastre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements from Pastor Kyle:
The Rainier Valley Church family will be joining together on Wednesday, January 9th to fast and pray for one another and our upcoming year of ministry in South Seattle. Please read through Pastor Kyle’s blog post and join us in fasting this week: https://rainiervalleychurch.com/news/2019/1/6/fasting-together
Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits and then change or begin a Bible reading plan. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from on our blog: https://rainiervalleychurch.com/news/2019/1/2/happy-new-year
Triumph over Temptations (Matt 4:1-11)
Temptations from our Appetites - Doubt God’s Word (Matt 4:1-3)
Did you think Jesus was stronger or weaker because he had been fasting?
Have you ever fasted before and if so what was the experience like?
Satan tries to tempt Jesus in his hunger, what ways does Satan come against you and tempt you?
What we feed grows and what we starve dies - What habits are you feeding?
Temptations from our Egos - Twist God’s Word (Matt 4:4-7)
Satan tries to misuse the scriptures to get Jesus to obey him, what ways have you seen the scriptures being misused? The scriptures are a weapon that Satan can use against us if we don't wield them well, how can the Bible be dangerous?
What ways might you try to change the plain meaning of a scripture to make it say something you want it to say?
Temptations from our Pride - Forsake God’s Word (Matt 8-11)
Jesus could have the Kingdom without the cross but what would he lose if he took the Devil's offer?
What areas of pride do you see in your own heart and how does the Devil use these areas of pride to tempt you towards compromise? In 1 Cor 10:13 we are promised that there is always a way out of temptation. What are common temptations that you face and what does the way out of those temptations look like for you?
Let's pray for each other to resist temptation and to walk in the light of God's love.
Thanks, and have a great week!