Advent of The King #3

Join us this morning as we look at what it means to respond to the truth of Christmas from Matthew 2:1-12. Will we have the hostility of Herod, the indifference of the Scribes or the worship of the Wise Men?

Breakfast is at 9am (A great chance to get a hot meal and meet other people)

Worship is at 10am (Singing Christmas Songs, Studying Matthew 2)

FREE LUNCH - Join us after the service for a free lunch.

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Church Announcements 12/9

Hello church! We celebrated the second week of Advent this last Sunday. Here are some reminders about events coming up this season and discussion questions for your CG.

Announcements:

  • Brit Porter and Hayley Clements are hosting a ladies holiday hangout on Thursday, December 20th at 7pm in the Porter/Clements home! Address is 4921 43rd Avenue South, Seattle. Feel free to bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share, or just come as you for an evening of fellowship with the women of RVC! And – while we love our children – please leave them at home for this one. 😉 If you need a ride, please reach out to Shelly Lischke (shellylischke@comcast.net).

  • We need volunteers to help with our Christmas Eve service! You can help set up, clean up and/or bring refreshments. Please contact Brit Porter (nateandbrit@gmail.com) or Shelly Lischke (shellylischke@comcast.net) and let them know how you’d like to serve.

CG Questions:

Advent of the King: The Gospel of Matthew - Week #2 (Matt 1:18-25)

  • What's your favorite Christmas movie and why? 

  • What's the worst Christmas movie you have ever seen? 

  • Who are the hardest and easiest people to shop for on your Christmas list? 

  • What is one of your favorite Christmas gifts as a kid? 

This last Sunday we looked at the Christmas story in Matthew 1:18-25 and the big idea is that Jesus is God with us.

Jesus is GOD with us (Matthew 1:18-20) 

  • What is the significance of the Holy Spirit being the active agent of creation in 1:18? Where else and what else has the Holy Spirit created?  

  • The virgin birth described in this passage is one of the most contested miracles in the scriptures. Four response to the virgin birth are that it's impossible, it's a myth, it's a copycat or it just doesn't really matter. How would you respond to these objections? 

  • How is Joseph convinced of the virgin birth? What is the significance of the virgin birth in understanding who Jesus is and what he has come to do? 

Jesus is God WITH us (Matthew 1:21)   

  • What does the Angel tell Joseph to call the child from this miraculous birth in Matthew 1:21? Who are the people that Jesus will save from their sins? 

  • How would you explain sin to someone who has never heard of it? Why is it so important that Jesus came to save us from our sins?  

Jesus is God with US  (Matthew 1:22-25) 

  • How does the prophecy of Isaiah 7 speak of Jesus? 

  • How does the virgin birth shows God's redemptive love, God’s initiating rescue, and Jesus' unique nature?

  • How are we doing this Christmas season? What is God teaching you in this season? What challenges face you during the holidays? How can we support each other? How can we pray for each other? What is something God has been doing in your life that we can all rejoice in?   

Thanks and have a great week!

Church Announcements 12/2

Happy December, church!

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who helped us get Christmas decorations up and do some long-overdue cleaning in our storage rooms behind the auditorium. We let go of a lot of stuff we no longer need, found some stuff we didn’t know we had and were able to streamline the space back there. No more tripping over boxes when we’re trying to set up in the morning! And, best of all, the auditorium looks beautiful.

Announcements:

Irene shared some information about next year’s mission trip to the Philippines. Sign up deadline is January 31, 2019. For more information, please reach out to Irene Yung (irene.yung.rvc@gmail.com).

Remember to invite your friends and family to our Christmas Eve service on Monday, December 24th at 6:00pm. Printed invitations are available at the Welcome Desk.

Printed copies of the family Advent devotional are available at the Welcome Desk. If you’d like to download a digital copy, please see here: https://d1nwfrzxhi18dp.cloudfront.net/uploads/resource_library/attachment/file/916/Lead_Pastors_-_2017_-_Advent_-_Guide_-_Digital.pdf

CG Questions:

Advent of the King: The Gospel of Matthew - Week #1 (Matt 1:1-17)

  • What are some of your favorite things about the Christmas Season? What are you most looking forward to this Christmas? What is God teaching you this Christmas? 

  • We're beginning our study of the Gospel of Matthew with the goal of working through the book as we build up to Easter of 2019. What is your history with the book of Matthew? Have you ever read it all before? What do you think of it? What stands out to you in the book? What sorts of questions do you have about book? What are some of your favorite parts of Matthew? 

  • What do you know about your family tree? Who in your family do you most look like? Who in your family do you most act like? What family characteristics do you love and which ones do you want to avoid? 

  • As you examine Jesus' family tree which looks from Abraham to David (1:1-6), David to Exile (1:7-11), and the exile to the birth of the Messiah (1:12-17). Which characters jump out to you in Jesus' genealogy and why? How does Jesus' family tree show the grace of God at work in Jesus' own family? What ways can God's grace help us to not think we are better than others? What ways does God's grace help us to be open about our own shortcomings? What ways can you, and do you need to, extend God's grace to others?  

  • Any practical needs or ways we can serve one another this next week? How can we be praying for each other over the next week? 

Thanks, and see you next Sunday!

Advent of the King: The Gospel of Matthew - Christmas 2018 - Rainier Valley Church

Advent of the King: The Gospel of Matthew - Christmas 2018 - Rainier Valley Church

Church Announcements 11/25

Happy Tuesday, church family!

Announcements:

  • Christmas decorating and church clean up is this Saturday, 12/1 at 9:00am. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided! If you need a ride to the church that morning or would like to lend Christmas decorations to our cause, please contact Kari at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com.

  • We will host an informational meeting about church membership on Sunday, 12/2 after service. Please let Pastor Kyle if you’re planning to attend.

CG Questions from “Kingdom Promise” Haggai 2:20-23:

  • Do you regularly wear any rings? What does it look like, where did you get it, what do you like about it? What’s the story behind the ring(s) you wear regularly?

  • Haggai’s final prophetic word is addressed only to Zerubbabel, why is that? What is Zerubbabel’s background? What does Zerubbabel represent? (Hag 2:20)

  • What does the prophet Haggai mean when he writes that God will shake the heavens and the earth? Is this referring to an earthquake? What other passages in the scriptures use this metaphor of a cosmic shifting? Why does God inspire the biblical authors to sometimes use metaphorical language in the Bible? What advantages and disadvantages of using and interpreting metaphorical statements?  

  • If God is perfect, holy, and righteous by nature, how should he and must he respond to sin? What does a good God have to judge sin? Why does true goodness require judgement?

  • Our culture doesn’t like the idea of God judging sin of any kind but what ways does our culture make all sorts of different moral judgments all the time?  There are multiple times God says “I will” in this passage, what does this teach us about God’s control and role in world events and human history?

  • Why are such great and lofty things spoken over Zerubbabel when we know from history that very little ever became of him? What can we learn about the nature of the Messiah from this passage? If you had only this passage about the messiah, what would the Messiah look like? What do we learn about Jesus, the true Messiah, from the book of Haggai?

  • Let’s pray together, asking God to help us apply what we have learned in Haggai and thanking Him for his power in history and his victory in the Messiah.  

Thanks, and see you soon!