Sunday 2/10/19

Sunday Service Update

RVC Family –
I hope you all are enjoying the snow and staying around Seattle this afternoon. Several people have reached out and asked if we're still planning on having our normal Sunday service tomorrow. Here's where we're at currently:
1. We are planning on hosting a hot breakfast at 9am and having a stripped-down, family-style worship service tomorrow at 10am for those who can make it safely.
2. If you are not able to make it safely please join us on the live-stream on Facebook.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPNx6_QNhHOegxYSzIeanvA

Forecast show no additional snowfall until tomorrow night so the biggest concern for safety will be potential ice on the roadways. Just like school districts, we'll wait until Sunday morning to make the "final call" if the weather conditions change dramatically. RVC’s leaders will evaluate the weather forecast and road conditions on Sunday morning so please check RVC’s website, social media, etc for updates.

We hope you all are enjoying the snow, staying safe and warm. Blessings!

Weekly Update 2/4

Hey y’all. Great seeing you this week! 

We spent time this last Sunday praying for some specific needs in our church. If you need prayer, please connect with Patti Lozano or Kyle Van Tine, or you can submit a prayer request on our website (https://rainiervalleychurch.com/pray/).

We also host prayer meetings every Monday morning at 7am – please join if you can!

CG Questions: “Sent by the King" (Matthew 9:35-10:42) 

  • Share a ministry opportunity you've had that opened your eyes to the great spiritual needs around you. How might you pursue such opportunities in the near future? 

  • Do the massive spiritual needs of the world compel you to action or make you feel helpless? How might Jesus's call to pray in 9:38 impact your reaction? 

  • How would you describe your attitude toward unbelieving coworkers and neighbors? What factors keep you from feeling compassion for them? 

  • Why is the Bible's teaching on God's wrath and the final judgement essential to our motivation for making disciples? 

  • How will you practically apply Jesus' summons to pray and go in this chapter? 

  • What ministry situations tend to be the most difficult for you? Jesus speaks of being like sheep, snakes,and doves in Matthew 10. HOw would this apply to your current context? If there is a spectrum between being wise like a serpent and innocent like a dove, which aspect do you tend to gravitate towards? What are the benefits and drawbacks of being cunning like a serpent and being kind like a dove? 

  • What aspects of being like Christ cause you the most fear and anxiety? What promises in God's Word might bolster your security and joy? Name two fellow believers you might reach out to for strength. 

  • what aspects of God's character tin this chapter ground our confidence in Christ's mission?  

  • In what situations have you been reluctant to confess Christ publicly?

  • How does God's promised reward help fuel our faith and the carrying out of our mission? 

Thanks, and have a great week!

Preview 2/3

Join us tomorrow for a hot breakfast at 9am and worship service at 10am as we continue The Upside Down Kingdom series in the Gospel of Matthew. Tomorrow’s message is entitled “Sent by the King” from Matthew 9:35-10:42. Jason Lischke’s band will be leading us in singing songs of praise and worship tomorrow morning. Here is the set, feel free to listen to these songs tonight as your prepare for the gathering tomorrow.

1. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

2. What a friend we have in Jesus 

3. Death to Life 

4. Mighty to save

5. Cornerstone 

6. How great is our God

There will be NO big kids class tomorrow. Younger kids class (3 year old - 1st Grade) is still on. 

Weekly Update 1/30

Good afternoon, church! Here are some reminders and discussion questions for this week.

Announcements:

  • Deadline to sign up for the Philippines mission trip is tomorrow, 1/31. Please reach out to Sharon Pastre sharon.gce@gmail.com if you’d like to sign up.

CG Discussion and Personal Study Questions

“The King’s Authority” Matthew 8-9

  • Jesus possess absolute authority in the world and warrants absolute allegiance from the world. When you think of authority, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is authority a good or a bad thing, explain? What are some examples of authority used well and authority used poorly?

  • Some sociologists suggest that there are three types of authority.  What are some examples of these different authorities? Which of these authorities does Jesus have?

  1. Traditional Authority (Title/Position/Rank)

  2. Charismatic Authority (Captivating/Magnetic)

  3. Powerful Authority (Strength/Threat)

  • In what ways was the leper physically, socially, and spiritually unclean (Matthew 8:1-4)? Who would you say our the “lepers” in our society? How does Jesus touching the leper dignify him?  Jesus’ is the only person in the world that makes the unclean, clean. How does this healing miracle showcase the truth of the gospel?

  • Why would the Centurion be seen as the definitive enemy of the Jewish people and how does this affect the way we read the story (Matthew 8:5-13)? How is authority represented and respected in the military? What do we learn about the faith of the Centurion in this story? Why is Jesus amazed at the Centurion? What does it look like for us to practically believe, respect, and recognize the authority of JEsus in our lives?

  • Jesus’ miracles dignify and restore the lowly and the least within society. What do we learn about the heart and character of God from the miracles of Jesus (Matthew 8: 14-17)? Peter’s Mother-in-law begins to serve Jesus as she is healed. How is serving a response to being healed? What motivates you to serve Jesus? How has the power, truth, and love of Jesus brought healing into your life?

  • Jesus’ miracles are sandwiched between calls to costly discipleship (Matthew 8:18-22). A naive scribe wants to follow Jesus but how does Jesus respond to him and what do you think the response is supposed to mean? How can we have false expectations about what Christianity and following Jesus are actually like?

  • Most modern readers are shocked at Jesus’ statement that the dead should bury their own dead. How would you reword this statement to get across the sharp point Jesus is making here in a way that modern ears would understand?

  • Jesus has fallen asleep and his disciples are fearful that Jesus doesn’t care and isn’t going to help them (Matthew 8:22-9:8). When are you fearful that Jesus doesn’t really care about your situation? Jesus rebukes the disciples before the wind and waves, why is that? Jesus was determined to keep his promise and to make it to the other side of the lake. What promises has Jesus made to us that we can trust him to keep no matter what?

  • The demons in the story have the best theology of anyone who has ever meet Jesus (Matthew 8:28-34). How is it possible to know who Jesus truly is and to not have saving faith? The demons are concerned that Jesus will torment them before their time. What does this reference mean? Jesus casts the demons into a herd of pigs which drawn in the water and people run out to Jesus terrified of him and begging him to leave their area. Why are the people afraid of Jesus? Is ever right to be afraid of Jesus?

  • Instead of merely healing the man’s body, Jesus forgives the man of his sins (Matthew 9:1-8). Why is being forgiven more important than being healed? How can we cultivate a spiritual perspective that looks behind our physical needs to our deeper spiritual needs?

  • Jesus invites Matthew to become a follower (Matthew 9:9-17). Which types of people being invited into the church would produce a social scandal in many people's eyes? We’re called to be like Jesus can reach those who are lost but sometimes we’re more influenced by? How can we avoid sin without avoiding sinners? How do you know when you’re being more sinfully influenced in a situation than bringing redemptive influence into that situation?

  • Jesus heals a woman struggling with an issue of blood along with a young girl who he raises from the dead (Matthew 9:18-26). How do Jesus’ miracles not merely demonstrate his power but symbolize his coming kingdom? What do each of Jesus’ miracles say about the coming Kingdom of God?

  • While these two blind men can’t physically see, their faith is seeing something even more important, what do we learn about these blind men from the story (Matthew 9:27-31)? What did they believe about Jesus that cause them to call out to him? Jesus brings physically sight to these men, how does Jesus bring sight to people now? How has Jesus brought sight to you? How has he caused you to see new things even in the last few months by the power of the Holy Spirit?

  • The man is mute due to the power and presence of demonic opposition (Matthew 9:32-34). What do we learn about the effects of demonic oppression on the natural world from this story? What ways might the enemy come against us to make us mute so that we don’t speak the truth of God into a situation in our own lives? How does the enemy win when the people of God stay silent?


Thanks and have a great week!

Announcing Elder Candidates

This last Sunday, during the Rainier Valley Church Members Meeting, two new elder candidates were announced to the church body.

Steve Pratt and Nate Porter have gone through a year-long training process with Pastor Kyle. They were voted on unanimously by the Board of Directors, and now they have been presented to the church body for feedback over the next two weeks.

If you have any issues, concerns, suggestions, encouragements, or thoughts for either Steve or Nate, please talk with them directly over the next two weeks. Both of these men are humble, receptive, and desire to grow so that they can lead the church well.

If there is an issue that would be inappropriate to address with them directly, please contact Pastor Kyle Van Tine or the president of the Board of Directors, Sam Bretz.

Lord willing, we will be installing Steve and Nate as elders at Rainier Valley Church on Sunday, February 10. Please be in prayer for these men and their families.

The Pratt family - Tahlia, Krysten, Steve, and Seraphina.

The Pratt family - Tahlia, Krysten, Steve, and Seraphina.

The Porter Family - Brit, Gracie, Nate, and James.

The Porter Family - Brit, Gracie, Nate, and James.

Weekly Update 1/23

Announcements:

  • There will be a member meeting after service next Sunday, 1/27. Food and childcare will be provided.

  • This Sunday is the last Sunday to sign-up for Philippians mission trip with Grace Community Empowerment. 

  • Our church is moving to Slack! If you haven’t signed up already, please do so here: https://rainiervalleychurch.slack.com/

Community Group Questions

Kingdom Attitudes (The Beatitudes 5:3-10)

    • Why would the beatitudes have been shocking for their initial audience and how do they should the upside down nature of the Kingdom of God? How can we cultivate a poverty of Spirit, mourning over sin, and meekness towards others?

    • What feeds your hunger and thirst for God and how can you develop that appetite?

    • How is our willingness to be merciful to others directly connected to our understanding of the Gospel? What are situations and relationships in your life when you feel like you don't need to be merciful and why?

    • How does purity of heart help us to connect with God and understand him better? What 2-3 things in your life are getting in the way of your personal purity?

    • How are peacemakers reflecting the character of God? What opportunities exist in your life to be a peacemaker?

    • How can someone is it that someone who is being persecuted for Jesus can also be blessed by Jesus in the midst of their hardship? What persecution have you faced in your life?

Kingdom Identity (Salt & Light 5:11-16)  

    • How are Christians salty in this world? What ways are Christians lights in the darkness?

    • Do you tend to be a private person that hides your faith or a public person that performs spiritual acts in front of people? If you are tempted to hide, you need to let your light shine and if you are tempted to only be public, you need to develop a private spiritual life.

Kingdom Calling (Fulfill the Law - Greater Righteousness! 5:17-20)

    • Jesus came to fulfill the law of God. He internalize the teachings of the Torah to their greatest level. Have you ever performed spiritual acts without a heart that is fully engaged and what was the experience like? What does Jesus care about our motivates and not just our actions? 

Kingdom Righteousness (Tripartite Antithesis Matthew 5:21-48)

    • Read over and think over these teachings. How is Jesus prescribing a deeper righteousness? Which of these teachings do you find to be the most challenging and why? As you reflect on Jesus' teaching, what do you find to be the most perplexing of his instructions? How are you applying these teachings? Which areas do you need to grow in?

Do not murder – Do not be angry – Be reconciled

No adultery – Do not lust – Flee temptation

Divorce legally – Do not divorce - Do not commit Adultery

Don't break oaths – Don't make oaths – Go extra mile

Love neighbor; hate enemy – Don't hate enemy but love/pray

Kingdom Devotion (Secret Piety 6:1-7:27)

    • What are the three spiritual disciplines that Jesus highlights in his teaching on secret piety? Do you have a robust private devotional life or do you find that most all of your spiritual activity happens around other people?

    • What are some of the elements of the Lord's Prayer that Jesus teaches his disciples? What elements of Jesus' prayer do you regularly use in your private prayer life and which elements do you tend not to use?

    • Jesus explains that spiritual disciplines are always done for an audience either God or other people, how have you been tempted to perform for the approval of others? How can we fight against that temptation to put other people's view of us in the center of our lives? Read Matt 6:19-34. What consumes your thoughts, attentions, and time? How do you handle competing desire of personal ambition or pursuit of the things of this world and of seeking after Jesus' righteousness and his Kingdom? How do you handle and respond to conflicting desires? Read Matt 7:1-23. What characteristics such as judgmental attitudes, criticism, and superiority have you seen your own life? How can we cultivate humility, grace, and love for others?

    • As you reflect and mediate on the sermon on the mount, what do you find to be the most helpful, convicting, and/or encouraging aspects of the sermon? What areas do you need to begin apply the truth of the sermon in your own life?  

Have a great week!


Weekly Update 1/16

Upcoming Events:

  • 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. Pastor Kyle and the Board will be reviewing our ministries, finances and operations for 2018. We will also be discussing some important changes coming up in 2018. If you’re a member of our church, please plan to attend!

  • 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 sharon.gce@gmail.com.

Announcements from Pastor Kyle:

CG Questions:

Matthew 4:12-25

Be With Jesus: The Call of the Kingdom (Matthew 4:12-17)

  • First and most fundamental to being a disciple is to be with Jesus. How do you spend time with Jesus? What sorts of results do you see in your life when you spend time with Jesus (Peace, direction, encouragement, insight, wisdom, etc) What ways have you learned to "practice the presence of God" and remain in "unceasing prayer" throughout your everyday activities? How can we better discipline ourselves to keep Jesus as the forefront of our thoughts and affections?   

  • How does John's arrest factor into God's sovereign plans? What are the similarities and differences between John the Baptist (Matt 3) and Jesus the Messiah ministries (Matt 4)? Matthew writes about a people living in darkness. What ways are ignorance, sin, and rebellion like spiritual darkness? What does it mean that Jesus is the light of the world? 

  • What is the connect between repentance and the Kingdom of Heaven? How should we practice repentance? The Kingdom of God is a mega-theme throughout the scriptures, what passages come to mind as you think about the Kingdom? How does the good news of the Kingdom of God fit into the reality of discipleship?  

 

Be Like Jesus: The Call of Discipleship (Matthew 4:18-22)

  • Every Christian is a disciple, a follower, an apprentice of the way of Jesus. Why does it matter that we not just believe in Jesus but become like him? How is being a disciple of Jesus different from simply attending a class, reciting a creed or praying a prayer? 

  • Discipleship Pathway at Rainier Valley Church - "On-Ramps" / "Highways" / "Off-Ramps" 

    • Evangelistic On-Ramps - Big Events (Christmas Eve, Easter) Outreach (Breakfast) Serving (HP Childcare) Community (CGs, Friendships, invites) What specific role can you play an inviting people into the discipleship process just like Jesus did?  

    • Discipleship Highways - Sunday mornings, Community Groups, life-on-life relationships, etc. Christianity isn’t an academic enterprise, It’s a lifestyle. Jesus doesn’t give us a book, but a community and a way of life. How can we be careful to apply what we're learning? What is the role of assessment, review, and correction in the Christian life? How can we better maximize the blessing of Christian community to help shape us and grow us as disciples of Jesus?  

    • Leadership Off-Ramps - Replicating Community Groups, multiplying leaders, reproducing disciples. How is ministry a pathway to maturity? 

  • Jesus comes to the disciples and calls them to follow him, what do we learn about the heart of God in this text? Who else has God called into his mission throughout the scriptures? Jesus calls the disciples to follow him which means leaving their old life. What sorts of things are mentioned within the text that the disciples left? 

Do What Jesus Did: The Call of Ministry (Matthew 4:23-25)

  • We’re called to join Jesus for the final purpose of doing what Jesus did. The scriptures say that when fully trained a student will be like his teacher, how are you becoming more like Jesus in doing what he did? What areas do you need grow in to do what Jesus did? (Preaching the Gospel, practicing hospitality, prayer, silence and solitude, Sabbath, simple living, overcoming the enemy, healing the sick, making other disciples, etc.) 

  • If the goal of the Christian life is to be a disciple who makes disciples, how are you doing at making Jesus final command your first mission?  How do I make Disciples? Look for people with F.A.I.T.H.

    • Faithfulness - Keep their commitments, they show up, etc.

    • Availability - I’m open, I’ll meet up, I’ll come over, I’ll open my schedule, etc.

    • Intentionality - Here are my questions, I want to read, I want to grow, pray, serve, etc.

    • Teachable - Humility demonstrated in repentance, growth, questions, willingness to be awkward, etc.

    • Hungry  - Passionately in love with Jesus, excited about the mission, desiring to honor God, hungry to grow.

  • If the potential of our church rest not in us, but in our ability to raise up other disciples, how are we doing at developing others? Who are your currently Discipling? How are you discipling them? What impact is your life having on theirs?

  • What are the different aspects of Jesus' public ministry from Matthew 4:23-25? Jesus didn't spend most of his time with the crowds but with his discipleship groups of 3, 12, 22, and 120. What are examples of teachings and events that only the disciple got to witness, hear, and understand?

Thanks, and have a great week!

CG Assessment Tool

RVC4PillarsCGAssessment

Training – (Discipleship - bible study, sermon discussion, book reading, accountability, etc. Creating a culture of learning)

  • What does training look like in your group?

  • How do you create a culture of learning in your group?

Caring – (Spiritual Family - Having fun, eating together, supporting one another, serving one another, caring for each other in times of difficulty or crisis, etc. Creating a culture of friendship)

  • What are some examples of caring for each other in your groups?

  • How do you create a culture of caring for one another?

Reaching – (Missional Living - Praying for your unbelieving friends and family, inviting skeptics and seekers into your group, serving your city, supporting and praying for missionary work locally and globally. Creating a culture of evangelism)

  • What are some examples of how your Community Group is reaching out to others?

  • How do you create a culture of evangelism?

Multiplying (Leadership Development – identifying leaders, creating a culture of mission, raising up CG Apprentices, replicating new groups. Creating a culture of mission)

  • What are some examples of leadership development in your group?

  • How can we create a culture of leadership development in our groups?

Sharing group dynamics, personalities and strengths   

  • Every Community group has its own collective personality. What would you say is the personality of your current group?

  • Which of the four pillars are strengthens in your group? In which are growth areas?

  • What are some of the biggest challenges you are currently facing in your group?

  • What are some of the most exciting things you see God doing in your group?

Discipleship