Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the elder installation of Nate Porter and Steve Pratt at Rainier Valley Church. Nate and Steve have been training for the last year and will be installed as Pastors this Sunday, March 4th. Join us this Sunday to celebrate. Breakfast at 9am and Worship Service begins at 10am.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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:
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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!
Hello church! To those who braved the snow yesterday, thanks for coming out. It felt like a festive Sunday!
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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
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.
Every marriage is guided by a set of habits. The question is: Are they healthy habits that result in a God-honoring and joyful marriage, or are they bad habits that lead to a self-centered and strained marriage? In this new 4-lesson seminar, pastor, marriage counselor, and best-selling author Dr. Paul David Tripp will detail the necessary habits required for a healthy marriage while identifying the bad habits that need to be uprooted.
Habits Of A Healthy Marriage is streaming live on February 8-9, 2019 with on-demand replay until December 31, 2019. Your Streaming License comes with free Discussion Questions for each of the four lessons, making it a perfect resource for a couples devotional, small group series, Sunday school class, or church-wide event.
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.
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!
If you have a heart for serving the poor or know someone who is passionate about helping others, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission is currently looking to hire a Church Engagement Program Manager and Community Partnership Specialist.
More info https://www.ugm.org/about-us/employment/
Rainier Valley Church loves to partner with UGM to impact the City of Seattle.
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!