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Sun, Nov 11, 2018
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Message #349 "Defining Move" - Acts 20:17-24 Sunday, November 11 2018 Last week we answered the question of is it such a battle to stay alert as we walk with Jesus? This week we’ll consider what Paul taught/modeled regarding not being moved by chains and tribulations. The primary question we’ll answer is how does understanding what Paul would not be moved from, both encourage and instruct us to follow his Christ-like example? James 1:22 encouragement- It’s often an unspoken expectation that Christians (especially those we perceive as mature) should not be moved or in any way shaken by difficult and painful trials. This creates an unbiblical, and therefore unhealthy, attitude towards expressions of grief or sadness in times of severe testing, loss, or suffering. Ever think you were a second class Christian because everyone else around you seems to breeze through tests and you’re struggling? Then join us in this week’s study to find a word of encouragement and biblical instruction in what the Bible says about being moved, and share this teaching with a brother or sister in Christ who could be blessed by it! Related verses: Acts 19:1-6; 20:31 2 Corinthians 1:8 2 Corinthians 11 Matthew 13:21 John 16:33 Proverbs 25:28; 16:32 Galatians 5:22 2 Corinthians 2:4 Romans 12:15 Philippians 3:17-19 Luke 19:41 John 11:35 Isaiah 53:3 Philippians 1:4, 12, 13; 4:1, 11 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 1:6 Colossians 1:11, 23 Ephesians 1:3-2:7; 4:1 Romans 8:35-39 1 Corinthians 15:58 2 Corinthians 4:1,8,9,16-18 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
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Message #348 "Be Flexible, Be Alert" part two - Acts 20:7-16 Sunday, November 4 2018 Last week we began studying Acts 20 and addressed the question of why do I need to be in flexible in following God's will? This week we'll zero in on verses 7 - 16 and answer the question of why is it such a battle to stay alert as we walk with Jesus? James 1:22 encouragement- Those who have served the Lord in any capacity learn quickly about the battles that accompany our service. Ministry is often times attended with various forms of difficulty: It may be a sense of loneliness and weariness (like Elijah); sometimes the willingness to walk with and serve Jesus is present, and yet we find our flesh is weak (like the disciples); other times the challenges come in the form of people influencing us away from God, and let's not forget our own hearts which can easily deceive us (like Sampson). You're invited to join us in this week's study on how to remain alert in our walk with Jesus! Related verses: Acts 18:23; 20:22, 24; 28:14 Luke 9:28-35 Mark 14:32-42 1 Kings 19:2-14 Matthew 11:28-30 Ephesians 6:17-18 1 Corinthians 15:33-34 Judges 16:4-20 Romans 13:11-14 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
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Message #347 "Be Flexible, Be Alert" part one - Acts 20:1-16 Sunday, October 28 2018 Last week we finished Acts 19 and answered two questions: why our relationship with Jesus is both private and public, and what should I see as my life grows in Christlikeness? This week we're beginning Acts chapter 20 and focusing our study on one question, "Why do I need to be in flexible in following God's will?" James 1:22 encouragement- There are times in our relationship with Jesus, where in the process of doing His will we experience the unexpected: change of plans, disappointments, opposition, adversity, even suffering and loss. How should we respond? Are you frustrated with how your plans to do God's will are getting delayed, redirected, interrupted, or altered? Then join us in this week's study on God's purpose in teaching us to be flexible in following His will! Related verses: Proverbs 16:9 Acts 19:21 Romans 15:25-28 Acts 20:2 2 Corinthians 8-9 1 Corinthians 16:1-7 1 Thessalonians 2:1-2 Acts 16:11-40 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 1 Corinthians 16:8-9 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 2 Corinthians 11:22-28 James 4:13-15 Ephesians 3:20 Philippians 4:4-13 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
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Message #346 "If I Am Lifted Up" - Acts 19:22-41 Sunday, October 21 2018 Last week we studied Acts 19:21 using 2 Timothy 3:16-17 as a template to study it in depth. Our focus was how to see God's will and His timing in accomplishing His will, through the lens of His character. This week we'll study to understand why our relationship with Jesus is both private and public. We'll also tackle the question of what should I see as my life grows in Christlikeness? James 1:22 encouragement- Looking at the riot that occurs in Ephesus in response to the lives Jesus changed, we can see how there can be very different responses to the impact of the gospel in a community. Some are deeply transformed by God's grace, so much so it changes what they invest their time, talents, and treasures. Others see the radical changes as a threat to their own way of life apart from God. Need encouragement to grow in both your private and public worship of the Lord Jesu Christ, while developing biblical expectations to how people will respond? Then join us as we continue our study in Acts! Related verses: John 12:32 Isaiah 64:6 Romans 4 Galatians 2:16 Ephesians 2:8-10 2 Timothy 1:9 Titus 3:5 Acts 19:18-20 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Ecclesiastes 12:11 Matthew 5:14-16 Daniel 5:11-12; 6:10; 9:3-6, 20-22 Matthew 5:6 Philippians 3:18-21 John 6:33, 51 1 Peter 2:2 Hebrews 5:12-14 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 John 12:12-19, 23-26, 32-33 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
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Message #345 "The Will, the Timing, and the Character of God" - Acts 19:21 Sunday, October 14 2018 Previously, looked into a challenging portion of Scripture, where God worked miraculously through the Apostle Paul, and addressed questions regarding God's use of the miraculous, our biblical understanding of spiritual battles, and the evidence of salvation/the observable work of the Spirit that follows. This week we'll take a closer look at Acts 19:21, using 2 Timothy 3:16-17 as a template to study it in depth. James 1:22 encouragement- Often we as believers can get discouraged when God gives us a desire to do something and yet causes us to wait for its fulfillment. These can lead to unbiblical views of God that distort our perspective both of our circumstances and of Him. If that's where you are (or where someone you care for currently is in their walk with God), then study the Scriptures with us to learn how to see God's will and His timing in accomplishing His will, through the lens of His character. Related verses: Romans 15:20-24 Acts 23:11 Romans 1:8-15 Acts 19:21 Acts 28:16 Acts 2:10 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Luke 11:5-8; 18:1-8 Ephesians 6:18 Genesis 12:1-4; 16:1-16; 17:1-9; 21:1-7 1 Samuel 13:1-14; 10:8-10 Philippians 2:3-4 Isaiah 55:6-9 Psalm 25:1-5 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Oct 07, 2018
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Message #344 "The Love Which Passes Knowledge" - Acts 19:11-20 Sunday, October 7 2018 Previously, we studied in Acts 10:1-10, and examined Paul's perseverance in the challenging city of Ephesus. This week we'll dig into a challenging portion of Scripture, where God works miraculously through the Apostle Paul, and address the following: Why does God at times choose to use unusual miracles in response to man's faith in Him? Why is it critical we understand biblically the nature of the battle we entered when the Lord saved us? What should accompany salvation and what is an evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in my life? James 1:22 encouragement- This study will help believers develop a biblical understanding and expectation of miracles and the purpose of God displaying His power in this manner. Need encouragement for the tests and challenges you are facing? Study with us to better understand the spiritual aspect of the battles we endure, and invest time to equip yourself in the word of God to help you stand your ground in Christ. Need help in how to beat the old patterns of sin in your life? Then grow with us as we learn how to not only turn away from temptation and sin, but also turn towards the Lord; replacing the old life with the new life we have in Jesus. Related verses: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 1 Corinthians 15:32 1 Corinthians 16:9 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Matthew 9:20-22 John 5:36 Mark 16:20 Romans 15:18-19 Hebrews 2:1-4 2 Corinthians 12:12 Ephesians 6:10-12, 13-20 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Luke 10:2, 17-20 Ephesians 2:1-3, 11-12 John 16 Ephesians 4:17-32 Ephesians 3:14-21 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
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Message #343 "The Promise of My Father" - Acts 19:1-10 Sunday, September 30 2018 Last week we learned more about Aquila and Priscilla, Apollos, and an instructive interaction between the Apostle Paul and disciples in Ephesus. We answered the following questions: Am I full of the Spirit? Am I growing in the truth? Am I growing into the true worshipper whom the Father is seeking to worship Him? This week we go deeper in Acts 10:1-10, and examine Paul's perseverance in the challenging city of Ephesus. How can we learn to persevere as Paul did? It's no secret, though our need for the promise of the Father is certainly an essential truth to lay hold of and experience constantly. What's the promise of the Father? Study along with us to find out or be refreshed in this awesome promise! James 1:22 encouragement- Our world tends to idolize self sufficiency while the Bible instructs is to grow in our dependence, trust, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Are you facing challenges that are leaving you frustrated and burnt out? You need the promise of the Father! Study along with us and examine yourself, as Paul did the disciples in Ephesus. Are you missing out on a powerful promise out of ignorance of it (Acts 19:2), do you need fresh strength to persevere as God's witness of Jesus Christ in your circles of influence at home, in your neighborhood, or in your place of employment? Then ask God for the fulfillment of this promise today, and live in His strength by the grace of God and the power of the person of the Holy Spirit. Related verses: Luke 24:46-49 Acts 9 Acts 7:58-9:3 Acts 16:6 1 Corinthians 16:8-9 James 4:15 Acts 18:21 1 Corinthians 15:32 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 Joel 2:28-32a Acts 2:16-21 Acts 1:4-8 1 Corinthians 12:3 Matthew 7:21-27 Luke 6:46-49 Acts 9:3-17a 1 Corinthians 12:29-31 Acts 9:20-22 Acts 8:14-17 John 20:19-22 Acts 2:4, 14-41, 42-47 James 4:1-10 Jeremiah 17:9-10 Psalm 139:23-24 John 7:38-39 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
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Message #342 Called Alongside - Acts 18:19-19:7 Sunday, September 23 2018 Previously we studied the work of the Holy Spirit through Paul in Corinth and answered the question: what are God's tools for making my life and character more like Christ's? This week, we'll learn more about Aquila and Priscilla, Apollos, and an instructive interaction between the Apostle Paul and disciples in Ephesus. The questions we'll tackle are: Am I full of the Spirit? Am I growing in the truth? Am I growing into the true worshipper whom the Father is seeking to worship Him? James 1:22 encouragement- All true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him. This implies we are learners, what Jesus described as disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). Whether it's growing in the breadth and accuracy of what the word of God teaches (as Apollo's did under Aquila and Priscilla's gracious instruction, see Acts 18:24-28). Or, learning and experiencing new things in Christ of which we were formerly ignorant (as the Ephesian disciples did under Paul's careful questioning and teachings and actions, see Acts 19:1-7). Following Jesus' teachings in John 4:21-26, prayerfully examine yourself as you study along with us to see how you can grow into the type of worshipper for whom God is searching. Related verses: John 14:26 John 3:21-26 Ephesians 5:18-21 Isaiah 55:1 Luke 11:1-13 Galatians 5:22-25 Colossians 3:16-17 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Deuteronomy 11:18-20 Hebrews 4:12-13 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
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Message #341 "The Potter's Tools" - Acts 18:1-18 Sunday, September 16 2018 Previously we examined Paul's gospel declarations to the people of Athens and answered the question of what stirs my heart for the lost? This week, we'll dig into the work of the Holy Spirit through Paul in Corinth. We'll look at what went through the great apostle's thoughts and emotions as he left Athens to bring the gospel to the city of Corinth. The primary question that will guide our study this week is what are God's tools for making my life and character more like Christ's? James 1:22 encouragement- We can see modeled in Paul's life the fullness of the true Christian life: on the one hand there is joy at the work of God's hands in transforming lives; and on the other hand pain in the forms of beatings in Philippi, rejection in both Thessalonica and Berea, and indifference in Athens. How we need to take encouragement from the fact that God uses all these things in our lives for His glory and our good! Join us as we discover four of the tools God uses in our lives to produce more of the life and character of Christ in us. Related verses: 1 Peter 5:10 Jeremiah 18:1-6 Genesis 2:7 Romans 8:29 Acts 17:34 Romans 1:18-32 1 Corinthians 2:1-3 Hebrews 10:19-25 Proverbs 17:17, 27:17 Exodus 23:29-30 1 Peter 4:12-19 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Romans 7:14-8:11 Proverbs 13:12 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Sep 09, 2018
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Message #340 Guest Teacher Pastor Mark Ramirez of Calvary Chapel Fredericksburg - Romans 8:28 Sunday, September 9 2018 Join us as Pastor Mark teaches from Romans 8:28 encouraging the saints to continue on in our walk despite troubles and trials and challenging us to be all in with the Lord. Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/