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Sun, Sep 02, 2018
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Message #339 "He Has Appointed a Day" - Acts 17:16-34 Sunday, September 2 2018 Previously we studied the Bereans and considered what Luke observed about these individuals that caused their names to be immortalized in the Scriptures. We were challenged and encouraged as we studied their attitude towards the Scriptures and their response to hearing the word of God. This week we'll examine Paul's gospel declarations to the people of Athens. The question we'll answer as we follow Paul is what stirs my heart for the lost? James 1:22 encouragement- All of us face fear as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the lost. Prayerfully consider the practical applications in this study and ask God to increase our compassion for the lost and be our strength to obey even when we are afraid to talk with people about Jesus. Related verses: Exodus 7:7 1 Samuel 3 Matthew 9:36 Matthew 14:14 Luke 7:13 Luke 10:33 Luke 15:20 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 1 Corinthians 1:21-23 1 Corinthians 2:2 Galatians 6:14 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
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Message #338 "My Heart, God's Garden" - Acts 17:10-15 Sunday, August 26 2018 Previously we studied the prophecies concerning the Messiah's rising from the dead; we explored the significance of Jesus' resurrection and asked ourselves "how should we respond?" This week we will take a look at an exemplary group of people known as the Bereans. What did Luke observe about these individuals that caused their names to be immortalized in the Scriptures? Follow along as we learn from their attitude towards the Scriptures and their response to hearing the word of God. James 1:22 encouragement- Sometimes it's so easy to confuse listening to the Bible or sitting in a church service as a substitute for doing what the Bible says to do. This sermon challenges us to consider how we receive God's word. What is my attitude towards it? What is my response to it? This week, let's prayerfully examine our time in the Bible (or at a Bible study or church service) and see how God can help us to imitate the Bereans of Acts 17. Related verses: 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Psalm 126:5-6 Luke 8:4-18 Luke 5:1-10 Acts 18:24-28 Luke 19:1-10 Luke 18:18-27 Matthew 19:16-26 1 John 2:15-17 Matthew 13:18-23 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
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Message #337 "Ought Not the Christ?" Part II - Acts 17:1-3 Sunday, August 19 2018 Previously we studied how Paul preached Jesus as the promised Messiah of the Scriptures. Specifically, the prophecies regarding the sufferings Messiah would endure and how Jesus fulfilled these prophecies. In this sermon we focus on the prophecies concerning the Messiah’s rising from the dead. As we do so, we’ll explore the significance of Jesus’ resurrection and ask ourselves “how should we respond?” James 1:22 encouragement- The resurrection of Jesus is the truth upon which all believer’s lives are built upon (1 Corinthians 15:1-28). Be encouraged to not only hear and learn of this truth, but also to ask God for help to live in the light of this truth. To live as those who now live in anticipation of the risen Savior’s return. How? Consider and prayerfully apply passages like 1 Peter 1, where in verse 3 we’re told of the living hope we’ve received through the resurrection of Jesus and the lifestyle God produces in us as a result (1 Peter 1:6-2:3). Related verses: 1 Peter 1:3 Acts 17:1-4 Psalm 16:8-11 Acts 2:22-36 Matthew 12:38-40 Daniel 7:13 Matthew 26:64 Mark 14:62 Luke 22:69 Psalm 118:22-24 Acts 4:8-11 Deuteronomy 32:4 1 Corinthians 10:4 Exodus 17:1-6 Daniel 2:31-45 Romans 9:30-33 Acts 4:11 Romans 10:1-13 Galatians 2:16, 21 Acts 13:30-37 Psalm 2:7 Isaiah 55:3 Psalm 16:10 John 5:18 John 8:51-59 John 10:24-33 Romans 1:4 Job 14:14 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Acts 13:38-39 Acts 2:37-39 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
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Message #336 Ought Not the Christ? - Acts 17:1-3 Sunday, August 12 2018 Previously we examined Paul's motive in enduring so many trials in obeying the great commission. We then examined our own motives in light of Paul's example. In this sermon, we will study how Paul preached Jesus as the promised Messiah of the Scriptures. Specifically, we'll study the prophecies regarding the sufferings Messiah would endure and how Jesus fulfilled these prophecies. James 1:22 encouragement- At times, we as believers are tempted to let go of the sense of awe and wonder at the sufferings Jesus endured. Our familiarity with Jesus' sufferings can become disconnected from why Jesus endured these things. This study encourages us to study why Jesus suffered for us; and how understanding His sufferings better can translate into the transformation of our lives. Are you currently facing suffering, and struggle to know how God would have you respond? Maybe you need encouragement due to losing hope in the midst of the pain you are experiencing? Find encouragement from God's word here! Related verses: Luke 24:25-27 1 Thessalonians 2:1-2 1 Thessalonians 1:5 John 15:26-27 Matthew 28:18-20 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 2 Timothy 2:24-26 John 16:5-15 Ephesians 2:1-10 Galatians 2:20 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Isaiah 53:1 John 12:37-38 John 1:1-11 Matthew 5:10-16 Isaiah 53:5 Zechariah 13:6 1 Corinthians 15:3 1 Peter 3:18 1 Peter 2:21-24 John 18:35 John 19:14-16 1 Peter 4:12-19 Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67-68 Mark 16:63-65 Luke 22:63-65 Matthew 27:26 Mark 15:15 John 19:1 Psalm 22:7-8 Matthew 27:27-29 Mark 15:16-20 Matthew 27:39 Mark 15:29 Matthew 27:41-43 Luke 23:35 Matthew 27:44 Luke 23:11, 36-37, 39 Psalm 22:16 Zechariah 13:6 Zechariah 12:10 Matthew 27:20-26, 31, 35 Mark 15:12-15, 20, 24 Luke 23:20-25, 33 John 19:4-23 Luke 22:14-20 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Sun, Jul 29, 2018
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Message #334 "What Is The First and Great Commandment?" - Acts 17:1-9 Sunday, July 29 2018 Having departed from the newly planted church of Philippi in the house of Lydia, the team arrives in Thessalonica. In this sermon, we'll examine the motives of Paul in enduring so many trials in obedience to fulfilling the Great Commission. In examining Paul's motives we will then consider our own motives in our pursuit of Jesus by answering these questions: What fuels my relationship with Jesus Christ? Why does it matter? James 1:22 encouragement- So often we as disciples of Jesus can experience the temptation to see the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) as an unbearable burden and not a stewardship we're entrusted with; or as a responsibility we're obligated to perform and not an opportunity to express our love in gratitude for God's grace; or maybe we're tempted to see the lost as projects to be completed, and not people to be loved as Jesus did (John 3:16). Maybe you're discouraged because of the negative responses or indifference experienced when you've shared the gospel of Jesus Christ previously. Let's study this passage together, and be encouraged and strengthened to examine our motives. And seek opportunities to share both the gospel and our lives with the lost. And make opportunities to encourage our fellow believers as Paul did when he wrote to believers in various places. Related verses: Acts 16:22-24 Acts 15:1-5, 36-39 Acts 14:1-6, 12-20 Acts 13:6-11, 50 Galatians 1:15-18 Acts 9:23-25, 30 Acts 9:16 1 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Luke 19:12-27 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8 2 Corinthians 9:5-14 Luke 10:25-37 Mark 12:28-34 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Acts 18:3 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 1:2-5 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Tue, Jul 24, 2018
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Message #333 "When to Take a Stand, and How to Help Others Understand" - Acts 16:35-17:4 Sunday, July 22 2018 The team of Paul, Silas, Timothy, and doctor Luke had travelled to churches established in the first missionary trip to encourage them, then were directed by the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel in yet unreached areas. After being beaten and imprisoned, God miraculously delivers Paul and Silas and saves the jailer and his household. Following these events, we examine Paul's exit from Philippi and answer the question: When should I as a believer take a stand? Next week we'll start into Acts 17, and learn how we can help others understand the Gospel, including ways to use various tools to get the most out of your personal Bible study. James 1:22 encouragement- Are you facing a situation where you are tempted to react in a way that would misrepresent your relationship with Jesus? Maybe it's a workplace difficulty, or you're being ridiculed or insulted for your love for Jesus. Study this passage with us and see how God would have us respond in these kind of challenging circumstances. Related verses: Acts 14:22 Luke 24:26-27 John 15:20 John 15:12-13 Philippians 4:14-16 Matthew 5:38-42 Romans 12:17-21 Romans 13:1-4 John 18:19-23 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
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Message #332 SUMMER MISSIONS TRIP REPORT Sunday, July 15 2018 Our Missions Team shares on the trip to Haiti! The primary purpose of the trip was to strengthen our relationships with our fellow believers in Haiti, and from these relationships see God create opportunities (both present and future) for us to serve the Lord, one another, and spread the Gospel with our Haitian family. Special thanks to our ministry partners, Stone of Help Haiti (SOHH) and the Centre Chretien Mont Des Oliviers network of churches SOHH serves. Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Sun, Jul 01, 2018
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Message #330 "For This Reason" - Acts 16:16-34 Sunday, July 1 2018 In this sermon, we observe Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke experience suffering for being obedient to the Lord. God shows us through the lives of these disciples how He redeems our sufferings so that others are drawn to Jesus. And we tackle two questions: Is Jesus worthy of my obedience, even when it's tough? Is Jesus worthy of my prayers and my worship, even when I suffer for obeying His will? James 1:22 encouragement - Prayerfully consider any challenges/difficulties you are experiencing as you are pursuing God's will and endeavoring to obey His word. Ask God for His wisdom in how to be faithful and how to glorify Jesus, while patiently enduring this present suffering. See 1 Peter 2:18-25, and James 1:2-8, 12-20. Also 1 Peter 3:7-17, Romans 5:1-8, and 2 Timothy 1:6-12. Related verses: Acts 16:12-15 John 14:1-6 Mark 1:21-26, 32-34 Luke 4:33-36, 41 Luke 4:18-21 Matthew 10:16-22 Acts 9:15 Acts 16:19-24 Joshua 6:20 Joshua 2:15 1 Corinthians 4:9-14 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
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Message #328 "The Father's Children" - Acts 16:4-15 Sunday, June 17 2018 This week we look at the events of Acts 16:4-15 using the character of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as a lens to better understand His leading. In doing so, we'll answer the following questions: How does God lead me? What is His purpose in leading me? Note: our apologies for the last 5-10 minutes of the recording that were interrupted due to technical difficulties. Below are study notes which cover that portion of the teaching. How does God lead me, and what is His purpose in doing so? God leads believers by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:14; Acts 16:6, 7). The Holy Spirit teaches us all things and reminds us of all things Jesus said to His disciples (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit teaches us to testify of Jesus and not only how to bear witness of Jesus, but when and where and to whom (John 15:26-27; Acts 16:8-10). The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 2; Acts 16:14, 15). The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth, so that He glorifies Jesus through both our lives and our words (John 16:13-15). His purpose? Romans 8:26-30 teaches us that God uses all things (to include His leading us by the Holy Spirit) to ultimately conform us to the image of His Son. Each step in His leading is to increase the character of Christ in our lives which will be observable through our personality and our conduct. This means that sometimes God will lead us away from comfortable circumstances into more challenging ones. This is seen in Acts 16:5 where the Holy Spirit leads Paul, Silas, and Timothy away from churches being strengthened in the faith and increasing in number daily. The Holy Spirit led them to more difficult locations where there weren't as many opportunities but there was a woman whom God would open up to believe the gospel. This in turn provided her household the opportunity to believe and be baptized. This is similar to John 4:1-42 and reflects the heart of God as seen in Luke 15:1-10. God's children are like God's plants which yield fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself (Genesis 1:11-13). Jesus would say "Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matthew 7:20) Fruit is identified in the Scriptures as our character (Galatians 5:19-23) and our example (1 Timothy 4:12-16). His Holy Spirit leads us to become more fruitful, and by obeying His leading which will be consistent with the character of the Triune God, God makes us more like Christ. James 1:22 encouragement- Can you see how the Holy Spirit is leading you in this season of life? If not, study God's character and ask Him to help you see these current circumstances through the lens of His character. If so, pray He helps you to bless a brother or sister in Christ to do the same. Related verses: 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 Exodus 33:12-23 Exodus 34:5-7 Exodus 20:5 Ezekiel 18 Jeremiah 31:29-34 Hebrews 12:5-11 Jeremiah 7:16 1 Corinthians 5:4, 5 Revelation 3:19 Mark 10:45 John 4:34 Philippians 2:1-11 John 14:15-17, 25, 26 John 15:26, 27 John 16:7-15 Romans 8:26-30 Ephesians 4:11-16 Luke 15:1-10 John 4:1-42 Galatians 5:19-23 1 Timothy 4:12-16 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
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Message #327 "A True Son In the Faith" - Acts 16:1-5 Sunday, June 10 2018 Last week we examined the dispute between Paul and Barnabas, friends and co-laborers who had known one another for roughly a decade and served together for about seven years. The duo divided and formed two teams to check on the believers they served about five years ago on the first missionary journey. This week we take a look at Timothy, who is first introduced to us here in Acts 16. Our study will center on the following question: What does it look like for a believer to have a fruitful life? We will also delve into what it means to be a disciple. James 1:22 encouragement: (1) Pray and read through Matthew 13:18-23; 2 Timothy 2:3-15; 2 Timothy 3:10-12 (2) as you read, consider what biblical expectations God will produce in us as He makes us fruitful. - For example, in the Matthew 13 passage, what kinds of things interfere with receiving the word of God? And what is the difference between the one who hears fruit, and the other three who don't? - In the 2 Timothy 2 passage, what is the believer expected to endure? - In the 2 Timothy 3 passage, in what ways does God desire to make our lives worthy of imitation? What are the characteristics of a life that can be carefully followed? Related verses: Acts 9:26-30 Acts 11:25-30 Acts 15:36-41 Acts 14:5-7 John 15:7-8 John 15:16 Galatians 5:19-23 1 Timothy 4:12-16 Matthew 28:18-20 2 Timothy 2:1-2 John 13:34-35 2 Kings 12:1-3 2 Chronicles 24:15-25 John 15 Ephesians 4:11-16 Hebrews 10:19-25 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100