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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 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
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 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
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) http://stoneofhelpministry.org/ 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 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Jul 08, 2018
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Message #331 "Instructions For Corporate Prayer" - 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Sunday, July 8 2018 Guest Teacher Jesse Wallace of The City Gates Church http://thecitygateschurch.com This book has a lot to say to any person in ministry or aspiring to be in ministry. It's also an invaluable resource to those already serving in a leadership capacity in the local church. Paul's practical advice can help a church or minister to stay on course and fulfill the calling that God has on their lives but it can also help someone who has veered off course to return to what a New Testament church can be. Paul in Chapter 2 is giving instruction to Timothy on how they are to pray in the service as they gather corporately to worship. Paul in 1 Tim. 2:1 tells Timothy to first of all pray for all men. In 1 Tim. 2:2 Paul says more specifically for men in authority. In 1 Tim. 2:3-4 Paul gives us the goal of praying for all men and those in authority, that they would be saved. Lastly in 1 Tim. 2:5-7 Paul tells us how they must be saved, through the Man Christ Jesus our one mediator with God. Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
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 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
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Message #329 John 15:1-11, "Dressed For Success" Sunday, June 24 2018 Pastor Bill Jasan (Stone of Help Haiti, http://stoneofhelpministry.org) shared with us today on a classic passage regarding discipleship. Dig into this teaching and discover how by abiding in Jesus, God (1) teaches us to desire what he desires in prayer, (2) enables us to live fruitful lives that glorify Him, (3) assures us of His love, (4) and fills us with His joy. James 1:22 encouragement- In His illustration, Jesus compares us abiding in Him to a branch of a grapevine remaining attached to the vine. The purpose? For the branch to receive life from the vine in order to bear fruit. Pray and ask God to show you areas of your life where you see God producing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and using you in ways that bring glory to Jesus. As God shows you what He sees, give Him thanks and ask Him to prune those fruitful areas of anything that would inhibit God from producing more fruit. Are there areas that currently don't appear to be fruitful? Ask God to reveal what His will is for that area of your life. It may be to remove sources of temptation and sin, and replace them with godly things or pursuits. It may something that in and of itself isn't sinful, but is slowing down your growth in Christ. Ask God for wisdom in how this may be enjoyed or done in a way that glorifies Him, while not distracting you from God or inhibiting your pursuit of Him. Related verses: Jeremiah 2:21 Hebrews 12:1-2 Hebrews 4:12-16 Psalm 37:3-7 Psalm 40:8 Galatians 5:22-23 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
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 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
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 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
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Message #326 "Treasure In Earthen Vessels" Part 2 of 2 - Acts 15:36-41 Sunday, June 3 2018 As we conclude our study in Acts 15, the Holy Spirit puts before us a picture of two believers who part ways due to a disagreement. This occurs some days after both had been used by the Holy Spirit, along with the apostles and elders, to bring peace and resolve a doctrinal dispute by a word of wisdom. What does the Holy Spirit want to teach and challenge us with through this conflict, which ends with godly men departing from one another? James 1:22 encouragement (1) pray about disagreements you've had where pride may have been at the root of your strongly held position. Ask God to give you wisdom in how to communicate the truth in love and with humility. (2) Read 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter which the Holy Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to write. Consider its practical application, as seen in Ephesians 4:29-32. How is God challenging you to grow in your communications with your brothers and sisters in Christ? Related verses: Proverbs 17:17 Acts 4:36 Acts 9:27 Acts 11:22, 25 Proverbs 13:10 Luke 22:24 Colossians 4:10 Philemon 23-24 2 Timothy 4:11 1 Peter 5:13 2 Corinthians 4:7 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
Sun, May 27, 2018
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Message #325 "Treasure In Earthen Vessels" Part 1 of 2 - Acts 15:22-35 Sunday, May 27 2018 In this section of Acts 15 the apostles and elders of the church in Jerusalem just resolved a serious dispute regarding the gospel. This message discusses the gift of the Holy Spirit known as the word of wisdom (1 Corinthians 12:7-8), and how this gift was exercised by the Jerusalem church. Are you facing a difficult situation that would benefit from a word of wisdom? James 1:22 encouragement (1) Keep your eyes open for difficult situations this week, (2) ask God for a word of wisdom, (3) share with a fellow believer how God answered prayer. Read 1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 13. Read ahead in Acts 15:36-16:10 for part 2 of this message. Related verses: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Ephesians 2:8-10 Acts 10:44-48 1 Corinthians 12:7-8 Luke 20:19-26 Acts 6:1-7 1 Kings 3:16-28 James 1:5 Luke 11:13 1 Corinthians 12:1,7,11,31 1 Corinthians 13 2 Corinthians 4:7 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/