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A King & a Kingdom

Message delivered at Reston Bible Church, May 19, 2019

Jesus is not less than our personal Lord, but He is so much more. Even when the artificial lights of the world dim our view of this reality, we can stand firm on the Word of the Lord which assures us that Jesus is King of a kingdom that will never be shaken.

A King and a Kingdom from Reston Bible Church on Vimeo.



  1. What is one thing about this message that was particularly helpful, challenging, or encouraging for you?
  2. Have you ever been shown something that was new for you, but that had been there the whole time?
  3. Read and discuss 2 Kings 6:15-17Romans 5:17 and 1 Peter 2:9. What do you note about God and His kingdom? Do you believe that Jesus reigns as King and that His kingdom is here In our midst? Why or why not?
  4. In what ways is Jesus’ kingdom made manifest through His people?
  5. In what ways do we reign with and through Christ? What does this mean? How does believing this impact how we live?
  6. Read and discuss Matthew 10:26-33. How does fear reveal our faith? How does fearing the right thing give us an “otherworldly confidence“?
  7. Discuss the following statement: Scripture does not teach the purely personal lordship of Jesus. He is not less than our personal Lord, but He is so much more. In what ways do you have a limited lordship view of Jesus?
  8. What does it look like for you to step out in confidence and faith because you have the “letters from the King”? Who do you need to introduce to the true King?
  9. Spend some time in prayer for the things you’ve discussed. Ask that God would shift your gaze from the artificial lights of the world to behold His

Body, Soul, and Spirit: Intimacy in Marriage, Part 1 (Audio)

Intimacy is far more than simply the physical or the sensual.  Intimacy in marriage is a beautiful and intricate dance between body, soul, and spirit.

Discussion questions:

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how awkward is this topic?
  2. Do you agree with the statement regarding the reversal of body, soul, and spirit in the marriage relationship? Why or why not?
  3. Of the four areas we touched on, which is the one that resonates the most, and can you give an example from your marriage?

Key Verses

Part 1 – God’s Design & Intention

God’s objective for your marriage: Oneness – Body, Soul, & Spirit

– Ephesians 5:31

The Three Bridges to Intimacy

  • Joy, Delight, & Desire

      • Proverbs 5:18
      • Ecclesiastes 9:9
      • Song of Songs 2:3
      • Song of Songs 7:7-10
  • Purity, Honor, & Faithfulness

      • Song of songs 2:2-3
      • Proverbs 5:15-17
      • Hebrews 13:4
      • Malachi 2:15
  • Romance & Love 

      • 1 Corinthians 7:5, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
      • Song of Songs 2:16

Welcome to the Jungle: Parenting, temptation, and the digital jungle

Fathers must be diligent and intentional about protecting their sons and daughters and preparing them to walk through the “jungle” of digital technology.



Bootcamp to Battlefield – Colossians 3:1-17

A message given at Reston Bible Church – October 14, 2018

When you put your faith in Christ, you enter into a new life, you place yourself under a new authority, you take on a new identity, you are given a new purpose, and you have a new love.



  1. What was one thing from this message that you found particularly interesting, helpful, or challenging?
  2. If someone were to ask you to explain what Christianity is all about, what would you tell him?
  3. What do life, authority, identity, purpose, and love look like in the world? How are they different in Christ? How did your life change when you came to faith in Christ and “put on the new self”?
  4. Read and discuss Colossians 3:1-17. How does this passage describe and instruct your new life, new authority, new identity, new purpose, and new love in Christ?
  5. What does it mean to say that Christ “is your life”? Can you profess that with a whole heart? If not, what is holding you back?
  6. What does unity in the body of Christ look like? Why is that unity such a powerful testimony to the world?
  7. Spend some time in prayer that God would help you so that “whatever you do, whether in word or deed” would be done in the name of Jesus.

Speaking this weekend at Reston Bible Church – 10/14

9 and 10:45 AM – 45650 Oakbrook Court, Dulles, VA 20166

Colossians 3 – New life, New authority, New identity, New purpose, New Love

Bootcamp-Battlefield - Title Slide

Speaking this weekend at Friendship Baptist Church

“Reviving our Fire for Kids and Families Weekend”

Join me this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church in Chesterfield, VA for a weekend of Family-focused, Christ-centered equipping, encouragement, and exhortation.  Topics to include parenting, marriage, missions, and children’s ministry.  More information available at 

In the Eye of the Storm

A talk given at HomeFront, a couples ministry of Reston Bible Church

eye of the storm


  1. What was one thing you found particularly challenging, insightful, thought provoking, or helpful from today’s talk?
  2. Why do I entertain escapist ideas or at times want to run from other’s in need?
  3. What are some storms going on around you, now or in the past, that you’ve wished you could hide from?
  4. How have you seen Christ use your times in the “eye” to help others?


What if Jesus had stayed in the temple courts or the synagogue teaching? What if He never ventured out into the community, never called old Zach down from the tree, never ate with tax collectors and sinners, never touched the sick and hurting? Why don’t doctors make house calls these days? I’m not sure, but wouldn’t it be interesting if suddenly people stopped going to a doctors office or hospital when they were ill?

What if they thought that was the last place to go to be healed? How long would it take for the docs to begin making house calls again? Not long I suspect. Is the church today, the body of Christ the great Physician, staying in the hospital building waiting for the sick to show up? Or, worse yet, staying in the hospital talking about the remedy but secretly hoping that the sick stay away?

I think Jesus was less like a physician as we know it today and more like a field medic or a country doctor of days past. He went out looking for the lost sheep. Let’s help give our children a heart for the lost and pray that the Lord would use them to make Christ known in the world!

(Excerpt from Extreme Makeover: Spiritual Edition, a children’s curriculum by Michael J. Meyers)

Grow Up: Maturing in Christ

A sermon given at Reston Bible Church – April 15, 2018

Speaking at Reston Bible Church this Sunday 4/12 @ 9 and 10:45