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Lessons from Marriage, Part 1: Adjust Your Aim – Marriage and the Glory of God (audio)

Discussion Questions

  1. What does it mean to “glorify” or “magnify” God?
  2. In what ways can we do the “right” things, but fail to glorify God?
  3. How can this principle protect and nourish your marriage or your parenting?
  4. Can you share practical examples of glorifying God in marriage or parenting?
  5. What things do you need to repent of, that have become roadblocks to glorifying God in your family?

Body, Soul, & Spirit: Intimacy in Marriage, Part 2 (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.

Week 2 – Roadblocks to Intimacy

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you agree with what Mike said about the importance of the sexual aspect of the marriage relationship? Why or why not?
  2. Which roadblocks have you, or are you, experiencing in your marriage?

What obstacles are keeping you from experiencing greater intimacy in your marriage; body, soul, and spirit?

  • Roadblocks in the Spirit
    • Unbiblical view of intimacy in marriage
    • Broken fellowship
    • Lack of vitality in your Christian walk
    • Isolation from Christian community
  • Roadblocks in the Soul
    • Unbiblical view of ourselves
    • Broken relationship
    • Lack of vitality in the friendship
    • Boredom in the Bedroom
  • Roadblocks in the Body
    • Poor physical health/fitness
    • Low energy
    • Stress
    • Disparate Drive

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.

DOWNLOAD AUDIO HERE

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

  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.

In the Eye of the Storm

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

eye of the storm

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  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?

BEING DOCTORS WHO MAKE HOUSE CALLS

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

Meeting of the Waters – Journey to marriage oneness: Part 5 of 5

Turning Point – Sermon at Reston Bible Church

Equip Their Ship

sailing shipHave you ever asked yourself the question, “what exactly is my objective in training my children up in the faith?” I know I’ve thought to myself, “Leading them to Christ is my first and greatest objective but then what? Where should my focus be?”   Recently a good friend and mentor of mine pointed something out in Ephesians that I’d like to share with you.

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12 (emphasis added)

I’ve read this passage in Ephesians many times and the word “equip” has always given me the sense that we were to be preparing the body, through spiritual training, to carry on the work of the kingdom. This I believe is true. But the mental picture that is communicated by the original Greek word is somewhat lost in our English. The word is “Katartizo” and it means to fit out, make sound, or complete. To fit out. Outfit. It is used in the sense of outfitting as one would think of outfitting a ship that has a journey to complete. First the ship must be seaworthy. The sails must be in good repair, the hull must be sound, all of the navigational tools must be present and working properly, charts maps, etc. Additionally the ship will need to be supplied with all of its provisions for the journey. Food, water, etc.

So as parents and the church, our role is that of a loving spiritual outfitter. What a wonderful picture. More important, yes MORE important, eternally more important than our roles as academic outfitter, athletic outfitter, financial outfitter, is our God given mission as our child’s spiritual outfitter.

I will close with a quote from Patrick Henry’s will, “I have disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give to them, and that is the Christian religion. If they had that and I had not given them one cent, they would be rich. If they have not that, and I had given them the world, they would be poor.” I could not have said it any better. Equip their ship.

May you be blessed in your role as outfitter!