The Obedient One

Posted on 11/23/2014 by Media Admin

November 23, 2014

Jack Gill

Psalm 40

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Youth News – November 20, 2014

Posted on 11/20/2014 by Blue Ridge

Couple things I’d like to highlight this week: 1) This Saturday please consider helping with Melissa Jessberger’s project and 2) If you have any ideas for the New Year’s Eve Party/All-Nighter, please let me know.

Teaching Review — Student requested: Gospel Perspectives on the World and Issues of Today
The discussion was awesome last night! I really enjoyed it and I hope the students did too. We looked at how to approach tough issues of the world. I used what I called a Gospel Grid as a lense that we should look through when evaluating things of the world. Here is a quick summary:

  • Clearly some things are good in the world and some things are not. Take art for example. Some art is very good and some art is bad. But how do we evaluate and determine what is good and what is bad and then how should we approach it and those around us?
  • First, we should avoid the two extremes. One extreme says we should reject everything of the world. The other extreme says we should blindly accept everything of the world.
  • Instead we should apply a Gospel Grid to everything.
  • The historical perspective of the Gospel is 4 C’s:
  1. Creation – Everything God made is good (Gen. 1:31 and 1 Tim. 4:4).
  2. Corruption – But mankind sinned and everything is now corrupted (Gen. 3, Ecc. 7:29 and Jer. 12:4).
  3. Cross – God made a way through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus to save us from sin (John 3:16).
  4. Consummation – We look forward in hope to the day when God will complete his work and fully remove all the effects of sin (Romans 8:19-25).
  • We can take the historical perspective of the Gospel and make a grid for evaluating everything. Here it is now four R’s. I’ll use a simple one related to the northern Virginia work-ethic culture. We should neither reject or blindly receive our local culture. So how should we evaluate it?
  1. Creation > Receive – What is good and reflective of God and his truth in the issue at hand that we can receive? Northern Virginia has a strong work ethic in our culture. Working hard and striving to be excellent is a good thing. God worked and he has designed us to work. As Christians we can affirm this aspect of our culture.
  2. Corruption > Reject – What is not good or sinful with the issue at hand that I should reject? Often that strong work ethic becomes the primary driving force in people’s lives to the point where they make sacrifices in their relationships. Additionally, God gave us an example of rest and often people in our culture are not getting enough rest. We should reject the aspects of our work culture that are bad.
  3. Cross > Redeem – What can I do as a Christian to redeem the issue at hand, to make it better? Lots of ideas come to mind but one thing that teenagers could do is look for opportunities to help people rest and invest in important relationships. Maybe offer yourself for free as a babysitter to allow a date night for a busy mom and dad?
  4. Consummation > Remember – We need to remember that ultimately things won’t be fully fixed until Christ returns and we should have hope because of that truth. Maybe the northern Virginia go-go-go culture discourages you? Do what you can to help redeem it but remember that you can’t ultimately fix it. Instead of being discouraged, have hope that one day Jesus will return and fix it.
  • Finally, in your evaluations of issues and people through the Gospel Grid, don’t forget to take a very humble approach. In order to know what you can receive and reject and how to redeem it takes study of both God’s word and the issue at hand. Don’t just jump to conclusions, study both sides and then humbly apply God’s truth to the issue at hand.

Next Week — No Youth Group, Thanksgiving
If you come to the building anyway, I’ll be thankful that you love youth group so much that you forgot. :) Happy Thanksgiving!

Service Opportunity
Melissa Jessberger is doing a great service project for elderly people with alzheimer’s and dementia. She is leading an effort to make them quilts. She had a huge turnout last week! But there is more work to do this Saturday. Can you help? You can work in the morning or afternoon. RSVP on The City or directly to her.

LOOKING AHEAD
Nov 22 – Service Project: Quilt making second day
Nov 26 – No youth group, Thanksgiving
Dec 3 – First Wednesday, game night!
Dec 10 – Youth Group, Topic: Vanity
Dec 17 – Youth Group, Christmas Party
Dec 24 – No youth group, Christmas
Dec 31 – Youth Group, Regular youth group followed by all nighter.
Jan 30-Feb 1 – Senior High DNow
Feb 13-15 – Middle School DNow

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Ridge Notes for November 20, 2014

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Two RSVP needed from the ladies – 1) RSVP for the Baby Shower this Saturday, November 22, at 10:00 a.m. for Christine Lau and Sarah Cavicchi. Either RSVP on The City or by contacting our hostess, Christy Shipe ([email protected] or 540-338-2597). 2) RSVP for the Ladies Christmas Teas on December 6 at 10:00 a.m. All Blue Ridge women are encouraged to attend one of our nine regional Christmas teas. Complete details on locations and hostesses are on The City > Calendar or in a bulletin flyer in Sunday’s bulletin. Ninety women came last year, so don’t be left out of the fun!

New Bible Class Quarter Begins December 7
A new class called “Living in Triumph in Troubled Times”, through Acts 1-12 begins December 7. The bulletin flyer has a full class description, and the winter quarter teachers and helpers in the children’s classes and needs.

Did You Know…
…that some men in our church serve on Sunday mornings to keep us safe and to serve those who come through our doors for each worship service? Our Security Team is in need of more (not few) good men (18 years & older). It’s a great way to serve the church at a time when you are already going to be here. The more men on the team, the less frequent the assigned time to serve. Contact Mark Dillmuth ([email protected]) to sign up.

Church Library Reminder
For these evenings that are getting longer and colder, take home a great book from our church library located in Room 104. Please remember to use our checkout system though, so that we know who has them.

Praise & Prayer
Praise God for the safekeeping of Sarah Cavicchi and baby Catherine Joy in her emergency birth on November 17. At 34 weeks she weighed 4 pounds 11.5 ounces. Also praise Him for His providence in that her lungs were three weeks ahead in development. Pray for Sarah’s complete recovery from blood loss and pre-eclampsia.

We finished the Leviticus series with Pastor Jack’s admonition that God’s holiness must be honored or else there will be consequences. Download “An Unholy Sacrifice” for a view of what a spiritual “crash site” looks like.

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 11/16/14 – $12,101.57

THIS WEEK
November 26 – No Youth Group
November 27-28 – Thanksgiving holiday (church office closed)

NEXT MONTH
December 6, 10:00am-Noon – Ladies Christmas Teas by Regions
December 24, 7:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)
December 28 – 11:00 a.m. worship service only (childcare up to 3rd grade)
December 31, 7:00pm – Youth Group All-Night Party

LOOKING AHEAD
January 1 & 2 – Church office closed for New Year’s holiday
Week of January 4 – First week of LIFE group winter session
March 14 – Church work day
March 20-21 – Women’s Retreat

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An Unholy Sacrifice

Posted on 11/16/2014 by Jack Gill

Sermon:  Jack Gill

Leviticus 10

November 16, 2014

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Ridge Notes for November 13, 2014

Posted on 11/13/2014 by Blue Ridge

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
This Sunday, November 16, is the very last day to turn in your shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Get complete instructions on what can or cannot go in the boxes. No additional boxes will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Baby Shower
All Blue Ridge women are invited to come to a baby shower brunch for Sarah Cavicchi (due December) and Christine Lau (due January) on Saturday, November 22, hosted by Christy Shipe at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP on The City or to Christy ([email protected]). Come for fellowship, even if you don’t know the honorees.

Ladies Christmas Teas by Regions
All Blue Ridge women are encouraged to attend one of our nine regional Christmas teas. Go to The City > Calendar > December 6 > Christmas Teas to see the entire list of locations and RSVP information. If you RSVP on The City, please indicate which group you want to attend in the response box. Or you can directly contact the hostess for your LIFE group OR for the host home nearest to your house. Ninety women came last year, so don’t be left out of the fun!

Prayer & Praise
Praise the Lord for the birth of Lavender Isabelle Parker on November 10, to David and Breana Parker. She’s a healthy seven pounds and all are doing well. Also, congratulations to grandparents, Gil and Laurie Paist, and Bill and Linda Parker! Click here to sign up to help them with meals 

Pastor Jack continued in the “Way to the Holy One” series in Leviticus 9, specifically focusing on the glory of God. Download “First Priests, First Sacrifice“. 

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 11/9/14 – $19,670.07

THIS WEEK
Week of November 16 – Last week for LIFE group fall session
November 22, 10:00am – Baby shower for Sarah Cavicchi & Christine Lau

THIS MONTH
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
November 28 – Church office closed for the holiday

LOOKING AHEAD
December 6, 10:00am-Noon – Ladies Christmas Teas by Regions
December 24, 7:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)
December 28 – 11:00 a.m. worship service only (childcare up to 3rd grade)
January 1 & 2 – Church office closed for New Year’s holiday
Week of January 4 – First week of LIFE group winter session

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Youth News – November 13, 2014

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It was nice to get back into the normal swing of things last night. Last night our topic was prayer for the persecuted church. Here is one of the powerful videos we watched last night:

Teaching Review — International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
The Bible tells us that if we desire to follow the gospel we will be persecuted: “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12).

And Jesus tells us how to respond in Luke 6:27-28: “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

One of the big themes of 1 Peter is responding to persecution with love and how this powerfully communicates the gospel. So I think that one of the reasons that God allows persecution is so we as Christians can model the love of Christ. Jesus loved us while we hated him and he loved in the ultimate way by giving his life for us.

Last night we also spent some time praying for those that are persecuted today and we talked a little about Smyrna Ministries which is a group that our church supports. I would encourage everyone to learn more about their ministry, sign-up to get their free weekly email prayer guide, and meet their executive director Bill Wilcox who is a member of Blue Ridge.

Next Week — Student requested: Gospel Perspectives on the World and Issues of Today
There is a lot going on in the world: good, bad, and ugly. How as Christians should we approach these things? How should a Christian approach things like music, art, TV, movies, the Internet, politics, culture, science, business and so much more? Next week we’ll start to get the answer. We won’t answer every question, but we’ll get a biblical construct for approaching the questions. Once you are grounded in this way you’ll be ready to take on any question and find the answers yourself.

Service Opportunity
Melissa Jessberger is doing a great service project for elder with alzheimer’s and dementia. She is leading an effort to make them quilts. But she needs a lot of helping hands! Can you help? She is doing the work this Saturday and next. Can you work either a morning or afternoon of one of those days or more? Get more info and RSVP here and here.

LOOKING AHEAD
Nov 15 – Service Project: Quilt making first day
Nov 19 – Youth Group, Topic: Gospel Perspectives on the World and Issues of Today
Nov 22 – Service Project: Quilt making second day
Nov 26 – No youth group, Thanksgiving
Dec 3 – First Wednesday, game night!
Dec 10 – Youth Group, Topic: Vanity
Dec 17 – Youth Group, Christmas Party
Dec 24 – No youth group, Christmas
Dec 31 – Youth Group, Regular youth group followed by all nighter.
Jan 30-Feb 1 – Senior High DNow
Feb 13-15 – Middle School DNow

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First Priest, First Sacrifice

Posted on 11/09/2014 by Media Admin

November 9, 2014

Jack Gill

Leviticus 9

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Ridge Notes for November 6, 2014

Posted on 11/06/2014 by Blue Ridge

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes — Bring them November 9 or 16!!
It’s time again to help reach out to children around the world through the Samaritan’s Purse project to supply children with fun but essential items packed into shoeboxes. Our Awana program invites the entire church to join them by bringing filled shoeboxes to church on November 9 & 16. There’s a bulletin flyer this Sunday with information or you can go to http://bit.ly/1vPZVvv.

Baby Shower
All Blue Ridge women are invited to come to a baby shower brunch for Sarah Cavicchi (due December) and Christine Lau (due January) on Saturday, November 22, hosted by Christy Shipe at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP on The City or to Christy ([email protected]). This is a great time of fellowship and you’re encouraged to come even if you don’t know the honorees.

Prayer & Praise
Please pray for the three people being baptized this Sunday in the 2nd service: Jacob Digges, Natalie Garvis, and Katey Yoast.

We welcome our three newest members – Tony and Sarah Cavicchi, and Melissa Jessberger. Please pray for them as they follow the Lord towards ministry in this body, and for the Cavicchis as they become first-time parents in December.

Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church — We honor our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who are being persecuted for simply believing in the God of the Bible. We praise God for His mighty work in spreading the gospel to change hearts and lives in the midst of these struggles. Please faithfully pray for the thousands of people who are literally running for their lives from Islamic tyrants. You will find more information on how to pray at smyrnaministries.org.

Pastor Jack continued in the “Way to the Holy One” series in Leviticus 8 on the ordination of the holy priesthood and how it relates to our calling as part of the “royal priesthood”. Download “Ordaining a Holy Priesthood”. 

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget for week of 11/2/14 – $12,462.49


THIS WEEK
November 9 – Baptism
November 9 – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

THIS MONTH
November 22, 10:00am – Baby shower for Sarah Cavicchi & Christine Lau
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
November 28 – Church office closed for the holiday

LOOKING AHEAD
December 6 – Ladies Christmas Gatherings by Regions
December 24, 7:00pm – Christmas Eve Service
December 25-26 – Christmas (church office closed)
December 27 – 11:00 a.m. worship service only (childcare up to 3rd grade)

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Operation Christmas Child!

Posted on 11/03/2014 by Blue Ridge

Awana invites the entire congregation to join us in participation with Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. OCC is dedicated to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Each family is challenged to pack a shoebox with basic items for a child that will be delivered by OCC. It is a simple task and illustrates the tangible needs other children experience and the spiritual need to tell the world about Christ. For more information, see http://bit.ly/10Ohft5.

EVERYONE can participate in this ministry! Collection will be during Awana on November 2, 9 and 16th.

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Ordaining a Holy Priesthood

Posted on 11/02/2014 by Jack Gill

Jack Gill, Leviticus 8, November 2, 2014

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