Reintensified Opposition, Recognizing Providence

Posted on 03/01/2015 by Blue Ridge

Sermon: Jack Gill

Nehemiah 6

March 1, 2015

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No Second Service, March 1, 2015

Posted on by Rich Shipe

The second service is canceled today. Awana is also cancelled.

It was hard with the timing of the storm. But with even a little snowfall the roads are bad.

Stay tuned for the sermon and LIFE Group and family guides.

On a related note, isn’t it awesome how the fresh snow brightens up the brown snow and ice? Is there anything in this world as white as snow? Yes, there is, our hearts after they have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus!

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isa. 1:18

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Ridge Notes for February 26, 2015

Posted on 02/26/2015 by Blue Ridge

Spring Quarter Classes & Urgent Needs for Teachers
A new quarter begins on Sunday. Several children’s ministry classes are still in great need of teachers and helpers. Check out the list in the February 19 Ridge Notes and contact Regina Gossage ([email protected]) for more information or to volunteer. Also, a new class called “Love for the Lost” for adults and youth will be taught by Bill Parker at 9:30am.

Covenant Membership Class
Our four-week class for those who want to become members or for those seeking more information about BRBC will meet March Sundays starting March 8, 9:30 a.m. in Room 104. Sign up with Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]) or just come to the first class

Baptism
If you or someone in your family is interested in being baptized or finding out about baptism, please contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]).

Next Baby Dedication
Sunday, March 15 is our next opportunity for baby dedication. If you would like to participate, contact [email protected] by March 8.

Financial Peace Returns March 26
Sign up to learn God’s ways of handling money, using curriculum by financial expert Dave Ramsey. Register with Rich Shipe ([email protected]). Cost is $93 per couple, which includes money-management tools to use at home. It runs in the spring LIFE Group session on Thursday evenings (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Childcare will be provided.

2015 Women’s Retreat – March 20 & 21
Ladies, our 2015 retreat is at BRBC on Friday, March 20 (6:30pm to 9:30pm) and continues on Saturday, March 21, 9am to 4:30pm. Full details are at http://brbible.org and you can register there too. You can also register and pay at a foyer table on March 8 and 15. Deadline to pay and register is March 15.

Spring Church Work Day
Sign up on The City to join the fun and help work on projects inside and outside of the building. There are tasks for all ages and abilities. For info contact Steven Jessberger ([email protected]).

Because of the snow storm cancellation last week, Pastor Jack sent out a link to a sermon and some devotional ideas for our time at home. You can still find it on The City in the Blue Ridge Bible Church Group. Or get caught up on the Nememiah series at http://brbible.org

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget through online giving only on 2/23/15 – $5,990.91

Note: Even on snowy Sundays, you could be faithfully giving to ministry if you click on the “Giving” button and enter your information for regular online giving.

THIS WEEK
March 1 – Communion
March 1 – Spring quarter classes begin
March 3, 6:30am – Congregational prayer with the elders

THIS MONTH
March 8, 9:30am – Covenant Membership Class begins
Week of March 8 – Winter LIFE Group session ends
March 14, 8:30am-3:30pm – Church work day
March 15 – Covenant Membership Class 2
March 15 – Baby dedication
March 20-21 – Women’s Retreat
March 22 – Covenant Membership Class 3
Week of March 22 – Spring LIFE Group session begins
March 26, 7:00pm – Financial Peace Class begins
March 29 – Covenant Membership Class 4
March 29 – Palm Sunday

LOOKING AHEAD
April 3 – Good Friday Service
April 5 – Easter Sunday
April 7 – Congregational prayer with the elders
August 2-7 – Joni & Friends Camp (contact person David Watson, [email protected])

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Youth News – February 26, 2015

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Great to be back at it after a week off! We missed last week because of snow and thankfully this little storm waited until after Wednesday night. Also, I discovered that a bunch of you play Trivia Crack too. My handle is @richshipe if you want to take your best shot at me.

We started into the new series last night of Living on Mission. I’m really excited about and how God is working. Read on for more!

Teaching Review
Last night we started the new series called Living on Mission. We looked at three texts:

  • And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. – Acts 17:26-27a
  • For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14
  • The Good Samaritan story in Luke 10:25-37

So the basic message from those passages is realizing the divinely strategic importance of your neighbors and God’s command for you to love them. Your actual and literal neighbors. God “determined” who would live where and when. And why? “That they should seek God.”

Bottom line, start praying for the people that live next to you. Look for ways that you can love them. And keep praying for them!

We also made maps of our neighborhoods so we can have a way to remind ourselves of these things. If you’d like a map you can download one here.

Teaching Preview
We are going to keep reminding about loving our neighbors each week. We are also going to be going through a series of apologetics questions that Chrissy Schneider is going to teach. More on that next time. This coming Wednesday is First Wednesday.

Bible Reading Group
Just a reminder that we’d love to have you participate in the Bible reading group. If you are way behind or just starting that is ok, just pick things up where we are now. Join us in the Bible reading group on The City so we can encourage and keep one another accountable. In this group we can post questions and insights and just keep each other on track. Should be great! You can download a pdf of the plan here. There is still time to start! There are days built in to the plan for catch up so if you want to do this you can!

Joni and Friends
Mark your calendar for August 2-7. David Watson is going to lead another group this summer. I highly recommend it for older students or families with older kids together! We have a group on The City that can be found here.

LOOKING AHEAD
March 1 – Joni and Friends meeting after church
March 4 – First Wednesday
June TBD – Senior Sendoff
Aug 2-7 – Joni and Friends

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Services canceled February 22, 2015

Posted on 02/21/2015 by Rich Shipe

Both services and Awana are canceled today because of the snow. Here is a devotional from Jack for you and your family:

While worshiping together as a body is vitally important for us all, it is days like today when it is just too hazardous to attempt to do so.

So, today I am linking you to a sermon that you can listen to as a family.  You can find it…

HERE

Attached are two guides—and you can choose the one most appropriate for your family today after listening.

-One is for those who have small children.

-The other is one for families with older children, but it is also the one thatLIFE groups will cover this week.  I am praying that our LIFE group time will be enriched as we discuss what we have not only listened to online, but we have also discussed as a family.

AND A SPECIAL NOTE FOR THOSE LEADING HOME DEVOTIONS TODAY:

Don’t think that it has to be perfect, deep, or that it must go according to your plan.  Sometimes when you feel God is moving you to make a deep point, the Holy Spirit is moving that child to wiggle!!  Realize that this doesn’t have to be the perfect devotion/lecture.  Go easy, pray for God’s guidance, and allow it to be enjoyable.  God is exalted by your faithfulness!

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Women’s Retreat 2015 – Because He Loves Me

Posted on 02/19/2015 by Debbie Stevenson

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Come join us for a fun-filled weekend as we allow the love of Christ to freshly fill our hearts and transform our lives. Through video, we will hear from Elyse Fitzpatrick, counselor, speaker and author of 21 books on Christian living. She will be speaking from her book, Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life.”

Learn from women in our own body through testimonies and in-depth group break-out sessions. We will enjoy fun and fellowship, laugh our heads off, shed a few tears, eat, make new friends, and enjoy old friends.

The fun starts on Friday at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and continues on Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. The $35.00 registration includes dessert on Friday, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

It’s a weekend you won’t want to miss!

Registrations and payments will be accepted at the foyer registration table on March 8 or March 15; or you may mail a check, made payable to BRBC, to 770 South 20th Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. All payments must be received by March 15.

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Ridge Notes for February 19, 2015

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GREAT NEEDS: In order for the children’s classes to be fully staffed on March 1st when the new quarter starts, Regina Gossage ([email protected]) needs to hear from volunteers immediately. The needs are listed below. Please prayerfully consider where the Lord may be calling you to serve our children.

Children’s Classes at 9:30
2s/3s – Need adult leader/teacher

Children’s Classes at 11:00
Nursery – two adults and one youth helper on rotation schedule
2s/3s – two adults and one youth helper on rotation schedule
4 & 5 year old – adult or youth helper
4th, 5th, 6th Grades – adult teacher AND adult or youth helper

Spring Quarter Classes & Teacher Needs
A new class called “Love for the Lost” for adults and youth will be taught by Bill Parker at 9:30 a.m. See the bulletin flyer for full details on the class and the needs in children’s classes.

Baptism
If you or someone in your family is interested in being baptized or finding out about baptism, please contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]). Parents, we now have a helpful book on baptism that you and your elementary age children can read together.

Next Baby Dedication
Sunday, March 15 is our next opportunity for baby dedication. If you would like to participate or want more information, please contact Debbie Stevenson ([email protected]) by March 8.

Financial Peace Returns
Sign up for this highly effective class to learn God’s ways of handling money, using curriculum by financial expert Dave Ramsey. Register with Rich Shipe ([email protected]). Cost is $93 per couple, which includes many helpful money-management tools to use at home. The class will start with the spring LIFE Group session which is the week of March 22.

2015 Women’s Retreat
Ladies, our 2015 retreat is almost here. It will be held here at BRBC on Friday, March 20, from 6:30 to 9:00pm, and continue on Saturday, March 21 from 9am to 4:30pm. Our speaker (by DVD) will be nationally known author Elyse Fitzpatrick, taking us through a study called “Because He Loves Me”. We will also have small group discussion, wonderful worship, great food, and lots of fellowship. You may now register at www.brbible.org. There will be a foyer table on March 8 and 15 to register and pay.

Do you avoids conflict all costs? Or is creating conflict more interesting to you? From Nehemiah 5, Pastor Jack revealed how to handle the conflict that will come but can strengthen relationships. Download “Conflict: God’s Tool or Satan’s Weapon” 

GIVING REPORT
Weekly giving needed for FY2015 budget – $18,573.00
Total giving to budget on 2/15/15 – $14,441.25

THIS WEEK
February 22 – Communion

NEXT MONTH
March 1 – Spring quarter classes begin
March 3, 6:30am – Congregational prayer with the elders
Week of March 8 – Winter LIFE Group session ends
March 14, 8:30am-3:30pm – Church work day
March 15 – Baby dedication
March 20-21 – Women’s Retreat
Week of March 22 – Spring LIFE Group session begins
March 29 – Palm Sunday

LOOKING AHEAD
April 5 – Easter Sunday
April 7 – Congregational prayer with the elders

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Youth Group Canceled – Feb. 18, 2015

Posted on 02/18/2015 by Blue Ridge

It does not look like a good night for students (or anyone) to be out tonight. Snow will be falling in the early evening and could include squalls again. Also combine the cold temps and likely black ice and it isn’t safe to drive tonight.

Sorry everyone, I look forward to kicking off our new Living on Mission series next week!

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Conflict: God’s Tool or Satan’s Weapon

Posted on 02/15/2015 by Media Admin

February 15, 2015

Jack Gill

Nehemiah 5

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Youth News – February 14, 2015 – DNow, New Teaching Series…

Posted on 02/14/2015 by Blue Ridge

Right now we are enjoying the Middle School DNow! We have 16 students in 7th and 8th grades participating this year which is six more than last year. So far it has been great, as usual. We have two host homes for girls and one for boys. If you have a student involved be sure and find out who their host was and give them a big thanks!

Teaching Review
Last Wednesday we finished the four-part video series called Reckless Abandon. It is about living sold-out for Christ. This past week was about being an evangelist and spreading the good news. We looked more closely at a couple of passages in 2 Corinthians. In 5:14-20 it was about the love of Christ being our motivator and driver toward our ministry of reconciliation. That idea of “ministry of reconciliation” is incredible because it describes our role of leading people back to God through his Gospel.

And then 2 Corinthians 4:1-10 also had a number of great ideas on our mission. First in terms of how we live our life and how it supports or undermines the message of the Gospel. How we respond to sin against us is a powerful opportunity to show Jesus. And then secondly how our less than perfect lives (“jars of clay”) actually help to proclaim the Gospel as well.

Teaching Preview
Going forward we are about to start a new series on Living on Mission. Back in the fall I did an anonymous survey of the students and asked them what they would like to study and learn more about. Overwhelmingly the vast majority were interested in evangelism or evangelism related issues like apologetics and serving/loving the community.

On the apologetics side of things we have a special treat in that Chrissy Schneider is going to help present four lessons on apologetics questions. She is nearing the end of a one year fellowship with the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview called the Centurion Program. Those sessions will look deeper at some of the big questions of apologetics. Everybody wrestles with questions about the faith and we’ll be working hard to make it very practical. This part of the study will be not only helpful to our own walks with God but also in helping others. I’m really looking forward to it!

More specifics will come out before each week under the teaching preview of Youth News. Next week I’ll kick it off with a look at “who is my neighbor?” and the heart of the evangelist. Spoiler alert! It is love!

Bible Reading Group
Just a reminder that we’d love to have you participate in the Bible reading group. If you are way behind or just starting that is ok, just pick things up where we are now. Join us in the Bible reading group on The City so we can encourage and keep one another accountable. In this group we can post questions and insights and just keep each other on track. Should be great! You can download a pdf of the plan here. There is still time to start! There are days built in to the plan for catch up so if you want to do this you can!

Joni and Friends
Mark your calendar for August 2-7. David Watson is going to lead another group this summer. I highly recommend it for older students or families with older kids together! We have a group on The City that can be found here where you can connect with others that are going. But David Watson is the go to guy for complete details!

LOOKING AHEAD
February 18 – Start of Life on Mission series
March 4 – First Wednesday
June TBD – Senior Sendoff
Aug 2-7 – Joni and Friends

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