Small Groups, Fall Class and Sunday Sermon

Dear Church Family and Friends,

I heard that this past Sunday morning was great! I want to thank Bob, Arlin, Titus Keupfer and Jill Hatter for their leadership. Both Titus (the preacher) and Jill (the worship leader) expressed appreciation and stated that the fellowship was sweet and that the congregation was so receptive and encouraging. Here are a list of the Home Groups for RCC with contact numbers. Please take a look at the groups and prayerfully discern which group God is leading you to participate in. Please be praying about which home group you will plan to attend. I want to encourage everyone at RCC to check out a home group! If the day and time are not suitable for you but you want to attend a group, just contact the leader of the group and let them know. It may be possible to move the location and time to suit your schedule. Home Group 1: Daytimers Home Group Hosts: Arlin & Janet Martin (434-531-5968) When: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 1:30pm Where: Arlin & Janet Martin’s Home (or as arranged) Who: Men and Women NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 11th Home Group 2: Family Home Group Hosts: Jon & Carol Quesenberry (434-760-0009) When: Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday @ 7:00pm Where: Jon & Carol’s Home (or as decided by group) Who: Men & Women & children NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 18th Home Group 3: Women’s Home Group Host: Carol Quesenberry (434-760-0009) When: Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday@ 7:00pm Where: Jon & Carol’s home (May change location) Who: Women STARTS: Wednesday, September 12th Home Group 4: Men’s Home Group Host: Jon Quesenberry (434-760-2100) When: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 7:00pm Where: Jon & Carol’s Home (To start.. may change) Who: Men STARTS: Tuesday, September 11th In the days to come, home groups will become the backbone of our church life. Home groups are actually the future of the church. In fact, meeting in home groups was the FIRST structure of the church. “So they continued daily meeting together in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house…And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47) Of course the early church met in large groups too, but there is so much mutual care and encouragement that cannot happen in two hours on a Sunday morning! Home groups are a wealth of spiritual and emotional encouragement! Once you experience a good home group situation, you will truly always want to be a part of one. In a home group you can share your joys and concerns and receive real and compassionate friendship and ministry. The Bible instructs us in 32 separate¬† “one to another” verses to love and care for one another! Home group is the only way that this can happen! Home groups allow each member of the body of Christ to function in the fullness of their gifts and calling! Servants are needed. Service to others in the body of Christ is true leadership. Contrary to what the world teaches about leadership, leadership in the body of Christ is just simply serving others. Jesus described His leadership plan: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)¬† Jesus went on to commission each of us: “… let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” (Luke 22:26) Servant leaders are needed! We need home group leaders, a keyboard player on the worship team, a worship leader intern and finally a couple of children outreach leaders. In order for our congregation to grow, we will need to have a ministry core group to support those who come. Please be aware that ministry leadership is costly. In fact, obedience to even the smallest call of God is costly. Obedience to the call of God means saying “yes” to the impossible and then walking in power with Jesus. Be aware that living as Jesus did includes resistance from the enemy. Jesus experienced resistance from the enemy – right! He lived powerfully – but not easily! The call of God is not something that we can accomplish on our own strength. We also must be aware that the enemy will test that calling. Remember Jesus was obedient to be baptized and then God LED Him into the wilderness to be tested by the enemy? Remember that Moses was called to tell pharaoh “Let my people go!” and that God hardened pharoah’s heart causing the the elders of Israel pick up stones to kill Moses because they had to make brick without straw!! Obedience in the Kingdom of God comes at a cost. But there is no comparison to the power and purpose of allowing God to use you to change the world around you. This Sunday we are going to seek the face of God in worship and then we want to open the Word of God to discover the pattern of God regarding obedience. Obedience is the call of God for everyone. Jesus was absolutely clear about this, He said: “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” (John 14:24-25a) Obedience is not optional. It is the powerful next step after hearing the call of God. Obedience to God enables us to live powerfully. Obedience allows us to experience the fullness of Gods power and purpose! These are the purposes that we were created for. More on Sunday! The Deeper with God Course begins NEXT Thursday September 20th at 7pm. This class will be held at the Charlottesville House of Prayer at 115 10th St. N.W. This is the second class in the Hearing God’s Voice Series. Building on the first class we will continue our personal and passionate pursuit of God. Intimate communion with God leads to a powerful life and is basic to the New Covenant. With this as our premise, this class will focus on learning and practicing seven basic disciplines that have enabled believers throughout history to hear and see God clearly. This class will be 8 weeks long and will held in at the House of Prayer. Sign up on the entry table or click HERE to register. See you Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry