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Gospel Fluency Ch 10-15 Due Sept. 23

Ch. 10

 Where do you need to hear Christ’s Truth in your life?

Living in “gospel immersion” is not a passive lifestyle. It takes action. Have you developed a lifestyle that has surrounded you with gospel fluent people or those trying to become fluent? (family, friends, etc.) If not what is one step you can take?

Ch 11

When things are tough at your job, home, or other areas of life do you see Jesus as “the better?” Why or why not?

When you read the Bible do read it in light of what Jesus has done? Do you think that is important?

Take the 4 questions on page 144 and practice applying them to a difficult situation you would normally be frustrated by. What stands out?

 

Ch. 12

Who is the hero of your story?

  1. When we think about our story we can get defensive about the things we believe we’ve earned. Our time, money, homes, jobs etc. Does this self-preservation worldview put Christ as our hero? Why or why not?

What do you think changes in us if Christ is the hero of our story?

Think of your story in light of his example of Creation, Fall, Redemption, New Creation. Is that helpful?

Ch. 13

Would you consider yourself a better listener or a better talker?

Do you have a desire in your heart to share Christ with other? Can we effectively disciple without that?

Ch. 14

This chapter talks about showing our faith to the world, and holiness is a big part of that.  Holiness means to be set apart. How can this help us evangelize? Are there any areas of you life where you struggle to desire holiness?

Often, youth ministry is seen as a means of behavior modification, or just getting students to be nice people who do good things. How do you point to Christ for our students instead of simply to being nice? OR How can you be pointing to Christ for our students instead of simply to being nice?

 

Ch. 15

Jeff asks a young man a simple question. Do you love your neighbors?

How will loving your neighbors, your coworkers, your boss, your friends, your enemies, your family, and those different from you effect your as a leader in student ministry?

 

Final Thoughts

What is your biggest take away from this book as a leader and as an individual?


SeptemberFest

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9 is our annual SeptemberFest! We are taking things outdoors for an all-church picnic, complete with music, games, activities, prizes, and delicious food. Each of the ministries will have information and signups available, so it’s a great time to see what programs and events are coming up at RRC, as well as ways you can get involved. More information will be posted in the coming weeks.


NKC Toilet Paper Drive

August 2018

RRC is collecting toilet paper during the month of August for North Kent Connect. It is one of the items they are in need of right now. Please bring donations to the church lobby – we have a large wooden crate you can place them in. Thank you for helping your neighbors in need!


Haiti Mission Trip

Donations due Sunday, June 10, 2018

We are in a time of prayer and preparation as we get ready to send another team to Haiti. In addition to prayer, we are also asking for some donations. Below is a list of items that will be utilized in Haiti while the team does teacher training, provides Bible studies, holds Vacation Bible Schools, and walks alongside our Haitian neighbors.
 
Monetary Donations are tax-deductible. We are anticipating about $1000 in baggage fees in addition to the costs of our in-country projects (Bible Studies, Day Camps, Teacher Bed Deliveries, etc.). Checks can be made out to RRC Missions Team.
 
We just received a call from Haiti about starting up a Sunday School program at a church in Port-au-Prince. The church currently has 80-100 children attending each Sunday and has hired a Director of Children’s Ministries, BUT they need our help. They are lacking the curriculum, furniture, and resources necessary to help this program, J.A.M. (Jesus and Me, or in Creole, Jezi Ak Mwen), thrive. Our team will be responsible for training the volunteers for this program AND for making the children’s space a place where they can experience the love of Jesus each and every Sunday. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help with this effort, please consider doing so! Checks can be made out to RRC Missions and are tax-deductible. Thanks! Mesi Anpil!
 
Supplies needed for Haiti:
Powdered Gatorade Mix
Peanut Butter
Jelly/Jam
Kids/Baby Shampoo
Soap/Body Wash
Kids/Baby Lotion
Vaseline
Baby Powder
Coconut Oil (for hair)
Cans of Cooked/Diced Chicken
Cans of Tuna
Dry Milk
Brownie Mix
Cake Mix
Cake Frosting
Pancake Mix
Pancake Syrup
Pizza Mix
Pepperoni
Toddler Snacks
Kids Snacks
Toilet Paper
Wet Wipes for Babies
 
Thanks RRC for your continued support of our partnership with the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. To learn more about the organization we work alongside, go to haitipoverty.org.


After-Service Socials

June 10 – August 26, 2018

After-Service Socials will begin on Sunday, June 10.  Join us in the gym after each service this summer for an opportunity to connect with people in a relaxed atmosphere. Don’t miss this chance to meet, greet, and eat! Snacks may be simple, such as cookies and milk, but each week is a surprise! If your family, small group, or ministry is willing to host a week, please let Laura Jolliffe know.
 

Hosts

  • June 10 – Staff
  • June 17 – Triezenberg / Vergouwe
  • June 24 – Staff
  • July 1 – Tuesday Women’s Bible Study
  • July 8 – Hospitality
  • July 15 – Missions
  • July 22 – Deacons
  • July 29 – Tuesday Men’s Prayer Group
  • August 5 – Adult Ministries
  • August 12 – Elders
  • August 19 – Bennett Small Group
  • August 26 – Kids Hope
  • September 2 – Labor Day Ladies


Fireworks

Saturday, June 9, 2018

You are invited to enjoy the Start of Summer Celebration fireworks from the hill at Rockford Reformed Church. Starting at 8pm, come enjoy free popcorn, refreshments, and children’s activities. Please bring a chair or a blanket, your family and friends, and enjoy the beauty of the fireworks from the top of the hill at Rockford Reformed Church. Hope to see you there! The fireworks will be high in the sky this year!


Discovery Class

Next class: dates announced soon

If you are thinking about membership with Rockford Reformed Church, or if you just want to learn more about us, this class is for you! Attending class in no way obligates you to join. We will explain the basic beliefs and background of the Reformed Church in America and answer any questions regarding our worship, ministry, or doctrine. Childcare available if needed. Registration required. Please contact the office (connect@rockfordrc.org, 616-866-2308) if you would like to participate.


Table Talks

Beginning June 10, Pastor Tim will meet with one care group at a time after the worship service to share a bit of what we are up to during the transition and for you to ask questions. If you are away on the day assigned to your care group, you are welcome to join us on another day. Schedule will be posted as we finalize the dates. Meet in the Fireside Room (253).
 
 
June 10 – Care Group 1
June 17 – Care Group 3
June 24 – Care Group 6
July 8 – Care Group 5


Shipshewana

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 • 7:30am – 8:00pm

We are planning a Ladies’ Day Out with a trip to Shipshewana, Indiana. We will meet at church at 7:30am to carpool (or possibly take the church van). Bring a sack lunch, or lunch can be purchased at the flea market. We will have dinner out on the way home. Cost is $10 per person to help cover gas and parking. Please contact Deb Coon with any questions (616-204-3860).
 
 


Lifewalk

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Morley Park, Cedar Springs (map)

  • 5K LifeRun (8:30am, registration at 7:30)
  • Kids’ FunRun (9:15am, ages 5-11)
  • LifeWalk (10:00am, registration at 9:00)
  • LifeCrawl (11:30am, parents and infants)
  • LifeRide (7:30am, registration at 7:00)
Come out and support the Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs by participating in the 23rd annual LifeWalk / 5K LifeRun through the heart of Cedar Springs. Great for the whole family as well as friends, kids, youth, serving, small, and church groups! Participants are encouraged to collect a minimum of $50 in pledges in lieu of the registration fee. Visit Alpha’s Event Page for all the details, or call 616-696-2616.