February 14, 2019
Dear Church Family & Friends,
Our third and perhaps Final Family Decision Making Meeting will be THIS Sunday, February 17th from 12 noon to 1:45pm following the morning Service. Childcare will be provided! Please bring a bag lunch. We have some very important decisions to make at that meeting! Please continue to pray and show up for your church family. These corporate discernment meetings are setting a direction for the future of RCC. God has been giving us corporate vision and unified direction at these meetings. The directions that we discern at these meetings will be applicable to everyone so it is important that all members at RCC be involved in this decision making process. It will take the participation of all members to be the Body of Christ; a life-giving revelation of the church of Jesus in Crozet.
I have been reading Francis Chan’s “Letters to the Church” book, and truthfully it has very convicting. I believe that at this time in history, God is calling us to “do church” according to biblical principles and example. I have had the privilege of being a part of some amazing churches. All of my life I have experienced “church” as a life-giving influence in my life! However, as I read Francis Chan’s book and the Word of God, I realize that God has so much more for us! I believe that God has wonderful and miraculous plans for us (if we are able to walk biblically) in the days to come!
I believe that God is refining and leading RCC with vision to becoming a full expression of the church of Jesus Christ! He is calling us to exchange a lifestyle of “going to church” for a radical lifestyle of surrender, mutual ministry and power! I am realizing that it may not be possible have one without the other! Our RCC church family is such blessing! We truly love one another and we have been open to the things of God and now that path is bringing us to into walking sacrificially in service and caring for one another! I believe that we have not even scratched the surface of what God plans to do among us if we are able to make this transition!
This Sunday our focus on the Word time will be based on the fourth chapter of Chan’s book called “Servants.” This chapter and the next are by far the most powerful (and convicting.) Far beyond “being a good church,” Jesus is calling us to sacrificially live out His very own example of love, service and sacrifice:
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:3-8)
In the days to come God is calling each one of us to live a life of miracles. The biggest miracle however, will be dying to self (not living to serve my own needs) to live powerfully unto Him (in sacrificial love and service to God and others.) We will discover the biblical basis for this direction on Sunday. Please read chapter 2 of “Letters to the Church” in preparation.
This Sunday we will be meeting in a new way to worship, pray and seek the Lord together. Please come with expectancy to participate in worship, waiting on God and sharing the Word together. Each time that we gather is also an opportunity for each one of us to operate in the gifts and calling of God. Please come prepared to lead in prayer, share about what you are hearing God say. Also be prepared to pray for others. God has given each one of us (as members in the Body of Christ) a unique ministry one for another! Because we believe this, we must be prepared to use these gifts to build up one another.
Please remember to bring a bag lunch on Sunday. Our decision meeting following the service will be a “working session.”
See you on Sunday,
Pastor Jon Quesenberry