Author Archive for Jon Quesenberry

Spiritual Climate Change & Pray for Joanne Histand!

December 7, 2018

Dear RCC friends and family,

We postponed our Prayer and Lords Supper meeting this week due to the sickness. Let’s plan to have communion, and some sharing of discernment from the 3-day fast this Sunday. I postponed the prayer and Lord’s Supper meeting this week due to five messages that people would not be in attendance due to sickness. I also received 3 messages from families who said that they had decided not to come. I am not sure how to interpret the decisions to not attend. Given the importance of this meeting, I decided to postpone it so that all can heal and give priority to coming. As I shared on Sunday. RCC is in crisis. Our future together rests in a commitment to operate in radical obedience to Jesus to press in and seek His face together.  This Prayer and Lord’s Supper meeting will be a pivotal event in the life and future of our church.

Joanne Histand has been hospitalized in the ICU at Rockingham Hospital in Harrisonburg VA. Merrill took her in to the Emergency Room on Thursday morning. She had a very very difficult time breathing. They discovered that she has pneumonia in one lung and they are treating her with IV antibiotics. She is also on oxygen and some other medicines to help her breathe . Please be in prayer for Joanne. She is getting better. They are hoping to get her off oxygen today so that she can go to a regular hospital bed. Please be in prayer for supernatural healing and for Merrill and the family.

The world around us has changed. We are in the midst of one the greatest times of spiritual climate change in history. Hunger for spiritual things is at an all time high! But most people are not interested in going to church (according to Barna: “State of the Church and Family Report 2016.”) Going to church to sing, meet with friends and talk about God isn’t attractive to most people. They would rather listen to podcasts online and catch up with friends by facebook, text, email or phone. Most people however ARE (including most of us) intensely interested in a real encounter with God!

The good news, even though church attendance is waning people are more and more interested in being a part of a committed spiritual community. People report that they want to be actively engaged in a real spiritual endeavor. They want to hear God’s voice and operate in loving partnership with God to live powerful and effective lives. Our main goal at RCC is to live this way. Our goal is no to have a good Sunday service. We want to be a community of believers who are radically pursuing God in unity and operating in true love toward one another to reveal Jesus to the world.

Living in a spiritual community is a lot more than showing up at church. When the body gathers for worship and prayer, this is the main event. Worship and prayer events are first commandment events. Jesus said that our FIRST GOAL above all others is to be active in our love for God. Loving God with ALL of our heart (our passions) ALL of our soul (our creativity) ALL of our mind (our thinking) and ALL of our strength (our activity) as believers is our ONE life pursuit. In this life pursuit we discover that God endues us (clothes us) with power. We become a society of people committed to living in love and partnership with God. This type of community require setting aside other personally valuable things. We must learn to pursue the “One Thing”(Psalm 27:4) over all others. The “One thing” is the presence of God that we seek as we listen to God and respond to what He says as a corporate expression. Remember Acts 2 “they were all in one accord in one place..?” In times of trouble we read that the people of God do one thing: “The LORD says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.” Joel 2:12. This is not a half-hearted enterprise. Seeking God involves incredible sacrifice: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. “Jer 29:13

Did you know that the promise of the presence of God is activated by meeting together: “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Mat 18:20) As individuals we cannot know what our purpose truly is until we are joined together and functioning in unisty because God has fit us together so that we function as a body: “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12) The Bible also says that the blessing of life is released when we come together in unity: “How good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! For there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1,4 ) The church was birthed and empowered first (and in all times in hisorty) when believers gathered to seek God in prayer and waiting upon Him!! (Acts 2)

We want to continue to grow in this new covenant reality! People everywhere are looking for real Christian fellowship. The church of Jesus are those who lay aside self-love to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and truly love one another. This is what we want to keep focusing on! It seems like being the true church would be a lot of work, but it’s not really when our hearts are aligned with God’s heart. We freely give all of our energy to things that we are passionate about. Being the church involves the continual shifting of our affections from ourselves to God first and then to loving and serving others. As we truly love others using the gifts and calling that God has given us we discover true meaning. Everyone around us sees the love and power of God and they are drawn to God just by being with us. This is our vision of being the church!

As the beloved people of God we want to operate in wisdom like “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what {the people of God} ought to do..” (1 Chron 12:32) God gives wisdom about how to respond in the times that we live! This Sunday we want to prayerfully discover how God is forming us to impact the world and how to live as the Body of Christ under the Lordship of Jesus.

Blessings, See you Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Communion & Footwashing Tomorrow – Thursday @ 6:30pm

Dear RCC Family & Friends,

Today is the last day of our three day fast! Tomorrow night (Thursday at 6:30pm) is our Communion and Footwashing. I am excited about what God will do as we seek Him in brokenness. God uses fasting to change history. The call to fast in found in Joel 2…

“Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” 13  So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. 16  Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders… (Joel 2:12-13,16)

Coming humbly before the Lord in prayer comes with a promise: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) 

Tomorrow we will gather at the church at 6:30pm for a time of prayer, communion and then foot washing. Our plan is to gather in a circle for a time of prayer and waiting on the Lord. Following this prayer time we will plan to take communion together and then wash one another’s feet. Please plan to come! I know that footwashing may not be comfortable for some who have never done it. I would encourage you to simply come and participate in humbleness with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Now truly is the time for humble expressions of love one for another. These gatherings for mutual prayer, communion and serving one another in foot washing are very biblical.

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14-15) 

Footwashing was practiced by the early church for hundreds of years. We also received a discernment from the Lord to do this at our last prayer meeting. I believe that this event will be a transforming one for our congregation. I hope that everyone will be able to come.

Blessings as you fast today and we will look forward to good fellowship in prayer, communion and true fellowship tomorrow night (Thursday)at 6:30 pm.

Blessings,

Jon Quesenberry

Fellowship Meal This Sunday, 3 Days of Fasting & Lord’s Supper Meeting on Thursday

November 29, 2018

Dear RCC Family & Friends,

This Sunday we will have our monthly Fellowship Meal following the service. We will not be having communion on Sunday. We will have communion at the Prayer & Lord’s Supper Meeting on Thursday evening. On Sunday morning, please bring a dish of food (or two) to share with others! Please invite your friends and neighbors to come to church with you and join with us on Sunday for our fellowship meal.

Caleb Albertson reached 90% mission trip fundraising goal – but he still needs the remainder by this coming Monday! If you would like to give but haven’t done so, there is still time! Please go online -to this link- to give: https://give.omusa.org/om/albertsoncaleb .

We had a short family meeting last Sunday at the end of the service. Highlights from the meeting are as follows: Unfortunately, we continue to operate at deficit with relationship to our budget. Arlin and I gave financial updates: Our weekly financial support from tithing has increased but it has not yet increased to meet budget. (For specific printed information please see Arlin Martin.) I also shared that we would not begin a decision making process about “next steps” for RCC until January 2019. To be clear, I feel that it is not wise to enter into a decision making process about the future of RCC during the Christmas season. Finally, I did share three “general options” for the future – each is entirely dependent on the participation of members between now and the end of the year. If you would like a summary of these three options you can email me a request personally at: jon@rccrozet.org. (-or hit reply to this newsletter and make a request.)

Our 3 day fast begins tomorrow, Monday, Dec 3- Wednesday Dec. 5th! This Thursday (Dec. 6th @ 6:30pm) we will will meet for Prayer, The Lord’s Supper and on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm. Please plan now to seek God regarding how you should fast for these three days. This fast is for spiritual breakthrough – for RCC and each one personally. You may want to fast good completely or drink only juice for three days or perhaps skip one meal each day. Please seek the Lord about what He would lead you to fast. At the Thursday evening meeting we will gather to give our attention to prayer and then we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and then serve one another by washing one another’s feet. I am very excited about what God is going to do among us at this meeting! We are washing feet in obedience to what the Lord revealed during our last fast & prayer meeting. We know that as we walk in obedience to Jesus that God will guide and empower us. This is the pattern of Scripture for all who listen and obey the Lord.

Our Annual Christmas Program and Party will be on Thursday, December 20th at 6:30 pm. Please mark your calendars now. Our children will be presenting a short program followed by good fellowship, good food and fun together.

Thanks for your prayers! Carol and I are feeling much better! On Monday morning we both went to the doctors office. It turns out that Carol has pneumonia and I have bronchitis and a sinus infection. I admit that being sick in bed (or couch) has been very difficult! Thanks again for your prayers! So many people have reached out to us to encourage us and let us know that we are loved. I especially want to thank Arlin & Janet and Jean Marie for the food. Today is the first day that Carol and I have been able to do a full day’s work. Both of us are on a strong antibiotic plus additional traditional and non-traditional interventions.

I want to take this opportunity to say that all healing comes from God! Carol and I  acknowledge that God is our Healer and we praise Him alone for healing us! As a pastor and registered nurse, I want to go on record to say that humans have no power whatsoever to heal. God is the one source for healing. The various strategies and interventions for healing that we have available to us -I believe- have been provided to us from God – as much as prayer alone. There is no advantage to avoiding medical intervention when it is needed. Healing requires the participation in the intervention of God. This partnership with God occurs in prayer but also in partnership with doctors, nurses, therapists and nutritionists to heal. There is a tendency to think that God gets the praise when only prayer is involved. Not true! All healing is divine! It all comes from the loving hand of God! He gets all the praise!

See you Sunday,

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

About last Sunday – Matt Shares, Family Meeting This Sunday

November 23, 2018

Dear RCC family & friends,

Wow! Last Sunday was amazing! Seventy people gathered at RCC to passionately worship God and then to respond to the message that Dr. Jen Miskov shared with us! Jen shared with us an anointed message about revival and then invited us to step out of our comfort zones in response to Him. It is so amazing how the presence of God uses us to do miraculous things when we walk in radical obedience to Him. This is New Testament Christianity. The apostles were able to change the world by humbly walking in the miraculous power of God.

I felt as though there was a real breakthrough in the Spirit on Sunday. God was/is calling us to partner with Him, to engage in supernatural ministry. Our commission from Jesus has been: “Heal the sick, cleanse the unclean, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matt 10:8) This is what we intend to do!

This Sunday, Matt Anderson will be sharing from his amazing mission trip to Cuba. Matt and I met this week and I excited about what he is planning to share! God really moved in Cuba when Matt was there! Prepare your hearts to hear a transforming testimony and to respond!

On Sunday we will meet for 30 minutes at the conclusion of the service for a family meeting. Please make every effort to be present. Six Sundays remain between now and then new year. There are some challenges before us as a congregation. But I believe that God may be working among us to bring us into a new and vital season in the life of our church. I believe that God is creating a situation that will allow us to enter into a powerful transformation as His Body, the fullness of His being on the earth! It is important, however to realize that the challenges before us are real and that we respond to God in obedience. We will look at these issues together as a church family and prayerfully discover His will for us!

Our 3 day fast begins NEXT WEEK, Monday, Dec 3- Wednesday Dec. 5th! Then we will have a prayer meeting and Lord’s Supper on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm. Please plan now to seek God by means of fasting for these three days. You may want to skip one meal each day or drink only juice for three days. Please seek the Lord about what you should fast. At the Thursday meeting we will gather to give our attention to prayer and then we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and then serve one another by washing one another’s feet. As we were meeting during the last prayer meeting we discerned that this is what we felt that God was calling us to do. We want to make this event child-friendly. We know that as we walk in obedience to Jesus that God will guide us in all our ways. This is the pattern of Scripture.

Our Annual Christmas Program and Party will be on Thursday, December 20th at 6:30 pm.Please mark your calendars now. Our children will be presenting a short program followed by a time of good food and fun together.

There will be a Holy Clubs Equipping Meeting with Benjamin Atkinson this coming Monday night at 7pm at C-HOP (115 10th St. N.W. Charlottesville.) Benjamin Atkinson was a weekend conference speaker at RCC about 9 years ago. Benjamin is the author of Holy Clubs. Holy Clubs are a wonderful discipleship strategy! It is such a simple and powerful strategy to reach out to encourage and disciple other in your family, church or neighborhood. This is so appropriate for us now at this point in our history. I hope that you can come! I believe that God is equipping all of us to make disciples in accordance with the command of scripture in Matt. 28:18.

See you on Sunday!

Jon Quesenberrry

CHANGE IN PLANS: Nationally known author Jen Miskov to speak at RCC This Sunday!

November 15, 2018

Dear RCC church family and friends,

BIG CHANGE IN PLANS FOR SUNDAY! Nationally known author and revival speaker Jen Miskov from Bethel Califormia will be speaking at our worship service this Sunday at RCC. The Dwelling Place fellowship will be joining with us as well as members from the C-HOP community. Worship team members from the Dwelling Place will be joining with our worship team to lead worship for this event. I am so excited that we have this unique opportunity to host this unified gathering for revival! Dr. Miskov’s testimony and proclamation are powerful! I know that this will be an amazing event!!

Dr. Jennifer Miskov, is Founding Director of Destiny House in Redding, Ca. Author of Walking on Water and Writing in the Glory with Heidi Baker and co-author of Defining Moments with Bill Johnson. In her books Jen inspires people to live out of the passion of their hearts to birth the message that God has placed within. She has a particular interest in helping people write and release the power of their testimony. Jen teaches revival history classes at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding Ca., as well as facilitates Writing in the Glory Workshops across the nation. She speaks, teaches and writes about revival, intimacy with Jesus, and keeping hearts alive in the fire of God’s love. She received her Ph.D. in Revival History from the University of Birmingham, U.K.

I was approached this morning by Joan Hutter and given the opportunity to host Dr. Jen Miskov on Sunday morning. Jen was one of the speakers at the Women Abide conference in Charlottesville last weekend. Since she was available to minister on Sunday morning I immediately sensed that we as a church family should take advantage of this amazing opportunity to host her. I am sending out a promo to all C-HOP constituents as well. I feel sure that even with only a short notice that many others will be joining with us to worship this Sunday.

Caleb will still be sharing his amazing OM video this Sunday. Please do not miss this amazing and creative presentation. God surely has gifted Caleb! We are excited that God has called Caleb with all of his talents to serve on the mission field. Caleb will be giving the whole group his contact for support him during his 2 years in service to Jesus with OM!

Let’s plan to postpone our Church family meeting until next Sunday. Please be in prayer for this meeting. Pray that God will continue to have His perfect way with us as a congregation.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Family Meeting this Sunday, Days for Fasting & Prayer and Christmas Party date

November 14, 2018

Dear Church Family & Friends,

This Sunday will be an important Sunday in the life or our congregation. Please make every effort to be present. Seven Sundays remain between now and then new year and there are some important discernments that we will need to make as a congregation. As I mentioned last week, we continue to experience decreased attendance and inadequate tithing. The truth is that we cannot continue to exist as we do now without an increase in participation and tithing. But contrary to these negatives I am expectant and hopeful. I believe that God is working among us to bring us into a new and vital season in the life of our church. I believe that God is creating a situation that will allow us to enter into a powerful transformation as His Body, the fullness of His being on the earth!

In the Bible we often see that a season of crisis usually precedes a season of power and blessing. In every biblical example a period of crisis is simply an opportunity for the people of God to step out of their comfort zones into the powerful purposes of God. What we may feel is a situation of  great danger, God is presenting as a situation of great opportunity. Please read all of the following information so that you can be prepared for our prayerful discussion on Sunday.

God has good plans for our future. I believe that God has allowed crisis to focus us on what He is doing on the earth. He is calling us, as a body of believers, to join Him in His work. He is calling us to experience a deeper and essential relationship with Him and to give our lives more fully to serving one another. God wants to raise up a life-giving expression of the body of Christ in Crozet and to reveal His glory and extend His kingdom on the earth. In this situation, He is calling each of us to take our place in this plan. The key right now is determining what God is saying to you. It is not time for discouragement or fear or apathy. Apathy, at this time, will surely be the end of our history together. Blaming and criticizing others will contribute to the problem. The best response right now is engagement in prayer, personal and corporate discernment and reaching out to love and serve other church family members in true fellowship! It is time to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting and then walk in obedience to what He is calling us to do. It’s time to pull together. No matter what we face, we must face it together, with confidence (faith) in God and in vital relationship (fellowship) with other family members in the Body of Christ. This is the biblical pattern for victory, power and purpose!

I would like to call for another 3 day fast. I would like to set apart Monday- Wednesday, December 3-5th as days for fasting and prayer. Then we will have a prayer meeting and Lord’s Supper on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm. God uses fasting to change our hearts and situation. At this meeting we will gather to give our attention to prayer and discernment. Then we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and serve one another by washing one another’s feet. This is a tradition that we used to celebrate once each year. It seems that God is calling us to re-institute this practice. We are planning to do this because this is what we discerned that God was calling us to do at our last prayer meeting. We want to make this event child-friendly. We are expectant that walking in obedience to Jesus this will bring about a breakthrough in the Spirit. This is the pattern of Scripture.

Please continue to pray for safety and anointing for Matt Anderson this week as he is in Cuba! Matt will be returning Saturday evening from 10 days of ministry there. Since there is no cell service and very limited access at all Danielle tells me that even she has not heard from him. I know that all of us are expectant to hear the testimony and the stories from from his time in ministry there!

Caleb will be sharing his OM video this Sunday. Please do not miss this amazing and creative presentation. God surely has gifted Caleb! We are excited that God has called Caleb with all of his talents to serve on the mission field. Caleb will be giving us the contact for how we can support him during his 2 years in service to Jesus with OM!

This Sunday we will continue to give our primary attention to worship and encountering God as we gather in His presence. We will continue to keep our focus on Sunday mornings. We gather to encounter, interact and minister to the Presence of God. This is the primary reason for our meeting together. He is worthy and since we are a kingdom of priests (Rev. 5:10) we have gathered to do our priestly duties of ministering to the Lord in worship and prayer.

We also will continue with our Focus on the Word – Discipleship Series. Last Sunday was a serious look at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. This week we will look at The Power of Discipleship. The first disciples turned the world upside down. The followers of the Way (as they were called) were much different than Christians today! The first church was a society of love and power. They lived in relationship with Jesus and regularly experienced signs, wonders and miracles. Historians describe what a force the early church was to those who experienced them! The first believers were a transformational society! Rather than meeting once a week for an hour the early church gathered informally in small groups on a daily basis. They didn’t gather for a program but rather to pursue being with Jesus and becoming like Jesus as well as loving and caring one another. They devoted themselves to the disciples teaching, non-optional fellowship and to ministering to God in worship and prayer. (Acts 2:42)

Society has changed alot in 2000 years but God is raising up a righteous remnant in this important time in history. All across the country and around the world God is calling true followers to walk together in vital purpose and power either with or without the benefit of a weekly Sunday morning church building. The weekly meetings of many of these groups of believers may last many hours. Our weekly meeting may not last this long, but we must maintain the goals of the New Covenant that Jesus gave us. We are committed to this!

Our Annual Christmas Program and Party will be on Thursday, December 20th at 6:30 pm. Please mark your calendars now. Our children will be presenting a short program followed by a time of good food and fun together.

 See you on Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Lord’s Supper, Special Speaker and RCC Crisis Update

November 9, 2018

Dear Church Family and Friends,

This Sunday we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. The Bible says that “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17  Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” (1 Cor 10:16-17) Receiving the Lord’s supper is “participation” in the blood and body of Christ. Communion is a unifying event. It means that -together as one body of believers- we identify with -and agree to participate in the sacrifice of Jesus. It means that like Him, we die to self and take on the life imparted by the cross. Paul states it this way: “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12  if we endure, we will also reign with him…” (2 Tim  2:11-12a) Please prepare to participate in communion this Sunday.

Jim Printz will be bringing the message this Sunday! Jim is sharing on “Trusting Jesus” from the story of the disciples in the storm found in Mark 4:35-41. I am looking forward to hearing Jim share! It is such a privilege to see God raising Jim up as a preacher/teacher in the Body of Christ!

Church Directories are available! Each family is welcome to take a church directory. The directory is a wonderful way to stay united and connected as a body of believers! I want to personally thank Jean Marie, Jean Schillinger and Joanne Histand for their work on compiling and publishing the directory. What a blessing this is for our church family!

Please pray for Matt Anderson as he is in Cuba! Matt left for Cuba this past Thursday and will be gone all next week serving in ministry there. Please pray for health and safety and the anointing of the Lord as Matt ministers along with Ted Harlow and other U.S. believers as they serve the evangelism and discipleship efforts in Cuba.

Tithing and attendance since October 1st indicates that there may not be enough support for RCC to continue after January 1, 2019.  As your pastor, it is essential that I clearly communicate the critical nature of our ongoing financial crisis. Please read the following information so that you can understand the crisis and so that you can pray, discern your participation and be present for our coporate meetings to pray, discern and discuss what is going on at the close of the service next Sunday.

In order to maintain use of the building, support a half-time pastor and grow as a congregation an average total of $1,900 in tithes must be received each week. There is good news, the weekly tithes and offerings received since October 1st has increased from below $800/week to $1,455/week. Unfortunately, this increase does not reach the $1900 goal needed to maintain and grow as a congregation. What does this mean for the future of RCC? Not reaching the weekly goal of $1900 means that we will need to discern on January 1st whether we need to close the doors of the church or operate in another space or without the support of a half-time pastor. Please be in prayer about all these things and what your part in participation is. I have confidence that this refining (death producing) situation we are in is an opportunity to truly become a presence-based community (a community that gathers to encounter and lives in radical obedience to the presence of God.) In order for us to experience victory in this refining process, each one of us will have to passionately seek God in prayer and passionately choose to serve one another. The important questions to ask are: “What is God saying to me about dying to self, picking up my cross and following Jesus?” and “How is God calling me to love, serve and minister to my fellow members in the body of Christ at RCC?” Radical and personal obedience to Jesus will allow our church family to operate in unity and enable God to move in powerful ways in our church family and community.

We will meet, pray, discern and discuss the future of our church family NEXT SUNDAY – Nov. 18th! Please plan to be in attendance.  We will plan to give ample time for information sharing, discernment and discussion on this important issue for the last 30-40 minutes of the service.

 See you on Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Fellowship Meal, Daylight Savings Time – This Sunday!

November 2, 2018

Dear Church Family & Friends,

Daylight savings time ends on Saturday at midnight! Please remember to turn you clock back 1 hour on Saturday before going to bed on Saturday. Thankfully this means that each one of us will have an extra hour this weekend! What will you do with your extra hour? I think that I will get an extra hour of sleep!

This Sunday we will have our monthly Lord’s Supper (communion) and Fellowship Meal! Please plan to come and stay following the service for some good food and great fellowship. I really want to encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity. This is a great opportunity to get to know members of the congregation that you may not know as well. Please bring a dish of food (or two) to share with others!

We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday. Paul teaches: 1Co 11:26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” The Greek word in 1 Cor. 11:26 for “proclaim” is literally “re-message.” This means that whenever we celebrate the Lord’s Supper we are revealing and making public the mystery and the power of the cross of Jesus! Something powerful happens when we do this. In order to understand this we must ask the question: What happened at the cross? At the cross Jesus obtained power over death (Heb. 2:14.) By the cross God gave all authority in heaven and earth to Him (Mat. 28:18!) How was this power and authority gained? By dying to self! By partaking of the bread and drinking of His cup we also agree to participate in the Kingdom as He did!

The Lord’s Supper is critical to understanding what it means to be followers of Jesus. Paul prays: “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11  and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:10) This is following Jesus! We not only symbolically participate with Jesus in communion but by it we proclaim that the power of God is not separate from dying to self. Paul sets it up so clearly when he says: “If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12  if we endure with Him, we will also reign with Him. If we disown Him, He will also disown us..” (2 Tim 2:11-12) By partaking of the bread (His broken body) and drinking the cup (His shed blood) we declare that we are partners with Him -in the revelation of His power and also in His pattern of dying to self. Please prepare your heart to receive the Lord’s Supper on Sunday morning.

Our harvest party was a success thanks to Jean Marie, Carol and Joanne A!! I understand that the kids of all ages that attended had a great time! There was good food, games and prizes! I was able to get in on the tail end of the event because of my work schedule. We will also be planning on having a Christmas Party in December. Please stay tuned for the date of this celebration event!

Our Church Directory is almost finished thanks to Jean Marie! I want to personally thank Jean Marie for selflessly serving as our church logistics expert for the past month. Jean Marie has been producing the bulletin and working on the directory as well as some other long overdue projects during the past month. What a blessing she has been for us as a church family!

Jim Printz will be bringing the message next Sunday! It is such a privilege to see God raising Jim up to serve in ministry. Please be praying for Jim as he prepares to share the Word with us next Sunday.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Discipleship: What does it mean to follow Jesus?

October 25, 2018

Dear Church Family & Friends,

I want to thank all those who fasted this week and those who attended the Prayer Meeting on Tuesday. It was an encouraging meeting. It was good to join with others for a time of prayer and agreement with God. We know that God is present whenever His people gather to seek His face. God is revealing His plans for us! There were several insights and discernment that came forth at the meeting that I want to share on Sunday. Overall, the Lord ministered His peace to those who gathered for prayer. He gave us assurance that He has the future of RCC in His hands.

This coming Sunday, we will meet to minister to God in worship. King David wrote, “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalm 100:2-4) Our authentic worship given to God is how we minister to Him. True worship is difficult. As American believers, the provision of the Lord for our sustenance, comfort and even for our leisure is over-abundant. Worshiping God in seasons of plenty is difficult. It is easy to overlook His abundance and feel as though we somehow deserve these blessings. Every Sunday we have the privilege to “reboot” our minds on this issue. As we acknowledge the Lord as provider our minds are changed so that we can see our true relationship to Him. God responds to this authentic worship. He is looking for worshipers who worship in spirit and truth. He tells us that He will “show up” for those who press in to know Him.

This coming Sunday we will start a new sermon series on following Jesus. The Bible calls this discipleship. Over the years, the word discipleship has taken on many meanings. The most common meaning that we ascribe to discipleship is evangelism. The Great commission (or last command of Jesus) in Matt. 28:19 is, “Go into all the world and make disciples…” This statement has often been interpreted as, “Go into all the world and make converts…” But a convert is not a disciple.

Jesus started His ministry by going around and selectively asking a few men to follow Him. He gave them this invitation: “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Basically, Jesus request to these men was was a call to come and walk with Him. It was an invitation to learn His ways and then become a person who is influential in drawing others. On the final day of Jesus ministry on the earth He commanded his followers to do just as he had been doing – to make disciples who would change the world. They were to reach out to others to bring them along with them to learn how to live as Jesus had taught them. The great commission starts with people who are following Jesus and living as Jesus did.

Following Jesus is a lifestyle. It is a daily and intimate pursuit. Jesus lived a life of intimacy with the Father and taught His disciples to seek God as a primary life calling. Discipleship is following God as Jesus did. In opposition to what we might think, this discipleship is not hard work but it does involve participation in activities that are not easy and and natural for us. It involves seeking God in ways that HE has chosen to be found. It is an exciting and life-changing spiritual pursuit of the living God. This is discipleship! More about this on Sunday!

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

All Church Prayer Meeting Tonight @ 7pm!

 

October 23, 2018

Dear Church Family,

Tonight we will gather as a church body to seek the Lord in prayer from 7pm – 8pm. All are invited to attend! Our aim is to seek God regarding His purposes for us as individuals and for the future of our RCC church family.

The Bible instructs us: “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” In obedience to the pattern of God’s people in the bible that is exactly what we plan to do. The insights and discernment that we receive in prayer during this time and over the next months will guide us as we move forward. It is important to come with the absence of agendas but instead with open hearts to hear what God will say to each one of us individually and corporately. I am looking forward to tonight because we are confident that when we earnestly call out to Him that he answers giving us discernment that we didn’t have before we prayed. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Our plan for the evening is to give some preparatory time to thanking the Lord for His goodness. Then we want to have a short period for personal and corporate examination and repentance. Following this time of prayerful preparation will be giving our attention to intercession and listening to the Lord as we wait upon Him.

See you tonight,

Pastor Jon Quesenberry