Serving Springboard

Have you thought about serving @ MBC Loudoun?  Don’t have time?  Don’t know your gifts? Don’t know where to start?  Here’s an idea…

Why don’t you try serving with the Sunday ministry teams.  We have led the Welcome Center, one of the ministry teams, over the past year and have been blessed by serving along side of wonderful believers, many of whom have never served before.  Because of the need and their desire to be obedient to Christ, these believers began to take that first step and serve with us.  People stepping up to serve is great, but what really thrills our soul is that serving at the Welcome Center has become a springboard to new ministries with new leaders.  Within the year we have had members of our Welcome Center team follow the Lord and take on the leadership of other ministries: housewarming baskets, dinner groups, homeless outreach and Mom’s outings.  Serving once a month at the Welcome Center gave these leaders the confidence and desire to begin ministries in areas where they felt the Lord calling them.  God is good, and He is always looking for that willing heart to say, “Yes, Lord, here am I.”  If you are not already serving in an area at MBC Loudoun, may we suggest volunteering in a place on a ministry team (welcome center, parking, greeting, ushers, set up, tellers, connect room, communion, coffee fellowship).  It may not be your final destination, but the Lord can use it as a springboard in showing you where He wants you to be.

by Graig and Jen Bantle

KIDstuff Start-Up / WEEK 1

Hmmm….complete surrender = peace and joy. You do not see the word ‘easy’ ;)

You all know Joshua 1:9 ‘Be strong and courageous’….back it up to Joshua 1:7

‘Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? ….Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’

Something else holding my heart and soul this week….the parable of the talents. ‘…well done good and faithful servant’. Not good and flashy; not even good and fruitful…but good and faithful. That’s all He is asking of be ‘good and faithful’ with what He has entrusted to us. And the focus is not to produce a quality show, but that each step brings Him glory, as we humbly work (hard) together! :)

I cannot be afraid of the risk, when I am putting my God-given talents into motion. It’s a personal God-given investment; I can’t risk letting it go to waste! When He comes back…for His standing ovation!

Bravo KIDstuff ~ the Lord your God is with you!

by LeAnne Smart, the Director of Kids Quest @ MBC Loudoun

What Does It Mean to Serve?

Recently, several of the small group members volunteered to help out at the Homeless Shelter in downtown DC. It turned out to be an excellent opportunity and a great way to glorify Christ!

What did we do? Nothing that anyone else could not have done, we painted! Sounds pretty obscure, one might even ask themselves how is painting serving the Lord?

Romans 10:14 says:

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

This is more then just talking about preachers and missionaries. There is a chain of events described in this passage and I think it becomes clear when you study this passage backwards. How can a preacher preach if he has no one to preach to? How can the membership hear the word if no one pays the power bill or sets up the facility? How can the facility be set up if no one volunteers to do it?

We were serving Christ by doing the things that needed to be done, even if no one will ever notice that it was done. The walls needed painting, before the new wing for the homeless could be opened. The attention will be paid to the ones helping the homeless at the facility once the new wing is opened, and that is truly a Godly service and should be praised. But without the work of those behind the scenes, the plan of reaching the homeless would have never materialized.

Here is where I think many of us fail to see the benefits of serving God in the little ways. Serving God is not always about “scoring the touchdown”. It is, many times, about doing the things that get no attention and no praise from others. But without those things getting done, how will the preacher do his job?

We are not all called to be missionaries or preachers, so for those of us who have not been called into that purpose in life, take note that God does see the service you are providing, even when others do not.

by Eric Bell, head of the Parking Team @ MBC Loudoun

Have You Truly Examined Yourself?

1 Corinthians 11:31 says:

For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

2 Corinthians 13:5 says:

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

In the above texts, I cannot help but wonder just how much time we spend evaluating ourselves and our faith?  Are we really the Christians we think we are or proclaim to be?

I think of this as I examine my own walk with Christ and when I try and evaluate myself and determine where I think I am with my walk, there is a parable that Jesus told that comes to mind:

Matthew 13: 3 – 9

(3) And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; (4) And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up. (5) Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth. (6) And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. (7) And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them. (8) But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. (9) Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

What does that Parable mean?

Matthew 13: 19 – 23 says:

(19) When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. (20) But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; (21) Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. (22) He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. (23) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

So, I guess the challenge is, when you truly examine yourself, which of the “seeds” do you think best describes you and your relationship with Christ?

by Eric Bell, head of the Parking Team @ MBC Loudoun

Meet Jim Supp, Pt. 2

Jim Supp is the Campus Pastor of MBC Loudoun

Read Part 1

What are you studying in the Scriptures right now?
In 2008 I read through the entire Bible over the course of the year and it was great to get the full scope. This year I am doing a different plan. I will be studying through Paul’s letters in the first 6 months of the year. I am hoping to be able to articulate the themes and the flow of each book. I am also working through Proverbs. The Proverbs are filled with so much practical wisdom I really want to be able to teach them to my children.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I went to a small Bible College in Northern New Jersey – just outside of New York City. There were only 500 students in the entire school. It was a wonderful time of life and friendship for me. I received a double major in Bible and Psychology. From there I went on to graduate school at Denver Seminary. I received my Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling.

What excites you most about what God is doing through MBC Loudoun?
There are a couple of things that I am excited about. One is the level of investment by the people of MBC Loudoun in the mission of why we exist. To see people excited about engaging others about spiritual things is fantastic. A second thing I am excited about, quite honestly, is seeing the mission come alive in me personally. I have shared my faith more in the last year than at any other time in recent history. It is exciting to see God open doors for spiritual conversations as I move through my normal day.

What is your favorite place to eat?
Since I really do like to eat, it is hard to narrow it down to one place. But if I had to, I think I would say Sweetwater Tavern in Sterling. I love how flavorful their food is – and the donut-hole type bread that they have is incredible.

What are some key marriage tips you’ve learned?
Well I suppose as the former Director of Marriage and Family Ministry I should have something to say about this. J I actually could say many things but here are a couple. One, always assume the best. It is so easy to believe that your spouse was being cold-hearted when they did whatever they did to irritate you. It is almost never the case, it just feels like it. Another one is to communicate often and avoid surprises whenever possible. I don’t mean birthdays and things like that. I mean regarding scheduling, commitments and things of that sort. A lot of conflict will be avoided if you simply over communicate.

The ROCK’s New Years Aid 2009

MBC Loudoun Team:
Last night was definitely one to remember. God moved in a powerful way from conversations between staff volunteers and students, to the gospel message, to in between games and nausea. I wanted to just give you a quick update from last night. Many, many MBC Loudoun students showed up last night with friends. It was really a blessing. I’ll be sure to fill you in on more specific stories next week. Please, please be in prayer for the students specifically who may have received Christ for the first time personally. That those who truly committed their lives to Christ would surrender all to Him as a result of His working last night. Thank you guys for all of you who were interceding for us last night, it was felt and needed. As for me… I’m going back to bed. : )


69 – Contact Me to Learn More about Christ
256 – First Time Attendees
475 – Recommitments

FUNDRAISING (our goal was $52,000!
Over $52,538.46 COLLECTED FOR THE DR!!!!!!!
Sold 1683 T-SHIRTS
Sold 1205 STICKERS
Filled 369 PIGGY BANKS

Because of Him,
Mike Reed
MBC Loudoun- Director of Student Ministries

Meet Jim Supp, Pt. 1

Jim Supp is the Campus Pastor of MBC Loudoun

How did you accept Christ?
I was raised in a home that was somewhat religious, but that did not know Christ.  We regularly went to a church but never heard about a personal relationship with God through Christ.  I was a quiet and depressed child most of my upbringing, which intensified into my teenage years.  As I entered high school I began to run with a partying crowd in an effort to fit in.  I didn’t fit in at all.  I began to drink alcohol at the age of 13, which depressed me even more.  At the age of 16 I didn’t feel I could go on and planned my own suicide.  Before I was able to carry it out I began to interact with some guys on the football team who talked about Jesus.  I remember walking one night looking at the sky and asking God if he was real would he mind showing himself to me.  On October 14, 1978 some friends took me to see a movie at a Christian movie theater to see a movie entitled “A Thief in the Night” about the return of Christ.  After the movie was over the gentleman did a Billy Graham style altar call complete with “Just As I Am” playing in the background.  Well, I couldn’t get to the front fast enough.  It clicked.  I understood the Gospel and I was ready.  I have never been the same since – Praise the Lord!

What are your spiritual gifts?
My primary Spiritual Gifts are Teaching, Encouragement, Leadership and Discernment.  My secondary gifts are being somewhat Obsessive Compulsive, and I certainly have the blessing of pessimism. I am working on that.

How long have you been at MBC?
I started attending Frontline in the Fall of 1995 and came on staff in May of 1997.

What do you do when you are not working?
As you are probably aware, my primary down time activity is working out.  As a somewhat older father I want to be able to be able to keep up when they are teenagers.  Besides that, I am not ready to come to grips with the fact that I am pushing 50.  I turn 46 this year.

What are you reading right now?
Church Unique By Will Mancini

What are your favorite games?
I am not sure what my favorite games are – but right now I am playing an awful lot of Go Fish, Hide and Seek and “Daddy, Let’s Fight.”  (Which is really wrestling.)  And if you haven’t played Memory Match with a 4 year old recently you must prepared to get creamed.  (We had Mike and Kristin Reed over for dinner and Mike was completely ill-prepared to get a whoopin in Memory Match.  It is very humbling.)

What are some of your favorite things about your spouse?
There are many things to love about my wife.  I don’t know how I would navigate life’s waters without her.  The fact that she is beautiful goes without saying.  In addition to that she is very wise.  She makes decisions quickly and is nearly always right.  She is a Proverbs 31 woman who does an amazing job managing so much.  She is a diligent mother and the fact that my kids are so great is a testimony to that.  As we approach our 10 year anniversary it is great to be able to say that I would marry her again.

Stay tuned for Part 2

A Few Good Books

I wanted to list out some of the books I read in 2008 and encourage you to consider reading them in 2009.

And here are some of the books that I am excited about reading (or finishing) in 2009:

Find Help With Finances

McLean Bible Church was mentioned today in an article in the Loudoun Times about ways churches can help people during these economically challenging times. Two ways MBC can help are through our financial counseling ministry, which provides free financial counseling to individuals and couples, and through our McLean University 501 Crown Financial Ministry classes.

Angel Tree 2008

Did you finish your Christmas shopping? The MBC Loudoun congregation did! …for this year’s Angel Tree. We partnered with three organizations, Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Alliance and Wounded in Action, to share the love of Christ with those in need during the Christmas season. Our congregation donated Christmas gifts to about 300 children and soldiers – that is the equivalent of one gift per child in MBC Loudoun’s Kid’s Quest! Christmas gifts including bikes, clothes, games, iPods, were given to children, and over $3000 in gift cards were given to parents in need and wounded soldiers. Some children even wrote personal notes to the child’s name written on their ornament and attached it to their gift. Thank you for being a blessing! May we continue to remember what this season is all about and remember those who are in need. We pray each of those on the receiving end experience Christ’s love.

This is why Christ was born… because God so loved the world!