The Focus of Our Lives

“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11

I read this the other day and thought to myself…do I think and dream over my personal mission given to me from the Lord like Paul did? This verse summarizes the main reason we even exist on this lowly earth: to know Christ, to know and experience Him in our lives, and to identify with his sufferings.

If these 3 things are evidenced in our life then everything that flows from these three things in our life becomes a by-product. Watching God do miracles through is are a by-product. Christ likeness is a by-product. Victory over temptation is a by-product. God using you to save souls is a by-product. Paul’s focus was on the deepness of his relationship with Christ, he understood that the deeper the relationship, the more power he would experience. He also understood that as he grew in this relationship, there would be suffering.

I thought a lot about what Dale Sutherland (Director of Tyson’s Student Ministries) said last night at the ROCK in his message regarding us being the light of Jesus Christ and shining this light so vibrantly in the midst of a terribly dark world. Whenever the light of Jesus Christ confronts the kingdom of darkness, there is a battle, a fierce spiritual battle that will inevitably result in casualties. Christ confronted this earthly darkness and suffered for it. If we are living at this level of obedience than we will also face similar battles; we may be rejected sharing our faith, it simply comes with the territory.

I had to ask myself “Mike, does this sound like your personal mission statement? Is your focus in life centered on knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection?” If not, we must make haste to press into Him today, before doing anything else, in order to begin experiencing Christ more intimately in our lives.

by Mike Reed, MBC Loudoun Director of Student Ministries (The Rock)

Turkey Outreach 2008

On November 22, 2008, MBC Loudoun officially participated in its first partnership with Turkey Outreach. The event was a huge success. With every event Loudoun has executed, the people of the Loudoun Campus have impressed me with their zeal for God and with their selfless determination to create an environment that is welcoming, where people can comfortably come to know the Lord. God has truly blessed our congregation at Loudoun with many generous hearts.

One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of James. In the second half of Chapter 2, James talks about faith and works: “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (v.26). The fruit we bear, the love we show towards our brothers and sisters is a direct reflection of Christ spirit that lives in us. If Christ is in us then good works are a natural by-product of His presence. The believers that I have encountered at Loudoun are so reflective of that verse. Several times we have started an initiative and I find myself thinking, how are we going to pull this off? The key to that statement is the “we” – we alone couldn’t do it. He has been with us through it all.

I was both humbled and amazed at how God worked through Loudoun’s first Turkey Outreach. I was and am still amazed with the speed that our congregation responded and how God moved in your hearts not just to be generous with your time but to be generous with donations, suggestions and coming up with ideas for things we may not have considered. I appreciate so much everything that everyone participated in to make the event such a success. I don’t know if any decisions were made that day but I believe with all my heart that in big and small ways that God reached the people He intended to reach.

I had so many volunteers talk to me about how excited they were to be a part of this and how excited they were to see it come to fruition. It was amazing to see God work through the event and through the volunteers to touch the lives of others. I’ve always been overwhelmed at how blessed MBC has been to be able to do the outreach that it does. I believe that is direct result of God working through you and your love for Him and that your hearts truly reflect Christ’s call to “love your neighbors as yourselves” (Galatians 5:14).

Yet even as the economy continues to tighten, it has done little to the wealth and giving that exists in your hearts, and I’m thankful to each and every one of you. Even the ones who couldn’t make it but offered prayer for the success… that was no small part. In fact, that was and is one of the things we can never have enough of and is the most powerful tool we have (Philippians 4:6).

We all have different gifts and different strengths and you guys have shown that you are not bashful about using those gifts or sharing the bounty that God has given to you. I’m excited to see what God will do in the future with our campus. I’m honored at the prospect of working with you all in various projects and opportunities that arise. God willing, my hope is that we will have many more successful years to come. I truly believe as long as we move ahead with Christ as our Focus and our Hope, we will continue to be amazed at what we can achieve through Him. I pray we all are always open to being used by Him in whatever way He calls us. That we’ll always have the trust in Him to say “… Here am I, Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).

Thank you for all you’ve done, for all you continue to do and for faithfully loving the LORD.

Greg Lilly
Turkey Outreach Leader

For more pictures of MBC Loudoun’s Turkey Outreach 2008 visit flickr

Family Night @ Chuck E. Cheese

MBC Loudoun Family Night at Chuck E Cheese was a lot of fun! Almost a dozen families met, played, enjoyed pizza, and furthered community with others.

Xochi and Beth did a great job hosting the event. Our next Mom’s Outings are scheduled for December 15 to decorate Christmas cookies and January 19 to eat and play at Chick-fil-A.

Serving at the Good Shepherd Alliance

Fall can be a busy time of year with school starting, work picking up, holidays coming and going. Even in the midst of all of that, there were two dozen volunteers that took time to head over to the Good Shepherd Alliance’s women’s and children’s shelter to serve at various times the women and children there. We provided meals for them, an activity and game, and spent time in fellowship. We were also able to help renovate their basement that had water damage so that another family could move in. God used each person who made themselves available to be used by Him – whether it was cooking the meal, holding a baby, conversing with the women, working on the craft project, playing basketball with the children, pulling up the linoleum floor, replacing light bulbs, painting the walls. It was a blessing to see each person with a servant’s heart, with Christ’s heart. May He continue to use us as the body of Christ to serve and share the love of Christ with others!

Check out the Loudoun Times Article of the story.

Moms’ Outing: Baby Ballerina

The Baby Ballerina event was amazing.  Our October Mom’s Outing was
hosted by a member of our congregation and teacher at Baby Ballerina,
Kristen.  She went above and beyond to provide the best event.  She
spent over an hour doing a tea party, dressing them up as princesses,
teaching them ballet, doing tumbling, jumping on a trampoline, providing
the kids with snacks and juice, and letting them decorate a crown and
wand
to take home with them.

It was truly amazing…all who attended were really impressed.  It was a
valuable opportunity to connect with other families in the congregation
and provided a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to
engage
with MBC Loudoun.

Whom will you invite to the next outing?

Brambleton Fall Fest

MBC Loudoun had a great time at the 4th Annual Brambleton Fall Fest on Sunday, October 26! It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to share about Christ with community. At our booth, attendees spun a prize wheel to win Bibles, CDs of Lon’s testimony, children’s Bible fun books, devotional books, and bedtime stories. Graig and Jen did a phenomenal job leading the team. Greg was instrumental in the set up. Juliana, Linda, Ted, and Sammy, jumped in to impact the community with passion and ease. Sammy was the best bag giver! MJ, Kelly, Rachel, and Susie helped support the efforts. Brooke, Jon, Chris, and Julie came and helped the team finish strong!

Overall, it was a powerful day, and a great way to engage the community about Christ and MBC Loudoun. God pulled together an amazing team – each with unique gifts and abilities. It is a blessing to see people serve in their areas of gifting passion – or for some, their areas of obedience! – and it is amazing to see the body of Christ work together to impact others for Him.

We appreciate the team’s hard work! Thank you for helping us impact our neighbors and Loudoun County with the message of Jesus Christ.

The Best Treat Of All

It was a powerful Halloween in Loudoun County this fall as our congregation distributed 8,000 cards to trick-or-treaters sharing with them about the best treat of all – knowing Jesus.

It is a joy impacting Loudoun with such a dedicated congregation. Jim Percherke e-mailed us during the Halloween rush:

“I wish I took more cards, I am almost out and have handed out my 50. It is really cool to say a prayer as you hand out candy and this card hoping and praying that a family will come to church. Thanks for doing this.”

Our pastor, Jim Supp, sat on his porch on Halloween evening and prayed for the recipients of the 8000 cards that are being discovered by families all over the county.

Thanks to each of you for praying for your neighborhood in particular. We pray that God uses this little cards in a mighty way to impact Loudoun for His glory.

Becoming Fruit Bearing Trees

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is a like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does he prospers.  Psalm 1:1-3

How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to your word.  Psalm 119:9

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Psalm 119:11

Studying the Scriptures, God’s word, is essential to the life of every follower of Jesus.  The above mentioned psalms show us the benefit of taking the study of, meditation of, and delight of God’s word seriously.

However, often times, when we sit down to read our Bibles we struggle to find meaning.  We struggle to understand the text.  With this comes frustration and ultimately resignation of the fact that we will never get it.  We shut our Bibles and slowly over time find ourselves spending less and less time reading at all.

It does not have to be this way.

For 20 people, I hope that this has changed.  In October we had the privilege of hosting a workshop entitled “How to Study the Bible.”  It was a 3-hour, interactive time of understanding why we should study and how to do it effectively.

The teachers, Dave Young and Colleen O’Rourke, gave the attendees a practical and realistic method to use when they open up their Bibles each day.  This method will allow these people to mine the truths of God’s word and apply them to their lives so that they too can be like trees planted by streams of water bearing fruit.

If you struggle with knowing what to do when you sit down with your Bible, consider attending a future “How to Study the Bible” workshop at MBC Loudoun in early 2009.

You will not regret it.

Trick Or Treat?

Did you hear those words Pastor Jim Supp shared before the congregation the past two Sundays?  Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, you cannot get around the fact that this is the one day of the year where all of your neighbors and their children will voluntarily come to your door!  You can do two things with that.  You can turn out the lights, lock the door, and hide in the basement while you try to reamin “holy” OR you can engage each one of those souls by something as simple as handing them a card along with some candy, and make an impact on secular Washington D.C. with the message of Jesus Christ.

Be genuine.  Be a true neighbor, one who truly cares about the present life and eternal destination of these people.  Go on, Shine your light!

Did You Know?

At MBC Loudoun, we desire to equip everyone with the knowledge and tools they need to take ownership of the Gospel Message and to share it with…everyone!

In this internet age, we are *trying* to stay up to date and on the cutting edge (wait, there’s a new what?!). Here are just a few easily accessible online tools available for you to use: