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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

 

Today we completed our review of our vision as Grace Bible Church:

Our Action Statement is Inviting Your World to Experience God's Grace.

How to we do that?

Through Growth + Relationship + Authenticity + Community + Expression = GRACE.

 

The focus of today's sermon is on the final component of our vision: Expression.

Expression = To communicate the life-changing gospel through word and deed as individuals and as a church. 

This is demonstrated by believers expressing the transforming love of God by actively serving others and speaking truth in love (Eph. 4:15).

If you are a Christ-follower, your life-story has the power of God flowing through it!

 

To download the audio of today's sermon, click here.

To download a copy of the small group study notes, click here.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

Today we continued our review of our vision as Grace Bible Church:

Our Action Statement is Inviting Your World to Experience God's Grace.

How to we do that?

Through Growth + Relationship + Authenticity + Community + Expression = GRACE.

The focus of today's sermon is on the two more components of our vision: Authenticity & Community.

Authenticity = To seek a life where our actions match our words, free from pretense, hypocrisy or deceit. 

Living a life of Authenticity means being honest about our struggles... because we all have them.

 

Community = To extend ourselves eyond personal relationships into broader interactive community; the body of Christ, united by the gospel.

"True community is not something that is discovered, it's something that is built." Author James A. White

Community demands intentional commitment.

One of the main things God desires is that we learn to take our focus off of ourselves and turn it towards others.

To download the audio of today's sermon, click here.

To download a copy of the small group study notes, click here.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

Today we begin a 3-week review of our vision as Grace Bible Church:

Our Action Statement is Inviting Your World to Experience God's Grace.

How to we do that?

Through Growth + Relationship + Authenticity + Community + Expression = GRACE.

The focus of today's sermon is on the first two components of our vision: Growth & Relationship.

Growth = To live a life increasingly characterized by faith, hope, and love. 

In other words, living a life of Growth is the same as being called to become a disciple of Jesus.

A disciple is one who is committed to learning. Jesus' 12 disciples spent years with him, learning from the greatest example of love, wisdom, and godliness who ever walked the earth.

Relationship = To build genuine and meaningful relationships with God and others.

Godly love is not a feeling: it is based on action.

Loving God: There is one definition throughout the Bible of love for God, and that is obedience. Jesus said "If you love me you will obey my commands." (Jn. 14:15)

Loving your neighbor (friend, family member, co-worker, even your enemies): Spend time with them. Jesus didn't just serve as a mentor to his disciples; he shared life with them.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

 

Jesus said: "Unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins."

And if he truly rose from the dead, as hundreds of people who knew him claimed, then we should pay close attention to his words.

The good news is that, like any other historical event, the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus can be investigated.

There are at least three points on which the vast majority of scholars agree, be they skeptics or believers, theological liberals or conservatives:

  • Jesus died by crucifixion
  • His tomb was empty
  • His disciples claimed he appeared to them

What is the most likely explanation for these points of evidence?

And once you have looked into this and found it to be true, as did Lee Strobel in "The Case for Christ", what are you going to do about it?

Surrendering your life to Christ is the only rational response.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

 

Last week Pastor Dave built a strong case for the historical integrity of the Bible: what we hold in our hands today is virtually identical to the original manuscripts.

But how do we know the right books wound up in the Bible? What about the books in what is known as the Apocrypha, or the so-called "banned books of the Bible" such as The Gospel of Thomas or The Acts of Peter? Why were some books included and others were not?

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

 

In January of 2015 Newsweek ran a cover story titled "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin." In it the author wrote, "At best, we've all read a bad translation: a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times."

Is that true?

The answer is a resounding "No!" The most charitable thing to say is that the author was engaging in willful ignorance. The archaeological and textual evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the accuracy of the Bible.

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