A Sacramental People -Baptism

This past Sunday we continued our series, The Ordinary Extraordinary Church, looking at the church as a sacramental people. In our sermon, Tab showed us what makes something a sacrament and we specifically looked at the sacrament of baptism.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion & Response Questions:

Read Romans 6:1-4 and consider the questions below.

  1. How do the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper) point us to God’s plan of salvation?
  2. How does reminding yourself of what God did for you in your baptism reassure you of God’s love for you?
  3. Do you ever think about your baptism? Does your baptism assure you of God’s work in your life? Why or why not?
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Baptisms at Grace Church

On November 11th we’re having baptisms after the service. Baptism is a public profession of our restored relationship with God through faith in Jesus (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38). As we’re immersed in the baptismal waters we’re vividly portraying and identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ so that his death becomes our death, and his resurrection becomes ours (Rom. 6:3-5).

This is one of the most joyful times in the life of our church as we rejoice and remember together. We rejoice with believers taking this step of obedience and we remember our own baptism, as we celebrate God’s grace in the new covenant promises to us in the gospel.

If you desire to be baptized, please fill out the application and return to Joshua Morgan or Tiff Arthur.

For those with children desiring to be baptized, please review the document “Baptism – Preparation for our Children” with your child and then fill out the application.

Baptism Application

Baptism – Preparation for our Children

October Family Lunch

Let’s Celebrate!

Rejoice with those who rejoice...” Romans 12:15

Although the main purpose of our monthly family lunches are to fellowship and build relationships with one another,  they are also a perfect time to celebrate the numerous ways God is active, alive, and working in our lives!

As a church, we want to give God praise for the various events taking place in our community, and this month is no exception. Won’t you join us in celebrating the soon-to-be arrival of Philip and Emily Narveson’s baby boy?

During the October Family Lunch, please consider taking time to congratulate Philip and Emily, offer them words of encouragement, and pray with them as they enter into this new season of parenthood.

Gifts are not necessary, but definitely welcomed! If you would like to give them a gift, they are registered at Amazon and Target.

Target:
https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=fbba0971c0a64de9ae600d4de3bec7f3&type=BABY

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/emily-narveson-november-2018-lamesa/XQMJB3PJ33U3

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joshua Morgan.

Grace and Peace to you all!

Thinking Theologically Class

Join us for this enriching, four-week class on The Doctrine of God. Each week we will dig deeper into the nature and character of God, according to His Word.

All classes will be held from 11:45am-12:45pm in the Recreational Room.

Class Schedule:

  • 10/21: Knowing God: Prolegomena & Existence and Knowability of God
  • 10/28: Knowing Who God is: The Trinity
  • 11/04: Knowing What God is Like: Attributes & Character
  • 11/11: Knowing What God Does: Creation and Providence

Email tiff@gracechurcheast.org to sign up.

 

An Evangelical People

This past Sunday we continued our series, The Ordinary, Extraordinary Church, looking at the church as an evangelical people. In our sermon, Tab showed us how we should be a people who are all about the evangel – the good news of Jesus Christ – because God shows his power through weakness in the gospel, to his glory.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion & Response Questions:

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:5 and consider the questions below.

  1. How is the biblical understanding of “power” different from how you typically think about power? How does Paul’s conception of the ‘power of God’ as a stumbling block and foolishness challenge your understanding?
  2. The gospel is the power of God, how are you living in the good of this message? What is an area of your life ,or a situation that you’re walking through, where you’ve been tempted to rely on your own power and wisdom? What would it look like for you to depend on the power of God to help bring about change?
  3. In what ways does 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 call you to change how you think about yourself? What sort of response to God do these verses call for?
  4. How does 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 encourage you personally in your evangelism? How might they spur you on to greater boldness in your witness to those God has placed in your life?

A Shepherded People

Last Sunday we continued our new series, The Ordinary Extraordinary Church, looking at the church as a shepherded people. In this sermon, Tab showed us how God has given elders (pastors) to his people to shepherd (help) them in persevering in the Christian life.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion & Response Questions:

Read 1 Peter 5.1-5 and consider the questions below.

  1. What do you typically think of as the primary job of the elders in the local church? How does this passage specifically call you to change your thinking about the role of the elders at Grace Church?
  2. Where does this passage – especially verse 5 – expose sin in your life? How might the promise in verse 5 encourage you?
  3. How does this passage increase your trust and gratefulness for Christ – your Chief Shepherd?

Mission Moments: News from La Sierra Tarahumara

We are glad to say that we recently received an update from Jazmin who is on mission in Guachochi, Chihuahua amongst the Tarahumara people group. We are eager to share her letter so you can read all about, and rejoice in, the LORD’s work, mercy, grace, and love over Jazmin and the Tarahumara community. You can also read about the mission trip Alan and Mindy Colton took there on our behalf and the encouraging effect of that trip from Jazmin’s perspective.

To read the newsletter, click here: June 2018 Newsletter.