Grace Weekly | June 27, 2012
Scripture for the Day: “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Prov. 28:13
Grace Received: It was so good be back at Grace last Sunday! In all 3 services giants were faced. Many people determined not to live one more day in the dark shadow cast by the giants in their lives and I have been hearing the last couple days about battles being won. I am so glad we have a God who as we sang Sunday, gives victory in Jesus. By HIs grace, we are “not of those who shrink back” (Heb. 10:38-39) but of those who believe and by faith are stepping into the battle with the confidence that comes from our mighty God. I pray that today His abundant grace is being poured into your life and that the God who brought victory to David is enabling you to be a conquerer as well!
Don’t forget, this Sunday is our Celebration of Freedom service. We will only be having services at 9:30 and 11:00. We will be having a special speaker – APSU President, Dr. Tim Hall. Dr. Hall is a fantastic communicator with a great love for God. He has written numerous articles and books, most of which have concentrated on church-state relations and American religion. He is the author of several well-known books, including Entering the University (Pearson Custom Publishing, 2d ed. 2001), Separating Church and State: Roger Williams in America (University of Illinois Press, 1998); Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary (Facts on File, 2001); American Religious Leaders (Facts on File, 2003); and Religion in America (Facts on File, 2007).
No Wednesday night activities tonight – District Missions Service will be at Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene (335 Murfreesboro Rd.) at 7:00 p.m.
Grace Shared: Sunday morning worship is incredible. It is inspiring. And it is crucial for every Christian. But… discipleship doesn’t happen solely through corporate gatherings for worship. Fleshing out the Christ-following life happens best in the context of intentional, disciple-making relationships that are shaped by the Word, true to real-life experiences, saturated in prayer and that lead to serving others together. We have a variety of delivery-systems to help facilitate the spiritual growth that is so important to all of us. They include (1) Sunday School – Sunday School is not just for kids and it’s not just about gaining information. It is also about formation in the faith and it’s a great place for those disciple-making relationships to begin. (2) 2:42 Groups. If you’re new to Grace you may not be familiar with this, but 2:42 groups (based on Acts 2:42-47) meet in homes all over Clarksville 2x per month. These are flexible, typically cross-generational groups who gather for a meal, conversation around the Word, and prayer. (3) Coffee Shop Groups – These same-gender groups are designed for a deeper level of accountability. Typically, these groups meet on a weekly basis.
Essentially, all of these are grace-shared groups and we believe that every Christ-follower needs to be a part of a group like one of these to go on to maturity. We are currently recruiting a new group of leaders who will be trained and equipped in August and new groups will be added in September. There will be a lot more details shared in the days ahead but if you are not already involved in a grace-shared group of some kind, start with a Sunday School class this coming Sunday.
Grace Extended: Sunday morning Kathy Morris presented the opportunity for us to extend grace by adopting children through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. We were given 30 kids’ profiles and before the morning was over 26 individuals/families had taken a profile and committed to support a child in very tangible expressions of God’s grace! That is great!!! We will be receiving 10 more profiles which will total 40 kids to be “adopted” by people from Grace. That does not include those who were already sponsoring kids through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, World Vision, or some other organization. Michelle and I have been sponsoring a child for about 5 years now and would encourage you, if you are not already doing so, to do likewise. If you’d like more information or want to go ahead and get a child to bless, contact Kathy at: firstname.lastname@example.org. She will also be available this Sunday at a display table in the foyer.