Grace Weekly | July 2, 2014
Scripture for the day: “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14
Grace Received: Last Sunday morning we looked at Romans 6. The invitation was to offer ourselves as instruments (weapons) for God’s righteous purposes and to embody a consistency between who we campaign for and who gets our vote in every-day life. Several came to the altar for a decisive, all-out commitment to Jesus and many others indicated similar prayers being offered from their seats. Today we all have a chance to live it out – not in our strength, but in the strength that God’s grace provides. Represent Him well today!
Grace Shared: Last Sunday night we had a great time hearing “Stories of Grace” with a time of testimonies and praise. We will be doing it again in August, the next 5-Sunday month. It was a great encouragement to hear about what God! We heard from Marcia Mort, Clayton Gregory, John Lumpkin, Bill Pupplo, Ernest Mason, Susan Gregory, and Ashley Watts. Thanks for sharing!
Last week was also a historic moment for the TN District. It was the 103rd (and final) District Assembly of the TN District. We voted to approve a merger with the MS District to create the new Midsouth District. It was an exciting time and our first-ever assembly with the new district will be held at Camp Garner Creek on May 31-June 1, 2015. It was a joy to represent you at the assembly. Grace recede the highest award given for missions in the Church of the Nazarene and our own Cristy Thomas was elected to the district Sunday School/Discipleship board.
Grace Extended: Last week in Memphis Russ & Brenda Russell and Pastor Rachelle went to Bob Evans 3-4 times in 2 days. It wasn’t because the couldn’t get enough of the food. Their first visit included a very long conversation with their server, who was searching, and interested in what they had to say about Jesus. He told them his schedule and said he’d like to talk more. So they ate dinner and went back the next night before (and after) the service to continue the conversation. The seeds of the Gospel were planted because they saw and seized the opportunity to extend God’s grace, even while on a short trip to Memphis. I’m convinced those opportunities are all around us. Find one today. In whatever way you can, be intentional about extending grace.
I look forward to being with you this Sunday. If you want to read ahead, we’ll be in Romans 7:15-25.