Grace Weekly | November 28, 2014
Scripture for the day: “Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Phil. 1:3-6 (The Message)
Grace Received: Every time God offers His grace to us (whether that is saving grace, sanctifying grace, sustaining grace, etc.) it calls for a response on our part. Last Sunday several people responded by offering themselves to God with the intent to live as holy, set-apart, examples, as exiles so that our “Babylon” can see an alternative to how they are doing life. It was a beautiful thing to see Matt Slight gathered with his Sunday School class (Jr. High boys) at the alter to pray with and for each other. They had discussed the same thing in their Sunday School class and solidified their commitment to God – together! During this Thanksgiving week, I am thankful to be a part of such a great church where the culture makes it easy for people to say yes to Jesus!
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent (Advent means “Coming”) as we prepare to celebrate the 1st Advent of Jesus. The next 4 weeks our image is “Help.” Help Needed, Help Promised, Help Coming, and Help Arriving. Come expecting, and bring somebody with you!!
Grace Shared: This week we celebrated the life of Powell Wyatt with a funeral that looked more like a worship service. Once again our Grace family came together to offer tangible expressions of God’s grace, this time to the Wyatt family. During this Thanksgiving week I am thankful to be part of a church where the culture is one that fosters and celebrates genuine relationships and mutual concern for each other!
Grace Extended: Next week we will welcome thousands of people to our campus for the Drive Thru Nativity. We’ll also take the Gospel to Governor’s Square Mall with our flash mob. Hundreds of volunteers from Grace will serve together. Relationships within the church will be strengthened. Our witness in the community will be powerful. The fruit of our labor will be great – we are expecting this to make a difference for people like it has for Mark and Amber Cozad who are at Grace today because they first encountered us by coming to the Drive Thru a few years ago.
During this Thanksgiving week I am thankful to be part of a church that has the heartbeat for mission and a vision to impact our city by serving them. You guys are awesome!