This past Sunday October 13th we had the honor of worshipping with our home church Grace Chapel in Franklin, TN to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Pastor Jake joined Senior Pastor Steve Berger (Franklin, TN) along with other fellow Pastors - Rob Rogers (Franklin, TN), Ian Gilchrist (Fairview, TN) and Brian Ray (Navajoa, Mexico) to reflect on the legacy and impact Grace Chapel has had in their personal lives, and to share stories of the Lord’s faithfulness over the years. We hope you are encouraged and inspired as we reflect on the past and look ahead to all God has in store for our future.
One of the most notable features of Jesus’ ministry was his relationships with his disciples. It is easy for us sneak in and out of church to check a box every week, but community takes courage and humility. While it feels intimidating, we were created for intimate meaningful relationships with one another in order to live a life more like His.
We are joined today by our dear friend Pastor Dave Buehring as he shares a timely and timeless message about how we can live with purpose. Pastor Dave encourages us to begin our day, our relationships, our next project, and ultimately our life journey as disciples of Jesus always with the end in mind. He then lays out three practical ways we can walk this out. Let’s purpose to hear and apply this word today!
This Sunday we had a mid-year update discussing topics like the re-launch of our life groups which are starting soon, a review of our church finances, and an explanation of our leadership structure. We also received some encouraging updates from the local and foreign ministries we partner with and support, and encouraged our church body to keep doing what we are called to do - be a welcoming house of grace, grow as disciples and disciple-makers, and have an outward focus to love our community well.
This week, Krystal and Alex share some thoughts on worship and living in the presence of the Lord. These two things are absolutely tied together. With King David as our example, we see that when the Lord becomes our one true desire, we are truly able to worship Him and when we truly worship Him we get the blessing of living in His presence. This is “One Desire”.
Easter - "A resurrection story"
The resurrection of Jesus is the reason we are able to have our own resurrection stories. God offers us total forgiveness and welcomes us with open arms, no matter how we betray Him, but we fall into the lies that His mercy isn’t available to us or we don’t need it. Judas and Peter’s stories teach us the importance of our response to guilt and that God’s love for us is available in every situation.
Every person has a God initiated desire to have a lasting impact on this world. However, we are often held back by comparison, control, and fear. We forget that the calling that God puts on our lives is not something that we have to achieve, but we just need to be willing to abide in Him and trust that He will fulfill His purpose.
In today’s sermon, we finish out the year by reflecting on the life that is available to us in Jesus. Using imagery from the Last Supper, we discuss the power of being chosen and blessed by God in the midst of our brokenness, and the resulting gratitude and generosity that can change our lives.