Grace Bible Church is a reformed, baptistic, and evangelical church located in Escondido, CA. Our mission is to build a community of gospel-centered people. Find out more.

2014 Women's Conference

Grace Bible Church hosted a women's conference with author and speaker Martha Peace on September 12 and 13. The theme of the conference was Having a High View of God.

See the conference page for links to the audio messages.

Recent Sermons

Forgiven Much, Loves Much

Text: Luke 7:36-50
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: October 19, 2014

This Sunday it will be our privilege to study the beautiful story of a sinful woman who had been forgiven much and thus loved Jesus much.  The events take place in the home of Simon the Pharisee who demonstrates by his lack of love for Jesus that he has not yet experienced divine forgiveness.

As you read this passage there is an important interpretive question you must answer.  Read the text (especially Jesus’ parable of the two debtors) very carefully.  Does the woman love much in order to gain forgiveness (as some teach)?  Or does she love much because she has already been forgiven much.  Some translations (i.e. the New American Standard Bible) do a better job than other versions (i.e. the ESV and the KJV) of correctly translating the tense of the verb in verses 47-48 – which will have an impact upon how you interpret the passage.

This passage also challenges the reader – which debtor are you?  Are you more like the sinful woman or the self-righteous Pharisee?  Don’t answer too fast…

God’s Misunderstood Prophet

Text: Luke 7:24-35
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: October 12, 2014

God speaks to people in various ways including creation and conscience.  He speaks most powerfully through His revealed Word which He gave to us through prophets and is recorded in Scripture.

John the Baptist was the prophet who bridged the gap between the Old Testament prophets and the Messiah to Whom they pointed.  Jesus declares that “among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7:28a).  In what sense is John greater than those who preceded him?  Jesus also says “he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he (John)”.  In what sense are Jesus’ apostles (and we) greater than John?

God declares that His people must listen to His prophets (Deuteronomy 18:18ff) and those who don’t will face judgment.  Some responded to John’s teaching by repenting, but most failed to submit to John’s (and Jesus’) message.