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

From Maniac to Missionary

Text: Luke 8:26-39
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 22, 2015

Every day we are reminded of the devastating effects of evil in the world.  War in Ukraine. Terrorist killings in Nigeria, North Africa and the Middle East.  Gang shootings in Escondido. Those of us who are of tender conscience are also troubled by the wickedness in our own hearts – anger, lust, pride, judgmentalism.

Jesus came to conquer evil.  This section of Luke records miracles which signify His work of reversing the curse.  Last week we saw how He stilled the storm.  In the next section He cures the incurably sick and raises the dead.  In this week’s passage Jesus encounters a man who is under the control of a legion of demons.  This man’s condition portrays the state of lost humanity enslaved to sin.  Jesus demonstrates his power by setting the man free.  But then the people of the region in fear ask Him to leave.  They are more terrified of Jesus than of a crazed demoniac.  In a sense they are even more enslaved to sin than he was.

Jesus Stills the Storm

Text: Luke 8:22-25
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 15, 2015

In this week’s passage Jesus delivers His disciples from a great storm.  While we who live in San Diego don’t have many big storms in the literal sense, we experience many metaphorical storms in life – the late night call saying that there has been an auto accident, the sudden loss of a job, a troublesome diagnosis from the doctor, the discovery of betrayal by a loved one.  Just as the faith of Jesus’ disciples was tested on the Sea of Galilee, our faith is tested when we encounter storms.  One of the joys of being part of our community is the privilege we have of watching others call upon Jesus Who then safely delivers them.

Our preference would be smooth sailing in life, but the Lord teaches us through our trials/storms.  We would desire that certain storms go away, but sometimes the Lord’s purpose is to increase our faith and not to change our circumstances.

To prepare for this sermon, please read Luke 8:22-25 and Jonah 1-2.  What similarities do you see among these texts?

For extra credit read the rest of Luke 8.  Do you see what the incidents which follow our text have in common with the account of the stilling of the storm?