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Clarity in the Midst of Conflict

Text: Romans 5:6-11
Speaker: David Wojnicki
Date: January 30, 2011

A sermon from David Wojnicki of Valley Center Community Church, preached at a Sunday evening joint service held at GBC.


Our Mission: To Live Biblically in All Spheres of Life

Text: Jeremiah 29:1-7; Matthew 5:13-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 30, 2011

Tomorrow my plan is to complete our four part series on the mission of the church.

Our mission is to build a community of gospel-centered people (disciples) as we:
1. Worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24; Acts 2:42).
2. Serve one another by exercising our spiritual gifts (I Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:11-16).
3. Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
4. Live out a biblical worldview in all spheres of life (Jer. 29:7; Mt. 5:13-16).

This week’s topic is the broadest and the most controversial.

There are aspects of this topic on which we will all agree. We as Christians should live out God’s Word as we express the gospel in all of life – our vocation, our family, etc. We also agree that we should have concern for the needs of the world around us.

Differences come as to how we interact with the world. Do we hope and work towards Christian government? Should we withdraw from the secular world? Should we expect Jesus’ return any day and therefore focus only on the spiritual aspects of life?

Should the church as an institution get involved in meeting community needs such as poverty and homelessness, or is this the responsibility of individual believers?

What passages and situations from Scripture best apply to the situation in which we find ourselves today?

Before coming to church please read Jeremiah 29:1-7 and Matthew 5:13-16.


Intro to Corinth

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Speaker: Aaron Todd
Date: January 23, 2011

An evening service sermon from Aaron Todd.


Our Mission to Proclaim the Gospel

Text: Matthew 28:18-20
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 23, 2010

This week we are in part 3 of a 4 part series on the mission of the church.

Our mission is to build a community of gospel-centered people (disciples) as we:

A. Worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24; Acts 2:42).
B. Serve one another by exercising our spiritual gifts (I Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:11-16).
C. Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
D. Live out a biblical worldview in all spheres of life (Jer. 29:7; Mt. 5:13-16).

Some of you may wonder why proclaiming the gospel is third. While we believe evangelism is very important worship is even more important. The object of evangelism is to gather more worshipers.
Also, it is important that the local church, through which evangelism takes place, be healthy and vibrant as God adds to her number.

We will look at several passages to proclaim:

1. The call to evangelism – to go outside our comfort zone to proclaim the gospel and make disciples.

2. The motive for evangelism – first our love for God and then our love for our fellow man.

3. The message of evangelism – Who God is, man’s need, Christ, and faith.

4. The method of evangelism – personal evangelism, corporate evangelism, outreach evangelism, missions, and church planting.

5. The success of evangelism – Divine sovereignly working through human instrumentality.

We are thankful to be in a church in which so many have a heart for the lost. Pray that God will make us fruitful to His glory.


Abortion

Text: Selected Scriptures
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: January 16, 2011

A sermon at our evening service by GBC elder Mike Kelley.


Our Mission: To Serve One Another

Text: Ephesians 4:1-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 16, 2011

We are in our second of four weeks covering our church mission statement.

Our mission is to build a community of gospel-centered people (disciples) as we:

A. Worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24; Acts 2:42).
B. Serve one another by exercising our spiritual gifts (I Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:11-16).
C. Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
D. Live out a biblical worldview in all spheres of life (Jer. 29:7; Mt. 5:13-16).

Last week we spoke the priority of God-centered, Christ-centered, heartfelt worship which is regulated by Scripture.

Tomorrow we will talk about our unity and love for one another as we used our gifts to build each other up. Much of our time will be spent expounding Ephesians 4:1-16. We also will look at the body life of the early church as expressed in Acts 2 and 4.

A FIRE pastor posted on his facebook status this week, “The local church is not merely a place to attend. It is a family to join.” This statement reflects the contrast between how many in our day perceive their role in church (as members of an audience) as opposed to being members of a family, or parts of a body. My hope is that as we look to God’s Word, Christ’s love will encourage us to make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


Christ, the Mystery of Godliness

Text: I Timothy 3:14-16
Speaker: Josh Henson
Date: January 9, 2011

A sermon at our evening service from Josh Henson.


Our Mission: To Worship God in Spirit and in Truth

Text: John 4:19-26
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 9, 2011

The elders have decided to start the new year with a four part series covering the mission of Grace Bible Church based upon the statement we introduced at the annual business meeting last month (see below). The purpose of the mission statement is to summarize our understanding of what Scripture teaches concerning our purpose as a church. This gives us a framework by which to evaluate and plan our ministry efforts so that we can focus on what matters most.

This week we will focus on our corporate worship. While all people owe God worship (Rom. 1:20-21 Mt. 4:10), we as the church are particularly called to praise and honor Him.
Not all worship is acceptable to God, however. Jesus states in John 4 that God seeks worshipers who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Our worship is God centered and is based upon the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. God has revealed in Scripture the elements which should be included in our worship. We are not free to add or subtract from what He requires. He also wants us to worship wholeheartedly, not merely with our lips, but with joy and enthusiasm.


Teach Us to Number Our Days

Text: Psalm 90
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 2, 2011

Have you been hearing (or speaking) the usual new year’s clichés? “I can’t believe it is 2011 already.” “Time seems to just fly by.”
Our sense of time moving swiftly is explained in our text this week.

Tomorrow morning we will begin our new year by studying Psalm 90 which is a Psalm of Moses which contrasts God’s eternity with mankind’s mortality.
Moses laments not only that life is very brief (passing like a sigh), but also that it is often full of sorrow. Moses explains that human sin is the reason that our lives are short and difficult.
Finally, Moses pleads with God to redeem our short lives. The answer to Moses’ prayer comes as our eternal God enters into our finite fallen world through the incarnation, and bears the penalty of our sin so that we can be set free from our guilt and mortality and share in God’s eternity.


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