Sermon Recap | Theology of Work | Work in a Fallen World

In Genesis 3, we see that Adam and Eve’s sin leads to God’s curse on humanity and a broken relationship with God. This curse affects both men and women as it brings frustration to where God had meant for them to be most fruitful....

Behind the Story of “Set My Hope”- Part 1

This past weekend we looked at Romans Chapter 8 as we talked about what it means to work in a fallen world. Our Grace Church worship team wrote a song called “Set My Hope” not too long ago inspired by Romans Chapter 8 and a......

Reflecting the Image of Our Creator Through Work

When we open the first pages of the Bible, we see God working. Where there is darkness and chaos, God brings light and order. Where there is a vast sea, He forms dry land. He is working—creating, shaping, and forming a world. And He said “…it was good.”...

Kairos Impact | A Season of Humility

I came into Kairos with almost no expectations. Truthfully speaking, it was because I didn’t think Kairos would impact me very much. I was extremely prideful. I thought I knew myself well and that I was already pretty self aware. I also took pride in the fact that I was one of the few interns who had attended Grace Church longer than just my college career....

Sermon Recap | Theology of Work | Work Defined

Creation began with work. Therefore, it only makes sense that God would call His creation to work in many different ways to bring glory to His name. When most of us think of “work” we think of a job that we go to and leave each day....

How to Make the Work Series Work for You

This past weekend we kicked off our new series, Work: A Sacred Calling. We are excited to study this topic together as a church body and look at what it means to work with excellence for God's kingdom. As Matt Williams mentioned, here's a look ahead at the specific topics that will be discussed in the coming weeks....

Prone to Doubt

Let’s face it: doubt is a reality for all of us. Closely related to fear, doubt wedges itself beneath our skin and begins to eat away at the confidence we have built up. Taken to an extreme, doubt can cripple us from action and even drive us away from what we once held to and into a place of apathy, fear, discouragement, or resentment. ...

Kairos Impact | Resting in God’s Grace

In years past, summers down south included having a constant itch from rolling around in the freshly cut grass, pool days cut short only by an over intake of potato chips, and a number of road trips to amusement parks where we waited in the......

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

  You’ve been there. The pain of betrayal, wounds you don’t think will ever heal. Someone has broken your trust, hurt you deeply, and the thing you thought would never happen has become your reality. Where once was a healthy bond of strength, there’s now......

Made Complete in Brokenness | DivorceCare for Kids

I am convinced that the promises and truth of the Gospel is seen nowhere better than in the eyes of a child who has witnessed and experienced divorce. A judge deciding the future relationships of a child and his/her mother and father is a clear illustration of the harsh reality of a fallen world. Yet, even more convincing is witnessing the renewal of hope and refuge that is found in the shadow of the cross....

Sermon Recap | New Testament Characters | Philemon

All of us, at one point, have found ourselves in the position of Philemon, the offended. We have been betrayed, left feeling vulnerable, abused, and taken advantage of. And yet, we have all also found ourselves in the shoes of the offender, Onesimus. ...

Sermon Recap | New Testament Characters | Barnabas

Influence is the culminating result of building character in the first part of life and subsequently gaining credibility. Barnabas,an example of this progression, spent his life influencing in the background. As a testament to the character growth he had experienced in Christ early in his life, ...

From Doing to Being, and Grieving to Believing

Oh, how I can relate to poor Martha! I love making "to do" lists and joyfully checking tasks off one by one. I am a “do-er,” often tempted to take on more than I can reasonably handle. Like Martha, I also enjoy opening my home to friends who are in need of refuge and respite....

Sermon Recap | New Testament Characters | Martha

For many of us, Martha has been given a bad rap. She is infamously known as the tattle-taling, busy-body of the two sisters. But, in the midst of grieving over the death of her brother Lazarus, Martha exemplifies the life of one who does not grieve without hope. ...

Dependency on Grace and the Life of Peter

The Apostle Peter is one of the most significant figures in the New Testament. He features heavily in the Gospels alongside Jesus as one of the members of His smaller, “core” group of Apostles; and, he is the foremost spokesman of the Apostles during the first half of the book of Acts. He himself is responsible for writing two books of the New Testament....

Sermon Recap | New Testament Characters | Peter

Peter was a man who experienced a life of continual failure; a life that many of us are all too familiar with. Facing his most crucial of many defeats, he turned not toward self-loathing or dismission. But, rather, he jumped in and waded through his mistakes, sin, and shortcomings, towards the only One who had shown him how to rise above the water. ...

Failure, a Success in Light of the Gospel

Achievement is the currency of the day. More than certifications, degrees, or tenure, our accomplishments weigh the heaviest in any valuation. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it does curb our mindset to avoid failure at all costs. Failure immediately translates into negativity,......

Sermon Recap | New Testament Characters | Judas

As one of the twelve disciples, Judas was a chosen ambassador of hope. Yet, it was his own despair that led to his ultimate destruction. He had been given the authority to heal and cast out demons. He was trusted as the treasurer. He had witnessed the miracles and the teaching of Jesus. He was found around the proximity of glory, but he was not found in it....

Lessons in Suffering

Have you been beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked, gone hungry, or been attacked by bandits? Odds are that none of us have suffered like this for our faith. Yet, Paul endured these things and more for the Lord’s sake. While our sufferings may not look......

Sermon Recap | New Testament Characters | Paul

Paul’s life embodied one simple statement, to suffer for Christ is gain. At the hands of a fallen world, and for the sake of Christ, Paul suffered unfathomable losses. Yet, he called this suffering a privilege, marrying the idea that if you are going to follow Jesus, you are going to suffer for Him....

The Guest of Sinners

You must by no means make Christ to seem petty and trivial to us – as though He could be our Helper only when we want to be rid from imaginary, nominal, and childish sins. No, no! That would not be good for us. Christ......

Sermon Recap | New Testament Characters | Zacchaeus

We are all Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector. He was wealthy, well-known, and hated by society. Yet, he climbed a tree in hopes of catching a glimpse of Jesus. He saw the chasm that existed, one he had tried to fill with money; but, it is a chasm only a Savior can fill....

6 Ways to Stay Connected

Here at Grace Church, we believe that the church is not a religion, institution, or building. Rather it is God’s redeemed people whom He protects, guides, and nurtures. As a church, we are striving to be prayerfully dependent, biblically oriented, culturally engaged, courageously generous, ministry......

Faith Greater Than Fear

Few men are more broken than the man with a dying child. Scanning the landscape, Jairus’ eyes finally landed on Jesus. Time was draining, and he began  to run, his skirt fabric hiked up in his fist. Jairus was a ruler in the synagogue, probably......

Sermon Recap | New Testament Characters | Jairus

Jairus’ story tells not only of faith that counteracts fear, but of a Savior, who commands it. When Jairus, a respected leader of the synagogue, falls at the Rabbi’s feet in a desperate plea to save his feverous daughter, Jesus turns to address another concern of a nameless woman in agony. ...

Even When…

I was driving home from school one day stressed, overwhelmed, and disappointed. I thought about all the ways I fail my Savior. I thought about my shame and feelings of unworthiness that only seem to grow as I get more involved in ministries and my......