New Men’s Bible Study Beginning 8/8

IMG_0141“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” -Paul (1 Cor 11:1)

That’s a pretty bold statement isn’t it? In this verse, the Apostle Paul is effectively saying, look to ME for an example as I look to Jesus for mine. It’s hard to deny an example that is lived out right in front of us, good or bad. What kind of example are you to the people around you? Would you like to be an example of Christlikeness to others? If you are a Christian, that is EXACTLY what God has called you to be.

Men, I’d like to invite you to join me on Tuesday mornings, 6-7am, beginning next Tuesday 8/8, for a study of the life of Paul. Paul is one of the most interesting and influential people in the Bible. He was a man of grace and grit who lived a life of reckless abandon for Jesus Christ. Our objective for this study is simple, but not easy: To learn more about the life of Paul, draw closer to Jesus, and become a more faithful example of Christ to others. Doing this study as a group will bring us encouragement and  confidence because we are not doing this alone. Because this is a men’s group, we’ll be discussing some things that are unique to men and our walk with Christ.

Men, none of us will be a perfect example. But by God’s grace, we can all be a FAITHFUL example. Join me on Tuesday mornings. Make this study, Sunday worship, and daily time with God a priority, and a part of your routine. You wont regret it.

For this study we’ll be using a study guide from the ministry of Chuck Swindoll. I already have a number of copies, so no need to buy one. Just bring a Bible and show up on Tuesday morning, 6am, south hallway classroom at Grace Bible.

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New Series At Grace Bible: No Longer Slaves, The Book of Galatians

IMG_3639So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son then an heir through God. Galatians 4:7

Sunday, August 13th at Grace Bible, we’ll begin a new series ‘No Longer Slaves’ working through the book of Galatians.

For a few years now, we have primarily gone through books of the Bible on Sundays. We have gone through Ecclesiastes, Romans, and most recently John to name a few. While a book of the Bible may not have a catchy name or seem as “relevant” I assure you God’s word is ALWAYS relevant (See Isaiah 40:8). Our ambition in our worship services is to make much of Jesus, and God’s Word definitely does that.

For more on the advantages of preaching through books of the Bible, check out this great post by Jared C. Wilson 8 Reasons To Preach Through Books of the Bible

Galatians has been called “The Magna Carta of Christian Liberty.” Here’s what a few notable voices have said about this awe inspiring book of the Bible:

“While we live here on earth, we will be accused, exercised with temptations, oppressed with heaviness and sorrow…Because of this, Paul sets out in this letter of Galatians to teach us, to comfort us, and to keep us constantly aware of this Christian righteousness.” -Martin Luther

“Galatians is all about the gospel. The gospel all of us need throughout all of our lives.” -Tim Keller

“Perhaps more than any other book of the Bible it shows with utter clarity that the gospel is not only the message that saves us, but the message that underlies and empowers all of the Christian life.” -Tim Challies

Some especially notable verses/passages from Galatians:

1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

2:16 …we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.

2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

3:7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

3:11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”

3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

3:23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

4:4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

4:8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

5:5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.

5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

When God Is Your Father

This past Sunday we looked at Romans 8:15-17 and discussed how, through faith in Christ, we are justified before God, but we are also adopted as sons and daughters of God.

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. – Romans 8:14-17

We ended our time with 5 things that we know, When God is our father….

1. When God is your father your more than forgiven, you’re family

2. When God is your father he’s going to give you what’s best for you

3. When God is your father your future is secure

4. When God is your father your identity is set

5. When God is your father there’s no such thing as a fair fight against you. In Christ, He IS on our side. That doesnt mean that every outcome will go the way we want it to. But it does mean that God will ultimately give us what is BEST for us.

“If God is for us who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

“…no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed…” (Isaiah 54:17)

For further reading, here’s a great post from Desiring God on the subject of God as Father:  Worship God As Father 

Forming a biblical view of technology…

Are you concerned that our use of technology may be hurting our families? Do you feel like you, or your kids spend an inordinate amount of time in front of device screens or in isolation tied to a phones? It’s something we are all dealing with and it is relatively new at some level to most of us. Technology is here to stay, that’s for sure. But how do we as Christians approach technology from a biblical perspective? What are the risks associated with it’s use? This podcast episode from The Village Church, Higland Village Texas on using technology biblically is timely, and much needed. Check it out at the link below:

 The Tech-Wise Family 

Grace Bible Elder Retreat

Myself and the other elders at Grace Bible went on our annual retreat this past weekend. Elder retreats are a time for us to be enriched in our calling, discuss the health and direction of our church family, and be sharpened for our calling and commission as leaders. This year we used a resource titled ‘Gospel Eldership, Equipping a Generation of Servant Leaders’ as study material for our time. The book is a great book for those who would like to know more about what it means to be an elder in Christ’s local church, or any Christian looking to faithfully serve. You can find it on Amazon here.  I know I can speak for our elder team when I say that we are excited about the work that God has entrusted to us at Grace Bible. We are deeply committed to the gospel, and the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. We covet your prayers, that we lead and love well. 

GRACE BIBLE, APRIL RECAP

April was a month FULL of gospel opportunities, relationships and God-glorifying FUN at Grace Bible. Here are a few highlights, beginning with the most recent:

FROM GraceKids LAST SUNDAY…


…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus isLord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 What an awesome group of kids!!! Thanks Alicia, and all of our GraceKids and IMPACT leaders. You are making a difference for Christ in the lives of the kids you teach!

BREAKAWAY WEEKEND (7-12th Grade)

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RECENT SERMON

In our most recent sermon we continued our Redeemed series with our 2nd message on the topic of repentance. Our opening text of Scripture was 2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation withoutregret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

We then looked at a story that Jesus told that illustrates true repentance, The Parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32.

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You can listen to ‘Repentance and a Community of Grace’ (as well as all of our recent messages  here.

LADIES CALLED TO COUNSEL…

18221687_10213109382916355_8085345132307043615_nLast weekend 4/29 we had several ladies from our church attend the “Called To Counsel” conference to learn more about biblical counseling. We are so thankful for their willingness to serve and grow!

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY

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Tuesday April 25th our Tuesday mens group began a challenging new study, Follow Me. Mark Hales is leading the study.  Join us if you’d like, men, Tuesdays, 6am!

OUR NEW FULL-TIME STUDENT MINISTER
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Sunday, April 23rd we were thrilled to announce that Price Ferrell will be our full time Student Minister beginning mid-May.

EASTER SUNDAY!!!

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We had a GREAT turnout for our Easter worship service held Gunter High School. Thank you so much to those who helped to make it happen!

…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the HolySpirit…Matthew 28:19

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Our a current sermon series “Redeemed” kicked off on Easter Sunday.  In him we have redemption  through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…Ephesians 1:7

PALM SUNDAY!!!!

Our annual Palm Sunday celebration was a blast, as always. We love our church family!

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