Oct 072009

Big Idea:
The door of God’s grace is opened and entered through humility.

Scripture Memory:
2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Action Step:
Accept God’s invitation to his celebration of his restored children!

Reflections and Important news for Church at the Grove:

  • What a weekend at Church at the Grove!  We heard Saturday evening that Austin and Shelley were both unable to make it due to being sick.  We prayed, we scrambled and we thank God for Jeffrey Slape being able to step in.  Thank you BIG to Gabe and my wife Jill for stepping in and making Sunday a great Sunday. 
  • Gabe, Jill and our band are awesome!  They can adjust to any circumstances and still sound great and lead incredible worship!
  • I am loving my community group.  Our starting point group meets on Sunday nights and we are having a blast!  This past Sunday was Mexican night, this coming Sunday is Soup and Salad night!  Oh yeah, we are also having some great discussion about God and the Bible.

I am loving this current series we are in!  There is nothing more foundational and vital to our spiritual journey than THE GOSPEL!

  • This past Sunday we looked at the story of the Prodigal.  Here are a few thoughts for review:
  • Jesus is telling this story to two groups of people:  The younger son identifies with the tax collectors and sinners.  The Elder son identifies with the Pharisees and teachers of the Law.
  • The story could be more accurately titled, “The Two Lost Sons” or “The Prodigal God”. 
  • It is just as much about the Elder son as the Younger son.  The were both alienated from the father.
  • The father leaves his house to come greet and invite each son to come into his home.  What a picture of Jesus leaving heaven to come to us!
  • The Elder son remains alienated from the father because of his pride in his moral superiority or his own righteousness.  That is why 2 Corinthians 5:21 is such an important verse alongside this passage.

I am so burdened for so many families in our church community right now.  There are so many families going through hard and difficult times.

I believe with all my heart that we are under spiritual attack.  The enemy doesn’t want our church to have impact and influence!  We must be in prayer for our church!

We are entering an important and vital time of prayer for the life of our church!  Please join us this coming week in our 40 days of prayer and fasting!  You will receive a prayer journal this coming Sunday! 

As we move into our ADVANCE Faith Initiative this fall, we will continue to face attack and opposition!  We must stay focused and resist the temptation to get distracted. 

Please be in prayer for our ADVANCE Faith Initiative!



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