Proxy 3.3

Being intentional about organizing our lives around what is most important can be hard … we have so many demands on our time, so many things (good and bad alike) to draw our attention elsewhere. And that’s the thing – we could easily live a good & busy life and still miss out on living the best life that God has designed for us.


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Proxy 3.2

 
Promoting God in our everyday lives – and therefore bringing the Divine into the everyday – is something that takes effort, but also something that brings incredible results … results FOR the Kingdom of God and results of JOY in our own lives. So the question that remains for us is this: “HOW do I promote God in my life?”

Now, clearly this means that we need to champion the cause of Christ and the mission of His church outside of our regular gatherings, but what does that look like? This past Sunday we were challenged to Open the Door to our community by intentionally inviting our friends, neighbors, coworkers, peers, family, and others to connect in with our June message series, entitled “Why?”

This series will focus on some of the biggest questions that we all have – whether or not we’re followers of Jesus. It’s a great time to simply ask someone to come along.

We provided everyone 3 postcard-sized handouts to facilitate this process – 1 to keep (to be reminded of what’s coming up and to keep our eyes wide for opportunities to open the door to those around us) and 2 to give away (using however it is God has wired us to make the invitations). It’s a simple, practical, and effective way to invite others to share in the joy that we’ve found in Jesus!

Maybe you’ll hand one to a coworker in the office. Maybe you’ll mail one to a friend with a handwritten note asking them to sit with you when they visit. Maybe you’ll walk across the street with a plate of cookies and let your neighbor know that you’d love for them to come along. Maybe you’ll write an original song and post it to YouTube inviting anyone who sees to connect in with the exciting things happening at GFC. However God has gifted, designed, and talented you, use it to promote God through these invitations!

And remember … you’re not just asking people to come to a church service. You’re inviting them to join in the journey of helping people live Jesus-centered lives here at Grace Family. You’re letting them know that we’re a place that values kids & students, community impact, gathering in groups, and engaging services. You’re showing them that being a follower of Jesus isn’t primarily about having a religion but about restoring and redeeming relationships.

And that’s something worth connecting to … for anyone!
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And for your “Extra 10” (yes, we’re past 10 days, but it’s so GOOD to do this!), why not read how serious the Apostle Paul was about the building of Christ’s church? He has some intense things to say to the believers in the city of Corinth. You can read it here => https://goo.gl/o8s6R8


Proxy 3.1

Happy Tuesday!  How has your third week of Proxy Challenges gone so far?  Hopefully, you’ve been able to listen to the message in person or through our podcast (on our website, in our app, or on iTunes) and you’re ready to up the challenge of stepping into some of what it means to be a good PROXY for God by PROMOTING Him and His agenda.  Are we ready?  I hope so!

Our first challenge urged us to:  “Focus on Christ” … the idea being that to promote God with our TIME by taking our individual lunchtimes three times this week to fast, pray, and worship Jesus.  Can we take those 30 or 60 minutes on three different days and say to God (and the world around us!), “Jesus, you are who and what I need, more than anything else this world has to offer”?  

Now if you’ve never fasted before, know that it is one those disciplines that the historic Christian church has practiced for millenia, a way of using the physical sensation of hunger to focus our minds on the radical need that our souls have for Jesus, to feel the pangs of hunger and use them to remind us how much we need to hunger for Christ.  It can be hard, and it definitely DOES take focus, but it will help you experience the presence and power of Jesus in a unique way.

And since we’re supposed to be promoting what we KNOW about God, why not take a portion of your three lunchtimes to pray for the lost and the broken, those who need the redeeming love and grace and mercy of Jesus in the ELANCO area and beyond, something that is definitely the heartbeat of who God is?

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Interested in reading about a time of prayer and fasting in the Bible?  Click the link to discover the approach one of God’s chosen leaders – a man named Nehemiah – took when confronted with a problem => CLICK HERE.

 


Proxy 2.3


Our second week of Proxy Challenges is almost wrapped up. We’ve been focusing on trusting God – that is, believing what He’s said to be true and then stepping out in corresponding obedience.

And if you’re anything like me, it can be tough.


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Proxy 2.2

Pastor Rick Warren uses the acrostic SHAPE (that is, your Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences) to talk about the way God wired you and why you need to not just KNOW your SHAPE but USE it to do the things God made you to do. In our PROXY series, we’ve outlined that three main ways God wants us to be good representatives of Him is how we use our Time, our Talent, and our Treasure. Our talent is probably best described by using this SHAPE concept, not just simply what we’re good at.

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Proxy 2.1

You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re ALL busy. And being busy means that we have all kinds of demands on our time. In light of all that busy-ness, our first proxy challenge this week asked us to make a commitment of our time for the remainder of month-long series …


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Proxy 1.2

 
Our second Proxy Challenge from Pastor Tim directed us to “Encourage 5 People” this week – that is, to intentionally look for those who need a touch of Jesus’ grace and love and to “be Jesus” to them.

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Pray & GO: Friday’s Challenge

 
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One time on a trip to the mountains, my friend accidentally put diesel fuel into his gasoline-powered SUV. He didn’t put much into the tank before realizing his error, but even a gallon or so of the wrong propellant made the rest of the ride home bumpy and treated us to a lovely smoke show out of the exhaust system.


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Pray & GO: Tuesday’s Go Challenge

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Tuesday’s Pray & GO Challenge!
 

If we’re really all on mission … what does that mean?

It means that I am part of something greater than myself, something global and eternal and divine.

It means that I am more than “just” another cog in the wheel – I am uniquely, individually SENT.


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Pray & GO: Monday’s Go Challenge

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MONDAY’S PRAY & GO CHALLENGE!

It can be so very easy to slip into the grind of the routine, to push weightier matters of life off into the “it’s somebody else’s job” world so easily.


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