Aug 27, 2017
Loving ELANCO – Week 2
Perhaps the best known passage in all of Scripture comes from the book of John: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. During our Loving ELANCO series, we’ll learn how we can love the world that Jesus came to save and step out in tangible ways to impact our community.
 
In today's message, we dig deeper into what it means to love ELANCO, focusing on defining WHAT love really is, WHY we are supposed to love others, and HOW that love manifests in the world around us.  We conclude with a push to engage in our unique community impact initiative this coming Sunday.
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  • Aug 27, 2017Loving ELANCO – Week 2
    Aug 27, 2017
    Loving ELANCO – Week 2
    Perhaps the best known passage in all of Scripture comes from the book of John: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. During our Loving ELANCO series, we’ll learn how we can love the world that Jesus came to save and step out in tangible ways to impact our community.
     
    In today's message, we dig deeper into what it means to love ELANCO, focusing on defining WHAT love really is, WHY we are supposed to love others, and HOW that love manifests in the world around us.  We conclude with a push to engage in our unique community impact initiative this coming Sunday.
  • Aug 20, 2017Loving ELANCO – Week 1
    Aug 20, 2017
    Loving ELANCO – Week 1
    Perhaps the best known passage in all of Scripture comes from the book of John: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. During our Loving ELANCO series, we’ll learn how we can love the world that Jesus came to save and step out in tangible ways to impact our community.
     
    In today's message, we discover the big picture of what it means to love ELANCO, focusing on both WHERE we're supposed to love and WHO we're supposed to love.  We also take a moment to discuss the events of Charlottesville last weekend.
  • Jul 30, 2017Summer Playlist – Sorrow & Joy
    Jul 30, 2017
    Summer Playlist – Sorrow & Joy
    SUMMER IS HERE, AND IT HAS A PLAYLIST. We’re taking a few weeks this summer to discover some of the playlists we find in the Bible ... songs that we have been given to help guide us, to inspire us, to console us, and many other things. You see, the book of Psalms in the Bible is really a divine collection of music and poetry that can form the most powerful playlists we’ve ever encountered. It’s time to listen to the music.
    On today's playlist, we discover the music of sorrow and joy - and the essential piece to moving from a place of despair into the life and freedom we were designed to have.  Listen as we discover how to bridge that seemingly impossible divide.
  • May 28, 2017Proxy – Week 4 (SACRIFICE)
    May 28, 2017
    Proxy – Week 4 (SACRIFICE)
    Series: Proxy
    One of the questions we’re often asked as a church is what’s God’s purpose for my life?  Many others are like it … what does God want from me? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life?
     
    This life was purposed and planned before the first foundations of our universe sparked into existence. This life was designed to be one where the Divine intersects with the daily, where God Himself walks among us, talks to us, interacts with us, and loves us … and where we do the same with Him.  We’re designed to be God’s PROXY, His representation, in our everyday lives.
     
    All of what it takes to be a good proxy for God - to represent well the One who made us - is not about reaching some pinnacle of spirituality.  We learn that to SACRIFICE for God is an authentic response of a follower of Jesus wherever she or he is in their spiritual journey ... that it all comes down to how we see Jesus.  If He is just a religious leader or a good teacher or a moral man, we'll only follow Him accordingly.  But if He is the indescribable, unmatchable, limitless, glorious Author of all Creation, then following Him and reveling in His love will invariably lead us to surrender joyfully all of who we are and what we have to serve Him with all we've got.
  • May 21, 2017Proxy – Week 3 (PROMOTE)
    May 21, 2017
    Proxy – Week 3 (PROMOTE)
    Series: Proxy
    One of the questions we’re often asked as a church is what’s God’s purpose for my life?  Many others are like it … what does God want from me? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life?
     
    This life was purposed and planned before the first foundations of our universe sparked into existence. This life was designed to be one where the Divine intersects with the daily, where God Himself walks among us, talks to us, interacts with us, and loves us … and where we do the same with Him.  We’re designed to be God’s PROXY, His representation, in our everyday lives.
     
    Today we see that if we really KNOW God and if we really  TRUST in Him to be who He says He is, that I can't help but begin to PROMOTE Him in all areas of my life, championing what is close to His heart and ordering my life around the glorious truth that the One who spoke and the universe leaped into existences loves me, values me, and pursues me - and all of us!
  • May 14, 2017Proxy – Week 2 (TRUST)
    May 14, 2017
    Proxy – Week 2 (TRUST)
    Series: Proxy
    One of the questions we’re often asked as a church is what’s God’s purpose for my life?  Many others are like it … what does God want from me? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life?
     
    This life was purposed and planned before the first foundations of our universe sparked into existence. This life was designed to be one where the Divine intersects with the daily, where God Himself walks among us, talks to us, interacts with us, and loves us … and where we do the same with Him.  We’re designed to be God’s PROXY, His representation, in our everyday lives.
     
    Today we see that if we really KNOW God to be who He really is, we'll respond by demonstrating our TRUST in Him - in an informed, active, dynamic, secure, and focused way.
  • Apr 30, 2017Before & After – Week 5
    Apr 30, 2017
    Before & After – Week 5
     
    In our Before & After series, we look into the life of someone in the Bible who had a life-changing encounter with the Almighty God. What if this is the season that God is going use to change YOUR story, or your FRIEND’S story, from Before … to After!
     
    This week week we look at one of the shortest books in the Bible (Philemon) to discover some of the biggest truths about what our Before & After stories should look like.
  • Apr 9, 2017Before & After – Week 2
    Apr 9, 2017
    Before & After – Week 2
    In our Before & After series, we look into the life of someone in the Bible who had a life-changing encounter with the Almighty God. What if this is the season that God is going use to change YOUR story, or your FRIEND’S story, from Before … to After!
     
    This week we journey alongside two men - two KINGS - in the Bible.  Both encountered humbling experiences when they walked away from God's principles & priorities, but only one moved to embrace true humility, true trust in God.
  • Feb 5, 2017Jonah – Chapter 1
    Feb 5, 2017
    Jonah – Chapter 1
    Series: Jonah 2017
     
    Of all the stories found in the Bible, one of the most recognizable is that of Jonah, particularly the part of the narrative when he is swallowed alive by a gigantic sea creature and - miraculously - lives to tell the tale.  But could it be that there is much more to this account than fantastic oceanic adventures?
     
    Join with us throughout the month of February to discover how the story of Jonah is really a story of ALL of us and how we can learn to discover the heart of the One who loves us, designed us, and has big plans for us.
     
  • Jan 15, 2017Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 3 (MISSION Matters)
    Jan 15, 2017
    Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 3 (MISSION Matters)
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    Just this past September, Grace Family Church celebrated 50 years of gathering together as a family in New Holland.  This half-century has been filled with memories, passion, and community.  As the New Year begins, we look back on some of what God has done in and through our church.  But we also look ahead to what He has in store for us in the days coming.  
     
    Guided by our past, but never enslaved to it, we peer eagerly into what the time ahead of us will bring.  Grace Family Church has an invaluable mission and a compelling vision for the future, and we set our eyes on how the hope, love, joy, forgiveness, and restoration that following after Jesus provides.