Values are the standards and beliefs that shape how we live our lives. They are the filters that we look at the world, our circumstances, and our decisions. Values influence most everything that you do on a daily basis and allow you to stay focused on who it is that you want to be. In the same way, churches, businesses, and organizations all have values too. In this series, we will be looking at the values of Grace Church, how these values set us apart from other organizations, and how you can begin to embody these values, grow in your relationship with God, and accomplish the mission of this church.
You would probably agree that most of your closest friends, family, and even acquaintances are pretty similar to you. We tend to create and maintain relationships with people who hold to similar values as us, who believe like us, live like us, and yes...even vote like us. There seems to be a part of our nature that searches for comfortability in the people that we rub shoulders with. And this tendency is still true for many Christians. The problem is that Jesus intentionally did not live this way. Jesus gives what the end result should look like for those who follow Him, but many Christians don't look anything like that. In the last week of our series DNA, we look at the people and relationships that Jesus was focused on the most and how as a church, we are striving to focus on the same thing.Watch Message
Most of us recognize that we all have gifts, talents, time, and resources. Most of the time, we work hard to leverage these things in order to achieve success or to advance ourselves in life. Sometimes we even refer to these things as "God-given" gifts. But have you ever stopped to think what purposes God may have given you these things to accomplish? Most of the time, we leverage them for our good and our purposes. In this week's teaching, we see from the Bible that God has given us our time, talents, and treasures to help us accomplish the purposes that He has for us in life. But it's not always about using these things for our good, but for the good things God has planned for us to do.Watch Message
God never drafted you for you to idly sit on the sidelines. God created you with a purpose for a specific purpose! Somehow, we naturally know that we we're not here just for ourselves. There is an innate sense built into us that we were created for something bigger! But how do you figure out what your purpose is so that you can begin to live it out? In the second week of our series DNA, Pastor Ken looks at what the Bible says about how you can discover and live out this purpose, and how living out the purpose God created not only helps you grow in your faith, but helps others along the way.Watch Message
In the first week of our series DNA, we explore the first and most important of our churches values - Biblically Centered. We recognize that we didn't invent us. We didn't choose to be born with the skills, IQ, or advantages. All of that was a gift given to us by God to be leveraged in this life. And because, we didn't invent us, God has a unique plan for our lives and it's in His Word that we discover that plan and are held accountable to it. It doesn't mean that we'll always like everything that it says, but that we can trust everything it says.Watch Message