"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

Sermon Prep (LM)

April 21 2019

When we think of Passion week, we usually think of the three key events of the final days of Jesus on earth – his triumphal entry, crucifixion, and resurrection, but there was so much more that happened between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. The Gospel Coalition has put a wonderful resource online called The Final […]

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April 14, 2019

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Passion Week. We are calling our Passion Week service series GLORIFIED and working our way through chapters 12-20 of the Gospel of John. In chapter 12, Jesus declares: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to […]

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April 7, 2019

This Sunday will be our reflection service for Philippians. In place of a sermon, we will be inviting you to stand and testify to how the word of God has been at work in you through this series. Paul prayed for and expected the word of God to be “at work.” And we also thank […]

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March 31, 2019

I’m going to date myself here, but there was series of TV commercials when I was growing up for the stock brokerage firm EF Hutton that went like this. At some large dinner party, one person would quietly comment to another that his broker was EF Hutton and all conversation would fall silent. Then the […]

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March 24, 2019

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he refers to God twenty-two times. In eighteen of those mentions, He is simply “God.” Three times He is called God “our Father.” But once, in our passage this Sunday, Paul calls Him “the God of peace.” “…and the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9).” What […]

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March 17, 2019

“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead… (Phil. 3:13).” What lies ahead makes all the difference. In February, I had the joy (and pain!) of running a 200-mile relay with 11 other guys from Grace out in Arizona. For each of the 36 legs, there would […]

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March 11, 2019

This Sunday in Philippians we will get a powerful reminder of a gospel truth that is easier to affirm than it is to live out. Paul reminds us that in Christ we are those who “put no confidence in the flesh.” Where are we to rest the full weight of our faith that God’s love […]

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March 3, 2019

We are almost halfway through Philippians with one final section of chapter two to go. At first read, after the glorious description of Christ’s humble condescension and sacrificial redeeming love (2:1-11) and then the strong encouragement to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (2:13-18), what comes next might seem quite a bit less […]

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February 24, 2019

One of the questions we ask each week as we prepare our order of worship, choosing songs and scripture, is, “What sorts of hearts will our passage be addressing or confronting this week?” Fearful hearts? Idolatrous hearts? Weary hearts? Proud hearts? Numb hearts? Self-righteous hearts? If you read our text for Sunday (Philippians 2:12-18), what […]

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February 17, 2019

This past Sunday, Randy posed the question, “Is your approach to church me-centered or we-centered?” As we begin Philippians 2 this Sunday, we could ask a similar question, “Is your approach to church me-centered or you-centered?” Or as I sometimes ask my kids (and frequently need to ask myself), “Are you operating from a me […]

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February 10, 2019

Grace Family, let’s not forget that it is “through our prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:19) that God will present each one of us mature in Christ. Let’s be lifting up our brothers and sisters at Grace in prayer this week by name! With the last few verses of […]

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February 3, 2019

  Eternal Weight of Glory 1. Now the days and hours and moments Of our suffering seem so long; And the toilsome wait and wondering Threaten silence to our song. Now our pain is real and pressing Where our faith is thin and weak, But our hope is set on Jesus; And we cling to […]

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January 27, 2019

The subtitle of our Philippians series is Words of Hope from a Man in Chains. Erik pointed out this past Sunday that Paul was a “man in chains” on two levels. He considered himself a “slave of Christ”, bound to Christ for the sake of the gospel, and the plans God had for him included […]

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January 20, 2019

This Sunday we will begin preaching through Paul’s letter to the Philippians in a series we’re calling Joy in the Faith: Words of Hope from a Man in Chains. If you missed our reading service on Sunday, you can listen to it here. Paul begins his letter by expressing how thankful he is for the […]

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January 13, 2019

This Sunday we begin our next sermon series through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Our series title, Joy in the Faith, is taken directly from Philippians 1:25. Paul is not sure whether his imprisonment will end with his execution or his deliverance, but he has a strong feeling that the Lord still has more work […]

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January 6, 2019

We are beginning the new year with a new Bible reading plan for Grace. Our 2019 Take Up Your Sword reading plan will cover the eleven storyline books of the Old Testament. For some of you, the Old Testament might feel more daunting, more unfamiliar, maybe even (dare I say) irrelevant. Jesus has come. Why […]

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December 30, 2018

Our advent series will wrap up this Sunday with a fifth reason for which Jesus was born. He was born to reconcile enemies (Ephesians 2:11-22). “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both […]

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December 23, 2018

Our advent series continues this Sunday with a fourth reason for which Jesus was born. He was born to adopt slaves as sons. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might […]

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December 16, 2018

This Sunday our advent series continues with a third reason God the Son took on flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus was born to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:27-32). “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32).” In the incarnation, God showed up in person to make His […]

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December 9, 2018

This Sunday our advent series continues with a second reason God the Son took on flesh and dwelt among us. Delivering us from death is what Jesus was born to save us from. Eternal life is what Jesus was born to save us to. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only […]

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December 2, 2018

This Sunday we begin our advent series Born which will explore five glorious reasons God the Son took on flesh and dwelt among us. For two years the book of Genesis has had us continually looking forward to a special offspring: the offspring of Eve who would bruise Satan’s head (Gen. 3:15), the offspring of […]

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November 25, 2018

This Sunday is our final reflection service for the book of Genesis, a space where we as a congregation have the opportunity to encourage one another with what God has been teaching us through the Genesis series. We began preaching through Genesis in January 2017, and we just completed the last section, which has covered […]

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November 18, 2018

After two years, we come to the final passage of Genesis this Sunday. This book that began with God speaking life into existence ends with bones in a coffin. But Joseph’s last words are spoken with rock-solid faith in God’s faithfulness and his coffin would continue to “speak” those words of faith to God’s people […]

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November 11, 2018

This Sunday we come to Genesis 49:1-28. Jacob is about to die and has his deathbed moment with his sons. Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come. Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob, listen to Israel your […]

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November 4, 2018

The opening verses of Psalm 105 describe what we are to do each week as we gather for worship as a local church. Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;             make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him;             tell of all his wondrous works! […]

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October 28, 2018

The Christian life is a life of faith. We are to believe God’s promises and walk in the confident trust that He will be faithful to every last one. God has not told us everything that we might like to know as we face the future, but He’s told us everything we need to know […]

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October 21, 2018

We are pausing our God Meant It for Good series this Sunday for our Bible conference Pray Like This: The Lord’s Pattern for Prayer. We will be working through the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) in five sessions. Friday evening will kick off with a panel discussion on practical helps for more effective praying. Then Saturday […]

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October 14, 2018

Last Sunday, in Genesis 44-45, we saw Joseph’s brothers come to true repentance and Joseph was standing ready to save them. This week, in Genesis 46, we’ll see Joseph relocate Jacob and all of his family in Egypt, and the LORD will reassure Jacob saying, “Do not be afraid to go… I myself will go […]

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October 7, 2018

Last week we saw Joseph put his brothers through a series of tests to reveal whether or not they had truly changed since the days they had sold him into slavery and lied about his death (Genesis 42-43), and so far it’s looking good. But in Genesis 44-45, we’ll see that Joseph has one final […]

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September 30, 2018

Although we have called these weekly posts Sermon Prep, they are really intended to be more than just an encouragement to prepare ourselves to hear God’s word that will be preached. Their purpose is to prepare us to come as active participants (not passive recipients) as we gather to worship together. Singing is another way […]

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September 23, 2018

Can you remember the last time you prayed like this (Psalm 13:1-3)? Maybe you’re praying this right now. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?       How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all […]

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September 16, 2018

I was encouraged recently by something Richard Baxter wrote about the responsibility of preachers to first have their own hearts warmed by God before trying to warm the hearts of others. I think a minister should take special pains with his heart, before he is to go to the congregation: if it be then cold, […]

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September 9, 2018

Our God Meant It for Good series will continue this Sunday with Genesis 38. Matthew began his Gospel by recounting the line of promise from Abraham to David to Jesus. The pattern goes like this: Abraham was the father of Isaac, And Isaac the father of Jacob, And Jacob the father of Judah and his […]

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September 2, 2018

This Sunday we will begin our final section of Genesis and have entitled this last series God Meant It for Good, taken from the final chapter when Joseph looked his brothers (who had sold him into slavery!) in the eyes and declared: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for […]

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August 26, 2018

This Sunday Jackson will be wrapping up our Praying Together series with a sermon on Asking Together, from John 14:12-14 (and related passages). We can start asking together this week, in anticipation of all the ways God might work among us this Sunday. Tony Payne’s short (but incredibly practical) book called How to Walk into […]

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August 19, 2018

This Sunday Randall Gruendyke will be continuing our Praying Together series with a sermon on Giving Thanks Together, from select passages. This is God’s clear will for us, Grace: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).” This is not easy. It’s a […]

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August 12, 2018

This Sunday will be week two in our “Praying Together” series. Erik Thoennes will be preaching on Hungering and Thirsting for God Together from Psalm 63. “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there […]

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August 5, 2018

This Sunday we will begin a four-week preaching series called “Praying Together.” As we have been studying Genesis, you may have noticed that one of the earliest marks of those who are God’s people is “calling upon the name of the Lord.” And as we recently read in our Take Up Your Sword reading plan, […]

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July 25th, 2018

This Sunday will be a reflection service, where we look to the congregation to encourage one another with testimonies of how God has used the latest section of Genesis in our lives. Did a sermon impact you just when you needed it? Encourage our church family to walk by faith by sharing. How can you […]

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June 27, 2018

Last Sunday, we began to see a different Jacob emerging from these years of hard work and waiting. God has slowly been teaching him that his confidence does not lie in his own scheming and striving, but in the Promise Maker and Promise Keeper who goes with him. He had met his match in Laban, […]

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