Why Become Part of Grace Family?
Our number one need in life is to love and be loved. At Grace Church we emphasize that we are not a haven for saints, but a hospital for sinners. We are not perfect people, we’re real people who have found the hope and power that God offers, regardless of our situations or circumstances.
Bonhoffer in his book, “Life Together” suggests that disillusionment with our local church is a good thing in that it destroys any false expectations of perfection or the church being a place for saints. “The sooner we give up the illusion that a church must be perfect in order to love it, the sooner we quit pretending and start admitting we’re all imperfect and need grace. This is the beginning of real community.”
*Community exists for times of celebration, times of sorrow, and the times we just need a tune up! So if you want a place to love and be loved, becoming part of Grace Church makes sense.
What does it take to have a real loving Church community?
*Community is something we are intentional about, it takes commitment.
The reality is it takes God’s power, forgiveness, and love, and OUR efforts to have a real community. We are, according to Paul, partners in the Gospel, partners with God in bringing the Good News to this world. It takes both God and our efforts to generate a God inspired community. God’s Word speaks to this as it says:
“You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.” James 3:18
“They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.” Acts 2:42
*Community takes honesty, depth, real sharing, and no masks. It takes confidentiality. We can only be fully loved when we are fully known.
“Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.” Proverbs 16:28
*Cultivating community requires time, frequency, and the understanding that you can’t microwave it. Communities have the best flavor if simmered in a Crock-Pot.
“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another.” Hebrews 10:25
This is why we ask you to commit to giving your: prayers, presence, gifts, and service.
*Cultivating community requires a commitment to: Protecting Your Church Unity!
Unity is the heart and soul of church fellowship. It is our job to protect it. As Pastor Warren points out: “Unity in the church is so important that the New Testament gives more attention to it than to either heaven or hell.”
“You are joined together with peace through the Spirit, so make every effort to continue together in this way.” Ephesians 4:3
Other people in the church will love you and at times let you down. But when they let you down, that is not the time to stop fellowshipping! They are your family; even when they are not acting like your family…and no one should walk out on their family. So God’s Word says to us:
“Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2
Our common ground is Christ, not a personality, not a program, not a worship service, it is Christ.
It is God who makes us all unique with different personalities and backgrounds, so we must value our God given differences.
“Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony and the growth of our fellowship together.” Romans 14:9