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Blog Archives: October 2013

What's in Our Name?

October 30, 2013
Don Ward
Over the last few weeks, Tag and I have been writing about the name of our church, and what it means.  It seems redundant to talk about the last part of our name: “Church”.  The church used to be an honored institution in American society.  For various reasons, some well-deserved, the church as an institution is now less well-regarded.  I grew up in a world where very few people in my neighborhood weren’t members of some church.  Now, I’m pretty sure most of my neighbors don’t attend church - at least there isn’t any traffic jam on Sundays...!

What's in our name?

October 23, 2013
Tag Tuck
This week as we ask, “What’s in our name?” I will unpack the second word: Community. What does Community mean in the name Grace Community Church? Let me start by asking a basic question: What is our vision? Our vision, as we commonly state it, is “discipleship through relationship.” I have a simple definition of discipleship. Discipleship is the lifelong process of every human being that seeks to answer two questions: My favorite theologian puts it like this: In other words, in thinking about ourselves we can’t help but think ...

What’s in our name?

October 17, 2013
Don Ward
I want to take some time to remind us of the name of our church and its meaning: Grace Community Church. Each word describes both who we are and who we want to become as a church. We didn’t choose it just because people liked the sound of the name in 1997. The words mean something very significant. So let’s unpack the name Grace Community Church and why it still fits us today. Grace = Gospel Grace can be defined in different ways—some good, some bad.  To some it means you have to let them get away with everything. They might say, “Grace ...

Why try a small group?

October 10, 2013
Tag Tuck
The night my wife and I met as college freshmen, we didn’t share our lives at the level of depth we do now. In fact, when we first met all we did was play a board game and talk about being music students. But that light conversation led to the two of us sitting next to each other in a music theory class and studying together along with some other friends. We began to share more deeply about our passion for music. Eventually the two of us began playing together on a worship team for a ministry on our university campus. We shared not only music ...

PG-13: Three Mature Subjects

October 03, 2013
Don Ward
PG-13: Three Mature Subjects As Tag and I continue through our sermons on Paul’s magnificent letter to the Corinthians, I want to alert you to some mature subject matter coming up in our sermons.  The texts for those sermons are October 13 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 October 20 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 October 27 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 I think a gospel centered approach to these topics make them particularly useful in our generation.  There is such applicable wisdom to our sexually broken age.  The church herself today has plenty of need for the ...