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Blog Archives: October 2015

What's Your Salvation For?

October 30, 2015
Stacey Powdrell
If someone were to ask you “What’s your salvation really for?” how would you answer them?  What would you include in your response?  Is it simply about your own rescue from sin or is there a greater purpose?  Our 6th-12th grade students have been mulling over this question this semester at Crossroads with the help of a video series called “For the Life of the World.”  Created by Acton Institute and produced by Gorilla Pictures, this creative and clever 7-episode series challenges its viewers to think about what it means to be “in the world ...

Word of the Week

October 28, 2015
Tag Tuck
Word of the Week Story is a word I’ve been thinking about this week. Do you know Donald Miller who wrote the best seller Blue Like Jazz? It was a great story of his struggle to live out his faith in Christ. He’s gone on to start his own company called Storybrand that helps others communicate their message. He’s worked with several large companies putting his expertise in the study of story to good use. He talks about a basic 7-part framework to every story from Shakespeare to Star Wars. Every story starts with a hero character (1) who has ...

Born of a Woman

October 23, 2015
Tag Tuck
Creeds, like the Chalcedonian Creed, are just short summaries of the full message of the Bible. They are the cliff notes that help us get into the story. Maybe in high school you were like me and used cliff notes to get out of reading the whole book. That’s not actually how they’re supposed to work. Sometimes it helps to read the cliff notes first so you have an idea of where you’re headed when you dive into a big book. Sometimes you want to read them after you read the book to have it made clearer to you. The Chalcedonian Creed can work ...

Word of the Week

October 22, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Super good Well, “super good” is two words.  Mark Rodriguez wrote that God is “super good”. At the GCC women’s retreat the women learned about the remarkable life of Mark Rodriguez, a 17-year-old disciple of Jesus who was killed on May 30, 2014 in an apparently random act of violence.  I mentioned him in my sermon on James 1:1-4:12 as we considered James’ counsel to “count it all joy” when we have suffered in various ways.  You can learn more about Mark’s extraordinary life here, or listen to Leigh Ellen Rodriquez talking ...

Word of the Week

October 14, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the week: Wow! We just had one of the best weekends ever at Grace Community Church.  We hosted the Japan Partnership for their first ever regional missions event. If you missed it, be sure to hear Jeremy Sink’s powerful Sunday message. Some of the other Japan Partnership Missions Conference talks will be posted eventually.  Over seventy people were present from all over the region.  The speakers were outstanding. Some of our GCC family helped make it spectacular: Susan Nelson and Barbara Eppard helped make the place beautiful and ...

The Chalcedonian Definition: A Body and Soul

October 13, 2015
Tom Breeden
This week we continue our blog series on the Chalcedonian Creed. Last week, Don summarized the history for us. Was Jesus God or man? This was the question that the Council was trying to address and their answer is preserved for us in the Creed. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. As our Shorter Catechism says in Question 21, Jesus is "God and man in two distinct natures, and one person, forever." When we say that Jesus is fully man, we really do mean fully man. As the Creed puts it, Jesus has "reasonable [rational] soul and body." Jesus has a ...

The Chalcedonian Definition: Was Jesus God or Man?

October 08, 2015
Don Ward
October is a month of anniversaries of great moments in Christian history.  Many are familiar with October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted his discussion points on the church door at Wittenburg (called the 95 Theses).  Church history celebrates a lesser known event this month- the fourth ecumenical council that met October 22nd and 25th of 451 A.D.  Because it met in a town called Chalcedon, the famous Christian doctrinal statement this counsel produced is called the Chalcedonian Creed.  For some of the coming weeks, Tag, Tom Breeden (our ...

Word of the Week

October 08, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Questions Christians sometimes get scared about questions.  If we ask a question, are we questioning God by doing so?  Jesus used questions to great effect in His ministry.  “Who do you say that I am?”  At our Discover Grace class and in private conversations, I’ve been getting great questions.  They range from “Do you think Adam and Eve existed” to “What’s the difference between an elder and deacon”? Questions help clarify things. They are great teaching tools.  They are a great tool for conversations with people ...