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Blog Archives: March 2018

Soli Deo Gloria - The Glory of God Alone

March 28, 2018
Sean Smith
This week we wrap up our series on the five solas. We have spent the past couple of weeks looking at the tenants of the protestant reformation. We have also looked at what these solas mean for us in our everyday lives. This week we look at Soli Deo Gloria and what that means for us as the body of Christ. Soli Deo Gloria means “God’s Glory alone.” What is the glory of God? I often hear this phrase and I am sure many of you have heard this as well, but do we know what it actually means? As many of you know, I am a huge fan of John Piper and I ...

Word of the Week

March 27, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Easter Easter! What does it mean to you? What memories does it bring? On the less eternal side, I think of our two young children in matching dresses. Too cute! I remember the good times when my oldest helped her toddler sister find the eggs, resisting the temptation to hoard them all! Not every time did it go that well. I remember sunrise Easter services that were very cold! I remember Tony and Cathy, who friends invited to our church in Ohio for Easter. They came, I met them, and I didn’t see them until the next year ...

Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone

March 20, 2018
Tom Breeden
“Because I said so.” This may not come as a surprise to you, but I was an opinionated child. If I had to do something, I wanted a good reason for it. If I couldn’t do something, I especially wanted a good reason for that. If you’re a parent of an opinionated child, you know how exasperating that can be. Sometimes you just don’t have time to argue with a six-year-old. So what do you say? “Because I told you so.” This week we come to the fourth week of our series on the Five Solas, a series of distinct theological commitments that came out ...

Word of the Week

March 20, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the week: Communion Last week I received the following question in the communication cards from Mr. A Nonymous (or something like that). Perhaps it was actually a woman who asked! Here was his or her question: Is it necessary to be a member of a church to take communion? And what about the need to be baptized to take communion? This comes because one of the things the pastors at Grace will say before communion is that we invite not only our members, but members of any gospel believing church, baptized Christians (we will ...

Solus Christus - Christ Alone

March 13, 2018
Don Ward
In our survey of the important biblical convictions of the Protestant Reformation, we come to a very great and important one. It is the sola about Jesus Christ - in Christ alone, or in Latin, solus Christus. Our life with God, our salvation and our hope in God are rooted in Christ alone. The church at the time of the Reformation might not have spoken a direct word against the concept of solus Christus, but in practice in many ways Christ was not seen as sufficient. He was not viewed as a sufficient savior in that his death and resurrection ...

Word of the Week

March 13, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the week: Extraordinary Extraordinary is a great word. I love how it sounds when you say it. Many seasons of church life together are ordinary. That is good. Some of the things that are extraordinary are not good. Sometimes a regular week of church life is a good thing - no tragedies, normal life, things carry on as usual. Once in a while something happens that is extraordinarily good. Sunday, we prayed for Joseph Varaksa as he will soon assume the role of chaplain for the Good News Jail Ministry at the Albemarle County Regional ...

Sola Fide - Faith Alone

March 08, 2018
Sean Smith
This week we will continue on our series on the Five Solas. Last week Pastor Tom looked at Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone. This week we will consider Sola Fide. In English, this means “Faith Alone.” Let’s take a deeper look at what that means to us and how we can apply that to our everyday lives. Sola Fide, in layman’s terms, means that nothing we do or say can be the reason that we are justified before God. At times, that is a struggle for me to believe. Like many others I am very much a fixer - when I see something wrong I want to be able ...

Word of the Week

March 08, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the week: Security The word of the week is security. Unless you are locked up in a cabin the woods, you are aware of the phenomena of public places being attacked by people with guns. Even churches aren’t exempt from this phenomenon. What do we do about it? Steve Hill and I attended a security seminar sponsored by the Albemarle County Police Department. We learned a lot which Steve will be taking back to our deacons. Additionally, Grace has had a security assessment done for us by Officer Joe George of the Albemarle County ...