We, at Grace Community Church, want to let everyone know that we are currently in the process of extending our reach through the use of social media. GCC daily updates can now be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gccWaverly and a Facebook page is well on it’s way. It is our sincere prayer and hope that God will receive the glory through the use of social media and that this will be a way in which the gospel of Jesus Christ will shard with tons more people. If there are any questions, please feel free to comment on our church website or on our Twitter account. To God alone be the glory!
A Church on the Move
Grace Community Church is about 16 months old and we are moving from 41 South Paint Street, Chillicothe, Ohio to 313 West 2nd Street, Waverly, Ohio. We are a church plant that started in the Southern Ohio area. We are currently in the process of purchasing a building in which to worship. Please pray that the details work out for God’s glory. We are also in the process of raising funds for the down payment etc.
The building will meet our needs quite nicely and give us adequate space to grow and minister to our folks. We look forward to impacting the Waverly area and seeking to become a strong part of the community.
Pray that the Lord would open doors for evangelism and discipleship for us in Waverly.
If you or your church would be interested in helping us as a sponsor or a sponsoring church please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace and Peace,
The Book of Hebrews is a very rich and rewarding part of the Bible. We will begin working our way through the book verse by verse starting this Lord’s Day 3/22/09. Use this as an opportunity to invite your friends and relatives to join us for this time of spiritual growth. Pray that Jesus Christ will be lifted up and adored even more as we learn the truth about who He is and what He’s done.
Brothers and Sisters,
I am excited to announce that Grace Reformed Fellowship will begin Sunday morning worship starting September 7.
Sunday mornings will begin with Disciple Hour (DH) at 9:30am. In this context the grade school children will meet downstairs using material from Children Desiring God (CDG). Adults and youth will join together for about half of the DH time. Together we will cover chapters from various classic Christian books such as Basic Christianity by John Stott or Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. We will be using multimedia to accompany the various classes. Then at about 10:00am or so, the youth will go upstairs with Matt and Heather to further discuss and apply the lesson while the adults do the same downstairs.
At 10:30 we will come back together, adults and children to have a short time of fellowship over coffee, tea, and cookies. This will give us some time to encourage relationship building and just hang out. This will also be a time when we can pray together getting our hearts focused for worship. The worship service begins at 11:00am sharp with singing, prayer, Scripture reading and preaching.
I’ve decided to start through the Book of Ephesians on September 7. In this book, Paul teaches what the church is all about; it will be a good place for us to start. Spend the next week or two inviting your family and friends to join us at church on our first Sunday morning.
Grace and Peace,
*The Riches of the Word
I remember a conversation I had with a guy one time who tried to convince me that he didn’t need to read God’s Word. His position was that reading the Bible was for the pastors and that it was the pastor’s job to then tell him what he needed to know. This man has since remained a very immature Christian at best and years after our conversation, he has no more desire to be in the Word than he did years before.
Unfortunately this person’s attitude toward God’s Word is the norm. George Barna’s research indicates that Bible reading among folks that claim to be Christians is at an all time low. 18%, less than 2 out of ten read their Bibles on a daily basis. 23%, almost 1 in 4 claim to never read their Bibles.
Consider these statistics in light of:
1 Tim. 4:7-8 (ESV)
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;  for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. Continue Reading
The English Standard Version (ESV) Bible is a new, essentially literal Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning. It is, in my estimation the best overall translation found.
First, it is a word-for-word translation as opposed to others that are more thought-for-thought. The Bible says every word was “breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). For this reason, the ESV seeks to translate the original Greek and Hebrew words with the greatest possible accuracy and precision.
Second, the ESV is special because it carries forward the great historic stream of Bible versions in English-with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning, in a fresh and compelling way.
The ESV is unique and special. It’s the Bible to read and treasure through all your life-a great choice for young and old, for daily reading and personal study, for church and family, for teaching and preaching, and for memorizing the words of life.
What this means for GRF is that all our sermons, discipleship material, everything used corporately in the church will be the English Standard Version. Please feel free to use your favorite version and bring it with you to corporate worship if you like. We are in no way saying that the ESV is the only good translation. What we are saying is that if you like to follow along word-for-word with the teaching and preaching, you’ll want to bring your ESV.
Grace and Peace,
Digging Wells and Planting Churches
As we live the Christian life, we must remember that it is a life of faith in Christ and a life dependant on Him. Believing in the unseen with as much trust as in the things we can see. It’s a life of living in this world but longing for the next. It’s loving those around us but supremely loving Christ. It’s also a life of discontent with what the world has to offer because we believe the true and everlasting treasure is Jesus. Living a life of faith is vital for the Christian. Paul is a great example of someone living in this world but longing for the next.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,  for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Cor. 5:6-9 (ESV)
One way we manifest walking by faith and not by sight is when we acknowledge our complete dependence on the Lord. We do this best when we pray. Prayer is the keyhole that we look through catching small glimpses of the world to come and longing to be there. As we speak with the God of the universe in prayer, He begins to change our worldly focus to an eternal focus. The more we get God’s vision for our lives, the more the unseen comes into focus and the more the seen begins to loose its grip on our hearts. Continue Reading
As you might expect from a church on the move…we’re moving. God has so graciously answered our prayers to move into Chillicothe. We trusted the Lord to supply our need for a building to meet in inside Chillicothe and He wonderfully met that need. We will begin on Sunday Evening June 8th joining together for worship at 43 South Paint Street, Chillicothe, Ohio. We are right next door to Renick’s Family Restaurant. What we plan to do is on June 1st during our cookout in the park is to gather everyone together and drive to the new location for a time of corporate prayer asking God to bring folks into the Kingdom through Grace Reformed Fellowship. May He receive glory in all things. Pray that Jesus Christ would be lifted up and that He will draw all people to Himself (John 12;31).