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Exploring the Mystery of Grace

10-19-2017
 
This Sunday, we'll be celebrating communion...which is always a highlight of our Sunday services.  What a privilege to have the opportunity to corporately pause and remember the grace of God on display in sending his Son to die in the place of ruined sinners!  As I've prepared for our gathering this week, I've been struck again by the mystery of Grace...the wonder of it all that Christ took our place as the substitutionary sacrifice, the propitiation, to satisfy the wrath of the Father.  So many of the truths we hold so dear at Grace Church are endlessly amazing and full of mystery.  These truths make us want to ask "Why" and "How" over and over like a little kid who doesn't understand.  And the beautiful thing is, the more we learn, the more we're amazed at the mystery of Grace.  The deeper in we go on this journey of "...grow[ing] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..." 2Peter 3:18 (ESV), the more mystery there is to see.  Jonathan Edwards explained it like this:
 
"’Tis so not only in divine things but natural things. He that looks on a plant, or the parts of the bodies of animals, or any other works of nature, at a great distance where he has but an obscure sight of it, may see something in it wonderful and beyond his comprehension, but he that is nearer to it and views them narrowly indeed understands more about them, has a clearer and distinct sight of them, and yet the number of things that are wonderful and mysterious in them that appear to him are much more than before, and, if he views them with a microscope, the number of the wonders that he sees will be much increased still, but yet the microscope gives him more of a true knowledge concerning them."
 
So this weekend, as you prepare to come and worship the Lord, embrace the mystery of grace.  Zoom in, come closer to them, and be more assured and more amazed by the grace of God poured out on you.  And let's come on Sunday, ready to celebrate how amazing the grace and love of God is, that we should be his children.
 
Here are the songs we'll be singing this week.
 
This Is Amazing Grace
His Mercy is More
Grace and Peace
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
 
And here's a Spotify list of those songs so you can know them well and sing them loudly with us on Sunday!
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Yours is the Greatness, the Power, and the Glory

10-15-2017

As you go to bed on Saturdays and come to worship on Sundays, if you're anything like me, your mind is often full of the week or the morning behind you..., "I wonder why that meeting went that way? I wish my car didn't make that weird noise. I shouldn't have said that to my daughter, stayed up late watching tv or spent all that time on my pet project.", etc.  Or, it's full of the week ahead..., "I wonder what's for lunch.  I hope that doctor's appointment goes well.  This week, I'm going to get up on time, read my bible, pray, and eat right every day. That person better come through on what they promised.", etc.  

Some of those thoughts are less than helpful, some pretty benign, and some are even good thoughts to have.  But none of them are what we should be dwelling on as we prepare to worship the God of Heaven with his people.  The thoughts that should be filling are minds are these:

 " There is none like you, O Lord;
    you are great, and your name is great in might.
 Who would not fear you, O King of the nations?
    For this is your due;
for among all the wise ones of the nations
    and in all their kingdoms
    there is none like you." - Jeremiah 10:6-7

 "Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.  And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. " - I Corinthians 29:11-13

Let's come together this Sunday having trained our minds to focus on the One to whom belongs all the greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty...

Here are the songs we'll be singing that will help us to direct our thoughts and hearts to the King of Kings on his glorious throne.

Behold Our God
He is Our God
At Your Name
Great and Mighty King
Before the Throne
 
Here's a Spotify list of these songs (except He is Our God, which is off the new Sovereign Grace Music album that hasn't released yet).
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