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    Prayer I once heard someone say when commenting on prayer that “Everyone seems to believe in it, but few seem to do it.” Embracing prayer as a spiritual discipline might mean that we don’t just relegate our engagement in this activity to accessing God in times of need or offering a casual prayer at the dinner table. Rather, the discipline of prayer, as an act of worship, involves the intentional seeking after God’s heart in a way that allows for our hearts to be joined with His purposes. Perhaps it could be said that prayer should involve pronouns that are less associated with I and me, and more connected to You (God). In other words, God certainly desires to receive our petitions as part of prayer, but the foundation of prayer is intended to recognize God for who He is and what He has done so that we might position ourselves in a place of reverence, humility and submission. Jesus modeled this well for us. Prayer shouldn’t be viewed as a passive activity, but rather our consistent engagement in prayer can prove to be a game changer in relation to advancing our spiritual growth. Possible Action Steps: Commit to the daily practice of prayer. Be willing to work through the awkwardness of prayer to discover the fruitfulness of prayer. Determine to practice “in-the-moment” prayer as a demonstration of worship and dependence upon God. Subscribe to become a part of the Grace email Prayer Chain and/or join a Sunday morning Prayer Group . Read a book that encourages the value of prayer. Find a prayer partner(s) to pray with on a regular basis. Read and study in detail The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15 ) and Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer (John 17 ). Consider the way Paul demonstrated the value of prayer in his letters to churches and individuals.

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    Bible Reading It seems almost too obvious to draw attention to the fact that reading one’s Bible is a key spiritual discipline which should be practiced by all believers. In the absence of reading God’s Word with consistency and a heartfelt desire to submit to its teachings, we will naturally be prone to travel down paths within our lives that are in misalignment with God’s will. Some people think of the Bible as a map or a compass that provides direction for their journey. David referred to God’s Word as “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). ​ A couple things to consider when committing to reading the Bible include rate and rhythm. In other words, one might want to consider how much to read in a single sitting and how often this will be practiced. A general approach could perhaps involve a 5-day reading plan (with makeup time over the weekend) in which a handful of chapters are covered in one sitting. However, there may also be occasions when an individual might want to read a larger section or an entire book of the Bible at one time. Whatever the case, it is advisable to practice what it means to devote attention to the personal application of the material being covered. A process that involves the three elements of Read – Reflect - Respond can prove to be intentional and effective in relation to maximizing one’s experience in the direction of application. ​ Possible Action Steps: Adopt a Bible reading plan. Reading Plans Commit to a certain time of the day for the purpose of creating predictability and consistency. Memorize the names and order of all 66 books of the Bible. Invite someone to hold you accountable for your Bible reading commitment. Ask someone to consider adopting the same reading plan as you, and engage in a weekly conversation about what you are learning. Create a Read – Reflect – Respond journal to coincide with your Bible reading.

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    Young Adults Who Are We Our ministry is comprised of single and married young adults (18-30 yrs) whose desire is to love God, love others, and grow in our walk with the Lord. We strive to build a community through Bible Study and fellowship to bring others closer to God. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:50 in Room 110. Find us on social media or use the contact form below if you need more information. Follow Us Have Questions? Name Phone Email Message Submit

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    07 Ordinances We believe that water baptism and the *Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Acts 8:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28) ​ *Communion is open to all who have trusted Christ as Savior whether members of Grace or not and is observed on the first Sunday of each month.

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    Ephesians 2:1-10 ESV 2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. BACK TO BIBLE MEMORIZATION

  • PERSONAL DISCIPLESHIP | GCC

    Personal Discipleship Where to Begin The process involved in achieving spiritual growth as a Christian can perhaps be accurately described through a simple phrase that is joined with the idea of Me Becoming More Like Jesus . Advancing spiritually in the direction of becoming more conformed to the image of Jesus involves an act of God’s grace that is aimed at our transformation in alignment with His purposes. However, this act of grace is also intended to function in coordination with our will and determined efforts as we engage in a life of surrender and consistent practices that are designed to further the cause of Christ in our lives. These practices are commonly referred to as spiritual disciplines . ​ ​ It may be helpful to consider spiritual disciplines in the context of athletes preparing for the Olympics. These individuals engage in consistent and determined training for many years so that they can be prepared to compete and win in their chosen events. If they fail to prepare properly, it is very likely that they will perform below the level of their hopes and expectations. As Christians, if our win involves increasing conformity to the image of Jesus, there are clearly things we must earnestly practice to achieve that goal. Common Spiritual Disciplines There are very exhaustive lists of spiritual disciplines that have been developed over time. While most of these lists have merit, they can also feel a bit overwhelming to many people as they try to imagine engaging in the breadth of these activities. So, for the purpose of challenging those within our church family to consider a more narrowly focused approach to the practice of spiritual disciplines, we have provided a prioritized list of the disciplines that are most commonly practiced. Click below to learn more! Bible Reading Bible Study Prayer Bible Memorization Fellowship Service Fasting Solitude and Silence Spiritual Gifts Assessment One thing every Christian has in common is that we have all been given at least one spiritual gift for the purpose of serving and bringing glory to God. Use the link below to discover your gifts and to better understand how to use them in ministry. DISCOVER YOUR GIFTS The following are resources to encourage and equip you in your pursuit of spiritual growth. ​ Need a Bible? Stop by Grace Central on Sundays, or contact the church office . New Testament Reading Plan Read the entire New Testament in 365 days. Beginners Bible Reading Daily readings from various sections of the Bible Old & New Testament Bible Reading Daily readings include passages from Old and New Testaments Book By Book Bible Reading Takes you through the entire Bible in one year ​ Free access to 20,000 Bible Study Videos FREE MEMBERSHIP

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    Solitude and Silence Solitude and silence could both stand alone as spiritual disciplines, but it is also natural for them to be paired. It seems increasingly more difficult to find solitude and silence within our current culture, which means that we have to intentionally pursue them if we are going to experience the benefits. Much like fasting, the disciplines of silence and solitude can feel very awkward due to our tendency to have become so accustomed to, and sometimes dependent upon, a life of activity. The goal in pursuing these complimentary disciplines is to shut ourselves off from the distraction of the world around us for a time so that we can engage in contemplative reflection that is aimed at connecting more meaningfully with God and the ways in which He might be trying to break through the busyness of our lives to gain our attention. Possible Action Steps: Examine the way in which Jesus was determined to embrace solitude and connect with the Father. Create a plan to step away from the activities of life at least once a week to spend some time in quiet reflection and other uninterrupted activities that are geared toward connecting with God. Consider what personal activities you might need to modify for the purpose of discovering a life that is more consistently embracing of solitude and silence.

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    08 Resurrection We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting glory in heaven with God and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment in hell apart from God. (2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 22:3-5, 20:15; Daniel 12:2)

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    06 The Church We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22)

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    02 The Father We believe that there is one God, the Creator, eternally existent in three Persons–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–each having the same essence and attributes. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19)

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