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DNA: Sent on Mission

In this five-week series, Pastor Sam walks through the essential attributes of Grace and Peace, what we call our DNA. This week Sam turns to 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, to look at the idea that our new family is not meant to be focused on just caring for ourselves, but that we are a family caring for those around us.
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Total Church

“Church is not a meeting you attend or a place you enter,” write pastors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. “It’s an identity that is ours in Christ. An identity that shapes the whole of life so that life and mission become ‘total church.'” With that as their premise, they emphasize two overarching principles to govern the practice of church and mission: being gospel-centered and being community-centered. When these principles take precedence, say the authors, the truth of the Word is upheld, the mission of the gospel is carried out, and the priority of relationships is practiced in radical ways. The church becomes not just another commitment to juggle but a 24/7 lifestyle where programs, big events, and teaching from one person take a backseat to sharing lives, reaching out, and learning about God together.

In Total Church, Chester and Timmis first outline the biblical case for making gospel and community central and then apply this dual focus to evangelism, social involvement, church planting, world missions, discipleship, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, apologetics, youth and children’s work. As this insightful book calls the body of Christ to rethink its perspective and practice of church, it charts a middle path between the emerging church movement and conservative evangelicalism that all believers will find helpful.

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Looking the Wrong Way

The Gospel (which means “Good New” in Greek) is the story of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. While there are four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, John is written from a unique style which is both poetic and profound. Over the next several months Grace & Peace will walking through the Gospel of John.

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Proverbs: Strangers

This week we wrap up our studies in the book of Proverbs with a look at how it talks about living life with people we don’t know.

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Proverbs: Neighbors

This week we continue looking at relationships in the book of Proverbs, and focus in on the topic of living life with your neighbors.