What Kind of Preacher are We Looking for at Grace Bible?
by Joe Bennett on April 9th, 2021
Searching for our next senior pastor means asking the question, “what kind of preacher are we looking for?” There are many different answers that can be given to this question, including many good answers, but that makes it difficult for us as a search team and as a church to get on the same page as to what we are looking for. The goal of this article is to help us clarify what kind of preacher we are looking for in a way that draws biblical lines regarding sermon substance, yet intentionally leaves room for the different personalities and stylistic nuances that God may bring to us as we search for our next lead pastor.
Four Reasons to Sing this Sunday
by Joe Bennett on February 24th, 2021
Singing around other people can be awkward. I think of the movie Elf when Buddy the Elf, in the middle of a busy shopping center, interrupts everyone by singing out: “I’m in a store and I’m singing” – awkward. This Sunday, Pastor Dave taught that “God’s Love Demands Our Best in Worship.” He called out the fact that on Sunday mornings some of us sing with our throats but not our hearts – and others...
A Daily Prayer
by Josiah Smith on July 26th, 2020
**This is an excerpt from Interim Pastor Dave's sermon on Colossians 4:2-6 entitled, "The Essential Weapon in Evangelism: Prayer." May it enrich and bless your prayer life, as you seek to devote yourself faithfully to prayer! Pray this out loud. You'll be encouraged by hearing your own voice as you worship! Lord, I choose to worship and serve you today. I come into the presence of the Father, of J...
Theology Matters: The Fruits of Good Theology, Part 4
by Tom Bastress on July 13th, 2020
Over the course of the last four articles, we have examined why good theology matters. Good theology matters because it provides a true knowledge and understanding of God, his creation, and his plans for us. Good theology matters because it allows us to apply Scripture to all areas of our lives. Good theology matters because it provides certainty, grounding, and hope in our uncertain times. Good t...
Theology Matters: The Fruits of Good Theology, Part 3
by Tom Bastress on June 30th, 2020
Why does theology matter? Over the course of the last three articles, we have argued that theology matters because everyone is a theologian. Everyone, even an atheist, has a particular understanding and knowledge about God. This knowledge not only determines what we believe about God, his creation, and his plans for us, but it also determines how we worship God. For this reason, A.W. Tozer writes ...
"And who is my neighbor?" Reflections on the Gospel and Racial Reconciliation
by Tom Bastress on June 18th, 2020
I recently preached a sermon from Luke 10:25–37. This is the familiar encounter Jesus has with an expert in the Mosaic law that leads to the Good Samaritan parable. The first part of this passage addresses the lawyer’s first question, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” The second part addresses the lawyer’s second question, “And who is my neighbor?” In the first part of the passage (Luke 1...