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An Update About Restarting Services


Hello Grace Community Bible Church, We miss seeing you all, and we greatly look forward to being back together again. In the midst of our time being apart from one another, it has been encouraging hearing stories of God's faithfulness in your own lives. The Lord has grown us all through this season and will continue to do so as we seek to n...

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Decision Making & "I Have Peace About It"...


Eric Davis, at The Cripplegate blog, has written an excellent piece on guidance. Many in the church today are quick to base their decisions on whether they experience peace, while that is not a true test of God's will. Please check out his post here... Pastor Michael...

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When Bad Things Happen to God's People


When Bad Things Happen to God's People - by Chad Coley. This past week there was another school shooting. This one is different in that the shooter made his murderous rampage very specific. He asked his victims about their faith. If they said there were Christians, then he shot them in the head. This isn't the first act of violence against the followers of Christ, and it ...

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Why are we elder led?

Church Government: What are the various forms, and why are we elder led? Question: Can you help me? I grew up in a church where the congregation voted on all the major decisions. Then I went to a church with a Presbyterian form of government. Now I go to a church where the elders make the big decisions. What are the different views of church government and why are we elde...

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Justin Peters "Clouds Without Water" Conference, November 17-19, 2019.

We are proud to announce that Justin Peters will be with us November 17-19, 2019, and he will be sharing his teaching on "Clouds Without Water," a biblical critique of the Word-Faith movement....

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Plugging Into a Church That Won’t Discipline You

Hazardous House: The Perils of Plugging Into a Church That Won't Discipline You - by Eric Davis. Church discipline (Matt 18:15-20) is often messy, costly, and accompanied by damage. The pain experienced is typically unmatched when a professing believer must be publicly put out of the local church. Even so, when practiced biblically, it is consistent with biblical love, c...

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Church Membership in the New Testament

By John MacArthur. It's obvious that the early church knew its flock well. In Acts 20, Paul exhorted the elders of the Ephesian church to faithfully watch over and shepherd their people. But it's very difficult to shepherd if you don't know who your flock is. And sheep don't survive well just roaming around on their own. While the New Testament never speaks of church mem...

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Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

In our series entitled "The Christ-Centered Home," I recommended a book by John Piper and Wayne Grudem called Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Those who wish to read this book can download it for free at this link....

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God Takes Gossip Seriously and So Should You

God Takes Gossip Seriously and So Should You! Written by Chad Coley. A pastor friend of mine once told me a story about a lady in his church coming up to him after he had finished preaching. She waltzed up to him and very quickly said, "Did you know that the Smiths have a problem with_____ ?" My friend looked at her and delivered a classic line one that we all hope that ...

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Why Membership Matters by Kevin DeYoung

Why Membership Matters...

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What Does the Bible Teach Us About Apologetics?

The Bible is not silent on the topic of apologetics. The word "apologetics" is from the Greek word "apologia" and it means to give a defense for a doctrine or closely held belief. This word, both in its noun form and its verb forms is used 17 times throughout the New Testament. Paul uses it repeatedly throughout his writings (1 Cor 9:3; 2 Cor 12:19; 2 Cor 7:11; Rom 2:15; 2...

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