On Palm Sunday, Jesus rides into Jerusalem as king- on a donkey. Pilate rides into Jerusalem on his war horse. There are two kinds of rulers, two kinds of Kings. The question for us is- which one will you follow?
This week we start a 3 week series on Jesus as Prophet, Priest and King. We are taking an overview look at how the Prophets functioned in the Israelite community, and how Jesus is the greater prophet.
Our friend and brother Matt Snider is here preaching from 1 Timothy this morning. We are so thankful to have him as part of our church, and his willingness to share his teaching gifts with us.
The last week in our transitions series, Pastor Eric preaches about Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 that we are salt and light. How does this impact the way that we walk out our calling as Children of God?
This week Pastor Eric preached on the Spiritual gifts. Looking at various places in the New Testament where Paul describes gifts, we explored how we might know what our gifts are.
In Ephesians 4, Paul teaches that Jesus gives gifts to the church, in the form of equippers, who use their gifts to teach others to do the work of ministry.
This week Pastor Eric preaches on Paul’s letter to Thessalonians, where he tells them that he “was delighted to share with them gospel, as well as his life.” We learn about what it means to not just be the church on Sunday, but that the church works best when we live our lives together throughout the week as God’s family.
In the second message in our transitions series, Pastor Eric preaches from 1 Corinthians, and talks about how we can keep the Cross at the center of everything we do. Key text- “for I resolved to know nothing while I was with you but Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
Pastor Eric starts a new series on transitions at Grace Valley. As Pastor Jake enters retirement, what does it mean for us as a church? Jesus in teaching about new wine and new wine skins, shows that we aren’t turning our back on the past by embracing something new, but by changing at the right time and for the right reasons, we can actually honor the past.
Today we celebrated Pastor Jake and his wife Priscilla, for serving our church for 19 years. Their service and leadership have been a blessing to us, and we thank them for all of the ways they have proclaimed the good news of the Gospel.
This week we welcomed Forreston High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Group to lead us in worship. Their band led us in singing, they had two students share testimonies of how God has used FCA, and Jake Groom, their leader preached. We are thankful for the way they are following Jesus in their school.
Pastor Jake preaches from one of his favorite texts. Ephesians 3. He shares about the immeasurable power that we have access to through our immeasurably big God.
On Ephiphany Sunday, the church celebrates the coming of the Magi. Pastor Eric preaches about the good news evident in this story as God brings the Magi to the Savior from across the world.
John the Baptist is found in the Christmas story, recognizing Jesus even while in his mother’s womb. Pastor Jake preaches about who John became and his call for us to be agents of justice in the world.
The Word made Flesh. Jesus is the most important person in the history of the world. How did his birth affect his family, his contemporaries, and the entire world?
Why does God announce the coming of the Messiah to shepherds? Why not find someone with more influence, more significance? What can we learn from the shepherds about how they responded to the Angels’ announcement?
Pastor Jake preaches through the story of Joseph? What did it mean for him to find out Mary was pregnant, and he wasn’t the father. What was his role in the life and story of Jesus?
Advent shows us the shortcomings of our culture’s celebration of Christmas. Rather than a false merriment, and escapism, Advent is meant to sober us, to confront the darkness in our world, and cry out to a God who is our only hope. Mary recognized that, and sang a song praising God for answering their prayers and sending the Messiah.
In Chapter 4, Jonah sets up camp outside of Ninevah, and waits to see what God will do. God meet Jonah there, and has a conversation with him about God’s love and grace.
In Jonah 3, Jonah finally makes it to Ninevah, where the entire city repents.