Pastor Jeffrey

Core Values

Intentional Evangelism • Committed Discipleship • Vibrant Worship

Authentic Christianity • Heartfelt Compassion • Dynamic Fellowship

Congregational Ministry • Congregational Diversity • Visionary Pastor

Godly Leadership • Scripture Driven • Utter Dependence

Contemporary Methodology

Dear Church Family,

This month, April, we are on number three of our church’s core values: “vibrant worship.” Remember core values are passionate convictions that are derived from the Bible that guide a church through its life. They help churches determine priorities, influence decisions, and drive ministries. These values are what people see in the church’s actions.

At Grace we desire to be known for our vital, vibrant, God -centered, contemporary worship “in spirit and in truth.” We will come as the hungry to a banquet table, gathering together to feast upon a vision of the reality of all that God is for us in Jesus (“truth”), and have our affections released to respond to that vision in a manner that ascribes to God the glory of His name (“spirit”). We will treasure, delight, savor and cherish God as our supreme Good.

This phrase “in sprit and in truth” at the beginning is not accidental. In John 4:23, Jesus identifies what genuine worship of God consists of, spirit and truth. The word “vibrant” in our core values addresses the spiritual vibrancy side of the genuine worship Jesus describes. God, we are told, is looking for worship, an action, filled with spirit, life, and soul. It is possible to go through the motions of worship (giving, singing, praying, etc.) and lack spirit and vibrancy. That type of worship is like a deflated ball. You have a shell of rubber that is identifiable, but completely useless. In Isaiah God has this to say about such worship, “… this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, …”. This is a description of non-spirit, non-vibrant worship, a type of worship that God judges, not accepts. And we want to be a church that has the actions of our worship filled with spirit, vibrancy, and vitality. We want to worship with spirit. But this is only half of the worship equation.

The other half of true worship that Jesus describes is “truth.” Many people can display vibrancy during worship, but what is the substance behind their spirit-filled worship? Is it an emotional excitement brought about by a special chord progression? Are people worshipping with vibrancy because they have a notion of God that they have made (idolatry) and are vibrantly expressing thankfulness to a God of their own creation? The substance of spirit filled worship must be truth. Truth about God that is revealed in the Bible. Truth about God that’s seen in and taught by Jesus Christ. Truth that leads us to a response of awe, thankfulness, trust and love of God. This is why we want to be known for our “God-centered” worship. We want truth about God to be the undeniable substance of our worship.

The question we ask now is, “Is this the type of worship that we bring to church?” Is our worship vibrant and filled with truth? My prayer for myself and our church is that the Holy Spirit leads us in the truths of scripture and fills us with a vibrancy that inflates our acts of worship.

To God be the Glory,

Pastor Jeffrey
 
 

Core Values

Intentional Evangelism • Committed Discipleship • Vibrant Worship

Authentic Christianity • Heartfelt Compassion • Dynamic Fellowship

Congregational Ministry • Congregational Diversity • Visionary Pastor

Godly Leadership • Scripture Driven • Utter Dependence

Contemporary Methodology

Dear Church Family,

Last month we considered the first of three core values of Grace Community Church labeled as our “essence”. It was intentional evangelism. This month, March, we are highlighting committed discipleship.

“We’re following the leader, the leader, the leader.

We’re following the leader wherever he may go.”

Do these words ring any bells from your childhood? You may recall them from Walt Disney’s 1953 animated film, Peter Pan. This was the refrain of the lost boys following Wendy’s brother John as they romped through the magical island of Neverland.

Truth be told, these words should be the mantra of every disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Because that is what a disciple is, a follower, and Jesus is our leader. What he says, we believe. What he commands, we do. Where he leads, we go. This is what discipleship is.

Another way to look at it, is seeing discipleship as “a long obedience in the same direction”. “A long obedience…” referring to a lifetime commitment of submission to Jesus’ teachings and commands. “In the same direction,” referring to the end goal of our discipleship, and that is conformity to Jesus (Rom:8:29). Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry this is what he called people to. He called people to be his followers (Matt. 4:19,8:22, 9:9; Mk. 8:34; Lk. 9:59; Jn. 1:43). Whether it was individuals or crowds Jesus said to them, “Come. Follow me.” Then before he ascended into heaven, he commanded his church to go and continue to make disciples, followers of his, all over the world (Matt. 28:19-20).

At Grace Community Church we desire to be a congregation that is committed to following Jesus. We want as a part of our essence to be a church of committed disciples. We want to be a congregation of people who are never be content with our present level of sanctification, but continually, passionately seek greater conformity to the image of Christ.

We want to be a church that heartily sings the above refrain as we pursue our loving lord.

To God be the Glory,

Pastor Jeffrey