Loving Rest

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Loving Rest” from Hebrews 4:3-11.

Hebrews 4:3-11 (ESV)

For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.”

Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

Set your heart on God’s rest.

  • because some failed to enter God’s rest.
  • because our rest will be a share in God’s rest.
  • because it is ours.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What is something that you love about resting? Why?
  • Why were some people unable to enter the rest of God?
  • What does it mean to share in God’s rest?
  • Why is it so important to obey God and rest in Him?

Watching Out

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Watching Out” from Hebrews 3:12 – 4:2.

Hebrews 3:12 – 4:2 (ESV)

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.

We are called to watch out for one another.

  • We have a brotherly duty to watch out.
  • We have a reason to watch out.
  • We have the hope to watch out for them.
  • We have a fearful urgency to watch.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Is there anyone who you are in charge of taking care of? If so, who?
  • Why is it so important for you to take care of that person?
  • In this passage of Scripture, who does God command us to watch out for?
  • Why does God say that it is important for us to watch out for other Christians?

Paying Attention

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Paying Attention” from Hebrews 3:7-11.

Hebrews 3:7-11 (ESV)

Warning Against Unbelief

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”

Hold onto your hope of rest in heaven by paying attention tot he warnings in the wilderness.

  • Pay attention to the warning from the Holy Spirit.
  • Pay attention tot he warning about your heart.
  • Pay attention tot he warning about God’s wrath.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What do other people warn you about?
  • Why is it so important to listen to the warnings of others?
  • Why is it so important to listen to the warnings of God?
  • What does God warn us about?

No More Weak Invites

Pastor Jon leads this weeks sermon with “No More Weak Invites”, from Luke 14:15-24

Luke 14:15-24 (ESV)

The Parable of the Great Banquet

When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

Do our personal invites need a makeover?

  • Learn to mobilize people.
  • Learn that simple invitations solicit foolish excuses.
  • Learn the art of “the bring“.
  • Perfecting “the bring”.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Is it easier to encourage or discourage someone to do something? Why?
  • What can you do to make other people feel wanted and desired?
  • Who commands us to let other people know that God loves them?
  • Why is it so important to let other people know that God loves them?

Tutorial Videos

Have you heard about Church Community Builder (CCB)? CCB is like a private social networking site just for our church. But more than that, it’s also where we manage all of our administrative details like the church calendar and online giving.

We would like to encourage everyone to log in to CCB and get familiar with it. In the near future we’ll be pushing more and more functionality to CCB, so we made up some tutorial videos that should help you get started. Hope you find these useful!

CCB First-Time Login

If you’ve never logged in to CCB, start here. This will show you how to sign up and create your login password.

CCB Walkthrough

A quick walkthrough of the main features of the CCB software.

Online Giving Tutorial

There are multiple ways to give to Grace Community Church. One of those is through our “Online Giving” options. This video shows you how to use the online giving function of our website.