Songs of Worship, 3/1/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Worship Jam in the Park: 03/14/2015

When & Where

  • March 14th, 4:00-7:00pm
  • Carl Levin Park Amphitheater

What

The Worship Jam is a chance for church musicians to join together to worship God in song. Love to sing? Love to play an instrument? Come be the band! We’d love to have as big of a variety of acoustic instruments and singers as possible. Love fellowship but don’t feel musically inclined? We’d love you to have you as well!

How to prepare
Below you will find links to audio files and chord sheets for the songs we’ll be playing. Practice at home and be ready to jam out with us on the 14th!

What to bring

  1. Your acoustic instruments (i.e., banjo, guitar, harmonica, cello, violin, tin pots…)
  2. Your chord sheets.
  3. Something to sit on.
  4. Your family! Since we’re at a park, we’d love to have spouses and kiddos come along to sing/play, or just have fun nearby.
  5. A picnic supper.

The Music

  1. 10,000 Reasons (Key of E)
  2. This is Amazing Grace (Key of G)
  3. How Great is Our God (Key of A)
  4. Jesus Paid it All (Key of B)
  5. Furious (Key of A)

For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Prayer Reminder: Unthinking Prayers

How many times have you prayed for God to come and be with you or with a loved one?  I think one of the most repeated assurances by God in scripture is that “I am with you.  I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

We waste most of our time trying to get God to do something He has already done—or praying for God to do something He told us to do. —Jacquelyn K. Heasley

So change those requests to declarations of thanksgiving and praise for what He’s promised and done.

Often I do ask that those for whom I’m praying be keenly aware of His presence and experience His comfort and provision and peace and rest in their situation.

We can pray with utmost confidence the promises of God.


For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.

For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Songs of Worship, 02/22/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Prayer Tip: Wait in Silence for God Only

Have you ever just sat quietly with the Lord not saying anything and just trying to center your thoughts on being aware of His Presence?  (Is that even possible?)

My soul, wait in silence for God only, my hope is from Him.

Psalm 62:5

Does that seem like a waste of time… just sitting with Jesus, ‘doing nothing’, not asking for anything, not declaring anything, not saying anything at all but just delighting in His Presence?

I think I’m convinced more can be accomplished sitting in silence with Jesus ‘doing nothing’, than in roaring around trying to get a sense of accomplishment.  (He knows what we need before we ask.)

Once we get ‘in tune’ with Him and aware of His Presence, we can’t help but erupt in words of praise and adoration and thanksgiving.

Try it.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

3 Ways to Prepare for Easter

Easter is the anniversary of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. This year we will celebrate the Resurrection on Sunday, April 5th, 2015. We usually welcome more visitors on Easter than on any other Sunday throughout the year. Since it’s a special day, we offer an extra service at sunrise and we offer a video overflow room during the other morning services.

We always love to share Jesus with people who don’t know Him, and Easter is our largest opportunity to do that. I’d like our church to be unified in seeking to love our community well. Let’s try these three ways to prepare for Easter at Grace Bible Church.

1) Fast & Pray for 40 Days

Starting today, there are 40 days until Resurrection Sunday. This 40 day period is sometimes called “Lent” (for the “lengthening” of days in the spring). Let’s spend these 40 days praying for others to see and follow Jesus. Fasting is a great way to focus our prayers. Fasting is not to punish ourselves. Fasting is giving something up temporarily to recognize that Jesus is our ultimate joy. If you have never fasted before, I recommend that you start small. You probably shouldn’t give up all food for 40 days. perhaps you could skip one meal per day, or give up a certain type of food. The idea is to turn your heart to Jesus in prayer every time you miss whatever it is you are giving up. Many fast from food, but you might give up TV, coffee, or Facebook. Again, the point is not how uncomfortable you can make yourself, the point is to run to Jesus in prayer. Will you spend the next 40 days fasting and praying for our friends and neighbors to follow Jesus?

2) Invite Your Friends to Church

Invite someone who is not following Jesus to visit church and hear about Him. Our worship services are designed to remind us that Jesus is better than anything else. The Holy Spirit uses the proclamation of Jesus to change people. In Romans 1:16, Paul says,

“…the gospel…is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

The Gospel has the power to push competing loves our of our hearts. Our gatherings are designed to remind disciples of the greatness of Jesus, but also to help people consider Jesus for the first time. Have you invited anyone to church lately? Will you invite someone this spring?

3) Talk About Your Faith in Christ

Pray for an opportunity to talk about Jesus with others. Can you summarize our faith? Jesus offered himself as a substitute for sinners like us. Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 show that we are sinners, but God is gracious. He gives us the righteousness of Christ by faith in His work on the cross. Have you ever shared why you have hope? A great way to start is by being a good listener. If we love others well, we will care about what the think and how they see the world. Listen well and share the Gospel.

The resurrection of Christ is our guarantee of hope in a world of grief and pain. Easter reminds us that our faith is not just a weekend hobby, but it is our reason for getting up in the morning. In 1 Corinthians 15:7, Paul says,

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”

It’s a big deal! Let’s spend the next 40 days praying that Jesus will be more evident in our lives as well as in the lives of those around us.

Songs of Worship, 02/15/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.