Reflecting Christ

Text: John 17; Romans 15:1-13 – As the Apostle Paul continues to teach the church in Rome what a transformed life looks like, he encourages unity among the believers. As Pastor Russ unpacks these verses in Romans 15, he reminds us that in order to reflect Christ in our lives, we need to stop focusing […]

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Accepting One Another In Love

Text: Romans 14 – Churches have been dividing over “non-essential” issues for decades – whether it is the style of music or the translation of the Bible; pews vs. chairs; suites vs. jeans. In this message, Pastor Russ unpacks Paul’s instruction to the Roman Christians that we are not to judge our brothers and sisters […]

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Are You Chasing After the Right Things?

Text: Luke 12:13-21; Romans 13:8-14 – In a self-centered culture fed by materialism, we often find ourselves chasing after things we think will make our lives better. This attitude is counter to the Bible’s call for us to love others and consider their needs. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan teaches this principle. In this […]

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Text: Matthew 18:1-10 – In this special service, Pastor Russ has a panel discussion with Dwayne Copson, our Student Ministry Pastor, and Anna Bowman, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, on the topic of discipling the “next generation.” At Grace Church, our vision is “to see a grandparent, a parent, and a grandchild sitting around a table […]

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Text: Romans 12 – In this message, Pastor Russ helps us understand the difference between conforming to the world and living a transformed life in Christ. The Apostle Paul teaches us that transformation is required for a follower of Christ – it is our spiritual act of worship to God. Paul describes what the transformed […]

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You Are Valued by God

Text: Romans 11:11 – 12:3 – We live in a culture that celebrates outward appearance to the point where we will try to deceive others to believe something about us that is not true. Like cheating in a race or on a test, we are presenting a false picture of who we are. At times […]

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Desiring to Be Part of the Remnant

Text: Romans 11:1-22 – In this passage, Paul reminds his Jewish listeners that God is always active in fulfilling his plans and purposes for his chosen people. God extending the gospel to the Gentiles is not an abandonment of his people, rather a reminder that he is Sovereign, and chooses whom he will extend grace […]

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Do You Live Out What You Believe?

Text: Romans 10:11-21 – “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” In this Old Testament quote from Isaiah 52:7, the Apostle Paul highlights the importance of Christians taking the gospel to those who don’t have a relationship with Christ. As Christians, we are often good at stating how important the gospel […]

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Getting Back to the Simple Truth

Text: Romans 10:1-10 – As we begin a new year in 2019, Pastor Russ returns to his Romans series. We live in a culture that addicted to knowledge and information. Unfortunately, knowledge is often mistaken for truth. Knowledge alone is inadequate. Love must accompany knowledge if we are to be successful in life. In this […]

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The God of Turnarounds

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:14-19; 2 Chronicles 33 – As we look back on 2018 and look ahead to a new year, Pastor Russ highlights the life of King Manasseh, one of the most wicked kings of Judah. King Manasseh, however, humbled himself before God and was restored to his kingdom. The Bible is filled with […]

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