Are You Being A Light In This World?

Text: Matthew 5:14-16 – During this coronavirus pandemic, Pastor Russ reminds us that we are called to be a light in a world that is filled with fear and anxiety. There are two contexts here – being a light on a hill and being a lamp in a home. Jesus is calling his followers to […]

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Living in Light of Eternity

Text: 1 Corinthians 15 – On this Easter Sunday, Pastor Russ reminds us that often we find ourselves living in the here and now and lose sight of eternity. As followers of Jesus, however, we have been marked for eternity. The resurrection guarantees us an eternal future that should motivate us to spend less time […]

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From Where Does Your Help Come?

Text: Psalm 121; Matthew 21: 1-11 – On this Palm Sunday, Pastor Russ connects the Old Testament song of ascent the Jews sang on their way up to Jerusalem with the crowd’s reaction to Jesus’ Triumphal entry into the city to begin his Passion Week. In a time when we face uncertainty, I’m sure many are […]

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Being Part of the Body of Christ

Text: Ephesians 4:1-12 – Pastor Russ shares his message from home this week as he continues in self-isolation following his vacation in Florida. As we continue in our Foundations of Faith series, he teaches us about the incredible doctrine of the universal church – that all those who are genuine followers of Jesus are united […]

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Satan Is Real – Flee from Him

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20; 1 Peter 5:6-11 – As we continue our series on The Foundations of Faith, Pastor Russ focuses on the biblical truth that Satan is a real person. Unfortunately, some Christians spend a lot of time dwelling on the devil and either cower in fear, or expend significant energy going on the offensive […]

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Eternal Salvation – Once Saved, Always Saved

Text: John 10:25-29 – In this message, Pastor Russ teaches about the doctrine of Eternal Salvation or Perseverance of the Saints. In our Grace Church Statement of Faith, the qualifier for this promise is that it applies to those who are “actually” saved. This is the key. Anyone can claim to be a Christian, but […]

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Text: James 1:22-25 – Sanctification is the process where followers of Jesus go through the process of maturing in order to become more like him. Sanctification also is also a state of being “set apart” by God. In this message, Pastor Russ helps us understand the theological definitions of positional, ultimate, and progressive sanctification highlighting […]

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Text: John 3:16 – After looking at the doctrines of Scripture and God, we naturally come to the question,”Where do we fit in the picture?” In this message, Pastor Russ covers every aspect of God’s plan for humanity from the creation of Adam and Eve, the Fall, our depravity, and God’s redemptive work through Jesus, […]

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Text: 1 John 2:9-12 – Understanding the ministry of the Holy Spirit has been a topic of debate among evangelical Christians for many years. In this message, Pastor Russ helps us understand what the Bible teaches about signs and wonders, the gifts of the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit. Sometimes we can get […]

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The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Text: John 15:26-27 – Pastor Russ returns to our series on Foundation of Faith as he continues to expound on the 26 Articles of Faith that are found in the Grace Church Constitution. These articles are core doctrines that define what we believe as members of Grace Church. In this message, Pastor Russ introduces the […]

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