Sunday, December 27, 2015
Introduction: Ecclesiastes explains the meaning of life and how it should be lived. The title of the book is interpreted to mean 'The Gatherer' or 'The Teacher'.
Transition: With godly wisdom, this book gives to us the "The Last Word" for how we should close 2015 and even how we should begin and live out 2016.
Exposition: Let's explore this last word in three movements...
1) Highly Reverence God (fear God)
This involves priority and humility
Reference...Isaiah 6:1-3 (attending him/covered their faces)
2) Positively Respond to God (and obey his commands)
This involves will and work
Reference...Genesis 12:1-6 (so Abram departed/he took...)
3) Individually be Responsible to God (for this is everyone's duty)
This involves discipline and determination
Reference...Genesis 6:9-22 (verse 22 "So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.")
Conclusion: verse 14 admonishes us by saying that "God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad." Let's live like God is watching. There is an authority to answer to for all of our actions!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
On Sunday 12/13, there was a senseless and shameful shooting in the neighborhood of our church. It claimed the life of an innocent 14 year old young lady. No longer does the church have the right to remain silent. This is the time for us to act immediately and aggressively, to #BeTheChange in our community! We pray for swift and strong justice for the actions of the shooters, conviction and salvation of their souls and for the family of Ta'shuntis Roberts, to find God's grace in the midst of their grief.
Don't miss this Sunday's message!!! Pastor Walker will dissect Judges 11:1-3 (verses 1-28). It's going to be a real, raw and relevant time of study, that will challenge us to #BeTheChange. This isn't the Sunday to miss!!!
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Next Sunday (12/13) in Cafe Grace at 10:45 a.m. you'll have the opportunity to question Pastor Walker on any subject! The goal is to help you grow beyond those puzzling aspects of your lives. You can bring your questions on Sunday, to ask pastor in the open session; email them to email@example.com or Facebook message them to the church's page. We believe that this will be a healthy and helpful time of constructive conversation, that's going to bless your socks off! We'll see you next Sunday for Q&A!
-Recollection...they'll remind you of who you really are and not who you think or have portrayed
-Reconstruction...they'll help you exercise your faith and your gifts to prepare you for your destiny
Transition: The make up of your inner circle (those who are close to you in major moments) matters. Since the choice is yours, choose wisely...
1) We can help if you be quiet
2) We can help if you relax
3) We can help you keep the main thing, the main thing
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Today we concluded the 5 Alive series through Acts 2:42. The purpose of these teachings, has been to focus our faith community on the 5 facets that allowed the early church to thrive (teaching, fellowship, meals, the Lord's Super, prayer). Here's the outline from today's message...
The quality of any relationship is dependant on how honest and how healthy the communication is.
1) Jesus exemplified (Mark 1:35) and encouraged (Luke 18:1) us to pray.
2) We should live lives of prayer.
-Celebrate God in prayer (John 11:41-42)
-Consult God in prayer (Matthew 26:39)
-Confer our worry on God in prayer (1 Peter 5:7)
3) Pray unselfishly with passion (hearts desire) and purity (that they might be saved). Reference Romans 10:1.
*Challenge: be intentional about making time for God this week in prayer and pray for the world to fall in love with Jesus as we have.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
I've spent this week resting, reflecting and replenishing, trying to prepare myself to return to you with a fresh sense of God's will for us as a faith community. Please continue to pray for and with me, as I listen for God's voice.
THIS SUNDAY, I'm really excited about having FREE breakfast and prayer at 10:45 a.m. We're going to spend time focusing on 3 of our 5 key core values: fellowship, meals and prayer. I hope you'll use this Sunday as an opportunity to invite your family and friends to join us. Share this on Facebook; take a moment to send a text to 3 people inviting to hang out with us Sunday; call sometime and let them know that at Grace Corner Your Family is Bigger Than They Think and that they should come eat breakfast with us!
Let's be on time this Sunday so that we can take a meaningful part in fellowship, food, prayer and giving a helping hand (cleaning up). Remember that our church is what we make it and that you only get out what you put in. I love all of you toward abundant life in Christ...enjoy your weekend and I'll see you Sunday!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Tomorrow, I'll lead our discussion from Psalm 107:2 about Enthusiasm-The Responsibility of the Redeemed. The point of our talk, is to promote that God deserves, desires and demands enthusiasm from all who love him. It's an empowering word, that you'll be mad if you miss it.
I'm asking that you be intentional in the morning about being on time. Don't be slack in your promptness. Give your spiritual development top priority, as we focus on teaching, fellowship, meals, the Lord's Supper and prayer! Lucretia Taylor and our hospitality volunteers are prepared for you, your friends and family to enjoy the fellowship, coffee, pastries and conversation, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Alright, I'm going to ready myself for worship. Don't meet me there, beat me there! I love you toward abundant life in Jesus Christ! Don't forget to Start Right!!!
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Cafe Grace is our new way of fellowship. Here at Cafe' Grace you will be able to communicate with your brothers and sisters in Christ, over pastries, coffee, juice and water! We would love to see all of your beautiful faces This Sunday at 10:30, and the Worship Service following immediately after! See you then.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Church That Matters (Diligence)
Text...Acts 3:1 "Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o'clock prayer service."
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Good evening! This post is for your personal study. It's the notes from this week's edition of September 2 Remember.
Title...Church That Matters
Text...Luke 9:23 Then he said to the crowd, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me."
This is a 5 week systematic study, with a central focus on 'Church That Matters'. It's designed to encourage a deeper commitment to discipleship development and to motivate our membership to become active participants in ministry eccentricities and regularly sharing their faith stories.
1) Make the decision to follow Jesus
2) Learn to turn your back on yourself
3) Be committed to the cause
'A community of Jesus which seeks to hide itself has ceased to follow him. ' ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
'Following Christ is not a casual or occasional practice but a continuous commitment and easy of life that applies at all times and in all places.'
~Dallas H. Oaks
Join us next Tuesday at noon or 6pm, as this series continues with Acts 3:1 (Diligence).
Monday, August 31, 2015
For the month of September, I will be teaching a five week series on Church That Matters. The purpose of this bible study series, is to encourage a deeper commitment to discipleship development and to motivate our membership to become active participants in ministry excellence and regularly sharing their faith stories.
So, I'm inviting you to take advantage of this transformative bible study. It's an informal setting, where you can ask questions and be engaged in a no pressure conversation, about how we can be effective partners in expanding God's kingdom. Check out the details below!
Series Subject: Church That Matters
Study Day: Every Tuesday in September
Study Times: Noon to 1pm & 6pm to 7pm
This Week's Passage 9/1: Luke 9:23
Next Week's Passage 9/8: Acts 3:1
I hope you'll attend and bring a friend!
Friday, August 28, 2015
There's absolutely, positively no better way to start your week than at Grace Corner! Be our special guest for exciting and heartfelt praise and worship and an empowering and encouraging word. This Sunday, pastor will be preaching about Its Worth It! from 1st Timothy 6:12. You'll learn how to fight the good fight off faith. It's a must hear message! We've got a seat saved just for you!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I invite you all to take part in the best weekday activity of our church! Tonight at 7pm, we'll agree as a faith community in prayer! Bring your concerns and celebrations tonight, and let's be the family that prays as Willie Howard leads us! Simply call (209) 255-1000 and use access code 131337. Be blessed and I can't wait until we're on the line together!
Monday, August 24, 2015
Philippians 4:13 says 'For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.' I opened by suggesting that no circumstance is unbeatable! That's an intentional interjection, to encourage you because you can get through this! It doe's not matter what your 'this' may be, it's beatable! Often, once we've beaten an obstacle, we have the tendency to get besides ourselves. So, it's important to learn to celebrate without boasting. On the other hand, in bad situations we must learn that we can't get stuck there. The bad is beaten by being content but not comfortable. Become aware of and accepting of where you are in life, but be plotting on how to move on to something better.
I felt that the power of the passage is found in Paul's spiritual maturity. He understands that our journey is only successful when we exchange our inability for God's indwelling.
Here's the meat of the matter: At the conclusion of our existances, two decisions compose our summation...
1) Make the right SELECTION (For I can do everything through Christ) Our lives need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! The prerequisite to operation through Christ, is to get in Christ. Reference John 15:7
2) Magnify the right SOURCE (who gives me strength) Our posture is to praise God, but God's plan is to prosper us. Reference Psalm 100 and Jeremiah 29:11
*Here's the bottom line, CHOOSE WISELY. Only God can take our ordinary life and do the Extraordinary with it!
Be intentional this week, to make the right choices! Stay blessed!
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Happy Saturday! I hope that you enjoy the Sabbath today and that you plan to join us in the morning for The Lord's Day at 10:45 a.m. Im going to postpone my scheduled sermon in the T-shirt Topics series, until next week. I want to launch our new marketing campaign with the sermon 'We Do Grace!' I'm counting on your presence!
I want to give a shot out to Krystal Redding, who is speaking on our church's behalf today at a back to school event for teens in North Macon. Thanks for your willingness to be a witness of what you experience at Grace Corner. Let's all practice the same because your voice is valuable!
Friday, August 7, 2015
At Grace Corner, our vision is to become the most caring, covenant community of Christians that the world has ever seen! We'd like to practice that philosophy on you, your family and friends. So, we hope that you'll join us this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. for the best 75 minutes you'll spend all week! This is your formal invitation, to come holla at the reverend! I'll see you Sunday!