Sermon Title:  Through the Flood | To the Feast
Sermon Text:  Matthew 3
Speaker:  Garrett Lee, Elder
Click the link below to listen to the audio recording of this sermon.

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Adult Bible Class

Join us at 9:30 am for engaging studies & discussions at Adult Bible Class (ABC) in March, April, and May. The ABC schedule is as follows:

  • Church History Q&A March 1. “Where Does GCA fit in the Spectrum of Church History? Bring your questions about church history and GCA. Last in the Church History series.
  • Kingdom Come: Living Under the Reign of Christ – March 15 thru April. A 6-week study of the present and coming reign of Christ, based on The Gospel Project curriculum.
  • Information Meetings on GCA’s New Governing DocumentsComing in May. Presentations and Q&A on a (slightly) revised constitution and statement of faith.

Children’s Bible Class (Ages 7-10)

Have kids who are Ages 7-10? Children’s Bible Class for kids ages 7-10 is offered at 9:30 am Sundays in the library.

1:30 pm Update – West Community Group IS MEETING tonight at the Bean home. Details below. But Old Town Community Group is CANCELED due to unplowed street and no parking options at the host home.

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Grace Church’s morning service & all classes are CANCELED this Sunday February 22. We will not meet in the morning due to ice & snow.

Instead, come on out to a community group later in the day, weather permitting:

  • 6:30 pm West Community Group at the Bean Home (9561 Penhook Ct #204, Manassas‎, VA). Host phone # is (703) 987-8963.
  • 4:30 pm Old Town Group at the Frost Home (624 Kings Cloister Circle, Alexandria, VA 22302). Host phone # is (703) 887-9754.

Everyone is welcome to a community group, even if this is your first time visiting one.

How should we think about violent and bloody persecution against Christians across the globe right now? What in the world is going on as 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded last week by an ever-advancing ISIS? Is the gospel losing ground as 7,000 Christians have been martyred by Boko Haram and al-Shabaab recently?

In his latest prayer letter, one of Grace Church’s friends, Tim Keesee of Frontline Missions, reminds us of the wise words of Samuel Zwemer, an early missionary to Muslims, who said:

“When you read in reports of troubles and opposition, of burning up books, imprisoning colporteurs, and expelling workers, you must not think the Gospel is being defeated. It is conquering.

What we see under such circumstances is only the dust in the wake of the ploughman. God is turning the world upside down that it may be right side up when Jesus comes. He that plougheth should plough in hope. We may not be able to see a harvest yet in this country, but furrow after furrow, the soil is getting ready for the seed.”

Sermon Title:  Digging for Hidden Treasure:  A Scripture-Saturated Church
Sermon Text:  Proverbs 2
Speaker:  Jonathan Matias, Lead Pastor
Series: The Church…The Dearest Place On Earth

Click the link below to listen to the audio recording of this sermon.

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Update: This workshop for Community Group leaders is moved to March 8 due to the snow day GCA had last week.

Do you occasionally lead the discussion at your GCA Community Group? Join us for a workshop designed specifically to serve you – a roundtable discussion on effectively leading your community group discussions. This one-time Community Group Leaders Workshop will be at 9:30 am Adult Bible Class on Sunday, March 8.

  • The pastors will review tips for wisely leading discussions of your group;
  • We’d like to hear from you with ideas on what’s working (and what’s not) at your small group, during the open mic time;
  • Bring your questions about how to have an effective small group.

By comparing notes with each other, you’ll learn from other groups and be renewed for another year of discipling and caring for those who attend yourGCA community group.

Breakfasty treats will be waiting for you to enjoy at 9:20 am for a relaxed, open time of sharing and encouragement.

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This past Sunday we held a special kind of sermon you may never have experienced before. We read aloud a whole book of the Bible as the sermon at Grace Church of Alexandria. Listen here to this live reading of 1 Timothy on February 8, 2015.

Why Read A Book Live? The Early Church Did It.

Both the early church and churches throughout church history had books of the Bible read aloud for the main preaching time of the church. Even New Testament letters themselves instruct that they be read out loud when the churches they were addressed to were gathered for worship:

“After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.” Colossians 4:16

“I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.” 1 Thessalonians 5:27.

Reading large chunks of Scripture as the gathered church is precisely what Paul has in mind when he instructs young pastor Timothy:

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” 1 Timothy 4:13

Why Read A Book Live? The Words of Christ Feed the Church.

The reading of books of the Bible aloud (or large sections of Scripture) is a lost art we are seeking to revive at Grace Church to take the Word of God seriously. Sermons today are built around movie clips, are designed to amuse the audience, or are when the pastors talk about what they care about.

But what believers need more than anything else is to hear the words of Christ which are powerful, life-giving and nourishing (Hebrews 4:12; John 6:63; Matthew 4:4). Nothing the elders could give to the flock will strengthen, build up, and refresh our church family more than the words of Christ to his beloved bride. And so to help us get the big picture of the Bible, receive the words of Christ, and get to know books of the Bible like old friends, we’ll do live readings of books; so far we’ve read aloud Ephesians, James, and 1 Timothy.

To be sure, week-by-week we deliver expository sermons on in studies through books of the Bible and relevant themes. But a real highlight of our worship services is when we get to wrap our minds around a whole book of the Bible. Check out our reading of 1 Timothy here and stay tuned for the next live reading at Grace Church!

Thanks to Ryk Neethling for use of his photo of the Bible.

This was a special sermon…a live reading of the book of 1 Timothy as the sermon. Listen below, and learn here why we occasionally read a whole book of the Bible aloud during our church services.

Sermon Title: “The Church – The Pillar and Foundation of the Truth”
Sermon Text: A Live Reading of the Book of I Timothy
Speakers: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor; Melanie Suydam (1 Tim. 1-2); Joel Bacon (1 Tim. 3-4); Robin Roberts (1 Tim 5-6)
Series: The Church . . . The Dearest Place On Earth

Click the link below to listen to an audio recording of the sermon.

Sermon Title: “How To Pray When You Realize Who You’re Talking To”
Sermon Text: Isaiah 6
Speaker: Ron Bean, Elder
Series: How to Pray When . . .

Click the link below to listen to an audio recording of the sermon.

Ponder mystery. Pursue oneness. Prize grace.

The Marriage Forum is for all married couples and anyone who would like to learn about a healthy marriage. Special guest Rodney Pearce will lead a discussion to help us assess, strengthen, and enjoy marriage even more.

Time and Place: 

Saturday February 21, 2015
9 am to 3 pm
at the Frost home near Old Town
624 Kings Cloister Circle, Alexandria, VA 22302

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Event includes:

  • lunch
  • breakout times with your spouse
  • a discussion guide

Topics include:

  • Foundations for aHealthy Marriage
  • Gender and Roles
  • Communication
  • Sexual Intimacy

Cost: $15 per couple

Childcare: If childcare is needed, it will be available for a $10 donation per family at the Frost home. Consider if your children will be manageable for 5 1/2 hours at the Frost home. If you’re not confident of this, please consider alternate arrangements.

Registration:

  1. REGISTER HERE. (this takes you to the registration page on The City)
    If you need an invite to The City to sign up, ask for an invite here.
  2. Pay registration fee on The City by clicking “Giving” from the left menu and donate $15 to the “Marriage Seminar” fund.
  3. Email Jillianne Mattox here with names of kids needing childcare at the Frost’s.
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