Why Worship a Dead Guy?

April 20th, 2014

Sermon Title: Why Worship a Dead Guy?
Sermon Text: Matthew 28:1-5
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Elder
Series: Easter Sunday Sermon in the series Jesus Messiah–The Gospel of Matthew



The videos, talks, and stories about evangelism from Together for the Gospel 2014 are well worth your time. This was the most encouraging, practical, refreshing ministry conference I’ve been to. All the audio and video are free for viewing. The theme this year was Unashamed…we have every reason to share and offer the good news of Christ to our broken world.

May I suggest you watch and listen to these T4G ’14 highlights first?



  • Evangelism stories
    In short 5 minute videos, hear from believers about the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, the payoff from being persistent in witnessing.



Join me in 2 years for T4G on April 12-14, 2016.

Jesus Forsaken

April 13th, 2014

Sermon Title: Jesus Forsaken
Sermon Text: Matthew 27:32-66
Speaker: Garrett Lee, Elder
Series: Jesus Messiah–The Gospel of Matthew

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


Jesus on Trial

April 6th, 2014

Sermon Title: Jesus on Trial
Sermon Text: Matthew 27:1-31
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Jesus Messiah–The Gospel of Matthew

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


Are you wondering why Christians worship Jesus of Nazareth? Do you have questions you’ve been wanting to ask about the credibility of the Christian faith or reliability of the Bible? As Lead Pastor, I invite you to contact our church, for we’d be glad to share the core message about Jesus Christ and answer your questions in a short discussion study called Christianity Explained

Christianity Explained
We’d be delighted to introduce you to the message of Jesus in six brief discussion studies in the Gospel of Mark, a biography of Jesus in the Bible. One of our thoughtful, listening members and the booklet shown below, Christianity Explained, will be your guide. You are welcome to ask any questions that you have, and no question is too threatening, or off-the wall. Jesus made staggering truth claims and issued incredible promises to his followers. We’d like to show you what he said, and give you a comfortable atmosphere to think through those claims and promises for yourself.

Interested in going through Christianity Explained? Contact me at 703.639.4077 (press 4 to reach the pastoral staff) or email the church here. Please also come join us for Sunday services at 10:30 am in April as we consider who Jesus is and what’s the big deal about him.


The Story
In addition, here is a visual explanation of the gospel, the good news of the person and work of Jesus Christ, that has changed our lives. It’s called “The Story” and it tells how you can find peace with God and enter into an everlasting relationship with him!

The Man Christ Jesus

March 30th, 2014

Sermon Title: The Man Christ Jesus
Sermon Text: Matthew 26:36-75
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Jesus Messiah – The Gospel of Matthew

I. Jesus, vulnerable and alone (v. 36-56)
II. Christ, who will reign and judge (v. 57-68)
III. God, patient with imperfect people (v. 69-75)

Click the link below to listen to the sermon audio.



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Join us Sundays in April, especially Easter Sunday April 20, as we explore together what Christianity is all about.

9:30 am Adult Bible Class – Sitting in the Ashes with Job: The Book of Job
10:30 am Worship Service – Jesus Messiah–The Gospel of Matthew


Sermon Title: We Wants It, We Needs It, We Must Have the Precious: What Entangles Us and Why?
Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:17-22
Speaker: Jeff Rickett, Founder of Heart Song Counseling, www.heartsongcounseling.org

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


A Practical, Memorable Adoption Event
Are you curious about what adoption and fostering is like? Would you like to explore the possibility of adopting? Are you an adoptive family who could use refreshment and training for a challenging aspect of orphan care? Join us, Christy and Jonathan, and others from Grace Church of Alexandria who are going to the Northeast Adoption Summit in Lancaster, PA, on April 25-26, 2014.


What To Expect

Bethany Christian Services, our adoption agency, is pulling out the stops with this summit to raise awareness of children who are waiting for family to call their own and to provide training for the adoption community on a variety of issues. The summit includes 4 general sessions and 41 breakout sessions. For us personally, we’re eager to hear:

  • how to explain to your children in age appropriate ways that they are adopted;
  • understanding how trauma in a child’s life affects them and how to care for them when they come to your home.
  • Johnny Carr, the pastor who for seven years has overseen our agency’s relationship with churches;

Register To Go
There’s really something for everyone at this conference. Register here. Cost is reasonable, at $69 per individual and $120 per couple. And it’s drivable distance from the Washington D.C. Metro region where we and many of our readers live. If you’re in the adoption process and waiting for a child to be placed in the home like we are, this counts toward your required continuing education.

If you decide to attend, let us know and we’ll connect with you there!

Summit 10
If you’re able to make it to Chicago on May 1-2, 2014, don’t miss THE Summit, Summit 10, organized by our dear friend Elizabeth from the Christian Alliance For Orphans. Summit 10 is vastly larger and with many more workshops, general sessions, and breakouts. We’d love to make it to Summit 10, but alas can’t make it to Chicago this year. Here’s our recap of Summit 9.

This post first appeared at the Matíases’ adoption blog: www.littlebirdproject.com

The Shepherd’s Bounty

March 20th, 2014

Sermon Title:  The Shepherd’s Bounty
Sermon Text:  Matthew 26:1-35
Speaker:  Garrett Lee, Elder
Series: Jesus Messiah – The Gospel of Matthew