Sermon Title: “Through the Fire to the Feast”
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:1
Speakers: Jonathan Matías
Series: Through the Fire, To the Feast

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

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Under pressure for their faith.

Socially marginalized for holding to Christian doctrine.

Searching for hope and encouragement in troubled times.

Wrestling with submitting to an increasingly hostile government.

Wondering why in the world God was allowing pain and suffering in their path.

These are the real-life concerns of Christians the Apostle Peter addressed when he wrote 1 and 2 Peter. Join us Sundays at 10:30 am for Through the Fire, To the Feast, a fascinating and relevant journey through these two biblical books.

On Sundays, Lead Pastor Jonathan Matías is expositionally leading the congregation through a passage from 1 and 2 Peter, explaining and applying God’s Words in a practical and encouraging way, with a view toward pointing to the glory and grace of Jesus Christ. Join us for Through the Fire, to the Feast at 10:30 am on Sundays at Grace Church of Alexandria.

Correction: an earlier version of this post had the wrong date. Film showing is on May 10. 

A Front Row Seat to Gospel Advance
Join us for a front row seat to the gospel’s advance in China and Inner Mongolia, as we show No Regrets, No Retreat on Sunday May 10 during 10:30 am worship service. A brief missions-and-persecution-related sermon will be followed by a showing of No Regrets, No Retreat. Watch the trailer at the end of this post.

In this film, follow our church’s missionary Tim Keesee as he travels throughout China,

  • meeting courageous witnesses,
  • visiting house churches,
  • interviewing persecuted Chinese believers,
  • and seeing how the Chinese church is Christ’s hands and feet to marginalized peoples.

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Dispatches From the Front #8
No Regrets, No Retreat is the 8th film in the Dispatches from the Front series, which have all been shown at GCA. Tim is a veteran missionary, partner of Grace Church, and leader of Frontline Missions, who blogs gospel thoughts at www.timkeesee.com and has written this compelling book about the kingdom’s spread under pressure.

Through the Fire, to the Feast
This unforgettable film will help set the stage for the new sermon series launching in April, Through the Fire, to the Feast: 1 and 2 Peter. The film visualizes the very real, contemporary, and difficult pressure that Christians face throughout the world because of their faith. This sermon series, launching on April 19, will wrestle with the presence of suffering in the believer’s life, comfort in God’s election, responding to marginalization for your faith, and yearning for the kingdom to come.

Watch the Trailer

Trailer – Episode 8: No Regrets, No Retreat from Frontline Missions International on Vimeo.

The Power of Love

April 19th, 2015

Sermon Title:  The Power of Love
Sermon Text:  John 17:20-24
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.

Sermon Title: “Do I Really Have to Go?”
Sermon Text: Matthew 28:19-20
Speakers: Aaron Kraft, Missionary to Mexico; Pastor of Franconia Baptist Church (www.krafts.org)
Series: The Church . . . The Dearest Place On Earth

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

The Storyline of the Bible

April 5th, 2015

Sermon Title: The Storyline of the Bible
Sermon Text: Genesis 1 to Revelation 22
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Easter Sunday 2015

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

Jesus got up early on Easter Sunday, so why don’t you too?

Come enjoy a lovely time of prayer and breakfasty snacks at Prayer Brunch this Easter Sunday, April 5 from 9:20 to 10:07 am.

  • Food and drink table opens at 9:20 am…it’s not a continental breakfast, but is a selection of tasty breakfast snacks to enjoy while we fellowship.
  • Then at 9:35 am we’ll begin praying with thanks and requests to the Lord.
  • Children’s Bible Class will take place as usual in the library for kids ages 7-10 at 9:30 am.

No need to bring a dish this time; Suzanne Altizer, our new Refreshments Team Leader, has got it all covered!

Victory of Christ over the Grave

At Grace Church, we recognize that every day is a day to rehearse the gospel, every Sunday is a celebration of Jesus’s death and resurrection, and every moment is to be lived in the reality of our King’s soon return. However, this does not negate the benefit of observing Christian holidays and festivals. If there is a high point in the Christian year, it is Easter, when we especially celebrate the victory of Christ over the grave.

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Jerusalem

As we prepare to honor this special day, we’ve been learning a new song called Jerusalem, and it was written by a group of church musicians in Australia called City Alight. Here’s whatTim Challies had to say about it recently:

What do I like about it? I like that it is written in the present tense rather than the past tense; I like the constant calls to action: See, Hear, Feel, Lift; I like the progression from the streets of Jerusalem, to the cross, to the empty tomb, to the New Jerusalem; I even like the simplicity of the melody.

Listen, Download, Watch

My hope in introducing this is that our congregation will be able to offer it up skillfully in worship on Easter Sunday. I encourage each of you to take time this week to listen to the song a few times. If you’re a musician, take a look at the sheet music and play it through. Everything you need is found right here, on iTunes, or (listen for free) on Spotify. If you really like it, I’d encourage you to support these songwriters by purchasing the song on iTunes. They also have a full album available that sounds excellent.

I’m certain this song will become a staple in our repertoire for Sunday morning worship services at GCA, and I’m greatly looking forward to singing it with you.

~ Garrett Lee, Pastor of Worship

Empowered to Serve the King

March 29th, 2015

Sermon Title: “Empowered to Serve the King”
Sermon Text: Ephesians 7:9-16
Speakers: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: The Church . . . The Dearest Place On Earth

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

Shepherds and Sherpas

March 22nd, 2015

Sermon Title:  Of Shepherds and Sherpas
Sermon Text:  Acts 6 & 20
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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