Backpacks

Here’s a final update and word of thanks about the project to gather backpacks and school supplies for children in need who attend Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School.

I just wanted to take a minute and express my gratitude towards everyone who supported this effort.  Whether you supported us through donation and/or prayer, it is because of your efforts that I am able to say that we were able to fill 24 backpacks with extra supplies to donate.

 The backpacks are filled with at least one of every item that was on the supply list, as well as a small gospel tract and information card about Grace Church of Alexandria.  These backpacks and supplies will go straight to kids in our community in need attending school at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary.  

We will directly touch well over 24 students, but through your actions and love, we will touch countless families, teachers, and staff at Samuel Tucker.  So, thank you, thank you for your participation and support.  I pray we will be able to do this again next year.

~ Dominique Johnson, Project Coordinator

Sermon Title:  Slaves to Righteousness:  Living Out the Gospel in the Workplace
Sermon Text:  1 Peter 2:16-25
Speaker:  Jonathan Matias, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

1. Slaves to Righteousness
2. Slaves in the Workplace
3. “Christ became like a Slave”

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

Model Citizens

July 21st, 2015

Sermon Title: “Model Citizens”
Sermon Text:1 Peter 2:11-17
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

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Place of Refuge

July 12th, 2015

Sermon Title:  Serving God’s Flock
Sermon Text:  Joshua 20:1-9
Speaker:  Dr. Keith Wiebe, Pastor of Grace Gospel Church in Huntington, WV

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MarriageForum

Pursue oneness. Ponder mystery. Prize grace.

FREE Audio Available
Audio is now available from The Marriage Forum this spring when pastor and counselor Rodney Pearce explored the mystery, intimacy, brokenness and beauty that is marriage. The audio from his talks at Grace Church of Alexandria is posted below to listen via streaming or download.

Accompanying Study Guide
The church has plenty of accompanying study guides and healthy marriage surveys that go along with these talks. If you’d like a copy, contact Pastor Jonathan Matías.

Talk #1 – Pursing the Glory and Mystery of Marriage (Foundations)
Talk #2 – Embracing Our Differences (Gender and Roles)
Talk #3– Let’s Talk about Communication
Talk #4–Sexual Intimacy

Recommended Books on Marriage 
Below you’ll also find a list of books on marriage that were given away at the marriage seminar. These provocative, daring books on marriage will help you examine your relationship and pursue greater oneness and grace with your spouse.

  • Marriage Matters by Winston Smith
    An x-ray of your heart explaining where friction, and struggles in marriage come from and how the gospel changes them
  • The Intimate Mystery by Dan Allender
    Inspiring, provocative advice for marriage from a seasoned biblical counselor
  • Love that Lasts by Gary and Betsy Ricucci
    The best practical overview of how to have a healthy marriage
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
    A vision of what marriage should be, according to the Bible
  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
    How marriage is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know, love, be like God more
  • What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp
    sound guidance for marriage after the “honeymoon stage” and in the trenches of daily life together
  • When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey
    Practically shows how the gospel relates to every area of married life
  • The Complete Husband by Lou Priolo
    a practical guide to biblical husbanding
  • Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahoney
    A vision for godly womanhood by a pastor’s wife
  • Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley
    faith from a feminine perspective by a former feminist
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. A scholarly discussion of the roles of men and women in society, church, and home
  • Undefiled: Redemption from Sexual Sin by Harry Schaumburg. Hope and healing for a spouse who has experienced sexual brokenness of various kinds
  • Sheet Music by Dr. Kevin Leman
    Practical advice for sexual intimacy from a biblical perspective

Sermon Title: “How to Talk to God When He’s Brought You to Your Knees”
Sermon Text: Daniel 1-4 (p. 737)
Speaker: Ron Bean, Elder
Series: How to Talk to God When . . . 

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DavidBrainerd

Enjoying God: Lessons on Spirituality from David Brainerd
Sundays at 9:30 am in July and August

Join us at Grace Church of Alexandria each Sunday at 9:30 am for an insightful discussion on how to enjoy God, from the life and example of David Brainerd. Each class attendee receives a free devotional guide based on Brainerd’s writings.

Why Learn from David Brainerd?
David Brainerd was a courageous single man who ministered in the 1700’s for four years among Native American Indians in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. His diary and journal capture the heart of a young man captivated by the beauty of Christ. Generations of Christians have found lessons for their own spiritual lives from the honesty, habits, and view of God of David Brainerd.

Finding God Even In Depression
Like many Christians today, David Brainerd suffered from life-long depression and despair. His transparent writings show believers the way forward to enjoying God even when your feelings aren’t following.

Enjoying God: Lessons on Spirituality from David Brainerd
Starting Sunday July 5th, we are discussing the following aspects of spiritual life, over donuts and coffee at 9:30 am:

  • Spirituality: Manifesting Jesus’s Likeness in your love
  • Salvation: Seeing Jesus’ glory in your heart
  • Sunday Worship: Celebrating Jesus’ victory in your week
  • Secret Duties: Praying for Jesus’ exaltation throughout your day
  • Self-examination: Longing for Jesus’ perfect likeness in your life
  • Suffering: Reflecting Jesus’ humility during your hardships
  • Strength in Weakness: Glorifying Jesus’ Power through your frailty

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Serving God’s Flock

June 28th, 2015

Sermon Title:  Serving God’s Flock
Sermon Text:  1 Peter 5:1-5
Speaker:  Jonathan Matias, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

A Word To:
1. Elders
2. Servants
3. The Congregation

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A Life of Reckless Abandon

June 21st, 2015

Sermon Title: “A Life of Reckless Abandon”
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 2:9-3:22
Speakers: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

Theme Song for the Current Sermon Series

This summer we’re discovering truths from 1 and 2 Peter in the sermon series Through the Fire to the Feast. Sandra McCracken’s new song We Will Feast in the House of Zion is a perfect fit as the theme song for this series at Grace Church of Alexandria.

Through the Fire to the Feast

Even in our privileged position as Christians, we still all have to pass through fire to arrive to the feast God has prepared for us, where our cup will run over. Together, the sermon series and song probe the mysteries of how we must pass through fire to get to the feast. In particular, this song sets before us the joys awaiting us so we will press on through adversity to arrive in God’s kingdom.

Composer Interview

Sandra is interviewed here in a worthwhile discussion about her album from the Psalms, on life, loss and longing.

We Will Feast in the House of Zion

Chorus 
We will feast in the house of Zion 
We will sing with our hearts restored 
He has done great things, we will say together 
We will feast and weep no more

We will not be burned by the fire
He is the LORD our God
We are not consumed, by the flood
Upheld, protected, gathered up (Chorus)

In the dark of night, before the dawn
My soul, be not afraid
For the promised morning, oh how long?
Oh God of Jacob, be my strength (Chorus)

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the Faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring shalom. (Chorus)

from Psalms, released 14 April 2015
Written by Sandra McCracken and Joshua Moore
© 2015 Drink Your Tea (ASCAP) / Joshmooreownsthis Music (ASCAP)
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