Rooted and Grounded in Christ

November 15th, 2015

Sermon Title: Rooted and Grounded in Christ
Sermon Text: II Peter 2:12-21
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor

I. The Value of Remembering (vs. 12-15)
II. The Certainty of Christ’s Return (vs. 16-18)
III. The Reliability of God’s Word (vs. 19-21)

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This Sunday November 15th, we’re taking a break from All In Orphan Care Class to hold our Annual Family Meeting at 9:30 am. Members of Grace Church–come vote on the church budget and officers for 2016 at the annual business meeting for church members.

All In Orphan Care Class will resume next Sunday November 22, with a testimony from an adoptive family and a lesson on “The Theology of Adoption.”

Join songwriters and singers Keith and Kristyn Getty for an unforgettable Irish Christmas on Monday, November 30, at 7:30 pm. The Gettys write and sing many of the gospel-centered songs we treasure at Grace Church of Alexandria. Songs such as: By Faith, In Christ Alone, Speak O Lord, and others.


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A conference with leading Christian scientists and philosophers will be held in our area, discussing the biblical and scientific evidence for God’s creation of the universe.

Join Pastor Jonathan Matías on Friday and Saturday, November 20-21, or just one day if that’s all you can attend! Register here.

Location: Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA (58 minutes from GCA’s meeting place). See map here.

Cost: $20 if you pre-register ($25 at the door)

Topics: (see full schedule here)

  • Your Origins Matter by Dr. Jason Lisle
  • The Secrets of the Genesis Flood by Dr. Tim Carey
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis by Dr. Henry Morris
  • Man in His Image: Complexity of the Human Body by Dr. Randy Guiluzza
  • Creation Undone: Scripture and Geology by Dr. Marcus Ross
  • Astronomy Reveals Creation by Dr. Jason Lisle
  • Faith and Science: by Dr. Michael Kucks
  • Oil, Fracking, and a Recent Flood by Dr Marcus Ross
  • Paleontology by Dr. Marcus Ross
  • Q&A Panel with Dr. Marvin Olasky

Register Here.

Preview video: watch here

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Sermon Title:  The Serpent vs. The Offspring of the Woman
Sermon Text:  Genesis 3:15
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Occasion: Orphan Sunday 2015

I. The Garden – Genesis 3:14-15
II. The Exodus – Exodus 1:22
III. The Life of Israel – Deuteronomy 14:28-29
IV. The Exile – Jeremiah 7:6-7
V. The Nativity – Matthew 2:16-18
VI. Enter Joseph – Matthew 1:24-25
VII. The Early Church – James 1:27
VIII. The 21st Century

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

God’s Renovation Project

October 25th, 2015

Sermon Title:  God’s Renovation Project
Sermon Text:  2 Peter 1:3-11
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast



Becoming a Church That Cares for the Vulnerable

What does it look like for a church family to get engaged in caring for orphans–children who have lost one or both parents? How can do something for the weak and vulnerable? What are some small (and some big) steps we can take to make a difference in orphans lives?

A Class For Everyone (Not Just If You’re Thinking about Adopting)

From October to December, at 9:30 am Adult Bible Class we’re on a journey together called All In Orphan Care. This class at Grace Church of Alexandria is for the whole church: for kids to learn to care about the lives of fatherless children, for singles to find out how to sponsor an at-risk child, for couples to discover what temporary fostering, fostering, and adoption look like, for everyone to learn what we can do to reflect God’s heart for the fatherless.

This class is for you, not just for a family who is looking to adopt!

We’ll watch short films, hear moving testimonies from Grace Church members, study the Bible, and discuss small and large steps our church can take to “visit the orphans in their affliction” (James 1:27).

A Roadmap To Love the Fatherless

In six sessions, we’ll explore:

  • What Is Orphan Care? October 25
    Exploring God’s heart for the orphan and our mandate to care for them
  • The Theology of Adoption – November 8
    Discovering how the imagery of adoption in Scripture paints a vivid picture of our redemption in Jesus
  • How Orphan Care Displays the Gospel – November 22
    Uncovering three unique, tangible ways our care of orphans reflects God’s care of us in Christ
  • The Other Side of Orphan Care – November 29
    Pursuing the goal of permanence through both prevention and adoption efforts
  • Making Orphan Care Small – December 6
    Embracing the call not to change the world for all orphans, but to change the world of at least one
  • Identifying Your Role – December 13
    Understanding that not everyone is called to do the same thing but everyone is called to do something

Join us Sundays at 9:30 am for All In Orphan Care at Grace Church of Alexandria.

To apply to or give to our Church Adoption Fund, click here.

Orphan Sunday, November 8, 2015

Also, join us for Orphan Sunday as we dedicate a whole worship service on November 8 at 10:30 am to look at God’s adopting love and see how it motivates love for orphans.


Captivated by His Glory

October 18th, 2015

Sermon Title:  Captivated by His Glory
Sermon Text:  2 Peter 1:1-3
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

I. Humble-Mindedness: Simeon Peter (v. 1)
II. The Privileges of Salvation (v. 1)
III. The Person of Christ (v. 1)
IV. The Knowledge of God (v. 2-3)

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

Sermon Title: “Stand Fast In the True Grace of God”
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 5:5-14
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

I. A Prized Value of the Kingdom (5:5-7)
II. The Ferocious Source Behind Opposition (5:8-9)
III. A Benediction for Believers (5:10-11)

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


A Front Row Look at the Cross’s Front Lines
Consider joining Pastor Jonathan Matías at FX–The Frontline Experience this November 6-7, 2015 in Newark, Delaware.

Hear from Tim Keesee–one of our very own missionaries, David Hosaflook (who has spoken at GCA), and a missionary couple sent to a restricted-access nation by Heritage Bible Church which planted our church. This is an event you won’t want to miss! This FX will be unique, and worth attending even if you already attended as part of the GCA group that went to FX in Virginia Beach several years ago.

FREE Registrations…If You Act Fast
Jonathan Matías has a limited number of FREE registrations ($199 savings). If interested, see him right away before they are gone.

What’s Frontline Experience?
This training is designed to prepare men and women who are open to serving Christ in restricted-access countries and educate church members to knowledgeably get behind missionaries and missions efforts in the world’s hardest places. (Update: see the Delaware event agenda here, which was just posted on 10.13.15) Topics from recent Frontline Experience events include:

  • The Cross in Cross-Cultural Missions
  • Muslim Evangelism (Getting Them Into God’s Word)
  • Risk Taking for the Gospel in the World’s Difficult Places
  • It’s Not What I Expected! (a missionary mom)
  • Training the Next Generation of Gospel Risk-Takers
  • Dispatches from the Front screening
  • May You Happy: Solid Joys in TESOL

To obtain a free registration, please see Pastor Jonathan Matías. Or, to register and pay your own way, register here.