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)

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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.


Sermon Title:  Resting in the Presence of Christ
Sermon Text:  John 14:1-6
Speaker:  Jeff Toomer, Pastor, The Transit Church

  • The Promise of Heaven
  • The Path into Heaven
  • Implications: Rest, Unplug, Meditation

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Surprised by Suffering

September 27th, 2015

Sermon Title: “Surprised by Suffering”
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

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The Conversation Around the Table

September 20th, 2015

Sermon Title: “The Conversation Around the Table”
Sermon Text: John 14:1-7
Speaker:  Ron Bean, Elder

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Magnify Christ

September 13th, 2015

Sermon Title: “Magnify Christ”
Sermon Text:1 Peter 4:1-11
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

  1. Magnifying Christ In Your Community (4:1-6)
  2. Magnifying Christ In Your Church (4:7-11)

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From Fall to Spring, Grace Church groups come together once a month on a Saturday evening, for a communal dinner. The goal for the Salt Shaker Dinners is to meet new people and strengthen our fellowship. These informal dinners take place at the volunteer hosts’ houses.

Host: Guests will be randomly assigned to you each month. As host, you will provide the main dish. You will also coordinate with your dinner group to set a time for the dinner, and to arrange for guests to bring drinks and side dishes.

Guest: The goal is for you attend Salt Shaker dinners with six different host families. The host will contact you to confirm and ask you to bring either drinks or side dishes. If for some reason you cannot attend the dinner, just let the host know.

Host/Guest: Sometimes you will host the dinners and sometimes you will be a guest at the dinners. 

Right now, we are going to focus on the three Saturdays for this fall and they are:
  • September 26
  • October 24 
  • November 21 
Participation in all three dinners is not required, just sign up for the days that work for you.
Sign Up Here
GCA attenders–please log in to The City and sign up to attend Salt Shaker Dinner Groups here. The deadline for signing up for the fall dinners is Friday, September 18th. We will distribute the dinner group list on Sunday the 20th. Not on The City and need an Invite to The City to Sign Up. Request access to The City here.

The Power of His Rising

September 6th, 2015

Sermon Title:  The Power of His Rising
Sermon Text:  1 Peter 3:18-22
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Through the Fire to the Feast

Guarding Our Kids From Abuse

As a father and a pastor I’ve been wresting with how to guard my family and my church against the ever-present dangers of child abuse. Abuse is all-too-common in the Christian community, partly, I believe, from naiveté and uncomfortableness even talking about sexual issues.

Therefore, I receive with gladness God Made ALL of Me, a newly-published children’s book that equips parents to help kids protect their own bodies. I highly recommend that parents build this into their children’s reading and that churches recommend this to their families.


Helping Parents To Have “The Talk”

We parents can find it difficult (not to mention awkward) to know how to wisely talk with our children about their maleness, femaleness, body parts, and their function.

This beautifully-illustrated, thoughtfully-written book by Justin and Lindsay Holcomb gives parents the words, opportunity and guidance to talk with their children preventatively about their bodies. 

A Comfortable, Teaching Story

In a comfortable story format, this book teaches children:

  • boundaries for how others should treat them,
  • the names of their body parts,
  • what is appropriate and inappropriate touching, and
  • how they should respond if in appropriately approached by another child or adult.

Believe me, it’s a bit awkward reading this book to your children; yet the dividend is priceless. You help your son or daughter know that God wisely and sovereignly made their body just the way it is, be alert for potential dangers they may encounter, and know how to respectfully interact with other children.

Why bring these issues up with your kids? Why give the actual names to their body parts? Why explore boundaries of self with your family? Here’s why. Children who are given an accurate understanding of their bodies and appropriateness are better equipped to venture into the complex, fallen world in which we live. Read more at

This Book Launches September 8

You’ll find God Made ALL of Me: A Book To Help Children Protect Their Bodies available for purchase on September 8 at this link. I’ve been given an advance copy by the publisher New Growth Press. I’m requested that copy not to get something in return from them but because I’m firmly convinced the Christian community can get ahead of the curve (instead of staying behind the curve) on abuse through tools such as this.



Sermon Title:  How to Talk to God When You’re Living with Lions
Sermon Text:  Psalm 57
Speaker:  Ron Bean, Elder
Series: How to Pray When…

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