The Glory of the Incarnation

December 14th, 2014

Sermon Title: The Glory of the Incarnation
Sermon Text: Hebrews 2:9-18, 5:9-11
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Captivated by His Beauty

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



The Gospel At Work Conference
Hosted by Covenant Life Church
Saturday January 31, 9 am to 5 pm

Most people spend at least 80,000 hours of their lives working. Wouldn’t you like to know how to worship God with that time? The Gospel at Work conference will help you think biblically about your work. Speakers will provide practical wisdom on how to approach the challenges you face in the workplace and offer insight into God’s concern for your work.

You’ll also meet godly men and women from a variety of industries for a series of very practical discussions on topics like career planning as Christians, leading in the workplace and business as a mission field. If you wrestle with questions about your work, or if you care about someone who does, this conference is for you.

Register here.

Topics and Breakouts
There’s something for everyone!

  • The Gospel, Work, and Social Justice
  • Persecution in the Workplace
  • Business as Missions
  • Evangelism: How to Share the gospel Boldly and Winsomly
  • How to Choose a Job: A Christian’s Guide to Career Planning
  • Stewardship Redeemed
  • Why Wait Till You Grow Up? Live the Life You Want Now!

Sermon Title: The Glory of the Person of Christ
Sermon Text: Hebrews 1:1-4
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Captivated by His Beauty


This December at Grace Church, come get an in-depth look at the splendor and glory of Jesus Christ in a special Christmas sermon series, Captivated By His Beauty. These sermons will paint a portrait of the One who came out of love to rescue us on that first Christmas morning. We’ll consider:

Who is this infinite One who contained himself as a fragile, vulnerable child in the manger?
What is Christ able to do for us because he took on flesh for us through the incarnation?
What is so compelling about the Lord Jesus that stokes our joy and gives us indomitable hope?

Join us Sundays at 10:30 am in December:

  • December 7: The Glory of the Pre-Incarnate Christ
  • December 14: The Glory of the Incarnate Christ
  • December 21: Christmas Meditations
  • December 28: The Glory of the Exalted Christ

Listen to the song that inspired the sermon series title: Hast Thou heart Him, Seen Him, Known Him?


Sermon Title: “Ruth: Mirroring God’s Unfailing Love”
Sermon Text: Ruth 1-4
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor

I. Introducing Ruth (Ch. 1)
II. Chance Encounters (Ch. 2)
III. A Modest Proposal (Ch. 3)
IV. The Rest of the Story (Ch. 4)

Lesson #1 – God transforms His followers to be like Him.
Lesson #2 – God rewards those who mirror his love.
Lesson #3 – God’s plan to restore & renew never goes off track.

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


Sermon Title: A Collection of Unhappy Stories (Part 2)
Sermon Text: Judges 19-21
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Judges: {Un}Faithful

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The Prayer of the Cross

November 18th, 2014

Sermon Title: The Prayer of the Cross
Sermon Text: Psalm 22
Speaker: Ron Bean, Elder
Series: How to Pray When…

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


GraceBooks Sale

GraceBooks resources available on Sundays at GCA are on sale!

  • All GraceBooks Table books & DVD’s now 75% off.
  • GraceBooks will close down Dec. 31, so all items are discounted
  • Items are by donation. So pay 25% or even take an item for free if you cannot afford it. Yes, take it! Resources are there to serve you.

Questions? See John Martin (GraceBooks Table manager).

We’d like to keep the book table running, but with so many resources available via the internet, we’ll transition to highlighting good resources on our web site, blog, and The City as well as through occasional book reviews.

Are you wondering how we get involved in global missions here at Grace Church of Alexandria. Looking for ideas on how to do missions with the limited resources of a small church?

GCA’s Missions Mindset

Grace Church of Alexandria’s global missions efforts are featured in the October 2014 edition of Postings: The Missions Mobilizers’ E-newsletter (p. 3). In it, one of our pastors and our missionaries who have been working in the Middle East describe Grace Church’s heavy emphasis on relationships and spiritual care for our cross-cultural workers, since we have limited physical resources as a church of one hundred people.

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A Surprising Request
What’s amusing to me is that I’ve been seeking advice from the missions team at Catalyst on how to leverage our limited resources as a small church in order to do missions well. What began as conversations seeking their advice ended out as an interview featuring the intensive spiritual care we provide our missionaries, along with our missions advocate program. You’ll also find the 3 other interviews in this issue of Postings helpful to think about global missions with a limited small church missions budget.

Resources for Developing Missions at your Church
I heartily recommend for missions committee members, pastors, and missions-minded Christians to become familiar with these resources by Catalyst.

Sermon Title: A Collection of Unhappy Stories (Part 1)
Sermon Text: Judges 17-18
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Judges: {Un}Faithful

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