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• Posted in Life in the Church, Vision, Worship

If you're going to get a group of people to work together on something you have to be clear about what it is you're trying to do. To get two dozen skilled workers together to build a house, you need clear blueprints and a clear schedule to make sure that the right house gets built. Otherwise you might get a beautiful kitchen in the middle of an empty lot! Building a church is no different. There are a lot of different "blueprints" a church could choose to be about. What are we about at SGC?

• Posted in Charismatic, Holy Spirit, Life in the Church, Service, Vision

In this post we want to look at two dimensions of our vision statement, being bible-saturated and spirit-empowered. The Bible gives us the plans (like The Dangerous Book for Boys) and the Holy Spirit gives us the power (like the trial-and-error of my building project). Without these our efforts at building God's church will be wayward, reckless, and probably just wrong.

• Posted in Life in the Church, Vision

Our last post introduced the idea of a clarifying vision for SGC. We looked at the question, "What does God want SGC to be about?" Some churches would answer this question by looking at the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20). Some would say it is about "knowing Jesus and making him known." Others think in terms of "upward" (worship), "outward" (service and evangelism), and "inward" (personal growth). All of these are trying in some way to summarize the New Testament vision for the church and their own sense of that vision.

• Posted in Life in the Church, Vision

Over the last several months the elders of SGC have felt compelled by the Lord to be more specific about what God has called SGC to be about. Many voices have spoken prophetically and directly that God is going to do great things in our church, but part of this requires a clear sense of vision.

• Posted in Charismatic, Holy Spirit

J.I. Packer offers a great insight about life in the Spirit in his book, Keep in Step with the Spirit.

• Posted in Devotions, Fellowship, Life in the Church

One of the ways that we can grow in our understanding of what it means to do church together is by looking at the "one another" statements of the New Testament. These are how we are to relate together as the people of God in the local church.

• Posted in Church Plant, Relationships

Here is an update on the Redeeming Grace Church plant from Eric Holter and his leadership team.

• Posted in Books, Charismatic, Presence of God

As God has been teaching our church the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit, we are reminded that the greatest blessing offered to us in the gospel is to experience the presence of the Creator God. In his short, but profound book, The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer writes, "To have found God and still pursue Him is the soul's paradox of love."

• Posted in Godly speech, Unity

A bit as an extension of Phil's sermon last week on love, unity, and godly dissent, we added a small button on the right side of our Members Page on the website. The button is labeled "Feedback for the Elders?" and takes you to a page with the statement below.

• Posted in Charismatic, Holy Spirit

Ephesians 5:18 says to all Christians, "Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit." The verb "be filled" is famously a present tense verb which means to do it regularly, continually. Then it is an imperative verb, which means that it is a command and not a suggestion. Last it is a passive verb, which means that while the command is given to us, God is the One who must "fill" us. We put ourselves out there to be filled, but then we must trust Him to fill us.

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