These two sentences reflect both the beautiful redemption and the work in progress of a follower of Jesus Christ. As believers, our salvation is complete, and yet the process of becoming like Jesus and walking into the destinies God has called us to can be challenging—especially if we forget to give ourselves grace. Grace to grow. Grace to fail. Grace to try again. Grace to overcome. Grace to succeed.
The good news is that God does not ask us to do anything that He does not also equip us to accomplish. So, when He says, “Come,” He is already extending the measure of grace that will be needed for us to follow.
In Hebrew, the letter H is illustrated by an open window that signifies “grace.”
God’s very name, YAHWEH, contains two measures of grace—He has more than you need to get the job done.
What has God called you to do? Everything you need is streaming in through the open window before you. Don’t let fear make you pull the blinds. Let His grace in, let it change you, and let it fill you with the courage to trust and obey.
“From Abram to Abraham,” Part 1 of our “Identity Protection” sermon series, is now available online.
On the Radar
Discipleship Training: “Jesus Fulfills the Feasts” begins this Sunday evening at 6 pm. Join us as teacher Peter Lopez takes a look at the beautiful way our Savior fulfills His promises, illustrated though the Old Testament feasts. Childcare is provided.
Art Submissions are being taken for the 2011 EFC Calendar. The deadline is Sunday, September 19, so get those submissions in to Suzan Kennedy ASAP!
Local Brown Bag program is needing volunteers from EFC during the month of September. If you’d like to serve, show up at First United Methodist Church any Tuesday or Wednesday throughout the month, 9:30-11:00 am.
Revelation Bible Study has resumed Tuesdays, 12-1 pm. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion!
Brazil Mission Team leaves September 23! Please be in prayer for Pastor Mindy and Pastor Lorin as they join Global Awakening in Healing Crusades in Brazil. For more info or to give a financial gift towards the cost of their trip, CLICK HERE.
In Sunday’s message I referenced insights I learned from Peter Lopez about the intricacies of the Hebrew language. You can discover more of Peter’s research at Beauty of the Bible.
Check out these resources to connect with our ministry to children and youth.
- Worldchangers – Discussion starters from Sunday’s Kid’s Church lesson.
- The Salvage Yard – Youth Ministry Website
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “Grace Like Rain” by Todd Agnew
- “He Reigns” by Newsboys
- “Freedom Reigns” by Jason Upton
- “When I Think About the Lord” Shane and Shane version
Next Sunday, September 12, we continue our sermon series, “Identity Protection,” with a look at the life and name change of Jacob.