It is exciting to be a part of the family of Grace Baptist Church. The beginning of the year offers numerous “beginnings” in and of itself. At Grace we have had quite the exhaustive list of events and ministries starting. The first Council of Elders had their first meeting last week, different studies and small groups have formed over the last month, and even our new Romans sermon series is underway. There is a great deal to be in prayer for at Grace, as well as a lot to be grateful for.
But let us not forget of why we remain excited, why we have the opportunity to serve, why we get to experience all of these beginnings. It is solely by the grace of God. This upcoming Sunday, it is the grace of God that stands at the forefront of the passage. As we continue to read through Romans, studying together as a church body, let us meditate on Scripture and Paul’s own beginning of his epistle to the church in Rome.
“Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace…”
We worship by God’s grace and let that be at the focal point of our worship this Sunday. As we prepare our hearts, let us also keep afresh the understanding that our time in God’s Word, our ability to study, our fellowship with the body of Grace Baptist Church can only be attributed to the grace of God.
What a fitting way to join together at Grace Baptist Church. To think and reflect upon the reason we even have such a word in our title. Let us not take God’s grace for granted, but allow a further dependency and reflection to drive us to deeper communion with Him.
Praise God, the Source and Giver of all grace, given through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
T’was Grace that taught…
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear…
the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares…
I have already come.
Tis Grace has brought me safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.
The Lord has promised good to me…
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be…
as long as life endures.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years…
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…
than when we’ve first begun.