Sovereign Grace Blog
Three weeks into our Life Together sermon series and one thing is crystal clear: the Christian life is inescapably and irreducibly corporate. The Bible will not let our life be reduced to merely Jesus and me. God placed us in the church. And it’s there that we live life together. This means that our battle against remaining sin is also inescapably and irreducibly corporate. That’s what we’ll see as we study Hebrews 3:12-14 on Sunday. Progressive sanctification is a community project. We get the grace of enlisting the help of our brothers and sisters in our battle against remaining sin. And we get to be an instrument of grace as we help others in their battle against sin. It’s been said that war is a team sport. How kind of God to give us an army of fellow Christian soldiers to help fight the war! May God prepare us to press on in the battle as we gather on Sunday to declare our dependence on him and his means of persevering grace.
This weekend the small group leaders along with the small group leaders in training will gather with their wives for a prayer and training retreat. I’m full of joy at the privilege of spending extended time with each one of these gifted individuals who desire to serve you, the members of SGC.
The pastors have been praying for God to meet each one of these men and their wives this weekend, and we’d love to have you join us in prayer as well. Please pray:
- For God to glorify himself and his Son through our time together in his word, through worship in song, and through our biblical fellowship with one another.
- For the existing small group leaders to be refreshed and revived with grace and hope to continue to serve.
- For the small group leaders in training to be filled with fresh faith for their potential ministry to God’s people.
- For the wives of these men to feel God’s love, care, and joy for each one of them as they follow their husbands in faith.
May he who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, refresh and rejuvenate us with his presence and power as we seek to remind ourselves of the amazing grace of the gospel that allows us to live life together in the church. Amen!
Existing Small Group Leaders
Adam Brachle (Heidi)
Bert Eikum (Beki)
Chris Holland-Tuve (Dianne)
Eric Patenaude (Becca)
Roger Smith (Heather)
Clyde Veldhuizen (Kim)
Small Group Leaders in Training
Ben Maurer (Allie)
Dean McLaurin (Sarah)
Jameson Nass (Diedra)
Jeff Waldron (Christina)
Many men try over and over again to resist the lure of pornography but ultimately find that internet filters and shear determination are never enough to overcome the deceptive lure of sexual sin.
The truth of the Word of God tells us that the sinful desires and appetites of our heart cannot simply be eliminated or controlled, they must be exchanged for something greater—something more satisfying and more delightful, something that not only extends the promise of true and lasting joy, but actually delivers on the promise every single time.
When we remember the gospel—that Jesus loved us and died for us and now lives with power in us—it is like a volcano eruption of power that enables us to turn our back on temptation, to repent of sin and put it to death by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to live for my deepest and truest joy!
Christian men, your fight against sexual sin is not a fight for your salvation. Jesus already won that. Your fight is a Spirit-empowered fight for your joy in light of his victory.
I invite you to come Saturday, September 28, from 8am to 10:30am (basketball at 8am, worship at 9am) as I teach on the power of grace to overcome sexual sin. All attendees will receive a free copy of the book Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert.
- Come Thou Fount
- All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
- I Love the Cross
- Love Binds Everything Together | Rick Gamache | Colossians 3:12-17
On Sunday we’ll continue our Life Together sermon series by examining the chief Christian virtue: love. The Apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 3:14 to “above all . . . put on love.” In order to understand and obey that command, we’ll ask and answer three questions: Why is love so significant? What is love? How do we cultivate Christian love? Join us as we study together the why, what, and how of love.
Please pray for Pastor Rick as he prepares his sermon. Pray for Tom Fluharty and the worship team as they prepare to point us to the Throne of Grace. Pray for Pastor Jon as he prepares to lead us at the Lord’s Table. Pray for the Welcome Team and the Discovery Kingdom workers as they prepare to serve in the strength that God supplies so that he gets all the glory (1 Peter 4:11). And let’s pray for each other, that we would come together as God’s temple, his church, and delight that Christ has forged the way into God’s presence made manifest by his Holy Spirit. Let’s gather on Sunday morning expectant and excited as we worship our Savior together in song and in the preaching of God’s word.
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40 ESV)
We recently received this email from Lily Fluharty who is serving at Casa De Esperanza in Caranavi, Bolivia. We can’t agree more with her thankfulness for your love and care for Fidel and Charo while they were with us for the month of August. We are thankful to God for our growing partnership in the gospel and looking forward to our spring ministry trip to Bolivia.
Dear Pastor Rick, Pastor Jon, and church family,
Fidel and Charo just arrived back at Casa de Esperanza this weekend and were blown away by the way the Lord is working at Sovereign Grace Church. They told me over and over again how they felt so welcomed, cared for, and loved during their 3 weeks in the States. They were so excited to share with the kids about the friendship that Casa de Esperanza now has with Sovereign Grace Church and the families there. They arrived encouraged, excited, and refreshed to continue the work here at Casa de Esperanza caring for and loving the “least of these.”
It is such an encouragement for me to hear of all the ways that families from church blessed Fidel and Charo in their stay in Minnesota. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and love for them. God is at work here in Caranavi, Bolivia and in the lives of these precious children and I am so excited to see how He will continue working with this ministry.
I have been filled with such joy since I have returned here. It isn’t always easy raising little ones but it is amazing to see God’s love for me overflow into the little ones in my care. Please continue to pray for the children here at Casa de Esperanza. That God would touch their little hearts and open their eyes to Him and His love and hope.
God bless you my dear brothers and sisters in Christ! I miss worshiping alongside you but am filled with joy knowing that every Sunday we lift up our voices, on different continents, to the same Savior. Thank you for your love for these beautiful orphans and for opening up your hearts and homes to Fidel and Charo.
God bless you!
- The Gospel Song
- Before The Throne Of God Above
- I Am Coming To The Cross
- Happy Day
- Bless the Lord (10,000 Reasons)
- Foundations, Sunday, September 29.
- Man to Man, Saturday, September 28.
- 267 Youth Gathering, Wednesday, September 11.
- All-Church Family Meeting (audio here for members)
- Needy and Needed | Rick Gamache | Ephesians 4:11-16