Pray for the Youth Retreat

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

We are just days away from the 2014 NexGen “LIFT” retreat. It’s going to be a time of fun, friends, and more significantly growing in our love for Jesus. This year the theme of the retreat is Impact. We will be focusing on what it means to be impacted by the gospel, and then in turn, what does it look like to impact the local church and all spheres of influence with the gospel. The weekend will consist of preaching of the Word, worship, discussion groups, dedicated time of prayer, and of course games. 

This weekend will be an opportunity for the gospel to make an impact on the youth. Therefore, would you consider praying for the following?

  • Please pray that heart and minds would be receptive to the preaching of God’s Word, so that youth would understand more fully the grace and love found in Jesus Christ.
  • Please pray that relationships would be strengthened and new friendships would be created. 
  • Please pray that the Lord would save those who do not believe. 
  • Please pray for save travels, good health, and overall logistics. 

On a personal note my heart is full of excitement and hope for this weekend. I think God is going to use this weekend to powerfully use the gospel to make a lasting impact on the youth. 


Fighter Verse

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The things we invest most in become most precious to us. If you spend minimal time in the Bible don’t expect it to be precious to you. But if you spend hundreds of cumulative hours storing portions of God’s word in your heart so that the word of Christ dwells in you richly, it will become a precious part of your essential life. ~ Jon Bloom

Fighter Verse for the week of September 28:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 ESV)

Quick Links

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The web is full of Christian blogs and articles. How can you keep up with all of the rich content to encourage your soul and grow in Christ-likeness? “Quick Links” are a sample of the best of the Christian side of the web recommended by the pastors of Sovereign Grace Church.

Invest in one of these resources for spiritual encouragement and growth.

  • Craig Waldron pointed us to this article in connection with last weeks sermon on evangelism.
  • Our friend Bill Farley has written a new book on preaching the gospel to yourself. Read a review and buy the book!
  • “Gossip is the opposite of how the Son speaks to the Father about you.” A helpful article that when read and applied will strengthen personal relationships and our unity as a church.


Sunday Preview

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This Sunday as we gather together we’re excited to have a guest preacher, Chris Oswald from CrossHaven Church in Belleville, IL. CrossHaven Church is interested in adoption into our family of churches. Plan to spend some time after church getting to know Chris at a cookie reception after the service.

The worship team will also be introducing a new song written by our own Tom Fluharty. Take some time to listen to this new song and join us in thanking God for the talented artists in our church.

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Monthly Campus Evangelism

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Many of us feel weak and insecure about evangelism, leading us to despair and not even try. Come and be refreshed by the God of all grace as we step out in faith through sharing the gospel. It is my earnest hope and expectation that we will all be refreshed by doing the work of evangelism, and seeing that God is still working to save sinners. Whether you are a newbie to evangelism, or an evangelism pro, I invite you to come and declare this glorious gospel to our very needy city. For more information, contact me, Shawn Powers ( or Theo Sandberg (

Evangelistic Outreach at the University of Minnesota.
Beginning Saturday, October 4 from 6:45pm – 8:45pm


D-Groups at Sovereign Grace Church

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Wondering what a D-Group is? Then you probably missed the sermon on Sunday. (If you heard the sermon on Sunday and still don’t know what a D-Group is, I’ll pray for you.) D-groups are utterly essential to life at Sovereign Grace Church. So if you don’t know what a D-Group is, I’d encourage you take the time and listen to this sermon so that we can press on together in our mission as a church.

I love being on mission with you,
Pastor Rick

This Week at SGC

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Tuesday, September 16

9:30 am | Discipleship Group Leader’s Wives Care and Prayer

Wednesday, September 17

6:30 pm | NexGen Worship

Sunday, September 21

10:00am | Sunday Celebration

Upcoming Ministry Events

Truth Project

College & Career