Sovereign Grace Blog
Sexual immorality is all around us. It destroys relationships and leaves men with a warped view of sexuality and women. Sadly, many men in the church not only struggle to resist the lure of lust, they are addicted–trapped by its power.
Breaking out of the deceitful web of fleeting and dangerous pleasure–as many know all too well–does not happen through merely trying harder to change or following a particular method or program. The only sure and effective motivation for change is the grace of Jesus Christ.
Whether you struggle yourself or are trying to help someone who struggles, there is good news! No matter how intense or long-standing the fight, Jesus Christ can, will, and does set people free from the power of sexual sin. There is hope to move from condemnation to confidence. Your sinfulness does not get the final word. Instead, Jesus justifies, washes, and sanctifies us.
Man to Man: The Power of Grace
Saturday, September 28, 8:00am – 10:30am (basketball at 8am, worship/teaching at 9am]
Oak Grove Middle School
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All attendees will receive a free copy of the book Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert. This resource will be used for the fall and winter small group men’s meetings in the life of the church.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel…” (Philippians 1:3-5 ESV)
After the Sunday Celebration at SGC this past Sunday, Rick and I jumped into a car and road-tripped over to Sioux Falls, SD for the first Sunday worship service of Emmaus Road Church, planted by our friend Greg Dirnberger. That evening, over 30 adults gathered in the Dirnberger’s living room to worship in song, prayer, and the preaching of the Word. It was a powerful night of the Spirit’s presence with his people, and it was a tangible experience of the sermon preached just 7 hours earlier on our mission to see the gospel spread through the planting of local churches. Through our partnership with Sovereign Grace Churches, Jesus fulfilled his promise to build a gospel-centered church in Sioux Falls.
God is gathering his flock in Sioux Falls for the glory of his gospel through Emmaus Road Church and he has used you, Sovereign Grace Church, as a means of his grace to make this happen. We pray that you feel a joy and excitement in what God is doing through you in this local church. To each member of SGC Rick and I say, “thank you, thank you, thank you!” for investing in the Dirnberger family over the last year, and for giving so graciously of your resources, and some of your dear friends, for the planting of ERC. In every remembrance of this past Sunday evening with the new church in Sioux Falls, I am filled with a profound joy because of our partnership in the gospel. We are on mission SGC, and your love for Jesus is making that happen. As Greg Dirnberger would say, “Rock on!”
- Greater Than We Can Imagine
- I Am Coming to the Cross
- Christ Is Risen
- Crown Him with Many Crowns
- Fill Us With Your Spirit, Lord
- Man to Man, September 28, 9:00 a.m.
- Sign up to serve in Children’s Ministry
- We Are On Mission | Rick Gamache | Matthew 28:16-20
Calling all members, regular attenders, and those interested in learning more about SGC! Sunday, September 8, 2013 will be our ministry year kickoff Family Meeting. Please plan to join us right after the Sunday Celebration for an update on the future vision, ministries, and finances of Sovereign Grace Church from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
For those with children there will be several options available to serve you during the family meeting.
- In the cafeteria, the meeting will be live streamed onto the big screen for those with infants and toddlers to observe the meeting.
- Teen supervision will be available for ages 5 -11 in room 601 where Wreck-It Ralph will be playing. (If you are a teen who would like to earn a $10 gift card to Target for serving in the movie room, please contact Peter Thorpe in the church office to volunteer.)
- Older children are welcome to play outside on the lawn in front of the school.
- Fruit Snacks and Animal Crackers will be available to hold the kids over until the picnic
Immediately following the Family Meeting, we’ll be heading down to Cliff Fen Park (see map below) for a church picnic. Bring your own food, lawn chairs, and come join your church family for a relaxing afternoon together. There will be a large barbecue going, so feel free to bring meat to grill.
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Join us as we continue our sermon series on the values we share with our wider family of Sovereign Grace churches. This week’s message is: We Are on Mission. What’s our mission? Jesus told us in Matthew 28:16-20, a passage that has come to be known as The Great Commission. We (all!) are to make disciples bolstered by the One who has all authority and is with us always. And that is accomplished as local churches plant local churches to make disciples in local churches in partnership with other local churches. And we all have a thrilling part to play!
- August 25, 1:00 p.m. – Resolved ministry to the State Fair
- September 8 is kick-off Sunday (meeting at 11:45 a.m. and a picnic to follow)
- Rick Gamache | We are Elder-led | Hebrews 13:17-18
This Sunday we will continue our sermon series on “Shared Values.” The title of the sermon is: “We are Elder Led.” There are lots of places we could go in the Bible to consider this topic. We’ll spend the majority of our time studying Hebrews 13:17. The reason we’ll land there is because this text not only clarifies the goal and role of pastoral leadership, it also highlights what the congregational response to that leadership should be. Please join the pastors as we pray in anticipation of our gathering on Sunday that God would cause us to delight in him as we revel in his truth sung and his truth preached together as his church.
Don’t forget that with the break from small group meetings in August, it’s a great time to get to know some other folks in the church. Meet someone new this week, and share a meal together. Can’t wait for Sunday, the best day of the week!