Grace Covenant Church
-Praise God for Russ Camp and our worship team. Pray for wisdom for our leaders to continue to lead our GCC Leadership Team.
-Pray for those in our congregation who are looking for jobs. During this time, may God supply their every need.
-Pray for those in the congregation who are unable to make it to the services. May God fill their cup.
'During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said,"Praise be to the name of God forever and ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons, He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank you and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we have asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the King."'
I love this prayer. I think it's beyond worthy of memorizing and repeating. Not only when God answers our prayers but an acknowledgement that He is in control of our lives. That He knows all things and we do not. That He is powerful and mighty and we are not. Everything we have we owe to Him. Everything, even our own breath.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
Church attendance by children has a life long impact. It is where the foundation of their whole religious belief system begins. According to a survey of 1,000 adults by the Barna institute, The majority (61%) of adults who attended church as children still attend regularly, while only 22% of those who were not churchgoers as children attend church today.
In May, the Grace Covenant Children’s ministry, now called GCC KidZone will be restructured. KidZone will be a place where kids from 0-5th Grade can connect with God in their own ways. The ages will be split as follows:
0-2yrs– Nursery , 3yrs-Kindergarten and, 1st-5th Grade
Each of these groups will have a group leader and a team of volunteers who will rotate on Suns and Weds. Please be in prayer this month for Karla Ingram, Nicole Soares & Susana Tingle who will be heading the restructure.
NEEDS FOR GCC KIDZONE:
-Paint for the Nursery -DVD Player (2)
-Baby Blankets -Carpet Cleaning
-2 Area Rugs -Banners (3)
-TV (2) -Changing Table
Grace Covenant Church just recently decided to add a a second service to their Sunday mornings. Beginning July 22nd they will offer a service at 9A and one at 11A. GCC continues to look for ways to meet their community right where they are at and having the option of 2 service times will help do that. Please be in prayer as the church continues to prepare and join us for the launch of the 2nd service on July 22nd!
Often time’s people think they are exempt from self-examination. God doesn’t stop working in you after baptism or repentance. He is continually in your life. Phillip was continually examining his life to make sure he was doing God’s will. Phillip has been setting Samaria on fire spreading the message of Jesus in the Book of Acts. In the passage from Sunday, God sends Phillip to meet an Ethiopian Eunuch who was making his way back from worshipping in Jerusalem. He was an important official, a treasure for Candace, Queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch was reading from Isaiah but not understanding.
Phillip was enjoying the revival but God interrupted him. In the middle of a great, successful ministry sometimes God has a different plan for you. The Spirit tells Phillip to go to the middle of nowhere. Talk about trusting God. He is to go to the Eunuch and just listen not preach. Sometimes you just need to listen to people. Often times God has done the work for you, you just have to listen and go where he leads. As he approached the chariot, Phillip heard the Eunuch reading and asked if he understood it. It is important when discipling people that you ask the right questions. The Eunuch replied, “How can I unless someone explains it to me? Phillip had to come alongside him and explain what the passage meant.
What did the passage say in Isaiah? “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” Isaiah was talking about Israel, but also prophetically talking about Jesus. The Eunuch could relate to the passage in Isaiah because he too was a slave who had been victimized. It is very hard to relate 100% to someone that’s going through something you never have. Sometimes God just wants you to walk with that person and just be there to pray with them and for them. You don’t have to have all the answers, allow God to do the work in their hearts.
After Phillip explained the meaning he did not just
leave, he stayed and walked with the Eunuch, Discipleship is a way of life, it
needs to be a constant investment. As
they were walking they came across some water which was a rare commodity in the
desert. The Eunuch asked “Why shouldn’t
I be baptized?”, so Phillip did. After the baptism, Phillip was taken away by
the Spirit and the Eunuch went on his way rejoicing. He didn’t forget what Phillip had taught him,
he left truly happy because he had heard the Truth.
How does this apply to your life?
1. Don’t focus so much on the revival but on the people and the need. Phillip was excited about what was going on in Samaria, why would he want to leave all that to go to the desert? Sometimes God calls you somewhere and you don’t know why, just trust that he has is figured out
2. Be Available to people- don’t get so busy with life or ministry that you don’t have time to spend with the divine appointments God brings you
3. Let the Spirit lead you
4. Travel along the road with people, not just a quick pass by- It would have been faster and easier for Phillip to leave the Eunuch after he explained the passage, but instead he stayed and walked with him. Who is God calling you to walk with?
5. Ask the right questions
6. Be flexible to the needs of people around you and in your community
May the Lord give you opportunities this week to be his hands and feet.
In His Love,