There is Nothing Like the Local Church…

Perhaps one of my favorite quotes concerning the church is a quote given by Bill Hybels.

“There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right.”

There is nothing like the local church when he local church s working right. And the local church is working right when it’s firmly grounded upon God’s purposes for the church. If you wanted to answer the question, “Why does the church exist?” the answer is found in the Great Commission the Great Commandment.

One day as Jesus was traveling a teacher of the law, asked Him the most important question. “What matters most in this life?”  “What is the greatest commandment?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Mathew 22:36-40)

Jesus response gives us the end goal of life and the reason for our existence – Love God and Love others. This is the primary purpose of life according to God Himself.  Here at GBC we join God in this eternal purpose. Our vision is firmly established upon the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

Grace Bible Chapel exists to know Christ and make Him known.

We accomplish the great commandment by joining God in the Great Commission. After Jesus rose from the grave on the third day he appeared to His disciples and various others people to encourage them and commission them. On one ocassion Jesus came to His followers and clearly laid out the commission. Here is what He said.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

What was most important to Jesus when He walked the earth is still what is most important to GBC today. We the church have our marching orders. We are here to know Christ and make Him known.  To love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing this community of faith (GBC) giving itself to Jesus heart, mind, soul and strength to see the purposes of God lived out.  I am proud to be member of this church and proud to be the lead pastor of this community of faith.  A group of people ready and willing to shoulder up and do whatever it takes to the see lives changed by the power of the Gospel.  My hat goes off to you.  Well done church well done.

My friends GBC is clearly all about joining God in His eternal purposes for the church. What mattered most to Jesus when He walked the face of the earth is what matters most to GBC today. There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right and the local church is working right when it’s foundation is firmly resting upon God’s eternal purposes for the church and our lives.

Grace Bible Chapel be encouraged and let your hearts rejoice because your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ is resulting in the transformation of lives and the message of Christ’s love and grace is echoing throughout the region. Every man woman and child that comes to faith in Christ and lays their life down for the cause of Christ through your devotion to “Knowing Christ and Making Him Known” will result in great joy throughout eternity. Your devotion, your sacrificial giving of your time talents and treasures is making an eternal impact. There are a lot of ways to spend our lives but there is no greater then joining God in His plan of redemption of the world through the church.

GBC well done… Keep hitting the mark… because…

“There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right.”

Are you looking for a church that is serious about extending God’s kingdom?  Are you longing to be a part of an authentic community that it serious about living out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission?  GBC is a community of faith  committed to living out the God’s eternal principles for the church. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Pastor Peter

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