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Every week, Grace Community Church members gather to grow and be transformed through the power of the Word of God. Join us as we encourage each other and learn how we can become greater disciples of Jesus Christ. Get audio and video versions of our sermons, as well as sermon notes, at gccbartlesville.org.

Latest Episodes

Gratitude in the Very Beginning

This morning, we begin our fall spiritual growth series. This year we focus on the prayer-discipline of giving thanks. We intend that this to be more than just a sermon series. Over the next six weeks, we hope you will express your gratitude on Instagram with #gratitudeatgrace, so that we get a visual idea of how God is blessing you and our church. This morning we start with the foundational idea. Adam’s statement to his wife in Genesis 3:20 suggests that we humans are wired by God to express gratitude. And if that’s the case, then we can and should make this a foundational discipline of our faith in Christ.

42 MIN1 weeks ago
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Gratitude in the Very Beginning

What Happened in Church

This periscope of Scripture was a crucial event for Jesus. It is the climax of five conflicts with the Religionists (Teachers of the Law and Pharisees). Our text teaches Jesus’ impact upon authorities and politicians. Ministry happens when the focus is on Jesus Christ!

29 MIN2 weeks ago
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What Happened in Church

Creating a Strong, Loving Culture in Marriage

Peter’s central idea is that followers of Jesus are resident aliens under God’s eternal care. Peter then applies that identity to six common areas of life. In 1 Peter 2:11—3:12, he applies our identity to our relationship with the world, specifically to non-Christian: a) government authorities, b) employers and 3) partners in a mixed marriage. In this passage, Peter tells Christian marriage partners how they might influence their non-Christian spouses to know and grow in Christ. Because this passage is so misunderstood, we need to begin with background.

37 MIN3 weeks ago
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Creating a Strong, Loving Culture in Marriage

How Christians Should Respond to Earthly Authorities

Church tradition has not been for preachers to have “walkout music” after the fashion of baseball batters, politicians, or TV talk show guests. But if such a practice were instituted, the theme song for today’s message would be from “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. RESPECT is the posture that Peter says should characterize the church’s response to earthly authorities. But what does this respect look like in practice? And (more importantly) how does it differ from a full endorsement of sinful or abusive behaviors? Today, we’ll do the difficult work of parsing out what a respectful posture looks like toward rulers and authorities. And we’ll see why it matters for the mission of the church.

34 MINAUG 17
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How Christians Should Respond to Earthly Authorities

The Kind of Life that Attracts People to Jesus

Peter’s central idea in his 1st letter is that we are resident aliens under God’s eternal care with potential for power. Peter then applies our identity to six specific areas. In the previous passage, Peter applied our identity to how we live and act with other believers (1:22—2:10). Now, beginning with this passage, Peter begins a new section: applying our identity to the world (2:11— 3:7). In the first two verses (2:11-12), he addresses the question, “How can we live our lives in the world in such a way that people are attracted to Jesus Christ?” In this short passage, Peter gives us two commands and then predicts an expected result.

41 MINAUG 10
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The Kind of Life that Attracts People to Jesus

How the Church Can Change the World

In the book of 1 Peter, the apostle has one central idea: believers have a new identity! We are resident aliens under God’s eternal care. This identity is eminently practical; it can and should be applied to every area of life. In the course of his book, Peter applies our identity to six specific areas. In the verses we explore today, he applies our identity to our role in the body of Christ. Because Peter progressively unfolds the purpose of the church in these 14 verses, the climax is in vss. 9-10. Therefore, we will start at the end, with the purpose, and then we’ll go back to the beginning.

44 MINAUG 2
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How the Church Can Change the World

Be Holy

What is holiness? Parents often tell their children to “be good,” but a command to “be holy” can seem sanctimonious or even unattainable. Who among us feels holy? Regardless of feelings, the Bible teaches that holiness is the character of God. And for that reason, it is the calling of God’s people. This week we explore what holiness looks like for regular folks, despite all our imperfections. In the end, holiness is a transformed identity that leads to a transformed life in the here and now.

29 MINJUL 27
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Be Holy

Unpacking Your Transformed Identity

How you describe your identity is very strongly correlated to your sense of resilience and your ability to weather the ups and downs of life. People who think of their identity in negative terms, tend to feel defeated when hard times come their way. Conversely, people who describe their identity in positive terms, respond with courage and hope when hardship comes. In the first section of his book, Peter describes the transformed identity we received when we came to Christ. By fully embracing this, we can be resilient in any hardship.

42 MINJUL 19
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Unpacking Your Transformed Identity

Peter: A Case Study in Transformation

This week we start a new series in the epistle of 1 Peter. Jesus appointed Peter to be the leader of disciples during his ministry, and Peter continued to lead the apostles until he begins travelling far and wide to start churches in Asia Minor. This morning I want to introduce you to Peter’s life, give you an overview of his book, and draw some lessons at the end.

41 MINJUL 11
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Peter: A Case Study in Transformation

Marriage, Race and the God of Reconciliation

Imagine a single passage that touched upon the most painful and personal “hot-button” issues in existence: marriage and divorce, separation of parents and children, racial and religious tensions. These sort of passages (especially in the Old Testament) have led some people to believe that the God of the Bible is a bigoted and backward deity. While some religious persons have been led by wrong interpretations to take stances that are themselves bigoted and backward. Christian must face these challenges head-on. So today we turn to Ezra 9–10 to ask what we might learn regarding marriage, race, and the God of reconciliation.

36 MINJUL 3
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Marriage, Race and the God of Reconciliation

Latest Episodes

Gratitude in the Very Beginning

This morning, we begin our fall spiritual growth series. This year we focus on the prayer-discipline of giving thanks. We intend that this to be more than just a sermon series. Over the next six weeks, we hope you will express your gratitude on Instagram with #gratitudeatgrace, so that we get a visual idea of how God is blessing you and our church. This morning we start with the foundational idea. Adam’s statement to his wife in Genesis 3:20 suggests that we humans are wired by God to express gratitude. And if that’s the case, then we can and should make this a foundational discipline of our faith in Christ.

42 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Gratitude in the Very Beginning

What Happened in Church

This periscope of Scripture was a crucial event for Jesus. It is the climax of five conflicts with the Religionists (Teachers of the Law and Pharisees). Our text teaches Jesus’ impact upon authorities and politicians. Ministry happens when the focus is on Jesus Christ!

29 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
What Happened in Church

Creating a Strong, Loving Culture in Marriage

Peter’s central idea is that followers of Jesus are resident aliens under God’s eternal care. Peter then applies that identity to six common areas of life. In 1 Peter 2:11—3:12, he applies our identity to our relationship with the world, specifically to non-Christian: a) government authorities, b) employers and 3) partners in a mixed marriage. In this passage, Peter tells Christian marriage partners how they might influence their non-Christian spouses to know and grow in Christ. Because this passage is so misunderstood, we need to begin with background.

37 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Creating a Strong, Loving Culture in Marriage

How Christians Should Respond to Earthly Authorities

Church tradition has not been for preachers to have “walkout music” after the fashion of baseball batters, politicians, or TV talk show guests. But if such a practice were instituted, the theme song for today’s message would be from “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. RESPECT is the posture that Peter says should characterize the church’s response to earthly authorities. But what does this respect look like in practice? And (more importantly) how does it differ from a full endorsement of sinful or abusive behaviors? Today, we’ll do the difficult work of parsing out what a respectful posture looks like toward rulers and authorities. And we’ll see why it matters for the mission of the church.

34 MINAUG 17
Comments
How Christians Should Respond to Earthly Authorities

The Kind of Life that Attracts People to Jesus

Peter’s central idea in his 1st letter is that we are resident aliens under God’s eternal care with potential for power. Peter then applies our identity to six specific areas. In the previous passage, Peter applied our identity to how we live and act with other believers (1:22—2:10). Now, beginning with this passage, Peter begins a new section: applying our identity to the world (2:11— 3:7). In the first two verses (2:11-12), he addresses the question, “How can we live our lives in the world in such a way that people are attracted to Jesus Christ?” In this short passage, Peter gives us two commands and then predicts an expected result.

41 MINAUG 10
Comments
The Kind of Life that Attracts People to Jesus

How the Church Can Change the World

In the book of 1 Peter, the apostle has one central idea: believers have a new identity! We are resident aliens under God’s eternal care. This identity is eminently practical; it can and should be applied to every area of life. In the course of his book, Peter applies our identity to six specific areas. In the verses we explore today, he applies our identity to our role in the body of Christ. Because Peter progressively unfolds the purpose of the church in these 14 verses, the climax is in vss. 9-10. Therefore, we will start at the end, with the purpose, and then we’ll go back to the beginning.

44 MINAUG 2
Comments
How the Church Can Change the World

Be Holy

What is holiness? Parents often tell their children to “be good,” but a command to “be holy” can seem sanctimonious or even unattainable. Who among us feels holy? Regardless of feelings, the Bible teaches that holiness is the character of God. And for that reason, it is the calling of God’s people. This week we explore what holiness looks like for regular folks, despite all our imperfections. In the end, holiness is a transformed identity that leads to a transformed life in the here and now.

29 MINJUL 27
Comments
Be Holy

Unpacking Your Transformed Identity

How you describe your identity is very strongly correlated to your sense of resilience and your ability to weather the ups and downs of life. People who think of their identity in negative terms, tend to feel defeated when hard times come their way. Conversely, people who describe their identity in positive terms, respond with courage and hope when hardship comes. In the first section of his book, Peter describes the transformed identity we received when we came to Christ. By fully embracing this, we can be resilient in any hardship.

42 MINJUL 19
Comments
Unpacking Your Transformed Identity

Peter: A Case Study in Transformation

This week we start a new series in the epistle of 1 Peter. Jesus appointed Peter to be the leader of disciples during his ministry, and Peter continued to lead the apostles until he begins travelling far and wide to start churches in Asia Minor. This morning I want to introduce you to Peter’s life, give you an overview of his book, and draw some lessons at the end.

41 MINJUL 11
Comments
Peter: A Case Study in Transformation

Marriage, Race and the God of Reconciliation

Imagine a single passage that touched upon the most painful and personal “hot-button” issues in existence: marriage and divorce, separation of parents and children, racial and religious tensions. These sort of passages (especially in the Old Testament) have led some people to believe that the God of the Bible is a bigoted and backward deity. While some religious persons have been led by wrong interpretations to take stances that are themselves bigoted and backward. Christian must face these challenges head-on. So today we turn to Ezra 9–10 to ask what we might learn regarding marriage, race, and the God of reconciliation.

36 MINJUL 3
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Marriage, Race and the God of Reconciliation

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