My Church Empowers Me Craig Altman • January 31st - February 1st, 2015 1. God has each of us. “ He, the very one who descended, is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things. 11It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:10-12 NET 10 “It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan long before the world began—to show his love and kindness to us through Christ.” 2 Timothy 1:9 LB 2. We are not judged . “ I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:12-15 NIV 12 3. We never feel . “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” 2 Corinthians 12:9a NIV “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10 NLT • Every good work is rewarded. “‘And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.’” Matthew 10:42 NIV “‘Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.’” Matthew 20:28 LB “We were put on this earth to make a contribution, not just to consume resources.” – Rick Warren Listen and share this weekend’s message for free at GFConline.com/media. Small Group Questions 1. What is your favorite team sport? Why? 2. What is God’s purpose in giving gifts to His people? Why is it important that each part of “the body” does its work? 3. Are you living up to the calling you have received? In your work? Your relationships? Your home? Your church? Why or why not? GFCextra 4. What steps do you need to take to serve in your church family? Starts Week of February 9th Visit GFConline.com/freedom for more details. Get the SCOOP! Information meeting for interested students ages 18-25 and their parents. Sunday, February 8th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM Van Dyke Campus Lobby GraceCollegeFL.com Family Ministries Infants & 1 Year Olds 2 Year Old Kindergarten 1st - 5th Grades 6th - 8th Grades Ask a friendly Blue Shirt Team Member to direct you to our Family Ministries. 6th - 8th Grades 9th - 12th Grades Visit GFConline.com/students for more information. You Can Now Give From Your Mobile Phone DCtampa.org To give from your mobile phone, TEXT the word GIVE and any dollar amount to 813-321-3430. Scan the QR code to the left to generate this text automatically. FOLLOW ALONG WITH TODAY’S MESSAGE ON To find out about all the events and activities going on across GFC campuses all week long, visit GFConline.com.
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