On My Mind Today – Words of Grace Blog – October 8, 2021

On My Mind Today – Words of Grace Blog – October 8, 2021

This Sunday at Grace, we will take up John 4 and once again hear the words of Jesus to the woman of Samaria. We will focus on what Jesus has to say about true worship. Spend some time this weekend reading John 4:20-26 and pray for our Sunday worship gathering.

Let me use this Words of Grace space this week to share some things on my mind this morning.

The Gospel According to John
As we hoped, people are reading the Gospel of John. And as we expected, John is reading the hearts of people. Yes!

One community group reported this week about their John discussion. The facilitator asked one question and the group went for almost an hour as grace and truth from John was spoken.

I had a couple of one-on-one conversations with people this week about Jesus’ words in John. It is so good to see how truth is occupying our mental space and becoming the topic of our conversation.

Pray with me that the message of John will be clear on Sundays and carried in our hearts the rest of the week.

Future Grace Three
We have come to the end of the three-year Future Grace Giving Campaign. The money given during this season was used to build our new Worship Hall. We started three years ago with pledges of $3.6 million. We ended up receiving $3.8 million. Thanks be to God for this provision. And thank you for giving.

Now, let’s pray that this building will be a place where Christ is proclaimed and worshipped for generations to come. May it be a place where lives are transformed by the grace and truth of Christ. And may it be a launch pad for ministry by our members in the name of Christ.

Church Planting
As announced last week, the elders of Grace are recommending a partnership with a core group from our congregation to plant a new church in East Nashville. This church plant will be led by Taylor Combs, who will serve as the pastor.

Join us at the Member Information Meeting, Wednesday October 13, at 6:30 to hear about this church planting partnership. This meeting will be recorded and available online.

Global Hunger Relief
The world is full of hungry people. One of the reasons we partner with the International Mission Board is to join with other churches to meet emergency needs on a global scale.

This Sunday, our partners are observing Global Hunger Relief Sunday. You can learn more about global hunger and give to provide food by visiting globalhungerrelief.org.

Our city is full of hungry people, too. There are many agencies in the Middle Tennessee area that help us fight food insecurity. You might want to contact the Second Harvest Food Bank, Charis Ministries, or the Nashville Rescue Mission to see how you can serve hungry people in our city.

Along with these things, you are also on my mind. I am praying for the people of Grace Community Church. “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2)