This Sunday’s Preview
As we begin the new year, let’s be ever mindful of God’s grace in our own lives and give that same grace to our family, friends, and church family. We are looking forward to getting back to the “Church on the Move” series through the book of Acts this Sunday as well, and have much to look forward to coming up!
By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
Grace for the New Year
by John Piper
Grace is not only God’s disposition to do good for us when we don’t deserve it. It is an actual power from God that acts and makes good things happen in us and for us.
God’s grace was God’s acting in Paul to make Paul work hard: “By the grace of God . . . I worked harder than any of them.” So when Paul says, “Work out your own salvation,” he adds, “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12–13). Grace is power from God to do good things in us and for us.
This grace is past and it is future. It is ever-cascading over the infinitesimal waterfall of the present, from the inexhaustible river of grace coming to us from the future, into the ever-increasing reservoir of grace in the past.
In the next five minutes, you will receive sustaining grace flowing to you from the future, and you will accumulate another five minutes’ worth of grace in the reservoir of the past. The proper response to the grace you experienced in the past is thankfulness, and the proper response to grace promised to you in the future is faith. We are thankful for the past grace of the last year, and we are confident in the future grace for the new year.
Upcoming Announcements and Events
- Church Prayer Meeting: Sunday, January 7th & 14th at 9:30AM.
- Baby Bottle Campaign: Begins this Sunday to benefit the Life Choice Pregnancy Resource Center in Clarksburg.
- Senior Adult Brunch: Wednesday, January 10th at 10AM at Eat’n Park.
- Sanctity of Life Sunday: Sunday, January 21st.
- Quarterly Members Meeting: Sunday, January 21th at 6PM.
- “Souper” Bowl of Chili Cook-off: Sunday, February 4th after the morning service.