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    August 20, 2017
    John - That You May Believe Scripture:
    John 3:22-36
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    Speaker: Lukus Counterman - John the Baptist makes his final appearance in the Gospel and utters his most significant exhortation to his followers regarding the person of Jesus. He is the Son of God who must increase. Jo...
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Faith that Works
Sun, May 07, 2017
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49 mins 19 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman -James began his letter saying he was "a servant of God." Now he adds the complementary calling: he is a servant of sinners. He has written forthrightly, insistently and passionately about what is sinful and what is righteous. In fact, someone has called James's letter "the Ouch! book" because it is so pointed. James makes no apology for that. But why such a passion for righteousness? Because truth is available and must be embraced and lived out. And when it is not, we have a responsibility to be part of a rescue team. When someone wanders from the truth, we have an obligation to seek their recovery and restoration. May the Lord help us with this at Gospel Grace Church.
Faith that Works
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
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48 mins 39 secs
Speaker: Jotham Manoranjan - Thank you for joining us today at Gospel Grace Church. Today we return to the book of James and begin to look at the concluding section of the letter. The word prayer is used six times, and is the theme of this section. An encouragement to prayer is usually the norm to the conclusion of the letters in the New Testament. James, calls the believer to pray in through the times of suffering and praise through the times of good cheer. However, this section goes beyond just a general call to prayer. Those stricken with sickness are asked to call on the pastors of the church to pray over them. The prayer of faith, it is said, will heal the one who is sick. We will spend time understanding this “prayer of faith” that seems to guarantee healing. The passage goes on further asking believers to confess their sins to one another and pray for one another. We will spend time dwelling on the various situations that the believers are called to pray for themselves and for one another. We will also talk about the example of Elijah, and the power of prayer. This passage more than anything else, urges us to pray. If you are here at Gospel Grace today, would you find time to pray with someone before you leave?
Standalone Messages
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
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Speaker: Jon Kopp - The glory of God changes everything. We know that on a grand scale. Weekends like Easter or amazing messages or miraculous life-change grab our attention. But, none of us live in those types of experiences. We all live in the normal. And, this morning, we are going to see from the early church that the glory of God doesn’t just affect the once-in-a-lifetime, it also affects the everyday. God uses awe-inspiring encounters with His glory to totally affect the normal patterns of our lives together. This morning, the first church is going to show us that healthy community is “normal” life totally affected by the glory of God. And that is something we all need.
Easter at Gospel Grace
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
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54 mins 45 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Because He lives believers have hope. In fact, our passage today teaches us we have a living hope. It is more sure than anything we can experience on this earth. You may count on the sun to rise, but because the Son of God did rise, you will have a tomorrow, whether on this side or the other! Make sure you know Christ this Easter. He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and no man comes to the Father except through Him. Because of his sacrificial death on the cross, you do not have to suffer punishment for your sins. Because of his powerful resurrection, you can have victory over sins and the promise of eternal life forever in heaven. You may not have an earthly inheritance, but if your hope is in Christ alone, you have an inheritance in heaven that no one can take away from you! You may not have money or lots of friends or more good days than bad, but if your hope is alive in Christ, you will have all eternity to enjoy Jesus. Take heart, Christ has overcome the world! Let your hope be settled today.
Easter at Gospel Grace
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
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49 mins 41 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - We think so much about the missionary journeys of Paul, but did you know that Philip had some missionary journeys as well? Acts 8 talks about some of the gospel work this faithful deacon and evangelist was involved in. He preached to crowds in Samaria and many came to Christ. But he also shared the good news with individuals like the Ethiopian eunuch. In our text today we will see how Philip shared the message of the cross with a broken and lonely man and it ended up radically transforming his identity. The cross-work of Christ eclipsed the things that seemed to previously define him, and in Christ he was made new. Grace liberated him from his deficiencies and defects and rooted him firmly in Jesus. May the Lord change each of us today through a comprehensive grasp of Christ’s substitutionary work on the cross.
Faith that Works
Sun, Apr 02, 2017
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47 mins 54 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In a time of so many hardships imposed from the outside, Christians cannot afford to squabble with each other on the inside. Now of all times we must be supporting and encouraging one another. In our text this morning, James speaks to people who are enduring suffering, oppression, and injustice. When life is hard, we need to avoid the tendencies of impatience, faint heartedness, and complaining. Instead we need to follow the example of the farmer, the prophets, and Job. We need to be reminded that the Lord is coming and the Lord is loving. So Christian, endure suffering, persevere through difficulty, don’t lose heart! May the Lord teach us, strengthen us, and encourage us together this morning.
Faith that Works
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
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59 mins 9 secs
Sermon: Lukus Counterman - Being outwardly rich or poor refers to how much of the world’s goods a person has at his or her disposal. Inward wealth or poverty on the other hand, refers to a person’s relationship with God and love for others (or lack thereof). In our text this morning, James rebukes the physically rich who are spiritually poor. He makes four charges against them, condemning their hoarding, their cheating, their selfish living and unfair oppressing stance toward the righteous. Thankfully, James doesn’t leave the reader with bad news - he assures the poor righteous believers who are suffering that the riches of this age are fleeting, but life with God is eternally rewarding. God will set things right in the end. May the Lord teach us how to handle our wealth with our eyes fixed on him.
Faith that Works
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
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49 mins 51 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - James is going to show us today that those who live in humility acknowledge what is true about life and God. You see, humility isn’t simply echoing Eeyore's constant "poor me" refrain. C.S. Lewis has famously said, "True humility isn't thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less." It is acknowledging what is true about yourself with all your limitations and inabilities and living in light of them under a Holy God. So, in today’s text James is going to help us do that as it pertains to a very practical area of life— how we plan and think about the future. May God help us to acknowledge what is true about ourselves so that we can embrace what is true about Him.
Faith that Works
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
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41 mins 23 secs
Speaker: Jonathan Albright - Everyone has felt the pain of misplaced criticism. Although we may know the defeat and discouragement of being the target of destructive speech, it stands to reason that we have also caused the pain of judging others. All through the pages of Scripture the sin of slander and judgmentalism are described as marks of the wicked expressions of a proud heart, and in these two verses James is going to surface the sin of slander and judgmentalism in the church and expose why it is so serious.
Faith that Works
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
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56 mins 33 secs
Sermon: Lukus Counterman - James 4:6 says “He gives more grace…” What comfort there is in this very! It tells us that God is tirelessly on our side. He never falters in respect to our needs. He always has more grace at hand for us. He is never less than sufficient, but rather more than enough. His resources are never at an end. His patience is never exhausted. His initiative never stops. His generosity knows no limit: he gives more grace! But his grace is appropriated to the humble. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. So what does this humility look like? It looks like active submission to God, fierce resistance toward Satan, a hot pursuit of heavenly fellowship, a holistic cleansing of heart and hands, a serious grieving over sin and a falling down before a high and holy God. This kind of humility lowers a person into the perfect spot to receive grace. Grace runs down like water to low spots - hearts that have been humbled before the Lord. May we find our place on our knees before the Lord and may we receive the grace this morning that we desperately need.