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    February 17, 2019
    Identity in Christ Scripture:
    Ephesians 1:11-14
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    Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual blessings to believers, marking them as belonging to God and assuring them of their future with him. That is what we discover in Ephesians 1:11-14, the final ...
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Beginning - Genesis 1-12
Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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50 mins 8 secs
Pastor Lukus Counterman - What became of the person who rebelled against God and left the land of blessing? What became of cursed Cain when he wandered East of Eden in angry defiance of the laws and sacrifices of God?  He prospered.  His line took the lead in producing cities, music, weapons, and agricultural implements. But would that prosperity satisfy the soul or was it simply an attempt to balm the bitterness of separation from God? In today's text we'll find that Cain defies the curse and builds a city.  The condemned wanderer settles down to construct a new civilization.  But this godless society has disregard for the institution of marriage, and disdains the value of life. Cain's line may have achieved a form of prosperity, but it was empty prosperity apart from God.  In contrast to Cain's line, our text unfolds the line of Seth.  Although we hear nothing of their cities or music, the resounding feature of this line is that they, "began to call upon the name of the Lord" (Gen. 4:26).  The story raises a key question, "What will you be known for?"  Will people remember your achievements and cultural contributions, or will they remember your worship of the true and living God?  in our affluent and self-indulgent society, we must be people who "call upon the name of the Lord." 
Let's Get Acquainted
Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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36 mins 30 secs
Pastor Jonathan Albright - Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” Solomon’s wise words reveal a fundamental key for healthy relationships involving setting proper expectations and meeting them appropriately. Nothing is more discouraging to the soul than unmet expectations. And when unmet expectations are left unaddressed, they can become relationship killers. Our desire is when you become a part of the Gospel Grace family, you will find a community of people who, although certainly not perfect, are committed to protecting and enhancing the relational unity of the body by understanding and fulfilling the appropriate expectations set by Christ for His Church and its members. Fulfilling this goal will require both a clear setting forth of what those expectations are on a personal and corporate level, as well as a clarification of what those expectations mean for each of us who are members of Gospel Grace Church. It may also involve the removal or setting aside of certain expectations that individuals may bring with them to Gospel Grace Church when they are not in line with the mission, direction, biblical philosophy, or ministry atmosphere that Gospel Grace Church is committed to maintain.
Beginning - Genesis 1-12
Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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53 mins 41 secs
Pastor Lukus Counterman - The subject matter of Genesis 4 is the spread of sin and unbelief.  Man moves further and further from Paradise in his rebellion against God, and resultantly, things wax worse and worse.  In the opening verses, we find that in spite of God's warning against sin, Cain (a tiller of the ground) murdered his brother, Abel (a shepherd of the sheep).  What spurred such a dastardly deed?  Well, God had accepted Abel and his offering, but He had rejected Cain and his offering.  Two brothers who had the same origins differed greatly when it came to the worship of God.  One gave the "best" while the other gave "some."  One offered his gift in faith, while the other functionally fulfilled a duty.  One sacrificed with blood, the other did not.  Let us pray that the lessons from today's text teach us about the devastating effects of unbelief and the importance of authentic worship.
Let's Get Acquainted
Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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36 mins 40 secs
Pastor Lukus Counterman - Most simply, our statement says that Gospel Grace Church is a Christian, Evangelical, Baptist church. Our statement of faith is divided into 11 sections, which speak to the fact that we can be called by each of these names. The Historically Christian sections simply show what Christians have always believed, in other words, issues that there has traditionally been little dispute over in Christendom. The Evangelical category highlights the critical issues related to the Gospel that were recovered during the Reformation. The Baptist categories highlight what are distinctive features of Gospel Grace Church which are also true of historic Baptist churches.
Beginning - Genesis 1-12
Mon, Feb 04, 2013
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1 hr 0 mins 52 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Lord responds to human rebellion with both judgment and grace.  We see that in the account of Genesis 3.  God's judgment is tempered by grace when he pursues sinful man, grace when he puts enmity between the serpent and the woman, grace when he promises offspring and food, grace when he makes garments for Adam and Eve, and grace when He promises a future deliverer.  From the story of the fall, it is evident that, "Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more," (Rom. 5:20).  In our text today, what starts as an account of doom, ends with a ray of hope.  Because of sin, creation was frustrated in its purpose to display God's glory.  It was cursed to bring forth briars and thorns. It was subjected to ruin and death.  The place of joy was poisoned and tainted.  What God created to be a habitat of life was transformed into a crucible of death. Man's home became his graveyard.  Since the fall, all creation has groaned continually for a day of redemption. It's that redemption and deliverance that are foreshadowed in (Gen. 3:15). There's no way back to Eden; the only way now is on to glory to join the "Last Adam," who died as the curse for the human race and changed death into life.  
Let's Get Acquainted
Sun, Feb 03, 2013
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29 mins 34 secs

The single most important thing about a church is what it believes. The only reason this church exists, the only reason we are gathered together today is because this statement is true – because what we believe matters. What we believe, in fact, is a matter of life and death.

Some Christians are opposed to statements of faith. Christian revelation, Jesus, they say, is too great to be reduced to mere mechanical formulas. In one sense this is true. No statement of faith can perfectly plumb the depths of God’s knowledge and purposes. And yet the good news of Jesus Christ is nonetheless about news, about truths, propositional truths about God, ourselves, Christ, and these truths must be understood, believed, and lived out if we are to have any hope in this life and the life to come. And so what we want to accomplish in the next two weeks is to consider what it is that we as a church believe.

Beginning - Genesis 1-12
Sun, Jan 27, 2013
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50 mins 31 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In our series, we've already seen God's Word create all good things (Gen 1), and God's Word command the way of life (Gen. 2), but here we see God's Word attacked, twisted and ignored (Gen. 3).  Here the woman listens to the serpent, the man listens to the woman, and no one listens to God.  It is an account of temptation that leads to the fall.  But God doesn't want us to be "outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs" (2Cor. 2:11).  Instead, He wants us to learn how to live victoriously in the face of temptation.  In order to do so, we must have a precise knowledge of the Word of God, a wholehearted trust in the goodness of God, and a reverential awe and obedient fear of God himself.   Deuteronomy 30:19-20 says, "I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse.  Therefore choose life... loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days." May the Lord help us.
Let's Get Acquainted
Sun, Jan 27, 2013
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28 mins 43 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Without question, the most important part of any church is what the leadership and congregation believe. The word "doctrine" comes from the Latin doctrine which means "a code of beliefs," "a body of teachings," or "instructions." When we speak of biblical doctrine, it refers to the body of timeless, universal, unchanging truths delineated in the teachings, instructions and precepts of Scripture.

These common beliefs comprise the doctrine of the church and are often collected and spelled out in a doctrinal statement. The doctrines in our doctrinal statement are commonly held by the leadership and the congregation, and are representative of what you can expect to hear at all levels and venues of Gospel Grace’s preaching and teaching ministries.
Community
Sun, Jan 20, 2013
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52 mins 55 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - In Hebrews 10:19-25, the writer shares an incredible truth for those that embrace the work of Jesus on the cross. In our passage and throughout the last few chapters of the book, the writer has been making the case that at the cross, Jesus does something incredible for His people. He overcomes the obstacles that keep man from God. Jesus perfectly performed the laws demands necessary to open up access to God’s presence for all who trust Him. In today’s text, we will see that Jesus has opened a way for God’s people to have direct access to enter His presence with confidence, and as a Christian community we must live like that is true. So, the big thought this morning is: Because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, Christians approach God in boldness and humility as a community. In this message, we examine that truth, then look at three applications for people that embrace it in faith together.
Let's Get Acquainted
Sun, Jan 20, 2013
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21 mins 44 secs
Every church has a ministry culture – a set of beliefs, values, and customs that characterize the way ministry is carried out in that congregation.

BELIEFS – Core biblical and moral absolutes which drive the ministry.

VALUES – Strong convictions, preferences, tastes, and methodologies derived from the application of the core beliefs which flavor the ministry culture and safeguard its mission.

All churches have a ministry culture. Ministry culture exists either intentionally (driven by the mission, beliefs and values) or unintentionally (set by the whims of the people). Therefore, it is important to understand and intentionally cultivate the right kind of ministry culture at Gospel Grace Church.