New Community Resources

Where the Word of Christ dwells, the peace of Christ rules.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
-Colossians 3:15-16

DEVOTIONALS

For families with young children:

Lauren Golis attends Grace Point!

For teens, adults, and families:

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

THE WORD OF CHRIST IN SONG:

New Colossians 3:1-3 song by Darrell Benjamin!

Tell Alexa to play “Christian Worship”

An example of a Psalm in contemporary setting:

Resources: Putting Sexual Sin to Death

holding handsSome Scriptures on enjoying sex in marriage:

Proverbs 5:15-19

Song of Solomon

Covenant Eyes – accountability software for computers and phones

Mingling of Souls book and other formats, by Matt Chandler

Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships on RightNow Media, by Chip Ingram

The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn

Every Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn (with other versions: Every Woman’s Battle and Every Young Man’s Battle)

Upward: One Hour Together

Man praying in dark room with ray of light on himJoin together with other Grace Pointers in committing to one hour per week of focused prayer for our church and our world. This is an important way to set our hearts and minds upward (Colossians 3:1-2).

Email us at prayer@gracepointpa.org and let us know when during the week you are planning to pray!

 

Ideas to P-R-A-Y:

PRAISE:

  • Worship God for who He is and what He has done. (Psalms 37, 100, 136, 145)

REPENT:

  • Confess your own sin, and confess on behalf of our community and country. (Psalm 51, Daniel 9)

ASK:

  • That Grace Point will be a bright light for Christ in a dark world. That our church will keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. That our country will turn back to God and honor Him. That our leaders will have wisdom to lead during this challenging season.

YIELD:

  • Pray that God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done. Pray that our hearts will be humble and obedient. (Isaiah 40, Matthew 6:10, 1 Peter 5:6-7)

Unity Takes Work

Community takes unity, and unity takes work!

Here are a few resources to support you as you “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3).

Grace Point Relational Commitments – Attachment to our Constitution

Resolving Everyday Conflict from Peacemaker Ministries (to request a RightNow Media account, click here.)

Biblical Peacemaking, from Relational Wisdom 360 Ministries

The JOY of Face Masks

As you seek to put into practice putting Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last (the path to JOY!) with regard to face masks, here is some further reading that captures the heart of our leadership on this topic.

This follows our July 5, 2020, message on “What Would Love Do” specifically relating to Face Masks!

4 Reasons to Wear a Face Mask, Even if You Hate It from The Gospel Coalition

While Some Try to Politicize Wearing Face Masks, for Me it’s a Spiritual Practice from Baptist News Global

Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You from The Gospel Coalition

Together

“…Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression…”
(Isaiah 1:17)

My heart aches for the brokenness of our world, so evident in recent days.

Mr. George Floyd’s death at the knee of an officer sworn to serve and protect is at the same time personally tragic, and also embodies a larger standoff that has existed for too many years in our country. A standoff between those in power who sometimes misuse it, and those of diminutive voice calling for justice, but being ignored.

This is a brokenness at a foundational level, that goes to the core of what it means to be human.

I have not been quick to comment on racially charged events because I honestly feel inadequate and poorly positioned to do so. I cannot empathize with the frustration experienced by my African American friends because I have not experienced what it’s like to be marginalized in the way they have. I don’t know what it’s like to be instantly dismissed, or suspected, or mistreated simply because of the color of my skin.

But I want to say to my African American friends and call us as a community of faith to say: though we may not empathize with your pain, we can care about you, stand with you, listen to you.

We can listen to what is being said through the brokenness of both peaceful and violent protests. The violence causes our hearts to ache too, because in it we see pain masked by anger, more innocent people being hurt, and the condemnation of a governmental system that has failed to provide justice equitably.

Let us join together in an apology for the times when you have been ignored while speaking in a normal tone of voice. We are sorry that you sometimes have to shout to be heard.

So, may we listen as you speak in a normal tone of voice, in the context of personal friendship. Let us weep together as you share your pain. Let us speak out on your behalf where our voices can make a difference.

It would be easy for us to write off the polarization in our country as a lost cause, but then I see Jesus confronting it head on. He chose Matthew the tax collector and Simon the Zealot to be among His disciples. They epitomized the political polarization of their day: one pledged to overthrow the oppressive force of Rome, the other sold out to collect more revenue so that force could spread.

Jesus called these two men from polar opposite worldviews into a cadre that lived with Him in tight-knit community for three years. I wonder how many times Matthew and Simon snarled at each other, seethed at each other, avoided each other. But Jesus invited them to three years of walking together and eating together and serving together and learning together from the Master what it means to love one another.

And so, that is my prayer for our community, beginning with our church family. I want us to walk together and eat together and serve together with those who are different from us, learning from the Master what it means to love one another. THAT is what the church should look like, my friends.

Let’s lift our voices together then, first in praise to our God Who creates each and every human being in His image, with equal dignity, equal value. And then let us kneel in praise to Jesus on ground that is blessedly level at the foot of His cross – thanking Him for making His redemption from sin equally accessible to every one of us.

And after praise to our perfect God, let us join our voices in a plea for justice to Him and to our imperfect governmental leaders, on behalf of every imperfect yet valued human being. I confess I’m not entirely sure how to do that. But let us press forward in finding out, together.

Dave

Exploring the Resurrection of Jesus

Colossians Series-title2“Come, see the place where He lay,” the angel said (Matthew 28:6). He’s not there any longer! You too can examine the evidence for the historicity of the Resurrection.

The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel

Also a movie, included with Netflix and available to rent on Amazon Prime.

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona

Scholarly:

The Resurrection of the Son of God, by N.T. Wright

The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, by Michael Licona

Devotional:

He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado

What Jesus did for you:

Prayer for New Year and New Decade

Hello GP Family,

As we enter a new year and a new decade, I encourage you to join with me in prayer over the ministries of Grace Point – it is only by God’s grace that we will see Him do exceedingly abundantly more than we ask or think! Consider devoting a day this next week to fasting and concentrated prayer.

Pray for Grace Point Staff and Elders

  1. Pray for unity in decisions about our church’s ministry in 2020.
  2. Pray for clarity and smooth transitions for staff who are moving to new roles.
  3. Pray for effectiveness in meeting ministry goals of 2019-20, and for God-honoring goals for 2020-21.

Pray for Small Groups and Hospitality

  1. Pray for an enthusiastic, united, faithful team to welcome our GP family and new guests into our church each week.
  2. Pray for our GP family to embrace and know that we are ALL part of the Hospitality Ministry as we ALL have a part in creating a welcoming atmosphere.
  3. Pray that our Hospitality Ministry team provides an easy, yet essential place for those new-er to GP to serve.
  4. Pray that our strategy for a “one-stop shop” WELCOME CENTER is effective and served by appropriately-gifted volunteers.
  5. Pray for God’s Word, truth, love and grace to do His beautiful work within our small groups and that they would bear fruit for His glory and purposes.

Pray for Missions

  1. Please continue to pray for Tony Martin and his daughters as they continue to grieve the loss of Gwen.
  2. Please pray for each of our missionaries as they have added responsibilities this time of year. Pray for those who are serving in security-sensitive areas, considering the seeming unrest in many countries.
  3. Please pray for the launch of our FOCUS and that our entire church family would engage in meaningful ways in missions.

Pray for Care Ministries

  1. Please pray for our all of our Care Ministries and for the leaders of each.
  2. Please pray for Barnabas Care Ministry as they provide personal support to individuals.
  3. Please pray for those in need of specialized counseling.

Pray for GP Finances & Operations

  1. Please pray for us to be excellent stewards of all God has given to us at Grace Point.
  2. Please pray that God would be honored in our building, on our property, in our hearts and in our lives.
  3. Please pray that He would bring fruit for His purposes and glory through all the Bible studies, fellowship events, outreaches, retreats, etc., through the year.
  4. Please pray for His continual wisdom, discernment and discretion as we make decisions
    regarding finances and operations.
  5. Please pray for humility, unity, devotion to God, good health and God’s love throughout our staff team and their families.

Pray for Children’s Ministry

  1. Please pray for team building and training happening for the Rainbow Class. Pray specifically for the families ministered to by the Rainbow Class who have great need. Pray they will find respite with us at Grace Point.
  2. Please pray for continued efforts to mentor and grow our 5th – 6th grade boy ministry.
  3. Please pray for evaluation of Children’s Ministry transitions and how we can further support families through mentorship/small groups and healthy transitions from age group to age group.
  4. Please pray that parents and new parents continue to become fully engaged in Children’s Ministry. Pray for ways we can partner to disciple families.

Pray for Student Ministries

  1. That our teens would seek to abide in Jesus so that they may bear fruit that honors Him.
  2. For wisdom and direction for our seniors as they are sending out college applications and making decisions regarding their future.
  3. That our students will have the privilege of seeing their friends come to know Jesus as Savior.
  4. For God to strengthen our adult leadership team.
  5. Praise God for new volunteers with the Student Ministry.
  6. For the parents of students as they seek to model for our students a Christ-centered lifestyle.
  7. For Tony as he seeks to keep a healthy balance between his work schedule and his ministry.
  8. For God to lead the Student Ministry Director/Pastor search process and strengthen all
    aspects of ministry to our teens.
  9. For the winter retreats overall. (7th-8th grade retreat is January 17-19, 9th-12th grade retreat is February 14-16.)

Pray for Worship & Preaching Ministries

  1. Please pray that JESUS ONLY is seen and lifted up. Pray the worship team is behind the
    cross and that God alone is glorified.
  2. Praise the Lord for the addition of Paula Sharik (violin)!
  3. Please pray for the physical strength and health of our team and their families.
  4. Please pray for Shelley as she retires and is planning to move to Florida in the spring/summer. Praise God for her service to Him and to the Grace Point family on the worship team. Please pray the Lord provides for this loss on the worship team of a vocalist and keyboard player.
  5. Please pray for a worship intern over the summer weeks while Darrell is away.

Looking forwarding to what God will do among us in 2020!

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Praying with you and for you,
Dave Wolf
Lead Pastor

Depression Resources

 

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Life’s Good, I’m Worried, a podcast looking at the intersection of mental health and faith. Hosted by Cassie McCullough and Jessica Wolf, both of Grace Point!

 

 

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There are a number of video resources available on RightNow Media – click here to see a list. RightNow Media is available to regular attenders of Grace Point – click here to request access.

 

 

Turn Your Life Around   Noted counselor and author Dr. Tim Clinton writes about overcoming the troublesome things of your past in order to face a brighter future.

 

 

The Lies We Believe by Dr. Chris Thurman. In a world that is veering dangerously off course from what it calls “truth” comes a classic work that unmasks the lies we unwittingly believe, lies that destroy us and ultimately damage our emotional health, relationships and spiritual life.

 

To get help locating a Christ-centered therapist nearby, contact our Pastor of Congregational Care, Chuck Arnold.