GP Men’s Ministry (by Jeremy Davis)

Men’s Ministry Mission:  Our mission is to equip men to be strong in their faith in Jesus Christ and be His disciple-makers at home, at church and in the world.  

My goal for this blog post is to share the men’s ministry’s heart for equipping the men of God to be disciple-makers. What does it mean to equip? First, we need to establish that equipping is a biblical principle. Let us look at Ephesians 4:11-13 to see God’s heart for the equipping of the saints.    

Ephesians 4:11-13  

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…  

Clearly, Ephesians 4:11-13 teaches us that equipping is a necessity within the Body of Christ. The Greek Word for equip is Katartismos which means to make someone completely adequate or sufficient for something. In this case, the text teaches us two things: who is equipping us and what are we being equipped for. Let’s take a look at who God gave us to help with equipping us.  

Who Equips? (Ephesians 4:11-12a)  

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds/pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints…  

The Apostles – These men were a gift to the church, first hand eye witnesses of Jesus, commissioned by Jesus to carry out God’s Mission. God used many of these men to record the Scriptures, to be a vector of transmission for the Gospel to spread throughout the world. These were the first believers, many faithful in the midst of persecution and martyrdom. Even though the days of the apostles ended when John on Patmos passed away, they still are a gift to the church because we read their teachings as they were carried on by the Holy Spirit.  

The Prophets – These are the men who proclaim God’s Word, speaking on His behalf namely through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. The term prophet has two meanings. The first meaning points us back to the prophets recorded in the Bible. They spoke on behalf of God prior to the closing of the Canon of Scripture. The second meaning refers to those who always point us back to God’s Word, often in powerful and personal ways, since the closing of the Canon of Scripture. As has been said, prophecy is sometimes foretelling, and other times forthtelling (pointed exhortation based solidly on God’s Word). These men serve as a gift to the church, studying God’s Word and presenting God’s Word for the flock to feed on corporately. They also provide a steadfastness to the flock as they always point us back to the Word of God.  

The Evangelists – These are the men who would go from place to place proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Often times going to places where the Gospel was unknown. Romans 10:15, And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Someone had to bring the Gospel to you, therefore we are to bring that Good News to others.  

The Shepherds/Pastors – These are the men responsible for supplying care and guidance to the local church body. Jesus referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd, leading the sheep and protecting them from any predator. These are the men who have direct care over the flock. They are a gift to the church, living selflessly to care for the good of the flock.   

The Teachers – These are the men who provide instruction. They instruct the body of Christ through their study of God’s Word, lessons God has taught them, personal testimony and instruction on how to live a godly life. They are invested and supporting their pupils in the instruction of the Lord.   

Believe it or not, all of these are equipping the GP Men’s Ministry in one form or another.

oThe Apostles have served faithfully as caretakers of God’s Word, writing it down for our study to this day. We have the inerrant Word of God because of God using their faithfulness. The Prophets speak God’s truth and always direct us to the Word of God. The Evangelists, those who travel bringing the Word of God, sometimes stop by GP Men’s Ministry as speakers to challenge and equip us. The GP Pastors/Shepherds supply care for our Men’s Ministry flock guiding us to pasture on the Word of God. The Teachers leading the small groups in the study of God’s Word, and providing wisdom on godly living.  

We established the who equips, now what are we being equipped for? We look at verses 12-13 for this answer;  “12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”  

The Work of Ministry –  We are equipped to serve one another, the word ministry often connotates a ministry that is humble or menial in nature. We are equipped to care and caring for one another can often be unglamorous. This is the life on life daily grind of loving one another.  

Building Up The Body of Christ – We are equipped to build one another up, a large construction project to raise up the believers, ultimately being fulfilled in the Christ-likeness of the Body of Christ at Christ’s return.  

Unity of Faith – We are equipped to have a oneness and unity amongst us. We are to be of one mind and one accord. Philippians 2:2 “complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”  

The Knowledge of The Son of God – We are equipped to have content and knowledge of Jesus Christ, of what He accomplished, of who He is, of His redemptive works in restoring us to Himself.   

Mature Manhood – We are equipped to have a mature behavior recognizing the purchase that Christ made in His Crucifixion and our Redemption.  

Measure of The Stature of The Fullness of Christ – We are equipped to be more like Christ day by day, progressing in our sanctification day by day.   

Our mission is to equip men to be strong in their faith in Jesus Christ and be His disciple-makers at home, at church and in the world. Our mission is rooted in the Word of God as we long to see the men of Grace Point live out their calling as men of God. We believe God has equipped His people with spiritual gifts used for the building up of the body (Romans 12:3-8 see below). GP Men’s Ministry desires to see the men of Grace Point exercising their gifts for God’s glory. What are the practical ways we carry out these theological pillars?  

1.) We long to see men get connected in small groups, where they have an opportunity to have authentic godly relationships with other men. We desire to see men get into the Word of God together, to share the trials of life together, to pray together, to evangelize together, to fellowship together, to hold one another accountable ultimately loving one another.  

2.) We long to provide opportunities for all the men to come together, perhaps for a Men’s Breakfast, Men’s Retreat or other event. The goal remains the same, in this case corporately equipping all the men to be strong in their faith in Christ and be His disciple-makers.   

3.) Lastly we want to come alongside of Men encouraging them to get into the Word of God individually, providing resources to equip them in their study of the Scriptures.   

Our mission is to equip men to be strong in their faith in Jesus Christ and be His disciple-makers at home, at church and in the world.  

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.  

Romans 12:3-8  

GP Groups: Know. Care. Encourage.

A new ministry year is beginning this month, and that means our Groups and Bible Studies are starting back up! We are very excited, and we hope you are, too! On Sundays, September 12, 19 and 26, Group leaders will be available before and after morning services to provide information, answer any questions you have and help you find a Group.  

At Grace Point, our Groups exist to create places of authentic community where people can grow spiritually and KNOW, CARE and ENCOURAGE each other. Groups are the primary place where the people of Grace Point are discipled. Groups are often where friendships are created and nurtured.  

Groups participants meet regularly to build intentional relationships and biblical community. We have a variety of Groups meeting on different days at varying times. We offer Groups for couples, families, men, women, young adults, new believers, those who are divorced or separated, those who are new to Grace Point and more!  

We invite you to take a look at our Groups and Bible Studies and see which one fits best for you! If you would like to connect with someone for more information, please email us at groups@gracepointpa.org. We are looking forward to getting to know, care for and encourage you! 

Adult Bible Study – Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Young Tim was reading a letter from Paul, an older friend. One paragraph may have made him pause. “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

Years later, these words remain essential for shaping Christian thought, character and action. So each Sunday morning a group of adults meets at Grace Point for the purpose of digging into the written Word and discovering in it direction for living God’s way.

Adult Bible Study Class (ABS) has resumed and has just begun an examination of the Old Testament book of 1st Samuel which records the chaotic time of Israel’s first kings, Saul and David. Accounts of treachery, political chicanery and rebellion against God clearly parallel our own times. The eternal God revealed His works and nature in these events. That history, in turn, enables us to better understand His later self-revelation in Christ and the unchangeable principles for living in harmony with Him today.

ABS teachers are long time diggers into the written Word. They have a passion for sharing the “wondrous things” they have discovered in the Bible. They welcome questions and encourage discussion. The class has started again, meets every Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room and is open to all adults. Bring a Bible and join in friendly, profitable study. We encourage you to go to the 9:00 a.m. worship service, and then come over to the Conference Room for ABS. We hope to see you!

-McGregor Scott

The Point – A Great Group to Connect With!

An Introduction to The Point, by Emma Holmes

The Heart of the Ministry

The heart of The Point ministry is creating and engaging a community of young adults by gathering and growing together through following Jesus and His teachings. The Point meets every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m at Grace Point. This is a group of 20s and 30s that meet no matter where you are in your faith journey. In Hebrews 10:23-25, the writer captures this ministry’s heart completely by stating, “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as in the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”

Hebrews 10:24

Highlights of the Ministry

Some highlights of this ministry include seeing how this generation comes together to encourage one another with Biblical teachings and Christ-like love. Each week we welcome new faces to The Point, as well as greeting familiar faces too! Below are some of the smiling faces we see each week!

The Point is led by Emma Holmes, under the direction of Jeremy Davis, Director of Student Ministries.

Interested in learning more about The Point, email us at the.point@gracepointpa.org or follow us on Instagram.

6/9 Business Meeting Recap!

On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Grace Point held our semi-annual business meeting for church members, with approximately 90 in attendance. Below is a summary of what we covered and the items that were up for vote.

Scott Leuz, Elder Chairman, honored Phil Anders’ 12 years of service on the Elder Board before his home-going to heaven. Scott announced that Glenn Ely will be taking a one-year sabbatical after serving over eight years on the Elder Board. Thank you, Glenn!

Scott also introduced a vote to reinstate Jack Edmond to the Elder Board, having just finished a one-year sabbatical. The subsequent vote was unanimous.

I gave an update on the FOCUS process by starting with a brief overview of the many steps involved. I shared that it is our hope and prayer that through the FOCUS process we can unite all of our mission initiatives locally, regionally and globally. I’d love to see a common thread through each area of ministry, as we consider the Acts 1:8 regions (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth). Lastly, I shared that we have narrowed our potential FOCUS partnerships down to two areas of the world: Lebanon and Thailand. Each area will include potential new missions projects, short-term trips and church-wide engagement. Survey trips are currently being planned and more details can be found here.

As a side note: our 2019 Easter offering was designated to help offset the costs of our FOCUS survey trips. A total of $12,255 was given and will be a huge help in funding these trips.

Dave Wolf, Lead Pastor, reported on staffing changes and updates as follows:

JoAnn McDowell has begun her retirement! Please welcome our new Ministry Administrative Assistant Cyndi Kern and our Ministry Administrative Team Lead Sharon Sloan, who are getting up to speed and providing great support to the staff.

Our interim Student Ministry Coordinator Tony Batres has dived in and is doing a great job leading our teens. Just as Tony came on board, the Haiti missions trip had to be cancelled due to political upheaval in that country; as a result, Tony and Steve worked hard to find an alternative and have been busy planning the Navajo Nation trip for July. In addition, Tony is courageously leading a four-week teaching on dating and sex with our students, while offering a simultaneous parent session to facilitate good conversation over this vital topic.

Tony will continue as our part time coordinator into fall, as staff and elders take time to look at Student Ministry as a whole and determine if and when to search for a full-time director/pastor.

Stepping back to look at the bigger picture of our GP staffing, in February Dave Wolf began exploring the question “Are we staffed properly to achieve our Mission, our Vision and our new FOCUS?” with a group of several advisors, including an outside church consulting firm.

As a result, we will be making several changes over the coming year, including the transition of Joan Zeberlein from part-time to full-time beginning August 1. Joan has been faithful in Women’s Ministry at GP for nearly 12 years, and we are excited to have her training and equipping expertise available to impact more of our ministry areas.

As Joan transitions to full-time, she will be adding to her plate a new emphasis on our Guest Experience, looking at ways to enhance our “culture of belonging” as part of our vision of building bridges for life change through Christ. Eventually, as our new Missions FOCUS is identified, Joan will become more involved, as we are prayerfully expecting that this new FOCUS will be more than I, Steve Weir, can handle in his multi-faceted role.

There is much more to say about staffing changes and the multiple staff members who will be affected. We will offer an informational meeting in late August or early September to give more details. For now, please welcome Cyndi, Sharon, Tony and Joan to the crew!

Bill Wright, Director of Operations, provided an update on the church finances, including the many ways our church family has been generous beyond giving to the General Fund. Bill mentioned that a new restricted account was created for funds given for “Strategic Global Projects” and that significant gifts have already been received for those purposes. Lastly, copies of the proposed 2019-2020 budget were distributed, and Bill reviewed some of the changes and proposed increases. With an overwhelming majority vote, the members approved the budget as presented.

Pastor Jay Button recognized Chuck Arnold, Pastor of Congregational Care, for his five years of ministry and service to the church family. I had the opportunity to recognize Josh DeLeo, Sunday AV Coordinator, for his five years of service, and Holly Ames, Missions Assistant, for her 20 years of service.

Pastor Jay Button was delighted to welcome new members to the Grace Point family, Dave Ferri and Tom and Barb Cummings.

Finally, Scott Leuz shared the results of the votes (noted above) and closed the meeting in prayer.

We are grateful for all that God has done in our church and we look forward to a great summer of ministry at Grace Point!

Steve Weir
Pastor of Missions and Communication

New Stewardship Class this Fall – God Owns It All

God Owns It All: Transform your fear and confusion about finances into confidence and peace.

Ever wonder about God’s view of money?

Join us for God Owns It All as we explore Biblical, financial principles that will equip you and those you love to approach money management and financial planning with increasing freedom, generosity, contentment, and confidence. With over four decades of experience in the financial-services industry, Ron Blue (via DVD) presents financial principles that are affirmed by the authority of Scripture and tested by the marketplace. He knows that God’s principles work and are needed in our finances.

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm, for six weeks starting Wednesday, September 19.

Sign-ups available at our Next Steps Area after Labor Day and online registration will be coming soon. Visit gracepointpa.org/events.

Questions? Contact Keith Brown (kbrown@gracepointpa.org) or Ken Kovalik (kkovalik@gracepointpa.org).

Marriage Matters: Experiencing Trauma, Loss, and Grief

During our journey through life we will experience losses, and in some cases, a traumatic event; some predictable and expected, but others a total surprise.

Being alive means we constantly have to resolve problems. Every new situation we encounter provides us the opportunity to develop new ways of using our resources in order to gain control. When a problem or situation seems beyond our capacity to cope, we are thrown off balance. This is known as a traumatic experience often leading to a crisis. A traumatic event brings about an acute response. An individual’s psychological homeostasis (balance) is disrupted both horizontally (with others) and vertically (with God).

The losses and traumatic events of life can be overwhelming. The question then becomes; How do we cope with the powerful emotions, chaos and confusion that follows a loss or traumatic event? What do we do to ease the pain and grief we feel? How can we carry on and eventually return to a normal daily routine?

During the classes of February 11, 18, and 25 we will explore the world of Trauma, Loss and Grief. This will be an opportunity to, perhaps, share your story and find a sense of healing as you interact with others.

Come join the class at 9:00am in rooms A-1 and 2.

Please contact Pastor Chuck with questions or comments.

Marriage Matters – Building Healthy Marriages

As we enter the month of November each year it serves as a time of personal reflection. I look forward to Thanksgiving; spending time with the family and thanking God for the blessings of life. I also use this time of reflection to both look back and look forward. I look at where I have been and what I would like to accomplish in the future.

Reflecting on our Grace Point Care Ministry, we now have a Marriage, Family and Relationships ministry. We had 37 couples attend the Great Date Night. Looking forward we will continue to build the care ministry. Please consider joining us for one of the three dates in November for our next class.

On each of the following dates, November 13, 20, and 27, we will be looking at the subject: Building Healthy Marriages

In considering this topic, I see three foundational principles to explore.

  1. Marriage is not about your happiness or getting your needs met through another person. Practicing self-denial and self-sacrifice, patience, understanding, and forgiveness are the fundamentals of a great marriage.
  2. During courtship, opposites attract. After marriage, opposites can repel each other. Differences are God’s gift to you to create new capacities in your life. Different isn’t wrong. It’s just different.
  3. Love isn’t a feeling. Love is a commitment. You can’t begin a marriage without a commitment. You can’t sustain one without it either. A marriage that goes the distance is hard work. If you want something easy and has immediate gratification, then go shopping or play a video game.

Come join us at 9:00AM on November 13th, 20th, or 27th in rooms A1-2.

Please share your thoughts on the following question: What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Sermon Based Small Groups

Our mission is to help more people become fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. One way that happens is by connecting with others and growing in our faith, together. Small Groups are one way to connect with others at Grace Point.

Starting this week, we’re introducing Sermon Based Small Groups – using Discussion Questions based on that weekend’s message. Our sermon series this fall is taken from Genesis 1 – 3, entitled “Scarred.” If people from your Life Group miss Sunday morning’s message, they can go to GP’s website which promises to have the audio portion online by noon Monday. On that page, you’ll also be able to find the Discussion Questions.

All new groups will be using the Sermon Based Small Group Questions and will meet for 10 weeks. We’re asking new LG attendees to commit to seven consecutive weeks. After that it’s your decision if you want to continue with your group, or opt for another group beginning in January for 10 weeks.

For existing groups, you’re highly encouraged to try it out. It would be great to get all our groups aligned and on the same page for the fall. There are real advantages that benefit the church as we all study the same passage(s). This also helps new attenders to GP – there’s no hidden studies, or feelings of being left behind. We’re all together, and it’s easy to pick up if you’ve missed a week.

If you’re not in a group, we hope you’ll seriously consider joining one. You can always email Jay Button, Pastor of Connection at groups@gracepointpa.org if you have any questions or are interested in joining a group.

Hashtag GP Summer 2016

A lot of us are on social media. We post about our food, our trips, our weekend plans. We post our lives on Social Media. Do you have a great summer family idea that you want to share with others at Grace Point?

Wherever you’re posting, use the hashtag #gpsummer2016 and your post might be shared on our spaces (Facebook, twitter, Instagram).

Growing in biblical community means learning from one another and learning how to “do life.”

  • Got a great new grilling recipe? #gpsummer2016
  • Capture a great photo heading down the water slide? #gpsummer2016
  • Experience a “God-sighting” on vacation? #gpsummer2016

See you in the Inter-webs!