The word church has some different meanings depending on how its used. It can be a location in town, a specific building or even a group of people. At Grace we are trying to think of church less and less as a physical place and more and more as a group of people living lives that honor God and make the world a better place. As the biblical writers used the word “church” they were most often talking about people, rather than a place. Jesus said that His church would be people not places.
In the book of Matthew when Jesus was talking about His disciple, Peter (whose name meant “rock”), He said “on this rock I will build my church.” Jesus set the stage for His followers to be known not by the geographical place where they assemble, but rather by the way they live in their community.
The heartbeat of Grace Baptist is to be the church in our neighborhood, every day not just on the weekend. Our desire is to live by the ancient yet timeless message of the Bible and see it make our community better. Living out Jesus’ teachings every day not just when we’re “in the building,” is what following Jesus is about.
At times we’ve been guilty of viewing church as a place to go rather than an identity of who we are! We want to represent Jesus well at the grocery store, in traffic, at the theater and at home with our families, friends and neighbors. The Bible says, speaking to followers of Jesus, “You have been bought with a price. So glorify God with your body.” How we live matters and will either be attractive, neutral or offensive. We know we aren’t perfect but we want to live in a way that shows the great value of the price, in an attractive way that honors God.
We’d love for you to join us at one of our weekend services and get to know what makes Grace unique. If you have a question or would like to speak with one of our pastors, drop us a note. For more of what to expect when you visit Grace check out, I’m New.