Mary and Joseph were real people with real lives. How can we take an example from their obedience in times of trial to find application for our lives today?
Pastors Keith, Jason, and Josh get together to tackle some of the remaining questions you asked in this series! In this segment, they answer the questions, "Is Gossip a sin?", "What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight?", "How do we help and love those who are making bad and dangerous choices?", "Where does love stop and support start for those struggling with homosexuality?", "How do you reconcile 'abundantly life' with suffering?", "How do you hear God's voice today?", and "How can we discern we are living in the end times?"
Pastors Keith, Jason, and Josh get together to tackle some of the remaining questions you asked in this series! In this segment, they answer the questions, "How do you hear God's voice today?", "Can you explain the Trinity?", "How do I let go and let God?", "How do I know that God cares about the small things?", "How are digital addictions hurting families and people today?", "Why does the Bible say gluttony is a sin?", "How do you know when you are in God's will?",
Pastor Von, Grace Kidz Pastor, shares the journey he has been on since loosing his father and how God is faithful to pull us out of depression.
For years I struggled with that label. My hair. Weight. Who you see me to be becomes who I see me to be. So, when I look in the mirror, I see your words. To get rid of the past labels, we strive for a new identity: career, accomplishments, fitness, marriage, politics, style. But then as life goes on, we find ourselves limited by and chained to our past: sins, poor choices, disabilities. Eventually, when we look in the mirror, we’re not sure who we are.
Choosing joy means that I am making a conscious decision to trust God based on His character and His promises instead of believing my fears. WHAT AM I TO DO WHILE WAITING ON GOD?
THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE BOUNDARIES OF MY FREEDOM IN CHRIST? Jesus said in John 8:36: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Paul writes in Galatians 5:1: For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Freedom is a big deal. According to the Bible, you’ve never been more free than when you are in Christ. What are we freed from? We are free from the burden of sin and the eternal punishment for sin. We are set free from who we are naturally and transformed into holiness.
As Christians, we stop short with affirmation and comfort. Instead of allowing immature Christians to grow, we baby them and unintentionally stunt their growth. We accommodate behavior and sins that are actually harmful to them. Many times this happens because we think it’s unloving or judgmental for a Christian to either clarify boundaries or appropriately discipline. We have somehow bought into the lie that dealing with sin should be confined to something that happens between the individual and God. We don’t have a proper understanding of healthy boundaries and healthy discipline. So, let’s define them...
As you read through Scripture, sin has always been a problem. No shock there. You’ve struggled with sin, I’ve struggled with sin. So did our parents, grandparents, great-great-grandparents on down the line. If, in BC days (before Christ or for the purposes of my illustration, before the cross), we would have been fortunate enough to have been God’s chosen people, the Jews, we would have been familiar with the process for dealing with sin. It involved blood. There had to be a sacrifice made for the sins of the people. And for 365 days, their sins were taken away. But, it had to happen again the next Day of Atonement. The cross symbolizes a significant change. And it had everything to do with WHO was raised to hang on the cross.
So, what does a follower of Jesus look like? To find out, we're going to look at Jesus himself. Pastor Matt draws four things from His life using some snapshots that are recorded for us in Scripture.
Once upon a time there was a king who was more powerful and wealthy than any other king before or since. He had everything except what he wanted most. He wanted to be married. He wanted love. The problem was not opportunity. There were many women in the kingdom who would have jumped at the opportunity to marry a king and become a queen. Besides the wealth and power, the king was known to be a kind man, a generous, gracious man. But the king was concerned. If he found the "right" woman, how would he know that she was marrying him for love and not just because he was king?...
Matthew 1:24-25: When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. He obeyed. He went out on the limb. It might not have made sense on the surface, but Joseph's trust in God went beyond his pride, doubt and fear. Joseph took the next step to which he was called. The rest of the story is history. In fact, it's your story and mine. The engagement stayed. The marriage happened. There was a stable. An inn. A manger. A baby. Jesus. The only one who could save us from our sins. Our life was forever changed because Joseph obeyed. Whose life could be changed if you obeyed God and took your next step? What is my next step? Why haven't I taken it? Will it be God's will or mine?
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the earth Not a person imagined such a powerful birth. A Messiah is coming, the prophets had spoken But we didn’t get it, didn’t know we were broken The surroundings so simple, a stable so plain Here hope was delivered, soon ending sin’s reign.
Last week, we talked about the first part of the answer to this question: getting past your past sins. Remember, your past can point to what you did, but your past can’t proclaim who you are. Only God has that right. But, how do we let go of events from our past when we were sinned against by someone else? What then? How do we let go?
Somehow, we have the impression that we can forget the past, especially our painful past. We misinterpret Philippians 3:13 where Paul says "Forgetting what lies behind me and striving forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" and think this means we just need to forget the past and become some super-Christian who is only concerned with what lies ahead. First of all, that's not a proper understanding of the verse. Paul has just listed all of the reasons he could be confident in the flesh, but is pointing out that this doesn't mean anything in comparison to what God has for us in Christ Jesus. Honestly, we will never be able to forget the past, but thanks to God we can get past the past. Those vivid mental snapshots from long ago may never be erased from your memory bank, but they don't have to label you.
If you are in Christ, there are a couple of things we are certain about. First, we are certain of what Christ has done for us. He has saved us by grace through faith. He has brought us to new life (we aren’t who we used to be; we’ve been born again). He has declared us to be righteous (justification). We now have a new identity in Christ (saint, not sinner; child, not condemned). If you aren’t certain of this, you can be.
Do you find yourself holding on to sins? Making adjustment for them? Excusing them? Let go. It needs to be sudden and it needs to be drastic. Some of you who are struggling with pornography, need to get a flip phone. You need to pay the price to break free. Though we do not do the inward work, it doesn’t mean we don’t have responsibilities as well.
We live in a loud world, we can get consumed by the business of things around us until we never sit still. We let things control our schedule instead of controlling our schedules. If You Don’t Manage The Noise, You Will Lose Out On Joy.
When James uses the term perfect, he’s using it in the context of maturity. James is saying steadfastness, which is probably more easily understood as referring to faithfulness or dependability, will result in spiritual maturity. In other words, you will grow up in Christ.
Last week we saw "Simon" sifted by Satan. Today, Pastor Keith highlights that Peter's absence at the cross. The same sacrifice that covered Peter's sin in his failure will cover us today thanks to Jesus.
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Rather than being a building where people far from God are met with shame, guilt, and condemnation, Jesus leads us to be a family that extends His grace, mercy, and forgiveness to everyone. No matter what you’ve been through or what questions you might have, we want you to be a part of the family. You will be challenged to grow with relevant, applicable Biblical teaching, inspired to worship with Christ-centric congregational music and served by people who genuinely care about you.

We don't place a high premium on what you look like on the outside. Come as you are. We show up wearing everything from suits to shorts. The important thing is what God is doing on the inside. Our goal is to point people to Jesus. Because when we meet Jesus, He does the work of changing us to be like Him, challenging us to take next steps with Him.

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Nampa: We offer a variety of classes, prayer and praise services, ministry events and special speakers on Sunday evenings. Our Sunday evening programming is very different from Sunday morning. Our Sunday evening schedule can be found on the Grace Bible Church calendar. We will indicate whether or not childcare is provided for classes, events or services.

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Grace Bible Church is committed to "Uniting people with Jesus". As part of this commitment, supporting missionaries, mission organizations, and care organizations are a top priority. Click here to check out who we currently support.

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While understanding that everyone has preferences, we strive to sing the right songs for the specific service whether they be ancient or contemporary, hymns or choruses. Rather than enabling consumerism and limiting our musical expressions, we encourage the engaging of the heart and mind during our congregational worship regardless the style.

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We've created an entire page and a video to help you understand our beliefs on baptism and to help you determine whether or not it should be your "Next Step". Visit the Baptism Page for more information.

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What ministries are available for kids and teens and when do they meet?

Grace Kidz Sunday experience combines creative and relevant biblical teaching with high-energy games, activities and object lessons. We are passionate about our children (infants through 6th grade) learning about Jesus on their own level in safe, age-appropriate learning environments. We would love to see you and your family visit Grace Kidz this Sunday! More about Grace Kidz

Grace Students, 6th to 12th Grade, meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Nampa Campus. Loaded with practical interactive teaching, worship, food and fun activities, Grace Students addresses real issues teens face each day. On Sunday, many of our students make a difference by serving on one of our many ministry teams. More about Grace Students

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