For around three months, we have been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. This virus is highly contagious and, as a result, fear and panic have become a part of the fabric of our culture.
This weekend, we will be challenged to become highly contagious - not through this horrible virus, but by infecting people around us who are far from God. God wants our lives to become so spiritually contagious that others will be naturally curious about our faith and be attracted to becoming Christ-followers themselves. Over the next four weeks, I will share messages that will help us focus on authentically living out our faith.
Television advertising communicates, “Image is everything!” Apparently, many people believe that - including many churchgoers! If we are going to infect others with our faith in Christ, we need to communicate, “Substance is everything.” Someone once said, half tongue-in-cheek, "The depth of our collective shallowness is staggering!"
All around us are people looking for the authentic! They want to see people with real faith who are authentically living out what they believe. When they see opportunism or deception, they reject us, Jesus and the Church on grounds of phoniness. Joe Aldrich, in the book “Life-Style Evangelism,” states, “Christians are to be good news before they share the good news.” Before we can become highly contagious Christians, we must first live in a way that convinces others we have the disease ourselves.
Join us for worship this weekend! As we continue to follow recommended “social distancing” guidelines, we have closed off every other row of seats and we request that you put two empty seats between you and anyone not living in your house.
If you are uncomfortable being in the Celebration Center, we offer two other options during our regular service times - Saturday at 6:00pm, Sunday at 9:00am & 11:00am. You may listen to the service live on FM 96.9 while in your car in our parking lot; or, you may join us live online at www.thegraceplace.com/watch. We will look forward to seeing you