Grace Church's Value's Series - a series short teachings about what Drives Grace Church. The biblical message, authentic Christian theology, is about redemption and renewal through Christ acting justly and mercifully and serving those who deserved his renewing compassion the least. This is why the church is to be a people known by their love and service. We are to be a people committed to serving and renewing their communities. This is why serving & renewing is part of our mission statement.What in our community is broken and needs to be fixed? Where does the message of the Gospel need to permeate and bring about forgiveness and renewal? Well, wherever that is is where we need to be!

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Grace Church's Value's Series - a series short teachings about what Drives Grace Church.

Why did Jesus come? To bring redemption, to show mercy, to bring the good news of complete forgiveness and restoration, according to Luke 4 - to proclaim good news to the poor and freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

This is kind of movement we are to be about; this is kind of Gospel movement Grace Church will spend itself on!

We are not an idle church. We are a people on the move because our God is on the move, bringing shalom wherever the Good news of Jesus is carried.

This is why we preach the word.This is why we do community within our Community Groups.This is why we disciple and raise up new leaders.This is why we plant churches.This is why give money toward planting churches both locally and abroad.This is why we serve and renew the greater Dunedin area.This is why we strive to act justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. Join us on our mission. Join us on the movement of th Gospel.

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We were made for community - community with God, community with one another. This is why were long for connection, interaction, intimacy, kindness, relationship, conversation - it's why we long for community. The problem with all this; the reason why this idea of longing for community may not sit well with you, is because...well...to be frank, we stink at it!

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December 29, 2011

Grace Church Values #3 - Grace

Grace essentially means gift. Everything we have received from God is due to his divine gift, his grace. In a fallen and broken world, where we are both the victim and the perpetrator, grace is the only way we experience God; and showing grace to others is the best way to display God to the searching world around us. In a fallen and broken world full of fallen and broken people, grace may seem out of place, powerless, and extremely difficult to give; but grace is always necessary. The church is the greatest recipient of God's grace; therefore we should be great at giving grace to others.

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"The Gospel" is the be all and end all catchphrase of Christianity; but, oddly, the meaning of the Gospel is something heavily debated and many Christians find themselves not being able to articulate or explain what the Gospel of Jesus Christ actually is.

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According to author Aubrey Malphurs, a church’s values are "its constant, passionate, biblical core beliefs that drive its ministries.” Listen to what DRIVES Grace Church...

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