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This Summer, GraceTruth Baptist Church has turned one as a constituted church and in that time much has transpired.  Some experiences have been difficult, some incredible, but all things for our good and for the glory of God.  In our culture many people measure success in many different ways.  For example, the local church of America seem to only think things are good when attendance is up, baptisms are up and the funds are rolling in.  This ultimately produces an unbiblical pressure on the church to “perform” and always think of ways to do more, get more and be more when the scripture teaches that the church, that is the  people of God redeemed by faith alone in Christ Jesus, have every spiritual blessing in Christ already.  So the church is lacking nothing.  So for the sake of this “spotlight” I desire to focus on something very dear; community.  It’s the 100th birthday for Evans County and while GraceTruth Church’s membership comprises more than six different counties, she is at the heart, a church of her community.  Our prayer is to see God answer the needs of our community in all aspects of life and GraceTruth church is committed to prayer and action.

While the church is not in the business of creating “church based” opportunities, the drawing board looks something like this for the next two years.  We ask that you prayerfully consider your involvement, especially in prayer.
1 – We desire to see the church of Jesus Christ (this means all congregations and denominations) be the church in vision and mission taking the message of the gospel to people who continually need to hear it, including ourselves.  The gospel is not the “hook” for lost souls, it is the power of God for security, hope, peace, holiness and worship.  (Romans 1:16, 1 Peter 1:3)
2 – We are actively working with the community in support of a local investment initiative giving more focus on what Evans county has to offer and what it could be if everyone worked together for a common goal.  Evans county has the potential to become an active people who care and give and support each other as well as a holy community of worshippers for the glory of God.
3 – We have begun plans for the establishment of a foundation that would provide business development training and career evaluation for many who have had a very difficult time finding work and who need some professional guidance in starting their own way of making a living.
4 – Pride In Evans is an initiative that desires the people of Evans County to see their homeplace as necessary and vital to the security of the culture, and Christians certainly must be active in the community, so GTC is committed to partnering in this effort as a people, not a place.
5 – The plans and final stages of a local Seminary is coming near to completion and will provide tuition free theological studies and biblical studies for local students of scripture, who desire to either learn or seek general and advanced degrees in the fields.  There is a great need for the training of men and women for the mission field in partnership with national and international missions.
6 – We pray that the church would be more active in the role of supporting local ministries such as the FoodBank and other organizations that have the infrastructure to help families in need.  Scripture says that anyone who has the world’s goods but closes their heart toward their brother are not in the faith.  (1 John 3:17)  This isn’t a guilt check but a reminder of just how good the grace of God is that has been given to us freely at the cost of Jesus Christ the Son and in turn, we have a heart to help others at the cost of us.
7 – This area needs more congregations.  It is a fact that nearly 8 out of 10 people are unchurched and denominations across North America have been pushing for the planting of new congregations.  The church multiplies as it grows from newly planted seeds.  The age of the big fat church is over, it’s time for all the people of God to pray about their involvement in really giving to a people, not a place or program.  Every church can actively be a part of planting new congregations, at the minimum, in homes and businesses.  GTC wants to be a voice of proclamation and preparation for this venture as we now have a core group meeting in Statesboro on Wednesdays, we would like to see in-home studies grow in the Evans County area among all believers.
8 – Praying for local leaders and government.  Most of the time those who serve us are not served by us.  Speaking only to the church, we should be about honoring our leaders and humbling ourselves to the throne of heaven on their behalf while keeping our tongues in check.  Sadly, the entire world loves to defame others, let’s see the church stand in the manner Christ stood who “kept silent” and “intrusted Himself to the one who is faithful.”
9 – Praying for the lost.  We want to see a movement of God’s people and it starts with prayer for ourselves, that God would give us a heart for the perishing and then a prayer for the gospel to go out from us that many might be saved from sin and judgment.  The gospel is ALWAYS Good News and we, the church, have it to give.  Let’s begin to work together to pray for the lost.  GTC is committed to working side by side any local church in this effort so that other churches would grow bigger and bigger for the glory of God.
10 – Praying for our schools.  Just like the civic leaders, our educational leaders are hard at work for the sake of our future-the children.  Let’s pray, serve and give as we can whether it benefits “our kids” or not.  Are all kids not our kids if we are a community?
There is much more to share, much more to pray for and much more to behold when we see the greatness of what God can do through HIS people.  GraceTruth church is committed to being a voice and a beacon of hope for the suffering and lowly as we all run the race together for the sake of God’s name.
Join us online at GraceTruth.org or on FaceBook.com/GraceTruthChurch – and for anyone who has questions, please contact us directly at 912-289-5537.
For His Glory by His Grace,
Pastor James Tippins

What comes to mind as you answer the question, “who is God?” Many things are likely to flood your thinking and prayerfully you can prove your thoughts through the scripture. Can you? Is your view of God and Jesus Christ from the Word of God? If not, then were did they come from? Why do you have them? What are you going to do if you discover they are not accurate?  Would you want to know the truth? Now that I have offered you too many questions to answer today, let me offer you some hope. God’s word is clear on who He is and how one can stand before Him. It is not because of one’s own mind, decision, determination, will, wisdom or efforts, but by His divine love and the divine FINISHED work Christ through His life, death, burial and resurrection. In the next few months, we will begin to offer opportunities to answer your questions about the bible, God, faith, church and other matters. Send us your questions, we’ll respond to them all! Until then, we want to pray for you. Let us know how we can. Call us or email us today! – Pastor James [james at gracetruth.org]

The Gospel of John reveals Christ as the creator, as a man, as the image of God and as the living Word.  When we hear the word Gospel, we often consider it as just a story or “good news” as it translates.  The scripture gives us a little deeper understanding in that the gospel is God Himself becoming man in order to rightly satisfy the demands of the law against sin.  In other words, the gospel is God and Christ is God, so Jesus is the gospel.  This is not just something God has offered so that people have the option of being redeemed, the gospel is the truth that God has secured the redemption of His children; the church.  Christ is a sufficient savior who makes certain that all who believe will be saved and this was the plan for all time.  It’s the very reason Christ created the world and breathed life into the first people — so that He could be glorified in saving a people, setting them apart for Himself.  God’s free gift of Grace is found in the Truth of God’s word.  Take tim to read and meditate today.  Let us know how we can pray for you.  For His Glory!

Pastor James

Last week we began a journey looking into the heart of the gospel by seeing Jesus Christ through scripture.  My prayer for you is that your mind and heart have been transformed and the result has been a heart of worship toward Him as your greatest treasure.  This week, a small sid-line focus out of John’s gospel is needed to consider how God creates life.  The scriptures teach that God brings people to faith in Jesus Christ by opening their eyes so they can see Him for who He really is.  Scripture teaches that no one has ever seen God but “He who sits at His side makes Him known.”  Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God and is the God who created all things.  Thus, Jesus is the creator of the church through His Word (Romans 10:17).  Only through the hearing of the words of Christ can one come to faith and believe.  GraceTruth Church is dedicated to this truth and asks you to pray for us as we embark on answering God’s call and launch a new church in Claxton.  Our family will be moving September 5th and plans are already under way to start meeting with many of you.  In Christ Alone!

Jesus Christ is one of the most well-known figures in the world, but what is known about Him is often misaligned with what scripture actually teaches.  In John’s Gospel, we find a beautiful and clear picture of who Christ is and why it is important to know Him.  Jesus praying in John 17:3 says, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only rue God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”  As John opens his gospel we see Christ as the Word that was in the beginning recalling the creation account in Genesis chapter one.  This same Word was God and was with God.  John continues to say that the Word became flesh and lived among us (v. 14) and we have seen His glory.  Therefore, Jesus is God, who created all that exists.  Do you see Jesus this way?  Do you see Him in His glory?  My prayer is that you would think about Jesus, who created the very womb from which He was born in order to die and atone for the sins of all who believe an watch this truth grab the root of your soul.  Join us in a journey of truth. Let us know you throughs and preyaer needs.

Although we all think continually, more often our thoughts are dominated by what life throws at us which takes our thoughts away from Christ.  Paul gives us a key to living a worshipful life in Romans 12 when he says to be transformed by the “renewal of your mind.”  Several places in the New Testament we also find the idea that our thinking should be centered on eternal things.  As Christian, if we are not focused on the Gospel, our worldly thinking can dominate us.  Thinking on the Gospel, Grace and Truth becomes a reminder of what Christ ahs done to reconcile us in His body of flesh by Hid death.  Jesus’ death was for God’s righteousness so that God could display His holiness while forgiving undeserving sinners.  It is greatly powerful in the lives of believers to meditate and think about the Gospel of Christ.  Pray for God to renew your joy in Him and begin to read John’s gospel, we’ll journey there next week.  We are still praying for you and want to hear from you.

For His Glory by His Grace,

Pastor James

Life is full of frustration and that is not going to change. As long as we live in this world the effects of sin will be felt. The good news is that our God is a loving and merciful God who is His rich mercy crucified His son to satisfy His wrath against sin.  God, being satisfied with Jesus’ life and death, raised Him from the dead and promised that all who have faith in Christ will live eternally, forgiven and justified before Him.  Does this truth have power in your life?  Or do you feel defeated and broken?  Does church feel like a full time job?  Your faith, your worship and your passion should grow you in His grace, which is His power in your life.  The Word of God Alone gives grace to His children.  Open you Bible and seek Him today.  Start slowing down in all areas of your life.  If we are weak in our intimacy with Christ we are worthless in our religion.  “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus…” 2 Timothy 2:1

Let us help you in your walk, your struggles and your faith.  Contact us, we want to pray for you.

For His Glory by His Grace,

Pastor James