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January 10, 2019
Small Groups are awesome! It is a group of 3 or more people who desire to build a meaningful relationship, grow in relationship with God, and pursue the 7 D’s as they do life together.
7- Disciple Making
Small Groups meet once a week. This could be in a home, a coffee shop, a park or here at the church. You will be amazed at all the support you receive when you are going through a trial.
Your Small Group becomes your second family. I want to encourage you to join a Small Group for one year and see how God will bless you.
For those already in a Small Group, feeling God tugging on your heart to start a new Home Group...GO FOR IT!! Take that step of faith. I challenge you. We are here to help.
January 05, 2019
Happy New Year Grace Baptist Church
A new year gives us all a chance to restart, refocus and re-engage. Whether
2018 has been a year of trials or triumphs, 2019 is an all new opportunity for
God to work miracles in you and through you. The key is keeping your eyes
fixed on Jesus and never give up…...
“When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’”
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams
is more powerful than one with all the facts.” Unknown
As we begin the new year, this is what’s happening with GraceKids……..
Sunday School--- Sunday at 9:30am
Children’s Church---Sunday at 11:00am (after worship)
GraceKids Ultra Wednesday at 5:45pm-7:45pm
Below are the Ultra sessions available:
Looking forward to an amazing year! Remember to invite a family!!
Parents, Leaders, Teachers, as we are kicking off this new year, please
consider serving in Children’s Ministry.
December 28, 2018
NEW YEAR'S 2019
Good Morning, Grace Baptist!
New Years Resolution!!!
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. How did you do in 2018?
Did you know the top three New Years resolutions for 2018?
1. Eat Healthier.
2. Exercise More.
3. Save More Money.
Don’t beat yourself up if you did not do so well in 2018. Like
most of us, we start off the new year with hope and excitement
about what we will accomplish in the year ahead of us. But as
the year goes on, we experience many challenges we did not
So what do we do this year? Do we say forget about making
resolutions? Do we make resolutions that will not challenge us?
Or do we start the New Year off with hope and excitement that
we will overcome all obstacles and this will be the year that we
finally meet our New Years resolutions!
I say let’s make this the best year ever! Let’s make personal,
spiritual, and financial goals that we can sit back a year from
now, and celebrate the victories!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
December 23, 2018
As we celebrate Christmas in a few days, it can seem like just another year. As I have gotten older, it seems like Christmas gets here faster and faster! But while time may fly and some of us feel like we have to go through the motions for the holiday season, my hope is that we can take some time and reflect on what Christmas is truly about – and perhaps it might help to look from a heavenly view point.
I want to take some time to imagine what Christmas was like from the angels’ perspective. Can you imagine what it must have been like in heaven, when the discussion came for the Son of God to become a man? Angels were at the feet of God worshipping Him and praising the Creator of all things. Now the One who made all things, would be-come part of His creation. And not only part of it, but to be man, the one who messed up His creation, rebels against His law, and ignores His goodness to them. God would become flesh and dwell among them.
Gabriel must have felt weird telling Mary she would conceive a child and would give birth to God. The angels appeared when Jesus was born and must have been amazed that the God of the universe was now being held by a young teenage woman and laid in a manger. The One who sustains all would now be dependent on a father and mother to care for Him. And as he grew from a baby, to a young boy, to a man, the angels would see how Jesus would live in a place that was not holy and righteous, but full of sin and despair.
The angels would marvel at the love God had for His creation of man to identify with them, live with them, and experience life as them. But the culmination of His love to be beaten, whipped, and nailed to a cross for our sins must have caused the angels to be amazed at their God. The Bible says that the angels look into deeply and marvel at this salvation that they cannot experience but man can. And what a celebration it must have been when Jesus rose from the dead and now we can worship the Son of God not as a spirit, but as resurrected man – the Second Adam. They stand in awe of the love God has for mankind – the love God has for you and me. How about you?
Do you marvel at Christmas and the love God has for you? I want to take time this Christmas and reflect upon how much Jesus loves me and I hope you do the same. I hope this Christmas you can say you grew deeper in love and more devoted to the One who gave up all to become your Savior, died for your punishment, and rose again and is making an eternal home for you to be with Him. My prayer is that each of you truly experience Jesus this year for Christmas.
December 16, 2018
Why do we go on mission trips? Do we have to go on mission trips as often as
we want to? Do we go to mission trips because people are expecting us to go?
These are some of the questions that linger in our minds as we think of
Last Sunday’s message was of great encouragement to us! As we listened to
the guest speaker during the mission lunch, God reminded us that going on
mission trips should be intentional. Intentional in the sense that we go on
mission trips to share the gospel, make relationships with people whom God
has allowed us to meet and usher them to churches who are willing to take
the responsibility of helping them grow in their relationship with JESUS so they
too, can become disciple makers. God commanded us to make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever God has commanded
us and He promised to be with us even to the ends of the earth.
(Matthew 28: 19-20)
Every year, Grace Baptist Church sends a team to Belize to do mission work
and every other year, a team is sent to the Philippines to do the same. The
team conducts a medical ministry as a tool for evangelism and discipleship.
The teams also do house to house evangelism, hospital visitations , mercy ministry
and children’s ministry.
Sending these teams to the mission field would not be possible without the
prayers and financial support of the church. Today, each of us has the opportunity
to be a part of Missions. As the first letter of your Last name is being
called, we encourage your family to come forward with your offering to
Missions in the Christmas envelope we mailed you (extra’s are with the tan
envelopes in your row) and place them in the baskets provided at the front.
We also ask you to please continue to pray for those who go to the mission
For those who are interested in joining the mission trips to Belize and the
Philippines, please contact the church office @ 589-0424. God Bless
December 06, 2018
City Serve at Grace Baptist Church
Good morning! What is City Serve?
City Serve is a new Mission at Grace Baptist Church and is a part of a very large Mission in our community. Myself and a few other people at church have been participating for the last few months. It is very hard to do a Mission like this with just a few people. We need our whole Grace church family to get involved! We need all of our hands and feet to help make this work well. It is the opportunity for us to reach others in our community of Bakersfield for Christ. City Serve is not a hand out! It is the opportunity for us to reach people for Christ by sharing the gospel & helping his people in need at the same time.
Who can we help with City Serve?
The Hungry, The Widow, The Orphan, The Poor/Jobless, The Addicted, The Oppressed, The Prisoner, The vulnerable & Exploited, Israel and the Unreached/Unengaged.
We have already helped a few families with the products we have received from City Serve. One of the families have received Christ as their Savior and been baptized at our church. They are now very active members of Grace Baptist Church and City Serve. We have also helped with an past church member that is in an assisted living home. We were able to give him a love seat and a recliner. We are still in contact with him. He is in need of our prayers.
Grace Baptist Church has been blessed to have what City Serve calls a Pod. We have products and supplies to help with our Mission. Now we just need your help! Thanks to the Pastors at Grace Baptist Church, our Grace family is the best trained church in missions that I have ever been part of. If you know a person or family that needs our help, please let us know. With your help we can serve God and help people in need.
Love God, Love others and Reach the World
November 29, 2018
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore and teach all nations…
The Great Commission that God gave his Church is to “Go and teach all nations
“. At Grace Baptist Church our motto is to, “Love God, love others and
reach the world.” I think we do a great job of fulfilling our mission statement.
We often think mission work is only going to faraway locations and sharing
the Gospel. We do that at Grace as a part of our mission plan. Not everyone is
able to go and join in on this type of mission endeavor.
Many times I think we overlook the importance of the local mission work
around us. There are many opportunities that all of us can be involved in. Our
personal mission should be to share the good news and be a conduit of God’s
grace to a lost world. In Matthew 9:37, scripture tells us, “The harvest is great
but the laborers are few”. As the Church, we are the laborers that Jesus is
speaking of. In Matthew 28, Jesus commands us to share the gospel and
make disciples. Not to do so, is disobedience to God.
Satan tells us we will embarrass ourselves or offend someone if we share our
faith with them. Don’t be fooled by Satan’s lies. This is a tool he uses to discourage
us from doing the work God has commanded us to do. Matthew
10:32 records Jesus telling us, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before
men, I will also confess him before My Father which is in heaven”. How awesome
will that be when Jesus confesses us before God!
Just think, you can be part of changing someone’s eternal destiny by sharing
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we see the return of the Lord drawing near, let
us be encouraged to step out of our comfort zone and speak boldly about the
gift of salvation. So remember, this is not a Mission Impossible but it is a Mission
Responsible for the Children of God!