The reason the church is here is to show the reality of eternal life in and through it's caring people and to communicate to people how they might have life abundantly and eternally. But, I feel that we, as the church throughout history, have done an incredibly poor job of conveying that basic message. The result is that there are millions of people in the world today who go to church regularly - good people - but they do not have eternal life. I must confess, and this may be true of you also, that I had lived a good many years as a member of a Church but somehow I had never come to the place of knowing for sure that I could have eternal life.
MAY I ASK YOU A QUESTION???
Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to Heaven, or, is that something you're still working on?
What Should I Expect?
When you visit Grace Baptist Church for the very first time, you will be welcomed at the door by one of our members. During the service, you will have the opportunity to participate in God-centered worship through prayer and song and listen to one of our pastors give a sermon from the Bible. If you have children, you will find age-graded programs that operate during all of our meeting times, giving your children an opportunity to be enriched spiritually by screened and loving staff. After the service, you will have an opportunity to visit with our pastors and ask any questions that you may have.
I thought I’d start off this letter on the lighter side with an interesting note about Thai culture. As I was thinking through the people I’d like you to pray for, I noticed several unusual names, or more accurately, nicknames. Nearly everyone in Thailand goes by a nickname and most are quite different than what westerners would associate with names. For example, I am going to ask you to pray for people whose nicknames mean the “meow” of a cat, butter, donut, shrimp, woman, and gift. Our family has adopted the practice too. Three of our four children have Thai nicknames. Elaine’s Thai nickname means “parrot,” Autumn’s means, “red mouse,” and Benjamin’s is “Elephant.” I will admit, however, that Hannah and I do not have nicknames. “Duane” and “Hannah” will do just fine for us!