This sermon marked the beginning of our 15th year of ministry at Grace Chapel. The church was incorporated December 23rd, 1969 and it actually began as a home meeting in Pastor John’s house in August of 1969.
The church has continued to grow and prosper since that time. The Lord’s blessing has been so evident and amazing upon us.”
Pastor John believed we were entering into a new era in the Lord. That is why he felt so strongly about the coming year of 1984. He felt that the year would set the parameters and be the foundation for the next era of harvesting that God is sending to us. It will determine to a great extent the caliber of spirituality and the growth we experience as a body in the overall economy of God’s working in His Church in Tucson. He was convinced that God had called us to a great destiny and that opportunity still lied before us to a great extent. We have only scratched the surface in our growth of what God wants to do with us and through us in the city of Tucson.
In order to move into the future Grace Chapel must make sure our past is not holding us back. Instead what lies behind us should be a good foundation for confidence and wisdom in God. Our direction then as a church is to concentrate first prayer and ministry right here among us while we discern what level of outreach we are able to continue in the Will of God. Our emphasis will then be on finishing the building we are putting up and paying it off. Caring for our flock, feeding our lambs, giving our children ministry and caring for the flock of God we have right here. We want to increase our devotion and worship until we can move into waves of glory that we haven’t yet experienced.”
Pastor John will read from Romans 8, 1 John chapter 1 and Philippians chapter 3 as he speaks of the road ahead for Grace Chapel and the city of Tucson, and we continued to Walk in the Spirit and grow in the grace of God.
Romans 8:28-35 NIV
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whoi have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
More Than Conquerors
31What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?