This week around 10,000 pastors and church leaders from around the world will gather in Louisville to celebrate the gospel and worship our Savior. Jason Briggs, one of our faithful community group leaders here at SGC Louisville, put together the following list of prayers that we can lift up on behalf of those attending, serving, and preaching at the event. ---------...Keep Reading
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In the exciting early months of a church plant, the temptation is strong to generate a lot of activity - to identify leaders, to position people for ministry - to get people going! Weâ€™ve tried to resist this temptation, and as a result our focus has been quite simple: pray diligently, focus on the Sunday meeting (and especially the preaching of the Word), build relationships, and reach out to non-believers - and these are priorities which wonâ€™t change over time....
A few weeks ago, Jeff wrote about our enthusiastic commitment to gospel-mission (Keeping our Minds on the Mission Beyond). A love for Christâ€™s glory compels us to open our eyes and hearts to share the good news about our Savior. Opportunities abound across borders and overseas. And they also abound â€œacross the street.â€ As a local church we have the joyful opportunity to pray for both - and to engage in both. As we think about playing our part to reach Louisville, letâ€™s pray that our church would be marked by a loving concern for Christâ€™s glory and the lost. And letâ€™s take faith-filled steps....
"Prayer is certainly one of the hardest tasks in the Christian life though it is also one of its greatest privileges. Perhaps the hardest part of prayer is just to begin praying at all." (Tim Kerr) Join us on Sundays during the month of April to learn more about this easy-to-neglect topic of prayer. As people who are dependent on God, we are people who should be characteri...Keep Reading
This post is a selection from the prophet Isaiah poetically describing the depths of Christ's sacrifice many years before the events took place. Allow this to fuel gratitude for the suffering Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ. ...Keep Reading
With all the preaching and writing about the atonement that we see in evangelicalism, isn’t there a danger that the resurrection will get lost? ...Keep Reading
In the book of Acts there seems to be a greater emphasis on Christ’s resurrection than the cross. Shouldn’t we follow the early church’s example and emphasize the resurrection over the cross? (Issue: Proportionality in biblical interpretation) Interpreters of the book of Acts have long recognized the centrality ...Keep Reading
In the busy-ness of everyday life, it's easy to let Easter sneak up on us without much thought, preparation, or meditation. Despite its centrality, we can sometimes treat it as an after thought or just another Sunday. But whether we recognize it or not and whether we prepare for it or not, the fact remains that the events we remember during the Easter season are of pre-emi...Keep Reading
It’s through union with Christ’s resurrection that we have been raised to walk in new spiritual life. If we talk about the cross so much, won’t we end up focusing only on sin and ignoring this important aspect of the Christian life? Doesn’t a focus on the resurrection lead us to a more holy, victorious Ch...Keep Reading
Sovereign Grace churches and leaders often use the phrase “cross-centered.” Doesn’t this phrase lead to an overemphasis on the cross and a neglect of the resurrection? (Issue: neglecting the resurrection). ...Keep Reading
Christ has been raised, and so both the cross and the grave are now empty. In light of this, isn’t it wrong to focus on a crucified Savior when, after all, we serve a living Christ? (Issue: distorting Christ’s identity)...Keep Reading
At the center of the narrative in Markâ€™s Gospel, there are two provoking questions that serve to clarify the true identity of Jesus. Is he just a prophet or is he Godâ€™s messiah and anointed deliverer? In Mark 8:27-30, the Messiahship of Jesus is magnified: he is the Christ, the anointed one, and the king! As readers of this narrative, we are challenged to ...Keep Reading
Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 8:10-26....Keep Reading
During the Sunday sermon, C.J. read two excellent quotes....Keep Reading
This Sunday, C.J. preached from Mark 7:31-37, expounding on the story of Jesusâ€™s healing of a deaf and mute man in the Decapolis. In this sermon, we encounter the power of God in Christ and the coming of his kingdom. Below is an outline and summary of C.J.â€™s sermon entitled: A Beautiful, Unusual Miracle....Keep Reading
Sermon quotes from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 7:14-23...Keep Reading
On Sunday C.J. introduced our church's first gospel series in Mark. Let's pray that in this season we will see and behold the beauty of our Savior and King. And sermon quotes, like the following, will be provided not only stir your memory but inspire your own study of the Gospel according to Mark....Keep Reading
This past Sunday, we had the joy of concluding our meeting by participating together in the Lord's Supper. Jeff's comments served to remind us what a significant meal this is for every Christian. So if you were out of town or serving in SovGrace Kids, we wanted you to be encouraged by his comments....Keep Reading