November 19th News: Follow Me– Salt & Light/Problem & Purpose

November 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: Follow Me

Message: Salt & Light/Problem & Purpose

This week we will continue to ponder what Jesus was saying when he told his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.”

We discovered that salt can represent purity, flavor, purification, thirst, and preservation. We have also seen that light comes from Jesus, and should be intentionally visible to everyone- to bring clarity, order, direction, and safety.

This week we will see the problem Jesus identifies in this passage and the purpose of being salt and light in the first place.

To prepare, read Matthew 5:13-16.

I also want to thank Michael and Tasha Hasty for opening their home for our potluck brunch after the service last week. It was a great tie with great people and great food!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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G2F Bible Study

We will not meet for Bible study this week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Prayer Ministry

Do you need prayer? Our prayer ministry wants to pray for you! Look for Prayer Request cards by the offering basket. Fill one out and put it in the offering basket– or find the prayer table after the service and pray with someone.

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November 12th News: Follow Me– Light

November 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: Follow Me

Message: Light

This week we will continue to ponder what Jesus was saying when he told his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.”

We discovered that salt can represent purity, flavor, purification, thirst, and preservation.

What about light? What was Jesus telling his disciples to be and do?

To prepare, read Matthew 5:13-16.

I also want to remind you that we are having a potluck brunch after the service from 11:30-1:00 at the Hasty’s (2636 Wimbledon Pt Dr.)! Bring something to share if you can and enjoy being together.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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G2F Bible Study

We meet on Tuesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Haupt’s home (1317 Conrad Lane, Virginia Beach)

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Prayer Ministry

Do you need prayer? Our prayer ministry wants to pray for you! Look for Prayer Request cards by the offering basket. Fill one out and put it in the offering basket– or find the prayer table after the service and pray with someone.

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November 5th News: Follow Me– Salt

November 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: Follow Me

Message: Salt

Last week we heard Jesus tell us that we are salt and light for a decaying and dark world.

Now, we’ll unpack those words a bit to understand what Jesus is really saying. This week, we will focus on what he means by the word salt.

To prepare, read Matthew 5:13-16.

I also want to remind you to bring in your shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child (along with $9 for the shipping if you are able). SUNDAY IS THE DEADLINE!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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G2F Bible Study

We meet on Tuesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Haupt’s home (1317 Conrad Lane, Virginia Beach)

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Prayer Ministry

Do you need prayer? Our prayer ministry wants to pray for you! Look for Prayer Request cards by the offering basket. Fill one out and put it in the offering basket– or find the prayer table after the service and pray with someone.

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Follow Me: Salt & Light– The Premise

October 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: Follow Me

Message: Salt & Light-The Premise

Jesus tells his disciples that they are to be salt and light in a decaying and dark world

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October 22,  2017| Part 7: Sacred Delight| Sermon | Virginia Beach Church | Right Click This Link To Download Audio

October 29th News: Follow Me– Salt & Light

October 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: Follow Me

Message: Salt & Light

This week we get to look at a pretty interesting and relevant topic. This week, we tackle the question: Why are we here?

Actually, Jesus tells us why in our passage. I believe we will see our lives in a whole new way as we discover what Jesus calls us to do and how to do it.

To prepare, read Matthew 5:13-16. You’ve probably read these words before, but they are tremendously significant.

I also want to remind you to bring in your shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child (along with $9 for the shipping if you are able). This is a great opportunity to be salt and light!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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G2F Bible Study

We meet on Tuesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Haupt’s home (1317 Conrad Lane, Virginia Beach)

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Prayer Ministry

Do you need prayer? Our prayer ministry wants to pray for you! Look for Prayer Request cards by the offering basket. Fill one out and put it in the offering basket– or find the prayer table after the service and pray with someone.

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Salt & Light

July 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A couple of weeks ago, I preachsalted on Matthew 5: 13-16. In this passage, Jesus tells his followers that they are “the salt of the earth” and :”the light of the world”. He doesn’t say you need to learn to be saltier or brighter– he says “you are”.

I think this is a huge thing that Christians need to begin to understand more completely. We are salt and light– not because of what we do, but because of who we are. We are salt and light– not because of our actions, but because of our identity. We are salt and light because Jesus lives in us and he is now our life.

I would say that many Christians (and me for the first 14 years of my Christian walk) think that they need to gain knowledge to be salt and light in the world. So, they go to the church and study, and worship, and take classes, and join groups, and go to retreats… This is all good stuff– but there is a danger that we will live our Christian life separated from the earth and world (instead of being salt and light in the world).candle-flame-1-ajhd

To illustrate the point, I read a portion of an ancient document. It is called the Epistle to Diognetus and was written around 20-30 years after John the Apostle died (around 120AD). It answers a question that was raised during the time as to why Christianity was spreading so fast– why was Christianity impacting the Roman world so strongly.

Here is the explanation the author gives (and with it, a great illustration of what it means to be salt and light in the world):

Christians busy themselves on earth, but their citizenship is in heaven. They live in their own native lands but they live as aliens for every foreign country is to them as their native lands and every native land is a s their foreign country.

 They marry and have children but they do not kill unwanted babies.

 They share their table with everyone, but they don’t share their bed with everyone.

 They love everyone but are persecuted by all. They are poor and make many rich; they are short of everything and yet have plenty of everything.

 They are treated outrageously but behave respectfully. They are mocked and blessed in return. When they do good, they are attacked. When they are attacked, they rejoice as if being given new life.

 

Do you think God still wants his people to be salt and light?

Do you think the world needs some salt (that which preserves and adds flavor) and light these days?

You probably answered “yes” to both of these questions. If so, then I’ll ask another…

Are you willing to leave the safety and comfort of the church to be salt and light to the world?

People are waiting for us. They need the Jesus we need and love.

June 27th News

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we will conclude our discussion on How Is the Church Going?

For the last 3 weeks, we have been talking about how to evaluate a church. It isn’t as easy as you might expect. Most of the times we will either consciously or subconsciously fall back on these 4 criteria:

1) How many people are coming?

2) What’s happening? (programs/ministries)

3) Are the people happy?

4) Is the church financially stable?

As we studied these things, we discovered that they are not a very good gauge in the spiritual world (they are good for the physical world). In fact, they are not even Biblical!

So, how do we answer the question How Is the Church Going?— because it’s important. What are the things we can look at and think about?

There are probably a lot of  things we could look at, but this week I just want to focus on a couple. I found them in the Gospel of Matthew and they are part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon, Jesus covers a lot of territory– but one of the thsaltings he talks about is what his disciples/followers will be like:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

(Matthew 5:13-16)

What does Jesus mean here? And how does that help us answer questions about the effectiveness of  a church?

Good questions– come Sunday and find out!

Check out the “announcements” below…

Grace and peace,

Doug

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What’s Happening at Grace2F…

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Hilltop Community church has invited anyone interested to join them for a day at the beach for a church picnic. Bring games, sunscreen, any food you want, a towel and a smile. There may even be a surf board or two to try out.

When: June 27, 2:00pm–6:00pm

Where: 78th Street beach access.

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Russell House Ministry Opportunity

Right across the street from our church is a HUD housing project for Senior Citizens in the Virginia Beach area. It is called Russell House and they are in need of some loving, caring helping hands.

Russell House has received some government stimulus money and are renovating the 112 (ish) apartments in their facility. This will include re-doing all the kitchens.elderly20ladies

As you might guess, as nice as this is, it is a bit of a challenge to prepare the residents for the renovation. Each kitchen must be emptied for the demolition and then items returned after the renovation. The folks there need some help to make this happen.

If you are interested in joining the team from Grace family Fellowship, let me know (doug.haupt@grace2f.org)  Here is the basic information… We will be learning how this will work best as we go.

WHEN:The renovation begins the week of July 12th and will continue through February. Volunteers could help during days or evenings. We have a meeting time scheduled for Wednesday July 7th at  10:00am at Russell House to introduce ourselves and our services (how we can help them) to the first group of residents to get “renovated”.

WHAT: Packing up the kitchen for a resident. Boxes will be provided. The items will need to be placed in another space in the resident’s apartment. You may need to work with the resident to keep necessary items available (the construction will be a 2 day process). After the renovation is complete, you will return and “set-up” the new kitchen.

WHAT DO YOU NEED:Basically a heart to love and serve. I do not believe that this will be physically demanding. A big part of what we are doing is walking with someone through a process that could be a bit confusing or disruptive. You will probably need patience.

WHO: You; your friends; your kids. Any one. Any students will need to have an adult supervising– but I think this is a great opportunity for our kids to brighten a senior’s day/week/month/year.

I don’t know how much we can help– but I do know that this is a way we can impact our community in a very tangible way.