Monday, July 03, 2006

Grace Church Update - July 2006

Grace Church A Community in CHRIST
Memphis, TN

"...And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:14

It's great to be in Memphis! Our move signifies yet another confirming evidence that God is proving His eternal pleasure for Grace Church to exist. We are swimming in the wake of His purposes to establish another testimony for His name in the Mid-South. Grace Church--from God's perspective--has been in the plans all along. Having our spiritual senses awakened to join Him in this much-needed work is deeply humbling, and totally invigorating. Thank you all for praying God-sized prayers with us.

We are called to the city. We want to live among the people God has called us to reach. My family moved to downtown Memphis exactly two weeks ago. We followed Bryan's family who moved to the area about two weeks prior. Lord willing Nathan's family will soon join us in this area also. Typing this paragraph is an almost surreal experience. Realizing that it was exactly three years ago this month that I began seeking the Lord's face with these brothers about church planting makes my heart swell with wonder. This city, these people, this home--it is all sweet Providence!

Although Grace Church will not begin hosting Interest Meetings until September, there is much to be done today. Our move was designed to give us a window of time before meetings ensue to get to know people who live and work in downtown. Our heart's desire is to forge relationships with many, to learn from those doing ministry in the city, and Lord willing, be used by God to lead people to saving faith in Jesus Christ. There are so many strong ministries in downtown Memphis, and we have no hallucinations that we are God's secret weapon to reaching this city. We look to join these believers in bringing glory to God by treasuring Jesus Christ and spreading His eternal joy. Please pray with us (now) for God to give us favor with those who live, work, and minister in the city.

In Christ, John 3:30
Jordan, Bryan, Nathan

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