GRACE outreach teams
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
G.R.A.C.E. is our evangelism ministry at Morningview. It consisting of four outreach teams and one prayer team. Each week, one of our outreach teams goes out into the community, sharing the hope that we have in Christ with those who have visited our church and also with families who are new to the area. It is an excellent opportunity to love our neighbors by telling them about our Savior.
Being a part of our G.R.A.C.E. Team ministry can help to equip you to be able to share the gospel simply, effectively and biblically. We all have fears and weaknesses that make us feel inadequate, but it is important to remember that God delights to show himself strong through weak, but willing believers.
Our teams will go into the community on the first four Sundays of each month from 3:30-5:00. Each of the four G.R.A.C.E. teams go out once a month. If you would like more information about our GRACE ministry or would like to serve on a team, please contact us to let us know!
Our Grace teams use a very simple presentation of the truth of the Gospel, which we summarize by using the letters of the word “GRACE.” You read the “GRACE” outline below:
G is for GOD’S GLORY
God is an infinite Being who is holy, good, and loving. He is the creator and source of all things.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God created us in His image for His own glory, and He rules over us for our good.
Isa 43:6-8 Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.
As our Creator and Ruler, God has given us His law to govern us and to more fully reveal His glory, truth, and love to us.
Josh 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it;
We glorify God by honoring Him, obeying His law, and treasuring Him above all else.
Deut 10:12-13 What does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?
When an inventor creates something, he has patent rights and writes instructions for his creation. Likewise, God “owns” all of creation since he created it. The Bible, which is God’s word, speaks to us with authority since it was written by the one who created us and knows us better than we can ever know ourselves.
R is for REBELLION
Instead of loving, honoring, and obeying God, we have loved ourselves, rebelled against God’s rule, and disobeyed God’s Law. As proof, ask yourself, “Have I kept the 10 commandments perfectly?”
James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
The Bible calls this rebellion Sin. All of us are sinners by nature and by choice. In sin, we all fall short of God’s perfect standard of holiness and we all fail to glorify Him.
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Our sin and rebellion separates us from God, and in accordance with His justice, we become objects of His judgment and wrath.
Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.
Ultimately, our sin leads to death and suffering in a literal place called hell, where sinners are eternally separated from God’s glory.
II Th 1:9 And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
How much poison would it take to make a cup of drinking water tainted? Sometimes things that may seem small can carry large consequences. Our sin carries large consequences with God.
A is for ATONEMENT
It is impossible to save ourselves from death and wrath. So for His own glory, God sent His Son to make atonement for sin. Jesus Christ died on the cross in the sinner’s place, thereby reconciling us to a right relationship with God.
Col 1:22 Yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach
Through His perfect obedience and sinless life, Jesus attained righteousness on the sinner’s behalf.
Rom 5:19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.
Through His sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus paid the penalty that sinners owed.
1 Pet 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
Through His resurrection, Jesus defeated death and provided eternal life for all who believe in Him.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Just as it is not humanly possible to swim from California to Hawaii, or to just jump from the Earth to the Moon, neither is it possible for us to save our selves from the consequences of our own sin.
C is for CONVERSION
First, Admit that you cannot save yourself and that Christ alone is the only way to have your sins forgiven and be reconciled to God.
Isa 64:6 And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.
Second, you must Repent. Repentance is turning away from your love of self and sin and turning toward God and His gracious love displayed through Christ.
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord
Third, you must Believe whole-heartedly in Jesus Christ, surrendering completely to His Lordship over you.
Rom 10:9-10 That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
If God has changed your heart, and you now believe these things to be true, express your faith in God through Prayer:
- Admit your sin and failure to glorify Him
- Affirm that you now rely on Him to save and forgive you based on Christ’s work alone
- Commit to cast off sin and to love, obey, and glorify Him as your Lord
E is for ETERNAL LIFE
If you have truly believed and been born again, you have Eternal Life in Christ.
John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
How will you know that you have indeed received Eternal Life in Christ?
The Bible, and especially the promises of God therein, will become personal to you. You will sense that God is speaking to you through it, and you will have a spiritual hunger and heartfelt desire to study it.
1 Pet 2:2-3 Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
You will have an inner sense of forgiveness, peace, and purpose as a beloved child of God. The presence of the Holy Spirit in you will give you the sense that you have truly come home.
Rom 8:14,16 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God
You will glorify God through changed actions and attitudes. You will sense a revulsion toward sin in your life, you will have a sincere love for God and other Christians, you will share Christ with others, and your life will be characterized by obedience to God and active involvement in a biblical church.
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Just as a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, so also does turning to Christ change the human soul and heart. Christians are new people and are placed into a new life of growth in Christ.
If you have any questions about this we would love to talk with you. Please contact us.