Men and Women of Grace
The last session of Men/Women of Grace will take place this Sunday at 11am. Pastor Eugene encourages all to attend as we devote this session to praying for one another.
Over the past 10 months, a number have attended the Men/Women of Grace class to learn what the Bible has to say about biblical manhood and womanhood. The class focused on four main areas: God’s design for men and women, marriage, singleness, and men and women serving the church.
God is calling us to live distinct lives as His redeemed people. But often, it is precisely in these areas that we may struggle to faithfully follow Jesus. The world has very different ideas about how men and women should live. So obeying Christ means pushing back against the swelling tide of worldly wisdom, culture, traditions and values.
This is not easy. Our hearts have trouble turning away from the seemingly compelling pull of the world’s ways. Take marriage, for example. God calls husbands to love their wives with the same self-sacrificial love that they have freely received from Christ. God is therefore calling me, as a husband, to die to myself—my pride, self-centredness, and self-interest. God wants me to be a living sacrifice for my wife’s sake, and to make my marriage about God’s name, not my own. My heart, however, is pulled towards making my marriage all about me—my happiness, my desires, my comfort. The world encourages me to make my life revolve around me. It is no wonder that we find it hard to live for Christ as men and women, whether single or married.
We all need God’s help. We are men and women of grace only by relying on the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. Paul reminds us of this power in Colossians 3:1-3: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Therefore we must pray. For this reason, we will spend our final Men/Women of Grace session praying for the men and women of Grace Baptist Church. Prayer is an expression of our dependence and confidence in God. Because God has raised us to new life with Christ, we can rely on him to help us live for his glory.
So join us for the Men/Women of Grace class at 11am this Sunday. Let’s come together to pray Colossians 1:9-12 for the single and married men and women of GBC. May God grant us grace to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (v. 10a)!
At our Sunday service, we will hear from 1 John 4:13-21 about how God works in us to enable us to love one another. Do pray for Pastor Ian as he prepares to preach God’s word to us.
We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together. Please prepare to come to the table by examining the health of our relationships with one another. May God help us to eat and drink in joyful unity and thankfulness!