This is Grace.
We are so excited about today, this is truly a milestone for Grace Ministries and I. I never dreamed or truly thought what it would be like 20 years down the when Grace was started. So many times, we live in the moment, without truly understanding the magnitude of the decisions we make. I am so thankful that starting Grace was a GOD decision. The road has been bumpy at times, I wondered, did we do the right thing starting Grace? But as I look back and see all the lives we have been able to minister to, in Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina, North Carolina, Most of the Southern States, California, Texas, Washington DC, Peru, Ecuador, The Dominican Republic, and throughout the world. We have had someone from Grace in over 30 countries and on 6 Continents. We haven’t sent anyone to the penguin community yet at the South Pole. This sounds like the book of Acts to me. Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Grace Ministries is a strong vital Ministry that has been raised up in the last days to be a light unto the world with the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST. We are not your typical American Church. We are thankful that many of you call Grace your home church and we are excited about where we are headed in the years to come should the Coming of the LORD be in the future instead of the immediate. We know GOD has plans for us, more than ever I am ready to embrace those plans, walk in those plans, live those plans and instill those plans into our children and grandchildren. The plans are very simple.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy Godwith all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
The Scripture is compelling us to be 100% committed to JESUS CHRIST. HE does not desire part time children. When you think about it that really is not possible. Your either a child or you are not. When we surrender our life to GOD, we surrender 100% of our life. Every dream, passion, thought, desire, our entire life belongs to HIM. The command is to Love HIM 100%.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
For many people Neighborhood living is a thing of the past. We are no longer limited to a two three block radius. The world is reachable instantly. The world is our neighborhood. We have “Community” living, which has no limits. We can literally communicate globally and have neighbors globally. Neighbors are no longer the same race, occupation, religion, or nationality. We did not come here on the same boat but we are neighbors, our journey to this location is different but we are neighbors, our goals and ambitions are different but we are neighbors. We must find a way look beyond the differences that we have created and that have been created for us and find a way to love people.
Build The Church
[ Psalm 127 ] [ A Song of degrees for Solomon. ] Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
GOD is very specific in instructions on how to build HIS house. In the Old Testament HE gave very detailed instructions on house the Tabernacle would constructed and the material it would be constructed out of. He did the same with the Ark, Solomon’s Temple and how HIS kingdom was to be organized with Moses. GOD is a GOD of detail!
What about the New Testament?
Are there specific instructions on building church buildings? No
Do we have to bring an animal sacrifice? No
Did GOD setup and organize Denominations? No
What do you mean “Build the Church”?
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
You and I are the Church, our bodies are the Temple of GOD. We are a Royal Priesthood, Holy Nation. We have been created in the image and likeness of GOD. HE lives in us when we are born again. Building the Church is literally allowing the HOLY SPIRIT, and The WORD of GOD to live in our body and to flow in and through us. Building the Church is not just an inward growth like a building, but it is an outward flowing like a river.
Our responsibility is to man the temple, one of the ways do that is dying to our self and allowing CHRIST to live in us. Another way is to share HIS love with our world. The principle of giving takes over, the more we give the more HE is at work in and through us. The commands read clear, “go and tell”. The next way we build is by uniting together for the purpose of the Kingdom. When we join together we are ten times stronger.
The church is not the physical structure but Children of GOD. We will maintain the structure and use the structure. But we will live the Church everywhere. We will not limit our self to one day a week at 10, but we will impact our world everyday, all day. We will go beyond walls, structures, and our limitations. Our eyes will be opened to HIS leading and guiding and we will seize every opportunity possible to demonstrate and live CHRIST.
The challenge is very simple, Live the Church, in the book of Acts the church operated outside the walls of a particular building. Grace Ministries is no longer limited to our building, our building will be a place of uniting, celebrating and learning. We will minister to one another and we will train our children, youth and adults. But we will live outside the walls and we will no longer be a structured building church, we will be live flowing church in the world we live.
Pastor Tim Boan