Grace Community Church
We Are Focused (Acts 15:1-4)
Big Idea: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
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  • Grace Community Church
    9755 N La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85742, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM

New Sermon Series Starts Today - Real BIG Community

What makes a church a real big community?
Growth and change are inevitable parts of life, but they aren't always easy. That's true in our own lives, as well as the life of the Church. What started with Jesus and a cluster of just 12 men grew quickly into thousands as the Church began. They submitted themselves to God and His mission, and God blessed their work. A group, once very much alike, now included people very different from themselves. While some were more open to change, others were not, and conflict arose.
Acts 15 is an incredible chapter of the Bible that tells the story of how growth and change bless us all, if we are open to it. Within this story are a few good principles that can help us walk through times of change and embrace what God has planned for us, as well. How do you navigate seasons of growth and change in your life? As God continues to grow our community at Grace, how can we stay open to what God is doing? It takes all of us to make a kingdom difference. Join us as we dig into Acts 15 and learn how early Christians worked through their own growing pains together in order to fulfill God's plan for the Church.
Proverbs 29:18a (KJV)

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Proverbs 29:18 (MSG)

If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed.
Acts 15:1-2 (NLT)

While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently. Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
To stay focused and keep the main thing the main thing, the leaders of the early church:

1. Decided to work through their questions together.
Acts 15:2b-3a (NLT)

Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question. 3 The church sent the delegates to Jerusalem, and they stopped along the way in Phoenicia and Samaria to visit the believers.

2. Celebrated how the "main thing" was happening.
Acts 15:3b (NLT)

They told them—much to everyone’s joy—that the Gentiles, too, were being converted.

3. Prioritized making everyone feel welcome.
Acts 15:4 (NLT)

When they arrived in Jerusalem, Barnabas and Paul were welcomed by the whole church, including the apostles and elders. They reported everything God had done through them.

My Next Step

How is God calling me to be more focused on the "main thing" in my life? In my church? Click here to take one step closer to Christ today.
For my personal time with God this week:

[#1] Read Acts 15, paying special attention to verses 1-5. If you have been a Christian for a significant portion of your life, can you think of some of the extra-biblical rules or behavioral expectations that others tried to impose upon you? Why? Were they damaging (how)?
[#2] Read Proverbs 29:18. Can you think of any ways you have lacked (or do lack) vision in your life? Is there a “main thing” God has told you to focus on in your life that should stay more important than all else? How are you doing with it lately?
[#3] Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, which speaks to the changes we encounter in life. What changes have been hardest for you so far in your life, and why? What types of change do you most tend to resist rather than embrace? Why?

How can we pray for you?

Our Grace prayer team is ready to join with you in prayer for whatever concerns you have. We take your requests seriously and would be honored to stand with you as you bring your concerns before our heavenly Father. Click here to submit a prayer request. All submissions are kept confidential unless you request otherwise.

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