growing with christ at grace christian church

We believe that God’s desire for each of us is that we grow and flourish in our relationship with Him, and that we become the best versions of ourselves. When this happens, everybody wins.

Our only job in the process of becoming the best version of ourselves is staying connected to God. We can do that in a number of ways, and that part is ours. We create the conditions for transformation to happen and God does the transforming work.

John 7:37-39

God’s plan is for our daily life to be given, guided, guarded, and energized by His grace. Our Father doesn’t just want us to be saved by grace – He wants us to live by grace. The only way to become the person God made us to be is to live with the Spirit of God flowing through us like a river of living water – not by following a bunch of rules or trying harder. Experiencing the flow of the Spirit is what makes us come alive, and when the Spirit flows in us, He gives us the power to become the person God designed us to be. When we open to God and make ourselves available to Him, God transforms us. Guaranteed.

As we go about our lives, we will either do things that open us to the Spirit’s influence or we will do things that close us off from the Spirit of God. So our hope is that everyone at Grace become more intentional about creating the kinds of conditions in our lives that help us deepen our growth and transformation in the following three areas:

1. Christ-likeness
2. Compassion
3. Community

For resources in the three areas above please select the associated blue tabs above)

As you consider making a commitment to grow, click on each of the links above to discover some practical ways in which you can open yourself to God’s transforming grace and invite Him to show you the way.

Remember: transformation is a work of God’s Spirit, and our part is to put ourselves in a position to grow and to develop a plan to make ourselves available to the transforming Spirit of God.

As we seek to grow more and more like the one we follow, we hope you will join us. It is an adventure we can experience together and share with one another every step of the way.

LENT

Lent: A Season of Renewal

A week by week guide to Lent
Lent 2016 Lent 2017


SCRIPTURE READING

Online Bibles

Different Features and Helpful Applications
Visit Faith Life Visit Bible Gateway

Bible Reading Plans

Different Ways to Read Through the Bible
Download New Life Fellowship Bible Year Visit American Bible Visit Bible Gateway’s Reading Plans Visit Bible Study Tools Visit Ligonier’s Reading Plan

Lectio Divina

Scripture Meditation
Visit Examen.me Visit Carmelite Order Visit WordLive

Revised Common Lectionary

Selected Scripture Reading/Changes Weekly
View Lectionary Calendar

Devotional Time

3-5 Minute Guided Devotional Reflection
View Daily Online Prayers View Today’s Devotional View Daily Devotionals Visit Sacred Space


SOLITUDE & SILENCE

Journal Keeping

Online Spiritual Journals
Visit Examen.me Visit Penzu’s Spiritual Journal

Practicing Silence

Practical Instructions for Becoming Quiet
Downoad New Life’s Practicing Silence PDF

Centering Prayer

Simple, Focused Reflection
Download Our Centering Prayer PDF Visit Contemplative Outreach

Devotional Thoughts

Simple Reflections for Each Day
Visit Inward Outward


SPIRITUAL READING

Recommended Reading

Spiritual Resources to Help You Grow in Your Faith
View New Lift Fellowship’s Resources

Grace Library

Spiritual Resources to Help You Grow in Your Faith

Top 10 Monthly Picks

Grace Leadership Book Recommendations


PRAYER & MEDITATION

Pray as You Go

Visit Pray as You Go

Examen

Review of the Past 24 Hours
Download Our Meditation Guidelines

Divine Hours/Fixed Hour of Prayer

Morning, Noon, and Evening Prayers
Visit Explore Faith

Confession

The Daily Office

Morning, Noon, & Evening Prayers
Visit NTC’s Morning Prayers Visit Common Prayer

Guided Prayer

With and Without Music to Accompany Selected Prayers
Listen to a Prayer of Gratitude Visit Abide

24/7 Prayer Resources

Prayer Resources

SABBATH KEEPING

The Gift of Sabbath (Lenten Guide)

Instruction for Honoring the Sabbath
Download New Life’s Sabbath Booklet PDF


ENNEAGRAM

Ennegram Links

Visit Enneagram Institute Rule of Life

DAILY

Divine Appointments

Ask God to bring people into your life who need compassion, right here, right now.


WEEKLY

Feeding the Hungry

Daily Opportunities Through Bread of Life Ministry at Grace

Grace Cares Ministry

One-on-One Caring Ministry
Visit Our Grace Cares Ministry

Tutor.Mentor/Teach At Risk Youth

Contact Grace Office for Ongoing Needs
Aslan Youth

Visitation

Nursing Homes, Group Homes Shut-Ins, Hospital
Contact Grace Christian Church

Prayer Ministry

Weekly Opportunities to Pray and Be Prayed For
Visit Our Relationships Page


MONTHLY/QUARTERLY

Help Homeless Families

Quarterly Opportunities to Help Host Homeless Families.
Visit Family Promise

Visit an Inmate

Monthly Opportunities to Visit Inmates at Rahway State Prison.
Visit Our Father’s Persistant Love Minitry

HIV/AIDS Outreach

Monthly Opportunities to Help Cook/Host Meals
The Center


WEEKLY

Attend Worship Service

Sunday Worship Service
Visit Our Service Page

Join a Small Group

A Chance to Connect with Others on the Journey

Visit Our Groups Page

Find a Place to Serve

Using Your Gifts and talents to Be a Blessing to Others
Download Opportunities to Give Back PDF Visit Our Serving Page

Give Back

Making Worthwhile Investments in the Kingdom of God
Visit Our Giving Page

Call or Text and Check on a Friend
Share a Meal / Make a Meal for a Friend


MONTHLY

Take a Class

Ongoing Opportunities for Growing With Others
Download Opportunities to Give Back PDF

Attend Activities at Grace

Download Opportunities to Give Back PDF

QUARTERLY / ANNUALLY

Leadership Summit

Simulcast in Ocean Grove
Visit Willow Creek