Watch the Video Announcement. This year, we are looking for ways to serve locally. This trimester, we are focused on the Good News. This past year, we spent time with the vulnerable and our neighbors, and now we are working on sharing the Good News. God has asked us to bear witness to his goodness! This page can now become a resource for us to grow in our ability to share our testimony and the Gospel.

Remember, we still have a vibrant calendar of events! These include training and various ministry engagements designed to cater to a diverse range of personalities and abilities. We value your participation and look forward to seeing you engage as a church body as we grow together in our ability to share our testimony and the Good News.

Worksheets/Trainings

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…

1 Peter 3:15

As followers of Christ, we are called to be witnesses.  Our testimony is a very valuable part of who we are because it highlights the work that Jesus has done in our lives.  It is his glory story.  How much time have you worked on crafting your story?  Can you share it quickly and powerfully in a minute?  How about sharing the Gospel?  Are you comfortable sharing the best news on the face of the planet?  It’s okay if you can’t; as a community, we are committing to working together to get stronger in these areas.  In our faithfulness, God will produce the fruit.

Your Story WorksheetAvailable HERE.

Gospel Quick Reference WorksheetAvailable HERE.

How to record your testimony video at home – TBA

GIA Trainings:

  • Why I believe, Live Virtual Event by Dr. Henry Cloud on June 18th at 4 pm
  • Join us for the Gospel Conversations Training after the second service on June 30th or July 21st
  • After the Alpha Interest Meeting on July 2nd, there will be two trainings, TBA
  • Story Training Community Roundtable on August 3rd.  Refine your story and encourage one another.
  • Safar Discipleship one-on-one demonstration on August 25th.

Digital Witness Opportunities

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

 

The Lord Jesus is the King of all,  and He has called us to witness and share the Good News.  In this digital age, we acknowledge that many people are turning to their phones and internet browsers to seek answers to life’s biggest questions.  But we firmly believe that Jesus is King overall, even in the digital realm.  With this conviction, we strive to extend our witness and share the Gospel online, aligning our efforts with His divine mission.

Digital Witness: A church in Ethiopia had 100 members.  They recorded their testimonies and put them up on YouTube, with a phone number to the church if anyone had questions.  After a time, 184 people came to faith from watching the videos and joined the church.  The church nearly tripled.  As a church, we are going to capture as many video testimonies as we possibly can.  Why? There are two reasons: First, we want to encourage each other with the work that God has done in our lives, and second, we want to encourage each other through the work that God has done in our lives.  We will strengthen each other; even after someone passes, we can still hear their testimony in their own words.  Second, we are called to share, and in this day and age, if we share it once in a video, it can be viewed as many times as God wants it!  You can be a witness 24 hours a day online.  You can share your faith across the globe and when you are asleep.  As we are faithful, God will be glorified, and he will produce fruit.

  • We will spend time working on our stories at home and in person with each other, and then the church will have time to come in and record your story.  Sign-ups are coming soon.
  • If you want, we will provide “Do it at home” video instructions. Coming soon…
  • EXAMPLE
  • Once the videos are done, we will post them to YouTube, and you’ll have access to them to post on your social media as you see fit.  We will then use some of them to help invite people to Alpha.

Groundwire:  What is a ministry is intentionally posting advertisements and videos that cause the younger generations to reach out online, and Christians are there on their computers, ready to answer their honest questions.  That is the ministry of Groundwire.  Last year, Grace sponsored one day of their work (Aug. 6th), and 4,228,335 people heard the message, and 1,516 people professed faith in Jesus Christ.  The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

  • Read Groundwire’s Handbook for practical tips on sharing the gospel in person or online.
  • Visit their website
  • Become a volunteer from the comfort of your own home to help share the gospel with people who are searching. Inquire HERE.

Alpha

Watch a Promo Video HERE. Info Meeting July 2nd @ 7PM

Alpha is a series of seven sessions exploring questions about life, faith, God, and meaning. It’s a space where no question is off the table, and you can process these questions alongside others. Each week, one key question about the Christian faith is emphasized, and the session includes a short talk, dinner, and discussion with others.

Alpha is for anyone and everyone who has questions about the Christian faith. No matter where you find yourself with faith, God, or church – you are welcome to join us!

Each night consists of dinner and a short video on a topic or question, followed by a small group discussion about that topic. The small group time is a chance to process, ask questions, express doubts or confusion & learn from other people’s experiences and perspectives. Here’s a rough timeline:

  • 6:30-7:00 | Dinner (sharing a meal is a great way to bring people together)
  • 7:00-7:30 | Video/Talk (hear a short talk centered around questions pertaining to the Christian faith)
  • 7:30-8:30 | Discussion (share questions, doubts, and thoughts on the topic in a small group)

This will launch in mid-September.  Make sure to attend the information meeting on Aug 6th  and the follow-up training for those who want to help out.

Resources

We are all called to be a good witness and spread the Gospel.  But we could all use help to get better and more comfortable sharing the greatest news of all time!  Below are some resources (some free and some not) that will help you take steps forward and grow in your discipleship of Jesus.

Book: Why I Believe, by Dr. Henry Cloud.  You may purchase it HERE.

Scriptures: Plusnothing.com is committed to giving away ten million copies of “The Life and Teachings of Jesus of Nazareth,” the compilation of all the scriptures in linear form.  This is a great resource and we have a bunch in the lobby, or grab a few to give away online, it’ll cost you nothing!

Engagement Booklet: Understanding and Influencing the Younger Generation for Christ digital booklet.  We are working on getting a few printed to give away from Groundwire.

Discipleship App:  Download Safar, the one-on-one discipleship app that strengthens young believers to learn about major aspects of Christianity.

Discover Bible Study: Are you looking to start a Bible Study in your neighborhood with curious neighbors? Then DBS is a great way to take Seekers and watch them grow into Believers. Click HERE for all the help you’ll need, in addition to prayer and the Spirit’s prompting.  Join the growing discipleship-making movement.

Worksheets: We have provided worksheets in the first drop down menu (see worksheets/trainings) to help you work through your testimony and how you share the gospel.  We highly recommend you attend the many trainings also listed!

Calendar

July 21st – Gospel Conversations Training, 12:15 pm.  Sign up HERE. Lunch Provided.

July 21st – Serve Night @ The Bridge Shelter, 6 pm – 8 pm. Sign up HERE.

August 3rd – Story Training @ Grace, 2-4 pm. Sign up HERE.

VIDEO RECORDING DAYS, Saturdays in August from 9:30-2 pm. Filmed by Luke Lawrence.

August 6th – Alpha Interest Meeting @ Grace, 7 pm. Sign up HERE.

August 22nd – Alpha Training @ Saddleback Anaheim (Next to Angel Stadium) @ 6 pm. Sign up HERE.

Alpha Training 2 @ The Callaghans (TBA)

August 10th, 17th and 24th. Video Recording Days  Sign UP for your 15-minute window HERE.

August 25th – Safar Discipleship App demo by Elam @ Grace, Noon.  Sign up HERE. Lunch Provided.

ALPHA LAUNCH – Mid-September with Home Groups. 6:30 pm

October 20th – Groundwire Day.  Pray!  Learn more about it under Digital Witnesses Opportunities above.

For the groups or people looking to bring one meal a month to the foster cottages, sign up HERE.