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Grace Church is all about Jesus because we believe that he transforms sinners for the glory of God. That is why we teach and learn from the Bible, grow in our affection for Christ, and love and serve the city of Racine.

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Grace Church is all about Jesus because we believe that he transforms sinners for the glory of God. That is why we teach and learn from the Bible, grow in our affection for Christ, and love and serve the city of Racine.

    A Vision of Heaven - Advent 2022: Worthy is the Lamb

    A Vision of Heaven - Advent 2022: Worthy is the Lamb

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ is meant to motivate and equip us to be mature disciples of Jesus. It also gives us a glorious portrait of Jesus that is meant to encourage us. Last week, we concluded our study of the proclamations to the seven churches. In the proclamations to Philadelphia and Laodicea, we found imagery about doors. This week, we find a door standing open in heaven! In the proclamation to Laodicea, the risen Jesus promised that those who conquer will sit with Him on His throne, as He conquered and sat down with His Father on His throne. This week, we are given a glorious vision of the throne in heaven! On the throne, we find God seated, in control, forever. He is sovereign, not just over all the churches, but over all the cosmos. As we consider what this glorious vision would have meant for the seven churches, we must consider what it means for us. May we join the heavenly chorus in worshiping the One who is holy and worthy, who was and is and is to come!

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    What It Takes to Win - The Son of Man at the Center

    What It Takes to Win - The Son of Man at the Center

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ is meant to motivate and equip us to be mature disciples of Jesus. It also gives us a glorious portrait of Jesus that is meant to encourage us. We have learned a lot in the last seven weeks. So this week we conclude our study of the proclamations to the seven churches by narrowing down our focus. In Revelation 2-3, the phrases “He who has an ear” and “The one who conquers” each are repeated seven times. Such repetition demands our attention. Through careful examination, we will find that only those who truly hear truly conquer. The words of the risen Jesus to the seven churches are words to us as well. Today may we turn to ask ourselves: Do I have ears to hear? Will I be counted among the conquerors?

    To the Church in Laodicea - The Son of Man at the Center

    To the Church in Laodicea - The Son of Man at the Center

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ is meant to motivate and equip us to be mature disciples of Jesus. It also gives us a glorious portrait of Jesus that is meant to encourage us. Last week, we learned about the church in Philadelphia. This week, we continue our study of the proclamations to the seven churches with Laodicea. Here, we find a shocking contrast between this week’s passage and last week’s passage: The One just described as having the power to open and shut (3:7-8) now stands outside the door of one of His churches, knocking and waiting to be let in. In Laodicea, we find a comfortable church whose complacency has rendered them as useless as lukewarm water. Even so, the risen Jesus reminds them of His love for them and calls them to be zealous, repent, and open the door. Might we find our own reflection in the Laodicean church? He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

    To the Church in Philadelphia - The Son of Man at the Center

    To the Church in Philadelphia - The Son of Man at the Center

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ is meant to motivate and equip us to be mature disciples of Jesus. It also gives us a glorious portrait of Jesus that is meant to encourage us. Last week, we learned about the church in Sardis. This week, we continue our study of the proclamations to the seven churches with Philadelphia. Similar to the church in Smyrna, the church in Philadelphia receives no rebuke from the risen Jesus. Instead, Jesus promises to preserve and vindicate them because they have persevered. Although they are small in the eyes of the world, they are greatly loved by Jesus. Although they have but little power, they are promised true security and a fixed identity forever if they will hold fast. The One who opens and shuts has the power to give access to the place of permanent stability: The people of God in the presence of God. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

    To the Church in Sardis - The Son of Man at the Center

    To the Church in Sardis - The Son of Man at the Center

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ is meant to motivate and equip us to be mature disciples of Jesus. It also gives us a glorious portrait of Jesus that is meant to encourage us. Last week, we learned about the church in Thyatira. This week, we continue our study of the proclamations to the seven churches with Sardis. Unlike most of the other churches, the church in Sardis faced no external threat. Their problems came from within. This church was satisfied with the name it had made for itself, but Jesus wanted to give it the right name—an unsoiled name in the eyes of the One who matters most. Through this church, we are challenged to ask ourselves: Would Jesus find us to be alive or dead? Do we cling to the only One who can give us life? He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches: Wake up!

    To The Church in Thyatira - The Son of Man at the Center

    To The Church in Thyatira - The Son of Man at the Center

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ is meant to motivate and equip us to be mature disciples of Jesus. It also gives us a glorious portrait of Jesus that is meant to encourage us. Last week, we learned about the proclamation to the church in Pergamum. This week, we turn our attention to Thyatira. Through this church, we are challenged to consider the ways we might tolerate what we should not. Here we learn that Jesus really cares about the purity of His church—and we should too! The One with eyes like a flame of fire and feet like burnished bronze searches our minds and hearts. Do we keep His works, or the works of the world? He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

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