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Welcoming The Way

Psalm 115:1 “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.”

In His wise and loving providence, God has brought Grace Church of Rancho Cucamonga (Grace Rancho) and The Way Bible Fellowship (The Way) together. After prayerfully considering the future of their church, The Way has decided to dissolve and pursue membership with like-minded churches, with many members planning to join Grace Rancho. The leadership of both churches firmly believe God is guiding our steps. Our Father’s future is always best for His children, so we move forward with a commitment to joyfully and humbly trust and obey.

The leadership and members at Grace Rancho lovingly welcome The Way into the church. We believe that every believer possesses unique gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-7) which will enhance the church’s ability to pursue the mission of making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20) in Rancho Cucamonga and around the world. In this, we rejoice.

Practically, The Way will dissolve as a legal entity, all ministries will cease, and members / regular attenders will prayerfully consider joining Grace Rancho. As God leads, those who choose to join with Grace Rancho will:

  • Walk in a manner worthy of their calling, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:1-3)
  • Submit to the leadership of Grace Rancho (Heb. 13:17)
  • Seek to use their gifts for the building up of the body (Eph. 4:12-18)

The leadership at Grace Rancho commits to the following for all those from The Way who become members of Grace Church:

  • Feed (Ezekiel 34:14-15, John 21:17)
  • Lead (Psalm 78:52, Heb. 13:17, 1 Pet. 5:2, Acts 20:28, 1 Cor. 11:1)
  • Know (John 10:14-15, Acts 20:20)
  • Protect (Acts 20:28-29, Matt. 7:15)
  • Pray (Col. 1:9-13, Eph. 1:16-20; 3:14-19)
  • Assess and affirm ministry giftedness (Eph. 4:11-16, Rom. 12:3-8)
  • Confront sin and restore (Matt. 18:15-17, Gal. 6:1)

Collectively, with the authority of our Risen Savior (Eph. 1:20-23), and in the strength of the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), Grace Church will seek to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20). We humbly and earnestly pray that God’s great name be hallowed, and may His kingdom come and will be done in Rancho Cucamonga, surrounding communities, and around the world as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:9-10)

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A Celebration of Motherhood

When Paul described his ministry among the Thessalonians he said he was “gentle, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children” (1 Thess. 2:7). There’s something beautiful about motherhood that everyone, even the most masculine among us, ought to imitate. As we live together as members of this church, we all ought to take on the gentle, nurturing care of a mother. That means we strive to treat one another with warm affection, tenderhearted love, and watchful care. Even Jesus compared his love and care for Jerusalem to a mother hen gathering her chicks under her wings (Matthew 23:37).

On this Mother’s Day, it’s good to remember how valuable motherhood is in the church. Men and women alike need to value God’s design in motherhood. Women are absolutely, unequivocally essential for the health of the church. Mothers, yes, but all women too. We must remember, God gave his first command to rule and subdue the earth to Adam and Eve. Their roles would be different, but they were both essential for playing it out.

So it is in the church today. It may be tempting to think that because men are called to be elders and teachers in the church, that women are not as valuable. This is Satan’s lie. Men and women are equal in dignity, equal in necessity, but different in the roles they were given to play. Adam was called to “work and keep” the garden while Eve was called a “helper.” Both roles were essential.

So on Mother’s Day let’s celebrate that God made women different than men. Let’s celebrate that women tend toward nurturing, caring, and supporting. Men, let’s encourage our women to live out this maternal calling-- at home and in the church. Let’s celebrate the singles who have taken it upon themselves to “mother” a younger generation. Let’s celebrate the empty-nesters who are investing in young mothers with wisdom, grace, and truth. Let’s celebrate God’s grace in motherhood.

Happy Mother’s Day.

 

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Committed to One Another

It is one of the great privileges of my life to be able to be your pastor. I am humbled that God would be so kind to me, giving me this congregation to love and serve and teach and shepherd.

When Pastor Roy announced his retirement there were some difficult decisions to be made. Many of you found yourself in this hard place, wondering what would happen next and whether or not you should stick around.

If you’re here, you decided to hang around. I trust one of the reasons you stayed is you were trusting the Lord to lead this church through the uncertainty. You knew the Lord could bring about the changes necessary to bring this church back to health and viability. If that’s you, I want to commend you, thank you, and encourage you do press on in the Lord.

Everyone here has commitments. First, we’re committed to our Lord Jesus. That’s foremost. Underneath that, we make commitments to one another. As a pastor among you, here are some of my commitments to you.

  • I am committed to love you as well as I can.
  • I am committed to teach and preach God’s Word as best I know how.
  • I am committed to pray regularly for you by name.
  • I am committed to sharing life with you as my new family.
  • I am committed to staying here for the long haul if the Lord wills.

Can I ask you to make some commitments to me as well?

  • Will you pray for me and my family?
  • Will you love and protect my wife and kids?
  • Will you put up with my quirks, missteps, and shortcomings?
  • Will you pray that our church continues to grow toward health, even to the point where we’re making disciples, training leaders, and reaching our community?

It is an immense privilege to be a part of this church. I look forward to gathering with you each Sunday. Please, continue praying for a growing love for Christ, an increasing sense of unity, and a heightening zeal for service. The Lord is worthy.

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