Resources from Grand Parkway Staff | Week of April 26, 2020

People of the Parkway,
I want to encourage you to take just a few minutes to explore the resources provided below.  There is something for everyone so don't miss what might be for you.

Wade Burgess
Executive Pastor

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New Missions Partner. Open this link to get a glimpse at our newest mission partnership and find out why we will be traveling to Portland, OR next year.

Social distancing is only one barrier to building a strong community. Another barrier to building a strong community is faulty thinking. Many people wrongly believe that, by receiving help from someone, they are inconveniencing the person helping them. Robert Thune and Will Walker expose this lie in their book The Gospel-Centered Community.

The person who trusts in the false god of approval thinks things like, “I’ll be happy if people never see me as an inconvenience or feel like I’m making demands of them. I don’t want to be perceived as a needy person.” According to Thune and Walker, a person who thinks this way is believing three lies:

Lie about God: I’m probably an inconvenience to Him.
Lie about self: I’m not worth people’s time and attention.
Lie about others: They would probably reject or resent me if I “needed” them.

In light of all that’s going on with the coronavirus, don’t be a barrier to community—give others the opportunity to love you in Jesus’ name.

In 2 Peter 3:18, we are told to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Said differently, we are to “learn” Jesus. Yes, we are to learn information about Jesus. But more than that, we are to learn His ways. In their book, The Vine Project, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne describe learning Jesus like playing golf… 

This makes “learning Christ” more like learning to play golf than learning times tables. It is the kind of knowledge that must be lived and practiced, or else it has not really been learned at all.

This is one of the reasons Paul insists to Titus that any elders he appoints must be people not only of good doctrine but good character and lifestyle—because if an elder is not like this, he has not grasped the meaning and significance of the “trustworthy word” that has been entrusted to him. He would be like a golf pro who had read countless instruction books and watched endless YouTube videos, who looked the part and could talk the lingo, but who was actually lousy at golf. Until he plays, and plays well, it is nonsense to say that he has “learned golf,” let alone that he is competent to teach anyone else.

Men, how much effort do you spend learning Jesus? How much time do you spend reading and mulling over God’s word and praying for yourself, your family and others?

Sometimes it’s easier to think about it in terms of passion or desire. I enjoy playing golf, but it’s not my passion; therefore, I only play a few times a year, and my score has never really improved. However, I have some friends who love the game of golf and have practiced and studied the game, and as a result, they have learned to play it very well. In fact, for them, learning golf only fuels them to learn more about the game, to the point that it seems to consume them.

Men, we need to be consumed with learning Jesus.

The women of our church have been challenged to read the story of what happened after the Resurrection! As I mentioned in last week’s Resource Newsletter, the days after Jesus ascended back to Heaven were critical days for the brand new Church. Jesus’ followers were in the midst of an upheaval of their faith, trying to sort out how they would gather, how they would be structured, and how they would endure persecution. What a strengthening exercise for us to read how the early Church got things sorted in the midst of this upheaval. 

Join me in a slow and steady reading of the book of Acts, which is the book in the Bible that tells the story of the early Church and the spread of Christianity. Even if you’re just now joining us, it won’t take long to catch up! Today, we are on day ten of the 42-day reading plan for the book of Acts. You can find the reading plan HERE. Our spiritual forefathers and mothers have a lot to teach us about dealing with times of uncertainty, conflict and fear. Jump in!

For all parents: This Sunday, we will be having small groups using Zoom for 5th–12th grade. They can join the meeting by clicking the link below, and they will be put into their small groups from there. Our hope is that this helps the students stay connected to each other and their small group leaders. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 890 6765 3186
Password: 368501

Reading plans: We’ve invited and challenged your student to join us in Bible reading plans. You can download the free He Reads Truth or She Reads Truth in your app store and sign up for this plan. We are still studying the book of Philippians. The letter to the Philippians is Paul’s warmest and most personal epistle. Paul wrote to the church at Philippi while he was imprisoned in Rome, thanking them for the kindness they showed him and sharing a surprising truth—despite his chains, he’d found a reason to rejoice. Suffering can be expected in the Christian life, but because Jesus humbled Himself by becoming human and dying for our sins, we can rejoice in all circumstances. This is the message that permeates the book of Philippians. Join us for this two-week reading plan, as we encounter the Savior who makes this unexpected, unrestrained joy possible.

For parents of Students: As you know, our church’s Sunday worship service is now being streamed on YouTube at 10:00am. The discussion for this week’s Zoom meeting will be based on that day’s sermon.

For your Student: As we continue social distancing and being unable to meet in person, keep a look out on our social media for ways to engage with us. Reach out to us and your small group leaders. We miss you guys and want to hear from you!

For Bridge parents: Currently with Bridge students, we’re working our way through the Old Testament. We will be discussing this story more during our small group Zoom meeting, so please be sure your student watches the lesson beforehand. The lesson will stream on YouTube at 7pm on Wednesday (and will be available to watch afterward, if you don’t watch it at that time).

For Bridge students: Hey Bridge kids, check out our Bridge FB page (with your parents permission) to hear more from Mrs. Courtney! 

For Preschoolers: HERE is a fun way to be in prayer as you walk through your neighborhood.

For Rainbow Kids (Pre-K/Kinder) and Kids at the Park (1st–4th Grade): HERE is a message from some of our volunteers! Also, we will be hosting Zoom calls this week. Please check the email that was sent by Jana on Monday (This Week at the Park | April 27) for times and links.

For the Family: We will join together again for a YouTube lesson that will stream at 7pm Wednesday night. Mrs. Jana and Mrs. Krista will be joining in the live chat! If you can’t make it, you will still be able to watch the video later. HERE is a Family Worship Guide you can use as you watch it.

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