Generation Church Blog

Christmas Offering

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This season we are excited about our Generation Christmas Offering opportunity!

Generation Church exists so that the people of South County and Rhode Island will be revived by the good news of Jesus. We get to be a part of this together.

Advent is a perfect time to participate in God’s Kingdom work through joyful generosity as we remember His promise to send Jesus who would overcome sin and death forever.

This Christmas offering will go to three strategic areas, Plant, Water, and Grow, that are at the heart of our vision.

Find our more information here about our Christmas offering: http://www.GCchristmasoffering.org

You can give directly online here: https://app.easytithe.com/g3/

Thank you for your gospel partnership!

 

This is War – Advent at Generation

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We would love to see you this Advent season.

Advent is a season observed by many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus at Christmas.

This Christmas we will be reminded that the birth of Jesus that we normally speak of as peaceful, quiet, and mild, was ultimately the most momentous event in the history of mankind.

It is the equivalent of D-day. God is on the ground, in the trenches; God as man. Christmas is about the reality that God has waged war not against people or other religions but against sin, evil and death bringing good news of great joy that is available for everyone throughout the world

 

Revive Us Again – 1 Year Anniversary

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This November we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary since our big launch.

I remember walking, praying and dreaming years ago on the beaches of South County about Generation Church.

God had brought revival in my life and the Spirit of God had put an unquenchable burden within me to see the people of South County revived again with the good news of Jesus.

We didn’t have a name, or a building, or people but we had promises from our good Father:

“Be Still and know that I am God; Jesus will be exalted throughout the earth.” Psalm 46:10

“Jesus is good, his unfailing love endures forever and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalm 100:5

Years later, it’s amazing to see what God is forming and building and ultimately how the good news of Jesus is spreading. We love South County but we thank God that Jesus loves South County a trillion times more. This love, this extravagant grace is what compels us to see every person in South County and beyond encounter the good news of Jesus.

And this doesn’t happen through our name or through a building or through one local church but through people of all generations living life together in the power of the Holy Spirit for the good of our neighbors and for name that is still more famous then any other name.

So we continue to say, believe, go and pray “Lord, revive us again so that your people may rejoice in you!” Psalm 85:6

Here’s to many more years through the power of the Spirit!

Pastor Stephen

1 Year video: https://vimeo.com/144252339

1000 Yeses

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This past Sunday we looked at the marks of true conversion from Ephesians 2:1-10 in preperation for our first anniversary celebration as a church family.

We talk often about baptism, discipleship, evangelism, loving our neighbors; especially the poor, mission and church planting. The heart behind this sermon and season is for us to remember that all of this flows from being people who are supernaturally alive, boasting in God’s grace and living out God’s mission in the world.  We need to remember the foundation for why we now exist and the truth about what we have been saved from and saved for in this vaporous life.

True conversion isn’t about making one decision to believe and follow Jesus but a lifetime of yeses in response to God’s glorious grace.

Here’s a helpful quote from Marshall Segal:

“The good news of Jesus doesn’t stop with forgiveness. We treat grace like it’s God’s big eraser for our every wrong or mistake. But God does not only mean to rub the page clean. No, he intends to write a new story in sin’s place, replacing what was once broken, wicked and dead with love, faithfulness, and life. The gospel doesn’t just get us out of hell; it also makes us new. Grace doesn’t just help us shed the weight of past sins; it empowers us to feel and live differently.”

May we continue to live as easter people and follow the leadership of the Spirit in this season of celebration.

Pastor Stephen

Sermon: 1000 Yeses –  https://soundcloud.com/generationchurchri/1000-yeses

Welcome House

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We are excited to be renovating and beautifying the inside and complete upstairs of our local homeless shelter and good friends at the Welcome House in South County.

The hope for our Welcome House partnership is to take steps together in overcoming homelessness in Rhode Island. We are excited for everyone to get involved. This isn’t about mere charity but gospel conviction; the love and grace of God compels us to help anyone in need.

Join us this Fall.

 

 

Welcome Home

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This Fall we begin a new sermon series in South County.

Each Sunday in September and October we will look at two famous stories that Jesus communicated in the 1st century. We will be look at the parable of the Prodigal Son/God from Luke 15 and the parable of the Good Samaratian from Luke 10. Our hope is that these parables of Jesus will help us see the heart of God and the ultimate good news of Jesus that welcomes us home to a greater family and a greater Father in the 21st century.

Join us for our Fall Launch. Everyone is welcome.

May we all be amazed by the extravagant grace of God.

Q Commons South County

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In September we joined thousands around the world for a conversation that was uniquely local and global. We had 3 Global Presenters. 3 Local Presenters and 2 Hours of conversation on the cultural issues and topics that matter most.

Q Commons was a night of considering together how to advance good in South County. We heard global talks on the refugee crisis, religious freedom, mental health issues and more along with local talks on the power of local arts, integrating faith and work and overcoming homelessness in South County and Rhode Island.

Many remarked about how encouraging and inspiring it was to have a space where conversation could take place on the issues and topics that matter most in our world and our South County community. We want to thank the Contemporary Theater Company for opening up their local theater for Q Commons and everyone who attended and participated in this important community event.

We look forward to seeing you in February for the next Q Commons South County.

GC YOUTH

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GC Youth is the youth group of Generation Church in South County.

On September 10th, 2015: GC youth launched. It was a memorable night and huge success.

GC Youth is a community dedicated and committed to seeing lives of youth ages 13-18 transformed and lived out for Jesus in a way that is different than any other.

We are celebrating how God is bringing together the youth from all over this region to be a part of this community and live for what matters most. We welcome you to join us on Thursdays at 7pm for a fresh look on God and Church.

For more information check out our GC Youth website: http://generationyouthri.org

 

Celebrating Life

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Last Sunday, I preached on the importance of celebration in our lives because celebrating, especially people, reminds us of what matters most.

The news that has come out about the selling of body parts and innocent children being killed has driven me to celebrate the life of my son even more during his birthday week. This has been my response to this tragic injustice and monstrosity.

We celebrate every life because every life matters. Nothing can remind us of this reality more then when we become parents. It doesn’t matter if a child has downs syndrome, four fingers, slow speech or they’re deaf – nor does it matter their size, color, shape, because no matter what, we celebrate because every life matters.

I have preached on the sanctity of human life, written about the sanctify of human life and been deeply shaped by the worldview that every single person has been made in the image of God and therefore every human personality is uniquely created, possessing dignity, and is worthy of respect and love.

However, the latest news that has highlighted the greatest injustice of our generation has left me speechless and with a groaning to deep for words. Yet this not a time for silence. We must all speak up. We don’t need to speak louder but we must spread the truth with greater love. And if it’s been said a thousand times, we need to say it again and again; black lives certainly matter, immigrant lives matter, gay and lesbian lives matter and hearts that are beating in the womb matter. Every life matters and so do our voices.

This journey began for me when my beautiful bride was pregnant with my son and his precious heart began to beat at the wonderful six week stage of his life. This was a time for me when the celebration of life and the grieving over the deaths of the unborn reached new heights. I’m at this point again.

I want my son to grow up in the community of South County, Rhode Island that continues to work towards a sustainable environment and quality education for our children while affirming that every unborn has the right to enjoy the blessings that we enjoy as people whose hearts are still beating and body parts are still together.

This is not about a political agenda for me but about the reality that we must refuse to live in a culture of death, especially when the people dying are the most defenseless. This moment is about celebrating life, grieving over death and crying out for justice with an invitation of mercy and grace for all.

May all of our children grow up in a generation that celebrates life not because it represents a choice or a political party but because every life is a miracle and every life is worthy to be celebrated.

Pastor Stephen

 

Access

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“For through Jesus we have access in one Spirit to the Father.” Ephesians 2:18

Our vision for this summer is that our community would be marked by throwing good parties and spending time with God in prayer.

This past Sunday in our Endless Summer sermon series we looked at prayer. One of the greatest supernatural blessings that we now have in Christ is prayer; the ability to have instant access with our Father. This is a remarkable reality. We have 24/7 access with the One that matters the most and satisfies the most.

1. Remember How We Have Instant Access.

We need to constantly remember the Gospel. We have instant access with God because of Jesus and through Jesus. No matter our past, no matter our sins, no matter how long it has been; through Jesus we have instant access to our Father. Religion or looking at our good or bad morality can often keep us from the real power and presence that comes when we pray not in our name or performance but in Jesus’ name and performance.

2. Enjoying God

Prayer is not something that we have to do but that we get to do for the greater enjoyment of God. We are often quick to pray for our specific needs and forget that our greatest need is for our souls to be satisfied in God. A great pattern to begin that will sustain us in prayer and help us enjoy God is praying the Psalms. Psalm 146 is a great example. Throughout the Psalms and Scripture we are reminded of the character and promises of our Father.

Enjoying God through private prayer is so monumental because in the words of Tim Keller “your private prayer life is one of the key indicators that your Christianity is inner and true and not just the product of your environment.”

3. Praying For This Generation (and generations to come) 

We are invited to greater depths with God as we pray for his faithfulness and fame to be on display in each generation. When we remember that we have instant access with our Father through Christ and we truly enjoy God in prayer; the Holy Spirit will lead us again and again to pray boldly for this generation and generations to come. This happens when parents pray for their children and their children’s children. This happens when we pray for counties, cities and nations; teachers, schools, universities and countless places and people of influence with the hope to see the kingdom of Jesus come on earth as it is in heaven.

We pray for this generation and generations to come because our “prayers are deathless they outlive the lives of those who uttered them.” E.M. Bounds

These three points are not at all exhaustive but simply three anchors that we hope will be helpful as we learn together to pray constantly and keep in step with the Spirit in our mission to spread the good news of God for the joy of all generations and the global fame of Jesus.