With a fresh week ahead of us, I’m taking a few moments to reflect on our services yesterday at Liberty Hill.

Preston Owens is doing a great job at leading our worship, and I am thankful that God has brought him and his family to us. Yesterday’s music was again a time to experience a fresh touch of God, and I appreciate Preston and the entire worship team for leading us into that experience.

It was a great Sunday for the Rawson family, as this was baby Wakely’s first time to be in church! Levi and Meghan are going to be great parents, and it was great to see both of their families with them for Wakely’s debut!

My message was another installment in our “Dangerous Church” series, and I talked about our need to become a “Dangerous Crowd.” By that, I mean that Liberty Hill must seek to be people who intentionally strive to bring out the best in one another. We not only look for ways we can become participants instead of observers at church, but we also look for ways we can comfort, encourage, and challenge one another. Always speaking the truth in love, we want to be people who provoke one another to deeper love and to greater good works (Hebrews 10:24-25). We are all in some state of transition as we grow in our faith, and we want Liberty Hill to be a safe place for people to grow through the transitions from where they are to where God would like them to be. Growing churches are places for growing lives!

A final thought from our time yesterday is from Ephesians 2:19, which teaches us that to be a part of God’s church is to be a member of God’s household, and to be connected with “fellow saints.” We seldom feel like saints, due to our struggles and stumblings, but remember this: we are made into saints by our Savior, not our behavior. I could never be so good and perfect in my own strength that I would earn the right to be called a “saint” by God. I can, however, receive the grace of God through Jesus Christ and let Him qualify me to be a part of His household!

This Monday, I am thanking God for His amazing, qualifying grace!

Grace Received,
Pastor Joe Payne