Walkin’ With Jesus

Pathway Points

Stepping Up for Jesus

We’ve had quite a few new members recently, so I thought we all could use a quick refresher on Grace Church’s Discipleship Pathway. At Grace, we believe that every believer should be striving to mature in their faith, growing more like Jesus. Our Discipleship team (working at the same time as our Vision team) wound up creating a definition of a disciple very similar to our vision statement. Fortunately for us, that means we only need to remember one statement instead of two.

A disciple of Jesus loves God, serves all, and changes lives.

Over the next couple of weeks, I want to take the time to look at each piece of the statement and give you some examples of different ways you could be growing your faith. Every person’s faith walk is different and everyone is at a different point on the pathway, but all of us should be moving and supporting one another along the way.

Stepping up with you in His strength!

Monica Lebsack

Creative Ministries Director

At Grace, one of my responsibilities is to publish a weekly article in our e-newsletter, GraceNotes, about discipleship. Specifically, about the various components of our Discipleship Pathway and how a person could journey along it. This is my most recent article.
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Rest

Pathway Points

Stepping Up for Jesus

As you journey along this Pathway, spending time with God in worship and rest is very important. This Sabbath rest, as it’s called, is a rhythm that God set into motion right from the beginning. (See Genesis 2:1-3 NLT) Kerri Weems gives a beautiful description of this in her article Sabbath: God’s Metronome. So, enjoy your weekend of rest and don’t forget to join us for worship on Sunday! 

Stepping up with you in His strength!

Monica Lebsack

Creative Ministries Director

At Grace, one of my responsibilities is to publish a weekly article in our e-newsletter, GraceNotes, about discipleship. Specifically, about the various components of our Discipleship Pathway and how a person could journey along it. This is my most recent article.

Books! Books! And, More Books!

Pathway Points

Stepping Up for Jesus

Today, I thought you might enjoy a glimpse into my reading life. I’m one of those people that reads lots of different things at the same time, depending on my mood. As you read through the list, if there’s any that you decide to read as well (or have already read), let me know. I’d love to chat!

The One Year Coffee with God: 365 Devotions to Perk Up Your Day I happen to know the author of this devotional via her husband Tom, a UMC pastor in the Lansing area. It’s been fun getting glimpses into her life through daily devotions, prayers, and poetry.

It’s Good to Be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba This is the book that the Saturday morning Coffee & Christ small group will be reading starting April 29th. Join us!

PRAYzing!: Creative Prayer Experiences from A to Z As many of you know, prayer beads are a current fascination of mine. So, I’ve taken to reading all kinds of books on prayer looking for ideas.

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream I must admit, I just got this book on Tuesday, so I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I’m already hooked. It’s a easy read, but I’ll warn you, it’s not for the faint of heart. It poses quite a challenge for our everyday faith.

National Geographic Of course, I had to throw this one on the list. If only to prove that not everything I read is faith-based. Remember, back in the day, I was a math major, computer science minor, working on a Master’s in physics education.

The Low-FODMAP 28-Day Plan: A Healthy Cookbook with Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS Relief Sigh…the new diet the doctor put me on. I have to admit, I do feel much better, but such a challenge!

At the Sign of Triumph: A Novel in the Safehold Series And, my very favorite sci-fi/fantasy author. I’ve had this one sitting in my stack for a year now. It’s a good 3-inches thick, so I’ve put off reading it because I know that I’ll get sucked in to the story and not do anything else until it’s done!

Stepping up with you in His strength!

Monica Lebsack

Creative Ministries Director

At Grace, one of my responsibilities is to publish a weekly article in our e-newsletter, GraceNotes, about discipleship. Specifically, about the various components of our Discipleship Pathway and how a person could journey along it. This is my most recent article.

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming!

Pathway Points

Stepping Up for Jesus

Today is Good Friday. Oftentimes, today is a day of quiet reflection and mourning. For us, looking back through the lens of Easter, Good Friday really is good. For the disciples however, it was anything but good. For them, their beloved teacher and friend is gone. They’re in hiding, literally and figuratively, fearing for their lives and filled with shame. They’re also dealing with extreme disappointment. In their minds, Jesus was supposed to overthrow Rome and bring back the glory days of Israel. Everything was supposed to get better, not worse.

Once again, the disciples missed the point. Like us living in the “already, but not yet,” they wanted Jesus to hurry up and fix it all and make their lives paradise. Jesus, on the other hand, wanted more than just them in that paradise; he wants everyone! Oh, if only I could go back in time and tell them, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!

Stepping up with you in His strength!

Monica Lebsack

Creative Ministries Director

At Grace, one of my responsibilities is to publish a weekly article in our e-newsletter, GraceNotes, about discipleship. Specifically, about the various components of our Discipleship Pathway and how a person could journey along it. This is my most recent article.

What? What did you say?

Pathway Points

Stepping Up for Jesus

If you’ve ever been in a meeting with either myself or one of the pastors, you know that we tend to start the meetings with a question. It’s the same question every time, “Where have you seen God at work?” It’s definitely not an easy question to answer for most people, but after being asked month after month, people start to stumble through an answer. If it’s such a challenging question to answer, and people tend to not answer at first, why do we keep asking? The answer…Gospel Fluency, the ability to express the gospel in an understandable way to anyone, inside or outside the church.

Jeff Vanderstelt, the visionary leader of the Soma Family of Churches, Saturate and the lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, WA, says it this way:

Even if they want to, many Christians find it hard to talk to others about Jesus. Is it possible this difficulty is because we’re trying to speak a language we haven’t actually spent time practicing? Is it possible we have neglected to understand for ourselves how the good news of Jesus impacts every facet of our own lives? To become fluent in a new language, you must immerse yourself in it and commit to practicing it, over and over again. You must use it everyday until you actually start to think about life through it. Becoming fluent in the gospel happens the same way—after believing it, we have to intentionally rehearse it (to ourselves and to others) and immerse ourselves in its truths.

He explains what he means in these videos, for all my visually inclined friends: Gospel Fluency and How to Be Fluent in the Gospel.

So, what are you doing to practice this new language that we’ve all committed to learn, and with whom?

Stepping up with you in His strength!

Monica Lebsack

Creative Ministries Director

At Grace, one of my responsibilities is to publish a weekly article in our e-newsletter, GraceNotes, about discipleship. Specifically, about the various components of our Discipleship Pathway and how a person could journey along it. This is my most recent article.