Welcome to Grace!
Something ancient, something new, something tried, something true
We are a new church in the Dothan area, experiencing and sharing God's grace as we strive to live in a way that gives Him glory. We come from a variety of backgrounds - Baptist, Roman Catholic. Methodist, Episcopalian - but we share a common vision: to see God worshiped and His Good News shared in a way that combines three great streams of historic Christianity: Scripture, Sacrament, and Spirit - all of them pointing toward Jesus Christ as LORD.
Our worship, teaching and preaching are firmly rooted in Scripture - God's Word, the Bible. Because ALL Scripture is God breathed (2 Tim 3:16), it is authoritative, trustworthy and life-giving, and points to Jesus Christ. (John 5:39) [Go to our "Sermons" page to download and share messages from God's Word.]
In Scripture we see God using outward, visible signs to point to inner, invisible workings of His grace - Sacraments - which, for those that have a genuine faith, celebrate the reality of God's salvation. So we celebrate Baptism and the Lord's Supper as powerful and transforming events which act out the story of salvation through Jesus Christ, and enact God's grace to God's people.. (Gal 3:27, 1 Cor 11:26)
God's Holy Spirit is not dead, and our churches need Him: to be born again, to pray, to grow as Christians, to assure us of our salvation, to equip us for ministry. We expect God's Spirit to be true to the Scriptures he breathed out. And we know that his Holy Spirit will always point to Jesus. (John 15:26)
We worship in the Anglican tradition, so our services include both praise songs and traditional hymns, Bible readings, powerful preaching and teaching focused on Christ, prayers, and frequent celebration of the Lord's Supper (Communion), all designed to form and encourage disciples (followers) of Jesus Christ as Lord (Leader) of life.
Come experience a fellowship of Christ's followers who have been saved by,
and want to share with all,
God's "Amazing Grace.*
"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
the hour I first believed.
The Lord has promised good to me:
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures."
*The words of "Amazing Grace" were written by an Anglican pastor, John Newton.
We meet to worship Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM at First Christian Church of Dothan, located at 1401 North Cherokee Avenue. Our worship includes music, bible readings, a sermon, and a celebration of Communion each week. A nursery is available for children under five years of age.
Our format is called "Jesus 'n Java."
Bible study Monday nights at First Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall from 6 - 7 pm. We continue in the Book of Daniel.
Previously, Hebrews- a book written by a Hebrew, to Hebrews, urged them to stop thinking like Hebrews! We saw that Jesus is better than any angel, better than any leader, better than any sacrifice, better than any priest, better than any building. And the "Hall of Faith" in Chapter 11 provided an honor roll of historical believers who trusted that what God would provide by promise was better than what human eyes could see or hands touch. We were reminded that what we believe about Jesus affects how we face the ups and downs of everday life!
In Fall 2012, we enjoyed large numbers and great enthusiasm as we looked at our first example of apocalyptic literature, the Revelation of John. Rather than reading it as a futuristic doomsday book, we examined the internal structure of the book (scenes by its author, rather than chapter divisions imposed hundreds of years after it was written), the imagery John makes use of (dozens of references to Old Testament symbols instead of literal bizarre creatures), and the importance of the original hearers (who certainly would NOT have found much use for a book if it didn't apply to them and their time, or a book that would be of no use for Christians for centuries until the "Final Countdown" begins), so that the book is seen as a sweeping opera of scenes and songs celebrating the triumph of the Gospel from the Cross to the end of this world. In a phrase: Jesus has won, Jesus is winning, Jesus will win!
We have journeyed through the first book of the Bible, Genesis, as we grew from a church plant to an established church. We next explored Exodus, looking at how God rescues and changes people from slaves to their "masters," into a new community of people loving Him and each other. From January 2008 until May 2009 we grew in our gratitude, more fully understanding the Good News as we walked through John's Gospel. We grew in our understanding of how God used godly leaders to transform a nation in crisis as we covered Nehemiah in Fall 2009. We wrestled with how a loving God allows suffering as we studied Job. We examined the difference between true Christianity and "cultural Christianity" as we looked deeply into what the Gospel is through our study of Galatians. Since then, we were encouraged as we looked through Joel, through Hebrews, through Colossians. We have looked at the Big Picture of the Bible in a gospel-focused study called "Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament."
+ To hear Bible studies, go to the "Bible Studies" tab above.
Bring a friend, Bring your Questions,
Come and Experience Grace!
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Daily Bible Readings
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