161 East Harper Avenue, Maryville, TN 865-984-0116
A primary purpose of the church is godly fellowship. True fellowship allows members to develop relationships with one another at a depth necessary to truly care for each others needs and hold one another accountable to the spiritual commitments we have made. For this reason we have reserved Sunday evening for a time to break down into smaller groups to sing, share, pray with one another, and review the sermon for greater understanding and application. We do not believe that small groups are the key to the church (sound teaching is), but they have a valuable function in allowing the body to be spiritually healthy.
Adult Sunday School Classes
Our desire is that each member of the body be fully equipped to carry out the work of the ministry that God has given to them. To this end we offer training for adults in a variety of areas including: ongoing Bible book studies which focus on the proper means of interpreting and applying the Scriptures directly, topical studies to help address what the Bible says about honoring Christ in every sphere of life, and overview studies which ground believers in the big picture of God’s Word.
Our Children’s ministry exists to assist parents in bringing up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. We do not assume the role of the parent, but come along side them in providing teaching and resources that will reinforce what is being taught in the home. We deeply love our children here at Grace and desire to teach them to: 1) Fear and love God above all things (Prov. 1:7, Matt 22:37) 2) Respect and obey God’s Word (Eph 6:1-3, Joshua 1:8-9) 3) Honor and obey their parents in all things (Eph 6:1-3) 4) Love and serve others (Matt 22:38, Mark 10:45).
Our youth ministry exists to assist parents in bringing up their young men and women in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. We do not assume the role of the parent, but come along side them in providing teaching and resources that will reinforce what is being taught in the home. We recognize that as children reach the teen years it is often valuable for them to have “significant spiritual others” in their lives who will reinforce the Christian beliefs and instructions of their parents. We desire to provide a youth atmosphere in which the fear and love of God, obedience to parents, passion for ministry to believers, and intentional evangelism for the lost are promoted.
College Age Ministry
Our college age ministry exists to serve young adults as part of the ministry of Grace Community Church as a whole. We strive to build up believers in Christ by exhorting them to confidence in God’s word, biblical knowledge and discernment, holy living, and a love for Jesus Christ and for the local church. We seek to promote the centrality of the local church and to equip and encourage believers to serve others by preparing them for ministry and encouraging them toward service opportunities. We also aim to assist them in their transition into adulthood and integration into the local church body. Finally, we desire to proclaim Christ to those who do not know him so that they might respond to him in repentance and faith, resulting in salvation. In all of these things we desire to see Christ glorified through the proclamation of his word in an atmosphere of love for Christ, love for the church, and love for all men.
Men are called by God to be the spiritual leaders in their homes, to love their wives, and to provide the primary leadership within the church. This high calling requires men to be passionately committed to God’s Word (2 Tim 2:15), to God’s church (1 Peter 5:1-3), to their families (1 Tim 3:4-5), and to honoring God in their career (Col 3:23,24). To this end we seek to provide opportunities for men to have weekly encouragement in practical Christian living as well as in-depth study of Bible doctrine and spiritual leadership. Additionally we seek to help men cultivate their gifts in serving the church in a variety of practical ways.
Women are called by God to help their husbands and submit to them (Eph 5:22-24), to care for their children (Titus 2:3-4), to oversee the home with joy and diligence (Proverbs 31), and to minister in the church by teaching other women (Titus 2:3-4) and being active in service (1 Timothy 5:9-10). This high calling requires women to be passionately committed to God’s Word, to God’s church, to their families, and to honoring God in the work He has provided to enrich their homes. To this end we seek to provide women with weekly encouragement in practical Christian living, with opportunities for in-depth Bible study, and with the oversight and implementation of multiple service ministries within the church.
God has called the church to be salt and light in a dark and dying world (Matt 5:14-16). To accomplish this command we seek to engage in the work of missions by directly evangelizing and serving our community, nation, and the world (Matt 28:19-20), and by supporting other organizations and missionaries that accomplish work which is beyond our ability to personally undertake (Col 4:2-3, 2 Cor 9:10-11).