04/30/2017 – John Thomas – The Next Project

John Thomas, Grass Valley Baptist Church’s former pastor, stopped by to visit and gave an update of his next adventure – in Utah! Listen to Pastor John as he tells about the plans to reach northern Utah and check out the website at www.wasatchgospel.com

06/21/2015 – Pastor John Thomas – God is at work in the future!

VIDEO: http://www.desiringgod.org/run

Big idea: God has chosen a people for Himself: His Church. His plan will not be thwarted, His mission will be completed, and His church will not be defeated! In Christ, He will work mightily in and through His people … both now and in the future. 1 Peter 2:1-12

Thank you, Pastor John, for all you have done for Grass Valley Baptist Church.
God bless you and your family in Tallahassee.
— Your church family in Winnemucca

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06/07/2015 – Pastor John Thomas – God is at work in the past!

God is at work! He has been at work in the past… (1 Peter 1:1-12)
Big Idea: God is at work! He is always at work. He has always been at work. He always will be at work. God’s work brings glory to himself and is ultimately for our greatest good. As we more fully understand the extent of his work, we begin to see the immenseness of his beauty and glory, which fuels our faith, worship, ministry, and witness.

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05/31/2015 – Pastor John Thomas – Fruit of Christian Community: Missional Community

The Fruit of Christian Community: A Missional Community, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Every Christian is a missionary—living as one who is sent. The church is a missional community. Mission isn’t just something we do; it’s an expression of who we are in Christ. It’s the natural outflow of the gospel’s renewing work in us. 2015-05-31_The Fruit GCC_ A missional community handout

05/17/2015 – John Thomas – An Honest and Grace-Filled Community

The Fruit of Christian Community: An Honest and Grace-Filled Community
1 John 1:5-9, 1 Peter 3:18
Authentic biblical community cannot exist without honesty. Truth is foundational to the Christian life and therefore foundational to deep Christian community. Grace is God’s gift to us as we discover the truth about ourselves and others, which specially enables us to love one another unconditionally through the gospel. The Fruit of GCC_ joy and humilty Handout

05/10/2015 – John Thomas – The Fruit of Community: A Joyful and Humble Community

God’s people ought to be consistently, recognizably, resolutely joyful and humble. For the glory of God, the good of others, and for the cause of the gospel, we must relentlessly pursue joy and humility.

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05/03/2015 – John Thomas – The Foundation of Christian Community: Necessity of Love through Faith

Galatians 5:6 The Big Idea: We are commanded to love God and one another. Love is the primary ingredient in the recipe for deep Christian community. The source of our love and the empowerment to act in love is found through our faith in Christ. 2015-05-03_Necessity of Love through Faith Gal 5_6 Handout

04/26/2015 – John Thomas – The Foundation of Community: A Gospel-Shaped Community

We are created for community, redeemed for community, and transformed in community. This is accomplished solely through the person and work of Jesus: the gospel. Being in community exposes our sins and pushes us to believe the gospel more deeply. Thus, it is in and through the gospel alone that deeper community is empowered and enabled.

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04/19/2015 – John Thomas – Created for Community

Genesis 1:26. Every human being longs for meaningful relationships in which they can know and be known: community. This longing for community is rooted in God Himself. The gospel enables us to navigate the mess of doing life together in Christian community by continually pointing us to Jesus. He is the One who saves the broken
and then uses them to help others who are broken and in need of a Savior.
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04/05/2015 – John Thomas – The End of the Beginning

Easter Sunday and the conclusion of the sermon series on the Book of Revelation. The text today is Revelation 22:6-21. “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”