A Letter In Your Mailbox

We’re a few Sundays into our study of 1 Peter. It’s a letter written to Christians like us intended to be read from start to finish.

Experience this letter in a different way by reading it from start to finish in one sitting. We’ve even made it easy for you by creating a PDF with no chapter or verse divisions.

Set aside about 30 minutes, pray for the Spirit to prepare your heart, read, and expect the Lord to meet you. This will be good for your soul and good for the church.

Take me to the PDF of 1 Peter.

If you want to go above and beyond, check out the video and other resources on 1 Peter provided by The Bible Project.

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Have You Reserved Your Spot?

Registration is now open for our every-other-year Men’s Retreat. The three Sovereign Grace churches of California are joining forces for another weekend of teaching, fellowship, food, and competitions. Our last one was fantastic.

Begins Thursday Evening 2/6/2020
Ends Saturday Afternoon 2/8/2020
Idyllwild, CA
$150/guy

Ben Kreps, a pastor from our sister church in Harrisburg, PA, is our guest speaker. Our theme is “The Power of God: How the Gospel Conquers Men.” Young men ages 14 and up are welcome to join.

More details are available on the registration page.

Men, make this investment in your own growth and in our partnership. Ladies, make sure your man gets up there.

Scholarships and financial aid are available. Spots are limited, so secure yours ASAP.

I'm ready to register.


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October Bible Memory Verse
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Your 2019 Challenge

This year we’ve challenged you to the 12 Bible Verses Every Californian Needs to Know challenge. Each month we provide a Bible verse and you commit it to memory. For those who complete all 12 months, we will throw a party celebrating the ways God has strengthened you through His word.

October’s Verse: John 15:1-5 (ESV)

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

How to Participate

For memorizing, we recommend you read the verse 10 times then recite it 10 times. Do this each day and within a few days it will stick. Learn more about how to memorize Scripture here and here.

Once you have it memorized, recite it for us before the month is over. You have two options:

  1. Record a video and send it to info@sovgraceoc.org. You’re on the honor system. We trust you.
    OR

  2. Head to our Welcome Desk on a Sunday morning and recite it to one of the Connect Team members. After you do, send an email to info@sovgraceoc.org letting us know which Connect Team member you recited it to.

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The Newlyweds

Kevin and Katie got hitched!

Two of our dear friends and fellow church members tied the knot on Saturday 9/21/2019. What a joy to watch God bring them together. It’s a privilege to walk this next stage of their journey with them.

Congratulations, Kevin and Katie!

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Church Budget

We publish updates on our financial status throughout the year. A final annual report is published every Fall.

These figures represent the grace of God at work in the members and friends of our local church. It's unmistakable. God is being kind towards us and we want to thank Him and you.

Thank you.

Of course, numbers are only a small fraction of all the way our church is contributing to the ministry of our church. Wouldn't it be great if we could publish a monthly report on your generous affections for one another? Or all the hours you spend together? Thank you for living no longer for yourselves but for God and your neighbor!

May the accounting of His provisions encourage your faith. Please continue to pray that we would steward it all for the advance of His gospel and the good of His church.

Sept 1st 2018 - August 31st 2019

$ 288,875 Contributions

$ 296,662 Expenses

Questions? Please contact a member of our Finance Committee.

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When Suffering Is Necessary

The Most Counterintuitive Truth in the World:
We Need to Suffer

On Sunday Pastor Eric preached 1 Peter 1:6-9. We assume that the world would be better without suffering. But Peter inserts a word we wouldn’t expect when thinking about suffering: necessary. Sometimes it’s necessary for us to suffer. Why? So that our faith can be tested. Why does our faith need to be tested? So that we can celebrate the enduring faith God has given us.

Listen to the sermon.

New Song: He Is Our God

We worship God for His attributes and His actions. He is the holy God who has worked in human history to save us and bring us into His eternal kingdom through the death of His Son. All that He is and all that He does makes Him worthy of all our praise. It’s why we sing new songs (Psalm 96).

Listen to the new song above and come ready to sing it with us on Sunday.

HE IS OUR GOD

VERSE 1
Who can light the fires
Of a thousand burning suns
Blazing in the heavens?
There is only One
He is our God

VERSE 2
Who commands the nations
Building up and tearing down
Silencing His rivals?
There is only One
He is our God, He is our God

CHORUS 1
Holy, You alone are holy
Matchless in Your glory, holy God

VERSE 3
Who would come to save us
When we turned away His love
Conquer us with kindness?
There is only One
He is our God, He is our God

CHORUS 2
Holy, You alone are holy
Matchless in Your glory, no one is like You
Worthy, You alone are worthy
We adore You only, holy God

BRIDGE
Now to the King on the throne
Who was and is to come
And to the Lamb Who was slain be glory


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The Worship Team's Annual Bandcamp

Every year our worship team devotes a whole Saturday to sing, pray, study, and improve their musical skills. We’re so grateful for this group of musicians who serve us week in and week out. Singing is not just their ministry. It’s ours too:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Colossians 3:16

We’re grateful God uses the worship team to so skillfully lead us to do just that every Sunday.

Take a moment and pray that God will use their time tomorrow to strengthen their friendships, refresh their hearts, and better equip them to serve on Sundays.

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