Ben Reaoch | Category: Announcements, Church Planting
In recent months we’ve have shared quite a bit about the new plan that God has put in the hearts of the leadership. It’s a plan for multiplication. Rather than seeking one larger facility in a central location, we are instead planning to further establish the ministry in Elliott and also seek a second location to hold services and host ministries. If you were not here for the “Gospel Growth” sermon series, I would encourage you to listen to those.
The following is an update on how these plans are progressing in terms of further clarity on preparation, timing, and location.
Ben Reaoch | Category: Church Planting; Mission; Sunday Follow-Up
Over the past 4 weeks I’ve been preaching on Gospel Growth. God is leading the elders, and the elders are seeking to lead this congregation, on a path of Gospel multiplication. As the third line of our mission statement says, we exist to ignite a joyful passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ among all the peoples of Pittsburgh and the world. There is a global component to that mission. We are passionate about overseas missions, frontier missions, mission ventures to the unreached people groups of the world. And there’s also a local component to this mission. God has given us a passion to be moving out into more parts of this region.
Andrew Hughes | Category: The Church Community; Announcements
Involvement in the church community isn't a litmus test of holiness. However, jumping in with both feet is a great way to grow and be sharpened by others around you. Maybe you've found yourself saying, "I just wish people would reach out to me more" or "I wish I felt more connected to others and what's going on." Well, the best way to start is by jumping in! Don't wait for someone else to push you in.
Andrew Hughes | Category: Announcements; The Church Community
This post is probably more useful for those of you are are members or regular attenders of 3RG, but maybe it will be helpful to some of you who live far away and have past ties to our congregation.
In an effort to make sure everyone is looped in and connected to what's happening within our church body, here are some suggestions for how you can stay connected with 3RG this year:
Whether you have followed our blog with any regularity or not, please take a moment to give us some feedback with this short survey as we enter a new year. Your answers will be submitted anonymously, so give us your honest input!
Andrew Hughes | Category: Announcements; Mission
A few weeks ago, our church body had the privilege of taking part in ALIVE 2013, an event that serves the homeless of Pittsburgh, run by Living Ministry.
Ben Reaoch | Category: The Church Community; Announcements
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3–4)
There are endless applications to these verses. In a marriage relationship, husband and wife should be thinking of one another. In families, each person ought to be looking out for the needs of others in the family. In the workplace, in the neighborhood, at school, in traffic, in the grocery store . . . there are ways to be putting the needs of others before our own needs.
Andrew Hughes | Category: Announcements; The Church Community
This Sunday evening, our monthly church fellowship will be a Hymn Sing at 6pm.
When you hear that, you might think, "That sounds lame. I hate singing." Or maybe you think, "Hymns? Borrrring." To clarify, "hymn" doesn't mean we'll just sing all old songs. We'll probably do some of both. There's a place for both, but that isn't so much what this post is about. That said, don't let the word "hymn" keep you from coming.
What I want to touch on here is the place of singing as a church and particularly singing together as a community.
Ben Reaoch | Category: Announcements
I’ve heard it said that Sunday morning is the time when our country is most segregated. That saddens me. What brings joy to my heart is seeing brothers and sisters in Christ from various backgrounds and ethnicities worshipping together, united around the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Whatever your ethnicity, you have probably given some thought to these issues. As a pastor, I am eager for our church to grow in our understanding of one another and our sensitivity toward such matters. Will you help in this process?
Andrew Hughes | Category: Announcements
Today is the official re-launch of the 3RG blog. It’s been a couple years since we last blogged and we are excited to kick it off afresh!
The blog provides us another medium to flesh out the mission of Three Rivers Grace Church. That mission is three-fold:
What will we blog about?
To accomplish the above may look like some of the following from week to week: a series on a specific topic, a discussion of a specific Scripture text, sermon follow-up, Sunday School follow-up, recommended resources, worldview matters, cultural issues in Pittsburgh and the world, the mission of the church.
Some matters will be intended to serve our church family specifically (inward focus) while others will be written to more broadly serve those outside our church body locally and globally (outward focus), Christian and non-Christian alike. In all, we want God and the Gospel to be the subject and center of our blogging.
We will begin our regular routine of postings this Monday, the 22nd. Mondays will have a post about the Children’s Sunday School catechism for parents to use as follow-up. Pastor Ben will have a regular blog post on Tuesdays. Andrew will be posting regularly on Thursdays; and on Fridays we will do a Recommended Resources series. Along with the routine weekly posting, we will also have various monthly guest posts from elders and others in the congregation.
How can you get involved?
Our desire is for this to be more than a one-way street of communication. We desire and trust fruitful conversations will result online as well as at home. Here are 3 ways you can get involved and stay connected:
In sum, our aim will be to exhort the church and evangelize the world by exulting in God.
Soli Deo Gloria!
The purpose of our church blog is to serve the overall mission of our church: to delight in the beauty of God's greatness,