Hurricane Relief Project 2018

Dear Church Family:

Hearts are heavy for our neighbors in the Carolinas who have suffered the impact of Hurricane Florence. Our church family will soon be collecting and forwarding funds for larger disaster relief programs through our Virginia Baptists. 

However, there is an opportunity with immediate needs in the small North Carolina town of Lake Waccamaw (Home town of Ellie Zecchini). Ellie has been in contact with the town. She is friends with the mayor and has discovered a need for some items to help with clean-up efforts. Due to limited amount of space to take items directly to NC, the following are requested:

  • Gloves (Work, Cleaning, Vinyl and/or Latex)
  • Trash Bags (Heavy Duty and/or Yard Waste)

We are asking for donations of these items this Sunday, September 23. There will be designated collection points located in the church. Ellie will personally deliver these items on Monday.

Many of the houses in Lake Waccamaw have flood damage. Some areas are still not accessible. If items cannot get through, Ellie will deliver all donations to Bayside HS for transportation into North Carolina. 

Thank you for your partnership.

Dr. Kenneth R. Pruitt (Ken)
Pastor, Kings Grant Baptist Church
873 Little Neck Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

You Belong Here

There are so many reasons to get back to church, generally people come back due to a life change of some kind. Maybe it’s the calendar that brings change in your life. Whatever brings you back, we are here for you. May you find here peace, community, friendship, purpose, life, grace, and Jesus.

Join us this September during our M1-M2-M3 Emphasis…

[ read about our core values, Community, Faith, Love, and the M1-M2-M3 vision ]

With an M3 emphasis (member, minister, missions), what are the possibilities of actually recognizing all three components of the vision during September? Below could be a potential schedule. Take a look and let me know your feedback. We will also discuss this tomorrow in staff.

Celebrating M1. On Sunday, September 9, celebrate “Back to Church” Sunday, emphasizing the first of our core values – COMMUNITY, represented by M1 (MEMBER). The video presentation was wonderful, members explaining what community means to them.

Celebrating M2. On Sunday, September 30, emphasizing our second core value – FAITH, represented by M2 (MINISTRY). During this day we will celebrate and give special thanks to all who serve through KGBC (yes, this involves food).

Celebrating M3. Also on Sunday, September 30, we will emphasize our third core value – LOVE, represented by M3 (MISSION). This will be our Mission Sunday, sharing the call and opportunity for everyone to live a missional life. Many ministry/missions leaders will speak about what God is doing in their areas.

Our Vision Statement: We exist as a community of faith to extend the love of Christ and his kingdom in Virginia Beach and to the world.

Our Vision Casting Video Series: [ Click Here ]

Get This for September 16

From Pastor Ken Regarding This Sunday…

Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up the spirit. (John 19:30)

With several statements of Jesus from the cross documented, the “beloved disciple” has now expressed what stands as the key phrase of everything he has written: “It is finished.”

When you journey through the entire Gospel of John, you see Jesus speaking to His mother Mary at a wedding, and to the Samaritan woman at the well. You notice Jesus speaking to His disciples at the feeding of the multitude; in that same scene you notice Jesus speaking to God asking for His blessings upon the loaves and fish.

Jesus spoke to the woman caught in adultery, and He spoke to her accusers. Jesus spoke to the blind man. Jesus spoke to Mary and Martha in their grief, and He spoke to Lazarus literal words of life.

Jesus spoke to His disciples in the upper room, and He spoke to God in the Garden. He spoke to the arresting party, to Annas, and to Pilate during his trial.

Jesus spoke again and again; He even spoke from the cross to His mother, to John, and to a thief. Every word from our Savior’s lips deserves the most attentive consideration; but when He spoke, TETELESTI (It is finished), this saying eclipsed them all. “It is finished.”

To whom was Jesus speaking when He said, “It is finished”? This statement was made as a vividly pronounced proclamation. This was not a tired resignation or conclusion. Jesus cried out to the entire universe – He cried out in timeless fashion to you and me – that His work of saving man from sin was perfectly completed forever.

The words “it is finished” should fall as sweet as honey on the bruised and tattered soul of the sinner. These words commemorate the entire life and ministry of Jesus, explaining the necessity of the cross. These words speak of the concluding principle of salvation: Jesus had done all that needs to be done; you can be free.

This Sunday, September 16, I will be sharing a final message from the Gospel of John Series, Real Life. Our one focus of study will be Jesus’ statement: “It is Finished.” Come and engage with the truth of John 19:30, and be changed forever.

Schedule for Wednesday September 12

Yes, yes, yes, the forecast has changed dramatically in our area, but plans had to be made earlier in the week, and we’re sticking to them. Shopping for food during the “hurricane preparation emergency” was chaos, and we anticipated our people battening down the hatches before the wind and rain started on Thursday, which now the timetable has significantly changed.
We’re going to get together for some fellowship and talk about what Ken preached on this past Sunday, join us if you can at 6:00.

The Gospel Project for Adults Begins

The Gospel Project for Adults begins on September 2 at 9:45. If you want to get started on the ground floor of this fascinating three-year study through the entire Bible, join one of these four adult classes:

  1. The Agape Class in Room 8
  2. The Breakfast Club in Room 13
  3. The Legacy Builders in Room 210
  4. The Young Adults in Room 208

The wonderful part of this new study is the Christ connection we will follow through the whole Bible; it’s all about Jesus! The preschool and children’s departments are also using the Gospel Project curriculum.

Life Groups at KGBC

Life Groups meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm (September 12 – December 12).

Come discover what real life and community is all about.

Those people who are in the company of the committed participate in church activities more than those on the fringe, occasional Sunday attendees, or 1-2 times a month “drive-by” attendees, so how can we get people more connected to each other?

Most of us hear several “truth units” each week but seldom have the opportunity to wrestle with the text, much less apply it. Spiritual growth happens in community. With so much biblical knowledge available, we need to learn how to apply the knowledge to effectively carry out our divine mission.

“We have Sunday School,” you may say. Sunday morning Bible study is great for knowledge but how often do we walk away from our lessons having discussed how to apply the text, and hold each other accountable for it?

Sermon-based small groups have several advantages over using regular curriculum, here are seven of the most powerful advantages:

  1. They Increase the Educational Impact
  2. They Pull in the Marginally Interested
  3. They Reach More People
  4. They Sharpen the Church-Wide Vision
  5. They Mainstream New Believers
  6. They Eliminate Idiot Questions
  7. They Help with Leadership Recruitment *

Implications for King’s Grant:

  1. We must learn how to discuss, wrestle, and apply the spiritual truth we encounter each Sunday.
  2. In our traditional format of discipleship, we share lessons, we don’t share life.
  3. It has been said that the American church is educated far beyond our obedience.

Why LIFE Groups?

Life is what we desire to share, as we experience authentic community. This is what our Life Group Initiative is all about:

LOVING – they will know we are Christians by our love… the song goes.

INVITING – we desire to build a culture of invitation, that people can belong here long before they become members.

FELLOWSHIPPING – the word is koinonia, sharing of a common life, much more than the church potluck supper.

EQUIPPING – we desire to build an equipping culture, for those who are the church to be. Trained in leadership and ministry to carry out the vision and mission of the church.

* These Advantages are adapted from Larry Osborne’s Small-Groups Starter Kit, copyright 2008 by North Coast Church; discovered in a article from Christianity Today.

The Gospel Project Begins

This Sunday September 2 is the very first lesson in our new three your study through the entire Bible. Not sure about the Gospel Project. This video gives a good summary:

Preschool, Grades 1-6, and four of our adult classes are starting the Gospel Project!

Relative – Three Key Relationships

RELATIVE! – Three Key Relationships
(Jesus teaches His disciples about their relationships with Himself, with each other, and with the world.)
John 15:1-27

  1. The BRANCHES – WE MUST ABIDE – John 15:1-8 – the believer relates to the Son
    1. The Symbols – John 15:1, 5a-5b
      1. The Son is the True Vine
      2. The Father is the Gardener
      3. The believers are the branches
    2. The Steps – John 15:2-4, 5c-6
      1. We must submit to pruning by the Father
        1. He challenges the branch – takes away
        2. He cleanses the branch – he prunes
      2. We must abide in the Son
        1. The branch attached to the Vine
        2. The branch abiding in the Vine
        3. The branch available to the Vine
    3. The Success – John 15:7-8
      1. The fruit we bear
        1. Sanctification – we become like Jesus
        2. Spirituality – we behave like Jesus
        3. Souls – we are burdened for people like Jesus
      2. The results we experience
        1. An unhindered prayer life
        2. Glorifying of the Father
        3. Proof we are his disciples
  2. The BELIEVER – WE MUST OBEY – John 15:9-17 – the believer relates to others
    1. The Priority – John 15:9-12
      1. The Father loves the Son
      2. The Son loves the believers
      3. The believer is commanded to love
    2. The Proof – John 15:13-15
      1. What Jesus will do for the believer – die for us
      2. What Jesus has done for the believer – friends, not servants
    3. The Promises – John 15:16-17
      1. He chose us
      2. Branches will bear permanent fruit that will remain
      3. Prayer will be answered
  3. The BATTLE – WE MUST ENDURE – John 15:18-27 – the believer relates to the world
    1. Life will be hard – John 15:18-21 – those who desire to live godly lives will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12)
    2. Love has come – John 15:22-25 – the world hated Jesus so we will be hated for the same reason
    3. Leaving a Helper – John 15:26-27 – three things will happen
      1. Truth – the Spirit of truth
      2. Testifying – Spirit testifies of the Son
      3. Testimony – those who know him will testify to Jesus as well

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are the marks of a true friendship?
  2. What do you do to maintain your friendships?
  3. How are Jesus and the Father related? (15:1)
  4. What is Jesus and who is the Father? (15:1)
  5. How does the gardener tend to the branches that bear fruit and the branches that do not? (15:2)
  6. What did Jesus say the branches must do in order to bear fruit? (15:4)
  7. Who are the branches? (15:5)
  8. What did Jesus say would happen to the branches that did not remain in Him? (15:6)
  9. What privilege was given to the branches that remained in the vine? (15:7)
  10. What would be demonstrated by the disciples’ bearing much fruit? (15:8)
  11. What did Jesus urge His disciples to do? (15:9)
  12. How were Jesus’ disciples to remain in His love? (15:10)
  13. Why did Jesus talk with His disciples about vines and branches? (15:11)
  14. What command did Jesus give His disciples? (15:12)
  15. What is the greatest manifestation of love? (15:13)
  16. Who did Jesus say were His friends? (15:14)
  17. Why did Jesus call His disciples friends? (15:15)
  18. Why did Jesus choose His disciples? (15:16)
  19. What was Jesus’ command? (15:17)
  20. How are we to remain in Jesus? Why?
  21. What does it mean to bear fruit as a Christian?
  22. How are we to bear fruit?
  23. When is it difficult to develop and maintain a personal relationship with Jesus?
  24. In what way has God been removing “dead” or useless pieces from your character?
  25. In what way is your joy complete?
  26. When do you struggle with loving others the way Jesus has loved you?
  27. What kind of friend are you to Jesus?
  28. Why is it hard to be Jesus’ friend?
  29. What steps can you take to develop a more intimate relationship with Christ?
  30. How can you be a better friend to Jesus beginning today?