Grace Life Church                                                                                                                     Proclaiming Jesus Christ and the Gospel of God's Grace                                                                                                                                                                


From Our Pastor

 


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Matt. 11:28-30



                                                                                                                                             Steve and Lucy Moll  
The gospel of God's grace is the greatest message the world has ever known.
  Because of all that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has done for us through His cross-work, resurrection, and ascension, we live in an age where God has poured out the abundant riches of His incredible grace to those who believe!  

The gospel of God's grace has captured me and I hope it will capture you. After several years of serving in church leadership as an elder/pastor, God gave me a passion and desire to boldly proclaim this wonderful gospel and teach about the grace life.  

My joyful response to this work of the Spirit was to start Grace Life Ministries in 2007. It was also started with the idea that our ministry would be a forerunner to a new church in the DeKalb and Sycamore area. Exactly when we would start this church, I didn't know. My wife Lucy and I put it in God's hands and waited for His direction. 

Three years later, God led us to start Grace Life Church in our community and we had our first service in August, 2010 at the Sycamore Theatre! The focus of our church is on boldly proclaiming Jesus Christ and the glorious gospel of
 God's grace. I consider it a great honor and privilege to serve the Lord as the pastor at Grace Life Church.   

We desire to help believers experience and enjoy the grace life, which is the abundant life found in Jesus Christ alone. It's the joyful Christian life God has prepared for all believers and wants us to enjoy. This life is experienced by correctly and clearly understanding from God's Word all that Jesus Christ has done for us and our new identity in Christ. The grace life is a confident, joyful, and victorious Christian life because the focus is on where it should be - Jesus Christ!

Tragically, many believers in churches all over the world today are not living their Christian lives the way God wants them to. They find themselves empty, confused, frustrated, and burned out as they are burdened with doing religion and being religious. They know the Christian life should be much better than it is. They thought it would be more joyful and peaceful. They know, deep in their hearts, that something is missing.  

Many find themselves going through the motions as their focus is on outward appearances. They're doing things because everyone else is doing them or they're told to do them, but their hearts aren't really in it. Sadly, what they're doing is playing church. They've fallen into the dangerous spiritual trap of legalism. As a result, they're not experiencing and enjoying the riches of God's grace to them. They're not resting in what Jesus Christ has done for them and His life living in them and through them (Matt. 11:28-30). They're missing out on what God desires most for them - an exciting and close personal relationship with their Savior, Jesus Christ!    

At Grace Life Church we want to help believers experience a growing personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and the wonderful freedom that is ours in Christ (Gal. 5:1)! We want to help them clearly understand from God's Word that He doesn't want them to live under any part of the Law of Moses or any other man-devised performance systems in order to be accepted by God, grow in their relationship with Him, or grow spiritually (Rom. 6:14). Jesus Christ has freed us from the law (Gal. 3:23-25)!  

We're 
all about helping our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ experience the abundant life that only Jesus Christ can provide (John 10:10). We are dedicated to helping them move away from a burdensome reliance on rules, law living, church traditions, rituals, and programs, to an exclusive reliance on Jesus Christ. Get away from religion! It may look good on the outside, but it fails to deliver what your heart and soul yearn for. It's not what God wants for you! Christ alone transforms lives! Christ alone provides a victorious Christian life!  

Through God's leading and strength, led by His precious Word and the Holy Spirit, I want to do my part to help people experience life at it's very best - an exciting Christian life that is directed, empowered, transformed, and filled by Jesus Christ! This is the grace life God wants for us! Grace puts the focus on what God has done for us, not on what we can do for Him. Christ gave His life for us, so He could give His life to us when we believed, in order to live His life through us
   
My wonderful wife Lucy and I have three children - Laura, Julia, and John. Lucy also serves the Lord by providing pastoral care to women as a certified biblical counselor. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in biblical counseling. Please check out Lucy's ministry to women at www.lucyannmoll.com. God is working through Lucy to help women experience victory in their lives based on who God has made them in Jesus Christ!

Seven years ago God led us to plant a seed in our community based on the proclamation of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (Rom. 16:25) and the proclamation of the gospel of grace - and He will continue to do the growing in the years to come! We are so grateful for the people all over the world, including pastors and other ministry leaders, who have contacted us to thank us for how our ministry has helped them and encouraged them. They have been such an encouragement to our ministry! All praise to Jesus Christ!  
  
My request to you is that you pray that our work will have the impact in our community and around the world that God desires as lives are transformed by Jesus Christ. If you believe the Spirit may be leading you to join us or if you have questions, please contact me at 815-757-3570 or by email at smoll@gracelifeinchrist.org. We hope that Grace Life Church will be the church for you!

Praise God for what He is doing today in the wonderful age of grace! IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST! 


Stephen J. Moll
Pastor
Gal. 2:20, Eph. 1:3, 2 Cor. 5:17, Col. 1:27, Col. 2:9-10, Col. 3:3-4, Phil. 1:21, Titus 2:11-13, Rom. 8:1-4, 2 Cor. 5:21, Phil. 1:6, Rom. 12:1-2


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