I'm glad you chose to pay us a virtual visit! Although a website can give you information about a group, it can never speak to the heart of who that group is. Here is just a thumbnail of who the First Family is.
We are an energetic faith family with a heart for God, a love for one another, and a passion for missions. We believe that you were created in God's image and designed and destined to change the world. I want to extend my personal invitation to you to join us. I envision a church where the unchurched and dechurched find a home, a place to be loved and nurtured. Oh, allow me to define those two terms:
Unchurched: they've never been to church but they've heard about how others have been treated and it's not for them.
Dechurched: They've been, maybe even grew up in church, but they were burned by the church.
Please know that neither term is pejorative or judgmental but more a judgment of the historical church.
Some reasons to not come check us out:
1. You're looking for the perfect church. We ain't that. We are just a bunch of broken folks on a journey to health and wholeness who are working to make the world a better place and who believe that following Christ is the best way to achieve those goals. We are imperfect and honest about it.
2. You're looking for a celebrity preacher. Yeah, not so much. I'm just a guy who loves Jesus and people and who believes in a relational, incarnational ministry. No books, no TV shows, no private planes.
3. You're looking for a place to get comfortable. One of my expectations is that we grow in our faith through small groups. I expect our small groups to push the boundaries of our comfort zones, to make us think.
4. You're looking for a place to just sit in the A/C on Sundays during the hot Texas summers and wait for your entry into heaven. No, no, no. Our faith is not a golden ticket into the chocolate factory, it's more like marching orders. We were created and redeemed to be like mail carriers, except we deliver God's love, grace, and mercy. I expect people to be involved in one of the missions to bring joy and change to our community and the world around us.
There are many other reasons to not join with us at The House of Grace; but if you want to be part of an honest, loving, life-changing faith family, then ...
WELCOME HOME! WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF GRACE!
I look forward to seeing you at The House of Grace this Sunday...
Reverend John Baldwin, Senior Minister
12465 FM 428, Celina, Texas 75009