Yes, you CAN become all you were meant to be!
The Grace Pathway is Neighborhood’s method for helping you grow in your relationship with God.
Something For Everyone!
Whether you’ve been a believer in Jesus for one month, ten years, or 30 years, God wants you to continue to GROW in Him!
Everything we do at Neighborhood is designed to help you move along the Grace Pathway which consists of 4 stages. As you move through each stage, you will begin to experience the presence and power of God in your life!
The Grace Pathway icons help identify those 4 key stages. All of our ministries fall under one of the 4 stages and are identified by one of those icons! They help you navigate Neighborhood and connect to the ministry or group your looking for.
See a quick summary of the 4 stages:
God Saves You
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
This is the Icon.
It’s red, and it has the rising sun inside it.
It’s red to remind you of the blood of Christ. It is his death on the Cross that saves you.
It’s a triangle to remind you of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The whole Trinity is planned and made possible your salvation.
It has a rising sun inside it to remind you of the day that new light and new life dawned inside your heart.
God Blesses You
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. – Ephesians 1:3
On the day you were saved, God gave you huge mountains of blessings. You didn’t feel it or see it, but all of a sudden, you were dressed for a wedding, and you became the richest person you know.
These blessings give you everything you need for every thing you will ever face in your whole life.
He has blessed you with a new IDENTITY… all those horrible labels that life has stuck on you — stupid, failure, ugly, worthless, unwanted… God peeled them off, and he’s put new labels on you… and he calls you Beautiful, Capable, Powerful, and Good.
This step is for you…
If you struggle with your self-confidence.
If you still worry whether you can lose your salvation.
If your past wounds and traumas dominate your life…
Look for the Blue Icons when they come up in our church,
because those events and groups are designed especially for you.
God Grows You
So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. – Acts 20:32
It’s green to remind you of growth.
It shows an arrow God’s wisdom, God’s power, and God’s grace, coming down from heaven, going through you, and back up to God.
God is raising up a tribe of spiritual grown ups. Just because you’re saved it doesn’t mean you have arrived. The goal of Spiritual Growth is to make you like Jesus.
Not that you dress and speak like him. But that you have the character he has, and the strength he has, and the courage he has…You’ve got spiritual muscle because you’ve committed yourself to spiritual growth.
But this, one, the green one, God grows you… this one is huge. You spend your whole life here. You never outgrow your need for growth. God is that big. The gospel is that amazing. The wisdom of God is so big that you can never use it all up.
It’s for you if you need life-equipping resources, for your dating, or marriage, or finance, or any part of your life. We have life groups. We have classes. We have events. We have seminars. We have more!
Look for the Green Icon, because those events are to help you GROW.
God Uses You
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:13
God wants to you use you in somebody else’s life. This is where you discover your spiritual gifts and superpowers. This is where you volunteer for stuff.
This is where God uses you through prayer, and through giving, and through a generous spirit in the world.
Once a person is saved, and knows they are blessed and grows up a little bit, then God wants to use you in mighty ways. To help other people find the treasure you found when you found Jesus.
This is the blueprint. In God’s glorious plan, every Christian becomes an Ambassador of Grace. Let your light shine at your school, at your job, in your crazy family tree, and in your neighborhood.
We have amazing ways to get involved… You can help in the coffee bar, host a life group, work with kids, junior high, senior high, or young adults. You can sing and play on the worship team. You can help with landscaping and building. On and on…
God want to use YOU. But don’t do it because you think it will make God love you… get involved because you’re so excited that God already loves you that you can’t hold it in!
We also offer Grace Pathway Classes to help you better understand God, His Bible, and His will for your life.
These classes are based off of Pastor Bill Giovanetti’s books and messages.
Each class is designed to help you fully step into your abundant life through the RICHES OF GRACE in Christ.
Bradley Thomas Pastor of Spiritual Growth & Families
As Pastor of Spiritual Growth & Families, Bradley oversees all ministry areas related to adult ministry and family ministry. He is very passionate about Christ and His church. His favorite part of ministry is to see people come to know Jesus, learn to walk with Him, find out what gifts and abilities God has given them, and then discover their place in the church.
Bradley is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He has served churches in Tennessee and Texas for over 16 years prior to coming to Neighborhood in 2018. He and his wife, Lainie, have been married for 23 years and have two kids in college, daughter Bailey and son Brody.
After earning a BA in Political Science from Maryville College, he completed his Masters in Church Education from Southwestern Theological Seminary. He is a gifted communicator who loves building people and teams. If you want to really get him talking, bring him a chocolate chip cookie and mention the University of Tennessee Football Team!
Phone: (530) 221-5683, ext. 1723
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