Join The Movement

JOIN THE MOVEMENT!
By Dave Earley

When God called us to Las Vegas, the vision was more than starting a new church. It was to join Him in catalyzing a movement to help see Sin City transformed to Grace City and to mobilize younger generations to change the world. So far, we have been at it just over two years and the movement has begun.

UPWARD:

The most important pursuit in our movement is the same as the priority pursuit of our lives – love God with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. We live to cultivate intimacy with the Almighty. We love the manifest Presence of our God!

The last two years, we have worked very hard to build a culture of prayer and worship. The main expression of our upward passion is our House of Prayer. Currently, we meet daily Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, for our unique Word-fed, Spirit-led, Worship-based prayer meeting. We do a mini-version of the same thing for 30 minutes before each of our Sunday Worship Gatherings. We also hold three special Burn Weeks with three such prayer meetings a day for a week. Beyond that, we have three Burn Weekends a year. Our goal for 2015 is to add evening sessions some more people can get in on what we love.

OUTWARD:

The second pursuit of our movement is the same as the second greatest command we all must obey – love our neighbors as ourselves.  We live missional lives, joining God on His mission to rescue the lost. We love to see radically changed lives. It exciting to see the Lord powerfully changing lives  as He has set addicts free, delivered the demonized, saved the lost, healed the sick, and break the poverty cycle as the poor have gotten cleaned up, obtained jobs, and gotten off the streets.

Our outward focus has several expressions. This year we opened our Grace City Flamingo Outreach Center. There we meet with the poor and provide them with food, clothes, prayer and direction to how to get off the streets.   What is encouraging is to see some of our “clients” giving back as they now serve in the center serving at the reception desk, sorting clothes and stacking food.

Beyond that, as a missional church, we also impact the lost weekly through our weekday outreach ministries.  We have started Bible clubs in public elementary schools, middle schools, and at UNLV. We have a weekly Bible study that meets in a park most often populated by the poor, the homeless, and the addicted. Our buses run on weeknights picking up students to bring them to our middle school and high school groups.
On top of that, we are well-known for our large park outreaches where we provide food, and fun for hundreds of people. We also hold weeklong vacation Bible Schools in the parks.

FORWARD:

The Great Commission is to make disciples who make disciples. In the last two years we have sent out a senior pastor, two youth pastors, and a military chaplain, with many more to come.

We have a five tiered discipleship strategy. Through our VX (Vegas Experience) we have church and college groups come and spend a week with us doing ministry and mission in the city for the city. Through the MX (Missions Experience – 10 weeks) and DX (Discipleship Experience – 26 weeks) students come to spend an extended time serving with us.

In January, our BX (Bible Experience) lifts off. We will provide the Liberty Bible Institute (http://www.lhbionline.com/ ), in a classroom, with a qualified professor, at a minimum cost to the student. Plus, we will be providing modified versions of several of the practical classes my wife and I have created and/or taught for Liberty University/ Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Spiritual Formation, Supernatural Evangelism, Spiritual Warfare, Christian Counseling Ministry, and Ministry Matters).
Beyond that, this winter, we also will be opening our CPX (Church Planting Experience). We will partner with Liberty Church Planting Network http://libertycpn.com/about/ and Launch www.launchstrong.com to train planters who will plant Grace City style churches in Las Vegas, in the western states, and in other urban settings.

INWARD

Upward, outward, forward, yet our central focus in inward as we obey the new command to love one another. We believe that authentic community is the atmosphere that is required for effective sustained ministry.

Our primary expression of the inward focus is Grace City Church. Our two Sunday worship gatherings and our city groups are where we renew our missional vision, find mutual encouragement and pray for one another.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

God is working in Las Vegas. We believe this budding revival could not only impact a city, but touch a generation.

Join the movement!

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Grace City Liberty University

The Grace City – Liberty University Bible Institute is Coming to Las Vegas in January
By Dave Earley
I can hardly believe what God is about to do in Las Vegas. In just a couple of months we will be able to offer the Liberty University Bible Institute along with Grace City’s unique heart transforming, hands-on curriculum to residential students in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Imagine…A complete Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology curriculum…
  • Plus university level instruction in Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, Disciple Making, Small Groups, Spiritual Warfare, Ministry, Pastoral Leadership, and Christian Counseling.
  • Taught by Liberty University professors and other qualified instructors
  • Live in Las Vegas
  • At a fraction of the cost*

*The student will receive over $15,000 worth of potential Liberty University education for approximately $2,000!!!!Curriculum Developers:

Dr. Harold L. Willmington

Dr. Harold L. Willmington is an author, educator, and a Bible lecturer to whom God has given the spiritual gift of teaching. Dr. Willmington has been using his gift to teach more than 110,000 students from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries for over 57 years. He is the dean of Willmington School of the Bible at Liberty University and has authored more than 20 books including best-selling Wilmington’s Guide to the Bible.

Dr. Willmington and his team have completely developed the entire course to make it accessible and easy to understand. Liberty Bible Institute is one of the most complete, concise, pointed, and practical all-inclusive Bible program in existence today. It completely covers the Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology.

Dr. Dave Earley

Dr. Dave Earley is a pastor, church planter, professor and author. Prior to launching Grace City Church, Dr. Earley served as the chairman of the department of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Liberty University.  Dr. Earley still serves Liberty as an adjunct professor. He has written four graduate level courses and re-written several undergraduate classes for Liberty. He has also authored seven books that are used at colleges and seminaries around the world.

Registration for the winter term opens Dec. 1, 2014.
Classes will be offered in the evenings.
The winter term begins January 26, 2015

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Share Your Story

SHARE YOUR STORY
By Dave Earley

Everyone has a story. This past Sunday at Grace City Church we shared a video showing several of our people telling some of their God story. It was so encouraging! There were many others who could have shared, but I think you will really enjoy seeing and hearing how God has wonderfully changed their lives. (Just click on the link below and the video should load).

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=743082565779520&fref=nf

Share Your Story

For many of us, the hardest part of evangelism is building a bridge so we can get into the gospel in a non-offensive way. One of the easiest ways to do so is by sharing your story. Giving a testimony is nothing new. People have been doing it since Jesus began changing people’s lives.

A Demon-Possessed Man Shares His Story

I love the salvation story of the man who lived in the grave yard. This poor guy was full of so many demons that even binding him in chains and shackles could not keep him under control.  He was in such misery he would yell, scream and cut himself with sharp stones.

What an awesome day it was in his life when Jesus appeared on the scene and cast out the demons. The demons took up residence in a nearby heard of pigs. It must have been wild as the newly crazed pigs ran off a cliff and drowned in the water below.

The freshly freed man was so excited that he wanted to travel with Jesus on His journeys. But Jesus knew the man’s greater ministry was going to share his story with friends.

However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”  And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. Mark 5:19-20

The Lord has done great things for all of us who are saved. Like this man, we need to tell our friends about it.

A Woman Tells Her Story

One day, Jesus met a Samaritan woman as He paused to get a drink by the well. In talking with her, He led her to a personal recognition that He was the promised Messiah.  She was so excited that she told people all over town her story.

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” John 4:39

Other people believed in Jesus because of her testimony. Other people will also believe in Jesus because of our testimonies.

A Blind Man Tells His Story

No one’s story is exactly the same. Jesus healed dozens of people, many of blindness, often in slightly different ways. Some He simply touched and they were healed. For one man Jesus made mud, rubbed it in the man’s eyes, and told him to wash in a nearby pool. When the man did as Jesus said, he was healed of his blindness and could see.

The happy man told his neighbors about what Jesus had done for him. Word got back to the Pharisees who brought the man in for questioning because the healing had occurred on the Sabbath, a “no, no” in their book.

The man told them that as far as he was concerned Jesus was at least a Prophet because He had healed him. They did not like that, and proceeded to call Jesus a sinner. To this the man gave a simple, yet, wise answer.

He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25

I love it! The man did not claim to be an expert in theology. He was not a Bible scholar. He was not a famous philosopher or apologist who had all the answers and all of the evidence for the skeptical Pharisees. But he had the one thing they could not refute. Jesus had changed his life.

Benefits of Sharing Your Testimony

  1. Sharing your salvation story builds a relationship bridge of understanding that Jesus can walk across into the heart of a lost person.
  2. Sharing your testimony is a convenient and effective way to by-pass intellectual defenses. It is difficult to argue with the evidence of a changed life.
  3. Sharing your story often holds the interest of the hearer longer than if you were quoting the words of great theologians. People will listen to you because instead of being a “professional salesman,” you are a “satisfied customer.”
  4. Sharing your story can be done in any time span you are given – from a minute to an hour.
  5. Sharing your story is not reserved for the highly educated or spiritually mature. It can be done by a newly saved believer.
  6.  Sharing your story makes evangelism personal and relational.
  7. Sharing your story not only touches the lost, but it encourages the saved.
It does not need to take long, but I challenge you to share your story with someone this week.
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Send Us Your Church Groups

Send us your church GROUPS!
By Dave Earley

As a student in high school my life was changed by two different week-long church mission trips. One trip involved going into rural Appalachia and teaching two Vacation Bible Schools a day for a week. The other involved traveling with a choir and sharing my testimony in a different church every night for a week. Shortly after that, the Lord called me into a life of full time vocational mission and ministry.Those trips were also great for our church groups. We came back bonded more closely together and to the Lord.   Also, because both were in the US, it was more affordable so more people could go.

At Grace City Church, we offer an amazing opportunity for church groups called the Vegas Experience. The Vegas Experience is a full service short-term outreach ministry designed to expose groups to hands-on missions as they serve with us in the city of Las Vegas. Once your group arrives in Vegas, our staff will oversee the details of your mission trip so that you can experience and minister with your team. We provide training, housing, transportation, ministry planning, supplies and more so the trip leader or youth pastor can serve alongside of group members.

Teams will participate in our unique daily Word, Worship and Prayer sessions. They will receive training from our experienced staff in areas of street evangelism, and prayer ministry. They will prayer walk strategic communities, serve in our homeless ministry, help us run a large outreach event and participate in our Sunday worship services.  In the past teams have also helped us run camps for children and students.

A Vegas Mission trip is legitimate missions work as the area your team will minister is less than 2% Christian (an unreached people group). 211 languages are spoken. Yet, the cost is much cheaper than flying out of the country.

 

Groups join us through-out the year, but our biggest times are spring break and summer. We have set aside six weeks in 2015 for teams to join us in for the summer Vegas Experience:

Week 1: June 5-12
Week 2: June 13-19
Week 3: June 20-26
Week 4: June 26- July 3
Off week
Week 5: July 11-17
Week 6: July 18-24

If you have any questions or want more information about your program, don’t hesitate to contact Rachel at rachel@gracecityvegas.com.

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Circuit Riding Revivalist

Circuit Riding Revivalist
By Dave Earley

In 1703 a good news carrier was born. John Wesley and others were used of God to spark a revival the led to what historians now call the First Great Awakening. At the core of its DNA was evangelizing of the masses, serving the poor, practicing spiritual discipline, and experiencing the powerful presence of God.  It is estimated that during his lifetime, John Wesley preached the gospel 45,000 times as he travelled 250,000 miles on horseback crisscrossing England carrying the Good News.

Wesley’s movement expanded by multiplying meeting places (called circuits). Circuits were staffed by young preachers (called circuit riders) who oversaw several congregations
. They would rise early and ride to a village where they would preach and lead the Methodist congregation in that place, or start a new one. The next day, they would go to the next village and do it again. It often took a month or more to visit all of the congregations in their circuit.

As a newly converted sixteen-year old, Francis Asbury began to help lead a Methodist “class” [small group] of two dozen others. He also led a discipleship “band” [accountability group] of five young men. As a twenty-one year old, Francis Asbury left his job as a blacksmith and become a Methodist circuit-riding preacher on a trial basis. Part of his training was reading a prescribed set of Christian books for five hours a day.

Asbury gave up all for the gospel.
In his journal he wrote, “As for me, I know what I am called to. It is to give up all, and to have my hands and heart in the work.”2

Four years later, at the age of twenty-six, Asbury volunteered to go to America where he spent the next 45 years of his life as a circuit riding missionary “spreading scriptural holiness across the land.” He chose to serve west of the Appalachian Mountains where the new settlements were forming.

Asbury rose at 5 am daily and studied the Bible. Then he set out, preaching wherever he could get a crowd – fields, public squares, courthouses, log cabins, private homes, public houses, and tobacco houses. In his passion to take the gospel to the lost he was possibly the only man to outride Wesley. Although chronically ill, Asbury never-the-less averaged 6,000 miles a year on house back, memorizing chapters of the Bible as he went, preaching almost every day of the year.

With Asbury as the leader of the Methodist movement in America the church grew from 300 to 214,000 members.
He oversaw the ordination of 2,000 preachers including some of the first black preachers in America. 3

Asbury wisely multiplied himself by recruiting and training a small army of young men sold out to the gospel. For the next century, they travelled the frontiers of America spreading what has been called the Second Great Awakening through the ‘unreached’ parts of the young nation. Over half of these young circuit riders died before the age of 33. Their annual pay averaged $50. They were driven with the fire to take the gospel to every person in America no matter the cost.

The life of an American circuit riding preacher was marked by total dedication, stark simplicity, poverty, humility, spiritual discipline, fasting, prayer, study, hard work constant travel and bold preaching. Life was very difficult. The frontier was lonely, hard, and dangerous. Circuit riders faced bad weather, sickness, loneliness, hunger, Indian attacks and persecution from drunken crowds. On top of that, their lives were very challenging.

[The circuit rider travelled light, and] went through storms of wind, hail, snow, and rain; climbed hills and mountains, traversed valleys, plunged through swamps, swollen streams, lay out all night, wet, weary, and hungry, held his horse by the bridle all night, or tied him to a limb, slept with his saddle blanket for a bed, his saddle-bags for a pillow. Often he slept in dirty cabins, ate roasting ears for bread, drank butter-milk for coffee; took deer or bear meat, or wild turkey, for breakfast, dinner, and supper.4

Our vision at Grace City is to raise an army of young men and women with the passion and work ethic of the circuit riders. We are training young adults willing to give up all to spread the gospel through the city and around the world.

Notes

  1. https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/issue/camp-meetings-and-circuit-riders-frontier-revivals/
  2. Ibid.
  3. http://www.movements.net/wp-content/02-How-the-West-was-Won.pdf
  4. Cartwright, Peter, Autobiography of Peter Cartwright, Abingdon Press 1956.

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1 Pawn Shop Preacher

PAWN SHOP PREACHER

By Dave Earley

They call him the “Vegas Pawn Shop Preacher.”

Randy Pinkney was saved just over two years ago, and he has been on fire for Jesus ever since. People drive from across town to come to the pawn shop he manages just so they can receive prayer and an encouraging word from the Word. His story nearly became a reality TV series.

Let me tell a bit of his story

Randy and Mickael Pinkney were featured on the popular August 29, 2012 edition of the HGTV of House Hunters (you can watch it at http://www.locatetv.com/tv/house-hunters/season-65/7712127). The show revolved around their different tastes as the hunted for their first home in Las Vegas. Much of the playful battering centered on the fact that Randy wanted a house with a pool and Mickael did not.  The episode ends with Randy and Michael happily moving into their new home at 2834 Via Stella Street Henderson, NV and getting excited about their new pool.

Now for the rest of the story

One year earlier, God called Dave and Cathy Earley to plant a new church in Las Vegas NV. Along with their church planting team, they prayed daily that the Lord would place them in exactly right places with neighbors who would be receptive to the gospel and would allow them to use their houses for ministry. On May 31, 2012, the Earley’s moved into their new home at 2836 Via Stella St. Henderson, NV.

There is more

The Pinkneys began to attend the new Grace City house church that was meeting in the home of their next door neighbors, the Earleys. In July, at the end of the teaching, Dave Earley gave an invitation to trust Christ as savior. Randy and Mickael bowed their heads, gave their hearts to Jesus Christ with tears of joy as they were born again. They opened their house up for a children’s class on Sundays and began serving with the Grace City team in weekend Block Parties and at Preview Worship services at the local middle school.

Now the good part!

On Sunday morning September 2, 2012, Randy and Mickael, along with several others, followed the Lord in believer’s baptism… in the Pinkney’s pool.

It gets better

Randy and Michael began to meet with the Earley family every week for discipleship. Randy learned how to share the gospel with the people who worked for him at the company that brought him to Vegas. Eventually, the company told Randy to stop talking about Jesus, so he quit. Immediately, he was offered a job running a pawnshop. His six-figure salary was cut in half, but they promised him he could talk about Jesus.

He began praying with many of the hurting customers who brought possessions to the pawnshop. He also shared the gospel with everyone else who would listen. Several of his co-workers trusted Jesus as savior. Soon people were packing out the story to receive prayer. People would drive from across town to talk to “the Pawn Shop Preacher. Somehow MTV heard about “the Pawn Shop Preacher” and wanted to do a reality show on Randy’s ministry. But the pawn company balked, not wanting to be known for Jesus. Last week they transferred Randy to another store and told him to stop talking about

Jesus. But that won’t happen. It will be exciting to see what happens next.

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Intercessors Needed

INTERCESSORS NEEDED
By Dave Earley

I live in Las Vegas. We have 122 casinos that are designed to take money out of people’s pockets and to empty their checking accounts. Every week I meet people who are now living on the streets because they lost everything because of gambling. I also meet people who have lost family, jobs, health, and dignity through addiction to alcohol, drugs, or sex.

We need intercessors to cry out to God for mercy and revival.
I live in the United States of America. In my lifetime the moral fabric of the nation has been shredded. Abortion is common. Fornication is expected. Homosexuality is applauded.  Church involvement has plummeted.

We need intercessors to cry out to God for mercy and revival.
I am a missionary to young people. This Lost Millennial generation represents the lowest percentage of people involved in church than ever in our nation’s history.

We need intercessors to cry out to God for mercy and revival.
Unprecedented stuff is happening. The global geo-political happenings are rapidly unfolding along the lines predicted in the Scriptures. The moral decay, the technological revolution, the spiritual landscape all point to the soon unfolding of cataclysmic, apocalyptic end time events.

We need intercessors to cry out to God for mercy and revival.
Is more prayer really necessary? Does increased prayer really make a difference?

Yes, because of Moses’s intercession, Israel was spared.

Psalm 106:23 So He said He would have destroyed them— if Moses His chosen one had not stood before Him in the breach [gap; through intercession] to turn His wrath away from destroying them.

The intercessory prayers of one man saved a nation!

Is more prayer really necessary? Does increased prayer really make a difference?

Yes, without it Israel experienced captivity.

Ezekiel 22:29-31 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy and unlawfully exploited the foreign resident. 30 I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one. 31 So I have poured out my indignation on them and consumed them with the fire of my fury. I have brought their actions down on their own heads. ”This is the declaration of the Lord God.

The failure of anyone to accept the assignment and intercede for the people permitted a nation to be taken into captivity as slaves.

At Grace City, one of our primary assignments is to be a House of Prayer in the city of Las Vegas for Las Vegas. Our city is not getting better. It recently enacted laws allowing the porn industry to relocate here. Sadly, we deserve judgment. Humanly speaking, we set at a defining point of repentance and revival or ruin.
There are two million people here. There are hundreds of thousands of children. They need God.  We need revival.

I am asking God to raise up more intercessors and musicians who will rise up and come to Las Vegas and help us stand in the gap for our city, for a generation, for our nation, for revival.
 We need to expand our prayer meetings from one a day four days a week to two a day every day.
I signed a lease yesterday on a property (2121 East Tropicana) we can use for offices and will be available 24/7 for prayer and worship.

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Would you being willing to dedicate the next few years of your life in service to the Lord as an intercessory prayer missionary in the city of Las Vegas?

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