The first five years
Where we are today and where we started.
A note from us today, April 2017
Following is a message from Mark and Tricia Gunn and Bill and Von Jenkins, the founders of Life Springs Church concerning the future.
Five years ago in April 2012, we began as a life-changing Bible study where the Gospel of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ was unveiled through the scriptures verse by verse. A few months later, in August of that year, we decided to call ourselves Life Springs Church. Locally in Birmingham, relationships have been built on the strong and deep foundation of Jesus Christ and His finished work for us.
Together we are united in our desire to spread the Gospel to as many people as possible because we want the world to experience the same inexpressible joy that we have experienced. God has answered our prayers as seeds of grace have literally been sown in tens of thousands of hearts across the world as the teachings from our fellowship have been made available on-line.
After much prayer and listening, we believe the Holy Spirit is leading us to return to our roots and transition away from being a church in the traditional sense back to being a teaching ministry. For us, this is a change that will enable us to walk in the "unforced rhythms of His grace." From now on all our Bible studies, conferences, and future plans for furthering the glorious Gospel of Grace will be under Parresia, the teaching ministry founded by Tricia Gunn in partnership with her husband Mark and Bill and Von Jenkins.
The Gospel will continue to be the power of God for salvation in every area of our lives, but as we take this next step, we believe that we will experience the power of the Gospel in greater measure. We believe we will blossom in ways that we could not have imagined before. Extreme fruit is expected!
We will continue to meet as a Bible study, but we will take breaks between series. The time and place of our meetings will continue to be Cahaba Heights Methodist in Birmingham, AL, at 5:00pm on Sunday evenings, but we will take breaks between teaching series. We still plan to have a nursery for ages 4 and under. The new schedule will be posted soon through Parresia..
If you would like to receive announcements and the schedule for the future, click here to be added to the Parresia email list. Announcements will no longer be sent through Life Springs Church.
We still have the vision of “life springs” going forth to our city and beyond and the Gospel reaching the world. We still believe that every dream in our hearts will come to pass. Among the specific plans/ dreams that we will continue to have are the following:
- Gatherings where Jesus is honored and worshipped, and His grace is proclaimed.
- Teaching series which are video and audio recorded and made available on-line.
- Hosting conferences such as the the ones we will be hosting this summer - “Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up” with Bill Snell, Mark Machen, and Tricia Gunn; the “Birmingham Grace Conference” with Rob Rufus; and future “Women of Grace” conferences
- Producing a video series called “I Am” for millennials which is focused on their identity in Christ
- Producing a women’s TV talk show where women discuss how grace is applied in our lives
- Producing grace-based materials, music, and books
- The Local Church Initiative which provides Unveiling Jesus books and DVD's for local churches and new church plants.
- Prison ministry using Unveiling Jesus and providing FREE books to inmates.
- Developing an “All Things Grace” ministry school to teach/ train leaders in the Gospel of grace in every area of life and ministry
- Purchasing a building for the school and the ministry
- Financially supporting other grace-based churches and ministries
- Parresia will incur the present and future operating expenses of the ministry of Life Springs Church. If you would like to continue to support this ministry, click here. Donations are tax deductible.
The local Bible study meetings will be called "Parresia Gatherings." The simple mission of the ministry is to boldly share the Gospel of grace and to boldly receive everything accomplished in the finished work of Jesus. Parresia means boldness, and it is used in several of our favorite scriptures:
Boldness to share: Pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness [parresia] the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:19-20)
Boldness to receive: “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, having boldness [parresia] to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us… (Hebrews 10:17-20, NKJV)… Let us therefore come boldly [parresia] to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV)… Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness [parresia] in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17, NKJV)
Parresia Gatherings will include both speaking the message of the Gospel through teaching and testimonies and the response to that speaking as we worship our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ.
Like Paul, we can say,
“For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:15)
That is our ultimate objective, and we believe this change will move us towards that goal.
For more on the ministry of Parresia and it’s founder, Tricia Gunn, visit the website: www.ParresiaMinistries.com.
A note from us when we started, August 2012
Following is a message from Mark and Tricia Gunn and Bill and Von Jenkins written in August of 2012 expressing the ever-increasing, eternal passion in our hearts.
Over the past few years, we have seen a wildfire of revelation of the Gospel of grace in our city and around the world. People who have been Christians for years are seeing the simplicity of the Gospel and the beauty of Jesus like never before. Believers all around are receiving the love of God when the veil of condemnation is lifted and the truth about the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ comes in technicolor crystal clarity. This revelation is shedding light on the amazing truth about what it means to be a new creation in Christ. And that’s what has happened to us! We have been personally ambushed by the Spirit of Grace and we will never be the same!
There is nothing new under the sun. This is not the greatest, newest move of God. No, it’s just the Gospel being revealed and received. It’s radical. It’s biblical. It’s real.
Under grace we rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ. All eyes are on Jesus!
That’s the message that is going forth in a powerful way. It’s sounding loud like a trumpet! All over the world people are joining the Gospel revolution and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and this message of pure grace, undiluted, so that He is glorified.
There is a joy unspeakable bursting forth like springs of living water! It's a new clarion call to love the lost with this extravagance and share the glorious Gospel with the world!
May the Lord ambush you with His love and grace, and may Jesus be unveiled more and more!
In His Love,
Mark and Tricia Gunn, Bill and Von Jenkins
"For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God." (2 Corinthians 4:15)