Ancient Words (5 of 5)

Sermon Series: Ancient Words
Sermon Title: Immanuel Has Come (5 of 5)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:20-25; John 1:14

The prophet Isaiah told King Ahaz that the birth and naming of a son “Immanuel” (God with us) would be a sign that God is coming to deliver and restore his people. Who is the young woman? Who is the child? Is there anything unique about this birth? Are we really to believe that Jesus was born of a virgin? And what difference does it make for us today?

In Immanuel Has Come (5 of 5), Pastor David concludes our series with the virgin birth and the most controversial Messianic prophecy in the Bible. 

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December 25 bulletin

The Untold Nativity Story

Sermon Title: The Untold Nativity Story (A Christmas Eve Homily)
Scripture Reading: Revelation 12:1-17; Matthew 2:1-18; John 1:1-5

Many people are familiar with the nativity story involving Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and kings. We can find the birth narratives of Jesus in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. But not everything in this familiar story is joyous and pleasant. We are told that Jesus comes into a world of darkness. Shortly after his birth, King Herod orders that all of the firstborn sons of Bethlehem be killed to prevent the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy. The family of Jesus flees to Egypt and they barely escape death.

In The Untold Nativity Story (A Christmas Eve Homily), Pastor David draws our attention to an apocalyptic nativity story found in the book of Revelation, where spiritual forces of darkness are at work behind the scenes, seeking to stop God's plan of salvation.

In apocalyptic fashion, John the Divine tells us that God's light pierces the darkness and triumphs over evil by Christ's coming and sacrifice. It's in this story that we find comfort and assurance that we are not alone. This is the hope of Christmas.

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Ancient Words (4 of 5)

Sermon Series: Ancient Words
Sermon Title: The Voice of the Messenger (4 of 5)
Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:1, 4:5-6; Isa 40:1-5; Luke 3:1-6, 15-20, 7:18-28

The prophets Isaiah and Malachi foretold that someone like Elijah would precede the advent of the Messiah. John the Baptist—a fiery, locust-eating prophet in camel skins—testified that he was the voice crying out in the wilderness and preparing the way for the promised Messiah.

In The Voice of the Messenger (4 of 5), Pastor David addresses the purpose and the meaning of the forerunner to Jesus.

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Ancient Words (3 of 5)

Sermon Series: Ancient Words
Sermon Title: The Suffering Messiah (3 of 5)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:1-12; Psalm 22:1-31; Matthew 21:33-46

The Jews of Jesus’ day were expecting a warrior king—a military Messiah to deliver them from Roman oppression and then judge the world from his throne in Israel. Therefore, for the first century Jew, the Servant Songs of Isaiah 42-53 must describe the sufferings of Israel, not their coming Messiah.

In The Suffering Messiah (3 of 5), Pastor David shows us how Isaiah 53 speaks of a dying and rising servant that can only be describing the passion of one man, Jesus of Nazareth.

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Ancient Words (2 of 5)

Sermon Series: Ancient Words
Sermon Title: When God Becomes King
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; John 6:14-15

After Jesus fed the five thousand, the people tried to make him king by force. But Jesus withdrew and rejected their ideas of kingship. According to the major prophet Isaiah, the Messiah would sit on David’s throne and reign forever. So how then does Jesus fulfill this prophecy? After all, many of Jesus’ Jewish opponents didn’t think he fit the description or brought about its claims.

In When God Becomes King (2 of 5), Pastor David explains how Jesus fulfills royal prophecy and will someday come again in glory.

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Ancient Words (1 of 5)

Ancient Words

Advent to Christmas 2016 | Nov 27 - Dec 25

Ancient Words is a series that invites us to see the divine nature of the Scriptures by experiencing the power of the Messianic prophecies that were fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Predictive prophecy is unique to the Bible. The apostle Peter said the prophets were “carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21) as they spoke of things they themselves may not have originally intended or fully understood. It wasn’t until the advent of Christ that eyes were opened to the prophecies and their fulfillment in Jesus. In Ancient Words, we are encouraged to take comfort in knowing that God put signposts in place to direct us to Jesus and trust that he is the promised Messiah. May these ancient words empower our faith and give us hope for the future.

Sermon Series: Ancient Words
Sermon Title: The Coming of the Deliverer (1 of 5)
Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:15; Deuteronomy 18:17-19; John 5:39-40, 46

Jesus told the people of his day that the Hebrew Scriptures point to him. He even said that Moses wrote about him. What did Jesus mean? How do the Scriptures prophetically testify to the coming of Christ and to a deliverer that will defeat the enemy and set his people free? In The Coming of the Deliverer (1 of 5), Pastor David encourages us to see how Jesus is the true deliverer of God’s people.

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November 27 bulletin

A Time of Thanksgiving

The author of Hebrews wrote, "since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful" (Heb 12:28).

In this worship service called A Time of Thanksgiving, we created space to reflect and give our thanks to God for what he has been doing in our church over the past few months. 

Listen as seven members of Grantham Church share testimonies about how God has been speaking to them and working in their lives. We pray you are blessed in hearing their stories.

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November 20 bulletin

Aliens & Exiles (9 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Triumph of the Lamb (9 of 9)
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 5:6-7, 12; 12:10-12; 19:11-16

After the resurrected Jesus ascended to the Father in heaven, angels appeared and told the disciples that Jesus would return. Paul tells us that Jesus would come again like a victorious king and be with his people in a forever Kingdom. And it’s in the book of Revelation that we see how Jesus brings about the end of empire and saves his exiles for a renewed earth. What will that look like?

In The Triumph of the Lamb (9 of 9), Pastor David concludes our series by encouraging us to be overcomers who defy the beast and worship the Lamb who was slain. 

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Aliens & Exiles (8 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: When Kingdoms Collide (8 of 9)
Scripture Reading: John 18:36; Luke 20:20-26; Romans 13:1-8; Philippians 1:27; 3:17-21

Are the politics of Jesus relevant for us in a democratic society? What do we do in an empire that asks for our opinion (vote) every four years? If Jesus or Paul lived in America, would they vote? If so, how would they decide who to vote for? And what does Paul mean when he tells the Christians in Philippi that their civic life should be worthy of the gospel of Christ?

In When Kingdoms Collide (8 of 9), Pastor David challenges us to see the subversive nature of the gospel and that the Kingdom is not dependent upon presidents, kings, or any form of government.

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Aliens & Exiles (7 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Gospel in Post-Christian Context (7 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 9:1-16; 17:16-34

What Jesus began did not die with him on the cross. Jesus was resurrected and seen by hundreds. The Jesus movement exploded in the face of relentless persecution. Saul of Tarsus, a zealous Pharisee in charge of ending the threat, encountered Jesus through a light and a voice on the road to Damascus. From then on Paul becomes the apostle to the Gentile world. What can we learn from his life and approach to engaging a pagan world?

In The Gospel in Post-Christian Context (7 of 9), Pastor David invites us to humbly and creatively evangelize the world while living in exile.

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October 30th bulletin

Missions Sunday 2016

Sermon Title: Mission Opportunities for a Post-Christian America
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-9; Colossians 1:11-14; Philippians 1:9-11

From the beginning God’s people were sent out on mission from nations where Christianity was not the norm. We should be encouraged that this did not prevent them from being effective as missionaries, and in some ways gave them an enthusiasm and humility that was beneficial to their calling. We can learn from these accounts, as well as the experiences of our own missionaries, transferrable principles that can help us be on mission in our own post-Christian context.

In Mission Opportunities for a Post-Christian America, Jonathan Lloyd (Director of BIC US World Missions) shares how the church is called to live our faith out of love and humility.

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Aliens & Exiles (6 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: Yeshua: A Messiah for the Exiles (6 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Mark 5:1-13; Luke 4:1-28; John 18:33-37

We have traveled the road of God’s people through exile, deliverance, and back again. The Roman empire has ruled Judea for almost half a century when the long-awaited Messiah comes in the person of Jesus of Nazareth—an exile who comes to save exiles. What do we learn about Messiah from his temptations, the exorcism of Legion, and his defiance of Caesar before Pilate by proclaiming the kingdom of God?

In Yeshua: A Messiah for the Exiles (6 of 9), Pastor David beckons us to imagine the kingdom and what it looks like when God becomes king.

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Aliens & Exiles (5 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: Faith That Burns Brighter Than the Furnace (5 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:1-30; Malachi 4:1-3; Psalm 24:1-6

The prophet Daniel wasn’t the only one facing the challenges of being faithful amidst idolatrous empire. A few years after Daniel interprets the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar and is recognized as serving the God of all gods, the king orders everyone to bow down and worship a massive golden statue. Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, are singled out as exiles who reject the liturgy of empire.

In Faith That Burns Brighter Than the Furnace (5 of 9), Pastor David challenges us to cast aside all of our idols for the worship of the one true God. 

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Aliens & Exiles (4 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: Living in the Land of the Lions’ Den (4 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Daniel 6:1-28; 7:13-14; 9:1-3; 10:1-13

The temple is gone and the people of God have been carried off into Babylonian exile. But God has not abandoned his children. To the surprise of many, God is present and active in the lives of those seeking to be faithful while in exile. It’s in the book of Daniel that we see God honor the faithful, empower the exiles, and prove his sovereignty over all the nations on earth.

In Living in the Land of the Lions’ Den (4 of 9), Pastor David encourages us to be holy amidst unholy empire, trusting that God can protect the church and reveal his divine favor in our trials.

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Aliens & Exiles (3 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: By the Rivers of Babylon (3 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 137:1-6; Jeremiah 7:1-11; Lamentations 3:22-26

The kingdom of Israel was defeated by Assyria and taken off into exile because of their idolatry and injustice. At that time, Isaiah prophesied the Babylonian empire would rise and someday finish off the kingdom of Judah, taking them into exile because of their unfaithfulness to God. It was the prophet Jeremiah that witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem and lamented the loss of what was.

In By the Rivers of Babylon, Pastor David addresses the importance of lamenting loss, accepting the reality of exile, and waiting on God to prove his faithfulness to us in our darkness.

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Aliens & Exiles (2 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Road to Exile (2 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 39:1-8; 40:3-5; Hebrews 12:7-11

There were both human and divine factors which led to ancient Israel experiencing exile. What were those factors? What did the prophets have to say before and after the people of God traveled the road to exile? What can we learn from the past? And what can we expect for the future of the church in a post-Christian America? What lay ahead on this road to exile? It’s likely to be filled with tragedy and triumph.

In The Road to Exile (2 of 9), Pastor David will invite us to observe the painful past of God's people so that we might enter into exile with hope for the future.

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Aliens & Exiles (1 of 9)

Aliens & Exiles: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian World

Fall 2016 Sermon Series | Sept 11th - Nov 13th

Aliens & Exiles is a series that looks at the biblical motif of God’s people being strangers and sojourners within a society and culture that doesn’t recognize God’s reign and rule on the earth. The church in America now finds herself in a post-Christian world. We have no choice but to think and live like aliens and exiles who receive no special privileges from the world around us. While this may be challenging, the Scriptures reveal it is an opportunity to display the good news. As followers of Christ, we are citizens of heaven. What does that mean exactly? And what does it look like to live as aliens and exiles in a post-Christian America? In Aliens & Exiles we will consider how we are called to remain faithful to Christ in the midst of idolatrous Empire.

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Promised Land (1 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Rev. 1:1-3; 21:1-8; Phil. 3:20; 1 Peter 2:11-12

Our series begins with John exiled on the island of Patmos. In many ways, John represents the biblical story of God’s people living as aliens and exiles under the reign of empire. The revelation of Jesus to John captures our imagination as we peer into heaven’s throne room and eventually see the consummation of heaven and earth with the return of the victorious Lamb. Some stories need to begin at the end. In The Promised Land (1 of 9), Pastor David helps us to envision God’s telos (end goal) and what is required of his people as aliens and exiles seeking to reach that glorious end.

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September 11th bulletin

The Real You

Sermon Title: The Real You
Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11; 2 Corinthians 5:15-17; Galatians 2:20

There are many things in life and in our nature that have shaped who we are in the present, and those forces are always at work on us. It can all be overwhelming to say the least.

So who are you, really?

The Scriptures teach that we are made in God's image, but we're broken and not as we should be. This is a truth that is hard for the world to accept. While our culture largely wants to affirm everything about us, God wants to re-form us according to a new identity in Christ.

In The Real You, Pastor David calls us to embrace the truth of who we are in Christ as good news and then live into a life of transformation. Listen to David and view the slides here.

September 4th bulletin

The Twilight Zone God

Sermon Title: The Twilight Zone God
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:51-56; John 14:5-9; Hebrews 1:1-3

Who is God? What is God like? Our portrait of God impacts us for better or for worse. The New Testament presents Jesus of Nazareth as God come to us in the flesh. Through Jesus we know who God is and what God is like. Yet many Christians let other competing views of deity overpower the God revealed in Jesus. 

In The Twilight Zone God, Pastor David calls us to throw off all portraits of God that contradict Jesus. He addresses the importance of the revelation of Christ and how it ought to impact our thinking about God, the Scriptures, and the way we live. 

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August 28th bulletin

Thy Kingdom Come

Sermon Title:  Thy Kingdom Come
Scripture Reading:  Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 18:9-14; Mark 1:35

The disciples observed that Jesus prayed a lot. They also heard Jesus critique the prayers of the Pharisees and their pious prayers. Naturally, they ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. So Jesus tells them the way they should pray is to be supremely concerned for God’s Kingdom to come and his will be done on the earth.

In Thy Kingdom Come, Pastor David helps us to see how Jesus frames all of prayer as a cry for Kingdom and then calls us to pray like Christ.

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