Hello Brothers & Sisters,
Our entire church staff returned yesterday from a great time retreating together at Christian Retreat Center. We enjoyed getting to hang out with each other outside of the office, as well as spending intentional time sharing our stories, struggles, and events that have been formative in our lives. Sharing our stories got pretty intense, but it was also very meaningful. I’m grateful for the time we had being vulnerable with each other. Please continue to pray that the Spirit will strengthen our relationships and guide us as we lead Grantham Church.
Last Sunday we began a new 3-part sermon series called, Money, Sex & Power. If you missed the first sermon that set up the series and addressed money, you can listen/watch at our website, or listen on the go via the Grantham Church Podcast on iTunes. In this first message, I explained what idols look like today and how money can be a big one for some people. How do we redeem money and use it to serve Christ and his Kingdom, instead of living to serve money? I addressed this and much more inRedeeming Money. If you’d like to go further, check out the small group discussion questions.
I hope you can join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series. I’ll be preaching a sermon entitled, Redeeming Sex. Parents, I will be mindful that there are children in the room, but please use your discretion as to whether your child is ready to hear words related to the topic (e.g. sex, sexual intimacy, sexual immorality, pornography, etc.). This would be a good Sunday to utilize Kids Own Worship (K-5th grade). We have wonderful volunteers who are happy to continue leading your precious little ones in worship down in the children’s wing.
In this next message, we will take a look at the many ways sex has become a “disordered love” and has been idolized in our culture today. We will also consider how destructive sex can be outside of God’s original intent for it in marriage. Finally, we will reflect on how marriage and sex is meant to be a picture of Christ’s love for his church, and how it can bless society when it’s practiced as a sacred gift.
I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday. Included in our worship time will be a sending prayer for 4 people going on the annual Civil Rights Bus Tour next month. Until we’re together again, may God bless you with his inexplicable joy as you seek to follow Jesus through the rest of the week. Let us seek the Kingdom first, and then watch God supply all of our needs.
Grace & Peace,
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