Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

My heart is heavy this morning, so I just want to share a brief encouraging word with you today.

In Luke 24:50-53, we read about how Jesus “ascends” to heaven after a 40-day resurrection tour. The Ascension of Jesus is an important theological event. I don’t think we talk about it enough in the church. Please don’t miss its significance, especially on Election Day.

At first glance, it may seem as if Jesus goes to heaven and has left the earthly realm, leaving us to sort out the mess until he returns. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. This event is about Jesus ascending the hill of God (heaven) to sit on his rightful throne. Jesus physically leaves the presence of his church to reign over all creation from God’s control room.

What does this mean? It means that Jesus is reigning and ruling today. We do not wait for him to reign in the distant future, he is ruling now. This is a challenge to believe at times because we are very much aware of the darkness around us. How can he be ruling now?

Brothers and sisters, his Kingdom comes through the patient advance of cross-like sovereignty. He does not force himself on the world. The Kingdom of God invades our world one heart at a time. We’re tempted to think he is slow, but really he is just patient.

And he has not left us alone. No, Christ has given us his Spirit, just as he promised his disciples he would do. It is my prayer that you will know the presence, the power, and the peace of his Spirit today. One day our King will return and fully establish his Kingdom on the earth. But until that time, may we faithfully exhibit our trust in the sovereignty of God and the Good News of his Messiah.

Please see the announcements below for important info in the life of the church. If you missed Congregational Council on Sunday evening, I’m happy to report that it went well. It’s clear that God is at work among us at Grantham Church. You can read my vision statement here at our website. Thank you for being open to God’s Spirit and willing to respond to his voice.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David

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