Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I hope your week is off to a great start.
We had a great morning of worship yesterday! It was exciting to see so many first year Messiah students join us in the sanctuary. Thank you for welcoming them as they begin a new season of life.
Did you miss the sermon yesterday? You can now listen to The Twilight Zone God.
In the message yesterday we were challenged to ask, “Who is God? What is God like?” Our portrait of God impacts us for better or for worse. We are called to throw off all portraits of God that contradict that of Jesus. If our picture of God doesn’t look like Jesus, then we must make the appropriate adjustments.
“We must be persons, a people, a church, that fixes our gaze, the focul point of our faith and our worship, upon the God revealed in Jesus. Doing so will change our faith, our prayer life, the way we treat our neighbors and our enemies, as well as the way we discern God’s will for the future. And when Jesus is high and lifted up, he will draw all people unto himself.” (quote from sermon)
My prayer for Grantham Church is this: that more and more at the center of all that we do and all that we are, others can look on and say, “Now, there is a church that looks like Jesus. You can hear it in their worship, you can hear it in their preaching, you can hear it in their conversations, and see it in the way they love God and neighbor.”
I want to invite you to make this your prayer as well as you reflect on these questions:
- Are there ways you have been thinking of God that don’t fully reflect the God revealed in Jesus?
- What ways have you seen bad theology manifest itself in the way you relate to God and your neighbor?
- Would you respond to the invitation to throw off all competing portraits of God by asking for the Spirit’s help in making Jesus central and supreme in your life, in this church, and in the surrounding community?
Grantham Church, thank you for being so open and receptive to what God is doing among us. I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday and seeing what the Spirit is going to do when we gather.
P.S. This Friday morning I will be speaking at the men’s breakfast. If you can make it out to Brothers Restaurant (705 Gettysburg Pike) at 6:00 AM, I’ll be sharing about one of the most important tasks and challenges I believe we men face in following Jesus, raising children, and leading our families. Men of all ages are welcome.
Contact Bill Probst at email@example.com or 697-1737 if you have any questions.
Grace & Peace,
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