Dear Brothers & Sisters,
For the past 4 weeks, we have been working our way through our Brick by Brick series. I’ve been inviting us to consider how Christ builds his church. Our part is to make disciples who make disciples.
And discipleship is about being fashioned as his living stones so that the Spirit can use us in the construction of a spiritual house for the Lord. Therefore, this work can only be done in community with one another.
This past Sunday we continued to talk about the various spaces in the church. If you missed the message, you can listen to The Discipling-Power of Personal Space (4 of 6) and access our worship resources (e.g. sermon slides, bulletin, small group discussion questions, etc.) at our website or at the Grantham Church Podcast via iTunes.
In this sermon, I challenged us to go beyond the public worship service and invest in the personal spaces of the church. We have several personal space opportunities, but we want to begin making our small groups ministry our primary vehicle for building community and making disciples.
Check out our updated webpage for our sermon-based small groups at our website! If you’re interested in joining, leading, or hosting a group, please let us know. We currently have 14 small groups that are meeting regularly. If you’re in a group already and you happen to meet on Sunday evenings, I encourage you to take notes to help in your discussions. In the future, we will provide the questions with the sermon on Sunday, but for the time being we’re not able to create and post them to the website until Monday afternoon. Thank you for your patience as we grow in to this new sermon-based model of small groups.
Remember that this Sunday we will break from our series to hear from Bruce Webb. Pastor Bruce, a friend of mine from Texas, will be our guest speaker. I can’t wait for you to meet Bruce. He is a wonderful pastor with a heart for the church. He will be bringing a message to us on Improving Relationships, based out of Matthew 7:1-5. I hope you’re able to join us in a great time of worship together.
Finally, don’t forget that this Sunday evening is our annual Harvest Happening at 4:00 pm! Invite your friends and neighbors. This is a great opportunity to introduce people to Grantham Church. This year we will be out on the front lawn facing the college and visible from Grantham Rd. Come join us for food, games, apple cider, and other fall festivities. Canaan’s Land Bluegrass band will provide our entertainment. Bring your lawn chair and/or a blanket and join us for a special time of fellowship.
See you this Sunday!
Grace & Peace,
P.S. As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, we have seen yet another mass shooting in our country. Sunday evening’s massacre in Las Vegas was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Please join me in praying for all those who have been affected by this senseless act of violence. As a pastor and theologian, I want to encourage you to remember what we believe our prayers accomplish. The New Testament tells us that there are fallen angelic forces that seek to fuel the chaos on earth by exploiting our weaknesses as fallible human beings. Ultimately, our battle is not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12), so we pray against those demonic forces that influence us and others to do evil. But we also pray for those men and women who are in places of power and influence (1 Tim 2:1-4). We pray that those in authority will make wise decisions so that we all may live peaceful and quiet lives. May the Lord hear his church cry out for more of the kingdom, and may we work to be peacemakers in the world until Christ comes to make all things new. Amen.
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