Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I suppose it was only a matter of time before I got sick. Sickness has been making its way around our congregation and it has been in my house for over a month. Unfortunately, I missed Service Day, but it allowed me time to rest and recover. Thank you for your prayers. And thank you to all those who served their neighbors on Sunday. I hear we had a great turnout and you blessed others in Jesus’ name by serving those in need. Rich Stuebing will be sharing a brief reflection during announcements at the beginning of the worship service this Sunday.
As I said last week, we are starting a new 4-week sermon series this Sunday called, Jesus Heals.
It’s no secret that there wasn’t full agreement on who Jesus was and what his mission was all about in first century Palestine. Some believed he was the Messiah and others believed he was a false prophet and a blasphemer. But according to our early historical sources for Jesus (Christian & non-Christian), everyone agrees that he was a healer who performed many miracles.
Jesus Heals is a series that looks at various episodes in the Gospels that reveal Jesus to be the Son sent by the Father who is able to heal by the power of the Spirit. The healing ministry of Jesus is evidence that he is Lord and that the Kingdom of God is arriving in him. This isn’t merely a display of his power, but of his compassionate love, mercy, and grace.
In our upcoming series, we are all invited to discover Jesus as the great healer of our souls. The New Testament tells us that we can bring all of our hurt, pain, diseases, and afflictions to him and receive his healing. However, we also know that we live in a complex, fallen world, and that there are spiritual forces of evil that oppose the healing God can bring. So, we have a role to play.
While it’s clear that God intends to heal and restore all things when Christ comes again, we also know that a certain level of healing is possible in the present evil age. What should we think about all of this healing stuff? And most importantly, are we experiencing the healing touch of Jesus in our lives? Are we becoming wounded healers ourselves?
I expect that the sermons to come will challenge us in various ways. The church in the west looks at healing and miracles with a great deal of skepticism, so I pray that God will open up our hearts to see and experience what was central to Jesus’ ministry (healing) as an ongoing work of the Spirit today. What might that look like at Grantham Church? What needs healing in your life?
I hope you’ll join us during the month of May as we explore the healing ministry of Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to further the Kingdom in us and through us.
May God continue blessing Grantham Church. See you on Sunday!
Grace & Peace,
P.S. Immediately following the service on Sunday we will be showing appreciation to Matt Fahnestock, our worship arts intern. This Sunday is Matt’s last Sunday as an intern at Grantham Church. Matt is about to graduate a poor college student and is currently looking to lead worship in a like-minded church. We have already asked that you send cards to the office, but I’d like to personally encourage you to give Matt a financial gift as well. I was told that he could use a new guitar to help lead worship in his first church. If you would like to give, please do so by Sunday. Thank you!
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