Dear Brothers & Sisters,
I hope you’re having a great week!
Our Fall 2017 ministries are well underway. Last Sunday we launched our Learning Communities and our sermon series, Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church. Did you miss the first sermon in the series? Visit our website and download the message and access other helpful worship resources, or listen on the go to the Grantham Church Podcast via iTunes.
In The Master’s Plan for the Church (1 of 6), I encouraged us to see the “eternal purpose” God has for the church (Ephesians 3:10-11). The church is God’s idea and his chosen instrument for bringing Christ’s kingdom. Therefore, not only should we be committed to a local church (e.g. worshipping, growing, serving, etc.), but we should also be hopeful that Christ will establish his church and expand the kingdom through us. The church will always face challenges, and make mistakes along the way, but we continue to pray that more of the kingdom will come in our generation. We’re called to do good and not grow weary (Galatians 6:9).
Are you interested in going deeper with the sermons and being spiritually formed in relationship with others who are following Jesus? Please consider signing up for a small group near you by filling out a form at our welcome centers and dropping it in the offering plate when it comes around in the service. The church office will contact you soon with details about your group. Ron and Barb Burwell are helping with forming our new sermon-based small groups. They will be sharing a brief word this Sunday in our service about how our small groups have changed and how you can join one this semester.
Each message in our Brick by Brick series will build on the next. So, if you miss a message, it will certainly help to stay caught up online. This Sunday I will begin where I left off with last week’s sermon on God’s eternal purpose for the church. I will be addressing the topic of discipleship and what it means to follow Christ and be in a process of spiritual formation. In my experience, sometimes local churches will think of certain events or programs as “discipleship” that may just be a social gathering, which doesn’t help us gain clarity on what we mean by “making disciples” and what counts as intentional disciple-making ministries.
Yes, while everything done in the right spirit can be edifying, not everything we do in the church should be thought of as discipleship. I’ll be expounding on this in our upcoming worship service. I hope that you will closely follow our Brick by Brick series as we think about what we’re doing as a church and how our ministries fit into a disciple-making strategy for individual and corporate growth.
Finally, don’t forget that our Discover Grantham Church begins on Sunday, September 24. This 4-week class is for those interested in learning more about our church, our denomination, baptism, and church membership. The class is filling up! If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, please contact our pastoral assistant, Jill Stauffer, via email.
It’s an exciting time to be at Grantham Church. The Spirit is at work among us and your staff is working and praying hard for you. Let us know if there is anything you need. Check out our new staff page at our website and contact us directly. You can also find our Fall 2017 Ministries guide and updated info and times for our programs and events. Stay current on what is happening by utilizing our website.
May God continue to bless Grantham Church.
Grace & Peace,
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