Dear Brothers & Sisters,
We’re moving in to the third week of our six-week series, Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church. In the first sermon, we looked at the eternal purpose of God and reflected on how the church is God’s chosen instrument to bring about the kingdom upon the earth.
Therefore, we should see Grantham Church as a local expression of Christ and the kingdom where we live, work, and play.
This past Sunday, we considered how Christ wants us to be “living stones” (disciples in formation) who are being built into a spiritual house. I talked about how are we to be chiseled and shaped into living stones that fit into the beautiful building of God.
This sort of discipleship, the kind Jesus wants, is meant to take place within a committed community of faith. If you missed the sermon, you can now listen to The Call to be Living Stones (2 of 6) at our website or on the go by subscribing to the Grantham Church Podcast via iTunes.
Also, remember that you can access the small group discussion questions under “Worship Resources” at the bottom of each sermon posted to our website. Please use the questions to help your group engage with the sermon and guide you in fruitful conversation together.
The sermons and small group discussion questions are posted to our website each Monday afternoon. That’s pretty fast! Each post also includes the sermon slides, video (mp4) of the sermon, and the bulletin from the service.
Please be on the lookout for an email from Ron and Barb Burwell that will have information about our small groups, as well as other helpful tips for those leading small groups. I pray that the Spirit will bless your efforts as you set aside time to develop relationships, listen in for what God is saying to you, and share your journey within a personal space that is intended to deepen discipleship.
This Sunday I’m going to introduce you to the different “spaces” that exist in the church, i.e. the public, social, personal, and intimate spaces. It’s important that we’re working each of these spaces if we want to be healthy disciples and grow up into Christ together.
The sermon this Sunday will focus on the nature and importance of the public space, including its limits. How was Jesus active in the public spaces? What does this mean for our corporate worship experience? Join us as we talk about the purpose of our worship services and how we believe Jesus wants to use them to draw us closer to himself and each other.
Finally, set your calendar for our annual Harvest Happening, being held here at Grantham Church on Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 pm. I’m looking forward to this festive time together. If you like bluegrass, apple cider, good food, heart-warming fellowship, and fun activities and games for all ages, please don’t miss this upcoming fall event. Stay tuned for more details.
See you in worship on Sunday!
Grace & Peace,
* This post was first sent as an email to all church members. If you would like to receive the weekly email from the pastor, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org