Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,

Have you found a way to testify yet? If you were with us this past Sunday, you heard Pastor Kelly challenge us to walk out the message by sharing what God has done in your life. It could be with a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger. You can do that in person or on social media. How can you testify to how the “good news” of Jesus has made a difference in your life?

I do hope that you found the message on evangelicalism helpful. You can listen/watch Evangelicalism: The Way of Passion at our website or via the Grantham Church Podcast. In our fourth and final stream, I shared how the evangelicalism of today is not the movement that the BIC first embraced in the 1950s. What is evangelicalism and how has it changed? Should we acknowledge it as one of our streams? I encouraged us to see the best about historic evangelicalism and discard what can’t be synthesized with our other streams—to be evangelicals with a difference.

This Sunday I’ll be bringing our Streams series to a close with a message entitled, Our Streams, Our Witness (6 of 6). We should recognize what orthodox Christianity shares in common (i.e. Apostle’s Creed), while boldly embodying our beliefs and proclaiming our distinctives in love and grace. How can the Spirit use our unique beliefs and practices to further his purposes today? I hope you can join us for the conclusion of our series, as we seek to be the difference the world needs to see in those who claim the name of Jesus.

Don’t forget that Missions Sunday is coming up on Sunday morning, October 21. Jonathan and Becky Owen will be sharing about their work in Malawi in a combined learning community class at 9:00, preaching in the service at 10:30, and then will answer questions over an African lunch in the fellowship hall. Please come and show your support of the Owen family through your time, attention, and the ingathering offering. As their home congregation, we are honored to serve the Owen family and learn from the work they are doing in southeastern Africa.

Finally, I want to thank all of those who served at Harvest Happening and helped to make our time together on the front lawn a meaningful experience. On top of our Grantham family, we welcomed several new families and college students to this festive event. Close to 300 people enjoyed food, fellowship, games, cider, and some great music by the Eric Byrd Trio. It was wonderful to see everyone having a good time, even if it did feel like summer. Also, I want to thank you for making my visiting family members feel at home. They were extremely impressed by your love and hospitality on Sunday.

Let’s keep pressing on and living as people who have encountered the good news of Jesus. And may God continue to bless Grantham Church in the days ahead.

Grace & Peace,
Pastor David

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