Hello Brothers & Sisters,
It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the month of March. Don’t forget that our clocks “spring forward” this Saturday evening.
Did you miss the service on Sunday? It was a great day in worship! Thank you for being engaged and responsive in our worship of Christ together. I’m enjoying our Lenten series, 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness. The sermon on Sunday was called, Courageous Faith (3 of 6). We looked at the “temple temptation” where Jesus stands on the pinnacle of the temple and the devil tells him to throw himself off. What is this temptation all about? And how does it connect with how Jesus actually enters the temple during Holy Week? I addressed this in the sermon, and challenged us to develop a courageous faith like Jesus.
If you’ve been in worship the last couple of weeks, you know that we have put together a Prayer Team that is available at the end of the service. If you feel led, I encourage you to come up to the front of the sanctuary to talk about what’s on your heart, receive prayer, and be reminded that you’re not alone. It’s also a good time for someone to say they want to start following Jesus. This Sunday we will start having someone in the Prayer Room (A2) for those who’d like a bit more privacy as they respond to what God is doing in their life. I’d like to see this become a regular part of our services on Sunday morning as we consider how we respond in worship.
In the next message in our series, No Shortcuts in the Kingdom (4 of 6), we will look at how Satan tempts Jesus with the pursuit of political power in order to obtain the kingdoms of the world, apart from the way of suffering. This final temptation goes to the heart of Jesus’ Messianic identity and calling. What kind of Messiah will he be? What sort of Kingdom is he going to establish? And will we take his cruciformed politics seriously? We will also give attention to how Jesus does not take any shortcuts when it comes to his faith and the work of the Kingdom, and neither should we if we want to be fully formed as his disciples.
I hope you will join us for worship this Sunday morning as we continue to make our way through Lent and allow our faith to be formed in the wilderness.
Finally, I wanted to let you know that the congregation now has access to the minutes of our Church Board meetings. Just go to www.granthamchurch.org/church-board-minutes and use the password: Grantham1998. You will notice that this page is not included in the website navigation, so the only way to reach it is through the link. I recommend you bookmark this page so you can return to it later. I will also be sharing the link following board meetings, if you want to just wait for that each month. We’re happy to keep you informed of our conversations and how the Spirit is working among us.
I hope you have a good week. Stay awake to what God is doing in you and around you. And may the Lord continue to bless Grantham Church.
Grace & Peace,
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