Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I hope you’re enjoying your summer and the change of pace that this season brings.
This past Sunday I preached a message entitled, The Power of Choice. The Bible teaches that Jesus fully reveals to us that God is love. And because God is love, he created a free world where we have some say as to what comes to pass. We can use our freedom to be wise, or unwise (Eph 5:15-17). We can do a great deal of good, or make poor choices that result in disastrous consequences. However, as I said toward the end of the sermon, we can take comfort in knowing that God is able to bring good out of every circumstance, even when we’ve made a mess of our lives due to bad decisions (Rom 8:28).
Also, I said we should live wisely because our choices, become our habits, our habits become our character, and our character becomes our being—who we are. What then do your choices reveal about the person you’re becoming? Are you pursuing Jesus with your choices, becoming more and more like him, or are you doing what feels “natural” and comes easy? If we want to be the Lord’s disciples, we must be intentional in the sanctification process, because nobody coasts their way to holiness.
In other words, we must listen to Jesus (through Scripture and prayer) and other trusted disciples (e.g. a parent, a spouse, a friend, etc.) about what does and doesn’t reflect God’s best for us, and then rely on the Spirit’s help to change us over time. This is what it means to be a disciple: we’re learning to be like Christ by carrying our cross daily (Lk 9:23). Therefore, I encourage you to keep on keeping on with your life as a disciple of Jesus. Remember, in time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Gal 6:9). So, keep calm and disciple on.
I hope you can join us this Sunday morning in worship. I’ll be preaching a message called, God & Government: A Responsible Reading of Romans 13. Not only will the sermon be relevant to our current socio-political situation and context in America, but we will be taking communion at the end of the service. In “third way” fashion, I intend to call us all to remember who we are as disciples of Jesus.
Also, this will be my last Sunday before I go on vacation. I’ll be on summer vacation from June 29-July 8. There will be guest speakers on July 1 and July 8. Stay tuned for more details about those Sundays.
Finally, even though it’s summertime, I want to remind you to stay connected to what is happening at Grantham Church. I believe there are some exciting things ahead for our congregation. But as I said in my vision talk a couple weeks ago, nothing of Kingdom significance happens without us first joining with God in prayer. May God empower us and protect us as we follow Jesus together.
Have a great week. See you Sunday!
Grace & Peace,
P.S. I wanted to let you know that the sealing/painting for our parking lot has been postponed from this Friday to Thursday, July 5 due to weather conditions this week. In addition, you’ve all seen the construction that has begun at the corner of Grantham and Lisburn. We have been informed that PennDOT will soon be putting in a roundabout at the intersection in front of the president’s house. We’re not sure when this project will begin, but we’ve been told that we will be given a 1-2 week notice. So, as soon as we know, we will post that information along with a map showing the detour route. The entire project should hopefully be completed before the beginning of the fall semester. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all prepare for these changes.
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