Hello Brothers & Sisters,
We launched our six-week Knowing Jesus series this past Sunday with the message, Nothing Greater Than Jesus. In this first sermon, I invited us to consider the centrality and supremacy of Jesus over all things in our lives and in the universe. God the Father exalted Jesus, the Word made flesh, to the highest place. Therefore, Jesus is the very reason we exist and the way by which we can experience the fullness of life. So, when knowing this Jesus is at the center of our life, we become more and more human—seeing and experiencing the world the way he did.
That is what the apostle Paul meant when he said, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” (Phil 3:10-11). Paul wanted to grow into Christ’s very own image, even to the point of suffering! He understood that the more he got to know the person of Jesus, the more he would see the world through his eyes, feel what he felt (i.e. joys and sorrows), and experience the power of God working through him. Paul said that everything else is garbage.
You see, for Paul, knowing Jesus wasn’t about learning stuff, though that can certainly be helpful. Instead, knowing Jesus was and is about embodying his Spirit and living the way he lived, which is what God wants for all of humanity. In other words, the whole point of Christianity and the work of the church—the irreducible minimum of our faith—is that we would come to know Jesus and be transformed by walking with him in a real relationship. And that’s what this series is all about.
Remember, if you’re coming and going at the end of summer, you can stay connected and follow the sermons at our website or at the Grantham Church Podcast on iTunes. Sermons are online by the end of the day on Monday. Thank you for listening, reflecting, and applying what God is speaking to us through our weekly messages.
Until we gather again, may the Holy Spirit continue to stir our hearts and give us a hunger for more of God’s presence and power at Grantham Church.
Grace & Peace,
P.S. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for baptisms at the creek on Sunday, August 18. That is also the last Sunday of our sermon series. If you’re interested in being baptized this summer, please contact the church office ASAP. You can email us at email@example.com.
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