Inherent Worth (2 of 4)

Sermon Series: Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone
Sermon Title: The Imago Dei in Everyone
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18; Galatians 3:28

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The Scriptures teach that God made male and female in his image. Everyone has inherent worth and dignity as God’s special creation. But the Scriptures also teach that we’re broken and not as we should be. Because of our sinfulness, we have marred the image of God in ourselves and others whom he loves. In The Imago Dei in Everyone, Pastor David points to Jesus as the way to rediscover our true identity.

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January 14 bulletin

Inherent Worth (1 of 4)

Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone

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Our Christian faith tells us that every person on the planet has inherent worth because they are made in the image of God. Yet, as we look around the world today, we see that many people, particularly the most vulnerable among us, are being abused and exploited. We’ve talked as a church about the problem of racism, but what about other evils like human trafficking, pornography, domestic violence, and treating women as second-class citizens? These are serious issues and we want to learn about what our congregation can do to address these concerns at a local level. In our January peace series, Inherent Worth, we're asking, “What difference can we make in helping our church and community rediscover the image of God in everyone?”

Guest Speaker: Becky McDonald
Sermon Title: God’s Plan for Social Justice
Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8

There are an estimated 20.9 million people trapped in some form of slavery today. Over half of those trafficked around the world are women or girls. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry that is now on the rise in the United States. Listen as Becky McDonald (founder and president of Women At Risk, International) passionately invites the church to respond to the injustice and join the fight against human trafficking, in a message entitled God's Plan for Social Justice.

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January 7 bulletin

Years Crowned with Goodness

Sermon Title: Years Crowned with Goodness
Scripture Reading: Psalm 65

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In Psalm 65, the psalmist praises God for the many ways he has acted in the past and provided for his people. He writes, "You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance." 2017 has been a great year at Grantham Church. God has blessed our congregation in many ways. In Years Crowned with Goodness, Pastor John Yeatts (Congregational Care Pastor) invites us to celebrate what God has done, and he encourages us to look forward to a new year full of God's riches.

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December 31 bulletin

Patterns of Light (4 of 4)

Sermon Series: Patterns of Light | Advent 2017
Sermon Title: The End of Night
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:19; Revelation 22:1-4, 22:1-5; Romans 13:11-12

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The final images of light recorded in the Bible appear in the eschatological visions of the new age in the book of Revelation. A look into God’s throne room reveals that he is pure light. And at the end of this apocalyptic vision of the future, we are told that darkness will come to an end and that night will be no more, for the bright brilliance of God’s glory will give light to the new world. In The End of Night (4 of 4), Pastor David concludes our series with a message of hope for the future.

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December 24 bulletin

Patterns of Light (3 of 4)

Sermon Series: Patterns of Light | Advent 2017
Sermon Title: The Community of Light
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3; Matthew 5:13-16; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9

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The light of Christ comes not only to drive out the darkness in our souls, but also to illuminate and empower God’s gathered people, the church. Christ wants to draw the world to himself through the light-bearing work of his faithful followers. In The Community of Light (3 of 4), Pastor David invites us to consider how Jesus envisioned his church as the light of the world, and how local churches, including Grantham Church, are called to be a home and a beacon for the dawning of the light. 

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Patterns of Light (2 of 4)

Sermon Series: Patterns of Light | Advent 2017
Sermon Title: Stained Glass Souls
Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:17; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6

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Jesus said that he came to fill our hearts with his light. He wants us to let that light shine out of the broken pieces of our lives. Throughout the biblical story, we see that God is in the business of using broken things to create something new. Like sunlight shining through stained glass, God’s holy light comes to us in Advent to illuminate the beauty of his mercy and grace in our lives. In Stained Glass Souls (2 of 4), Pastor David encourages us to let the light of Christ shine through our brokenness. 

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December 10 bulletin
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Patterns of Light (1 of 4)

Sermon Series: Patterns of Light | Advent 2017
Sermon Title: The Coming of Light
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:3-4; Isaiah 9:2; John 1:1-14; 2 Corinthians 4:6

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According to the Bible, God’s first act of creation was light bursting forth in the darkness. And when God separated light from darkness, this wasn’t just a way of describing what happened in the physical world. It also said something about the cosmic struggle between good and evil—a central motif in the New Testament. In The Coming of Light (1 of 4), Pastor David invites us to see the advent of Jesus as the dawning of new creation, where the life of Christ becomes a light to all humanity.

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It's a Woman's World Too

Sermon Title: It's a Woman's World Too: A Christ-Centered Case for Women in Ministry
Scripture Reading: Luke 8:1-3; Galatians 3:23-29; Acts 2:17-21

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The gospels reveal that Jesus emancipated first-century women from second-class citizenship in God’s Kingdom story. For Jesus, his radical inclusion of women was in keeping with his overarching ministry to defeat Satan and heal the destructive consequences of the Fall. So why have so many in the church failed to accept women as equals? And what about those restrictive verses in Paul’s letters? Did the Apostle Paul believe and teach in accordance with Jesus? In It’s a Woman’s World Too, Pastor David presents us with a biblical foundation for the acceptance of women as equals in life and ministry.

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November 26 bulletin
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Giving as a Spiritual Discipline

Sermon Title: Giving as a Spiritual Discipline
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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We often have a hard time talking about money in the church. It can be a very personal thing. Truthfully, there are several reasons why we're reluctant to talk about money, and there are even more reasons why people don't give regularly to the local church. Yet, faithful financial giving is necessary for a fully functional church and for our spiritual health.

In Giving as a Spiritual Discipline, Pastor David addresses some unhealthy perspectives on giving and then encourages us to see our giving as an act of worship and an expression of discipleship.

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November 19 bulletin
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Being a Third Way Church

Sermon Title: Being a Third Way Church
Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:15-22; John 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:2-3

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It’s hard to address issues of concern today without getting political. We don't want to pick sides and add to the noise, so how do we navigate our divisive culture and model a "third way" in our church? In other words, how can we be willing to speak up about injustice and work for more of the Kingdom without mixing the gospel with partisan politics? In Being a Third Way Church, Pastor David calls us to embody the example of Christ.

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