Peacemakers (2 of 4)

Guest Speaker: Dave Brubaker
Sermon Title: Dealing with Difference in the Body of Christ
Scripture Reading: Acts 15:1-35

Every church will have disagreements. How do we deal with difference in the Body of Christ? Acts 15 gives us four helpful guidelines for doing so. First, move towards disagreement rather than away from it. Second, give plenty of time to hear each other’s stories. Third, consult with each other and with Scripture before deciding. Finally, make a decision that respects the dignity of all involved as children of God. Listen as Dave Brubaker (EMU) shares his insights based on years of experience helping churches and organizations find peace amid conflicts.

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January 13 bulletin
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Peacemakers (1 of 4)

Peacemakers: Living Peacefully in an Age of Outrage

Peace & Social Justice Series | January 2019

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We are living in tumultuous times in America. From political campaigns to nightly news, from social media to the dinner table, we are experiencing great division, strife, and polarization in our culture. And unfortunately, the church is often lured in to the fear-mongering, name-calling, and violent rhetoric that is typical of those who haven’t encountered the good news or who don’t know the love and grace of Christ. We can do better and we must, for Jesus calls his followers to be peacemakers and ministers of reconciliation. But is that even possible? And if so, what does it look like for disciples to disarm and deescalate the hostile world around us by pursuing peace? We hope you’ll join us for our 2019 Peace & Social Justice series where we will turn our attention to how we can follow Jesus and live peacefully in an age of outrage.

Sermon Series: Peacemakers
Sermon Title: Beyond Sticks & Stones: The Power of Words
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:18, 15:4, 18:21; Matthew 15:11; James 3:1-10, 18

It's a common saying: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." But this couldn't be further from the truth! The Bible teaches us that our words have great power. Our speech can make peace or lead to war. Our words can be a healing balm or a hatchet to a person’s soul. In Beyond Sticks & Stones: The Power of Words, Pastor David challenges us to tame our tongue by letting God deal with our heart, so that we might bless all those made in his image.

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January 6 bulletin
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Resolve to Love

Sermon Title: Resolve to Love
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:38-47

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Jesus commands us to love our neighbors and our enemies. It is one of the most challenging things we do as followers of Jesus, but it can also be the most distinctive way to be the church in our society today. If we’re going to live into that calling we need to set aside the false binary choices that separate what we like from what we don’t like and avoid the trap of loving only those we first like. In Resolve to Love, Pastor Dan Bisbee says we should start with forgiveness and be the “angled mirrors” of God’s divine love to everyone.

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December 30 bulletin

God is Coming (4 of 4)

Sermon Series: God is Coming | Advent 2018
Sermon Title: Signs of Love
Scripture Reading: Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:26-55; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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In the first century, the Roman empire ruled the world. And the virgin Mary believed that the annunciation by the angel Gabriel meant that everything was about to change, for the God of love was fulfilling his covenant promises through Jesus. In Signs of Love (4 of 4), Pastor David invites us to follow the example of Mary so that we might be conduits of God's love and grace to a world longing for liberation.

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December 23 bulletin

God is Coming (3 of 4)

Sermon Series: God is Coming | Advent 2018
Sermon Title: Signs of Joy
Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20; John 16:16-23

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It is entirely understandable that we experience sadness in a world that has yet to be released from sin and its bondage to decay. The Christmas season can be especially difficult for many people. However, Jesus said that in the midst of our sorrow we can know a joy that isn't dependent upon circumstance. In Signs of Joy (3 of 4), Pastor Kelly shares how we can know God's joy and why we should do things just because we enjoy them.

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December 16 bulletin

God is Coming (2 of 4)

Sermon Series: God is Coming | Advent 2018
Sermon Title: Signs of Peace
Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-6

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As we look around the world today, it’s clear that we’re lacking the peace of the Kingdom. And it’s easy to say the reason for that is because of this thing or that person, but Advent calls us to look within ourselves and repent of our own sins. In Signs of Peace (2 of 4), Pastor David shares about what was going on in the prophet Malachi’s day for him to proclaim the coming of the messenger, the one who precedes Christ.

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December 9 bulletin

God is Coming (1 of 4)

Sermon Series: God is Coming | Advent 2018
Sermon Title:
Signs of Hope
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 21:25-36

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Advent begins in the darkness and invites us to see our great need for redemption and deliverance--our need for the light. It is there that we wait in anticipation for the Messiah. And it is there that we can already see the signs of his coming. In Signs of Hope (1 of 4), Pastor David helps us to see that there is good reason to believe that the long winter will come to an end, for the snow is melting and the kingdom of God is sprouting leaves.

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December 2 bulletin

Saying No For God's Sake

Sermon Title: Saying No for God's Sake
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:28-31; Luke 9:23-26; Romans 12:1-2; James 4:7

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It's one of the greatest challenges that followers of Jesus face today in our American culture: saying “no” to things that aren’t good for us (or are of lesser importance) so that we can say “yes” to the Kingdom. But being a disciple means that we must deny ourselves and resist outside forces that often oppose God's best for us. Doing this requires grit, resolve, and discipline. In Saying No For God's Sake, Pastor David invites us to reflect on the need to say no, as we prepare to enter the Advent season.

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November 25 bulletin
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Thanksgiving Service 2018

Thanksgiving Service 2018

In Colossians 3:16-17, the apostle Paul wrote, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

In this year’s Thanksgiving Service, we asked several people within our congregation to share how they are thankful for the ways God has used Grantham Church in their journey with Jesus—each testimony followed up by singing together. We hope you are blessed by their stories.

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November 18 bulletin

The Power of Thankfulness

Sermon Title: The Power of Thankfulness
Scripture Reading: John 10:10; 1 Thess 5:16-18; Philippians 4:4-8; Colossians 3:15-17

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According to recent studies, America isn't a very happy place to be, as people's sense of well-being is at an all-time low. People are fearful, angry, depressed, discontented, and lacking purpose in life. Therefore, followers of Jesus need to be reminded of the full life that he promises (Jn 10:10). In The Power of Thankfulness, Pastor David shares how the Bible and recent neuroscience indicates that practicing gratitude can help us access the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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