Money, Sex & Power (1 of 3)

Sermon Series: Money, Sex & Power
Sermon Title: Redeeming Money
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:3; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Matthew 6:24; 19:16-30; 1 Timothy 6:6-19

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Idolatry is the sin from which all other sins come about in our lives. But unfortunately, many people don't recognize what an idol looks like today and so they don't know how to let go of it in order to receive what only God can give us. Money, sex, and power are three of God's greatest gifts that too often become idols of the heart. In Redeeming Money (1 of 3), Pastor David challenges us to consider whether money is an idol of our heart, and then he invites us to get our life from Christ alone.

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May 19 bulletin
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The Mothering God

Sermon Title: The Mothering God
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 49:15; 66:12-13; Psalm 36:7; Luke 13:34

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The Bible tells us that God is neither male nor female; God is spirit. This means that God transcends gender and encompasses both male and female qualities. And though we typically use masculine pronouns to refer to God, the Scriptures use both male and female imagery to describe God. In fact, Jesus himself appropriated Old Testament mothering metaphors in revealing who God is to us. In The Mothering God, Pastor David invites us to encounter the Lord as the compassionate caregiver our souls long for in this life.

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May 12 bulletin

Scandalous Grace

Sermon Title: Scandalous Grace
Scripture Reading: Romans 2:4; 6:1-4; Ephesians 2:1-10; 3:1-12; Galatians 6:14-15

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Nobody understood grace better than the Apostle Paul. He was a strict, law-abiding Pharisee who persecuted Christians before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. But once he encountered the risen Jesus, Paul was changed and then given a revelation of how God wanted to pour out his grace on the Gentiles. And what's even more shocking, God wanted to use Paul to extend this grace to everyone. In Scandalous Grace, Pastor David shares how Christ calls the church to accept people where they are and invite them to encounter the transforming power of God's love.

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May 5 bulletin

Why You Need the Local Church to Follow Jesus

Sermon Title: Why You Need the Local Church to Follow Jesus
Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 2:19-22

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Western individualism has seeped into the church today in many ways. One obvious example is how some folks believe they can follow Jesus without being actively involved in the church. And unfortunately, not only does their faith limp along, but the church suffers due to their lack of connection and commitment to the building up of the Body of Christ. In a message entitled, Why You Need the Local Church to Follow Jesus, Pastor David calls us to consider the divine purpose and power of the local church, followed by an invitation to prayerful discern how the Spirit is calling you to engage at Grantham Church.

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April 28 bulletin

Easter: The Tomb as Womb

Easter Sunday 2019

Sermon Title: Easter: The Tomb as Womb
Scripture Reading: Luke 24:1-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-10

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Christians celebrate the risen Jesus on Easter Sunday. We believe that this historical event not only has implications for life after death, but also for the world we live in today. In fact, according to the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus has changed everything! In Easter: The Tomb as Womb, Pastor David invites us to share in the joy of knowing that Christ is alive and that he has called us to be agents of new creation.

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April 21 bulletin

My Heart is Ready

Good Friday 2019

Sermon Title: My Heart is Ready
Scripture Reading: Psalm 57:1-7 (VOICE); Luke 22:39-44; 1 Peter 2:21-25

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After Jesus leaves the upper room with his disciples, he goes out from the city in order to pray on the Mount of Olives, just before he is arrested. It is there that our Lord reveals his own personal struggle with what the Father has called him to do, as he knows that he will soon die on the cross. Yet, Jesus shows resolve to do God's will, despite the suffering he must endure. In My Heart is Ready, Pastor David reflects on Jesus' free choice to embrace his cross in order to be obedient to the Father, and how we must be willing to do the same.

Cultivating & Letting Go (6 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: 
Fickle Faith… Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!
Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29; Zechariah 9:9; Luke 19:28-40

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. It's when Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey to the waving of palm branches. But why does he ride in like this? What does it mean? And what does Jesus reveal about what faith entails if we're going to follow him? In Fickle Faith... Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!, Pastor David calls us to cultivate conviction that propels us forward to take risks and do whatever is necessary to be faithful to God.

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April 14 bulletin

Cultivating & Letting Go (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title:
Cultivating Kinship 
Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-3a, 11b-32 

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Luke 15 begins with two crowds of people: one drawing near to Jesus and the other grumbling.  The differences between these two groups appear, at first glance, to be insurmountable.  Jesus responds to the crowd with a series of parables, culminating with the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Older Brother. On the fifth Sunday of Lent, Pastor Kelly invites us to let go of the lies that keep us separated from each other and to live into the good news of Jesus Christ, to move beyond tolerance and acceptance to a radical new posture: kinship.

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Cultivating & Letting Go (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: 
Being a Third Way Family: Cultivating the Radical Love of Jesus in the Church
Scripture Reading: John 17:20-23; Romans 15:1-7; Ephesians 4:2-3

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Jesus and the whole of the New Testament calls us to live in harmony with one another. When people of other religions disagree, they divide. When people in politics disagree, they divide. When the church disagrees, we stay together, because the gospel has made us a family. In Being a Third Way Family, Bruxy Cavey (The Meeting House, Canada) shares how we can cultivate the radical love of Jesus in the church and overcome our differences.

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Cultivating & Letting Go (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: God, Have Mercy On Me
Scripture Reading: Isa. 55:1-9; Psa. 63:1-8; I Cor. 10:1-13; Luke 18:9-14

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Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector calls us to see ourselves the way God does and to repent of our sins. Repentance literally means to change your mind and allow God to have his way in your life. We repent by first humbly admitting our sin to God and by asking his forgiveness. And so, our repentance must be sincere and recognize God’s mercy. As a result, God changes us from the inside-out. Listen as John Yeatts (Pastor Emeritus) shares how we can repent of our sins and cultivate God’s life in us.

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