The Brethren in Christ Difference

Sermon Title: The Brethren in Christ Difference
Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:1-6; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 5-7

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Grantham Church is a historic Brethren in Christ (BIC) congregation. We believe that our heritage and core values uniquely position us to be the difference the world needs to see in the church today. Listen as Pastor David details his own journey into the BIC and why he believes God wants to use our church and our denomination to help Christians in America discover a Jesus-looking God who calls forth a Jesus-looking church, for such a time as this.

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July 15 bulletin

Following Jesus in Peace & Holiness

Guest Speaker:  John Yeatts
Sermon Title:  Following Jesus in Peace & Holiness
Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 12:1-3, 12-14

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John Yeatts wasn't born into the Brethren in Christ (BIC). Instead, he became a part of the church because his father came to faith in Jesus through a BIC minister. And it was through another BIC pastor that John stayed with the denomination after his seminary education at Princeton. In Following Jesus in Peace & Holiness, listen to John (Pastor Emeritus) share about his journey and the core values that have endeared him to the BIC over the years.

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July 8 bulletin

Forming Lives to Transform Culture

Guest Speaker: Glenn Moyer
Sermon Title: Forming Lives to Transform Culture
Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-2; Nehemiah 1:10-11

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Our world is changing rapidly. The church has the challenge of engaging a world on the move. In doing this, Jesus has called us to shape and form lives that will go out into the world and transform culture. Listen as Glenn and Glenda Moyer (missionaries from Columbia) share about their work with young people, their observations about what God is doing in the world, and how we can join the Spirit in building the Kingdom.

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July 1 bulletin

God & Government: A Responsible Reading of Romans 13

Sermon Title: God & Government: A Responsible Reading of Romans 13
Scripture Reading: John 18:36; Romans 12:1-21; 13:1-10; Revelation 13:1-10

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Jeff Sessions (US Attorney General) recently cited Romans 13 as justification for supporting the Zero Tolerance immigration policy. Unfortunately, he isn't the first person to misuse Paul's words on the purpose of government. So, what does Paul actually mean when he says that we should submit to the powers that be? In God & Government: A Responsible Reading of Romans 13, Pastor David shares some historical background and context that enables us to correctly apply Paul's instructions to the church.

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June 24 bulletin
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The Power of Choice

Sermon Title: The Power of Choice
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Galatians 6:7-9; Ephesians 5:15-17

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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. We can do a great deal of good, or make poor choices that result in disastrous consequences. In The Power of Choice, Pastor David invites us to consider how our decisions (big or small) become who we are, and they shape the world around us.

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June 17 bulletin
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Beware the Yeast of the Pharisees

Sermon Title: Beware the Yeast of the Pharisees
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:1-3; Matthew 5:20; 16:6; Mark 8:15

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You can't read the Gospels without encountering the Pharisees at every turn. They were the leading religious group within first-century Palestine. While the Pharisees were fairly popular among the people, Jesus' strongest words of rebuke were directed at them. Why? In Beware the Yeast of the Pharisees, Pastor David addresses the sins of the Pharisees and why Jesus says we mustn't be like them if we want to enter the Kingdom of God.

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June 10 bulletin
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The God Who Meets Our Needs

Sermon Title: The God Who Meets Our Needs
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-11; Mark 10:46-52; Philippians 4:19

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All throughout the Scriptures we can see that God is able to meet our needs. In the Old Testament, God is called Jehovah-Jireh (Yahweh will provide). In the New Testament, we see that Jesus is the exact representation of God's nature and that he embodies God's heart toward his needy children. In The God Who Meets Our Needs, Pastor David reminds us that Jesus welcomes those who have needs and who see him as the great provider. 

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June 3 bulletin
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Missio Dei (6 of 6)

Sermon Series: Mission Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional Movement (6 of 6)
Scripture Reading:  Acts 1:8; 2:1-21; 22-24, 37-47; Eph 3:16-21; John 14:15-18, 25-27

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Jesus taught his disciples how they could make disciples in the way he did, and that he would provide help for this seemingly impossible task. In the book of Acts, we’re told that the Holy Spirit empowered the early disciples and propelled the church forward. In this final message of the Missio Dei series, Pastor David seeks to encourage and inspire us to believe in Christ’s power to do the impossible through the church.

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May 27 bulletin
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Missio Dei (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional Living (5 of 6)
Scripture Reading:Matthew 5:13-16; Luke 9:51-56; 10:5-6; Colossians 4:5-6

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One of the great challenges the church has faced throughout the ages is how to live among and engage with the broken world around us. What does it mean to be in the world but not of the world? How are we to be disciples of a holy God in a sometimes unholy world? In Missional Living(5 of 6) Pastor David shares some insights into how we should engage a post-Christian culture with the gospel of Jesus.

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May 20 bulletin
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Missio Dei (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional Leaders (4 of 6)
Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 11:1; Philippians 3:10-17

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While an unbridled, top-down leadership hasn’t helped the church in the West, the early Christians recognized God’s gift to the church in the form of missional servant-leaders. This leadership doesn’t long for the spotlight, but it also doesn’t shirk the calling and responsibility to be out front as an incarnational example of Christ for the church to follow. In Missional Leaders (4 of 6), Pastor David calls forth those whom God has called among us to lead and guide the church into the future.

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May 13 bulletin
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