Streams (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title:
Anabaptism: The Way of Peace
Scripture Reading: Leviticus 24:19-20; Matthew 5:38-48; Romans 12:17-21

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Anabaptism is the first stream in our heritage, and it is the one stream that sets the Brethren in Christ apart from most other denominations in America. This is where we receive our call to peace and hear Jesus’ command to love our enemies and live non-violently in the world. In Anabaptism: The Way of Peace (2 of 6), Pastor David invites us to love like Jesus and embody the gospel of peace by praying for our enemies.

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September 16 bulletin
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Streams (1 of 6)

Series Title: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: One Church, Many Expressions (1 of 6)
Scripture Reading: John 17:20-23; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Acts 15:1-4, 36-41

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Jesus prayed that his church would be one. Why then are there so many Christian denominations today? While many see this as an unfortunate result of the Protestant Reformation, there have actually been multiple expressions of the church since the first century. In One Church, Many Expressions (1 of 6), Pastor David helps us to see how God uses our differences to further the gospel of Christ.

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September 9 bulletin
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Heaven is Not Our Home (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Sermon Title: Heaven is Not Our Home (And Why That's a Good Thing)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 65:17; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Revelation 21:1-5

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It has been ingrained into the thinking of many Christians that this world is not our home, we're just passing through. For years it has been reinforced through books, sermons, songs, etc. But does the Bible actually teach that? And if that's true, what does it say about the way we live now and how we treat the planet? In Heaven is Not Our Home (And Why That's a Good Thing), Pastor David helps us to see that heaven is coming to earth and that our real hope is in the resurrection of the dead and the renewal of all things.

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September 2 bulletin

Metaphors of Hope

Sermon Title: Metaphors of Hope: The Second Coming in Christian Imagination
Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:37-44; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21:1-4

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The belief that Jesus will one day return to earth is a central tenet of our faith. Jesus said he would return. So, all of orthodox Christianity testifies to the hope that Jesus will literally come again. Yet, we're not all in agreement as to what that will look like. How did such an important concept become so complicated, even bizarre? And why is it so critical that we exercise a disciplined imagination when interpreting Scripture? Listen to Pastor David share what the New Testament teaches about Christ's return, and why it matters that we hold to hopeful view of the future.

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August 26 bulletin

Do You See What I See?

Guest Speaker: Bob Beaty
Sermon Title: Do You See What I See?
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:13-45 

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It is natural for each of us to live life looking out for our own interests and building our resumes of importance. Jesus invites those who would follow him to open themselves to a new way of seeing the world. As we move closer to Jesus we can’t help but have our view of life refocused. Listen as Bishop Bob Beaty shows us how Jesus calls his disciples to see people and situations the way he does.

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August 19 bulletin

Denouncing (Your Inner) Judge Dredd

Sermon Title: Denouncing (Your Inner) Judge Dredd
Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:1-4; Matthew 7:1-5; James 4:11-12;

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Judge Dredd is a fictional comic book character who enforces the law as judge, jury, and executioner in a dystopian future. Dredd says, "I AM THE LAW!" Unfortunately, if we're honest, we sometimes act this way toward our neighbors. But Jesus taught us not to judge people. Listen as Pastor David shares how judging others reveals our own emptiness, and how we are called to embrace an identity that engenders a deep love for our neighbor.

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August 12 bulletin

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Sermon Title: Blessed to Be A Blessing
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1: 1-31, 12:1-3; Mark 1:9-11

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Outrage and accusation are the common language of our current world culture. Individual and collective outrage are courted and celebrated. Yet, the human heart longs for blessing--for words that name and praise the good we’ve been given. In Blessed to Be a Blessing, Kelly Chripczuk (our new Associate Pastor at Grantham Church), explores our identity as people who are blessed by God and who live in a way that blesses others.

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August 5 bulletin

The Church as Family

Sermon Title: The Church as Family
Scripture Reading: Mark 3:20-21, 31-35; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:2-3

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It was one of the most scandoulous things Jesus did in his ministry. Jesus invited his disciples to become a part of his church--a new community in which the family is reconstituted; where all those who love and follow him are to be known as brothers and sisters in Christ. And like Jesus, we are quick to love, forgive, bear each other’s burdens, and show grace to one another. In The Church as Family, Pastor David shares how Christians are called to live as the family of God.

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July 29 bulletin

Sabbath, Silence & Solitude

Sermon Title: Sabbath, Silence & Solitude
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 10:38-42; Matthew 11:28-30

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The world moves faster than it ever has before! We're a hurried people. It's not just the miles per hour that makes our lives so busy, it's our driven hearts. But if we're going to live as healthy and whole human beings, we must learn the unforced rhythms of grace. In Sabbath, Silence & Solitude, Pastor David shares about the true meaning of keeping Sabbath and how Jesus shows us that honoring Sabbath is for our own good.

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July 22 bulletin

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