Streams (6 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title:
Our Streams, Our Witness
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 4:2-6; 1 Peter 2:9-12

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As the Brethren in Christ, we recognize what we share in common with the rest of historic Christianity (i.e. Apostles’ Creed), but we also want to own our unique heritage and embody our distinctives in love and grace, for such a time as this. What does that look like in a post-Christian America? In Our Streams, Our Witness (6 of 6), Pastor David calls us to pursue a gracious Christianity that looks like Jesus.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
October 14 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Streams (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: Evangelicalism: The Way of Passion
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:15-16, 9:35-38, 28:18-20; John 3:16-17; 1 Peter 3:15

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Evangelicalism is the final stream in our heritage, and it is by far the most problematic. The reason for that is because the evangelicalism of today is not the movement that the BIC first embraced in the 1950s. What is evangelicalism and how has it changed? Should we acknowledge it as one of our streams? In Evangelicalism: The Way of Passion (5 of 6), Pastor David helps us to see the best about historic evangelicalism and discard what can’t be synthesized with our other streams.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
October 7 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Streams (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: Wesleyanism: The Way of Holiness
Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1-14, 7:14-25; Philippians 2:12; 1 Peter 1:14-16

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Wesleyanism is the third stream in our heritage, and it is the stream that emphasizes free will, God’s grace, and our call to holiness. What does it look like for us to choose to accept God’s grace and work out our salvation through holy living? In Wesleyanism: The Way of Holiness (4 of 6), Pastor David invites us to adopt religious habits that create space for the Spirit to fashion and form us into the image of Christ.

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sermon video (mp4)
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September 30 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Streams (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: Pietism: The Way of Renewal
Scripture Reading: Matthew 15:7-9; John 5:39-40; 15:5-8; Romans 8:5-11 MSG

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Pietism is the next stream in our heritage, and it is the stream that led to the birth of the Brethren in Christ. What is pietism and what difference does it make in how we follow Christ today? In Pietism: The Way of Renewal (3 of 6), Pastor David shares how true piety is born of the Holy Spirit at work in our hearts, who enables us to experience the real presence of God and bear fruitful lives of discipleship.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
September 23 bulletin
small group discussion questions

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.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
September 16 bulletin
small group discussion questions

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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sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
September 9 bulletin
small group discussion questions
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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.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
already/not yet (diagram)
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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already/not yet (diagram)
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.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
August 19 bulletin
testimonials (baptism insert)

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.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
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.

Worship Resources:
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sermon transcript
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
small group discussion questions

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.

Worship Resources:
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sermon transcript
June 17 bulletin
small group discussion questions

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.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
sermon transcript
Bounded/Centered Visual
June 10 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Special Council 2018

Special Council 2018 - Mid-Year Update & Vision Casting

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Every year we have an end of the year Congregational Council to conduct the business of Grantham Church. This year we decided to hold a Special Congregational Council where we could give you a mid-year update on where we are as a church, and so we could hear our Senior Pastor share some vision about where we're going in the future. Listen as Pastor David speaks from his heart about where God is leading our church.

Special Council Resources:
2017 (end-of-year) Treasurer's Report
Church-Size Dynamics Article
Transcript & Vision Outline