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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Bounded/Centered Visual
June 10 bulletin
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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

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
small group discussion questions

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
small group discussion questions

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.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
May 13 bulletin
small group discussion questions
missional leaders handout

Missio Dei (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional Church (3 of 6)
Scripture Reading:  Luke 5:1-11, 10:1-16; Matthew 28:16-20; John 20:21-22

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God is a missionary who sends a missionary church. It is not that the church has a mission; it is that God’s mission has a church. If we’re going to be missional like Jesus, what needs to change? What needs to happen for us to make room at the table for more disciples? In Missional Church (3 of 6), Pastor David challenges us to consider how we must be fully engaged in the spaces of the church if we want to reach people for Christ out in the world.

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sermon transcript
May 6 bulletin
small group discussion questions
triangle visual

Missio Dei (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional Jesus (2 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:14-30; Matthew 8:5-13; 9:9-13 

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Jesus is the Son sent by the Father. The divine Logos (Word) became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. In Christ we see the missional God seeking out those who are broken and lost, those who recognize their need to be healed and reconciled to God. In Missional Jesus (2 of 6), Pastor David invites us to recommit ourselves to Jesus and his risky way of crossing borders and boundaries.

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sermon transcript
April 22 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Missio Dei (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional God (1 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-3; Jonah 1:1-3,17; 2:10; 3:1-2;10; 4:1-2; Acts 10:34-45

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God is a missionary God. From the very beginning of creation to the birth of the early church, the Triune God has revealed his intentions to include all people into his divine community. In the first message of this series, Pastor David calls us to look deeply into the missionary heart of God, the God who seeks us out and sends us out to manifest his presence and reflect his glory into the world. 

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April 15 bulletin
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Money Matters According to Jesus

Guest Speaker: Beryl Jantzi (Everence Director of Stewardship Education)
Sermon Title: Money Matters According to Jesus
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24

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The Scriptures talk about money far more than most topics. Furthermore, Jesus talked about money in the Sermon on the Mount, the core of his teachings. In fact, Jesus makes how we spend our money and use our resources a central part of following him and living into the Kingdom of God. Listen as guest speaker Beryl Jantzi shares what Jesus' words mean for us today, in a message entitled, Money Matters According to Jesus

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April 8 bulletin

He Is Risen, and Why It Matters

Easter Sunday 2018

Sermon Title: He Is Risen, and Why It Matters
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:1-10; Corinthians 15:1-5, 12-20; 1 Peter 1:3-9

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After Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, Christians believe that God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day. We have good reasons to believe that Jesus was resurrected. It’s the best explanation for why the tomb was empty. But what does it all mean? What difference does it make for us today? In He is Risen, and Why It Matters, Pastor David shares why Easter Sunday is the turning point of human history.

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sermon transcript
April 1 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Experiencing God-Forsakenness

Good Friday Service 2018

Sermon Title: Experiencing God-Forsakenness
Scripture Reading: Mark 15:34; Psalm 22

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If we look at what all of the Gospels tell us about Jesus' crucifixion, they reveal that Jesus spoke seven separate times from the cross. But in the Gospel of Mark, he only records Jesus saying one thing, and one thing only. Jesus cries out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" What is happening at that moment? What does it mean for us? What does it say about God? In this year's Good Friday service, Pastor David invites us to reflect on what Christ experienced on the cross, and what it has to do with us today.

Worship Resources:
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March 30 bulletin
sermon transcript

40 Days in the Desert (6 of 6)

Guest Speaker: Tony Campolo
Sermon Title: Third Way Allegiance: Following Jesus in an American Empire (6 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:3-12; John 18:36; Revelation 18-19

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On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a humble servant on a donkey, not a soldier on a warhorse. This comical act captures who Jesus was and what his ministry as Messiah was all about. In Third Way Allegiance: Following Jesus in an American Empire (6 of 6), Tony Campolo talks about what it means to take Jesus’ teachings seriously, as we learn to follow him in a modern-day Babylon. 

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March 25 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: Post-Wilderness Conviction (5 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:13-30; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 MSG

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Jesus leaves the desert full of the Spirit with a clarity about his identity and calling as Messiah. He then returns to his hometown to confidently announce who he is and what he’s come to do as God’s anointed. In Post-Wilderness Conviction (5 of 6), Pastor David invites us to see how the wilderness sharpens our focus and shapes our faith so that we can live with passionate conviction about the things that matter most.

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March 18 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: No Shortcuts in the Kingdom (4 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:8-11; John 6:14-15; Psalm 40:1-3

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In the final wilderness temptation, Jesus faces the most difficult challenge yet. If he’s truly the Messiah, how will he come to rule over the nations of the earth? The devil offers Jesus power over all the kingdoms of the world, but Jesus chooses the cross instead of the sword. In No Shortcuts in the Kingdom (4 of 6), Pastor David reveals how we must patiently endure hardship and wait on God’s salvation.

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March 11 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: Courageous Faith (3 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:5-7; John 2:13-22; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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If you’re going to be the Messiah, you must have the loyalty of the religious leaders—the gatekeepers and caretakers of God’s covenant people. This is what the “temple temptation” in the wilderness is all about. But instead of choosing to use spectacle to gain followers, Jesus uses a bit of prophetic theater. In Courageous Faith (3 of 6), Pastor David shares how our zeal for the Lord ought to make us strong.

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March 4 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: It’s Not About You (2 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1-4; Mark 8:31-35; 1 Corinthians 10:13

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Jesus told his disciples we must deny ourselves and take up our own cross if we want to follow him. As we see with Jesus’ own example, he first learned this lesson while resisting Satan for 40 days in the desert. In It’s Not About You (2 of 6), Pastor David shares how our faith is formed through self-denial and why we must resist temptation if we want to live according to the truth about God, ourselves, and others.

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February 25 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: Welcome to the Wilderness (1 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Mark 1:9-13; 1 Peter 1:7,13-16; Hebrews 12:7-8

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The gospel of Mark says that the Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert after his baptism. Jesus was tempted for 40 days and his identity and calling were put to the test. In a similar way, disciples often undergo times of testing in the wilderness where God wants to shape our character and strengthen our trust in him. In Welcome to the Wilderness (1 of 6), Pastor David invites us to discover an authentic faith while living in a dry and barren wasteland.

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February 18 bulletin
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Nothing is Hidden

Ash Wednesday Service
Sermon Title: Nothing is Hidden
Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-7; Matthew 6:1, 22-23

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Nothing is hidden from God. We are invited in Lent to open ourselves up to the Spirit's work in revealing who we are on the inside and to repent for the sake of the Kingdom. Ash Wednesday reminds us of our own mortality and our need for God to give us eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Listen as Pastor David challenges us to be honest about what's on the inside of us, so that God can heal us and form us into the image of Christ.

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Loving Generosity

Guest Speaker: Dan Bisbee
Sermon Title: Loving Generosity
Scripture Reading: Luke 3:7-14 & 18:18-22; John 3:16

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Jesus said that God loved the world so much that he "gave" his Son to prove it. In this way, our generous giving is a sign of God's life in us and so it should be a natural outflow of discipleship. Giving shouldn't be done out of obligation, nor is it something we do to gain notoriety or power over others. In Loving Generosity, Dan Bisbee helps us to think about our motivations for giving and calls us to love generosity because we love the God who gave.

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February 11 bulletin
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