Patterns of Light (2 of 4)

Sermon Series: Patterns of Light | Advent 2017
Sermon Title: Stained Glass Souls
Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:17; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6

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Jesus said that he came to fill our hearts with his light. He wants us to let that light shine out of the broken pieces of our lives. Throughout the biblical story, we see that God is in the business of using broken things to create something new. Like sunlight shining through stained glass, God’s holy light comes to us in Advent to illuminate the beauty of his mercy and grace in our lives. In Stained Glass Souls (2 of 4), Pastor David encourages us to let the light of Christ shine through our brokenness. 

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Patterns of Light (1 of 4)

Sermon Series: Patterns of Light | Advent 2017
Sermon Title: The Coming of Light
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:3-4; Isaiah 9:2; John 1:1-14; 2 Corinthians 4:6

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According to the Bible, God’s first act of creation was light bursting forth in the darkness. And when God separated light from darkness, this wasn’t just a way of describing what happened in the physical world. It also said something about the cosmic struggle between good and evil—a central motif in the New Testament. In The Coming of Light (1 of 4), Pastor David invites us to see the advent of Jesus as the dawning of new creation, where the life of Christ becomes a light to all humanity.

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It's a Woman's World Too

Sermon Title: It's a Woman's World Too: A Christ-Centered Case for Women in Ministry
Scripture Reading: Luke 8:1-3; Galatians 3:23-29; Acts 2:17-21

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The gospels reveal that Jesus emancipated first-century women from second-class citizenship in God’s Kingdom story. For Jesus, his radical inclusion of women was in keeping with his overarching ministry to defeat Satan and heal the destructive consequences of the Fall. So why have so many in the church failed to accept women as equals? And what about those restrictive verses in Paul’s letters? Did the Apostle Paul believe and teach in accordance with Jesus? In It’s a Woman’s World Too, Pastor David presents us with a biblical foundation for the acceptance of women as equals in life and ministry.

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Giving as a Spiritual Discipline

Sermon Title: Giving as a Spiritual Discipline
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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We often have a hard time talking about money in the church. It can be a very personal thing. Truthfully, there are several reasons why we're reluctant to talk about money, and there are even more reasons why people don't give regularly to the local church. Yet, faithful financial giving is necessary for a fully functional church and for our spiritual health.

In Giving as a Spiritual Discipline, Pastor David addresses some unhealthy perspectives on giving and then encourages us to see our giving as an act of worship and an expression of discipleship.

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Being a Third Way Church

Sermon Title: Being a Third Way Church
Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:15-22; John 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:2-3

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It’s hard to address issues of concern today without getting political. We don't want to pick sides and add to the noise, so how do we navigate our divisive culture and model a "third way" in our church? In other words, how can we be willing to speak up about injustice and work for more of the Kingdom without mixing the gospel with partisan politics? In Being a Third Way Church, Pastor David calls us to embody the example of Christ.

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Missions Sunday 2017

Guest Speaker: Ryan Keith
Sermon Title: Yearning for Heaven to Earth
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

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Guest speaker Ryan Keith shares about his work with Forgotten Voices and talks to us about seeing evangelism and service as reconciling people to God. We show that we’re yearning for heaven to come to earth when we do our works of service so that people can know God and be made new in Christ. In Yearning for Heaven to Earth, Ryan Keith calls us on Missions Sunday to leave the church huddle and get in the game.

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The Emerging Reformation

Sermon Title: The Emerging Reformation
Scripture Reading: John 17:15-23; Ephesians 3:20-21; Romans 13:8-12 

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Reformation Sunday marks 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. As an Anabaptist church, our beginnings are rooted in the “radical” wing of the 16th century Reformation. In this message, Pastor David shares a bit about the significance of this event, what we affirm and how we’re different, and then he invites us to see the emerging of a new reformation. Where should we go from here? And what's our role in a fresh movement of the Holy Spirit across the landscape of Christianity?

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Brick by Brick (6 of 6)

Sermon Series: Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church
Sermon Title: The Future of Grantham Church (6 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 29:18; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 3:14-21

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When disciples are working all of the spaces within the church (i.e. public, personal & intimate space), our roots grow down deep into Christ and he will build his church. There is no secret to church growth, it’s simply about being rooted and established in love as disciples who are intentional about spiritual formation. What does that look like? Where are we going as a church? In The Future of Grantham Church (6 of 6), Pastor David inspires us to let the Holy Spirit propel us forward.

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Brick by Brick (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds the Church
Sermon Title: The Relational Depth of Intimate Space (5 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:26; Mark 14:32-34; James 5:16

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Jesus had a small group. He created a personal space with twelve people so he could make disciples and build his church. But within this personal space of disciples, Jesus selected three other close friends to walk with in a more intimate way. It’s in this space that Jesus went deeper in his relationships. He walked with them more closely than the others. In The Relational Depth of Intimate Space (5 of 6), Pastor David shares about the importance of close friendships within the church.

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Improving Relationships

Guest Speaker: Bruce Webb
Sermon Title: Improving Relationships
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-5

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It's so easy for us to assume we know why people do what they do and then be quick to judge others or treat them unfairly. But Jesus said to take the log out of your own eye before trying to remove the speck out of someone else's eye. What does Jesus mean? Listen as our guest speaker, Bruce Webb, shares his insights and personal stories into how he is learning to treat others in a way that makes for peace and builds healthy relationships.

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