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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Jesus Had a Small Group

Sermon Title: Jesus Had a Small Group
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:36; Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:42-47

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According to the New Testament, the church is more than Christians gathering for a public worship service. In fact, there are several other "spaces" that are necessary for discipleship and being a church on mission. And while all the spaces in the church are important, personal space is especially conducive to disciple-making. In Jesus Had a Small Group, Pastor David invites us to reflect on the model that Jesus set forth in the early church.

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Inherent Worth (4 of 4)

Guest Speaker: Susan Vigliano
Sermon Title: God’s Love in a Broken World
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:23

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We deny ourselves daily to bring God’s love into the lives of individuals in deep and desperate need of hope. Though there is sacrifice and suffering involved in denying ourselves and carrying our cross, there is also joy. Listen as Susan Vigliano (pastor & president of Peace Promise) shares about how the joy Christ experienced in the darkness can also be our joy in this life.

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Inherent Worth (3 of 4)

Sermon Series: Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone
Guest Speaker: Eric Seibert
Sermon Title: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

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It may be hard to believe, but research shows that most physical, emotional, and sexual abuse happens in the home. The church can’t afford to be silent when it comes to raising awareness and protecting the most vulnerable among us. In The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, Dr. Eric Seibert (Messiah College) encourages us to respond in a Christ-honoring way to the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

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January 21 bulletin
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Inherent Worth (2 of 4)

Sermon Series: Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone
Sermon Title: The Imago Dei in Everyone
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18; Galatians 3:28

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The Scriptures teach that God made male and female in his image. Everyone has inherent worth and dignity as God’s special creation. But the Scriptures also teach that we’re broken and not as we should be. Because of our sinfulness, we have marred the image of God in ourselves and others whom he loves. In The Imago Dei in Everyone, Pastor David points to Jesus as the way to rediscover our true identity.

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January 14 bulletin

Inherent Worth (1 of 4)

Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone

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Our Christian faith tells us that every person on the planet has inherent worth because they are made in the image of God. Yet, as we look around the world today, we see that many people, particularly the most vulnerable among us, are being abused and exploited. We’ve talked as a church about the problem of racism, but what about other evils like human trafficking, pornography, domestic violence, and treating women as second-class citizens? These are serious issues and we want to learn about what our congregation can do to address these concerns at a local level. In our January peace series, Inherent Worth, we're asking, “What difference can we make in helping our church and community rediscover the image of God in everyone?”

Guest Speaker: Becky McDonald
Sermon Title: God’s Plan for Social Justice
Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8

There are an estimated 20.9 million people trapped in some form of slavery today. Over half of those trafficked around the world are women or girls. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry that is now on the rise in the United States. Listen as Becky McDonald (founder and president of Women At Risk, International) passionately invites the church to respond to the injustice and join the fight against human trafficking, in a message entitled God's Plan for Social Justice.

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January 7 bulletin

Years Crowned with Goodness

Sermon Title: Years Crowned with Goodness
Scripture Reading: Psalm 65

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In Psalm 65, the psalmist praises God for the many ways he has acted in the past and provided for his people. He writes, "You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance." 2017 has been a great year at Grantham Church. God has blessed our congregation in many ways. In Years Crowned with Goodness, Pastor John Yeatts (Congregational Care Pastor) invites us to celebrate what God has done, and he encourages us to look forward to a new year full of God's riches.

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December 31 bulletin

Patterns of Light (4 of 4)

Sermon Series: Patterns of Light | Advent 2017
Sermon Title: The End of Night
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:19; Revelation 22:1-4, 22:1-5; Romans 13:11-12

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The final images of light recorded in the Bible appear in the eschatological visions of the new age in the book of Revelation. A look into God’s throne room reveals that he is pure light. And at the end of this apocalyptic vision of the future, we are told that darkness will come to an end and that night will be no more, for the bright brilliance of God’s glory will give light to the new world. In The End of Night (4 of 4), Pastor David concludes our series with a message of hope for the future.

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December 24 bulletin

Patterns of Light (3 of 4)

Sermon Series: Patterns of Light | Advent 2017
Sermon Title: The Community of Light
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3; Matthew 5:13-16; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9

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The light of Christ comes not only to drive out the darkness in our souls, but also to illuminate and empower God’s gathered people, the church. Christ wants to draw the world to himself through the light-bearing work of his faithful followers. In The Community of Light (3 of 4), Pastor David invites us to consider how Jesus envisioned his church as the light of the world, and how local churches, including Grantham Church, are called to be a home and a beacon for the dawning of the light. 

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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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