discipleship

The Cost of Discipleship

Sermon Title: The Cost of Discipleship
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:57-62; John 15:4, Psalm 16

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Luke 9 marks a dramatic shift as Jesus’ ministry in Galilee comes to an end as he sets “his face toward Jerusalem.” In the wake of this dramatic shift, the gospel of Luke tells of three brief interactions between Jesus and his would-be followers. Jesus’ response to these anonymous followers is radical and concise—following Jesus requires absolute commitment and a willingness to leave behind all that society deems sacred. In The Cost of Discipleship, Pastor Kelly invites us to open our hearts to Jesus’ call to follow him. What do we need to let go of to follow more closely? Are we willing to follow Christ’s call? And what does Jesus promise in return to those who do choose to follow him?

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June 30 bulletin

Why You Need the Local Church to Follow Jesus

Sermon Title: Why You Need the Local Church to Follow Jesus
Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 2:19-22

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Western individualism has seeped into the church today in many ways. One obvious example is how some folks believe they can follow Jesus without being actively involved in the church. And unfortunately, not only does their faith limp along, but the church suffers due to their lack of connection and commitment to the building up of the Body of Christ. In a message entitled, Why You Need the Local Church to Follow Jesus, Pastor David calls us to consider the divine purpose and power of the local church, followed by an invitation to prayerful discern how the Spirit is calling you to engage at Grantham Church.

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April 28 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

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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May 6 bulletin
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Brick by Brick (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church
Sermon Title: The Call to be Living Stones (2 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:21-22; 1 Peter 2:4-5

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Jesus calls us to be disciples. It's through discipleship that we're built into living stones for a spiritual house unto the Lord. Therefore, the local church is only as healthy and strong as the depth of discipleship and the spiritual formation of her members. What does discipleship look like today? How are we to be chiseled and shaped into living stones that fit into the beautiful building of God? In The Call to be Living Stones (2 of 6), Pastor David invites us to be spiritually formed in community.

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September 17 bulletin
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A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Sermon Title: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
Scripture Reading: Romans 7:14-25; Philippians 3:12-14; Hebrews 12:1-3

Following Jesus is hard. We often know what we should do, but we frequently find it difficult to actually do it. Sometimes it takes months or years to see the changes we know we should be seeing in our walk with Christ. Is that normal? Is the Christian life supposed to be this way? In A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Pastor David addresses the realities and rewards of pursuing Christ over the long-haul, and how our daily choices shape us for better or for worse. 

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July 16 bulletin
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Roots (4 of 10)

Sermon Series: Roots: Exploring the Core Values of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: Following Jesus (4 of 10)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:13-14, 24-29; John 14:15; 1 John 1:6

When Jesus called people to follow him, he wasn’t telling them to ask him into their heart so they can go to heaven when they die. Jesus was inviting them to learn his teachings and imitate his living. That is what discipleship is all about. The Brethren in Christ believe we are to follow Jesus in radical obedience to his commands.

In Following Jesus (4 of 10), Pastor David addresses the narrow way of discipleship.

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February 26 bulletin
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