Our Father in Heaven

Sermon Title: Our Father in Heaven
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9; Luke 15:11-32; John 5:16-23; 14:5-14; Romans 8:14-16

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Jesus said that he is the only begotten Son sent by the Father. He also said that he alone shows us what the Father is really like and the way to know God. While the entire Bible (including Jesus) uses feminine and maternal metaphors to describe God, Jesus revealed a deep theological reality when he chose to primarily refer to God as Father. And not only did he use "Abba" as an affectionate and authoritative name for God, he taught his followers to relate to God this way. Why is that? In Our Father in Heaven, Pastor David invites us to know God as the perfect heavenly Father who loves us.

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June 16 bulletin

Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church

Sermon Title: Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church
Scripture Reading: Joel 2:28-32; John 14:15-21; Acts 1:1-8; 2:1-4, 42-47

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In the Old Testament, the Spirit was at work in creation, empowered key individuals, and filled the Temple for a time. But it was through Jesus that the Spirit came in a unique way—empowering him to bring about the Kingdom on the earth. Finally, after Christ’s resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit comes upon his followers on the day of Pentecost, just as Jesus had foretold. In Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church, Pastor David invites us to consider why the Spirit is necessary for growth, what it looks like when the Spirit is at work in the church, and what we must do to welcome his transforming presence.

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June 9 bulletin

Money, Sex & Power (3 of 3)

Sermon Series: Money, Sex & Power
Sermon Title: Redeeming Power
Scripture Reading: John 19:10-11; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 4:20; Philippians 2:1-11

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In our Money, Sex & Power series, we've seen how money and sex have been idolized and not treated as scared gifts. But what about power? Power is usually talked about the least, but it is actually the most destructive when it is misused, especially in the Body of Christ. Power can create or destroy; bring life or death. Power can be wielded to build up or tear down. What are we doing with the power we've been given? In Redeeming Power (3 of 3), Pastor David challenges us to trust in the power of self-sacrificial love and give up on the desire to control.

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Money, Sex & Power (2 of 3)

Sermon Series: Money, Sex & Power
Sermon Title: Redeeming Sex
Scripture Reading: Matthew 19:1-12; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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Nothing has been as divisive in the church and the broader culture today than issues related to human sexuality. Since the beginning of the sexual revolution in the mid-twentieth century, American society has idolized sex, and we're still seeing the ongoing fallout of a sex-crazed culture. If the church is ever going to offer a fresh Christian vision of sexuality, we must stop reacting, as well as conforming, to the world around us. In Redeeming Sex (2 of 3), Pastor David challenges us to see sex as a sacred gift for marriage and encourages those who are single to devote themselves fully to the work of the Kingdom.

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Money, Sex & Power (1 of 3)

Sermon Series: Money, Sex & Power
Sermon Title: Redeeming Money
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:3; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Matthew 6:24; 19:16-30; 1 Timothy 6:6-19

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Idolatry is the sin from which all other sins come about in our lives. But unfortunately, many people don't recognize what an idol looks like today and so they don't know how to let go of it in order to receive what only God can give us. Money, sex, and power are three of God's greatest gifts that too often become idols of the heart. In Redeeming Money (1 of 3), Pastor David challenges us to consider whether money is an idol of our heart, and then he invites us to get our life from Christ alone.

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May 19 bulletin
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The Mothering God

Sermon Title: The Mothering God
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 49:15; 66:12-13; Psalm 36:7; Luke 13:34

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The Bible tells us that God is neither male nor female; God is spirit. This means that God transcends gender and encompasses both male and female qualities. And though we typically use masculine pronouns to refer to God, the Scriptures use both male and female imagery to describe God. In fact, Jesus himself appropriated Old Testament mothering metaphors in revealing who God is to us. In The Mothering God, Pastor David invites us to encounter the Lord as the compassionate caregiver our souls long for in this life.

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May 12 bulletin

Scandalous Grace

Sermon Title: Scandalous Grace
Scripture Reading: Romans 2:4; 6:1-4; Ephesians 2:1-10; 3:1-12; Galatians 6:14-15

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Nobody understood grace better than the Apostle Paul. He was a strict, law-abiding Pharisee who persecuted Christians before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. But once he encountered the risen Jesus, Paul was changed and then given a revelation of how God wanted to pour out his grace on the Gentiles. And what's even more shocking, God wanted to use Paul to extend this grace to everyone. In Scandalous Grace, Pastor David shares how Christ calls the church to accept people where they are and invite them to encounter the transforming power of God's love.

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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

Easter: The Tomb as Womb

Easter Sunday 2019

Sermon Title: Easter: The Tomb as Womb
Scripture Reading: Luke 24:1-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-10

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Christians celebrate the risen Jesus on Easter Sunday. We believe that this historical event not only has implications for life after death, but also for the world we live in today. In fact, according to the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus has changed everything! In Easter: The Tomb as Womb, Pastor David invites us to share in the joy of knowing that Christ is alive and that he has called us to be agents of new creation.

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April 21 bulletin

My Heart is Ready

Good Friday 2019

Sermon Title: My Heart is Ready
Scripture Reading: Psalm 57:1-7 (VOICE); Luke 22:39-44; 1 Peter 2:21-25

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After Jesus leaves the upper room with his disciples, he goes out from the city in order to pray on the Mount of Olives, just before he is arrested. It is there that our Lord reveals his own personal struggle with what the Father has called him to do, as he knows that he will soon die on the cross. Yet, Jesus shows resolve to do God's will, despite the suffering he must endure. In My Heart is Ready, Pastor David reflects on Jesus' free choice to embrace his cross in order to be obedient to the Father, and how we must be willing to do the same.

Cultivating & Letting Go (6 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: 
Fickle Faith… Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!
Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29; Zechariah 9:9; Luke 19:28-40

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. It's when Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey to the waving of palm branches. But why does he ride in like this? What does it mean? And what does Jesus reveal about what faith entails if we're going to follow him? In Fickle Faith... Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!, Pastor David calls us to cultivate conviction that propels us forward to take risks and do whatever is necessary to be faithful to God.

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April 14 bulletin

Cultivating & Letting Go (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title:
Cultivating Kinship 
Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-3a, 11b-32 

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Luke 15 begins with two crowds of people: one drawing near to Jesus and the other grumbling.  The differences between these two groups appear, at first glance, to be insurmountable.  Jesus responds to the crowd with a series of parables, culminating with the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Older Brother. On the fifth Sunday of Lent, Pastor Kelly invites us to let go of the lies that keep us separated from each other and to live into the good news of Jesus Christ, to move beyond tolerance and acceptance to a radical new posture: kinship.

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Cultivating & Letting Go (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: 
Being a Third Way Family: Cultivating the Radical Love of Jesus in the Church
Scripture Reading: John 17:20-23; Romans 15:1-7; Ephesians 4:2-3

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Jesus and the whole of the New Testament calls us to live in harmony with one another. When people of other religions disagree, they divide. When people in politics disagree, they divide. When the church disagrees, we stay together, because the gospel has made us a family. In Being a Third Way Family, Bruxy Cavey (The Meeting House, Canada) shares how we can cultivate the radical love of Jesus in the church and overcome our differences.

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March 31 bulletin

Cultivating & Letting Go (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: God, Have Mercy On Me
Scripture Reading: Isa. 55:1-9; Psa. 63:1-8; I Cor. 10:1-13; Luke 18:9-14

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Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector calls us to see ourselves the way God does and to repent of our sins. Repentance literally means to change your mind and allow God to have his way in your life. We repent by first humbly admitting our sin to God and by asking his forgiveness. And so, our repentance must be sincere and recognize God’s mercy. As a result, God changes us from the inside-out. Listen as John Yeatts (Pastor Emeritus) shares how we can repent of our sins and cultivate God’s life in us.

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Cultivating & Letting Go (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: Be a Hen in the Fox’s Den
Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1; Psalm 27; Luke 8:22-25; 13:31-35; 2 Timothy 1:7

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Jesus showed courage in the face of fear and opposition. Contrary to popular images of Jesus, he was not stoic, dispassionate, or timid. Instead, Jesus is brave and daring, his love is fierce. He called Herod Antipas a fox and likened himself to a mother hen who takes on danger to protect her young. Listen as Pastor David invites us to cultivate the courage of Jesus and let go of fear, in a message entitled, Be a Hen in the Fox’s Den.  

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March 17 bulletin

Cultivating & Letting Go (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title:
You Gotta Have Grit
Scripture Reading:Luke 4:1-13; James 1:2-4; 5:10-11; Hebrews 10:36

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We begin the season of Lent in the wilderness with Jesus. In the desert, Christ faces temptation, wrestles with the devil, and accepts his identity as the suffering Messiah. In preparation for his ministry, Jesus decides that nothing will stop him from being the Son sent by the Father to seek and save the lost. Jesus reveals a resolve to stay the course, no matter what. In You Gotta Have Grit, Pastor David shares how we too must cultivate a faith that perseveres and overcomes temptation, trial, and tribulation, by letting go of all that hinders us.

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Ash Wednesday 2019

Sermon Title: You Are Going To Die
Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 7:2; John 3:16

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Imposing ashes on the forehead is an ancient tradition going back to the first few centuries of the Church. It’s both a sobering and subversive liturgical practice to consider that one day we are going to die. What happens then? Also, what are we doing with the life we’ve been given? Listen as Pastor David invites us to reflect upon the meaning of Ash Wednesday, before we receive the ashes symbolizing our own mortality, our need for God, and our need to repent of our sins.

Transfiguration Sunday 2019

Sermon Title: Transfiguration Sunday 2019
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:28-36

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The transfiguration follows Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus reveals who he truly is and gives his disciples a glimpse of his glory before his crucifixion and resurrection. Listen as Pastor Kelly Chripczuk (Associate Pastor) shares about the transfiguration event and helps us to prepare for the season of Lent.

NOTE: Pastor David was planning to preach on the transfiguration, but spent the day before in the ER/hospital due to an injury caused from fainting. He stayed home on Sunday to recover.

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Dealing with Depression

Sermon Title:  Dealing with Depression
Scripture Reading: Psalm 6; Philippians 4:4-9; 2 Corinthians 4:6-12, 16-18

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Sadness is normal. There is a lot in this world that should bother us. So, we shouldn’t hide our pain and grief for fear that we will be judged. As we see in Christ and the Scriptures, sadness can reveal that you’re alive and that something isn’t right. Sadness cries out for healing. It’s only when it defines and controls you that it’s a problem—like a dark cloud hanging over us, it blocks out the light. Prolonged sadness leads to depression, and depression leads to despair. In this message, Pastor David shares a balanced approach to overcoming the darkness in our lives.

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Dealing with Anger

Sermon Title:  Dealing with Anger
Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:1-13; Ephesians 4:25-32; James 1:19-20

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Anger is a basic human emotion. Even God gets angry. But unlike us, God’s anger is always in response to the wrongs in the world, not born from the wrongs within himself (e.g. sin, pride, brokenness). Instead, God’s “righteous” anger is about setting things right. In Dealing with Anger, Pastor David reveals how un-controlled anger can have serious consequences, reminding us that anger acted upon in the flesh is harmful, and can eventually disqualify us from the blessings of God. 

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