Knowing Jesus (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: Experiencing Jesus in Missional Community
Scripture Reading: John 17:13-19; Ephesians 2:18-22; 3:16-19; 4:1-6, 11-16

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While Jesus wants us to know him personally, a healthy and balanced experience of Jesus comes through knowing him with others living on mission as his disciples. Western individualism and a spirituality that is kept “private” is ultimately a threat to the growth of disciples. Jesus desired that his disciples would grow together while living out his Kingdom mission. In Experiencing Jesus in Missional Community (5 of 6), Pastor David shares how the missional church is the womb for growing disciples—where we experience Jesus together in the intimate and personal spaces.

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August 11 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: Abiding in the Person of Jesus
Scripture Reading: John 15:1-11

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We know that we’ve been called into a “personal relationship” with Jesus. However, we often settle for a head knowledge of Jesus, knowing about Jesus, rather than living and walking with Jesus. As Wayne Jacobsen has said, “Though most believers are comfortable speaking of a ‘personal relationship with Jesus,’ few concepts are so greatly celebrated and little experienced.” What does it look like to go from being informed about Jesus, to being formed by Jesus? What might it look like to abide in the Vine? In Abiding in the Person of Jesus (4 of 6), Pastor Kelly invites us to explore how we might live our lives rooted in relationship with Christ.

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August 4 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: Making Jesus Your Lord & Friend
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:46-49; Romans 10:5-13; John 15:14-15

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The first followers of Jesus called him “Lord” and Master. What were they thinking when they addressed him this way? Did his disciples really mean it? In the Gospels we see that what actually began simply as sign of respect, became a recognition of divine authority and ownership over their lives. Jesus is Lord and God and he asks for our full allegiance. We are called to submit our lives to him. At the same time, Jesus says he doesn’t call us servants, but his friends. How can this be? In Making Jesus Your Lord & Friend (3 of 6), Pastor David reveals what it means to confess that Jesus is both Lord and friend.

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Knowing Jesus (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?
Scripture Reading: John 14:5-10; Luke 9:21-26; 1 John 1:1-3

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We know that Jesus ought to be central and supreme in our life and church, but which Jesus? We’re all tempted to fashion Jesus in our own image. It’s never been more prevalent that it is today in Western culture where individualism and moral relativism reigns supreme. When our view of Jesus develops apart from the Christ of history, we inevitably have him affirming things that reflect our own fallen desires and religio-political agendas. In Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? (2 of 6), Pastor David calls us as saints and sinners to let our knowledge of Jesus be shaped by the New Testament.

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July 21 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title:
Nothing Greater Than Jesus
Scripture Reading: John 10:30-33; 14:6; Philippians 2:5-11; 3:8-11; Colossians 1:15-20; 2:2-3

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What are you jazzed about? What excites you and sets you aglow when you talk about it? In other words, from what or whom do you get your life? We were meant to get our life from Jesus, but too often Christians are on about many other things, least of all knowing him and making him known. What does it look like when our desire to know Jesus is greater than everything else, making the rest look like garbage in comparison? In Nothing Greater Than Jesus (1 of 6), Pastor David challenges us to consider whether or not Jesus is really central and supreme in our lives and in our church.

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July 14 bulletin

Not Against Flesh & Blood

Sermon Title: Not Against Flesh & Blood
Scripture Reading: Daniel 10:1-14; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; Ephesians 6:10-18

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In the beginning God created an orderly universe out of love. But somewhere in the primordial past a number of fallen angelic agents began working against the Creator and his creation. As a result, human beings are caught up and drawn into a cosmic battle. According to the Scriptures, this "spiritual warfare" impacts us today in visible ways, as the devil opposes God's restorative mission revealed in Christ and his Church. So, how do we resist this spiritual evil at work in the world? In Not Against Flesh & Blood, Pastor David helps us to see an oft-neglected truth that prayer is a spiritual weapon.

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July 7 bulletin

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

Family Values or Kingdom Values?

Guest Speaker: Evie Telfer
Sermon Title: Family Values or Kingdom Values?
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 56:4-5: Mark 3:21, 31-35; 4:11-12; Matt 19:27-30

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In our culture, many of us experience Christian marriage and family to be under siege. The evangelical movement has responded by doubling down in defense of the family. Some of the unintended consequences of this have been the idolization of the nuclear family and the collateral damage it causes to single adult Christians. What if Jesus never intended to protect the biological family but to redefine it altogether? How might Jesus be calling the church to prophetically proclaim the Kingdom of God through his radical teaching of kinship in the family of faith? Listen as Evie Telfer (Messiah Village Residential Living Pastor) invites us to embrace Jesus' teaching and live out his Kingdom vision for the church.

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June 23 bulletin

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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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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May 5 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

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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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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