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Weekly News for Sunday, February 10, 2019

Miracles

John 9

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath.15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”

But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.

17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”

The man replied, “He is a prophet.”

18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”

20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”

25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”

30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

Spiritual Blindness

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”

41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.


SERMON NOTES

Does God still do miracles today? You bet He does. But he does them in His timing, according to His sovereign will. Believe that God is working in your life, claim His promise, and move forward with His power!

Rick Warren

  • How would you define the miraculous? Have you ever experienced a miracle?
  • Have you ever found yourself in a conversation about the miracles in the Bible? How have you defended them? Have you considered the creation narrative, the ten plagues in Egypt, the day the sun stood still while Joshua was at war, or perhaps some of the healing miracles of Jesus? How do you understand the miraculous healings of the Bible? Do you believe in miraculous healing or events that happen in our day?

  • Often God works His miracles in the obscure and the monotony. What do you resent about the obscurity and monotony of ordinary life?

     

Scriptures to Consider

  1. Genesis 1
  2. Exodus 16:21 (Exodus 14:23-28)
  3. Matthew 1:18

THIS WEEK

MONDAY,  February 11 
9:30 am Men’s Prayer
1:30 pm Women’s Prayertime
7:00 pm Monday Night Men

TUESDAY, February 12
9:00 am Daybreak
7:00 pm Youth Studies
7:00 pm Deep Dish

WEDNESDAY, February 13
9:45 am  Keenager’s Study 
4:00 & 6:30 pm AWANA
6:40 pm Corporate Prayer
6:40 pm Understanding OT
6:40 pm The Case for Christ
7:30 pm Young Adults at Vanderveen's

THURSDAY, February 14
7:00 pm Understanding NT
7:00 pm Soul Care
7:00 pm Evening Edition
7:00 pm DivorceCare
7:00 pm Men’s Floor Hockey

FRIDAY, February 15
7:30 pm YOUTH: Video Game Night for grades 7-12

SATURDAY , February 16
             

SUNDAY, February 17
9:15 and 11:15 am  Worship Services
11:40 am Youth Sunday Series
6:00 pm House of Prayer


JOURNEY UPDATES

HYMN SING Sunday, February 10 at 6:00 pm. Join us for a sing-along of the traditional hymns of the faith. Open to all ages. Please bring finger food to share after the event.

Friday Night Youth February 15 at 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm. This event is Video Game Night. Come out for a great night of games – video and otherwise!!

Youth Retreat: February 22-24 at Camp Nakamun. Register now! Deadline is February 17. Early bird price $120 until February 10 then it will be $130. Register online or see Pastor Josh or Janet for registration forms.

SGAC House of Prayer next Sunday, February 17 at 6:00 pm. Join us for an evening of unbroken worship, praise and prayer.

Deeper Life School of Theology is offering the course “Romans – Wrath to Righteousness” by Dr. Cottle. February 21 - 24. If you would like to earn your degree or take it for your own personal growth; consider joining us this time to study the Word of God in a deeper way. Please contact Pastor Coreen to enroll.

The church office requires your contact information. If you have moved in the past 12 months or are new to our church family, please make sure we have your current address as charitable receipts will be processed soon. Email us  with the updated information.

Singin’ the Gospel Sunday, February 24 at 6:00 pm. Come and enjoy an excellent young ladies trio -The Martens Sisters. Added bonus is the group - Dirty Andy and the Mudslingers featuring Pastor Andrew!. It’ll be a great evening of music. See you there.

Children’s Ministry Volunteer Breakfast and Training Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 am to noon. Safety and Risk  Management Training will start at 11:00 am if you are due for a refresher or haven’t taken it yet. RSVP to Debbie . 

SAVE THE DATE: MEN’S RETREAT
March 8 - 10 at Camp Nakamun. See the Journey for more details.

YOUNG ADULTS STUDY change of venue this week only, Feb. 13 7:30 pm at Tyler and Corisa’s place. 27 Vega Ave., Spruce Grove.


Financial Update

Weekly Update -Feb. 03, 2019

General Fund giving Feb. 03 $ 22,334
32 week average $ 23,694
-- Budget requirement $ 24,942

Future Dev. Fund giving Feb. 03 $ 2,485
- Balance as of Feb. 03 $1,457,320

Refugee Fund Dec. 1-Feb. 03 $ 11,446

Monthly Update July1 to Jan. 31, 2018

General Fund Budget Revenue Amount to Date: $ 773,202
General Revenue to Date: $ 735,886
-Budget Shortfall $ 37,316
Global Advance Giving $ 83,341
Canadian Ministries Giving $ 16,717


PRAYER

Please pray for:

  • Our International Workers: Tracey Flynn, Roy & Miriam Taylor, Travis & Sharon Thiessen.

  • Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Scott Buck. Pastor Scott is married to Lyn and they have 7 children, ages 11, 10, 8, 6, 3, 2, and 7 months.

  • Our Support Staff Team Member: Dave Janssen. Dave is married to Dawn and they have 4 children ages 9, 7, 4 & 3.

  • Our Elders Team Member: Tim Wiebe. Tim is married to Julie. They have 3 children ages 17,14 & 13.


Family Matters

  • Mission Fest Alberta Feb. 22 - 24 and it is their 25th Anniversary! Join them at West Edmonton Christian Assembly. “To God Be The Glory”. Brochures are available at the Welcome Centre.

  • THANK YOU so much to all who contributed to the Refugee Initiative by attending the Women’s Banquet & Silent Auction last Saturday evening. The total raised between the Silent Auction, along with the remaining proceeds from all the tickets sold is $2210.64 and has been gifted towards sponsoring a refugee family.

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