The Twelve Apostles
10 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9 Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Persecution Will Come
16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
Have No Fear
26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Not Peace, but a Sword
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
Not called!' did you say? 'Not heard the call,' I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world.
In Matthew 10 Jesus establishes the first Short Term Mission. He later send out the 72 in a similar fashion (Luke 10:1-23). How can we as a church keep the mandate of going into all the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
What would it look like if everyone in our church entered the mission field everyday locally? Who has God placed in your sphere of influence that needs Christ? How is the Holy Spirit leading you to fulfill the mission of reaching lost people?
Are you willing to intentionally set time aside to learn to share your faith? (Resources to consider include: Sharing Jesus without fear; Becoming a Contagious Christian; Tracts include: May I ask you a Question?; Knowing God Personally)
Scriptures to Consider
- 2 Corinthians 5
- Ephesians 4:1-11
- Matthew 28
MONDAY, February 18
Family Day - Church Office Closed
TUESDAY, February 19
9:00 am Daybreak
7:00 pm Youth Studies
7:00 pm Elder's Meeting
WEDNESDAY, February 20
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 Piska's
THURSDAY, February 21
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 22
6: 15 pm YOUTH: all those registered for Youth Retreat...the bus leaves promptly at 6:30 pm!!
SATURDAY , February 23
SUNDAY, February 24
9:15 and 11:15 am Worship Services
11:40 am Youth Sunday Series
6:00 pm Singin' the Gospel
YOUTH RETREAT: February 22 - 24 at Camp Nakamun. Deadline to register is SUNDAY February 17 by 1:00 pm. Price $130. Register Online.
YOUTH SUNDAY SERIES messages takes place today at 11:40 am (after the worship and announcements) in the Fireside Room. Grade 7 - 12 invited to attend.
SGAC House of Prayer Sunday t, February 17 at 6:00 pm. Join us for an evening of unbroken worship, praise and prayer.
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 directly.
MEN’S RETREAT March 8 - 10 at Camp Nakamun. Our speaker is Jim MacLellan, Lead Pastor from Elk Point Baptist Church. Cost is $160 until March 3. Pick up a brochure at the Welcome Center and register online .
Meet n Eat is a social group for families, couples, or individuals who would like to connect with others within our church community. Sign up at the church office or call Natasha at 780-850-8738 to be placed in a small group that will meet in each others homes. Each member will host one meal or dessert night, can be as casual as you like, with the sole purpose of getting to know one another and build community.
The Bible Lab! Kids -- Come spend Spring Break discovering God in the Bible Lab. March 25 - 29 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Bring your own lunch and snack. Register online or at the children’s kiosk. Cost $80 per child for the week. If your child want to being a friend who does not currently attend or have a home church, that child will be Free.
Save the Date:
- AWANA Grand Prix is March 16.
- VBS is August 12 - 16.
Phase 1 Update
Many years ago, SGAC made a commitment to the city of Spruce Grove that we would pave our parking lot. We have been able to delay fulfilling this commitment until we complete site development. With our aging utilities feeding the building, it is prudent to upgrade these systems prior to paving over them, therefore utility upgrades were included in the Phase 1 project and will be completed prior to construction and parking lot paving.
December and January giving was just over $180,000 of the $750,000 that the utility upgrades and ground work are anticipated to cost. We are encouraging each of our current giving units (couples or individuals that currently donate) to consider their ability to donate $250/month over the next three months to assist with covering these costs.
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: K.I., Jon & Andrea Bauer, Jerry & Lois Dorn.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Art Quist. Art is married to Betty and they have 3 grown children.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Josiah Sawatzky.
Our Elders Team Member: Henry Banman. Henry is married to Anne and they have 3 married children.
Lost and Found items are in the Nursery Hallway. If you have misplaced a water bottle or an article of clothing recently - check this out. All unclaimed items will be going to the local Thrift Store on March 1.