18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
The following has been adapted from “The Steps to Being Filled with the Holy Spirit” By Bill Bright
We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith. How did you become a Christian? By faith.(Ephesians 2:8,9) “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.”
Though you are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith and faith alone, you must prepare your heart for the filling of the Spirit. First, you must desire to live a life that will please the Lord. You have the promise of our Savior, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."
Second, be willing to surrender your life totally and irrevocably to our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul admonishes in Romans 12:1, 2.
Third, confess every known sin which the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and experience the cleansing and forgiveness which God promises in 1 John 1:9:I call this process "Spiritual Breathing." Just as you exhale and inhale physically, so you also breathe spiritually. You exhale spiritually when you confess your sins.
Prayer: ”Dear Father, I need You. I hunger and thirst for a more vital relationship with You. I admit that I have been in control of my life. As a result, I have sinned against You.
Thank You for forgiving my sins through Christ's death on the cross for me. I now confess and turn from my sins and surrender the control of my life to the Lord Jesus. By faith I invite You to fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled. You promised to fill me if I ask according to Your will. I pray this in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ.
To demonstrate my faith, I now thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit and for taking control of my life. Amen.”
Being filled with the Holy Spirit, however, is not a once-and-for-all experience. This command of God means to be constantly and continually filled, controlled and empowered with the Holy Spirit as a way of life.
MONDAY, February 25
9:30 am Men’s Prayer
1:30 pm Women’s Prayertime
TUESDAY, February 26
9:00 am Daybreak
7:00 pm Youth Studies
WEDNESDAY, February 27
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 28
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, March 1
SATURDAY , March 2
9:00 am Teacher's Training Breakfast
SUNDAY, March 3
9:15 and 11:15 am Worship Services
11:40 am Youth Sunday Series
6:00 pm Into His Presence
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.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING On Thursday, March 14 Come and learn more about the compelling vision of the church to reach the community. Hear from the Future Development Team with the plans of the Phase 1 building. Receive an update of finances at Spruce Grove Alliance Church. This meeting is for ALL attendees of Spruce Grove Alliance Church. We hope to see you there. Dessert will be served at 6:30 pm, and the meeting will start at 7:00 pm.
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.
- Women’s Retreat April 12-14
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: Camp Nakamun Staff, Tim & Julie Wiebe, Rae-Anna & Gordon Schutz.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor of Women’s Ministries - Karen Houcher. Karen is married to Dan and they have 5 children ages 19, 17, 14 and 12.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Kim Friesen. Kim is married to Paul and they have 3 children ages 20, 18 and 14.
Our Elders Team Member: John deSteiger. John has one adult son.
Pastor Josh is at Youth Retreat with 57 students and 14 leaders.
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.
Congratulations to Anthony & Rosie Toornstra as they dedicate Calvin Anthony to the Lord today.
Congratulations to Michael & Julianna Merritt on the birth of their son Arden Allanson February 17. A little brother for Arabella & Aron to love.