None Like Jesus
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
– Abraham Kuyper
- What does it mean that Jesus is the “image” of God? (see Gen 1:26-27; Romans 1:22-23; 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10.) In what ways does He uniquely display the character and activity of “the invisible God” according to this passage? (see also Hebrews 1:1-3, John 1:18.)
- List some things about Paul’s description of Christ as the “firstborn” in verses 15 and 18...
- What range of meanings can this word have (see Luke 2:7; Hebrews 11:28; 12:22-23; Psalm 89:27; Romans 8:29)?
- What is the likeliest meaning of the word in this passage considering the surrounding context?
- Paul’s description of Christ as “firstborn” both in 1:15 and 1:18 marks 2 different sections in this passage. How does Paul’s description of Christ change from 1:15-18a to 1:18b-20?
Taken from Colossians Complete in Christ Created and edited by the pastors and staff of Grace Bible Church Texas.
Scriptures to Consider
- Hebrews 1:1-131
- John 1:1-18
- Hebrews 11:28- 12:23
MONDAY, May 27
9:30 am Men’s Outreach Prayer
9:30 am Women’s Prayertime
7:00 pm Tessa Houcher Bridal Shower
TUESDAY, May 28
7:00 pm Youth Study
WEDNESDAY, May 29
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
7:30 pm Young Adults at Piska's
THURSDAY, May 30
7:00 pm The Thinking Series
FRIDAY, May 31
6:00 pm Grade 6 Grad
SATURDAY , June 1
11:00 am Tauber/Ritter Wedding
SUNDAY, June 2
9:15 and 11:15 am Worship Services
HOUSE OF PRAYER , May 26 at 6:00 pm Join us for a time of unbroken worship and prayer. Come and spend time in an atmosphere of scripture-based worship and prayer over our church and community. This will be our final House of Prayer and we will resume in the fall.
Bridal Shower for Tessa Houcher
Monday, May 27 at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room.
Encourage and celebrate Tessa ahead of her marriage to Lane Seely this summer. All women welcome!
THE THINKING SERIES is back. Join us for a time of discussion and Q&A as we explore life’s biggest questions:
May 30: Is There Life After Death?
Bring a friend and join Pastor Steve Kim at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room.
Grade Six Grad Attention parents: if your child is in grade 6 You have been summoned to attend the Royal Ball, Friday, May 31, 2019 6-8 pm here at the church. Cost is $5 per person. Please RSVP to Janet Sawatzky or Pastor Coreen. We have a special gift for your child that needs to be signed prior to the event so please stop by the office or check in desk to pick that up. Looking forward to blessing you and your child as they move from Sunday School to Youth.
Calling all Father’s, uncles, grandpa’s and kids! Join us for a morning of Dodgeball on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 am to help raise money for the refugee family! The refugee team is excited to host a morning of fun and entertainment as we “dip, dodge and duck” one another in the game of dodgeball. Cost is $25 per person with all proceeds going to Refugee Sponsorship. Tickets will be available at the Welcome Centre on Sundays or in the office.
VBS Registration opens Tuesday May 28 at 9:00 am for children ages 4-grade 6. Join us as we go To Mars and Beyond August 12 to 16 from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm. Volunteers are needed to help minister to our Voyagers during this adventure. Volunteers sign up at the Check In kiosk today.
Safety and Risk Management Training June 9 at 1:00 pm. The safety of our volunteers and children is important to us. This training is required annually for all Children’s Ministry volunteers working on Sundays, in the summer, at VBS or at AWANA. Please RSVP to Debbie by June 5 so that we can adequately prepare for you. Hot dogs will be served.
Pro-Life Apologetics for a Secular World With the recent shift in the political atmosphere in the US, the abortion debate is raging again. Yet, how can we share our convictions with those who do not share our Christian worldview? Join Pastor Steve in the Fireside Room at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 4 OR Thursday, June 6 to help you navigate this challenging topic. RSVP to Pastor Steve and let him know you are coming!
PARK PLAY DAYS 9 am – 11 am on Wednesday mornings in June & July. Check our Facebook page (Spruce Grove Alliance Church Women) for details and park location(s).
Joel Marquez will begin his ministry here as Outreach & Missions Pastor on June 3. We want to bless him and Lolet with a full pantry of food. Please bring non-perishable items here by June 2 and put them in the shopping cart located in the foyer.
Please pray for:
Workers: Stephen & Marilyn Rigby, Ric & Kareen Strangway, Ray & Cindy Perry.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Josh Palsky - Pastor of Youth and Young Adults. Josh is married to Beth and they have one child who is 18 months old.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Joyce. Neufeld. Joyce is married to Reuben and they have two adult children.
Our Elders Team Member: Jim Bouchie. Jim is married to Rae and they have two adult children.
We have a 5th option for Donations to SGAC - Etransfer using firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your offering envelope number and contact information. The money is deposited directly into the church account and does not require a security question. (This is not to be used for registrations.)
Future Development has begun the new 3 year pledge drive for our Phase 1 – Education Building. Pledge forms / envelopes are at the Welcome Centre. After prayerful consideration, please return your completed form to the new mail slot located in the Future Development display in the foyer before the end of June. These pledges will begin September 1st. For more information go to www.sgac.net/phase1