Asking for Boldness
23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.[a]’[b]
27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
“We certainly need boldness as a representative of Him in the court of another. Satan is the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4). But being blessed with “all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ” surely transcends “all signs and wonders” to give us boldness to speak the mystery of Christ. Surely Paul’s petition for boldness should be ours.” -Pastor E. F. Rueweler
Peter and John returned from standing trail before the Sanhedrin Council and they instantly went to prayer as a group of believers. Once again we see prayer is at the heart of the mission of Jesus. In our day of busyness, how can we better prioritize prayer personally and corporately?
The people gathered to pray for boldness. They rightly recognized that the opposition to the message of the Gospel was going to increase. They refused to back down; but rather sought to walk in the fullness of the Spirit and in boldness. What does boldness look like to you? Should we be praying for more boldness in our day?
Scriptures to Consider
- Ephesians 6:18-20
- I Thessalonians 2:2
- Romans 15:1-16
MONDAY, November 13
Church office is closed
No Young Adults study tonight
7:30 pm Monday Knight Men
TUESDAY, November 14
No Daybreak due to Fall Break
No Youth Studies
6:45 pm Live Free
7:30 pm Biblical Response to Culture
WEDNESDAY, November 15
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
4:00 pm AWANA
5:30 pm TREK
6:30 pm AWANA
6:40 pm Road to Emmaus
6:40 pm Men’s Study
6:40 pm Soul Care
6:40 pm Truth Project Study
6:40 pm Worship & Prayer
THURSDAY, November 16
7:00 pm Men’s Floor Hockey
7:00 pm Evening Edition
FRIDAY, November 17
SATURDAY , November 18
SUNDAY, November 19
9:15 & 11:15 am Worship Services
10:40 am & 12:30 pm Chili Challenge
6:00 pm House of Prayer
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes will be collected and shipped on Nov. 14. Today is your last day to bring them to the church. Brochure and shoeboxes can be picked up at the Welcome Centre.
HYMN SING tonight at 6:00 pm. Join us for a good old fashioned Hymn Sing. This is open to all ages. Bring finger foods to share after the event.
CHURCH OFFICE IS CLOSED Monday, November 13, in lieu of Remembrance Day.
CHILI CHALLENGE COOKOFF - Six Pastors One Winner. Come to the gym between services and after the 11:15 service Nov. 19 to taste test the options of chili made by each of the pastors. Proceeds go towards the Antigua Missions Team.
DESIGN OR CHANCE? November 23 at 6:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Express Thomas Bailey from Creation Ministries will give a presentation on scientific evidence that supports creation and challenges preconceived notions on our beginnings. This event is free of charge and open to the whole community.
SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT TRAINING November 26 at 1:00 pm. This training is required for anyone who works with youth or children. RSVP to Debbie in the office.
SGAC HOUSE OF PRAYER Join us Nov. 19 at 6:00 pm for a night of unbroken modern worship, praise and prayer.
SINGIN' THE GOSPEL November 26 at 6:00 pm – Freedom Singers. Throughout history, there have been men and women who were willing to sacrifice their lives rather than compromise their faith. The Freedom Singers’ story is one that will inspire you with a fresh, modern day picture of faith in a God that is still in control of a world gone mad.
CHRISTMAS UNPLUGGED Dessert Night -come out on Monday, December 4 at 7:00 pm for a Christmas comedy and music surprise! Featuring comedy by Leland Klassen and music by Dan Macaulay, this is a night you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $20 each at the Welcome Centre or church office. This event replaces the Dec. 1 one advertised in the Journey.
Weekly Update - Nov 5, 2017
General Fund giving Nov 5 $ 35,098
Budget requirement $ 24,327
Future Dev. Fund giving Nov 5 $ 4,294
Balance as of Nov 5, 2017 $536,022
Monthly Update July1 to Oct 31, 2017
Budget Shortfall $63,267
Year to date Shortfall $ 9,652
Global Advance giving $ 36,046
Canadian Ministries giving $ 9,290
Please pray for:
- Our International Workers: Nakamun Staff, Tim & Julie Wiebe, Rae-Anna & Gord Schutz.
- Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Director of Women’s Ministries - Karen Houcher. Karen is married to Dan and they have 5 children ages 17, 15, 13 and 11.
- Our AdministrativeTeam Staff Member: Kim Friesen. Kim is married to Paul and they have 3 children ages 19, 16 and 12.
- Our Elders Team Member: Tim Wiebe. Tim is married to Julie. They have 3 children ages 16,13 & 11.
The Salvation Army “Adopt-A-Kettle” Campaign begins November 13 to December 23. If you are able to volunteer at various locations in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain call Fiona or Patricia at 780-458-1937 or email.
Camp Nakamun’s Annual meeting will be held at the camp Nov. 18. All are welcome to attend. Call Daylene at 780-967-5585.