1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Paul Remembers His Visit
2 You yourselves know, dear brothers and sisters,[a] that our visit to you was not a failure. 2 You know how badly we had been treated at Philippi just before we came to you and how much we suffered there. Yet our God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, in spite of great opposition. 3 So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.
4 For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. 5 Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! 6 As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.
7 As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children[b] among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children. 8 We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.
“The powerful working of God is usually expressed by this word, Ephesians 1:19; Philippians 2:13; and the working of Satan also, Ephesians 2:2. Men possessed with the devil are called energumeni. And where the word is believed and received as the word of God, there it has this energy, or worketh effectually, so as to promote love, repentance, self-denial, mortification, comfort, and peace.”
- Why would Paul want to point back to the results that happened from their visit?
- Why is it important for us to reflect on some of the ways we’ve seen God produce results in our lives?
- In verse 3 & 4 Paul points to their motives. What were they trying to accomplish?
- What are some ways that we can have impure motives in Christian ministry? b. Why is it critical that we live to please God and not people? What happens when we try to please people?
- Why does living for God and not people bring freedom?
- What areas in your life are “bound up” by living for people?
The Early questions were taken from: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/521a75d8e4b0152816dd6847/t/52fab0dce4b00527f300d988/1392160988468/1+thessalonians.pdf
Scriptures to Consider
- Acts 17
- Acts 16:22-23
- 1 Corinthians 1
Monday, October 7
9:30 am Men’s Prayer
9:30 am Women’s Prayertime
6:30 pm Book Club
7:00 pm Monday Night Men
Tuesday, October 8
6:30 pm The Thinking Series at Perk’s CoffeeHouse Stony Plain
7:00 pm Jr. & Sr. High Small Groups
Wednesday, October 9
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
4:00 pm & 6:30 pm AWANA
6:40 pm Corporate Prayer
6:40 pm Midweek Adult Studies
7:30 pm Young Adults at Piska’s 13 Linksview Close SG
Thursday, October 10
7:00 pm Evening Edition
Friday, October 11
Saturday, October 12
Sunday, October 13
9:15 &11:15 am Worship Services
CHRISTMAS MUSICAL AUDITIONS are coming! All Grade 2 to 6 children who would like a part acting, singing, or dancing in this year’s Christmas Musical are asked to join us this Tuesday, October 8 between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Sign up for a spot at the Kiosk today or drop in October 8. All elementary children will have a spot in the ensemble. Check your Journey for rehearsal times and performance date.
THE THINKING SERIES Join us for a time of discussions, 6:30 - 8:00 pm Perks Coffee House, Stony Plain. For more information contact Pastor Steve Kim . October 8 - Is there life after death?
DOOR TO DOOR PRAYER: Join us every Wednesday in October as we go out into the community for door to door prayer. Meet in the Fireside Room at 6:30 for instructions before heading out. If you can’t join us, please pray for many open doors and opportunities to pray with people in our community. For more information contact Pastor Joel or Pastor Andrew.
FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL is coming October 31 and we need your help. Candy donations are needed to make bags for all the children that will attend the event. Please bring in your candy donations by October 22. Volunteers are also needed to run our stations and games. Please sign up at the Check In Kiosk today.
YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT October 18-20 at Camp Nakamun. $150/person. Register online .
DEEPER LIFE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY for October 17 – 19. Spiritual Warfare with Dr. Milford Gamble. Register at the Children’s Kiosk with Andrew Friesen.
APOLOGETICS BOOT CAMP October 19 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Bring your own lunch). We delve into various worldview issues together such as the nature of truth, arguments for God’s existence, how to communicate apologetic insights and much more. To register or ask questions contact Pastor Steve.
As we anticipate the arrival of our refugee family – The Ranjbars – in the next few months, the board is considering a transfer of $10,000 out of the Benevolent Fund and into the Refugee Fund. The Benevolent Fund as of September 30th is at $21,488.60. We are confident that after this transfer there remains sufficient funds to help with benevolent needs of our church and community. And we believe that helping this new refugee family is in fact an act of benevolence. Thank you for your continued generous giving to the Benevolent Fund. It is through your giving that we are able to help those in need.
Future Development Faith Promise Pledge Forms are now located in the chair pockets for your convenience. Please drop off your completed forms in the foyer display by Thanksgiving. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can financially support our new Education Building. For more information visit sgac.net/phase 1 or email us at email@example.com.
Update - September, 2019
General Fund $111,563
13 week average $20,216
Weekly Budget requirement $25,113
Future Dev. Fund $74,318
Monthly Update July 1 to September 30, 2019
General Fund Budget Revenue Amount to Date: $326,469
General Revenue to Date: $262,811
-Budget Shortfall $(63,658)
Global Advance Giving $25,757
Canadian Ministries Giving $7,001
Future Dev. Fund $1,558,889
Refugee Fund $20,005
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: Tim & Julie Wiebe, Rae-Annna & Gordon Schutz, Kyle & Maggie Ibsen.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Andrew Bugiera. Andrew is our Pastor of Worship, & Prayer. He is married to Amy and they have three children ages 9, 5 & 3.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Karen Lapp. Karen is married to Jon and they have 3 children ages 21, 20 & 17.
Our Elders Team Member: Jim Bouchie. Jim is married to Rae and they have two adult children.
Parents, Please supervise your children after services. The Gym is closed for play on Sunday mornings.
Operation Christmas child shoeboxes are now available at the Welcome Centre. Please consider participating in this program that gives children in third world countries a gift that shows them that Jesus Loves Them. Deadline for drop off is November 17. For more information contact the church office.
CUP CAMPAIGN & GIVING TREE for the Ranjibar family. Find the refugee team in the foyer after the service to grab a cup to fill with your change and select an item from the giving tree. The team is also available to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your generosity.