1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
Paul's Longing to See Them Again
17 But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
Spiritual warfare is not about naming territorial spirits, claiming the ground, or binding demons. It is all about the gospel. It is to live a gospel life, to preserve gospel unity and to proclaim gospel truth. It is to do this in the face of a hostile world, a deceptive enemy and our sinful natures. And it is to pray to a sovereign God for gospel opportunities. Advance comes through godliness, unity, proclamation and prayer
- What were some of the emotions that Paul felt for the Thessalonians? What actions did he take to care for them?
- What does it take to be committed to people like this?
- Are there people in your life that you are committed to?
- Why is it critical that those who come into a Christian ministry feel like the believers are committed to them?
• Paul lays out some concerns as to why he felt things could’ve gotten unsettled while they were gone. What were those concerns?
- In v 18 and then in 3:5 he mentions Satan/tempter. Why do you think Satan “blocked” him? Why was he concerned with temptation?
- How does temptation affect you? What are some of the biggest ways Satan tempts you?
- When do you feel most tempted and what is your defense? (read Ephesians 6, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 25:15, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Proverbs 4:14,15, Matthew 5:29, Colossians 3:2)
Scriptures to Consider
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
- Matthew 5:29
SGAC General Fund Giving Update
As of September 30, our actual giving $263,000 has fallen short of actual expenditures $289,000 resulting in a shortfall of $26,000. Giving for this year is on track with the prior year however our budget was increased to meet increasing ministry needs. As God enables we would ask that you consider assisting in meeting this immediate need We trust this information will help you as you consider your giving. May God richly bless you as you continue to be faithful to Him.
Monday, October 28
Election Day Polling Station
9:30 am Men’s Prayer
9:30 am Women’s Prayertime
7:00 pm Monday Night Men
Tuesday, October 29
9:00 am Daybreak
4:00 pm Kids Rehearsal
7:00 pm Youth Small Groups
Wednesday, October 30
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
4:00 pm & 6:30 pm AWANA
6:40 pm Corporate Prayer & Door to Door Prayer
6:40 pm Midweek Adult Studies
7:30 pm Young Adults at Piska’s 13 Linksview Close SG
Thursday, October 31
5:30 pm FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL
Friday, November 1
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm YOUTH (Grades 7-12) - Youth Classic
Saturday, November 2
Time Change - Fall back an hour
Sunday, November 3
9:15 &11:15 am Worship Services
11:40 am Youth Sunday Series
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, Oct 31 - 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Invite your family and friends for Wagon Rides, Bouncy Castles, Games, Escape Room, Candy Bags and more! Pick up invites at the Welcome Centre or the Check In Kiosk.
CAN YOU HELP US AT FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL? Volunteers are needed to run our stations and games. Please sign up at the Check In Kiosk today. Donations of candy will be received until Tuesday. This event is well run and well received by the whole community.
Refugee Cup Campaign and Giving Tree
Thank you so much to everyone who took a cup and an item off the Thanksgiving Tree for the Ranjbar family. Our team was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity! If you are able to help with any outerwear for a 1 year old girl, an 8 year old girl or size S/M, or M/L for Shafiq and Frozan, please talk to Natalie Boldt, Pastor Joel or someone else from the team. Please have all cups returned to the office by Sunday, October 27 and all household items to the church by Dec. 1.
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. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can financially support our new Education Building. For more information visit us online or email us.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS November 02. This Saturday turn your clocks back one hour.
R.E.A.P. Read, Examine, Apply, Pray. This guideline for reading Scripture as mentioned in last week’s sermon is available at the Welcome Centre.
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.
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: A & J, Tim & Brenda Tjosvold, Jon & Angie Coutts.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Art Quist. Art is married to Betty and they have 3 grown children.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Corina Langdon. Corina is married to Boyde and they have 3 adult children.
Our Elders Team Member: Paul Friesen. Paul is married to Kim and they have 3 children ages 21, 18 & 14.
Our Students: Jasmynn Barendregt at YWAM New Zealand.
Parents, Please supervise your children after services. The Gym is closed for play on Sunday mornings.
The fall 40 Days for Life campaign runs till Nov. 3. Please consider praying outside the abortion facility (12409-109 A Ave., Edmonton). Visit 40daysforlife.com/edmonton or call 780-425-1637 for access zone map and more info.
OPPORTUNITIES: We are looking for two people to serve on our Maintenance Team. Please contact Pastor Art for more details.
- If you own, or work for, a company that would be interested in participating in the construction of our new Phase 1 building, we invite you to contact the Future Development Construction Team. Please send your expression of interest along with a description of services offered to firstname.lastname@example.org.