Pleasing the Lord
1 Thessalonians 4:1-10
A Life Pleasing to God
4 Finally, then, brothers,[a] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification:[b] that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body[c] in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more,
Employing radical measures is the path to life, while indulging sin is the path to hell. God does not forbid sexual immorality because he wants you to be miserable; God forbids it because sexual immorality leads to brokenness, sadness, emptiness, death, and hell.
(Heath Lambert’s Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace page 63)
- What was God’s will for these new believers (4:3)What was God’s will for these new believers (4:3)
- What is Sanctification? What is Holiness? How does one become Holy? How does sanctification occur?
- What does Paul command the early believers of Thessalonica to do in these verses (4:1-10)?
- Do we have to guess how to best please God? Why do you think that Paul encourages these new believers to do it “More and More”?
Scriptures to Consider
- 1 Corinthians 6:18; 10:13
- Hebrews 13:4
- Romans 6:11-14
Monday, January 6
9:30 am Women's Prayer
9:30 am Men's Prayer
Tuesday, January 7
7:00 pm Youth Small Groups
Wednesday, January 8
9:45 am Keenagers Bible Study & Lunch
4:30 pm & 6:00 pm AWANA
Thursday, January 9
Friday, January 10
7:30 pm Youth GORGON (Grade 7-12)
Saturday, January 11
Sunday, January 12
9:15 &11:15 am Worship Services
1:00 pm Youth Parents Meeting
5:00 pm Corporate Prayer
6:00 pm ALPHA
6:00 pm Hymn Sing
CORPORATE PRAYER Our Wednesday evening Corporate Prayer is moving! Corporate Prayer time will now be held on Sunday Evenings starting tonight, January 5 at 5:00 pm in Portable 2. Please contact Ken Nixon for more information.
Regular Weekly Schedule starts again for Youth Studies Tuesday nights from 7:00 - 8:45 pm and AWANA on Wednesdays 4:00 and 6:30 pm clubs.
KEENAGER’S STUDY begins January 8 at 9:45am. “Overcomer” is a new study with Dr. David Jeremiah. This is the first Wednesday of the month so it’s mealtime. $10 per person.
FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH This Friday all youth are invited here at 7:30 - 10:00 pm for Gorgon.
Youth Parent Meeting January 12 at 12:30 pm in the Fireside Room.
ALPHA is coming to SGAC! Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. Who will you invite? Come explore together. Sundays, beginning January 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Oasis Room. Space is limited. Sign up today by contacting Pastor Steve. Please indicate the number of guests upon sign up.
Safety and Risk Management Training is required to be taken once per year by all of our adult and youth working with children. Join us on Saturday, January 18 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am or Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Continental breakfast will be served on Saturday.Hot dogs will be served on Sunday. Please RSVP to Debbie by January 15 if you will attend.
Women’s Daybreak & Evening Edition – register online or at the Welcome Centre today for this 8 session study by Jo Saxton on the book of Philippians. Daybreak begins January 21 & Evening Edition starts January 30. See the Journey for more details.
SOUL CARE CONFERENCE We are often limited by our past wounds, our current behaviours, and our faulty thinking. The Soul Care Equipping conference teaches biblical principles for the healing of the soul and how to overcome broken and sinful areas of life as well as equips participants with tools to help others find hope and healing in Jesus.
Join Dr. Rob Reimer, creator of Soul Care for this life changing conference!
Early Bird Registration - $89) ( January 1 - 31)
Registration -$99 (Begins February 1, 2020)
Student Registration-$49 (Must be enrolled full-time)
Cost includes lunch each day, snacks, coffee and tea.
Thursday March 5, 9AM-8PM (4-6PM break for dinner on your own)
Friday March 6, 9AM-4PM
Saturday March 7, 9AM- 8PM (4-6PM break for dinner on your own)
Location: St. Albert Alliance Church (200 Villeneuve Rd. St. Albert, AB)
Let’s start the new year off right with intentional bible study. Join the classes of January 16 – 18 Deeper Life School of Theology to learn how to “Experience the Father’s Embrace”. Learn how to receive a restoration of intimacy with the Father. Register today with Pastor Coreen.
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: Stephen & Marilyn Rigby, Ray & Cindy Perry, Roy & Joyce Hewko.
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 2 years old.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Kari Gehlert Kari is married to Lorne and they have 5 children.
Our Elders Team Member: Paul Friesen. Paul is married to Kim and they have 3 children ages 21, 18 & 14.
Our Students: Robin Jespersen at YWAM New Zealand.
OPEN HOUSE: Fred and Aldythe Schotte invite their church family to an Open House here at SGAC on Saturday January 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. No gifts please.
Deepest condolences to Lorne & Kari Gehlert & family in the passing of Kari’s Dad.
Deepest Sympathies to Christa Mullin and family in the passing of her Dad.