The Apostles Accept Paul
2 Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. 2 I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure that we were in agreement, for fear that all my efforts had been wasted and I was running the race for nothing. 3 And they supported me and did not even demand that my companion Titus be circumcised, though he was a Gentile.[a]
4 Even that question came up only because of some so-called believers there—false ones, really[b]—who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. 5 But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you.
6 And the leaders of the church had nothing to add to what I was preaching. (By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.) 7 Instead, they saw that God had given me the responsibility of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as he had given Peter the responsibility of preaching to the Jews. 8 For the same God who worked through Peter as the apostle to the Jews also worked through me as the apostle to the Gentiles.
9 In fact, James, Peter,[c] and John, who were known as pillars of the church, recognized the gift God had given me, and they accepted Barnabas and me as their co-workers. They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews. 10 Their only suggestion was that we keep on helping the poor, which I have always been eager to do.
"The Christian will be sure to make enemies. It will be one of his objects to make none; but if doing what is right and believing what is true should cause him to lose every earthly friend, he will regard it as a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be even more friendly and will reveal Himself to him more graciously than ever."
Alistair Begg, Author
- How do you deal with your enemies? What does it look like to love your enemies?
- Why is circumcision so important for the Jew?
- Who is Titus and why is he so important to this passage?
Scriptures to Consider
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Other Resources in RightNow Media
- "THE BOOK OF GALATIANS" BIBLE STUDY FEATURING KYLE IDLEMAN
- Galatians by Ray Pritchard
Tuesday, May 26
7:00 pm Youth Online Small Groups
Saturday, May 30
PASTORAL DEVOTIONS TO THE CONGREGATION: Join us online Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for a devotional message from one of our Pastors. We will air these messages on our YouTube Channel at 8:00 am. (Don’t worry, if you miss it, you can watch it later.)
CORPORATE PRAYER: Now taking place online Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Click here for information on how to join. Corporate Prayer will run until the end of May.
KEENAGERS: We are now meeting online. Join us on Wednesdays at 10:00 am on Pastor Art's personal Facebook page or at 1:00 pm on our Keenagers Facebook Group as we stay connected through the Word of God.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHECK IN ONLINE: Join Pastor Coreen every Thursday at 2:30 pm for songs, a Bible Story and more. Sunday School Check In can be found on the Spruce Grove Alliance Church Children’s Ministry Facebook page.
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY CLASS Join us on our Facebook group. Pastor Steve will post a video each Monday to the group. Watch the video and take notes at home. Join us Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm on ZOOM to discuss. This will be a time to share questions, thoughts and ideas. Please join us on our FB group , SGAC Apologetics Ministry where you can find all the details, including the meeting ID and password for the Thursday evening get-together.
PARKING LOT ACCESS: Please note that the City of Spruce Grove is replacing the water main on Grove Meadow Drive through June 1 and as a result access to our church parking lot will be blocked off. If you are planning to stop by the church during the week, we wanted you to be aware of this construction. Thanks for your understanding.
The CHURCH OFFICE hours are Mon – Fri from 9 am -4 pm. We are closed for lunch daily from noon- 1pm.
Please note the Following Options for Giving
Whether it is a one-time gift or you would like to schedule a recurring donation, you can give online to Spruce Grove Alliance Church. This option allows you to give using a Visa debit card or the traditional Visa or MasterCard credit cards.
Pick up a pre-authorized debit agreement form from our church office or download one here. You can fill it out and then with a voided cheque - you can either scan it and email it to the office, or drop it off during regular office hours.
During office hours, you can drop by and use the INTERAC/DEBIT machine at the Welcome Centre, then fill out your donation envelope as normal including your name, address, giving number and insert your debit receipt so we can disburse funds as directed in the Box on the counter.
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By MAIL / CHEQUE
Mail your donation to:
Spruce Grove Alliance Church
250 Century Road
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 1W6
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Please pray for:
- Our International Workers: A&J work with the CMA and are currently on home assignment. SGAC is their home church. They have 3 children.
- Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Coreen Frey – Pastor of Children’s Ministries. Coreen is married to Dave and they have 3 married children.
- Our Support Staff Team Member: Josiah Sawatzky.
- Our Elders Team Member: Paul Friesen. Paul is married to Kim and they have 3 children.
- Print out a Bingo card and play along during today’s message. Kids, take a picture and email your Bingo card to Pastor Coreen for a chance to win an NIV Action Study Bible. Bingo Cards are available to download from SGAC Children’s Ministry Facebook Page.
- Are you in need of help during this time of pandemic? Are you able to provide help for anyone shut in? Please contact Pastor Art at email@example.com or call him at 780-892-2555. You may also email or call the church office.
- We want to pray for you. Please send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org