Sunday Preview, November 17, 2013

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For some of us we hear the word “Sabbath” and it lands on us as too old fashioned to be relevant. Some grew up in homes and religious traditions that served to make the word “Sabbath” synonymous with restriction. But Jesus wants to redeem the word (and the day) for us. The Sabbath day is a gift from God–a day set aside for rest and concentrated focus on the Lord of the Sabbath. He intends the day to be a delight. Join us as we examine the fourth commandment in our series on the Ten Commandments and ask and answer these questions: What’s behind the fourth commandment? Why did God give the fourth commandment? And: how does Jesus transform the fourth commandment?

Helping Our International SG Churches with Disaster Relief in the Philippines

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On October 15, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Bohol, Philippines. The needs there are significant: food, drinking water, and basic needs, not to mention the challenge of rebuilding or repairing homes and buildings. We have an opportunity to help with the relief efforts in the Philippines through Brian Baluca and Pete Valdez, pastors of Sovereign Grace Church in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Brian, Pete, and their church are taking supplies, help, and the gospel to people all over the island of Bohol.

You can have a direct impact by donating to a disaster relief fund set up by Sovereign Grace Church in Pasadena, California, which will be sent to Sovereign Grace Church in Tagbilaran City. As the church in Bohol has already been meeting needs around them with their limited means, our giving can provide a much-needed infusion of funds to further their ability to help. Please consider giving to this vital need!

God has given Sovereign Grace many opportunities for partnership with churches in the Philippines, largely because Sovereign Grace pastors like Lynn Baird and Tony Walsh have been faithful to go and minister there over the last 10 years. They have built relationships with Brian, Pete, and other pastors, including Cornelio Ebo, who pastors a church in Cebu, attended our Pastors College, and took primary responsibility for organizing the WorshipGod Conference that was just held in Cebu. (Read Bob Kauflin’s summary of that conference and the other worship events in the Philippines for more details.) Supporting the disaster relief efforts in Bohol is one way we can serve our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.

Donations can be sent to Sovereign Grace Church, Pasadena, via their online giving (marked Disaster Relief).

Halloween Outreach

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For those of you who missed it, this past Sunday we talked about our Outreach coming up next week on Halloween. So here are the details recapped for you, each of us will be praying about three people to engage with this outreach. It could be a friend, neighbor, or coworker and the goal is to use Halloween as a means of engaging with them. The way we are going to do this is to give those three people a Halloween Gift and a letter attached to the gift. The gift could be a box of Pop Tart’s or a starbucks gift card or maybe sour patch kids. Then on Halloween you are going to give them the gift with the letter attached to it (if it is a gift card you can put the gift card inside the letter). On the letter you are going to do three things, tell them how thankful you are for them , share your testimony, and share the gospel.

Below is a link to my letter I am sending to one of my coworkers, basically just engage them, share a brief testimony and a brief description of the gospel. Then close by saying thanks to them for being a good friend or neighbor or coworker and sign your name.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B85Q2pDT446WeklhUXBXcTlxODA/edit?usp=sharing

The purpose of this letter is to alert those people to the fact that you are a Christian, and to give them an opportunity to respond through conversation with you. Some of you will have over the next two months opportunities where they bring up the letter, and bring up the fact that you are a Christian. It is an opportunity to share the hope that is in you.

Lastly, if you are like me doing something like this can be fearful. If you are struggling with fear I would encourage you to call a fellow small group member to pray for you, and if you want to go even further I would encourage fasting as well. If you have any questions feel free to email me at : TheoSandberg@gmail.com

Declare Evangelism Class

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Want to share your faith but don’t know how? Declare is designed to help everyday Christians like you grow in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Held over 2 consecutive Saturdays, participants will receive biblical teaching and practical hands-on evangelism experience alongside gifted evangelists that will help them to grow into disciples who declare the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

Come discover how to communicate the gospel more clearly and how to trust God more fully in evangelism through the power of the Holy Spirit. The next class begins Saturday, November 9, at the church office. Sign up below (or click here).

Declare Evangelism Class
Saturday November 9, 10:00am-2:00pm
Saturday, November 16, 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Baby Dedication on November 10

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There will be a Baby Dedication on November 10 during the Sunday Celebration. If you have a child you wish to have dedicated, please let us know by filling out the form below (or click here).

Thanks!

New Sermon Series: “Written in Stone”

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Written in StoneWhat do the 10 Commandments have to do with the Christian? Isn’t that Old Testament Law? Is Old Testament Law still binding on us today? Didn’t Jesus fulfill the Law on our behalf? What do the Commandments have to do with Christ? Join us as we take a Christ-centered look at the 10 Commandments and apply them to our lives as Christians in our new sermon series “Written in Stone.”

Praying for the Youth Retreat

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LIFT Retreat
This weekend the parents and youth of our 267 Ministry will be attending “LIFT“, the annual fall youth retreat for the Twin Cities Sovereign Grace Churches. It’s a time for us to get away from our normal routines and lift our eyes to our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Through teaching, worship, and small group discussion times our prayer is that the youth and their parents will grow in their love for Jesus and enjoy fellowship with one another.

As this is a formative weekend for the ministry year in the life of our youth ministry, I’d love to have you join us in prayer. Please pray:

  • That parents and their children would grow in relationship with one another around the gospel.
  • That the Lord would use the teaching and worship times to give us a deeper understanding of his grace.
  • That the Lord would save those who have not yet believed in him.
  • That the the students would strengthen existing relationships with one another, would make new friendships, and would make the new 6th grade students feel welcome as they enter into the youth ministry.
  • That we would have safe travels, health, and protection from injuries with the abundance of crazy youth activities!

May the Lord meet us in a powerful way this weekend as we seek to believe, live, and rejoice in the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
(Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)