Hebrews Chapter 3
Cory Illingworth – Hebrews – Chapter 3
Dear Celebration Church.
Last week our 2015/2016 budget was unanimously passed. We first met for a BBQ supper that Mike Fahlman and Maureen Wiskar prepared for all of us. It was a great time of fellowship and discovering together where we are going as a church. We continue to desire to Reach Up – Reach In – Reach Out.
I would like to thank everyone for their assistance and support during Tertia’s battle with cancer and her funeral last Thursday. Tertia loved God. Loved her family. Loved her church. Thank you so much to Ann Robinson who continues to bless me as the Pastoral Team Leader at Celebration with her willingness not only to serve, but to do it to with her utmost for God’s glory. Tertia would have been glad with the efficiency. Barry, Jacques and Minette have expressed so many times to me their gratefulness to us as their church.
On Sunday Melony Materi from the Options Pregnancy Center here in Regina was our guest speaker. What love and forgiveness filled message that she shared with us. If you were unable to attend church on Sunday I would like to encourage you to click this Sunday’s sermon and take some time to listen. The response during her message and afterwards was so stirred by the Holy Spirit. Please add Melony, the Options Pregnancy Center and its team to your prayer list.
Feel free to check out this link and discover what OPC does and how you can support them with your prayers www.reginapregnancy.com
Last week the Shared Pastoral Team Leader Search Team submitted to the Board of Directors a candidate for their consideration. The Board of Directors will now review the recommendation from the search team and will prayerfully consider submitting that name to you as the membership of Celebration Church. Please be in prayer for the Board of Directors and the process of selecting our Shared Pastoral Team Leader. I would like to extend a sincere and a significant thank you to the Shared Pastoral Team Leader Search Team. They committed a lot of time, prayer, research and effort into this process. The search team consisted of Barry Krett, Corinne Miller, Cory Illingworth, George Maxim and Patti Kelm.
I would like to encourage everyone to read through the book of Hebrews this summer. If you are away during the summer and miss a Sunday service you can go to our website and listen to the messages there.
Blessings. Peace. Prayer.
Hebrews Chapter 2
Melany Materi – Hebrews – Chapter 2
This Sunday we launched into our new summer series on the book of Hebrews.
If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to read chapter 1.
In the first few verses, the author is setting the tone for the book and the reason why they are writing.
The main point of the sermon this past week was that Jesus is greater and that He needs to be our focus.
It is so easy for different things (godly and ungodly) to step into top priority. Sometimes we are doing such “good” things that we miss out on focusing on the “greatest”.
Two things I would encourage you to do this week:
1) Read the chapter and then follow the footnotes – as there are many references to the Old Testament passages. And as you read those, read them in context (not just the solitary verses).
2) Read, re-read, and re-read verse 3 of Chapter 1. Let the truth of Jesus Christ continue (or return) as your primary focus – today, this week, this month.
NIV – The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
NLT – The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
ESV – He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
AMP – He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,
Hebrews Chapter 1
Cam Liske – Hebrews – Chapter 1