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God is Faithful

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It has been almost a year since we started to oversee the ministry at Tsawwassen Community Church, together with Owen and Lusine White and Garry and Brenda Horwood. It has been our goal to continue the Sunday evening service which includes a time of worship, a message, and fellowship over a shared meal so as to provide a time to gain trust, make connections, and build friendships. We also have the opportunity to connect with those who come to the Wednesday food bank and invite them to come to the Sunday service. We recently had two men who joined us for our Thanksgiving service! They were both genuinely blessed and thankful for a place to go to on a holiday which they might have otherwise spent alone.
      
God has also been faithful in leading others to have a heart for this ministry. One dear sister has played an integral role in helping us connect with those who live in Tsawwassen First Nation where she and her husband have lived for over thirty years. Interestingly, she used to attend the same church that we now refer to as TCC on Easters with her husband and his family. After years of being distant from God, through the prayers of her husband and encouragement from her parents, Shirley renewed her relationship with God and began attending TCC about three years ago. We first met her when she renewed her membership of SDBC six months ago. She is amazed at God’s timing and now has a passion to see other family and TFN members find fellowship at the church that some used to attend and to see the lives of those living with addictions or in poverty to be restored. Her prayers are already being answered as her niece and nephew have both recently come to faith and have felt welcomed and accepted in our small supportive community. The TCC team is so thankful for the work God is doing and are excited to see more God stories in the days ahead.

Posted by Terry Weatherly

The Golden Key

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The Agape Principle is a golden key that unlocks harmonious relationships, produces genuine unity, and results in eternal joy. In the midst of the chaos, confusion, hatred, pain, and tears that mark our present age, the Agape Principle is sometimes manifested in isolated acts of care and kindness performed by people of compassion and bravery.
 
There is no act of love (agape) in the past, present, or future that compares with the love (agape) of God revealed in and through our Lord, Jesus Christ. 1 John 4:10 says it all: “In this is agape (love), not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Agape is a love which chooses its object with decision of will so that it becomes self-denying or compassionate devotion to and for the same. It possesses three dominant characteristics:

  • it is volitional (it is an act of the will)
  • it is sacrificial (it often comes with significant personal sacrifice)
  • it is compassionate (even though it is an act of the will, it feels deeply and tenderly cares)

Our Lord, Jesus Christ said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  (John 15:12)
 
Pastor Rick reminds us that we must all “love like Jesus.”

Posted by Doug Harris

How do you fit in the community of God's people?

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Recently, we have been going through 1 Corinthians in our sermon series, and as we came to chapter twelve, we decided to pause and teach a mini series on spiritual gifts. This is an important topic to understand as we learn to do God’s will as a church body. The fact that we are given spiritual gifts attests to the fact that God created us for a reason. We were not randomly placed on this earth. We have purpose in our lives. God created us to give Him glory and to honour Him in all that we do, and He gave us spiritual gifts in order to achieve this purpose. Moreover, spiritual gifts remind us that we need each other as the body of Christ. As individuals, we are uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit, and we all need one another in order to form a healthy body. Furthermore, because we are a body of Christ—with Jesus as our head—we recognize that we need Jesus at the centre of our lives in order to function properly as a healthy body.

When we come together as a church body, we must remember that God has equipped us to do His work. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we may see His power and activity manifested in our work. So, we have no grounds for boasting; we have no reason to be jealous of others’ gifts. Instead, we must focus on working well as a body of Christ followers to bring God glory by using our unique gifts that we received from the Holy Spirit. When we do this well, we get to see the Holy Spirit move powerfully in our midst and see a community transformed by the truth and love of Christ. We get to witness the powerful work of God in our own lives. This is the privilege of serving as a healthy body of Christ—all using our unique gifts to build up His church in love.

We encourage you to take the spiritual gifts survey and see how you can fit in our local church community. How can you play your part in building up the church body to glorify God?

Posted by Paul Park

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