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Thanksgiving Offering

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When I was a child, I remember my parents helping my brother and me form a habit of giving a Thanksgiving offering each year on Thanksgiving Sunday. When I was younger, I didn't think much of it, and I kept doing it as a young man just out of habit. However, as I matured in my personal walk with Jesus, I realized the importance of expressing our gratitude towards God.

In 2 Corinthians 9:10-11, Apostle Paul writes, "He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God." Notice how Paul teaches the church in Corinth to express their thanksgiving to God. He points out that God is the one who supplies the seed to the sower. God is the one who provides everything in life, and one of the reasons he chooses to enrich you in your life is so that you may be "generous in every way," and through our generosity, we will help produce a culture of thanksgiving to God; recognizing his grace and mercy in our lives.

Thanksgiving offerings are not the only way in which we express our gratitude to our Lord, but it is a great opportunity. Sarah and I continue this tradition of giving a Thanksgiving offering each year, and we hope that our son, Nathan, will also grow up in a culture of thanksgiving and a humble recognition of God's providence in our lives. This year, our Thanksgiving offerings will be going to our 60th Anniversary Projects. You can choose to give a Thanksgiving offering this year by using one of the green Thanksgiving envelopes provided in the pews on Sundays during the month of October, or by giving online. I encourage you to consider making this a healthy tradition in your life.

Posted by Paul Park

Equipping the Saints

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For the past few years, our youth group theme has been, "equip the saints." This is taken from Ephesians 4:12, which says, "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Everything we do in youth ministry has the aim of equipping our students to know what the bible says and how to live according to it. We do this through events, teaching, and intentional discipleship.

Each of our events (whether it's a regular Sunday night or a special event) gives a space for students to get to know each other, have fun, and learn about God. Holding specific events gives students the opportunity to make God and his church a part of their busy schedules and we want to make each moment count. So, whether we are playing a game or having discussion groups, it is all building towards students building their relationship with God and being equipped for ministry.

Most of our youth nights have a time of teaching and discussion, but we also make this a major part of our retreats throughout the year. To equip anyone for ministry, there must be dedicated times where they are under the ministry of the word of God. We make this a priority because we believe that we need to be students of the bible to effectively share our faith and grow in holiness.

Events and teaching are incredible ways to grow and be equipped, but we also need people in our lives to encourage us and guide us. This is why our youth leadership team is focussed on being intentional in the discipleship of our students. It begins at our youth events but it continues as leaders talk and go out with students throughout the week. We want our leaders to not just be a part of student's lives on Sunday night, but all throughout the week. It has been encouraging to see our leaders make this a priority as they text students, read the bible with them, and take an interest in their hobbies, like sports or theatre.

We want to see every student that comes to our program, come to a point where they know God, want to serve him, and are equipped to do so.

If you want to know more about our youth programs, click here, or email Kyle McDonald, our Director of Youth and Young

Posted by Kyle McDonald

Experience the Gospel in Community

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As we learn to become gospel fluent through our sermon series in the Gospel of Mark, we are finding that the gospel was never meant to be viewed just as an intellectual practice. In addition to learning the gospel intellectually, we ought to experience the gospel in our daily lives.

The first disciples of Jesus—dubbed, "The Twelve"—did this in community with one another. In fact, the early church's regular expression of worship on the Lord's Day had an emphasis on communion service. When we think of worship today, we think of preaching and music as major components of worship. The first and second century churches, however, centred their worship experience around communion, which was a celebration of the Lord's Supper. This communion service on Sundays was a literal meal where Christians joined together in community to worship God and celebrate the work of Jesus Christ. The early church exemplified gospel fluency in that it emphasized both the intellectual learning and the experiencing of the gospel in community with fellow Christians. This is how we grow and mature as disciples of Jesus.

At South Delta Baptist Church, one of the primary ways in which we experience the gospel together is in community groups. These groups meet regularly (either weekly or bi-weekly) and study the bible, pray, and share life with one another. There's mutual support, encouragement, and accountability in these groups.

If you're not a part of a group yet, please consider joining a group today. Furthermore, we always need more community group leaders. If you sense God is calling you to serve as a leader in a community group, please sign up to lead a group. We will help train you as leaders and support you in your journey of leading a group at SDBC.

For more information, click here.

Posted by Paul Park

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