From Pastor Dan: for Our Edification:
Pastor Dan would strongly encourage you to read this beautiful article which considers how we as members of the church can contribute to a culture of warmly welcoming those who are new: https://gcdiscipleship.com/article-feed/the-church-a-family-of-redemption
...and after you've read it, he would challenge you to intentionally meet and welcome someone you haven't yet met this coming Sunday.
‘The Dawn of Redemption’ A series on the book of Luke. Join us Sunday
We continue our fall series on the book of Luke. We are looking carefully at this key book in the months to come as we examine Doctor Luke’s gospel so we may have certainty in what we believe. In this particular series of passages we look at God’s plan to bring salvation to the world.
This Sunday Pastor Dan will be looking at the baptism of Jesus and genealogy in preparation for the launch of his ministry.
What happened and what does this mean for us? Join us Sunday and find out.
If you want to prepare, please read Luke 3:21-38. In addition, you can look at Psalm 2 and Isaiah 42:1-9.
If you can’t make it, you can connect through our website:
www.guelphbiblechapel.ca our YouTube channel as well as Facebook LIVE
Thought for the Day: The Character Traits of Jesus
This fall I finally started to watch the popular series “The Chosen”. I have been so impressed by the attention to detail, culture and history they have presented but what has really struck me is their portrayal of Jesus. The actor who plays him does an amazing job in my opinion and I’ve been struck in a new and fresh way just the depth of character of Jesus and how that impacted his followers. The idea of character, and what it means to be a person of character as a follower of Jesus, has been on my mind as a result. So, for the next few weeks we’ll be looking at this thought as I give a brief overview of some of the character traits of Jesus that we all should be looking to emulate.
Where do we look when those who we admire fall? Christians, and even many non-Christians, agree that Jesus is a great role model to have. From His faith, perseverance, generosity, and even His intelligence, people see the best qualities that mankind can possess. The Bible teaches everyone to become more like Jesus each and every day, so it’s helpful to learn about some of the character traits he had. Here’s the first one I want to look at:
Jesus never looked away from people; He always looked at them, seeing them for who they were and had compassion on them. We see this in the story of the man with leprosy in Matthew 8. Compassion is an awareness of the suffering of others along with the accompanying desire to do something about it. Whenever people were around him, Jesus understood what their real needs were and sought to address them. For some, physical healing was necessary, for others the root issue was spiritual. In all cases though, Jesus took the time to actually notice that people were hurting—and His compassion drove Him to help them. It takes a person of character to stop, look, and then take the time to show compassion in the distracted and stressful world we live. With this in mind, I’ll leave you with this question: how can you show compassion today and to whom?
In His grip,