Newsletter for August 14th, 2022
- Devotional: New
- Our Current Preaching Series: "Life in His Name"
- Children & Youth Update
- Care Groups: Current
- Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: New series
- Volunteer Opportunities: New Opportunities to serve.
- Bible Trivia: New
- Right Now Media Great Series of the Week: Updated recommended sample of free resources.
- Excellent Free E-book: New
- Excellent Free Audiobook: New
- Free Devotionals: "Our Daily Bread" & "Tabletalk"
- Safe Haven Digital App & Online Community: Our directory+
God’s Wrath and Compassion
The Bible speaks of God’s wrath more than 600 times, in the Old and New Testaments. It shows us that God was fully justified when he felt wrath for our sin. And he would have been fully justified to push us out forever. Exodus 34:6–7 says, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation” (ESV). In it, we see that God felt two rightful emotions toward us: wrath and compassion. As J.D. Greear comments on this, he notes: in one of the greatest mysteries of the universe, God sovereignly and inexplicably chose to push away wrath and bring compassion near. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 8:6–8). Our whole lives are spent in rebellion against God—living for our glory instead of his, living as our only authority and rejecting his. Our rebellion killed Jesus, shrouding even our good deeds in a cloak of evil. Yet he chose to show compassion to me and to you, giving us a way out of his wrath through Christ.
As we come to Jesus, that feeling of unsettled judgment as we embrace that we were condemned is countered by his call to rest in him because he’s taken our judgment upon himself. We see that, as Tim Keller says, “we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” How can you rest in the finished work of Christ today? Praise God that he chose to show us compassion, providing Jesus as our Advocate and Savior. Thank him that we can know rest in him because Jesus died in our place. Ask him to help you know his love more deeply this week.
Our Current Preaching Series
On that road near Damascus, Saul was marvelously and eternally transformed. Although temporarily blinded and all but speechless, during that experience he submitted his life to Christ. Becoming known as the Apostle Paul, he would later explain: “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rom. 8:10-11). In Romans, Paul explains how belief in Christ brings an entirely different kind and quality of life—a holy life, a righteous life, an eternal life.
Series Outline: Part 2
1.Romans 2:1-5. “The Day of Reckoning”: Sunday July 17th, 2022.
2.Rom. 2:6-10. "The Great Divide". Sunday July 31st, 2022.
3.Romans 2:11-16. “Law of the Lord” Sunday August 7th, 2022.
4.Romans 2:17-29. “Examining the Heart” Sun. August 14th, 2022.
5.Romans 3:1-8. "Called into Righteousness". Sun. Aug. 21st, 2022.
6.Romans 3:9-20. "Law Breakers". Sunday August 28th, 2022.
7.Romans 3:21-25a. "Justified by Faith". Sun. September 4th, 2022.
Children & Youth Update
Sunday School: Attention parents! If you wish to help volunteer for Sunday School this Fall, please get in contact with Alex. We would love to see the Lord work through you! We just have a couple of things to do beforehand, so would love to hear from all of you as soon as possible.
Youth: We are excited to be getting back into the routine this September! Our first night back will be Friday September 9th. As well, we are looking to be going to the beach this Summer (date tbd).
Vacation Bible School: We are excited to see everyone at the VBS this coming week, running from August 15-19th! You can sign up on our website https://safehavenworship.com/vbs or in person. Also, if you would like to help out or support VBS, please contact Alex Mitton.
Care Groups: Physical & Virtual Options
Although some may not be ready for physical interaction with others, "Care Groups" are a wonderful way to have either physical or virtual options to interact with God's Word.
As a congregation, we desire a wholistic, intentional care for one another. In order to provide intimate, intentional regular care for one another, we have created several “Care Groups” for everyone to get involved in. The purpose of these groups will be to connect regularly and share together, pray together and study the Bible together. If you aren't yet part of a Care Group joining is easy. When people do, they wonder why they did not do so sooner. Let us not remain where we are, wander off the path, or head in the wrong direction. Let us be clear to follow the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, for no one gets to the Father, but by Him (John 14:6). Our goal is to have everyone be a part of a Care Group. Be a blessing and be blessed!
New Mid-Week Video Series & Bible Study
How does an ancient tent in the wilderness of Sinai relate to our relationship with God? The description of the tabernacle, God's Old Testament dwelling place, spans sixteen chapters of the Bible. Yet many of us pass over this extended description without understanding its significance. In this series, Rev. Daniel R. Hyde encourages us to consider this "tent of meeting" (Ex. 27:21). By studying the particulars of this first tabernacle, we will better understand Jesus, the One who dwelt, or "tabernacled," among us (John 1:14).
Twelve, 23-Minute Messages:
- An Introduction to the Tabernacle: Wed. July 27th, 2022.
- A Tabernacle in the Wilderness: Wednesday August 3rd, 2022.
- The Ark of the Covenant: Wednesday August 10th, 2022.
- A Table with Bread: Wednesday August 17th, 2022.
- A Lampstand of Gold: Wednesday August 24th, 2022.
- An Altar of Bronze: Wednesday August 31st, 2022.
- The Lord's Courtyard: Wednesday September 7th, 2022.
- The Priesthood of the Lord: Wednesday September 14th, 2022.
- The Benefits of the Priesthood: Wed. September 21st, 2022.
- An Altar for Incense: Wednesday September 28th, 2022.
- A Basin for Washing: Wednesday October 5th, 2022.
- A New Beginning: Wednesday October 12th, 2022.
Progressing through the implementation of our building program, there are a lot of pieces needed to come together for us to move forward in the next phases of our ministry together. Everyone has something that God has equipped them to serve with. Our ability to serve one another and welcome guests to our ministry, depends on people willing to use their gifts and talents in the service of others. Please click the picture above or link below, and help make Safe Haven a place that truly ministers to the needs of our people and reaches out with Christ's love for others!
Trivia Question: Where in the Holy Bible does it say that money is the root of all evil?
Answer: See next week's newsletter.
Last Week’s Question: The word “faith” and other words like faithfully and faithfulness etc. appears 475 times in the Holy Bible (ESV version). For example, the word faith appears in the Psalms 56 times and Romans 40 times. The word faith appears in what New Testament .. chapter .. more often than any other chapter in the Bible?
Answer to last week's trivia: The word faith appears in chapter 11 of Hebrews 25 times and the word faithful once for a total of 26 !!
Scripture References: Hebrews Chapter 11 verses 1, 3, 4 (x2), 5, 6, 7 (x2), 8, 9, 11 (x2), 13, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33 and 39.
Please enjoy the links below:
Money Is Not the Root of All Evil
The Holy Bible - Book of 1 Timothy Chapter 6 ESV
John Piper - Wealth Is Almost Always a Curse, Not a Blessing
If anyone has any difficulty with the trivia questions, or would like some help or hints or any comments, please email me (Dennis) at: email@example.com
Right Now Media Great Series of the Week
Avg Session - 53 Min
When many people think of the Ten Commandments, they think of rules that are outdated, backwards, and restrictive. We don't want a faith that is all about lists of things we are not supposed to do. Many Christians also wonder if the Ten Commandments are an Old Testament thing that we shouldn't worry about anymore. How do we determine which parts to follow? Should they hold the same place in our lives as New Testament teaching?
In this nine week series, J.D. Greear, the lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, teaches that this perception of a list of don'ts is completely wrong. "I want to show you that the Ten Commandments are not a path to bondage, but a path to freedom." God's commands are not to regulate our outward behavior. He gives them in order to shape our hearts. Learning to use the Commandments for freedom's sake will give us a wonderful glimpse of what our hearts look like.
Excellent Free Audiobook
Too often, Christians wait for some extraordinary move of the Spirit to correct all their spiritual ills. Although such a revival is possible, it is not the way God ordinarily grows His church.In The Essential Means of Grace , Paul Washer considers the three prominent gifts God provided for growth in godliness: the Scriptures, prayer, and participation in the life and ministry of the local church. Our desire for the extraordinary should never lead us to neglect the ordinary. Rather, let us devote ourselves to these ordinary means of grace in dependence upon the Spirit for an extraordinary conformity and usefulness to Christ.
Tabletalk Online & Print Devotional
Tabletalk is a monthly discipleship magazine written by today’s leading theologians and pastors to help Christians grow in the knowledge of God. Daily devotionals make up over half of the content and typically exposit a book of the Bible or a specific topic over the course of the year. A third of the content is themed, dealing with a particular issue, and the rest consists of featured columns addressing a variety of issues ranging from theology to Christian living. The print version is digest-size, formatted to fit neatly into most Bibles and notebooks. Tabletalk, along with fresh online-exclusive content, is also available at TabletalkMagazine.com.
Safe Haven App & Digital Community
Safe Haven has a digital app and community called "Faithlife". On it you will find our directory, a calendar of events, a link for giving, sermons, announcements, bulletins, Faithlife TV, the ESV Bible, our COVID-19 Waiver form for services, and the ability to communicate between congregation members for prayer requests and keeping in touch. Just with Faithlife TV, it has free original documentaries, live streams, mobile education instruction, kids programming, Bible study tools, biography presentations, presentations on Christian living, dramas, group studies, information on health and wellness, historical presentations, information on marriage and parenting, movies, music, Our Daily Bread, programs on science and creation, sports, teens, travel and so much more.
On Faithlife you can have video chats like Zoom etc. and the good news is it doesn't have the cost or limitations of Zoom or other platforms. Also, by not using a secular platform we have less to worry about getting cancelled for being Christian. To use this feature, look on the left side of Faithlife platform and go to Group Chat. Then on the bottom right is a button that looks like a video camera. They can click on that and that creates a link that they can send to whoever they want to video chat with. https://support.faithlife.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040848532
Join for free by clicking here. You can also download the Faithlife App and have access to everything through the app. If you have any problems, contact us so we can help you get started.