Newsletter for September 25th, 2022
- Devotional: New
- Our Current Preaching Series: "Life in His Name"
- Children & Youth Update
- Building Update: Updated timetable & costs.
- Care Groups: Current
- Men's Bible Study: Resuming Tuesday September 27th, 2022
- Women's Bible Study: Resuming Tuesday September 27th, 2022
- Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: New series
- Volunteer Opportunities: New Opportunities to serve.
- Right Now Media Great Series of the Week: Updated recommended sample of free resources.
- Excellent Free E-book: New
- Free Devotionals: "Our Daily Bread" & "Tabletalk"
- Safe Haven Digital App & Online Community: Our directory+
"How Do We Love Like Jesus?"
Reflecting on John 13, J.D. Greear suggests that we see clear examples of Jesus’ love for us and his command for us to do the same. But how? Five ways.
1. We serve others.
To be followers of Jesus means our lives are characterized by service, and those with the most power serve the most. Are our lives more characterized by the world’s attitude toward power or Jesus’? How have we used what God has given us?
2. We leverage our lives for others.
What if Jesus leveraged his abilities for us the same way we’re leveraging ours for others? A lot of Christians who have received Jesus continue to live for themselves, treating Jesus like a fire escape. But our love has to be more than words.
3. We share in other's pain and sorrow. +4. We’re involved in others’ lives.
Can people touch you? Are you close enough to feel their pain? Who do you know and are praying for outside of people in your family? Are you investing in others?
5. We bridge the gap to get to others.
Are you building your life around people you feel comfortable with or around people who need Jesus? To follow Jesus is to follow him across the gap, laying down our preferences for the sake of reaching people far from God.
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 3
1. Romans 3:25b-31. “The Cross”. Sunday September 18th, 2022.
2. Romans 4:1-8. "Justified". Sunday September 25th, 2022.
3. Romans 4:9-17. “Saving Grace”. Sunday October 16th, 2022.
4. Rom. 4:18-25. “Hoping Against Hope”. Sunday Oct. 23rd, 2022.
5. Rom. 5:1-5a. "Unwavering Faith". Sunday November 6th, 2022.
6. Rom. 5:6-11. "The Security of Salvation". Sun. Nov. 13th, 2022.
Children & Youth Update
Sunday School Update: We are almost there!!! We are really looking forward to kicking off our Sunday School next week, so we cannot wait to see all of you kids!
Youth Update: We are excited to be starting youth up again everyone!! We had a great kick off at the Luistro's last week, and tonight we are starting our series on Christian dating and relationships.
Our General Contractor, Ricardo, followed up this week with the representatives of the building division of the Town of Ajax to inquire about our building permit. A Town representative assured our General Contractor that a permit to put in the needed foundation is quickly forthcoming. Arrangements have been made with crews for the excavation and the foundation process for the project. That is good news!
Here are the remaining costs:
Permits - development fees and building permits $76,720
-Some of these costs have been paid and development fees can be paid over time
General Contractor $30,000
-This is an estimate based on a percentage of the total done by trades so the amt can change
Blinds and drapes $5,000
Excavation, foundation and site concrete $140,000
-This is an estimate
Doors & hardware $11,500
-Depending on the type of system we choose, this amount could be lower
New bathroom, plumbing etc. $41,500
-We need to comply with the Town code
Masonry - front stone and skirt around the north side. We are unclear how much this will be based on the type of material we use etc.
Electronic sign $5,000
-An estimate that hopefully will be lower if possible
Total estimate needed to finish $538,720
Rough amount in our Building Fund $235,000
Final amount needed to finish the building $303,720
We are updating our budget to reflect this, so please pray for how you can support this while we still need to support the ongoing ministry expenses. We are considering borrowing options as a last resort, however, if you have assets to lend that will help us complete the project, please talk to someone on the Finance Committee.
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!
Men's Bible Study: Resuming Tuesday September 27th, 2022
Unshakable Hope by MAX LUCADO
In a trembling, unsteady world, learn to gain stability, find peace, and trust in God.
This 12-session video Bible study will help you, your group, and your church stand on the definitive declarations of our mighty and loving God who governs the world according to his great and precious promises.
This world has a tremble to it. There are things that seem unsteady in this life. But when we belong to God, it allows us to filter our problems through the promises of God. We choose to be people of the promise, we choose to build our lives on the promises of God, not the circumstances of life.
The stories of the men and women in Scripture were different, but the theme was the same: they were People of the Promise. Because of God's promises, Noah built an ark on dry land, Joshua claimed the Promised Land, David became king, Peter preached the first sermon, and John caught a glimpse of the future. Like them, we can also build our lives on God's promises, and trust him to keep them.
- You Are Stamped with God's Image
- God Will Win the Victory
- You Are an Heir of God
- Your Prayers Have Power
- God Gives Grace to the Humble
- God Gets You
- Jesus Is Praying for You
- Death Has Been Defeated
- Joy Is Coming Soon
- You Will Have Power
- There Is No Condemnation in Christ
- Justice Will Prevail
Tuesday mornings beginning September 27th, at 9:30 am
For More Information:
Women's Bible Study: Resuming Tuesday September 27th, 2022.
The early Jewish believers had come from a background of legalism and works. When God came to earth in human flesh as the New Covenant, these believers discovered the freedom they could have in Jesus and the relationship they could enjoy with Him. Yet in the midst of persecution and rejection, they were often tempted to hold on to the former symbols, rituals, and traditions grounded in the requirements of the Old Covenant. The unknown author of Hebrews sought to address this problem by contrasting the Old and New Covenants, brilliantly showing that Christ is higher than any Old Testament character, priest, ritual, or sacrifice. Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, He is the perfect sacrifice and our own High Priest. And He has given all believers unfettered access to God! The MacArthur Bible Studies provide intriguing examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide incorporates extensive commentary, detailed observations on overriding themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with guidance from John MacArthur.
12 Week Study:
1: Christ: Better than the Angels: Hebrews 1:1–2:18. Tue. Feb. 1/22.
2: Christ: Better than Moses: Hebrews 3:1–19. Tue. Feb. 8/22.
3: A Better Rest: Hebrews 4:1–13. Tue. Feb. 15/22.
4: Our Great High priest: Hebrews 4:14–5:10. Tue. Feb. 22/22.
5: Full Commitment to Christ: Hebrews 5:11–6:20. Tue. March 1/22.
6: Christ and Melchizedek: Hebrews 7:1–28. Tue. March 8/22.
7: A Better Covenant: Hebrews 8:1–13. Tue. March 15th/22.
8: A Better Sanctuary: Hebrews 9:1–14. Tue Sept. 27/22.
9: A Better Sacrifice: Hebrews 9:15–10:18. Tue. Oct. 4/22.
10: All about Faith: Hebrews 10:19–11:40. Tue. Oct. 11/22
11: Perseverance: Hebrews 12:1–29. Tue. Oct. 18/22
12: Christian Behavior: Hebrews 13:1–25. Tue Oct. 25/22.
All ladies are warmly invited and welcome to join for the first time or return after our Summer Break on Tuesday, September 27 at 9:30 am at 82 Church Street, Ajax, Ontario. We'd love to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Janet Hill at (905) 683-3160 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be picking up where we left off in John MacArthur's - HEBREWS - Christ: Perfect Sacrifice, Perfect Priest - Chapter 7 - A Better Covenant - Hebrews 8:1-13.
Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am
At Safe Haven Community Church
82 Church St. S. Ajax, On.
For More Information: Janet Hill
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!
Right Now Media Great Series of the Week
First Love by J.D. GREEAR
God built us for relationships. They supply the most joy we experience, but also the most heartache. Whether you are single or married, whether you consider friendships or romances, you understand the potential intensity and conflict of relationships. How do you live a life full of relationships that honor God and encourage you in our faith?
J.D. Greear, the lead pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, teaches this six session in Ephesians 5 on the theme of building gospel-centered relationships. This passage focuses on marriage, but the lessons apply to all of us. Our first love is Jesus, and all other loves should be enhanced by, and secondary to, our love for him.
Free eBook - The Church of Christ, by James Bannerman,
Bannerman's two-volume Church of Christ is one of the greatest classic treatments of doctrine of the church in the history of the church. He is unashamedly Reformed and distinctively Presbyterian. The church mattered to Bannerman and his work can teach us about why the church should matter to us. James Bannerman was one of the many great luminaries who adorned the Free Church of Scotland in its early years in the nineteenth-century. His work was derived from his course lectures as a seminary professor and was published by his son, Douglas Bannerman.
"...for those who wish to study the doctrine of the Church in its several aspects as it was held by the majority of the Reformers, Puritans, Covenanters and leaders of 'The Third Reformation,' it will prove an invaluable textbook." - Iain Murray
“Bannerman’s The Church of Christ is the most extensive, standard, solid, Reformed treatment of the doctrine of the church that has ever been written. It is indisputably the classic in its field."
Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“During my seminary training in Edinburgh, I spent long hours plowing my way through James Bannerman's Church of Christ. There was so much valuable and precious truth in these volumes.
David P. Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Professor James Bannerman taught annually on the doctrine of the church at the New College in Edinburgh until his death in 1868—the same year he finished his masterpiece, The Church of Christ. It was in this great work that Professor Bannerman sought to equip his students for their ‘delicate and arduous task’ as future churchmen. As it was the privilege of those young scholars to receive these words from his lips, it is our privilege to receive them from his pen.
A. Craig Troxel, Pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church, and Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary
Our Daily Bread
The September-November 2022 Our Daily Bread small print devotionals are now available for pick up.
Large print devotionals are on hand for October-December 2022.
Stop by Safe Haven anytime during the day (Monday to Friday) to get a copy, or pick one up when you come for worship on Sunday.
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.