Newsletter for October 16th, 2022
- Devotional: New
- Our Current Preaching Series: "Life in His Name"
- Congregational Meeting: Sunday October 23rd.
- Children & Youth Update
- "Operation Christmas Child": Return by Sunday Nov. 13th
- Building Update: Updated timetable & costs.
- Care Groups: Current
- Men's Bible Study: Resumed Tuesday September 27th, 2022
- Women's Bible Study: Resumed 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 audiobook: New
- Excellent Free E-book: New
- Free Devotionals: "Our Daily Bread" & "Tabletalk"
- Safe Haven Digital App & Online Community: Our directory+
The Silent Sin That Kills Christian Love
John Newton once warded about a particularly dangerous attitude hundreds of years ago: “Whatever it be that makes us trust in ourselves that we are comparatively wise or good, so as to treat those with contempt who do not subscribe to our doctrines, or follow our party, is a proof and fruit of a self-righteous spirit.” It’s more than disagreement; it’s disgust, rooted in the inability to see the image of God in your opponent. It’s the attitude Jesus warned about in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:21–22). Culturally these days, with tribal forces at work, going public with contemptuous words toward the opposition is how you prove your purity and loyalty.
TREVIN WAX warned that the church isn’t immune to these cultural forces. Like it or not, we live in a world where contempt is excused or sometimes expected. ... But contempt is the silent killer of Christian charity. It has no place in the heart of a follower of Jesus. It kills the passion of seeing others converted and replaces evangelistic zeal with the quest for zero-sum victories, smackdowns, and “destroying”—such that the zealousness to win over someone becomes the zealousness to win. A. W. Tozer wrote, “Contempt for a human being is an affront to God almost as grave as idolatry, for while idolatry is disrespect for God Himself, contempt is disrespect for the being He made in His own image. Contempt says of a man, ‘Raca! This fellow is of no worth. I attach to his person no value whatsoever.’ The man guilty of thus appraising a human being is thoroughly bad.”
Dark impulses that from a worldly perspective seem justifiable are off-limits to those who follow in the steps of a crucified Lord. When your King responds to sneers and mockery by breathing out forgiveness . . . when your Lord tells you to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you and then does so, in fulfillment of his own law of love . . . when your Savior, stripped of dignity and pinned up on a cross like an insect, refuses to dehumanize the dehumanizers . . . how can you harbor contempt in your heart? Tozer once again warned that: “Religion that is not purified by penitence, humility and love, will lead to a feeling of contempt for the irreligious and the morally degraded. And since contempt implies a judgment of no worth made against a human brother, the contemptuous man comes under the displeasure of God and proves himself to lie in danger of hell fire.”
Perhaps the test of faithfulness in a day of moral degradation will be our love for people across chasms of difference. Faithfulness isn’t in showy displays that we hate all the right people. The way of the cross rejects the path of sneers and jeers, whether in the form of elite condescension or populist passion. We must not call a noisy gong “boldness” or a clanging cymbal “courage.” Instead, we must stand out from such worldliness and cultivate the church as an oasis of quiet kindness, a respite from the sin Jesus says will lead us to hell.
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. Romans 4:18-25. “Hoping Against Hope”. Sun. Oct. 23rd, 2022.
5. Romans 5:1-5a. "Unwavering Faith". Sunday Oct. 30th, 2022.
Acts 20:17-38. “Renewing your Mind about Leadership”. Sunday November 6th/2022.
Congregational Meeting: Sunday Oct. 23rd.
On October 23rd, following next Sunday's morning service, we will be having a Family/Congregational Meeting. This is a very important meeting, so we would ask that if possible you would make every effort to be present. Please pray for the future of Safe Haven!
Children & Youth Update
Sunday School: We welcome all kids to come out and enjoy our Sunday School teachings this week! Our service starts at 10am, and kids are off to class soon after.
Youth: Come join us this Friday at 7 pm for our weekly youth meeting. We will be continuing our series on Christian relationships. This week is marriage. Also, don't come in a fresh outfit...you may get a little slimy!
Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan's Purse Canada
The season has arrived when we look forward to packing shoeboxes, and sending Good News & great joy around the world! The shoeboxes are available for pick-up at the church, just give us a
quick call to let us know when you'll be coming over! We ask that you return the filled shoeboxes by Sunday Nov. 13th, since National Collection Week will be running from Nov. 14th-20th.
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: Tuesdays at 9:30am
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
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Women's Bible Study: Tuesdays at 9:30am
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 us for our continuing study on the book of Hebrews. We are currently studying Leviticus 16; Hebrews 9:15-10:18. Consider questions #5-12 (p. 76) of Hebrews: Christ - Perfect Sacrifice, Perfect Priest
Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am
At Safe Haven Community Church
82 Church St. S. Ajax, On.
For More Information: Janet Hill
New Mid-Week Video Series & Bible Study
All people have a worldview. All people answer ultimate questions about truth and reality, whether consciously or unconsciously. And all people act according to those answers. Understand the big questions and the ways people answer them, and you'll have real insight into the thinking and behavior of those around you.
In A Blueprint for Thinking, R.C. Sproul examines the big questions. He explores the basic elements of every worldview: epistemology (How we know what is true); metaphysics (how we know what is real); theology (discovering who God is); anthropology (discovering who man is); and ethics (discovering what right and wrong is). He also proves that the Christian answers to those questions are the truthful ones. If you want to conform your own worldview to Christ's, and help others do the same, A Blueprint for Thinking is for you.
1. How Do We Know What We Know?: Wed. October 19th, 2022.
2. What Is Beyond the Physical?: Wednesday October 26th, 2022.
3. Who Is the Truth?: Wednesday November 2nd, 2022.
4. How Does Truth Relate to Me?: Wed. November 9th, 2022.
5. How Does Truth Command Me?: Wed. Nov. 16th, 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
Avg Session - 22 Min
How could God love me?
Don't you have to do something to earn God's love? Or does grace mean I can do anything I want? Many people have a hard time fully embracing the unique and unparalleled message of the gospel in Jesus Christ. It's hard to believe that because of God's love and grace toward us, we can have eternal life and all sorts of blessings today through no effort or merit of our own. That seems too amazing to be true.
In these four challenging youth Bible study sessions, students share real-life stories about their own struggles and triumphs in coming to terms with God's grace in their lives.
Francis Chan provides powerful teaching from Scripture and helps teens understand God's amazing gift of grace, the relationship between grace and works, why grace doesn't mean you should keep sinning, and how grace should impact your purpose in life.
Excellent free audiobook
The Sum of All Virtues
In this important work by Jonathan Edwards, the truth and importance of love is laid out plainly for the Christian to understand. While there are many ways of seeing God’s influence in the lives of His children, charity is the most consistent and most crucial. Love, or charity, is not only the greatest commandment and most important virtue but it is also the foundation of all other virtues and ways of Christian living. Edwards details how real love is from the Spirit and is evident in all true believers and influences every aspect of life. This special attention to charity is necessary to understanding how to live in God’s love and as an example of it to others. This series, published by ONE audiobooks, seeks to produce Classic Christian titles read by well known and loved audiobook narrators. ONE takes great care to cast these titles with readers who will provide an unmatched listening experience for these important works. Arthur Morey brings his passion to every performance and is considered to be one of the top audiobook narrators in the industry.
Our world is fractured on every level—from the family to international relations. The news constantly reports broken relationships, strife-ridden communities and warring nations. So what hope is there for a world of fractured relationships? Discover the Bible's surprising answer: the local church.
This revised and updated edition of Christopher Ash's Bible overview takes readers through the big sweep of Scripture, following the theme of scattering and gathering God's people. It shows how the local church is at the heart of the Bible story and at the center of God's plan for remaking a broken world. This book will refresh your love for the local church, and give you new hope for the hurting world around you.
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.