From the Elders - July 2017
Dear members and friends of Trinity
‘His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ [2 Peter 1:3-8]
One of the fears a believer may battle is that of being ineffective and unfruitful in their Christian walk. To be given such excellent blessings and promises and then to do little with them, as sad as that might be, is a very real possibility. Peter exhorts us to never stand still but to be always adding to our ‘knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ’. First, he reminds us that everything we need to live a godly life has been given to us by God; these have been promised by Him and given to us through Christ. By making every effort to supplement our faith with virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love, in an increasing way, we will never be ineffective or unfruitful and we will never fall.
Over the summer there is a lot of coming and going as families travel for holidays and visitors come to the church. Please pray for those who are away, that the Lord will keep them safe and that they will have times of relaxation, enjoyment, spiritual renewal and family refreshment. As well, continue to reach out to strangers in our midst; saying hello, making them feel welcome is something we can all do and it will be a blessing to our souls and an encouragement to those who visit.
It has been a pleasure to have Timon and Joanne with us this summer. They very much appreciate the hospitality shown to them; if you have not hosted, or would like to host again, please let them know! Please pray specifically for Timon as he will be preaching several times while pastor Carl is away.
We often face requests for financial support from numerous needy and valuable organizations. We praise God that our people have always been willing to help when asked. Even after a generous special Missions offering, the congregation generously gave close to $7000 to support the PSSH through their Formula4Hope campaign. A special thank you to everyone who participated!
There are a number of special events on the horizon. The Carey Conference runs from Aug 19 to 25 with special speaker Mark Webb. Please register online ASAP at http://www.careyconference.net/. If you have never attended please consider coming for all or part of the week; it will be blessing to your soul! In September Trinity will be hosting two special events. On Saturday Sept. 16th Scott Masson, professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary, will be with us from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm to address the important topic of Technology and Godliness. He will explore some of the challenges facing Christians in our increasingly invasive age of technology. Please see our website (http://www.trinity-baptist-church.com/) for further details. Our next men’s breakfast will be held on Saturday Sept. 30th; the speaker will be David Zhou from TBS and he will tackle the topic Dealing with Persecution.
In the fall, Pastor Carl plans on running baptism and membership classes; if this is something the Lord is encouraging you to pursue please let him know you would like to be involved.
For those who need to get police checks done, we would like to have these in place by the start of the new Sunday School season (mid-September). Some still need to fill out their Volunteer Application forms. As well, the audio-visual presentation that outlines volunteer responsibilities will be available to view online soon. On behalf of the elders