Gresham Bible Church Update
We are commanded to pray for our government. We ought to pray for our leaders because Romans 13:1 tells us that the authorities that exist have been established by God. God brings order to our world by establishing authority structures. Also, we should pray for our leaders because 1 Timothy 2:1-2 tells us that the good success of our rulers blesses our lives. Desiring to see a leader fail is like boarding a plane and hoping it crashes. Lastly, we should pray for our leaders because 1 Peter 2:17 tells us to honor the emperor. It is socially acceptable to bash authority. Commonly, the target of our contempt is the person in authority over us. But Christians should not live like the world. There is a place for speaking truth to power but that is the exception and not the rule. Believers should be marked by an appreciation for and submission to authority; knowing that ultimately God stands behind it. I have my share of grievances with our current president; but I pray for him and desire to see his good plans succeed. My speech about him and others in authority over me is mostly directed to God and about their good. I find that doing so helps me give appropriate honor to our rulers.
Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC
Our next GBC 101 class is Sunday, February 17th 12:30-2:30pm
GBC 101 is a 2 hour overview of the history, theology, mission, vision and direction of GBC. It is the on-ramp into membership in the church. During this time we cover lots of ground about the life and ministry of GBC. There is also plenty of space along the way to answer your questions about GBC. Lunch is provided and children are welcome. Please rsvp by emailing Noel.
Women's Ministry News
Next WM Gathering
Join us on January 29th from 7-9pm at the Study for a time of worship and testimonies! This is a great opportunity to get together with other women in our church community and continue to build authentic relationships with each other.
WM Jen Wilkin Study
Women's Ministry is starting another Jen Wilkin Bible Study, this time studying the book of Joshua. There will be information fliers on the resource table this Sunday or you can follow this link to see the email with all the info. Groups are starting soon! There is an option available for every schedule—even a flexible online group—so please join the one that works for you.
Financial Peace University begins February 17th
Financial Peace begins February 17th and will be on Sunday's from 3:30-5:30pm in the GBC study. The cost is $129. Contact Rocky and Kathy Rodriguez to sign up.
Children's Ministry Announcement
Parents, please remember to take your children to the restroom before class. Older kids, please remember to use the restroom before class. Fewer restroom breaks helps our teachers better steward their class time.
Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Marc Peter will lead us in music, Preston will lead our service and Mike Dahl will preach part 2 of Psalm 115. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text