1 Nov - 16 Dec

Blessed2Bless

Bless Period: Mid- Nov to Dec 2022

New Life is inviting you and your CG to befriend their beneficiaries this Christmas season! Here are 3 ways you can spread God’s love and hope.

What is this about?

Blessed2BLESS is an annual Christmas outreach event for NLCS to bless disadvantaged children, youths, seniors and families in the following ways:

  1. Providing beneficiaries with additional financial support;
  2. Connecting beneficiaries to social support through CEFC volunteers and awareness of New Life’s services; and
  3. Building networks of social capital and spark off future collaborations to serve the community.

How is it going to be carried out?

  1. Volunteers register for the event and attend one of the training sessions to learn how to interact with beneficiaries appropriately.
  2. Volunteers bring beneficiaries to shop for daily necessities and back-to-school supplies, using vouchers provided by NLCS.
  3. Volunteers connect and build relationships over sharing a meal with the beneficiaries.

When and where will it happen?

Volunteers may arrange to meet their assigned beneficiaries anytime between 1 November to 16 December 2022. The venue can be any suitable location around the island.

When will volunteer training happen?

Volunteer training dates, which volunteers need to attend (or watch the session recorded via Zoom), are below:

  • Sunday, 23 October 2022 at @ CEFC Bukit Panjang
  • Sunday, 30 October 2022 at @ CEFC Woodlands

What we’ll be doing: 

  1. Shopping Trips
    Bring beneficiaries shopping for necessities and fellowship along the way.
  2. Care Packs
    Prepare and deliver back-to-school and grocery packs for a home visit.
  3. Christmas Gifts
    Make a Christmas card to share the joy of the season.

What you need: 

  • A willingness to befriend!
    It’s all about building relationships even as we meet material needs. Come ready to listen, to give time and attention, and to love and serve them as Christ would. 
  • Keep in touch!
    Do take a group photo with our beneficiaries after the event and present it to them as a memento. 

Simply sign up here by 21 Oct 2022 and the New Life team will get in touch with you.

For more information or enquiries, please write to 2022b2borganizingcommittee@newlife.org.sg

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
1 Thessalonians 4:11-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11
Tue, 29 November 2022

1-2 Thessalonians Revisited: Expecting the Parousia*

Observation:

What is the order of the significant eschatological events that we can
construct from these two texts?

Deeper Reflection
OUT OF THE EIGHT CHAPTERS IN 1 AND 2 THESSALONIANS, the Second Coming of Christ is mentioned in seven.45 This strong eschatological emphasis is a discipleship call to eschatological living with eschatological consciousness.We can construct the order of the significant eschatological events from the two letters. Since Paul’s time until today “the mystery of lawlessness” has been “at work” (2 Thess 2:7). Behind this visible “mystery of lawlessness” is the yet to appear invisible “man of lawlessness” – the antichrist (2 Thess 2:3). The end-times is marked by “lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt 24:12), and the activities of “many false prophets”, behind which is “the spirit of the antichrist” (1 Jn 4:1, 3). Then comes “the apostasy” (2 Thess 2:3a) – the falling away from the faith, as “the Spirit explicitly says” will happen “in the later times” (1 Tim 4:1). And “the man of lawlessness” will appear and come into the church and try to take control of the church by carrying out further deception in it that will lead many to fall away from the faith.46 Then eventually “the coming of the Lord”, when Christ will “descend from heaven”, and “the dead in Christ will rise first”, “to meet the Lord” together with the alive believers who will be raptured and “we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:15-17).What is eschatologically most critical is that we do not fall away from the faith. We must then diligently know the truth, live faithfully by the truth and cling steadfastly to the truth. “Your Word is truth” (Jn 17:17).
44 Parousia: Greek for “coming”, and it is used as a theological term for Christ’s Second Coming (see Matt 24:3, 27, 37, 39) 45 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:1-11, 23; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; 2:1-11 46 G. K. Beale, 210
Application:

What does it mean for me to live my life eschatologically?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for pastors and staff: To minister to people with eschatological hope
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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