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Sunday Recap for November 12, 2017:
Growing Up in Christ

Mission Highlight: Thank you Chad for sharing our Mission Highlight on District 10. District 10 includes the neighborhoods of Bayview-Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and Dogpatch. It is 30% Asian, 29% Black, 26% White, and 15% Hispanic.

Chad and his wife Theresa have been living in Dogpatch for about 9 months to live close to work, where Chad is an architect in FiDi and Theresa walks to work to UCSF Mission Bay Hospital. They love the Dogpatch for its sunshine, walkability, and industrial buildings that are being redeveloped into shops, artist collectives and restaurants.

Chad gave a history of the T-Line connecting this district leading to significant economic development, which has both increased employment opportunities but has raised cost of living (median home prices have doubled in ten years), displacing long-term residents. The African American population has decreased in the last 15 years from 50% to 30% today. Of the eleven districts, District 10 is 2nd highest in homelessness and 3rd highest in poverty. The Bayview is often referred to as the "Last Frontier in SF Real Estate". 

Chad led us in prayer for District 10, for district supervisor Malia Cohen, for policies that balance neighborhood revitalization with the rights and wellbeing of underserved and long-term residents of the community. We prayed for the schools and students. For Old Skool Cafe, which Christ Church has supported, to continue to provide employment skills to at-risk youth in an effort to reduce cycles of violence, incarceration, and recidivism.  We prayed for local gospel-centered churches such as The Bay City Church, led by Pastor Eddie Williams who has visited our congregation once before. We prayed to bless the Williams family as they prepare to launch this church in Fall 2018 with wisdom and discernment of God's will, encouragement and stamina for the marathon ahead, and the presence of God's Holy Spirit as they share Jesus with your people.  Let's continue to pray for District 10 this week!
Question #43: What are the sacraments or ordinances?
 
Answer: The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by his death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Growing Up in Christ" (1 Peter 2:1-3)

Thank you Seng for preaching on what it means to taste the goodness of God, to crave the goodness of God, and to convey the goodness God, from Peter's letter to the church. 

Main Idea: Growing up spiritually is not an option. 

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Sunday Recap for November 5, 2017:
Holy

Membership Affirmation: Praise God for our new members, Wendy, Evelyn, Parker, Janese, Tim, Jason, Ellen and Christina (last three in absentia)! They affirmed their intention, with God’s help, to live loving and holy lives that reflect Christ; to maintain unity with and mutually encourage others in the body as they serve together; to commit themselves to growing in the truth of God’s Word, and to pray for our church and all in it, as well as those who have not yet put their faith in Christ. Pastor Seng, on behalf of existing members, affirmed the commitment of all to love, encourage, teach, admonish, comfort and exhort them to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and His Word.
We'll miss you Aparicios!

We prayed for the Aparacios who are moving back to Spain. We were thankful for the way God blessed Christ Church through the Aparicios during their stay here, and blessed and sent them with God going before them to Spain, that to continue to be his light where they go!
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Amanda and Andrew, for updating us with what has been happening with our partner in ministry--Hands at Work! After sharing a brief background on Hands at Work, and an update on Mcheneka, a community we partner with, they led us in prayer. Let's continue to pray for our brothers, sisters, and the ones who need God's love to break through into their lives. 

God, thank you for these stories, that make these people real to us. Our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world, experiencing daily struggles that most of us can only imagine. Stir our hearts to compassion when we hear of their suffering.. Let us rejoice with them in their victories. We lift up the careworkers and ask that you strengthen them. May they know your presence and your joy in the midst of hardship, your peace in strife, and your love unconditional. Fill them up as they pour themselves out for the destitute in their community. Raise up other local believers to partner with the CBO in caring for vulnerable children and families. Make your name known within the community. Meet also their physical needs with a plentiful harvest this year. Bring our brothers and sisters to mind so that we can continually lift them to you. Amen. 
Question #42: How is the Word of God to be read and heard?
 
Answer: With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Holy" (1 Peter 1:13-25)
 

“They [the church] must above all, be a people of virtue— not simply any virtue, but the virtues necessary for remembering and telling the story of a crucified savior. They must be capable of being peaceable among themselves and with the world, so that the world sees what it means to hope for God’s kingdom…The church must learn time and time again that its task is not to make the world the kingdom, but to be faithful to the kingdom by showing to the world what it means to be a community of peace.” (Stanley Hauerwas)

Main Idea: If God is your Father, live as His children.

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Sunday Recap for October 29, 2017:
Elect Exiles and Born Again

Next Baby Dedication: Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Baby dedications are time for us to thank God for the new children, and pray for the parents and new children of the congregation and publicly commit to raising the child up in the ways of the Lord together. If you are a new parent at Christ Church and would like your family to be a part of this, please email us!
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Andy, for sharing about Hiinga this Sunday. Andy opened up with Scripture from Jeremiah 2 as a challenge and encouragement from God. Last time he visited Christ Church, it was during a season of discouragement, and now he is some great news. Hiinga, which means "cultivate" in his language, was launched in 2012, and since then they have helped rural farmers in Uganda, making over 15,000 loans and directly impacting 80,000 lives. Through their work, the gospel, or good news of Jesus, is being shared and leaders are being mentored. If you would like to join in the work God is doing through Hiinga, there are a number of ways to get involved:
  • Technology volunteers are needed!
  • PRAYER "Prayer is not a cliche; prayer has sustained us" as many divine appointments were made through prayer, despite their small size
  • Come and mobilize others to Uganda Summer 2018. Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa! They would love a visit!
  • Sponsor a micro entrepreneur for $30/month
  • Give ideas and insight!
If you are interested in partnering in any of these ways, please email Andy and/or check out their website! Let's all continue to pray for the work that the Lord is doing in Uganda through Hiinga!
Some marketing for Uganda! Come visit Hiinga and also see one of God's amazing creatures!
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Elect Exiles and Born Again" (1 Peter 1:1-12)
 

“The people who keep asking if they can't lead a decent life without Christ, don't know what life is about; if they did they would know that 'a decent life' is mere machinery compared with the thing we men are really made for.” (C.S. Lewis)
 
“They were different from their non-Christian neighbors— some perhaps because of immigrant status, but all because of their allegiance to Jesus Christ as opposed to anything or anyone else, up to and including the emperor. People on the margins have little power and influence in society. Yet they may still make a profound impact on the world when they are able to persevere and live according to the ways of the Lord Jesus.”  (Dennis Edwards)
 
Main Idea: Life is fellowship with Jesus.

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Sunday Recap for October 22, 2017:
From Grief to Glory

New to Christ Church? Welcome Lunch on November 5th after service! We would love to take you out for lunch to get to know you and be known by you, and answer any questions you might have! Please email April if you're interested in joining us!
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Paul, for leading us in prayer for San Francisco's District 9 this Sunday. 
  • District 9 encompasses some of the most diverse, vibrant and culturally rich neighborhoods in San Francisco—the Mission, Bernal Heights, St. Mary’s Park, and Portola.
  • District 9 is estimated to be 44% white, 43% Hispanic, 23% Asian, and 4% black.
  • About 50% of residents of District 9 are from another country.
  • Over 40% of residents in District 9 have a bachelors degree or higher.
 
We praised God for loving all the people and neighborhoods of District 9. We prayed that whether we believers live, work, or visit District 9, that we think not just of what we can take, but how we can give, serve, and love so that knowledge of God will cover the earth, as the waters covers the sea. We thanked God for the diversity of District 9 while asking us to be peacemakers and leaders in listening and loving sacrificially when there is tension or misunderstanding. We prayed for those hurting in District 9, whether that be from sickness, loneliness, shame, guilt, poverty or oppression, that God comfort and strengthen them and send us to be sources of comfort and strength, as Jesus is constantly for us. We prayed for Hillary Ronen, District 9 supervisor to justly serve the needs of everyone in District 9. We prayed that Jesus, our best and only hope, the riches of his salvation, family and friendship, be seen and known in District 9. We asked God to wake up his saints to share the good news of Jesus with this community.  
Question #40: What should we pray?
 
Answer: The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.
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Ephesians 3:14-21: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  
Link to this Week's Sermon: “From Grief to Glory" (Mark 16:1-8)
 

“First, to quote Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15:17: ‘If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.’ Second, there is then no hope of our rising either; we must expect to stay dead too. Third, if Jesus Christ is not risen, then he is not reigning and will not return, and every single item in the Creed after ‘suffered... and [was] buried’ would have to be struck out. Fourth, Christianity cannot be what the first Christians thought it was—fellowship with a living Lord who is identical with the Jesus of the Gospels. The Jesus of the Gospels can still be your hero, but he cannot be your Savior if he did not rise.” - J.I. Packer

Main Idea: If we believe that Jesus was resurrected, that changes everything. We are moved from sorrow to hope, from grief to Glory.

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Sunday Recap for October 15, 2017:
Fools for Christ

Membership Application Cards now due this coming Sunday, 10/22!!!

For those of you who are interested in membership, we provided a resource of how we view membership and its process. For an online version of our Introduction to Faith and Practices, please click here! Please let us know if you have any questions!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Toby for leading us in prayer for the communities affected by the fires in the North Bay. Just 45 minutes away, 40 have died, around 300 are missing, over 5,700 structures destroyed, and over 200,000 people have been displaced. These are real people who are suffering, siblings in Christ or people who need Christ. God not only calls his people to intercede for others, but he also uses us to serve and love. If you are interested in getting involved, pastors from the region have gotten together to communicate to us the regions' needs. Please use this link to give much needed support!

We pray together, thanking God for bringing comfort in the midst of suffering, and calling us to grieve with those who grieve and mourn with those who mourn. We ask God--how would you have us serve? Even as our own air quality might clear up, please let us know forget the devastation, those who have displaced, and everyone in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Mendocino county that have been affected. Please use your people to point them to hope in Christ, and mobilize your children to love and serve in a way that puts God on display and shows them God cares. We pray for the rescue workers that God strengthen them and send more help. Let us all continue to pray for and be generous with our love and support for those who need it so much.
Question #39: With what attitude should we pray?
 
Answer: With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Fools for Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)
 

We were blessed to have Pastor Kris Brossett from Refuge LA preach for us this Sunday. If you haven't had a chance, please check out, or re-listen to his sermon!


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Sunday Recap for October 8, 2017:
Christ, Crucified and Buried

Our next membership affirmation is on November 5th, 2017! If you are interested in membership please check out this link! The deadline for turning in the card has been pushed to October 22nd! If you have any questions, please email us!
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Mission Highlight: Thank you, Katelyn, for sharing this week's Mission Highlight. Katelyn works with InterVarsity, a Christian campus ministry, at USF and a few of the college students she mentors have visited and are attending Christ Church as well. Their Journey conference is coming up on October 20-22. The retreat is a great opportunity for college students to set the stage for the rest of the school year in terms of centering their lives on God. Katelyn shared a story about how one year, a college sophomore committed herself to following Christ for the first time during the fall conference and grew to help plant a community group on campus. Many of the students are from working class families, working to cover their costs. About 20-30 students are attending from USF.

If you would like to help and support financially, they are looking for ten more $100 scholarships for students to be able to attend the conference. Another huge way to bless these students is to loan your car for transportation that weekend. Please connect with Katelyn if you are interested in helping in one of these ways!

Please pray for the college students among us at Christ Church, at USF, and for the 200 other students who are attending Journey--that God would speak to them in powerful and mighty ways, and that they would be on the right track for the rest of the year. 
Question #38: What is prayer?
 
Answer: Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Christ, Crucified and Buried" (Mark 15)
 

“By six o’clock on the evening of the first Good Friday, the world had changed. A revolution had begun.” (N.T. Wright)
 
“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” (John Stott)
 
Main Idea: How does the crucifixion shape your life?

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Sunday Recap for October 1, 2017:
True and False Witness

Mission Highlight: Thank you, Vanessa and Hannah for sharing about Christ Church Youth Group! Christ Church youth group is made up of middle to high schoolers, meeting together after service for about 20 minutes to discuss questions and thoughts about the sermon. To illustrate some of its fruit, Hannah shared how she used to struggle to fully grasp everything preached on Sunday alone, but by going through the questions created by Toby and other preachers in a group closer to her own age, is able to dig deeper into the word and relationships with her peers. By having regularly scheduled get-togethers, she has been blessed by getting to know other young adults she would perhaps not see during service.

We are thankful to God for giving us this group and their desire to grown in relationship with him and each other. Our prayer is that they would be further equipped and knit together in love, as our congregation further encourages them to follow Christ.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “True and False Witness" (Mark 14:66-72)
 

“… when it comes to knowing God, we bring absolutely nothing to the table. Not even tried-and-true analogies can bridge the gap between us and the God who is beyond all analogies. For example, we see power in nature, and we use that as a starting point to talk about God’s unlimited power. God’s power, we assume, must be like nature’s power, only God’s power must be much greater, greater to an infinite degree. This is how the discussion of God’s attributes often begins. But the very category of power, like all human analogies … is merely a human construct and therefore inadequate to talk about God.” (Mark Galli)
 
“His first coming was in humility; his second will be in glory.” (Justin Martyr)
 
Main Idea: All of Him, none of us.

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Sunday Recap for September 24, 2017:
Sorrowful and Betrayed

Members' Gathering: Saturday, October 28th 6-8PM! Please mark your calendars, members!!! We will be sending out a separate email with the location. If you are not a member but are interested in becoming one, please email us!
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Rebecca, for summarizing this video for us about the importance of local church mobilization as a part of Hands at Work's strategy! If you missed the video or were interested in watching and listening to it, please click on the video above!
Question #37: How does the Holy Spirit help us?
 
Answer: The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Sorrowful and Betrayed" (Mark 14:26-52)
 

“The triple scene invites us to stop and ponder, once more, where we ourselves belong. Are we, like the disciples, full of bluster one minute, sleep the next, and confused shame the next? Are we ready to betray Jesus if it suits our other plans, or if he fails to live up to our expectations? Or are we prepared to keep watch with him in the garden, sharing his anguished prayer? We are not called to repeat his unique moment of suffering; he went through that alone on behalf of us all. But as Christian writers from the very beginning (i.e. Paul) have seen, it is part of normal Christian experience that we, too, should be prepared to agonize in prayer as we await our own complete redemption and that of all creation. The church is called to live in the middle of this great scene: surrounded by confusion, false loyalty, direct attack and traitor’s kisses, those who name the name of Christ must stay in the garden with him until the Father’s will is done.” (N.T. Wright)

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Sunday Recap for September 17, 2017:
Anointed

Mission Highlight: Thank you Jacob for sharing the Mission Highlight about Bags of Love this Sunday. Jacob and his community group joined wth City Church to make Bags of Love, which are bags of nutritional foods to the poor living in hotels or Single Residence Occupancies (SROs) in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. While it was challenging to think about what a small gesture of kindness it was to those who are struggling so much, it was encouraging to meet the people that were receiving these bags, and see how encouraged and appreciative they were, and to hear their stories. It was also encouraging to meet and talk with those who serve this underserved community, to learn from their challenges as well as how the love of Christ empowers them to serve and love the way they do. As this is a regular volunteer activity, if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jacob! Let's continue to pray for those living in SROs who struggle with poverty and loneliness. And let us also continue to be salt and light in our cities so that Christ's love may be known and received!
Question #36: What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?
 
Answer: That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Anointed" (Mark 14:1-25)
 

“Scripture is broad and deep, shallow enough for a lamb to wade, but deep enough for an elephant to plunge.” (Gregory the Great, 6th Century)
 
”It’s a deep human instinct – I believe a God-given one – that we mark significant moments with significant meals. Sharing a meal, especially a festive one, binds together a family, a group of friends, a collection of colleagues. Such meals say more than we could ever put into words about who we are, how we feel about one another, and the hopes and joys that we share together. The meal not only feeds our bodies; that seems in some ways the least significant part of it. It says something; and it does something, actually changing us so that, after it, part of who we actually are is ‘the people who shared that meal together, with all that it meant’.”  (N.T. Wright)

 
Main Idea: Jesus gave all, so we give all.

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Sunday Recap for September 10, 2017:
Son of Man

Mission Highlight: Thank you Toby for leading us in prayer for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We told our Father in Heaven that we were thankful for those serving victims of the hurricanes, and those bringing not only physical relief but messages of spiritual hope. We looked forward to the day God will put an end to all suffering and will renew the world.

We prayed that God would mobilize brothers and sisters to bring aid, and also lead us to respond rather than turning a blind eye to suffering. We thanked God that his love is predictable despite the world's unpredictability."
We read the Apostles' Creed this Sunday and confessed Question 35 last week. But since we accidentally sent out the Apostles' Creed last week, we are sending out Question 35 here!
Question #35: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?
 
Answer: All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Son of Man" (Mark 13:1-37)
 

This week, Toby continued in the sermon series, "The Jesus We Know" through the gospel of Mark, and preached on Jesus' prophecy of the destruction of the temple, how significant this was then, and how it shapes our lives today.
 
Main Idea: Stay awake!

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Sunday Recap for September 3, 2017:
Beloved Son and Christ

Intentional Parents Conference: The next generation of children can change the world. They matter—to God, to you, and to the church. That’s why Reality SF and Epic Church are hosting the Intentional Parents Conference with Phil and Diane Comer! This is a two-day conference created to give parents an in-depth Biblical understanding of what it looks like to raise passionate Jesus followers. The Comers will come alongside parents to offer encouragement, hope, and practical tools for parenting. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, hear stories of others who have gone before you, and formulate your own plan for a successful road ahead in parenting.

Details:
– Friday, September 15th, from 6:30PM – 9:30PM
– Saturday, September 16th, from 8:30AM – 1:30PM
– Dolores Park Church
– Cost: $25 for individuals and $45 for a couple
– Register here
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Aidan and Rebekah for sharing about our church's trip to Spain this summer! Aidan shared about  the contrast between going to Malawi, a place that was spiritually rich but poor in every other way, and then Spain, which looks like it's doing well but was very spiritually poor. He shared about how much God transformed his heart to care for the people of Spain. 

Rebekah shared her journey about her family's roots to how much trouble she had finding a church there while studying abroad in Spain during college, until she realized years later that it was because the city she was in had no Protestant church, and the ones going to Catholic church were aging and few. More recently, she shared how Stephen Phillips shared that a woman's response to an invitation to church was, "I don't go to the true church, why would I go to yours?" Her heart for Spain grew on this trip, as she learned that the economy has also caused a lot of hopelessness among the youth who are dropping out of high school along with the lack of spiritual hope. In this context and background, she hoped that the English Camp would be an opportunity to love on the students, to show that Jesus loved them, and to show that they have meaning and purpose. It was also encouraging to serve alongside the missionary families, the Phillips and the Leightons, and she is very much looking forward to future Christ Church English Camps!
If you missed Eddie William's sermon on 8/27 "And You Shall Be My Witnesses", it's up on our website! Click here!
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Beloved Son and Christ" (Mark 12:1-44)
 

“The command to give God what belongs to God opens all kinds of further questions. Did he also mean that, because humans bear God’s image, all humans owe themselves, their very lives, to God, and should give those lives back, as one might give a coin back to Caesar? Did he mean, standing there in the Temple courtyards, that the sacrificial system, which was supposed to be the way of giving God his due, needed to be superceded by a more complete worship? Did he mean – against the normal revolutionaries – that if you really gave your whole self to God you would discover that using violence to fight violence, using evil to fight evil, simply wouldn’t do? I think he probably meant to hint at all of that, and perhaps even more.” (N.T. Wright)
 
Main Idea: Seeing Jesus leads to giving your all.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: The Jesus We Know

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Sunday Recap for August 27, 2017:
And You Will Be My Witnesses

Intentional Parents Conference: The next generation of children can change the world. They matter—to God, to you, and to the church. Reality SF and Epic Church are hosting the Intentional Parents Conference with Phil and Diane Comer! This is a two-day conference created to give parents an in-depth Biblical understanding of what it looks like to raise passionate Jesus followers. The Comers will come alongside parents to offer encouragement, hope, and practical tools for parenting. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, hear stories of others who have gone before you, and formulate your own plan for a successful road ahead in parenting.

Details:
– Friday, September 15th, from 6:30PM – 9:30PM
– Saturday, September 16th, from 8:30AM – 1:30PM
– Dolores Park Church
– Cost: $25 for individuals and $45 for a couple
– Register here
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Brian, for sharing about District 8 and leading us in prayer for this neighborhood and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. As followers of Jesus, just as Jesus was sent to us, we are sent to our communities to share the love of God in Christ, and to serve as Jesus served.  

District 8 Prayer Sheet
  • District 8 encompasses Glen Park, the Castro, Eureka Valley, Noe Valley, Duboce Triangle, Diamond Heights, Corona Heights, Buena Vista, parts of the Inner Mission, and Mission-Dolores.
  • District 8 is estimated to be 76% White, 13% Hispanic, 9% Asian, and 5% Black.
  • Less than 20% of the residents of District 8 were born overseas.
  • Over 60% of the residents of District 8 have a bachelors degree or higher.
  • Ideas for prayer: Pastor Gordon Wohlers and First Christian Church in Duboce Triangle, Reality San Francisco’s ministry in the Castro.
Let's continue to pray for and love and serve our city! 
Question 34: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?
 
Answer: Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.
This Week's Sermon: “And You Will Be My Witnesses" (Acts 1:1-11)
 

Thank you Pastor Eddie for sharing about being witnesses! For those of you who missed it, the sermon recording will be uploaded into the sermon series, Stand Alone Sermons next Sunday (9/3). 

Link to: Sermon Slides

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Sunday Recap for August 20, 2017:
True King

Intentional Parents Conference: The next generation of children can change the world. They matter—to God, to you, and to the church. That’s why we’re hosting the Intentional Parents Conference with Phil and Diane Comer! This is a two-day conference created to give parents an in-depth Biblical understanding of what it looks like to raise passionate Jesus followers. The Comers will come alongside parents to offer encouragement, hope, and practical tools for parenting. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, hear stories of others who have gone before you, and formulate your own plan for a successful road ahead in parenting.

Details:
– Friday, September 15th, from 6:30PM – 9:30PM
– Saturday, September 16th, from 8:30AM – 1:30PM
– Dolores Park Church
– Cost: $25 for individuals and $45 for a couple
– Register here
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Jared and Sarah for sharing our Mission Highlight this week! Jared, who used to attend Christ Church, came back to visit with his wife Sarah, and they let us know what God has been doing in their lives, the vision he has for them, and the steps they are taking now, as well as ways we can love and support them in these next steps. (The following text is mostly from their handout, which was also what they shared!)

Sarah had been in Boston serving to interrupt systems of human trafficking through collaborative relational networks, and Jared joined her from InnerChange, San Francisco Outer Circle San Francisco, and eventually asked Sarah to marry him while working at a youth shelter and composting company. They have been married for 17 months now (yay!) and have a vision to be a part of a Christian community living on the land creatively sustainably, growing food in food forests/permaculture gardens, and a space of healing for folks on their journey of recovery from all kinds of brokenness--addictions, abuse, exploitation, burnout... They dream of a space where everyone has a valuable role to play, and through all of the daily life rhythms Jesus is known and glorified, and God's love brings healing and restoration.

They left Boston in early July on a road trip of exploring, living in their van, building networks, and learning more about permaculture and food forests through various work-trade opportunities at various farms. After about a year on the road, they will discern with God where He is calling them to put down roots in community and ministry, and to continue to learn and live in the vision God has put on their hearts. Let's continue to pray with Jared and Sarah for wisdom and discernment and for provision and safety as they travel. 

If you are interested in emailing them, here is Sarah's and Jared's email addresses. Here is also a link to their blog, and the button below is the link on our website to support them financially! 
 
Support Jared and Sarah!
Question #32: What do justification and sanctification mean?
 
Answer: Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “True King" (Mark 11:1-11)
 

“In Jesus we find infinite majesty yet complete humility, perfect justice yet boundless grace, absolute sovereignty yet utter submission, all-sufficiency in himself yet entire trust and dependence on God. But in Jesus the result of these extremes of character is not mental and emotional breakdown. Jesus’s personality is a complete and beautiful whole. Watch this mighty King ride a little donkey into Jerusalem and deal with what he finds there.” (Tim Keller)
 
“Merely existing without yielding fruit is not the purpose for which human beings are given the gift of life.” (Augustine)
 
Main Idea: Have faith in God.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: The Jesus We Know

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Sunday Recap for August 13, 2017:
Son of Man and Servant

Mission Highlight: Thank you, Ryan, for sharing about what God has done in your life and the steps God is calling you to take next. For those of you who missed it, we sent out a separate email. For more information or to donate, please check out his GoFundMe page!