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Sunday Recap for July 16, 2017:
Help My Unbelief

Mission Highlight: Thank you Rebecca for leading us in prayer for Holy Home Visits. Our ministry partners, Hands at Work,carry out Holy Home Visits to visit orphaned children twice a week in their homes for support and relationship, and to demonstrate how Christ himself came to us when we were orphans in need of hope and help. For more information, please check out this interview with a care-worker on the importance of these visits, or their website. Let's continue to pray for the care-workers, the orphans and their primary care givers. 
Question #25: Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?
 
Answer: Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ’s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more.
This Week's Sermon: “Help My Unbelief" (Mark 9:14-29)
 

William Ames, Faith is "resting on the heart of God."
Main point: Jesus is a gracious savior, even when we doubt. 

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Sunday Recap for July 9, 2017:
Call and Acceptance

Mission Highlight: Thank you Leon for sharing about our mission trip to Spain. In case you missed it, here is what he shared:

Hi! My name is Leon. Today’s mission highlight is on Vilassar de Mar, Catalan, Spain. I am one of the team members from Christ church that went on the short-term mission trip to help out in the English camp.  The English camp was held at Esglesia Evangelicade Vilassar de Mar or translation in as English Evangelical Church of Vilassar de Mar. Vilassar de Mar is a suburb approximately 30 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. The population is about 20,000 whose main language is Catalan.

We had about 47 students from ages 5 – 14 from the local community come to the camp.
 
The reason I went on this trip because Vilassar with a population of 20,000 only has one Evangelical church and it was a great opportunity for me to visit the church. Steve Phillips, the former pastor, has come to Christ church to speak of the need of the Gospel in Spain and Vilassar. Most Spaniards though professing to be Catholic, do not go to church. Also, being a teacher, it was also a great opportunity to use my teaching skills to help out with the English camp.
 
At the camp, each of my team members worked hard to prepare the church with decorations and lesson planning. The students were split into 4 groups by age level. Each day we danced to contemporary English songs, play games, taught English vocabulary, did arts and crafts, took trips to the beach and swimming pool. The kids and volunteers had a great time with each other as you can tell by their smiles and laughter! The parents gave us good positive feedback each day of the camp.

We also had the opportunity to visit some of the parents’ homes as they invited a meal for us. The parents were grateful that we came so far and were very generous in their homes. This was a great opportunity to get to know the parents on a personal level. It was also a good opportunity to witness and share to the parents our personal lives.
 
The last day of the camp each group participated in the talent show. The talent show had performances of dances, a magic trick, and videos of the students during the camp. It was a fun night of performances and afterwards intermingling with the parents.
 
After the trip, I thought the English camp was a success! I was grateful that God gave me this opportunity to serve in Spain. I felt each team member made an impact on the students’ life even though we had a short time being there. I saw many smiles and laughter in our students and parents faces. Even though, I was very tire on the trip, I experienced God’s grace during the trip by seeing the students have fun, learn English, and interacting with them. God’s grace was also evident in our team by working and living with each other. I truly believe the local community of Vilassar saw God’s love and grace with each other!
A video from one of our days in Spain! 
This Week's Sermon: “Call and Acceptance" (Mark 2:13-17)
 

Thank you Tim Wiarda for preaching again for us this Sunday! This is the third and final part of a three-part series called, "Three Pictures of Jesus)

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Sunday Recap for July 2, 2017:
Priority and Authority

Mission Highlight: Thank you Lauren for sharing about District 7 in San Francisco! Here is what she shared:

Neighborhoods in District 7 include Twin Peaks, West Portal, St. Francis Wood, Balboa Terrace, Ingleside, Stonestown, Lakeside and Park Merced.

  • Estimated 54% White, 35% Asian, 10% Latino, 3% Black
  • 62% with bachelors or higher
  • 30% born overseas

A few populations in this district that we can be lifting up in prayer are the college students at SF State and City College, the young people in the Youth Detention Center, and the New Life Church of the Nazarene.

One population that I have personally had the opportunity to serve while living in District 7 is the patient population at Laguna Honda Hospital. Laguna Honda is a modern almshouse, dedicated to serving San Francisco’s poor. They offer long term medical care for seniors and adults with disabilities. Many of the patients there have had hard lives, facing struggles of homelessness and addiction, in addition to the chronic illnesses and disabilities that brought them to Laguna Honda. I have been volunteering on Saturday mornings doing one-on-one visits with patients on the Positive Care, or HIV/AIDS, unit. In addition to one-on-ones, I also am part of the “No One Dies Alone” team, which works to provide bedside companions to those who are dying without friends or family by their side. Laguna Honda has provided me a place to hear the narratives of those who are disadvantaged in our city, and has served to remind me on a weekly basis that every single person in our city is an image bearer of God.

Heavenly Father, we want lift up District 7 to you this morning. We pray that you will watch over the leaders who represent this district, Lord, that you might provide them with guidance and wisdom.

We pray for our brothers and sisters living in this district, that you might equip them to be a salt and light in their neighborhood. Father, we also want to pray for specific groups in District 7. We pray that you would look after the kids at the youth detention center, and that you would guide their paths. We pray for the university students as well - that you would provide for their campus ministries, and call student believers to bear witness to their peers. We also want to lift up New Life Church of the Nazarene. May you work through them, and bless them as they seek to build your kingdom in this city. And lastly, we want to lift up Laguna Honda Hospital to you. We pray that the patients would experience healing and humanity during their time spent in the hospital, and that they might realize that they are image bearers of You.

We thank you for this time of prayer that you have given us, Lord. We pray that you would be reminding us to pray for the welfare of our city as we go into the new week.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Question #24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?
 
Answer: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.
This Week's Sermon: “Priority and Authority" (Mark 2:1-12)
 

Thank you again, Dr. Tim Wiarda, for preaching this Sunday. This is the second sermon in a three-part series, "Three Pictures of Jesus."

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Sunday Recap for June 25, 2017:
Compassion and Power

From Left to Right (Top Row-Adults): Scott & Nelly, Sarah & Jim, Ben and Jennifer, Stephanie & Jason (Bottom Row - Kids) Jack, Audrey, Abigail, Sydney, Karis, Isaiah Joshua, Hannah)

Mission Highlight: Thank you Amanda and Andrew for sharing the Mission Highlight! Here is what they shared:

This week, a team from our sister church, Wellspring, is serving in Mcheneke, Malawi in partnership with Hands at Work. Most of us have heard about the work Hands at Work is doing to care for orphans and the vulnerable in Africa. Together with Wellspring and Grace Alameda, we (Christ Church) support this community financially, but we also send a team each year to connect us with God's work there and with the global church. We go to build relationships with the care-workers, the local believers who have answered God's call on their lives to care for the orphans and vulnerable in their community. We learn their stories, pray for them, worship with them, and serve the children alongside them. We also share our stories with them, receive prayer, and learn from their selfless love and sacrifice. We visit the children in their homes to learn their stories and to show them that we care to know them by name and show them God's love personally, not just by donating money from afar. The trips typically include projects that are designed to meet a tangible need of the children and/or care-workers as well. Remember the Wellspring team and the community in Mcheneke in your prayers this week and join us in prayer for them now.

Thank you Lord for the work you are doing in Malawi. It is amazing to see what you are doing in and through the local churches in Mcheneke as they daily go into their communities and show the love of Christ to orphans, widows, and the most oppressed in there communities.   

Thank you Lord for the team from Wellspring in Malawi right now. Thank you for their willingness to go and be a part of your work in Malawi. We ask that you would watch over and protect them as they travel and that you would be with them as they travel within the communities in Malawi. 

We ask Lord that the team from Wellspring would be a blessing and an encouragement to the care-workers in Mcheneke. We pray that as the team goes into different houses on holy home visits that your spirit would allow them to hear the struggles and sorrows of the women and children and they would be able to shed tears for the afflicted, shower them with prayers, give hugs, and encourage them with scripture. 

We lift up Jim and Scott as they are returning to Malawi for the second time and are leading this team. We pray that when they return to Mcheneke that it would be a joyful time to see brothers and sisters they met in their last visit. We also pray that your spirit Lord would empower Jim and Scott as they lead this team and give them wisdom in this role. 

We also lift up Nelly, Sarah, Ben, Jennifer, Stephanie & Jason who are going for their first time and ask that you would be with them when they are confronted with the really sad and painful realities of the people in the community. Also that you would help them to see the joy that the people have in you Lord in spite of their hardships.   

We lift up the children that are going on the trip: Jack, Audrey, Abigail, Sydney, Karis, Isaiah, Joshua, and Hannah. We pray that they would be a unique blessing to the children in the community as they play and relate to the kids in a way their parents may not be able to. 

Lord be with our brothers and sisters in Mcheneke. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Question #23: Why must the Redeemer be truly God?
 
Answer: That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.
This Week's Sermon: “Compassion and Power" (Mark 1:40-45)
 

Thank you Dr. Tim Wiarda for preaching for us this Sunday! This is the first part of a three-part sermon series, "Three Pictures of Jesus."

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Sunday Recap for June 18, 2017:
Heavenly Intrusion

(Left to right, top to bottom: Cristian, Alicia, Paul, Janice, Aidan, Toby, Kellan, Rebekah, Ronan, Leon, Matt, and Ryan)

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, we sent off the Spain team as they are leaving this week. We briefly went over why we are going (if you missed it please look at the Mission Highlight from this archived newsletter), and then Seng led us in prayer. Let's continue to pray for the Spain team!

We pray for:
- their safety, security and a smooth journey,
- their personal and relational growth that will help them bear witness to the reality of Jesus Christ’s redeeming work in and through them,
- them to remember that you are salt and light,
- and that they are his ambassadors, bearing his message of reconciliation -- not only to others, but to one another ...
… especially during difficult moments in the trip.

Mighty God, Loving Father in Heaven,
Thank you for the opportunity you have given Christ Church to serve Església Evangèlica de Vilassar de Mar and the people of that town. Help the team that is going there to build relationships with and within that church and the community it serves, and help them all to reach even others beyond it. Remove and bring to nothing any opposition or obstacles that come in the way. Help them bring a time of refreshing to Steve and Naimé and their children. Watch over these, your servants:
Toby, Rebekah, Aidan, Ronan, and Kellan; Alicia and Christian, Janice and Paul, Ryan and Matt, and Leon, as they travel together. Build a new unity among them.

Father, whether the sense of anticipation is high or low for some of them, work through this experience so that they will come back even more in awe of you, and in love with all those you call to yourself. In their travels, may they be careful, but not afraid, and may they safely arrive at their destinations. May they have days full of wonder, but not be over-tired, and may they start afresh each morning, with generous hearts, quick to forgive, ready to overlook faults, and eager to build one another up even as they go about the work you have called them to.

Grant them a smooth journey, with patience and readiness to think of and see the best in each other, so that they may be free to behold the goodness of your mercies, provision and the creation you have placed them in, to know and love you more, and one another as themselves. Remind each one, Father that they never journey beyond your loving care and presence

in Jesus, our Lord,
Amen
Question #22: Why must the Redeemer be truly human?
 
Answer: That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
This Week's Sermon: “Heavenly Intrusion" (Genesis 1:28)
 

“Because we are so fundamentally creatures, being aimed at the Creator, so to speak, is a necessary condition for being fully or properly human.” (James K.A. Smith)
 
“We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
 
“That which is not God can never satiate the heart exclusively created for God’s presence.” (A.W. Tozer)
 
Main Idea: Purpose comes from presence.

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Sunday Recap for June 11, 2017:
Transfigured

Church Family Picnic next Sunday, June 18th, after service!

Please join us at Off the Grid at the Presidio after church for a time to hang out over a meal! You can bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there. We will be meeting at Rick's Tree, as indicated on this map!

We hope to see you there!
Two Children's Ministry Volunteers needed!!!
(Two of our volunteers are having babies soon!)

One Sunday Coordinator: helps check in kids, greet families, checks in on classrooms to see if they need an extra hand.

One Grade School Assistant: supports the grade school teacher, is an extra adult in the room. 

It is an excellent opportunity to love and support the families at our church, and to pass down to the future generation of saints the same love, care, and discipleship that was passed down to us from Jesus and his apostles. Please email Janice if you are interested!!!
Coming up in two weeks!! We hope you can make it! For more information that Billy shared during his Mission Highlight click here!
Pictured (from top left to bottom right): Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, SF Mayor Ed Lee, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, SF Board of Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer, Mark Farrell, Aaron Peskin, Katy Teng, London Breed, Jane Kim, Normal Yee, Jeff Sheehy, Hillary Ronen, Malia Cohen, Ahsha Safaí, SF Board of Education Shamann Walton, Hydra Medoza-McDonnell, Stevon Cook, Matt Haney, Emily Murase, Rachel Norton, Mark Sanchez)

Mission Highlight: Thank you Chad for leading us in prayer for our elected leaders! Thank you for reminding us that instead of purely seeking our elected leaders to govern well for our own personal benefit, it is good to seek good governance for the good of the whole city and community. Also, it was a good reminder to see that all of our elected leaders are human, broken image-bearers of God, just like us, who need God, who need Jesus. Thank you for leading us in prayer for each individual by name, that they may have wisdom and a relationship with God, and for the different needs and challenges of Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. We also prayed for our leaders to look out especially for the oppressed and those who are vulnerable and weak, and for our SF Board of Education that they might act in the interest of all children. Let's continue to pray for our leaders as the Bible commands us to! Thank God he is listening and cares for us!
This Week's Sermon: “Transfigured" (Mark 9:2-13)
 

“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:26)
 
 “God has spoken clearly and decisively in His Beloved Son . . . For Jesus is the descent of God to our lives, just as they are, not the ascent of our lives to God, hoping he might approve when he sees how hard we try.” (Eugene H. Peterson)
 
Main Idea: If we do not see Jesus as All-powerful God, Ruler over all men, and Supreme Judge, our understanding of Him as Savior is incomplete.

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Sunday Recap for June 4, 2017:
The Jesus We Know

Mission Highlight: Thank you Sameh for sharing your testimony and about your ministry to the Muslim community here in the Bay through the Crescent Project. Sameh was persecuted as a nominal Christian growing up in Egypt in the birthplace of the Muslim Brotherhood. He struggled with feelings of hatred, anger and bitterness towards God, his family, himself, other Christians and Muslims. Even through losing close friends and family members, enduring arrests and torture in jail, God brought Sameh to faith and saved him into a genuine relationship and love with him, and also allowed Sameh to seek and receive asylum in the United States. God also showed Sameh to love those whom God loves, including Muslims whom Sameh serves and ministers to in the Bay Area. Let's please continue to pray for Sameh, for his ministry, and for Muslims in the Bay Area! Let us pray for God to richly bless and reveal himself to them, and for life abundant in Jesus Christ.
Question #21: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
 
Answer: One who is truly human and also truly God.
This Week's Sermon: “The Jesus We Know" (Mark 1-8)
 

“The whole Christian gospel could be summed up in this point: that when the living God looks at us, at every baptized and believing Christian, he says to us what he said to Jesus on that day. He sees us, not as we are in ourselves, but as we are in Jesus Christ. It sometimes seems impossible, especially to people who have never had this kind of support from their earthly parents, but it’s true: God looks at us, and says, ‘You are my dear, dear child; I’m delighted with you.’ Try reading that sentence slowly, with your own name at the start, and reflect quietly on God saying that to you, both at your baptism and every day since.”  (N.T. Wright)
 
Main Idea: Discipleship is relationship.

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Sunday Recap for May 28, 2017:
The Resurrection and the Life

Mission Highlight: Thank you Luke for sharing about District 6 where you live! We believe that followers of Jesus are called and sent out to love and serve our city, so we seek to learn and understand to be better equipped to do so. Some facts about District 6:

District 6 encompasses the Tenderloin, SoMa, North Mission, Civic Center, South Beach, Mission Bay, Treasure Island and Downtown neighborhoods. 
  • This is the fastest growing part of the city, with a 35% increase in the last 10 years and a current population of over 90,000. 
  • District 6 is estimated to be 50% White, 25% Asian, 15% Hispanic, and 10% Black.
  • Over 40% of the residents of District 6 were born overseas.
  • About 45% of the residents of District 6 have a bachelors degree or higher.
Ideas for prayer: City Impact, YWAM’s services in the Tenderloin, Epic Church, and the other church plants in the district.

Let's continue to love, serve, and pray together for the people of District 6!
Question #20: Who is the Redeemer?
 
Answer: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
This Week's Sermon: “The Resurrection and the Life" (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)
 

John Calvin, “There is no element and no part of the world which, being touched, as it were, with a sense of its present misery, does not intensely hope for a resurrection.”
 
Tim Keller, “Jesus is not saying, “I will be resurrected,” though he will be, and he’s not saying, “I will show you how you can live so you will be resurrected.” He’s not saying that either. He’s saying, “I am the resurrection. I am your resurrection. I am the way anybody gets resurrected. My resurrection is yours. I have been raised for you.”
 
Main Ideas: The world is fallen and that should break our hearts. There is hope as we anticipate resurrection.

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Sunday Recap for May 21, 2017:
The Christ

Mission Highlight: Thank you Malia for sharing about Because Justice Matters and the upcoming summer social (link to tickets here)! If you missed it, please check out the video! Also, here is information about the summer social. We hope to see you there!

"The theme of this year’s event is CREATED, celebrating the diverse ways that creativity builds community as we actively participate in God's vision for transformation. 

Savor inspired culinary delights, hosted wine, beer and other beverages while experiencing a free-flowing variety of short performances, dance, music, spoken word, photography and live painting, highlighting the local arts community and some special BJM participants.

Hear uplifting testimonies from women and girls whose lives are being transformed through your partnership with BJM. 

The event is conveniently located South of Market at the SOMArts Cultural Center, a vibrant exhibit space and theater. 

In addition to being a great way to connect, have fun and be inspired, the Created Summer Social is BJM’s strategic fundraiser for 2017. Proceeds support vitally needed programs at The Well, BJM’s center for women and girls in the Tenderloin. 

These diverse programs include dance classes and mentorship for girls, ESL for Arabic-speaking women, Mother’s Brunch, Nail Day, Chit Chat Café and so much more!

Purchase your tickets today and get this extraordinary night on your calendar. Share the link and invite friends, co-workers, family and community group members to the perfect after-work, socially conscious mixer. But please do it quick before the event is sold out!

Thanks for being a great supporter of Because Justice Matters."
Question #18: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God's favor?
 
Answer: Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.
This Week's Sermon: “The Christ" (Mark 8:27-38)
 

“Self-denial is not giving up sweets for Lent. Our cross is not some painful personal trial that we have to bear. Self-denial is to turn away from the idolatry of self-centeredness… Self-denial is denying myself to myself. It is repudiating the idolatry of self-preoccupation. This is what it means to deny yourself and take up your cross…A true disciple involves a change so radical that that no imagery can do it justice other than death and resurrection. A life of love and unselfishness in the service of Christ.” (John Stott)
 
“Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.” (Augustine)
 
Main Idea: Who Christ is shapes who his followers are.

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In Memory of Scott Johnston

We were shocked and saddened to learn last week that Scott Johnston had passed away suddenly.  

Some of you will remember him - a tall, polite, gentle figure, unassuming, quiet and soft-spoken. He first came to Christ Church in the middle of December 2016. After receiving rehabilitative care at Walden House, he moved back to Vallejo in the middle of March. We prayed for him as a congregation on March 11th, just before he left.

To anyone who knew Scott for even a short time, his deep yearning and love for God would have been evident. Scott believed that it was because God first loved him, and he very much wanted his young family to know this love by being a good husband and father to them. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, May 25th, at The Church on the Hill in Vallejo. Please let us know if you would like to attend. The family welcomes anyone who knew Scott or would like to just be present with those he loved.

If you'd like to express support, encouragement, and offer help in a different way, additional details are at this link. Mandy has initiated a gofundme campaign on behalf of his family.

Sunday Recap for May 14, 2017:
Relationship Requires Trust

Mission Highlight: Thank you Toby for sharing more about our church's upcoming trip to Spain this summer! The people going this summer are Toby, Rebekah, Aidan, Ronan, Kellan, Eduardo, Tania, Lucas, Ryan, Matt, Leon, Alicia, Cristian, Paul, and Janice. We will be teaching and/or volunteering at an English Camp in Vilassar de Mar, at a church plant that Steve Phillips, our ministry partner, and we support. We had initially planned on going to a different city, at Steve's new church plant, but because of the success of the previous years' English camps and their effectiveness in ministering to the community, they asked us to help with English Camp again. Toby went over the perception of Christianity in this region--the suspicion towards it and its followers as cultish and self-centered. By going over and providing a great English camp--that is extremely well done and fun and warm to be at--as greatly improved the reputation of Christianity and the in the area. Though it is extremely hard or almost impossible to have an impact on a community in such a short time period of time, going over and supporting this church's English Camp has been effective in building relationships, creating bridges, and changing perceptions, giving our sister church opportunity to welcome more neighbors and give them a chance to respond to the gospel. 
Spain Fundraiser!!! Paella Dinner!!!! Please Come!!!

We have already sent out a couple of emails, but in case you forgot or wanted the Eventbrite link again, please come to our Paella Fundraiser Dinner! It is a great way to support our team and participate in our church's global ministry while eating some delicious food with church family!!!
This Week's Sermon: “Relationship Requires Trust" (Mark 8:1-26)
 
 “We cannot always trace God’s hand, but we can always trust God’s heart.” (Charles Spurgeon)
 
“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.” (Augustine)
 
Main Idea: Trust Jesus.

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Sunday Recap for May 7, 2017:
Man's Ways vs. God's Ways

Mission Highlight: Thank you Alicia for sharing the Mission Highlight this Sunday about going to Spain with a team from our church this summer! Alicia is 15 years old, a current sophomore in high school, and a part of our youth group. This summer she will be traveling to Spain with other volunteers from our church at our sister church's English camp in Vilassar de Mar. Throughout her entire life, Alicia has always been inspired to travel, meet new people from different ethnic backgrounds, and experience cultures unfamiliar to her. She decided to go on this trip because she knew it will be an amazing opportunity and she believes it is very important to help other people grow in language as well as grow in language herself. This trip is meaningful to her because she wants to know that she can help people and be reaffirmed in her abilities, gain confidence and be able to teach others. Although she doesn't know what God might want to do in her heart and life through this trip, she hopes that God will guide her and show her how to live her life for him. She asks that we pray for the team's safe journey and that they get the most spiritually out of this experience, and also for our friends in Spain that we are intending to teach and get to know. 
Question #18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?
 
Answer: No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and the life to come.
This Week's Sermon: “Man's Ways vs. God's Ways" (Mark 7:1-37)
 

“He is not saying that if we get in touch with our deepest feelings, or learn to listen to what our heart is truly telling us, we will find our real identity and thereby discover happiness, fulfilment, or whatever. He is insisting that good and bad external and physical actions come from internal and spiritual sources, and that therefore the poisoned wells of human motivation are the real problem to which the purity laws are pointing.” (N.T. Wright)
 
“The Messiah would be ordained to expel and subdue the Gentiles, not to visit and embrace them…From a socioreligious perspective, Jesus’ visit to Tyre universalizes the concept of Messiah in terms of geography, ethnicity, gender, and religion in a way entirely unprecedented in Judaism.” (James Edwards)
 
Main: Hear and understand Jesus.

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Sunday Recap for April 30, 2017:
The One Thing I Didn't Know I Had to Endure

Mission Highlight: Thank you Billy for sharing the Mission Highlight this week! Here is some of what Billy shared: "My cousin Benson Chiu went on his first missions trip to Thailand in 2006. He and a few friends felt called to keep going back. Eventually, I was able to go with him and a team in 2010 to an orphanage named Khaodee (over 100 kids) and I have been supporting a ministry they started called ReActs in one way or another ever since. It’s a powerful testimony of 4 ordinary men who grew up in San Francisco and saw a need on a short term trip and felt called to help. ReActs has been an amazing testimony of faithfulness over the years despite these guys having their own families with many kids and jobs here in San Francisco. In fact one of the boys they helped, Yo (amazing testimony) now runs their Children’s home.

How you can get involved or help?
  • ReActs is holding their 7th annual charity dinner that has grown to over 250 people. Featuring band Tim Be Told #christianfamous 
  • Those with kids there is also babysitting at $10 a kid (pretty good deal for parents for 4 hrs) 
  • 99% of proceeds go directly to the kids in Thailand for basic needs, education, and  equipping them with the gospel 
  • They will also raffle off Hamilton tickets and other items, last year was warriors playoff tickets 
Website: http://www.reactsministries.org
Contact: Billy Chiu bhoskers@gmail.com 
Question #17: What is idolatry?
 
Answer: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.
This Week's Sermon: “The One Thing I Didn't Know I Had to Endure" (2 Timothy 4:1-8)
 

Thank you, Pastor Curt, for sharing with us the Word of God with us on Sunday. If you did not have a chance to listen, please listen to this recording of his sermon about what it means to endure the sound teaching of God!

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Sunday Recap for April 23, 2017:
The Compassionate Shepherd

Mission Highlight: Community Groups at Christ Church
 
To Know and Be Known
 
Community Group (CG) participants are called to do an important part of the ongoing work of our church.
 
We encourage everyone to purposefully engage in this work of knowing and being known by others: learning one another’s life story and sharing what’s significant to us.
 
That’s why our small groups are called ‘Community Groups.’ Communities are where deeper, long-term relationships are built. They don’t happen overnight or without intentionality. They do provide the foundation on which we can speak the gospel into each other’s lives and remind one another of the acceptance, security, purpose, and worth that each one has in Jesus Christ.
 
How do CGs fit into the broader purpose of the church?
 
Purpose of Community Groups
 
In Christ, the church is called and preserved by God as a community elected for eternal life. Our heavenly father unites his people – his family – by faith, to love, follow, and worship him together. God sends this community to proclaim the gospel and represent Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.
 
The quality of life we have – or give to others – depends on the quality of our relationships. Not only that, the spheres of the city we inhabit – including our family, neighborhood, school, workplace, and social spheres – all these are likewise impacted by the quality of the relationships we build and inhabit.  
 
At Christ Church, we believe that God uses relationships to transform us – to sanctify us – as we obey the great commandment to love God with all that we are, and our neighbor as ourselves. According to Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonian church, God chose us to be saved through sanctification by the work of the Spirit and our belief in the truth (2 Ths. 2:13).
 
Community Groups are the vital fulcrum of the church – the support on which the Holy Spirit moves like a powerful lever. They are an important setting in which people   experience (hear, see, feel and know) the love of God. They are a safe place where our members can remind one another of the gospel and help one another walk through life in faith, hope, and obedience to Christ. In other words, Community Groups are where people get cared for – whether in celebration of one part of their life story, or in prayer and support for a challenge, setback, or struggle they’re facing in another.
 
That’s why we want to be a church of Community Groups, not a church with Community Groups added on. Sunday services at Christ Church do the big work of reminding us of who God is, that we are loved by him and invited to join his mission. But between and beyond Sundays, it is a particular group of brothers and sisters who know you, your motivations and struggles, and who can speak in specific ways into your heart.
 
You need this from them, and they need this from you: to be exhorted, encouraged, shown mercy, cared and prayed for, and engaged in deeper ways. Community Group is the place where particular relationships grow to support this work. So if you want to be in a church to attend a service, you’ll come on Sundays. But if you want the church to be in your life, you’ll come to a Community Group.
 
Participation
 
Membership in a Community Group is never about whether someone is “in” or “out”. We want people who are trying out Christ Church, and need to take time, to do that in a way that’s comfortable for them. We want to respect whatever choice they make without any judgment. They can visit any Community Group that’s open without joining it.  
 
People may sometimes find that they get asked more than once whether they would like to visit a Community Group. We want to exercise sensitivity and apply good judgment. If people do get invited more than once, our hope is that they will see that not as insistence on our part, but as an emphasis, an acknowledgement that they are present in our midst, and as an offer of fellowship. We do not want anyone to ever feel ignored or left at the margins. We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone to join in.
 
How They Work
 
Our Community Groups are not built on a cookie-cutter model, and do not follow a common curriculum. Each group decides the content and activity it wants to pursue at a given time, according to what best suits the needs of its members and allows them to discover and express their gifts. They may follow along with the sermon series, or study specific issues (like marriage or finances), or particular sections of Scripture.
 
But their common DNA is made up of three main components: Care, Discipleship and Mission, corresponding to our vision to live as a community that’s being transformed in Christ, together, for the city.
 
Our meetings follow a two-semester rhythm: August to December, and January to May, so there are two major ‘on-ramps’ for people to join. But anyone can come in anytime into any group that’s open. We want to keep growing and multiplying our CGs and not be a top-down church, but a church of believers who are living out and acting on their faith to extend God’s kingdom, starting in their own homes and reaching further into the city.
Question #16: What is sin?
 
Answer: Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law--resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.
This Week's Sermon: “The Compassionate Shepherd" (Mark 6:34)
 
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
(Mark 6:34)
 
“God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.” (John Chrysostom)
 
“We have all things and abound; not because I have a good store of money in the bank, not because I have skill and wit with which to win my bread, but because the Lord is my shepherd.” (Charles Spurgeon)
 
Main Idea: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.


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