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Sunday Recap for May 13, 2018:
Engaging the Enemy

Inter-Workplace Worship Night
God is on the move in the SF marketplace! Come and hear testimonies of how the gospel is at work, meet Christians at various SF companies (Facebook, Uber, Salesforce, Dropbox, the usual suspects etc.) and how you can be involved in bringing the gospel and God’s work into SF workplaces.
 
Date: Fri, May 18, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT

Location: FCSBC, 1255 Hyde Street
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Mission Highlight: This week, we prayed for and sent out our Malawi Mission Team--Amanda, Andrew, Becky, Craig, Dani, Janice, Lauren, and Toby--who will be leaving for Malawi on May 20th. Praise God and thank you to all of you who supported us financially through our fundraisers that as of 5/11 we raised $12,713.78. Also, if you would like to stay updated, due to limited internet access, a different member of the team will be posting on our Facebook page every day on what we did that day. 

Jon-Paul prayed for us that God go with us, and for everything to go smoothly in terms of travel, logistics, and safety, but also that if things do not go smoothly, that we can trust God's sovereignty and be open to his will. He prayed for the people of Mcheneka and our time there. He prayed also for our church that sends the team, that we be united and a part of the team that goes.

Please continue to pray for us, as your prayers are powerful and so essential to the work of God! The team very much looks forward to sharing with the church to the glory of God when we return!
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Engaging the Enemy" (Ephesians 6:10-20)
 

“The apostle does not exhort the saints to simply put on temperance in place of drunkenness or for adulterers to put on chastity. Instead he tells them to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, implying that until Christ is put on, the creature is unarmed. It is not the one decked out in morality or philosophical virtues who will repel a full charge of temptation sent from Satan’s cannon. It is the one suited up in the armor that is Christ.” -William Girnel, The Christian in Complete Armor

“Paul expects his readers to think immediately of what their salvation means to them. They have been resurrected with Christ to a position of power and authority in the heavenly places. This position equips them with a greater power than that possessed by their mighty supernatural enemies.”
-Clinton Arnold, Power and Magic

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Sunday Recap for May 6, 2018:
Jesus, Slavery, and Humanity

Mission Highlight: This week, we introduced and began our series of commissioning prayers for those who serve in the marketplace. It is based on John 20:21 (ESV), "Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.'" 

Jesus sends us wherever we go--neighborhoods, churches, marketplaces--to extend the mission of Christ. As many of us spend most of our waking hours in our jobs and vocations, we want to be intentional and work with a sense of significance and purpose. In our Mission Highlights on the marketplace, we want to bring attention to the different industries where most of us spend our time, the opportunities and stresses unique to each field, and have an elder pray over those in each industry, sending them as God the Father sent Jesus. 

These are our first inaugural marketplaces we will be praying and sending in:
  • All are Sent (John 20:21) – May 2018
  • Service Industries, Construction – June 2018
  • Creative, Art, Design – July 2018
  • Students (all ages) – August 2018
  • Education, Government – September 2018
  • Medical, Research, Science – October 2018
  • Hospitality, Food Service – November 2018
  • Entertainment, Sports, Media, Advertising – December 2018
  • Entrepreneurs - January 2019
  • Advocacy, Non-profit, Social Services – February 2019
  • Finance, Management, Accounting, Real Estate - March 2019
  • Technology, Programming - April 2019
For our first Sunday, we asked all to stand as Toby prayed for us. Let's continue to meditate on, pray for, and try to live what it means to be sent wherever we go by Christ himself. 
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 in the life to come.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Jesus, Slavery, and Humanity" (Ephesians 5:5-9)
 

“What [Paul’s letters] do is to bring us into an atmosphere in which the institution of slavery could only wilt and die” (F.F. Bruce)
 
“The overthrowing of slavery, then, is through the transformation of men and women by the gospel rather than through merely changing an economic system. We’ve all seen what can happen when you merely overthrow an economic system and impose a new order.”
(D.A. Carson)
 
“The righteous are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community; the wicked are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.” (Bruce Waltke)
  
Main Idea: Jesus transforms the way we see ourselves and humanity.

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Sunday Recap for April 29, 2018:
Gospel Family

Mission Highlight: Thank you, Connie for sharing about how God moved you to lead the Ladies' Book Study.  Connie shared about moving to San Francisco in November and attending Christ Church, wanting to learn about God with other members of the church. Although she had not led a community group, book study, or anything before, she believed God brings each of us to specific churches at specific times and how sometimes God calls us to rest and receive the word, sometimes to teach, organize and lead.

Seeing how there wasn't anything like it, Connie received encouragement and support from her community group, researched books, and then received the support of the leaders ands staff of the church. They read Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, meeting at cafes every other week after church on Sunday. They learned that the Bible is ultimately about God, not us, and that the heart cannot love what the mind does not know. The book also introduced them to hermeneutics and exegesis. She learned practical things like how crowded restaurants are on Clement, or online tools, as well as the importance of flexibility, but also how anyone can serve and lead, and that there is always support in doing this. Remembering how our goal as a church is to deepen relationships in Christ, Together, for the City, Connie called us to be intentional about growing together as a community with deep friendships as a family in Christ. 

Connie led us in prayer, thanking God for guiding and being with the Ladies' Book Study, as well as for the women that came, for their readiness and for continued fellowship. She also asked God to lead us to be creative and impactful in different ways, and for God to help those he calls to lead to bring each other closer to Christ. Let's continue to pray for God's guidance and calls to leadership in serving in various ways, as well as the support we can give each other in this!
Question #17: What is idolatry?
 
Answer: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Gospel Family" (Ephesians 6:1-4)
 

“Parenting is ambassadorial work from beginning to end. It is not to be shaped and directed by personal interest, personal need, or cultural perspectives. Every parent everywhere is called to recognize that they have been put on earth at a particular time and in a particular location to do one thing in the lives of their children. What is that one thing? It is God’s will. Here’s what this means at street level: parenting is not first about what we want for our children or from our children, but about what God in grace has planned to do through us in our children. To lose sight of this is to end up with a relationship with our children that at the foundational level is neither Christian nor true parenting because it has become more about our will and our way than about the will and way of our Sovereign Savior King.”
 – Paul David Tripp

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Sunday Recap for April 22, 2018:
God's Plan for Marriage

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, we prayed for Hervé as he prepares to return home to Guinea Conakry next week. Hervé was here as a graduate student in accounting, sacrificing by being away from his family for his family's future. He shared with us how the community at Christ Church helped "keep (his) faith alive" while he was away from home and how thankful he was to God for the fellowship here. He also had a prayer request for his family as his sister-in-law recently passed away after a battle with cancer a few days ago. He was able to share that his sister-in-law was at peace, knowing that after she died, she would go to live with the Lord. 

Toby prayed that God would bless Hervé's work and vocation in Guinea Conakry and that he would be knit back together with his family. He also thanked God in advance for the ways in which he was going to bless the people in Guinea Conakry in and through Hervé and also for the unity of the church around the world. Let's continue to pray for Hervé and his return home!
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.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “God's Plan For Marriage" (Ephesians 5:21-33)
 

Main Idea: When husband and wife build one another up in love, their unity reflects God’s plan to unite all things in Christ.

“Love as distinct from ‘being in love’ is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced (in Christian marriages) by the grace which both … ask, and receive, from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.”
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book 3, Chapter 6
 
“Marriage is today under the most ferocious and persistent attack … an assault so intense, multifaceted, and insidious that it can hardly be explained by mere human dislike for responsibility or even personal selfishness. It is more than human. It is demonic. It is part of that great spiritual warfare being waged against both God and man by the devil . . . It is on the battleground of our relationships that this battle is fought and a lasting victory for God and his righteousness is either lost or won.”
James M. Boice, Ephesians: An Expositional Commentary, 192

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Sunday Recap for April 15, 2018:
Walk Carefully

Mission Highlight: Thank you Amanda for sharing the Mission Highlight this Sunday! Amanda shared how San Francisco City Impact (SFCI) is a non-profit Christian organization that has been serving the people of the Tenderloin for 30+ years through many different ministries that are aimed at meeting both spiritual and physical needs of the residents of San Francisco's inner city. Coming up this summer, the San Francisco City Impact Conference is a great opportunity to join SFCI in serving the people of the Tenderloin, whether you only have one day to give or are interested in learning how to get more involved on a regular basis.

Details:
What: One day of worship and biblical justice through 45+ outreaches including meal delivery to SRO residents, haircuts, dog washing, medical services, street cafe (dining with TL residents), a kid's carnival and more!
When: Saturday, July 14 from 8:30am to 6:00pm
Where: The Warfield Theatre and SF Tenderloin neighborhood
Registration Fee: $79 before April 30, $99 through June 30, group rates available

Let's continue to pray together this week, as Amanda led us in prayer:
Father, thank you that you came to each one of us when we were broken and had nothing to offer you. Even now, what do we have to give but our very lives? Stir our hearts to compassion and our bodies to good works. Bring your people from all over the country to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. Be glorified in our faithful obedience as your Spirit transforms the lives both of those serving and the ones being served. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Question #15: Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?
 
Answer: That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.
This Sunday we prayed for Ryan, who came from Arizona to be one of the planting members of Christ Church. His years of friendship, support, fellowship, and joyful and tireless service, especially in tech, set up, and other countless ways, were a huge blessing to our church. He returns to Arizona for a business opportunity and plans to return to San Francisco. We blessed and sent him with love and prayer to do the Lord's work in Arizona, and we hope to see him again soon!
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Walk Carefully" (Ephesians 5:15-21)
 

“It is not from any wish that you should be proficient, and accomplished, that he gives this advice. But what he means is this. The time is not yours.” (Chrysostom, 4th Century)
 
“Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.”
    (Charles E. Hummel, Tyranny of the Urgent)
 
“Alongside the Roman church’s diversity in race, rank and sex, it experienced a profound unity which transcended its differences. For ‘there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’.”  (John Stott, The Message of Romans)
  
Main Idea: Walk carefully.

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Ladies’ Outing: Land’s End & Labyrinth
Purpose: Celebrating finishing the Women of the Word book study; talk about what we learned; for vitamin D
When: [weather permitting] Sunday, April 22nd, after lunch (approx. 2pm) @ Land’s End / Labyrinth – all women are welcome (regardless of book study participation)
Lunch: we’ll grab a quick lunch at Koja on Clement Street before carpooling over!
Questions? Contact Connie (ctchen@outlook.fr, 415-629-4336). Calendar link here.
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Sunday Recap for April 8, 2018:
Imitating Christ

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Mission Highlight: Thank you Jon for sharing with us the updates on The Porch, a church plant in District 3. Jon and his wife Melissa are a part of a pastor residency at Christ Church and leading a church plant called The Porch, named after one of the first places followers of Jesus met in the Bible, on Solomon's Porch. Jon shared about why he chose District 3--because of the huge gospel need, and because he lives there, and because there weren't very many English speaking gospel preaching churches. He also provided us with a eloquent quote on why we plant new churches by Steve Timmis: “Church planting is not simply starting a new congregation. Church planting is not beginning a new meeting. Church planting is not opening up a new building. Church planting is the work of filling and subduing. It is the work of pushing back the thorns and thistles of Satan’s tyranny. It is a glorious task to which God has called us. God in the gospel is inviting us to participate with Him to fill the earth and subdue it. As we go out to make disciples of every nation we are extending Eden, creating Edens all over the world. We are establishing places where God rules and where God walks in mercy. It is for this that we were made. This is what the first Adam forfeited. This is what the Second Adam has gloriously secured. And this is how it has always been in the kingdom of God.”

They plan to do this with a heavy focus on missional families. To support the Porch, Jon asked for prayers, as it is certain to fail without being covered and blanketed in prayer. Also, please go to their website to donate or to see other ways you could support, such as becoming a part of the core team or sending interested people their way. They are not looking for super saints – just regular people who want to grow in faith and see other people come to faith. So let's continue to pray for the Porch and for the Bracketts as they seek to be a community of light in the northeast corner of San Francisco!
Question #14: Did God create us unable to keep his law?
 
Answer: No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Imitating Christ" (Ephesians 5:1-14)
 

“Our stories, in all their beauty and heartache, shape and influence every dimension of our daily life and relationships. Knowing the impact of our story and finding God’s redemptive work within it is vital for emotional, relational, and spiritual formation and health.”
    Dr. Dan Allender, To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future
 
“Paul summarized the history of the human race in one sentence: ‘They worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25). Every human being must live for something. Something must capture our imaginations, our heart’s most fundamental allegiance and hope. But, the Bible tells us, without the intervention of the Holy Spirit, that object will never be God himself.’”
                 Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power
 
Main: Imitate Christ.

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Sunday Recap for April 1, 2018:
Imitate Christ

Good Friday Service at Prayerbook Cross and Stow Lake Boathouse
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Link to this Week's Sermon: Imitate Christ” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
 
“Be a lover then of love; for by this are you saved, by this have you been made a child.”
(John Chrysostom, 4th Century)
 
“Our redemption through the suffering of Christ is that deeper love within us which not only frees us from slavery to sin, but also secures for us the true liberty of the children of God, in order that we might do all things out of love rather than out of fear - love for him that has shown us such grace that no greater can be found.” (Peter Abelard, 12th Century)
 
“But the more extraordinary the discoveries which have reached us of the Redeemer's kindness, the more strongly are we bound to his service. Besides, we may infer from Paul's words, that, unless we love one another, none of our duties will be acceptable in the sight of God.” (John Calvin, 16th Century)
 
“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” (Desmond Tutu, 21st Century)
 
Main: God wants you to be like him. 

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Ch. 8-9: Sunday, April 8th, 12:30-2:00pm @ Grain d’Or Bakery
Conclusion and Land’s End field trip! Sunday, April 22nd, 1:00pm @ Land’s End / Labyrinth – all women are welcome!
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Sunday Recap for March 25, 2018:
The Likeness of God

Hospitality Volunteers Needed!

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Two Set Up / Take Down people to help set up the church and take it down after service
Two Greeters warmly welcome everyone and help people get connected

Please email Katrina if you are interested!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Vanessa for sharing about District 3 where she lives and works. Vanessa shared about different non-profits and church plants in her neighborhood and district: 

"- A church that had been meeting in Nob Hill for several years called King’s Cross recently merged with Citizens, led by a friend of ours CJ Bergman.
- A nonprofit that I have volunteered with for a number of years called the Chinese Progressive Association. They do workers-rights advocacy with the immigrant population and social justice leadership training for youth. Through getting to know the organization and staff, God has given me greater conviction to pursue justice as an extension of my faith.
- In North Beach, Jon and Melissa Brackett, who’ve been a part of the Christ church community, is planting a church and focusing on building relationships and getting to know the community. 
- Another brand new church to North Beach is Liberty Church, a plant from New York that launched public services at the beginning of this year. I’m encouraged that they’ll be doing a public Easter service right on Broadway in between the slew night clubs.
- Lastly, our next door neighbors and friends Jen & Markus Haessuer, who work with Youth with a Mission, are missionaries for the North Beach neighborhood. They have done phenomenal work building trust and community over the past 6 years they've lived in the neighborhood. They recently helped to organize a worship and prayer night that 50 people from different churches attended!"

Then Vanessa led us in prayer for District 3. Let's continue to live with intention to serve our city as Jesus serves, to know our city and neighborhoods that we live in work in, and continue to pray for our city!

"God, You know and love all of the residents and tourists that walk the streets of District 3. Thank you for gathering your people for the recent worship and prayer night in North Beach. It’s a beautiful thing for believers to be unified and I pray we will be inspired to love our one another and neighbors more as a result. I ask that you’d provide hope and peace for employees of the 10 businesses’ and tenants of the 8 apartments affected by the recent fire in the neighborhood. Please grant Jen & Markus Haeusser wisdom as they discern which new coffee shop to host their bible study and ministry. Bless the Brackett’s and the leaders of Liberty Church as they grow churches in District 3; may they have humility to love people and courage to speak the truth. Help us to believe and rejoice in your promise from Isaiah 9:7, that “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end. Amen.”

Question #13: Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?
 
Answer: Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.
Link to this Week's Sermon: The Likeness of God” (Ephesians 4:17-32)
 
“All humans have been created to be reflecting beings, and they will reflect whatever they are ultimately committed to, whether the true God or some other object in the created order…we resemble what we revere, either for ruin or restoration.” (G.K. Beale, We Become What We Worship)
 
“Since Christians believed that Christ was a living person whose presence was mediated by the proclamation and teaching about him, learning Christ involved not only learning about, but also being shaped by, the risen Christ who was the source of a new way of life as well as of a new relationship with God.” (Andrew T. Lincoln)
 
Main Idea: Knowing Christ moves you from futility to flourishing.

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Sunday Recap for March 18, 2018:
Built Up In Love

Ladies’ Book Study: Women of the Word (Ch 4-7)
Sunday, March 25th, 12:30-2:00pm @ Grain d’Or Bakery (236 Clement St)
We missed our previous meeting, so we’ll be swiftly reviewing Ch 4-7 of Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin this Sunday; discussion questions and details here. Join us for fellowship and discipleship!! RSVP here.
Hospitality Volunteers Needed!

A really wonderful way to serve the church is by joining the Hospitality Team! We are looking for:

Two Set Up / Take Down people to help set up the church and take it down after service
Two Greeters warmly welcome everyone and help people get connected

Please email Katrina if you are interested!
Mission Highlight: This week we prayed for our diaconate. Seng shared a few words on how the Lord Jesus Christ has given gifts to the people of God to build up the church, which is his own body. How the church is described as the bride of Christ, and that through nourishing and cherishing love, Jesus brings the best out of us. "A mature church looks like a body being built up in love. Our deacons and deaconesses lead the way in training and equipping people to do that. They are in so many senses, the first line, the first responders of the church." We have seen the growth and maturity of the diaconate in building up the church in love, and leading others to what it means to love and serve. Jesus calls and equips the diaconate to help others grow in the unity of faith in faith, prayer, and humility. "We are thankful for them, we love them, and we want to recognize and pray for their continued growth and that they would be blessed with the favor of God and the church. May they continue to inspire faithful stewardship in this Congregation, teach us to be merciful, and prompt us to seize new opportunities to worship God with offerings of our time, talent and treasure, looking to the interests of others."

Then Jon-Paul prayed for the diaconate, thanking God for the men and women, gifts and talents, for calling them to serve, and for the willing hands and hearts and their faithfulness as servant leaders. He asked God to deepen their love for God and his church, to grow their vision for areas to lead and serve. As their hearts continue to transform and as their faith grows, we prayed for the diaconate to recognize their gifts and talents come from God and that they lean on God's power. Jon-Paul also prayed for protection for the diaconate as they serve. Let's continue to pray together as a congregation for our diaconate!
Question #8: What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?
 
Answer: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.
Link to this Week's Sermon: Built Up In Love” (Ephesians 4:11-16)


Main Idea: Christ came in love, gave us gifts to be used in love, so that as the body of Christ we would be built up in love.
 
“ ‘The knowledge of the Son of God’ is that personal knowledge of him which comes through experience. It is not to be distinguished from knowing ‘the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge’.”  – F.F. Bruce, The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians
 
“Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we really cannot hear it. God’s saving love in Christ, however, is marked by both radical truthfulness about who we are and yet also radical, unconditional commitment to us. The merciful commitment strengthens us to see the truth about ourselves and repent. The conviction and repentance move us to cling to and rest in God’s mercy and grace”. – Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage
 
“It is often hard to get Christians to see that God is willing not just to use men and women in ministry, but in law, in medicine, in business, in the arts. This is the great shortfall today”. – Dick Lucas (St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, London), Founder, The Proclamation Trust 

This sermon series: Built Up In Love
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Sunday Recap for March 11, 2018:
The Truest Reality

Easter Baptisms on Easter Sunday, April 1st!

Baptism is a holy sacrament, a public declaration of faith by followers of Jesus Christ. It is an act of worship, obedience, and celebration in a believer's new life in Christ.

If you are a follower of Christ who has not been baptized and would like to be, or if you have any questions about what it means to be baptized and would like to know more, please
 email usl!! We are having baptisms on Easter Sunday (4/1), so we request your response by March 18th!
Hospitality Volunteers Needed!

A really wonderful way to serve the church is by joining the Hospitality Team! We are looking for:

Set Up / Take Down people to help set up the church and take it down after service
Greeters warmly welcome everyone and help people get connected

Please email Katrina if you are interested!
Question #7: What does the law of God require?
 
Answer: Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.
Link to this Week's Sermon: The Truest Reality” (Ephesians 4:1-10)
 

“Those who read the press of their group and listen to the radio of their group are constantly reinforced in their allegiance. They learn more and more that their group is right, that its actions are justified; thus their beliefs are strengthened. At the same time, such propaganda contains elements of criticism and refutation of other groups, which will never be read or heard by a member of another group...Thus we see before our eyes how a world of closed minds establishes itself, a world in which everybody talks to himself, everybody constantly views his own certainty about himself and the wrongs done him by the Others - a world in which nobody listens to anybody else.” 
― Jacques Ellul, Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes

“Love in Practice is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.” 
― Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“The disunity of the church is a visible contradiction to the greater reality of who we are in Christ.” 
― John Stott, “Unity and Diversity, Ephesians 4”

Main Idea: Live the truest reality.

This sermon series: Built Up In Love
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Sunday Recap for March 4, 2018:
Prayer

Hospitality Volunteers Needed!

A really wonderful way to serve the church is by joining the Hospitality Team! We are looking for:

Set Up / Take Down people to help set up the church and take it down after service
Greeters warmly welcome everyone and help people get connected

Please email Katrina if you are interested!
Easter Baptisms on Easter Sunday, April 1st!

Baptism is a holy sacrament, a public declaration of faith by followers of Jesus Christ. It is an act of worship, obedience, and celebration in a believer's new life in Christ.

If you are a follower of Christ who has not been baptized and would like to be, or if you have any questions about what it means to be baptized and would like to know more, please
 email usl!! We are having baptisms on Easter Sunday (4/1), so we request your response by March 18th!
Ladies’ Book Study: Women of the Word (Ch 4-5)
Sunday, March 11th, 12:30-2:00pm @ Grain d’Or Bakery (236 Clement St)
In our next bi-weekly meeting, we’ll discuss Chapters 4-5 of Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin; discussion questions and details here. Join us for fellowship and discipleship!! RSVP here.
Mission Highlight: This week we prayed for our Malawi Team that will be going to Mcheneka in May. From left to right, top to bottom: Dani, Lauren, Janice, Amanda, Becky, Craig, Toby, and Andrew. We thanked God for the opportunity to go, and for God to bless our time there. We asked God for his supernatural power to go before us and to transform us and those whom we meet through our time there. Please continue to pray for our team, so that we might all be going in the same Spirit as one.

Also, we will be selling T-shirts that will support our team and the work we do in Malawi in the lobby on Sundays! One design has the name of the first thirty orphans we supported as a church, and the other one is our Christ Church logo with colors of the Malawian flag. Please be on the look out for other ways to pray and support for us as they come along!
This Sunday, we declared together the Nicene Creed!
Link to this Week's Sermon: Prayer” (Ephesians 3:14-21)

“Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God…We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence.”
– Timothy Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
 
Main Idea: Prayer is Power!

This sermon series: Built Up In Love
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Sunday Recap for February 25, 2018:
Playing God vs. Submitting to God

Easter Baptisms on Easter Sunday, April 1st!

Baptism is a holy sacrament, a public declaration of faith by followers of Jesus Christ. It is an act of worship, obedience, and celebration in a believer's new life in Christ.

If you are a follower of Christ who has not been baptized and would like to be, or if you have any questions about what it means to be baptized and would like to know more, please
 email usl!! We are having baptisms on Easter Sunday (4/1), so we request your response by March 18th!
Ladies’ Book Study: Women of the Word (Ch 4-5)
Sunday, March 11th, 12:30-2:00pm @ Grain d’Or Bakery (236 Clement St)
In our next bi-weekly meeting, we’ll discuss Chapters 4-5 of Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin; discussion questions and details here. Join us for fellowship and discipleship!! RSVP here.