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Sunday Recap for October 30, 2016:
A Diverse Church

Thank you, Anya for reminding us to bring back our Giving Jars next Sunday (11/6)! From Anya: "Early this month we started a donation drive for Hands at Work. We had asked that you would consider giving up a treat or match your treat spendings to place the money in the jar. Our drive is ending this weekend. We ask that if you can please bring whatever amount you donated to service next week, minus the jar. We will have a big box for all donations (cash or check, please make the check out to Christ Church). Thank you everyone for your giving!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Jon-Paul for leading us in prayer for this year's elections. As Scripture tells God's people to pray for our elected leaders and for the well-being of our cities, we prayed for this year's elections. We prayed that God would rule over these elections, and for help to vote wisely for the good of our country, state, and city. We asked for peace during this particularly divisive election, peace in our country and in our hearts to rest our anxieties with the assurance that God is sovereign. We also prayed for God to touch the leaders who are elected, to give them a deeper understanding and knowledge of God. We prayed that as Christians, we wouldn't withdraw from society but engage it with wisdom, grace and love, so that people would be won for Christ. Let's all continue to pray for the election, for our leaders, and for our communities!
Question #41: 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.
This week's Sermon: "A Diverse Church" (1 Corinthians 12:12-20)


Jesus proclaimed, “I will build my church and not even the powers of hell will prevail against it.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The foundation of the church is the love and grace of God and there is nothing more powerful than that. Nothing can stand against God’s love and win. When the early church faced challenges in their cities, in their lives, in their cultures, the writings in the Epistles would point them back to their identity in Christ. They had struggles, but they believed that God was who he said he was and that they were who he said they were. And in that, there was real and supernatural power that sustained these ordinary people just like us through anything that came their way. The Epistles were written to help followers of Jesus understand who they are and who the church is. I am praying that God will deepen our understanding of what it means to be the church here and now over the next number of weeks as we consider the epistles together.

Main Idea: All are made one in Christ.
 

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: A Year of Biblical Literacy

From Children's Ministry Grade School: Older kids review Younger kids review

Save the date!

Don't Forget!
  • Interested in the Welcome Lunch next Sunday, November 6? Please email Michelle!
  • Please join us in A Year of Biblical Literacy. This year, we are reading through the Bible together as a congregation. We have a Scripture reading schedule (never too late to hop on!), videos, and other resources to help us along. 
  • Sign up for the online newsletter! You can go to christchurchsf.org/#newsletter!
  • Youth Group Discussions every Sunday after service, 12:00 - 12:30pm Older youth welcome and encouraged to join us in the "Chill out" section of the Cafeteria!
Have any questions, comments, thoughts to share? Please email us!
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