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This week's Sermon: "The Resurrection Renews Hope" (1 Corinthians 15)

If the resurrection is not true then there can be no real and lasting hope in our lives or for our world. This is exactly what the Apostle Paul argues in his first letter to the Corinthians. He says that if Christ wasn’t raised from the dead then we are all still in our sins and all is lost, but because the resurrection is real we have a real and lasting hope. “When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves--that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.” (NT Wright)

Main idea: The resurrection renews hope.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Stand Alone Sermons

Easter Responsive Reading

Leader: Christ is risen!
Congregation: He is risen indeed!

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
He is risen indeed!

Jesus has come that we may have life, and have it to the fullest. John 10:10
He is risen indeed!

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
He is risen indeed!

God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:24
He is risen indeed!

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Dead to sin and alive in Christ! Praise God for salvation and new life signified in the baptisms. Thank you, Erica, Julia, Megan, Aiden, and Hannah, for sharing your public declaration of faith as followers of Jesus Christ!
Announcements:
 
Special Easter Liturgy: After the sermon, we will sing our Songs of Response, then go outside for the Baptism and Lord's Supper. 

Church Family Picnic: Sunday, April 10th after church: Off the Grid at the Presidio. Please join us!

Biblical Literacy lecture on Violence and Genocide in the OT: Monday, April 11th at 7PM at Dolores Park Church (455 Dolores St.)

Men's Outing: Pacifica Hike and Gorilla BBQ Lunch, Saturday, May 7th, 9AM - 2PM. Leave from Roosevelt.
Email Mark if you're interested!

Mission and Vision 2016: The blogpost from our Mission and Vision Lunch has been posted online. Please check it out if you were unable to make it!
Recurring Announcements
  • 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 to 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!
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