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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
Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides

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