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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

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Built Up In Love

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