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Sunday Recap for December 11, 2016
God Is With Us

Mission Highlight: Thank you Michelle for updating us on how God is working through you and Hands at Work! For those of you who missed it, here is what Michelle shared:

Good morning Christ Church family. For the past two years, I have been serving with Hands at Work in Africa as a long term volunteer. At this time in December, many international volunteers travel home during the holiday break to rest and to spend time with friends and family. As I was preparing to come home, I’ve been reflecting over the past 12 months. I think of our Watchword which is a guiding Scripture that Hands co-founders share at the beginning of each year when African and international Hands leaders gather at the Hub in South Africa. This year’s Watchword came from Romans 15:5 - May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.

As the year comes to a close, I can see how through this verse, God has shaped the Hands family and the work He has called us to do, especially in Zambia where I am based. We have faced many challenges this year – not just in the vulnerable communities we work in, but also within our own Hands community at Kachele. It’s been tough as the deep brokenness around us continues to be revealed and also as I confront my own brokenness. But God has given us endurance in these challenges and we have learned time and time again that strength can only come from Him and not ourselves. God has also started to bring unity among us as a family – unity, not just in a sense of coming together, but as the verse says, unity as we follow Christ. During the last few months, we as a Hands community have been reflecting on Christ as our Shepherd and what it means to seek and to listen to His voice. We recognize the importance of how that impacts the way in which we tend to His sheep, the children in our communities. This requires us to become open and willing to being transformed by Christ and to lay down the things that we hold onto that hinder us from following Him in a way that we are called to. It’s encouraging to see how our reliance on God has grown, both individually and as a Hands family, as He continues to bring us together to pray and to ask for guidance. There have been many times this year when I’ve woken up being grateful that indeed, God’s mercies are new every morning and that He breathes life into us each day. He helps us to see that there is hope triumphing over the brokenness – that through Christ, He gives encouragement and helps us to persevere.

It’s not just Hands at Work or those in Africa, but together with the international community and partners like Christ Church as one body, we’re united in the common cause to serve the poor and to reach the most vulnerable. It is my prayer that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we would continue to wrestle with what it means to follow Him – to love and to serve others, in Africa as well as in our own communities. It’s something that I’m continuously challenged by, but I trust that our Father is doing something in and through His people and through that, He is bringing healing and transformation. It’s a huge blessing and privilege to be a part of that.
Question #49: Where is Christ now?
Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.
This week's Sermon: "God Is With Us" (Revelations 2-3)

“Introduced by the preface "I know," it shows the implication of the Son of Man's position "in the middle of the lampstands" (Rev. 1:13). Because he is not an absentee Ruler but one present with his churches, he knows their deeds, tribulation, poverty, love, faith, service, and perseverance.” – Dennis E. Johnson

Main Idea: Jesus Christ is present among his church; he knows our trials, triumphs, and failures and will never leave us.

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

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