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Sunday Recap for November 13, 2016:
A Neighbor-Loving Church

Mission Highlight: This week, we got to meet and learn more about Levy and his family, his wife Pragcidence, and their daughters Tawonga and Shalom. They work with Hands at Work in Kechele, and are one of our closest partners in the gospel and God's work to serve the most vulnerable in the DRC, Zambia, and Malawi. If you missed it, please watch the video and continue and pray for our brother and sister, Levy, Prag and their family!
Question #45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?
Answer: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.
This week's Sermon: "A Neighbor-Loving Church*" (James 2)

From a young age I think most of us learn to have a love-hate relationship with favoritism. If we are the favorite, we love it. If we are not, we hate it. Desmond Tutu points to sibling rivalry as an early example of learning favoritism. Siblings are worried about a finite level of love that their parents have available so they fight for it. But as God’s children, there does not need to be any rivalry amongst us because God’s love is infinite. While favoritism can seem like a minor issue, it is at the root of all prejudice and division in any church, city, state, or country. We favor people like ourselves and make those not like ourselves, “the other”. The Apostle James wrote to the early church to correct this sin and we need to hear his words today. James does this by pointing us to Jesus and his Kingdom. In Christ’s Kingdom, “You love your neighbor as yourself.”

Main Idea: Prejudice is incompatible with faith.

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

*Sermon will be posted next Sunday 11/20

From Children's Ministry Grade School: Older kids reviewYounger kids review
Don't Forget!
  • 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!
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