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Sunday Recap for December 4, 2016:
Power and Weakness

Mission Highlight: Thank you Shane for sharing about District 3, the neighborhood where you live, and about your neighbors who have inspired you to live more missionally, living in our neighborhoods with intention and purpose. Here are some facts about District 3:
  • The primary neighborhoods of District 3 are North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, and the Financial District.
  • The population is about 70,000 people.
  • District 3 is estimated to be 47% Asian, 46% White, 4% Hispanic, and 2% Black.
  • The Population Density of District 3 is on average about 3 times higher than most of San Francisco.
  • Chinatown is most densely populated neighborhood in San Francisco with about 62,000 people per square mile.
  • Over half of the residents of District 3 were born overseas, and this District is a primary entry point for immigrants.
Please pray for the ministries and churches working with immigrants in this part of the city. Let's continue to pray for the neighborhoods and communities that God has placed us to be a part of!
Question #48: What is the church?
Answer: God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ's kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.
This week's Sermon: "Power and Weakness" (Revelations 1, 5)

“What appear to the naked eye, on the plane of human history, to be weak, helpless, hunted, poor, defeated congregations of Jesus’ faithful servants prove to be the true overcomers who participate in the triumph of the Lion who conquered as a slain Lamb. What appear to be the invincible forces controlling history--the military-political-religious- economic complex that is Rome and its less lustrous successors-is a system sown with the seeds of its self-destruction, already feeling the first lashes of the wrath of the Lamb. On the plane of visible history things are not what they appear, so Revelation's symbols make things Appear as they are. Its surprising, paradoxical imagery discloses the true identity of the church, its enemies, and its Champion. Paradox is central to the symbolism. Not only are things not what they appear to be in history, but also typically their true identities as portrayed in the visions are the opposite of their appearance in the world.” (Dennis E. Johnson)
Main Idea: The lion triumphed as a slain power. (We don’t understand power.)


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

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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