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Sunday Recap for January 1, 2017
Jesus is the Reason for Every Season

Mission Highlight: Thank you Rebecca for conveying to us what Rachel shared about her experience with the Perspectives course. For those of you who are interested in taking this class, the Open House is on Sunday, January 8th, from 2-3pm at Dolores Park Church: 455 Dolores St. San Francisco. For those of you who missed it, here is what Rachel shared with us below:

"Perspectives is a fifteen week class about God’s global mission. It’s offered in over 200 locations in the US and in several countries around the world. After hearing wonderful things about it from several friends, I took the Perspectives class in San Francisco the fall of 2015. The course is split into four parts, or four different perspectives on missions: the Biblical perspective, the Historical perspective, the Cultural perspective, and the Strategic perspective. Once a week, we gathered at a church for a three-hour lesson. Every lesson was given by a different speaker, and during each session we would also have musical worship, fellowship and prayer.

Taking the Perspectives course was intense, exhilarating, and encouraging. When I think about missions, I think first about my own narrative, and then I tend to get caught up in either guilt or apathy over what I am doing or failing to do with my time and resources. Taking Perspectives was a breath of fresh air, because it felt like an invitatio n into G od’s narrative, a front-row seat to witness the immense scope and range of redemption He has been working for thousands of years. I learned that God desires to bless His people exceedingly, and that He is absolutely the Alpha and Omega of the story He is writing in human history — and every single speaker in our class came to tell a sliver of that story.

Lots of people have likened their experience with Perspectives to drinking from a firehose, and I am inclined to agree! There are a lot of articles and concepts and stories to cover and digest. But one of the great things about the class is that after you’ve taken it once, you can take it over and over again for free! Also, it was really rich and precious be able to spend time interacting with people from different churches in the bay area. The community aspect was valuable especially because even though we were taking in massive amounts of information, the biggest challenge was (and still is) how to unpack what this knowledge of God and His work meant for each of our lives individually. Having people to talk that over with was really helpful.

In summary, I cannot recommend the class highly enough, no matter where you are on your faith journey. Please feel free to get in contact with me if you have more questions!"

Question #52: What hope does everlasting life hold for us?
Answer: It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.
This week's Sermon: "Jesus is the Reason for Every Season" (Luke 1:28-55)

All of us make sense of our world because of a particular narrative that we tell. We are all formed by story. We have learned this narrative from our families, from our experiences, from our country, and written parts of it ourselves. How does your narrative help you make sense of the world around you? Does your narrative stand up? H. Richard Niebuhr argued that only when we know “what is going on” do we know “what we should do,” and followers of Jesus believe that we learn most decisively “what is going on” in the person and work of Christ.
Main Idea: Jesus is at the center of every narrative that will last.

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The Moody Family Meal Train is still open! Baby Emerson was welcomed to this world recently, and a way we can show love for one another as a family in Christ during this special time is to take the Moody family a meal! Please click on thi link if you are interested in taking them a meal!
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