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Sunday Recap for May 6, 2018:
Jesus, Slavery, and Humanity

Mission Highlight: This week, we introduced and began our series of commissioning prayers for those who serve in the marketplace. It is based on John 20:21 (ESV), "Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.'" 

Jesus sends us wherever we go--neighborhoods, churches, marketplaces--to extend the mission of Christ. As many of us spend most of our waking hours in our jobs and vocations, we want to be intentional and work with a sense of significance and purpose. In our Mission Highlights on the marketplace, we want to bring attention to the different industries where most of us spend our time, the opportunities and stresses unique to each field, and have an elder pray over those in each industry, sending them as God the Father sent Jesus. 

These are our first inaugural marketplaces we will be praying and sending in:
  • All are Sent (John 20:21) – May 2018
  • Service Industries, Construction – June 2018
  • Creative, Art, Design – July 2018
  • Students (all ages) – August 2018
  • Education, Government – September 2018
  • Medical, Research, Science – October 2018
  • Hospitality, Food Service – November 2018
  • Entertainment, Sports, Media, Advertising – December 2018
  • Entrepreneurs - January 2019
  • Advocacy, Non-profit, Social Services – February 2019
  • Finance, Management, Accounting, Real Estate - March 2019
  • Technology, Programming - April 2019
For our first Sunday, we asked all to stand as Toby prayed for us. Let's continue to meditate on, pray for, and try to live what it means to be sent wherever we go by Christ himself. 
Question #18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?
Answer: No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Jesus, Slavery, and Humanity" (Ephesians 5:5-9)

“What [Paul’s letters] do is to bring us into an atmosphere in which the institution of slavery could only wilt and die” (F.F. Bruce)
“The overthrowing of slavery, then, is through the transformation of men and women by the gospel rather than through merely changing an economic system. We’ve all seen what can happen when you merely overthrow an economic system and impose a new order.”
(D.A. Carson)
“The righteous are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community; the wicked are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.” (Bruce Waltke)
Main Idea: Jesus transforms the way we see ourselves and humanity.

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

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