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Sunday Recap for February 3, 2019:
A Pilgrim's Identity

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, we dedicated Saul, Juni, Mia, and Theo to be raised in the Lord. The primary purpose of this baby dedication ceremony is to pray for our parents and children and to publicly remind each other of the responsibility and privilege that we have as parents and as a church community to minister the love of Christ to the children in our midst. It is our prayer that every one of our children will understand that they are image bearers of God, created for relationship with God, and that no amount of brokenness and sin can keep them from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ.

We want to teach, remind, and show our children that Christ loves them so much that he laid his life down for them. We want them to understand that there is power in the forgiveness, redemption and renewal we have in Christ. That their identity is not what the surrounding culture tells them it is. That their identity is secure in Christ and that God has a claim on their lives. That the greatest thing they could ever hope for or need in life is the unconditional love of their Heavenly Father. We want them to know that they are dearly loved by their parents, families, and church family. We want them to put their trust in Christ and live for him. That is what this baby dedication ceremony is about. As the Psalmist reminds us, “Children are a gift from God.” What a blessing it is to have so many gifts from God to pray for today.

The parents affirmed their desires that with the aid of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that they would raise their children to know Jesus, to depend on grace, to prioritize God's kingdom and strengthening the faith of the family, and as parents to reflect the love of our Heavenly Father. The congregation affirmed our desire that with the aid of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we would serve, pray for, support and encourage them in this. Praise God for these children, and may God be with us!

This Week's Sermon: “A Pilgrim's Identity" (James 1:19-27)

“One of God’s most celebrated characteristics in the Old Testament is his particular concern for those who are most helpless. Moreover, because he shows that kind of concern, he expects his people to do the same. In Deuteronomy 10:18-19, Moses says, ‘He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.’ And that description of God is followed immediately by this command: ‘Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.’ The point is simple but crucial: The people of God should be like God.”
   — Greg Gilbert, James: Knowing the Bible
Main Idea: Let Jesus shape you.

Sermon Slides / Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: The Way of St. James

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