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Sunday Recap for July 7, 2019:
Offensive Jesus

Mission Highlight: Thank you Jason and Ellen for being the first people to report back on the Spain Trip last month!  Here is what they shared:

A group of 21 people from Christ Church partnered with Iglesia Evangelica Bautista – a local church in Vilafranca del Penedes – to put on a week-long English Camp to serve the neighborhood and surrounding community. The age of the students that attended the camp ranged from ages 3-16, and Ellen and Jason worked with the oldest group – the teenagers. Though there were cultural differences, God orchestrated both teams to grow to trust each other over shared meals, downtime, and several conversations that we had.
 
One highlight was interacting and connecting with their host family from the church, Elena, Josep, and their 3 children Ruth, Sophia, and Genis, and celebrating Elena's birthday with them. During the English Camp, they stayed at Pastor Gabi’s home, which was also an animal sanctuary, displaying his diligent stewardship of God’s creation and his love for people and nature.

This was their first mission trip, and they learned to trust in God’s provision. They initially felt called to go but hesitated due to financial reasons. But thanks to the support and counsel from the church and community, they were able to take part, and it was a blessing to see God work in their hearts and in the hearts of believers across the world as well. They are also thankful to have grown closer to the other team members from Christ Church, and it was a great experience that filled their hearts with joy. 

They were so grateful to continue our partnership with our brothers and sisters in Vilafranca. They pray for the church in Vilafranca to be a light in the community as they continue to show Christ’s love in tangible ways to their local community and surrounding areas. They were also excited to find out that Iglesia Evangelica Bautista is a launching a church plant in a neighboring town called El Vendrell. Please pray for their growth as well.

Then they led us in prayer, thanking God for the opportunity to be connected with believers around the world and within our church, and for the church to be fruitful and experience a genuine spiritual season of growth. They prayed that many more people would experience the love of Christ from the work of churches in Vilafranca and Vendrell and that those people might come to know God and place their faith in him.

They prayed for Pastor Gabi, Anna, Dani and the rest of the leadership of the local church in Vilafranca, for wisdom and guidance as they lead their congregation and the church plant in Vendrell to blossom and grow. Tey prayed for our members that are still traveling that God guide them back home safely. Praise God for his goodness!
Top to bottom, left to right: Teens that Jason and Ellen taught (along with Gene, Ronan and Jonah from our team), Ellen and the host family they stayed with, Ellen and Gabi (and Toby) and one of the animals Gabi helps care for
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Offensive Jesus" (Luke 4:14-30)
 

"If you have never been hurt by a word from God, it is probable that you have never heard God speak.” — Amy Carmichael, missionary
 
“Sadly, people who will break their necks to get to Jesus the physician will scarcely move to reach Jesus the Redeemer.” — Kent Hughes
 
Main Idea: We are all offended enough by something Jesus said to kill Him for it.

Sermon Slides / Sermon Application Questions 
This sermon series: Stand Alone Sermons

-Set-up and break-down volunteers needed, especially for the summer. Help set-up and break-down once a month. Contact Nancy if you're interested. Recruitment of volunteers for set-up and breakdown is specifically because they’re short handed this summer!

-Sound and slides volunteers needed! Help set up and run the audio or visual technology during the worship service. No experience needed as we will train you. Email us if interested!
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