Church Picnic – October 5th

We will be having our yearly church picnic on October 5th from 11am – 3pm at Nobel Athletic Fields

Come join us for some delicious food, fellowship, and to hear the testimony of one of our members.

Rides will be provided from campus at 10:30am at Peterson Hall (Request a Ride)

All of October: Flock Groups at Church

For the entire month of October we will be having Friday flock groups at church starting at 7:30pm.

Rides will be provided from campus at Peterson Hall at 7pm (Request a ride)

Come join us for worship and bible study!

Welcome Week Events!

The school year is starting soon so we have some special events for entire church to enjoy! Come join!

Wed, Sept 25:
Bacon, Baking, and Board Games – 7pm at Chris Chan’s home, 6:30pm rides at Peterson Hall

Thurs, Sept 26:
Mexican Food Run – 7pm at Vallartas Express, Mira Mesa Location, 6:30pm rides at Peterson Hall

Fri, Sept 27:
Flock groups – 7:30pm at Church
Post-flocks: Dessert potluck/hangout

Sat, Oct 5:
Church Picnic – 11am-3pm at Nobel Athletic Fields, 10:30am rides at Peterson Hall

Click here to request a ride

The Unshakable Mountain

Psa. 125:0    A SONG OF ASCENTS.
Psa. 125:1    Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
on the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous stretch out
their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
the LORD will lead away with evildoers!
Peace be upon Israel!

“My feelings are important for many things. They are essential and valuable. They keep me aware of much that is true and real. But they tell me next to nothing about God or my relation to God. My security comes from who God is, not from how I feel…The image [in Psalm 125] that announces the dependable, unchanging, safe, secure existence of God’s people comes from geology, not psychology.” Eugene H. Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (Downers Grove; IL: InterVarsity Press, 1980), 83.

Blessed are the Meek

The intent of these “follow-up” additions to the sermon are for those who serve in the children’s ministry as well as for those who were absent at church. The hope is that it’ll add something to your midweek bible study as well as keep you up-to-date with the rest of the congregation.

Introduction

  • The Beatitudes are shocking and perplexing when you first read it. It’s even more so shocking to Jesus’ listeners because they were completly mystified as to what they were hearing.
  • The Jews were often times astonished at what Jesus said and often times shocked because of the implications.
    • The expectations were high and previously mentioned, there were 4 religious groups in dominate control (e.g. Pharisees, Sadduces, Essenes, and Zealots).
  • Jesus went and preached against the means in which each of the groups expected the new Messiah to fulfill. A fulifllment that based entirely on their own expectations and traditions and not on the prophecy of the Old Testament.
    • The people would first reject Jesus. They would then hate Jesus. Culiminating in the evil desire to kill Him because He wouldn’t approve of their religion.
      • Instead of approving their religion, He condemned them

Meekness is…?

  • Gentle. The world basically means mild or soft.
    • The word was used in conjunction in a variety of ways. In medicine, it had a connotation of soothing; with the weather, it was alikened to a soft breeze. In animal husbandary, it was used of colts and other animals that were wild but broken by a trainer.
    • For humans, it’s an attitude of gentle spirit, meek, submissive, quiet and tenderhearted.
      • Matthew 21:5; look at how Jesus is characterized as He triumphantly enters into Jerusalem.
  • The essential difference between being “poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3) and being “meek” (Matt 5:5) is that poor in spirit focuses on our sinfulness and destitution while meekness focuses in on God’s holiness. Humility underlines both virtues.
  • Meekness isn’t weakness, cowardice or emotional baggage. It’s not lack of conviction or mere human niceness. True meekness is courage, strength, and conviction that come from God and not self. True meekness is power put under effective control and discipline.
    • Proverbs 25:28 & Proverbs 16:32
  • Reconigizng True Meekness
    • There are a multitude of characters we can look to in the Scriptures as examples of true meekness. Scope ranges from Abraham, Joseph, Moses to David. In the New Testament, obviously we could see this in Jesus and in the Apostle Paul.

“We cannot see the world as God means it in the future, save as our souls are characterized by meekness. In meekness we are its only inheritors. Meekness alone makes the spiritual retina pure to receive God’s things as they are, mingling with them neither imperfection nor impurity.” George MacDonald

The Outcome of Meekness

  • The general result of meekness is being blessed, being made divinely happy. Look at the 2nd half of Matthew 5:5.
  • The subjects of His Kingdom are going to come someday into that promised inheritance–which was lost and perverted after the Fall.
  • Our responsibility is to trust in the Lord and obey His will. The settling of accounts, whether it’s judgment or blessing, is in His hands and will be accomplished at the exact right time and right way.
    • Let’s live in faith and hope based on biblical promises and the divine pronouncement that we’ll inherit the earth.

The Need for Meekness

  • Meekness is required for salvation. Only the meek will inherit the earth because only the meek belong to the King who will rule the future kingdom of the earth.
  • Meekness is commanded.
    • Zeph 2:3; James 1:21.
  • Meekness is needed for effective witness
    • 1 Peter 3:15
  • Meekness gives glory to God
    • Pride seeks own glory whereas true meekness seeks God’s glory.

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