Campfire Stories: The Reckoning

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The stories Jesus told were shocking, insulting, provocative, challenging, disrupting, unsettling, and frightening. They were anything but sweet, comforting, simple, and trite. In these short stories we  experience the creative genius of Jesus as he crafts stories and examples intended to provoke a reaction... and let me warn you, "indifference", is not an option!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

Today we will look at The Parable of the Reckoning.  It's the shocking tale  of 3 slaves, 3 fortunes, and 2 shockingly different fates. It is a tale told at the expense of the religious conservative. Just maybe they can be "shocked back to life" as they hear this...

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 25.14-30

14   “For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 In like manner he also who got the two gained another two. 18 But he who received the one went away and dug in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

19   “Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reconciled accounts with them. 20 He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents besides them.’

21   “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

22   “He also who got the two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents besides them.’

23   “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

24   “He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter. 25 I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’

26   “But his lord answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow, and gather where I didn’t scatter. 27 You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest. 28 Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who has not, even that which he has will be taken away. 30 Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Today's Sermon Notes

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Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

STOP BY the Hidden Treasures table to sign up for the workday next Saturday and to learn more about a ministry here in San Diego that provides residential therapeutic services to teenage girls who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Stop by their website for more information.

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Thursday, August 9, 5-8 PM

If you're interested in making a decision to be baptized, please let us know here and some one from our pastoral team will reach out to you soon.  

We will gather at La Jolla Shores for a BBQ and will do baptisms after.  Please bring your own meat for the grill.  

Grill will start at 5:30pm, baptisms will begin after our BBQ, will be approximately 6:45pm.  

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We are setting aside a night to worship and pray together as a community.  Join us on Saturday July 21st at 5pm in the Worship Center.

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Join us at Faith Community for Science Camp, Aug. 20-23,  9am-1pm. This camp is for kids entering 2nd-6th grades. We will explore biblical themes around God’s creation each day. This year's science theme is Ecology.  Each day the children will witness demonstrations, participate in hands-on experiments, create take-home projects, play games and enjoy lunch together. This camp will also include 2 off-campus field trips. This camp is limited to 25 students so early registration is recommended to reserve a place in the lab. The cost for the camp is $60.00.

Register here

Campfire Stories: The Treasure

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The stories Jesus told were shocking, insulting, provocative, challenging, disrupting, unsettling, and frightening. They were anything but sweet, comforting, simple, and trite. In these short stories we  experience the creative genius of Jesus as he crafts stories and examples intended to provoke a reaction... and let me warn you, "indifference", is not an option!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

Today we will look at the parable of the hidden treasure.  It's the story of man that discovers a priceless treasure in a field and in his excitement sells everything to purchase the field and embrace the treasure as his own. This isn’t a story about purchasing in the sense that we’ve got enough chips to cash in to get the Kingdom.  This is a recognition that what I have in my hands may keep me from embracing the Kingdom.  It’s the biblical theme of serving two masters.  There is nothing that can have more supremacy or priority in our lives. 

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 13.44

44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

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Campfire Stories: shocking tales Jesus told

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The stories Jesus told were shocking, insulting, provocative, challenging, disrupting, unsettling, and frightening. They were anything but sweet, comforting, simple, and trite. In these short stories we  experience the creative genius of Jesus as he crafts stories and examples intended to provoke a reaction... and let me warn you, "indifference", is not an option!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

Today we will look at the parable that introduces all parables: The Strange Tale of the Sower from Matthew 13.1-9; 18-23. Beware how you listen to it as your life depends on it...

CLICK HERE for this morning's sermon notes.

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 13.1-9; 18-23

On that day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the seaside. 2 Great multitudes gathered to him, so that he entered into a boat, and sat, and all the multitude stood on the beach. 3 He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, “Behold, a farmer went out to sow. 4 As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn’t have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth. 6 When the sun had risen, they were scorched. Because they had no root, they withered away. 7 Others fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and choked them: 8 and others fell on good soil, and yielded fruit: some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

18   “Hear, then, the parable of the farmer. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside. 20 What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most assuredly bears fruit, and brings forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.”

Spiritual Fathers - We All Need One

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

The Bible is filled with mentors. The apostle Paul writes to his spiritual son in the faith (1 and 2 Timothy). But what does it take to be a spiritual father? This week Ryan Silvia, our youth director, reflects on what it takes to be a spiritual father and the incredible impact it makes on lives...

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 1.1-2

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus. 2 To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

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 Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

 Our middle school and high school students are headed to Camp at Cedar Crest in the San Bernadino mountains! At our summer camps, youth have the opportunity to disconnect from the distractions of daily life at home and make new connections. They get to connect with leaders, each other and most importantly -- with Jesus Christ.  Camp is July 20-24 and the cost is $220.     Click here to register

Our middle school and high school students are headed to Camp at Cedar Crest in the San Bernadino mountains! At our summer camps, youth have the opportunity to disconnect from the distractions of daily life at home and make new connections. They get to connect with leaders, each other and most importantly -- with Jesus Christ.

Camp is July 20-24 and the cost is $220.  

Click here to register

Acts Together - Our Mission | Our Hope for Our City

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

Most Christians have a desire to be like the early Church. We romanticize their unity, the miracles, the preaching, the explosive growth, and the lavish generosity of the first Christians. It is easy to think that the church grew because of charismatic leaders endowed with unique abilities of leadership and wonder-inspiring power. The truth is far less flashy. The Christian movement because it was the organic endeavor of a people on mission together. We have that same opportunity today...

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: Acts 8.1-12

And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. 3 But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.

4   Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them. 6 The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing. 7 For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 So there was much rejoicing in that city.

9   Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great; 10 and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, “This man is what is called the Great Power of God.” 11 And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.

Click here for this morning's notes.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

 Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

 Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday...  AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM.  SIGN UP HERE    Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.  For more information, stop by the table in the Courtyard and visit with  Pastor Deb.  deb@faithsandiego.org  858.565.4808 ext. 204.   Parents register your kids here .

Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday... AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM. SIGN UP HERE

Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.

For more information, stop by the table in the Courtyard and visit with  Pastor Deb. deb@faithsandiego.org 858.565.4808 ext. 204.  Parents register your kids here.

 Our middle school and high school students are headed to Camp at Cedar Crest in the San Bernadino mountains! At our summer camps, youth have the opportunity to disconnect from the distractions of daily life at home and make new connections. They get to connect with leaders, each other and most importantly -- with Jesus Christ.  Camp is July 20-24 and the cost is $220.     Click here to register

Our middle school and high school students are headed to Camp at Cedar Crest in the San Bernadino mountains! At our summer camps, youth have the opportunity to disconnect from the distractions of daily life at home and make new connections. They get to connect with leaders, each other and most importantly -- with Jesus Christ.

Camp is July 20-24 and the cost is $220.  

Click here to register

Graduate Information

We want to celebrate our grads on Promotion Sunday.  If you know of someone who has graduated from 8th grade, high school, college or graduate school, please let us know here

Acts Together - Our Opposition | Our Opportunity (Part 2)

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

Most Christians have a desire to be like the early Church. We romanticize their unity, the miracles, the preaching, the explosive growth, and the lavish generosity of the first Christians. If only... Yet conspicuously absent from our yearning is the harsh reality of the opposition and persecution they faced. Yet in 22 of 28 chapters in the Book of Acts we find references to the opposition those first Christians faced. Why were they persecuted if they were know for their love, service, sacrifice, and generosity? 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: Acts 4.1-22

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand. 

5  The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” 

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

     “ ‘the stone you builders rejected,
        which has become the cornerstone.’ 

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” 

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

Click here for this morning's notes.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for additional resources.

INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

 Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

 Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday...  AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM.  SIGN UP HERE    Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.  For more information, stop by the table in the Courtyard and visit with  Pastor Deb.  deb@faithsandiego.org  858.565.4808 ext. 204.   Parents register your kids here .

Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday... AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM. SIGN UP HERE

Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.

For more information, stop by the table in the Courtyard and visit with  Pastor Deb. deb@faithsandiego.org 858.565.4808 ext. 204.  Parents register your kids here.

Graduate Information

We want to celebrate our grads on Promotion Sunday.  If you know of someone who has graduated from 8th grade, high school, college or graduate school, please let us know here

Acts Together - Opposition (Family Sunday)

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

In 22 of 28 chapters in the Book of Acts we find references to the opposition the first Christians faced. In the face of their persecution, how did they continue to act in love, service, sacrifice, and generosity? 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: Acts 4.23-31

23 As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. 24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— 25 you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying,

‘Why were the nations so angry?
    Why did they waste their time with futile plans?
26 The kings of the earth prepared for battle;
    the rulers gathered together
against the Lord
    and against his Messiah.’
27 “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. 28 But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. 29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for additional resources.

INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

 Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

 Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday...  AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM.  SIGN UP HERE    Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.  For more information, contact Pastor Deb.  deb@faithsandiego.org  858.565.4808 ext. 204.   Parents register your kids here .

Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday... AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM. SIGN UP HERE

Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.

For more information, contact Pastor Deb. deb@faithsandiego.org 858.565.4808 ext. 204.  Parents register your kids here.

Graduate Information

We want to celebrate our grads on Promotion Sunday.  If you know of someone who has graduated from 8th grade, high school, college or graduate school, please let us know here

 DOING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...  ... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!  We are designed for community. Therefore, it would be wise to learn how to live and grow in friendship and community. LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life  together.  LifeGroups discover spiritual growth, learn, face challenges, and have fun together by creating an environment where relationships can flourish. LifeGroups meet weekly and most follow the weekly Resource Guide. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.  You can join a LifeGroup any time. You can stop by the Welcome Table on a Sunday morning to sign up or you can  click here  if you are interested in signing up for a group.

DOING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...

... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!

We are designed for community. Therefore, it would be wise to learn how to live and grow in friendship and community. LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life together. LifeGroups discover spiritual growth, learn, face challenges, and have fun together by creating an environment where relationships can flourish. LifeGroups meet weekly and most follow the weekly Resource Guide. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.

You can join a LifeGroup any time. You can stop by the Welcome Table on a Sunday morning to sign up or you can click here if you are interested in signing up for a group.

Acts Together - Our Opposition

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

Most Christians have a desire to be like the early Church. We romanticize their unity, the miracles, the preaching, the explosive growth, and the lavish generosity of the first Christians. If only... Yet conspicuously absent from our yearning is the harsh reality of the opposition and persecution they faced. Yet in 22 of 28 chapters in the Book of Acts we find references to the opposition those first Christians faced. Why were they persecuted if they were know for their love, service, sacrifice, and generosity? 

CLICK HERE for this mornings sermon notes

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: Acts 4.1-22

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand. 

5  The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” 

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

     “ ‘the stone you builders rejected,
        which has become the cornerstone.’ 

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” 

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for additional resources.

INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

 Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

 Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday...  AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM.  SIGN UP HERE    Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.  For more information, contact Pastor Deb.  deb@faithsandiego.org  858.565.4808 ext. 204.   Parents register your kids here .

Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday... AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM. SIGN UP HERE

Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.

For more information, contact Pastor Deb. deb@faithsandiego.org 858.565.4808 ext. 204.  Parents register your kids here.

 We are setting aside a night to worship and pray together as a community.  Join us TONIGHt at 5pm in the Worship Center.

We are setting aside a night to worship and pray together as a community.  Join us TONIGHt at 5pm in the Worship Center.

 DOING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...  ... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!  We are designed for community. Therefore, it would be wise to learn how to live and grow in friendship and community. LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life  together.  LifeGroups discover spiritual growth, learn, face challenges, and have fun together by creating an environment where relationships can flourish. LifeGroups meet weekly and most follow the weekly Resource Guide. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.  You can join a LifeGroup any time. You can stop by the Welcome Table on a Sunday morning to sign up or you can  click here  if you are interested in signing up for a group.

DOING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...

... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!

We are designed for community. Therefore, it would be wise to learn how to live and grow in friendship and community. LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life together. LifeGroups discover spiritual growth, learn, face challenges, and have fun together by creating an environment where relationships can flourish. LifeGroups meet weekly and most follow the weekly Resource Guide. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.

You can join a LifeGroup any time. You can stop by the Welcome Table on a Sunday morning to sign up or you can click here if you are interested in signing up for a group.

Acts Together - Carried By People | Raised By Jesus

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

The lame beggar that sits at the edge of the Temple is a beautiful picture of our own story.  A story of how Jesus changed everything.  Our only being able to get so far... stuck in our own limitations. We sit on the edge of where we would love to be.  And we thank God that Jesus raises us up and in doing so we walk in a new life.  As Peter tells the crowd, we turn to the Jesus so that we receive the refreshment that comes from the presence of the Lord.  

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Acts 3

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Acts Together - Generation R

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

People endlessly study the generations of our country-- G.I. Generation, the Silent Generation, Boomers, Busters, Gen X, Gen Y (Millennials), and now Generation Z. In depth observations and conclusions populate the research with very little agreement. In fact, there is little agreement on when each generation starts and ends! That is not the case with Generation R-- the oldest and greatest generation ever. We know when they began, who they are, and what their essential traits are...

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TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Acts 2.40-47

And with many other words Peter solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

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INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

 Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

 STOP BY THE MOPS TABLE... We have a great opportunity for you to support the moms at MOPS + MomsNext and have a chance to win prizes!  The moms at MOPS + MomsNext have put together 6 amazing baskets for our raffle fundraiser. Don't miss your chance to donate and win!   Or you can get your  tickets here.

STOP BY THE MOPS TABLE... We have a great opportunity for you to support the moms at MOPS + MomsNext and have a chance to win prizes!

The moms at MOPS + MomsNext have put together 6 amazing baskets for our raffle fundraiser. Don't miss your chance to donate and win! 

Or you can get your tickets here.

 Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday...  AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM.  SIGN UP HERE    Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.  For more information, contact Pastor Deb.  deb@faithsandiego.org  858.565.4808 ext. 204.   Parents register your kids here .

Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday... AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM. SIGN UP HERE

Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.

For more information, contact Pastor Deb. deb@faithsandiego.org 858.565.4808 ext. 204.  Parents register your kids here.

 Join Andrew and Nicole Henneforth as we continue to help them launch Park Church Poway. They are sponsoring a Worship with Park Church on May 6th from 4-6pm at the Poway Historic Chapel. 13501 Community Road, Poway.   Guest leaders  Khalid McKinley  & Ryan Hall  Please email  info@parkchurchsd.org  to rsvp for childcare. We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Andrew and Nicole Henneforth as we continue to help them launch Park Church Poway. They are sponsoring a Worship with Park Church on May 6th from 4-6pm at the Poway Historic Chapel. 13501 Community Road, Poway. 

Guest leaders Khalid McKinley & Ryan Hall

Please email info@parkchurchsd.org to rsvp for childcare. We look forward to seeing you there!

 We are setting aside a night to worship and pray together as a community.  Join us on Sunday May 20th at 5pm in the Worship Center.

We are setting aside a night to worship and pray together as a community.  Join us on Sunday May 20th at 5pm in the Worship Center.

 DOING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...  ... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!  We are designed for community. Therefore, it would be wise to learn how to live and grow in friendship and community. LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life  together.  LifeGroups discover spiritual growth, learn, face challenges, and have fun together by creating an environment where relationships can flourish. LifeGroups meet weekly and most follow the weekly Resource Guide. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.  You can join a LifeGroup any time. You can stop by the Welcome Table on a Sunday morning to sign up or you can  click here  if you are interested in signing up for a group.

DOING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...

... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!

We are designed for community. Therefore, it would be wise to learn how to live and grow in friendship and community. LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life together. LifeGroups discover spiritual growth, learn, face challenges, and have fun together by creating an environment where relationships can flourish. LifeGroups meet weekly and most follow the weekly Resource Guide. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.

You can join a LifeGroup any time. You can stop by the Welcome Table on a Sunday morning to sign up or you can click here if you are interested in signing up for a group.

Acts Together - Broken Bread | Unified People

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

The Lord added numbers to the believers and the community of believers gladly and generously welcomed these new people to their table.  

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Acts 2.42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

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INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

 Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

 Join us for a Movie Night on our campus at 5pm on May 5th.  We'll provide the tacos, popcorn and the big screen, you provide a chair.  Please let us know that you're interested in joining so we can have more than enough food by clicking  here .    We will be watching Pixar's Coco.  

Join us for a Movie Night on our campus at 5pm on May 5th.  We'll provide the tacos, popcorn and the big screen, you provide a chair.  Please let us know that you're interested in joining so we can have more than enough food by clicking here.  

We will be watching Pixar's Coco.  

 Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday...  AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM.  SIGN UP HERE    Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.  For more information, contact Pastor Deb.  deb@faithsandiego.org  858.565.4808 ext. 204.   Parents register your kids here .

Kids Day Camp is June 18-22 from 9am-12pm everyday... AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM. SIGN UP HERE

Kids 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to join.  Each day the kids will enjoy great music, play team-building games, enjoy some tasty treats, take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste, and create amazing crafts.

For more information, contact Pastor Deb. deb@faithsandiego.org 858.565.4808 ext. 204.  Parents register your kids here.

 Join Andrew and Nicole Henneforth as we continue to help them launch Park Church Poway. They are sponsoring a Worship with Park Church on May 6th from 4-6pm at the Poway Historic Chapel. 13501 Community Road, Poway.   Guest leaders  Khalid McKinley  & Ryan Hall  Please email  info@parkchurchsd.org  to rsvp for childcare. We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Andrew and Nicole Henneforth as we continue to help them launch Park Church Poway. They are sponsoring a Worship with Park Church on May 6th from 4-6pm at the Poway Historic Chapel. 13501 Community Road, Poway. 

Guest leaders Khalid McKinley & Ryan Hall

Please email info@parkchurchsd.org to rsvp for childcare. We look forward to seeing you there!

 DOING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...  ... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!  We are designed for community. Therefore, it would be wise to learn how to live and grow in friendship and community. LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life  together.  LifeGroups discover spiritual growth, learn, face challenges, and have fun together by creating an environment where relationships can flourish. LifeGroups meet weekly and most follow the weekly Resource Guide. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.  You can join a LifeGroup any time. You can stop by the Welcome Table on a Sunday morning to sign up or you can  click here  if you are interested in signing up for a group.

DOING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...

... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!

We are designed for community. Therefore, it would be wise to learn how to live and grow in friendship and community. LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life together. LifeGroups discover spiritual growth, learn, face challenges, and have fun together by creating an environment where relationships can flourish. LifeGroups meet weekly and most follow the weekly Resource Guide. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.

You can join a LifeGroup any time. You can stop by the Welcome Table on a Sunday morning to sign up or you can click here if you are interested in signing up for a group.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

BOOKS/AUDIBLE BOOK

Life Together: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's classic account of life in the illegal seminary of the Confessing Church in Finkenwalde during the rise of Naziism. A classic, powerful, profound consideration of Christian fellowship.

Open to the Spirit: Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? What does he do in our lives? How can we know him more deeply, and is it possible to tap into his power? Should we pray to the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to be aware of his promptings and speaking into our lives? Dr. Scot McKnight answers these questions and more in this comprehensive examination of what the Bible says about this divinely important, but often confusing member of the Trinity. 

SERIES RESOURCES
The Message of Acts by John Stott. The Spirit moves the church into the world. That is how it has always been since the day of Pentecost when the Spirit brought thousands from many countries into the body of Christ. Stott writes, "The Acts of the Apostles have long ago finished; the acts of the followers of Jesus will continue until the end of the world."

Acts Together - The world-changing feeling

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

There is a feeling that will change the world... it is intensely personal but doesn't remain private; it is immensely powerful but it is not paralyzing; and it will be persuasive but never pretentious. Discount this feeling and you cannot explain the power of Jesus to change lives today nor can you explain the meteoric rise of the Christian faith that penetrated and prevailed in a hostile empire without ever resorting to the sword or insurrection. 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Acts 2.29-47

29  “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, 

     “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord:
        “Sit at my right hand
35     until I make your enemies
        a footstool for your feet.” ’ 

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Click here for this morning's message notes.

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PODCASTS/AUDIBLE BOOK
Eusebius' History of the Christian Church is the earliest history of the Church written between A.D. 290-324. Bishop Eusebius, a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century, and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics.

The History of the Early Church (A.D. 30-451) or The History of the Christian Church are very accessible... The first is from a Catholic/Orthodox perspective the latter from a Calvary Chapel pastor who loves Church history.

BOOKS
Christian History Made Easy: A Quick and Colorful Guide to Understanding the Key Eents and People that Every Christian Should Know explains early church history, the Church Councils, the Great Schism, the Crusades, Francis of Assisi, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation, and more. Christian History Made Easy presents key church history events and great Christian leaders everyone should know, along with full-color church history timelines, photos, pictures, and maps.

The Story of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation elates the dramatic events, the colorful characters, and the revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church's life and thought.

The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity traces the contours of Christian belief down through the ages, revealing a pattern of both unity and diversity. He finds a consensus of teaching that is both unitive and able to incorporate a faithful diversity when not forced into the molds of false either-or alternatives.

SERIES RESOURCES
The Message of Acts by John Stott. The Spirit moves the church into the world. That is how it has always been since the day of Pentecost when the Spirit brought thousands from many countries into the body of Christ. Stott writes, "The Acts of the Apostles have long ago finished; the acts of the followers of Jesus will continue until the end of the world."

Acts Together - Welcome to the Spirit-drenched life

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

This mission is a movement of truth and power; love and vitality; inspiration and revolution. It was birth in power and sustained by love.  It is a thoroughly "Spirit-drenched" life...

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Acts 2.1-13

1  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 

5  Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 

13  Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Rose recommends: Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us by Scott McKnight. Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? What does he do in our lives? How can we know him more deeply, and is it possible to tap into his power? Should we pray to the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to be aware of his promptings and speaking into our lives? Dr. Scot McKnight answers these questions and more in this comprehensive examination of what the Bible says about this divinely important, but often confusing member of the Trinity.

SERIES RESOURCES
The Message of Acts by John Stott. The Spirit moves the church into the world. That is how it has always been since the day of Pentecost when the Spirit brought thousands from many countries into the body of Christ. Stott writes, "The Acts of the Apostles have long ago finished; the acts of the followers of Jesus will continue until the end of the world."

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer are simple, yet profound, reflections on Christian Fellowship at the illegal seminary of the Confessing Church which refused to bow the knee to Hitler, the Führer (THE leader/guide) of Nazi Germany.

Acts Together - A community on mission

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

We live in the digital age. Physical communities have given way to online ones. So what makes the church unique? Why should a person get up on a Sunday, get ready, drive to a location and gather in person with others? What's the point when you can hear great sermons online and listen to all your favorite worship songs on your phone? In this teaching series, we'll explore and discover the irreplaceable, life-giving, transformative power of the church when we return to our roots and live on mission together. 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Acts 1.1-8

1 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Click here for this morning's message notes.

ONLINE GIVING:

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Message of Acts by John Stott. The Spirit moves the church into the world. That is how it has always been since the day of Pentecost when the Spirit brought thousands from many countries into the body of Christ. Stott writes, "The Acts of the Apostles have long ago finished; the acts of the followers of Jesus will continue until the end of the world."

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer are simple, yet profound, reflections on Christian Fellowship at the illegal seminary of the Confessing Church which refused to bow the knee to Hitler, the Führer (THE leader/guide) of Nazi Germany.

Easter – the greatest paradigm shift in history!

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

Easter is many things but it remains the GREATEST paradigm shift in history. God intends for it to prepare us to make the greatest paradigm shift too! In fact, I (Mark) think it is the change we are all secretly longing for...

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Revelation 21.1-4

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Click here for this morning's message notes.

ONLINE GIVING:

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

This is why we can believe in the resurrection by Lee Strobel. Strobel was an investigative journalist who decided to prove the resurrection did not happen. in the process of doing so, he became persuaded that the Gospels were true and that Jesus really was raised from the dead. Here is a little article by him...

Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?One of the greatest New Testament historians and scholars, N. T. Wright, answers this question -- and you can enjoy his English Accent too! Video is well worth your time.

The Messiah is a animated video from the Bible Project. A great video to share with children... as are most videos on their site!

Palm Sunday -- Reflections on Leadership

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

Today we reflect on the example and leadership principles we learn from the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Matthew 21.1-11   

1 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3 “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 
‘BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, 
GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, 
EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.’”

6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, 

“Hosanna to the Son of David; 
BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; 
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Click here for this morning's sermon notes.

This Palm Sunday message has 3 parts. You can listen to any and all!
1.  00:00 - 09:58 An update from the GEM Foundation Orphanage in Uganda
2. 09:58 - 27:27 Vince's Palm Sunday message
3. 27:27 - 56:12  Mark's PalmSunday message/pastoral charge to Benji and Jen Horning who are leaving FCC pastoral staff to plant Light Church Encinitas.
4. 00:56:12 Benji and Jen's response to the FCC community

ONLINE GIVING:

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good by N. T. Wright. The Gospel means good news. But if the message has been around for 2,000 years, what makes it significant today? What’s so “good” about stories involving damnation, violence, and a God who sacrifices his only son?

The Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit. Part One of the book alone is worth the read. In Part One, Wright considers not the customary seven last words that Jesus spoke from the cross but, rather, seven words that various people spoke to Jesus on the cross -- people like Mary and the Roman centurion, who witnessed the crucifixion, and Pontius Pilate, who helped to instigate it. 

True. Love. | 3 John

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

In these spiritually confusing times, it may be appealing to think nostalgically that in its earliest days, the Christian church was a tranquil place of unity, joy, and peace, which only gradually became fragmented and contentious as the centuries rolled on. The history of the church is a history of disagreements and schisms that have led to the three major segments of Christianity we see today—Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodoxy—and to thousands of denominations and groups within each. Nevertheless, here we are, nearly two thousand years after the John wrote, and the gospel of Jesus Christ is still alive and active, still reconciling people to God and transforming their lives as they read the NT. What a wonder! ... and here in the letter called, 3 John, we learn why!

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

3 John
1   The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

2   Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

5   Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; 6 and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.

9   I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. 10 For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church.

11   Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

13   I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face.

15   Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Love Does by Bob Goff

The Letters of John by NT Wright

The Vox Podcast: The VOX Podcast is an alternative conversation about the work of Jesus in our modern day. Enjoy weekly episodes from Mike Erre and Co-Host Andy Lara. 

The Bible Project: Our videos are actually animated versions of much larger conversations that have been distilled into the most salient points. In The Bible Project podcast, Tim and Jon invite you into their dialogue concerning the biblical theology behind each video.

True. Love. | 2 John

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

Followers of Jesus are meant to walk in truth and make a connection between their knowing the Gospel and how they live. This isn't just about correct doctrine and right living, but it's also a life defined by a love for God and others.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

2 John

1 This letter is from John, the elder.

I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children,[b] whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— 2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.

3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.

4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.

5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends,[c] that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came[d] in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we[e] have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.

10 If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. 11 Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.
12 I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.

13 Greetings from the children of your sister,[f] chosen by God.

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Love Does by Bob Goff

The Letters of John by NT Wright

The Vox Podcast: The VOX Podcast is an alternative conversation about the work of Jesus in our modern day. Enjoy weekly episodes from Mike Erre and Co-Host Andy Lara. 

The Bible Project: Our videos are actually animated versions of much larger conversations that have been distilled into the most salient points. In The Bible Project podcast, Tim and Jon invite you into their dialogue concerning the biblical theology behind each video.

Follow, Love, Serve: Service

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

If you spend any time here at Faith Community you will begin to hear the phrase: "Follow well, love well, serve well." These are the building blocks of our life of faith here at Faith. These are Jesus' words in every Gospel. His call and command are as simple as they are challenging. Easily memorized but never mastered. These must be the DNA of our our lives, our community, and our relationships.

In light of the polarization in our culture; the growing hostility to the Christian faith, and the individualistic and isolating habits many pursue, it seems like a strategic time to focus on these simple words. Let us start 2018 by defining these words that define us and by encouraging one another to follow well, love well, and serve well.

Today we conclude where we began looking at the example of Jesus and the encouragement that we might change the world by following in His footsteps to follow, love, and serve.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

PHILIPPIANS 2.1-11

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

  Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information.     Stop by the Easter Egg Hunt to pick up your egg shells to stuff and bring back for the Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information. 

Stop by the Easter Egg Hunt to pick up your egg shells to stuff and bring back for the Community Easter Egg Hunt.

 Faith Community will be taking a team made up of 25-30 men, women, and families with children to Ensenada, Mx, May 27-29, 2017 (Sat-Mon) to build a home for a family in need. We will also be performing other ministry outreach activities for the children in the area. Families are encouraged to join us. To date, teams from our congregation have built 54 homes for needy families in Tijuana & Ensenada.  Stop by the Homes of Hope table in the Courtyard following the service for more information.

Faith Community will be taking a team made up of 25-30 men, women, and families with children to Ensenada, Mx, May 27-29, 2017 (Sat-Mon) to build a home for a family in need. We will also be performing other ministry outreach activities for the children in the area. Families are encouraged to join us. To date, teams from our congregation have built 54 homes for needy families in Tijuana & Ensenada.

Stop by the Homes of Hope table in the Courtyard following the service for more information.

  Every year Jews around the world "keep the Passover". Leaven is removed from the home in preparation and family gathers around an evening meal designed to be a time machine by which participants young and old are transported back to the very first Passover. Not only is the Seder meal rich in remembrance of Israel's deliverance from Egypt it is filled with prophetic "remembrance" that Jesus says is fulfilled in Him.     We will be keeping Passover with a Seder meal on March 29th in our Fellowship Center.  Our Pastor, raised in a Jewish home, will be leading the evening.     Cost:  $18 adult, $9 6-14 years old, free for 5 and under.  $50 family max.  Cost covers the Seder elements and a traditional modern Passover dinner.    Sign up at the Welcome Table or   RSVP here

Every year Jews around the world "keep the Passover". Leaven is removed from the home in preparation and family gathers around an evening meal designed to be a time machine by which participants young and old are transported back to the very first Passover. Not only is the Seder meal rich in remembrance of Israel's deliverance from Egypt it is filled with prophetic "remembrance" that Jesus says is fulfilled in Him. 

We will be keeping Passover with a Seder meal on March 29th in our Fellowship Center.  Our Pastor, raised in a Jewish home, will be leading the evening. 

Cost:  $18 adult, $9 6-14 years old, free for 5 and under.  $50 family max.  Cost covers the Seder elements and a traditional modern Passover dinner.

Sign up at the Welcome Table or RSVP here

 The Pacific Southwest District is hosting the Essential Women's Conference at The Center Foursquare in Escondido.    To register and for more information, visit the Conference's website at  essentialconference.com

The Pacific Southwest District is hosting the Essential Women's Conference at The Center Foursquare in Escondido.  

To register and for more information, visit the Conference's website at essentialconference.com

 Worship with Light Church @ 2 PM today.   Click here for directions .

Worship with Light Church @ 2 PM today.  Click here for directions.

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