Changed Lives Will Change Lives

This week we begin to look at Paul's summary thoughts as he addresses Jewish and
Non-Jewish followers of Jesus in Rome. Paul directs their attention to the incredible truth that our changed lives will change lives because lives that have been "ruined" by Jesus will "ruin" the lives of others. Listen and reflect with us...

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Unity: The Essential Missional Ingredient

This week we look at Paul's closing thoughts as he winds down the main body of his epic letter to the Romans. Who knew that it would all come down to the quality and unity of the local church community? Who knew that Paul could foresee that division and disunity would compromise our integrity and cripple our mission? A fruitful community will by a united community. What does that mean for us? Everything... join us as we reflect on this.

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A Theology of Acceptance

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There was a crisis in the Roman Church between the Jewish followers of Jesus and the Gentiles. One group was not accepting the other. This leads Paul to implore them to affirm their unity and accept one another as Christ accepted them. Their experience challenges us to consider how do we think about acceptance? Our own self-acceptance? Our acceptance of others? And most of all God's acceptance of us?

Also this week we meet Zak McGaugh, creator of the podcast, Diversity of Thought. To subscribe click here.

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Never Give Up

Everyone needs perseverance. Ever had a setback or a surprise? Ever felt taken advantage of by someone you trusted? Ever felt tempted to compromise your integrity in an attempt to protect yourself? Who hasn't?! Everyone is tempted, at one time or another, to throw in the towel – especially when we lose sight of God's promises. Everyone needs to cultivate perseverance. Join us, along with our guest speaker Jim Hayford, as we explore perseverance this week.

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Unity Is Intentional

We don't do unity well. According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world. Jesus prayed for our unity. Jesus demonstrated a commitment to unity. Jesus labored for unity. So what is wrong with us?! This week we begin to look at Paul's appeal to the Roman church to be united. Our life and mission depend on it.

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Easter: One Week Later

Ever wonder what was going on in the life of the first followers of Jesus one week after Easter Sunday? We actually know because one of the 12 apostle, John, wrote about it! So what was happening a week later? Jesus was caring for those struggling with doubt in the reality of His presence! Listen with us...

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Easter - Run, Stoop, Go Home

Happy week after Easter! On Easter Sunday, Pastor Vince noticed how the apostle John makes it known for all time that both he and Peter ran to the empty tomb of Jesus-- but John was faster! There were 2 others words that he noted... that they "stooped" and they "returned home". How can we apply our own lives to this passage?

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Romans 13: Love and Duty

Pastor Benji looks back to the apostle Paul's self-description of himself: "Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus." We can't understand Paul's instruction about submitting to government in Romans 13 without remembering that he was not a "slave of the emperor"; he was "a slave of Jesus". But what does that mean for us today?

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Freedom From Slavery

This week, Pastor Benji, looks back to the apostle Paul's self-description of himself: "Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus." We can't understand Paul's instruction about submitting to government in Romans 13 without remembering that he was not a "slave of the emperor"; he was "a slave of Jesus". But what does that mean for us today?

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Paul the Pioneer

We are living in epic times. The disruption of nations and the relocation of people is the largest in history. The UN Refugee Agency reported that in 2014 59.5 million people worldwide were displaced. "Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest." And, as we all know, many are landing here in San Diego. Jesus said to his disciples: "Go into all the world..." The truth is we no longer have to go very far. 

This week's speaker is Jim Scott, Associate Director of Foursquare Missions International. You will find his reflection encouraging, empowering, and challenging. We live in times of great opportunity.

In response to Sunday's message we are encouraging donations to the Alliance for African Assistance which works with refugees from Africa and the Middle East. You can make a contribution through our website. On the giving form under missions select "Relief Missions" and 100% of what you donate will be given.

You can also give directly to the Alliance, here.

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When God Doesn't Answer My Prayers

This week Fernando Castillo, our District Supervisor (think "bishop") led us in a reflection on how to live when God doesn't answer our prayers the way we would like. How often has many of us received answered prayer for a parking space in a crowded lot but did not see God move on our behalf on behalf of family members who are suffering? Unanswered prayer hurts and challenges our trust in a loving God. Unanswered prayer is a reason why many walk away from an abiding faith in God. How shall we live when God doesn't answer our prayers our way? 

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Viva La Vida: How Shall We Now Live? (Part 2)

This week we look at Romans 13. What does is the role of government and our responsibility to it as followers of Jesus Christ? How do we live as residents in a nation when we are citizens of a different kingdom with allegiance to a different "King"? This week we look at the theological foundations for Paul's understanding of government. We hope you will find this helpful!

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Viva La Vida: The Next Big Thing (Part 3)

This week we look at Romans 12.14-21 – Paul's "mini-message on the mount" where he exhorts followers to live a culture challenging life that confronts evil with love. These words ARE challenging and yet wouldn't the world be better if followers of Jesus endeavored to live the life described here?

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Viva La Vida (Part 2)

This week week reflect upon how faith in Jesus will immediately point us to our relationship with people with a warning that we don't view ourselves in a manner that would cause us to disconnect from others... In these days of division, how liberating that faith in Christ empowers us to transcend divisions and saw peace that overcomes hostilities. Have a listen!

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Viva La Vida

Have a listen this week as we start our year considering that Paul's call to present our bodies a living sacrifice means that we’re presenting to the Lord the fullness of our lives..  and we’re making a very real connection between our living and our worship. We want to live our lives in 2017 on point with liberty, generosity, and gallantry!