Dear Brothers and Sisters:
I would like to give thanks and praise the LORD for the sharing of the STM team last week (Bill Alston, David Fang and Mimi Barr). As the theme of RCAC this year: to engage, equip, encourage and empower brothers and sisters in living out the LORD’s Great Commandments and Great Commission, the team wants to give the congregation encouragement and empowerment. I understand that it is really a privilege to be in short term mission. On the other hand, I believe if you are willing, the LORD will provide an opportunity for you to offer yourselves as an instrument of the Gospel. The team tries to show you an example of how to step out of your comfort zone to serve the LORD and the others, especially those who are different from us. May this service be the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved (2 Corinthians 2:15). This week (8/23) we will have Bro. Asa continues to tell us the story of Ensenada. Then next week (8/30), we will have Sister Nina to tell us the story of China.
Welcome Helen Yu coming back to Riverside area. May the LORD bless her in her studies.
Result of Election for Nominating Committee:
– Bobby Yang and Pauline Sechang will join Shelton, Jenny and Pastor in the Nominating Committee 2015
5:30 Basketball time!
7:00 Potluck dinner
8:00 Friday Night Fellowship
(Bro. Baldwin Lau will come to share briefly on the Silver Lining Ministry)
5:00 Family Fellowship at David and Miko’s residence
5:00 Mandarin Fellowship at Mandy Huang’s residence
10:00 Sunday School
(Bro. Asa Lu will share his mission experience after the message)
Our Mid-Autumn Festival Gathering will be on Friday 9/23. Reserve your time to come.
Church Retreat will be held in Oct 9-11 at Oak Glen Christian Conference Center. Please get a registration form from Amy and register ASAP. Registration fee will increase by the end of August
This coming Sunday’s Call to Worship is taken from Revelation 11:16-17
16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
16 在神面前、坐在自己位上的二十四位長老就面伏於地，敬拜神， 17 說：「昔在、今在的主神，全能者啊！我們感謝你，因你執掌大權做王了。
The second part of chapter 11 tells us when the seventh angel sounded his trumpet, it will be the fulfillment of the LORD’s Prayer.
“10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
God’s kingdom will be fully actualized on earth. It is true that when we believe in Christ and let Him be our Savior, the kingdom is among us. As Jesus answered the Pharisee:
“The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (Luke 17:20-21).
But Jesus continued to tell them, the kingdom will be visible and be in power for everyone one day, both believers and unbelievers! Here, John the Prophet tells us the time!
The heavenly worship in chapter 11 tells us that the LORD God Almighty is faithful. His Word will be fulfilled. He has great power and His judgment is coming. It will be a time to reward and a time to punish. He gave this power to Christ. He will surely come. Worship is to acknowledge that Jesus is Christ is the Anointed King. He will come again to judge. This is the Gospel message: in Christ, we enjoy the kingdom at the time when we believe and we do not need to fear the coming judgment when the kingdom fully comes. As we see the severity of the judgment, it pushes us to go out to tell people about the Gospel, in the hope that people would believe. How could we see our loved one, our neighbors, our friends or even a stranger being punished on the Judgment Day while we worship God? Love the others means we need to tell them about Jesus Christ! This is the same love of God, the Father who do not want to see people perish but be saved (John 3:16). Read the first part of chapter 11, you will understand that evangelism and mission is always on top priority before we can truly and freely worship God.
In Christ’s love
Pastor Wayne Chu