March 29, 2020 LiveStream Begins Here at 10am Pacific
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In-Person Services Canceled This Week
A live stream will be offered each Sunday at 10am.
Pursuant to the Governor's order banning groups of 10 or more, our church leadership has decided to offer Sunday morning services online. Wednesday evening activities are on hold until the order allows for groups of 50 to gather again. Some of our Bible studies have continued to meet online as well. Our food pantry, Joseph's Storehouse, is also fully operational.
Please note, the leaders of SVCC recognize that this is a time when we should not be casual, but instead be even more proactive about interceding in prayer and deed for our world and for one another. The devil never misses an opportunity to stoke fear, loneliness, depression, and division. We are deeply troubled by the prejudicial lines of racism and poverty this disease has so quickly exposed in our society. Even though our church may not be meeting in a large group setting, we will be praying harder than ever, encouraging one another more than ever, and standing up for all of those in need - of any faith, color or social standing - more than ever.
If you are struggling with fear, loneliness, or depression at this time, our Pastor has made himself available just to talk and pray with anyone. Pastor Steve's personal cell phone is 619-277-2671, and he'd love to hear from you!
Most of all, we pray that you will know that God is greater than any adversity the world brings our way.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1.9)
Although Ezra 7:9-10 is not a verse you hear quoted often, it touches upon important points in my philosophy of ministry. In it Ezra, a priest and teacher of the Law, arrives in Jerusalem after living in exile, "because the good hand of his God was upon him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel." By God's grace, I seek to help people encounter God and His Word in such a way that their entire being is transformed, so that they can be doers of the Word and share His truth with others.
First of all, Ezra's ministry started with the good hand of God. Anything I seek to do, “ministry” or otherwise, needs to begin with and be empowered by God for it to be worthwhile. In the specific area of Bible studies at SVCC, I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide our discussions “into all truth” (John 16:13).
Secondly, "Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord . . ." shows me that studying God's Word is more than a mental acquisition of facts. I desire for us to “set our hearts” by making a decision of the will that involves our inner being of mind, emotions, and desires, so that we can be transformed by the truth of Scripture.
". . . And to practice it," illustrates my hope that true study of the Word will lead to us physically living it out every day at work, school, home, etc. It goes right along with James' challenge to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22).
Finally, Ezra wanted to teach God’s truth to those in Israel who had forgotten it or hadn’t had the opportunity to hear it in the first place. While not all of us may be official teachers, I pray that we can pass on the love and the truth of the Lord that we have experienced to the people God places in our paths each day.