16 May 2019

God with us is something we talk a lot about during the Christmas Season as one of Jesus’ prophetic names is Emmanuel, which means God With Us. There are nearly 20 incidents throughout the Old and New Testament of God declaring through the Holy Spirit via a prophet, an angel and Jesus that God is with those who have called upon Him and that He will not leave. Several times the mere promise of His presence was coupled with courage that led to miraculous outcomes on earth. This week we are going to pour courage out from the Word of God, as we look into the very present promise that God is with and for you! In preparation for this Sunday, I have one question: What would you do if you knew God was with you and for you? The God of all creation, with and for you… Deut. 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” I am so looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

 
10 May 2019
 
Check out our new spaces at the Sanchez Art Center!
 
Virtual Tour of the New Space: Mildred Owens Concert Hall
 
Kids Rooms: Kid Space
 
 
 
1 May 2019

 

As we continue to prepare to move the church the first week of July, I have to constantly remind myself that God has called us to more than a building.  There is a certain amount of comfort found in having a present physical identity, but Jesus didn’t call us to be identified by a place, building or even philosophy. Jesus has called us to Himself, to be identified by Him through the infilling of the Holy Spirit and a mission to continue His ministry on earth. Jesus has called us to do what He did; go reach the yet unreached, go where people who need restoration are, and equip saints to be released to Go Do more of what Jesus did – Reach, Restore and Release people.

Jesus never asked a single person what they were good at, passionate about, talented at, skilled in, or comfortable with. He simply said, “Follow me and I will make you…”. To a fisherman, Jesus said I will make you a “fisher of men”, but to the rest of us who are not fishermen Jesus might say, “I will make you an encourager, equipper, leader, teacher, intercessor, server, visitor, manager, builder, etc…to reach people doing what you do.” Jesus called Peter to Go out, but called James to Go in – out to the world, in to the church. Both called to Go – but the going was different. Peter traveled the known world, teaching and preaching the gospel, while James stayed in Jerusalem to disciple more leaders – preparing more people to Go as Jesus called them. Both are mission critical for the “Church” to grow and develop as those called to continue building what God has designed, modeled and made possible through the life of Jesus and the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

This week we start a new series that will take us through the month of June. The series is called, “Why Church?” That may sound like an simplistic question, but it’s not when you discover what the Bible says the church actually is. The Church is not a building, it’s a gathering; a gathering of people who are individually called, “The Church.”

This week we are discussing the main directive of, “The Church” – Continue Jesus’ Ministry on Earth via the Leading of the Holy Spirit. Over the coming weeks we will be discovering how critical you are in facilitating Jesus Vision for the Church to Reach, Restore and Release people on the Northern California Coast.  
~ Pastor Dennis