Pastor Crit Fukunaga
God's Eternal Nature
God is eternally present, omniscient, omnipotent.
God has put eternity in our hearts, which leads us to:
- Search for life (career, relationships, technology. Should be Jesus)
- To want an afterlife
We don't belong in this worldly kingdom, we belong in God's kingdom.
Look at people with eternity in mind, because each of them are either going to heaven or hell.
Pastor Theo Ma
2 Corinthians 5:21
See God's love for you in his reconciling work at the cross.
Every sin has a just punishment, and so we all deserve death when we come before God.
Jesus was the only person that lived a sinless life and didn't deserve death, but on the cross, he was covered by all our sin to the point where he was unrecognizable.
The guilt of sin has been fully removed by our being made righteous so that we can approach God.
The great exchange: Jesus took on our sin and was treated as we deserve, and in exchange we take on his sinless life and are treated as he deserved.
This exchange only happens if we are in Christ:
Pastor Ted Kau
Holiness is the attribute most central to God's character.
We define holiness as moral purity, but God's holiness means set apart.
The natural response to seeing God is true fear, and not just reverence.
When God touches creation, it becomes holy. Ex: The wine and bread of communion is holy because of what they represent.
We must fill our lives with the important things first (God), and then fill in the cracks with everything else. If we do it the other way around, there will be no space to fit God in our schedules.
Pastor Darren Lo
Church and Parachurch
A church is a God-ordained community of believers committing themselves to each other to teach the Word, celebrate communion and baptism, discipline members, establish a biblical structure of leadership, pray and give together.
A parachurch is a christian faith-based organization that comes alongside the local church to carry out its unique mission.
AACF's unique mission is to reach into the university and collegiate community, primarily to those who are Asian Pacific Americans, with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
A healthy parachurch ministry:
-Knows that it exists primarily to uphold the church.
- Makes a clear distinction between church and parachurch.
- Avoids acting like a church.
- Seeks accountability relationships with the church
- Maintains a strong commitment to, and understanding of the gospel.
- Go to church regularly, find ways to serve.
- Think of ways to reach your campus with the gospel.
Pastor Abe Park
One of God's names is El Qanna, or Jealous.
Human jealousy is based on our petty insecurities; we tend to mirror that pettiness on God when discussing his jealousy.
God's jealousy is comparable to marriage: a wife rightfully experiences jealousy if her husband cheats.
God is our groom, and we are his bride.
God's divine jealousy is for us to be faithful and give him glory.
Pastor Terry Coon
God's Love and Grace
Who we are as Christians is a direct result of the love and grace given us by the Father.
God's love is his self giving affection for his image bearing creation, and his unselfish concern for their well being.
God's grace is his kindness given those who only deserve wrath and punishment.
-God's love and grace are unconditional
-God's love and grace are immeasurable
-God's love and grace are inclusive
-God's love and grace are sacrificial
-God's love and grace are purposeful
Pastor Sunroot Liu
Importance of Community
Devotion to a Christian community is how God transforms us
- We are exposed to the ugliness in ourselves and others, and sticking with the same community teaches us to deal with conflict.
- We all have gifts to share with others in the community, and that others can share with us.
- Being in a community enables us to be a light to the rest of the world.
Being Rooted in Community
Why do we continuously gather? Why do we meet up as Christians during college when we could be doing so many other things? We are called to be devoted to community! God has saved us individually and into a community! God’s presence dwelling IN us is mindblowing! Before the Holy Spirit came into us, the only place God resided was the temple.
The early church faced issues of: Racial tensions, Controversy over Circumcision, Idol Worship, False Teaching, Sexual Immorality, Lawsuits
If it’s possible for these early, messy churches to be in community, it’s possible for us too.
Nature of community
TEACHING of God’s word
Results of a devoted community
Ultimately Jesus is the center of community
Pastor Arnold Kim
Rooted In Our Identity As Children Of God
Religion: man-centered, focused on what man needs to do. Ex: 5 pillars of islam, 10 commandments of judaism, 8 paths of buddhism
What happens if you fail? Sin is the failure. Try harder and fix yourself, yet you'll fail again. It's a cycle. This applies to secular world too. "I as an individual need to do certain things in life like get a good job and raise a nice family. If I fail, I need to try harder."
Begins with Jesus and what Jesus has done for us.
When we sin, we believe and enjoy and look towards Jesus Christ
We were formed from the worthless dust of the ground and God gave us the breath of life. God gave us a warning to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. People don’t know the true source of the problem. The problem is knowing good and evil, morality, ethics, the LAW. The tree is GOOD in general. It’s not good for US. It will kill us.
God gave Adam a choice. Do you want to live dependent on my grace or independent of God?
The law becomes sin. The law is a ministry of condemnation that kills you. The law polluted humanity, so now we are sinners.
It doesn’t take even a single sin for us to be sinners. We were BORN sinners, because of Adam. Adam became spiritually dead. Without the breath of life, we are dead. As long as we are apart from God, we are born dead.
Christ means "Anointed one". He is the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. Christ is four in one: the prophet, priest, king, and judge. The holy spirit allows humans to interact with God. Oil represents the holy spirit.
The bible is asking the question... okay... who is the Christ? Matthew 16. JESUS IS THE CHRIST. Son of living God. The Christ came to die. Jesus came to die. But Jesus is the life. The spring of water. The bread of life.
Jesus didn't come to make bad people good. Our main problem is that we’re spiritually dead and separated from God. Jesus came to CONQUER DEATH and connect us with God.
On the cross, our sin was negatively imputed onto Christ. Sin is a noun. Christ positively imputed us with righteousness. Righteousness is not the sum total of our good deeds.
Satan wants us to be blinded to the fact that God has made us righteous.
Christ is in us! We are in Christ!
Satan’s main goal is to blind us, not to make us “bad”. Satan can blind us from bad things and also good things. Satan can’t take away Jesus, but he can blind us.
Who am I? We are creation separated from our creator. We are wandering purposelessly. We are cosmic orphans drifting through the universe. We are spiritually dead, walking zombies...Apart from God, we are zombies.
Our fundamental problem is that we’re dead, we need life. Who are we? We are a literal dead end. The right question: Who is Jesus?
The world: Who am I?
Christians: Who is Jesus?
The significance of the baptism. Crossing the Jordan River. Jordan means descends. The Jordan descends into the dead sea.
The law (Moses) is unable to lead people into the promised land. But JOSHUA (Jesus!) can!!!
Jesus gets baptized into “Death water”. He is announcing his death. Jesus is the “dam” that stops “damnation”. He will stop the death water.
Jesus didn’t do anything miraculous for 30 years. The Holy Spirit comes on Him when he’s 30 (the anointing), as priests did. The Holy Spirit was doing all the miraculous works. Jesus functioned 100% as a man on earth to be a sacrifice yet he was 100% divine. Jesus is a perfect son. He depending on God the Father.
Jesus came not to abolish the law but to fulfill the law. The law is a perfect description of Jesus. It’s not a list of things to do. Jesus is the good samaritan. Jesus always calls God his Father. The son can do nothing of his own accord but only what he sees the Father doing. Jesus has always been with God. But at the cross, God will turn His back to Jesus. The most excruciating aspect of the cross is the rejection. It was in Jesus’ rejection that we have acceptance.
We need to listen to God our Father. We are His children. Let’s LISTEN to God our Father talk to us. Hear God speak to us. God has DONE SO MUCH FOR US. He has done more for us than we could do for Him. Earthly fathers don’t ask us to work for them.
Identity is based on what’s inside. We don’t give someone a glass of coke and tell them “have some glass” we tell them “have some coke”. The identity inside is what is important.
Jesus is inside of us. He is our identity. He is our worth.
Pastor Abe Park of Newsong Church
Matthew 6, The Lord’s Prayer
Prayer comes from a desperate place. Ex: “God if you don’t come through I’m screwed”
Have you ever said a prideful prayer? Ex: “What great things can you do through me at UCI?” vs “What great things are you already doing at UCI that I can be a part of?”
How can we be a part of what God is already doing?
What do we pray for when we pray to God? Is it different from what other religions pray for?
Abba = Father = We can have communion with a Triune God
Daily bread = daily needs
Forgiveness = reconciliation
Sin = sin
Theres an issue when your 4,5,6 are your 1,2,3. Seek first 1,2,3: The kingdom of God and His righteousness. Seek later 4,5,6. Half your prayer should be for His greatness. The other half is your stuff
What does it mean for God’s kingdom to come and for His will to be done? We petition for God’s will to be done. We cry out, we ask, God’s will be over our will.
Irvine: Idolizes comfort and affluence. Some churches have become a place of comfort and affluence! How can we push ourselves out of comfort
Verse 15 If you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. What have others done that we havent done to God?!?!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.