Starting on February 25th, we will be taking a break from our David and the King sermon series, and starting a new mini series called, Marks of a True Christian. We will go through Romans 12:9-21 in this short series and learn what a follower of Christ with genuine love looks like. It is always a great joy to delve into the riches of the bible together with our church family, so please pray for God to move powerfully through this series, and let’s get excited to hear from God through His word! May God bless us as we study His word together!
As the new young adult's ministry, Reach, was being developed last summer, it became apparent that there was a need for mentorship within the ministry. Mentorship is incredibly important at every stage in life, both mentoring those younger than you and being mentored by those that are older and further on in their lives. We see this principle represented in the bible. Paul was a mentor to Timothy, and as a result, Timothy was more supported and equipped to pour into and mentor those younger than him.
So how does the Reach mentorship ministry actually work? Once a young adult expresses interest in the program, we set out to match them with a mentor. We do so by looking for similar interests and passions, and for someone of the same gender who has already been through the stage of life that the young adult is currently in. After a mentorship match is made, the selected mentor reaches out to the young adult and they begin meeting once a month. Once a month is the only commitment that needs to be made, from there on, it is up to each mentorship pair to decide what works best for them.
Once these pairs are created, the young adults are encouraged to take further steps by praying and seeking out a youth aged student to begin walking beside, pouring into, and mentoring. The purpose of this ministry was not exclusively about pouring into the young adults. It was also about providing the young adults with a way to mentor those around them who are younger, as well as those who may be hurting and in need of their own mentorship.
I, personally, have been blessed by this ministry, and every month I have the beautiful opportunity of meeting with my mentor and also meeting with the students that I mentor. These relationships have helped me to grow in my faith, express my beliefs in new ways, dig deeper into what I believe and what it means to live life as a Christian, and also experience more fully what it means to love like Jesus. Walking through life with other believers is a gift from God; being supported by my mentor furthers enables me to be able to support those I mentor. Mentorship inspires me, and I am so excited to see how God uses this ministry both inside and outside the walls of our church.
Please pray as we continue to develop and grow this ministry!
Trinity is a very difficult concept to explain by our logical understanding, but at the same time, it is also the core value of Christianity that we cannot ignore. Why is Trinity so important to us? How does our understanding of the triune God help us in our faith? Perhaps we think that knowing God as the Trinity is one thing, and our actual faith life is another, but how well we understand God, the Trinity, can make a big difference in our faith lives.
God reveals himself in the bible as God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—God who is three-in-one. The most important thing that we must know is that before the creation of the world, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit loved one another with all their hearts, and the perfect God has invited us to their perfect love. When we understand the meaning of the Trinity, we can see how great, beautiful, and perfect is the love we have received. There is a hymn called, “A mind at perfect peace with God."
So near, so very near to God,
I cannot nearer be,
Yet in the person of His Son,
I am as near as He.
So dear, so very dear to God,
more dear I cannot be,
The love wherewith He loves the Son,
such is His love to me!
There is no need to seek God's greater love. We already have the greatest love of God. Through the understanding of Trinity, I hope you understand God's love and enjoy his love better. I also hope we can live in pursuit of God as one who lives in love.
Each of us has come from a different culture and walk of life. Even though we speak different languages and have different appearances, we can be in a loving relationship that is reflective of the Trinitarian love. By the love of God, all who believe in Jesus are completely united in love. SDBC already has that love and has shown what loving like Jesus looks like.
We started a Korean community group at SDBC. I believe that this ministry will eventually grow into our church having multicultural groups that is representative of our society.
In 2018, I pray that the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and communion with the Holy Spirit will be more abundant in SDBC through unity and love.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14