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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Vacation Bible School!

Again, I know what you are thinking!

"Pastor, it's only April, it's too early to bring this up!"

Yes, you might be right but I mention it because VBS is an important outreach to our community. What a great time to be visible in our community as we share the light of Christ. And this year's theme is "Splash Canyon". Based on water events in the Bible (Ex 2:Baby Moses in the River, Jsh 3-4-Crossing the River Jordan, 2Kgs 5-Naaman cleansed in the Jordan, Act 27-God saves Paul from the Sea, Mt 3-Jesus is Baptized), the children will learn about the life-saving message of God's word in Christ Jesus. What a great opportunity to be the salt and light as we extend the Word to our community!

Jesus says in Matthew 5:13, "You are the salt of the earth". Salt preserves and gives life to the decayed. Therefore, the disciples (and you) are the salt of the world that preserves and gives life through the proclamation of the Gospel. Everyone needs Jesus and we are here to share the salt-preserving message of Christ and the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus says in Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the World". The world needs The Eternal Light of Christ. For, it is Christ who overcomes darkness through His death and resurrection. Through His light-giving work, we share His Gospel like a "city set on a hill [that] cannot be hidden". What great joy to share the Christ who has brought us forth from the domain of darkness to His marvelous light!

Though I have lead many VBS events in the past, this will be the first at Faith Lutheran-Moorpark. And I need your help. Whether it is pre-VBS preparations (snack donations, decorations, pre-registration etc) or during VBS (crafts, snack helpers, guides, games and music leaders) there are many positions that need to be filled. May you see this as a great opportunity to share the message of Christ to all the VBS children and their families.

I pray, through our faithful efforts, the Lord will bring many to the faith in Christ Jesus. And I also encourage all of you to be the salt and light as we share the message of Christ and in Him Crucified!

Save the Date! Join us for VBS 2018 Splash Canyon!
Who: Preschool to Fifth grade
What: VBS 2018 Splash Canyon
When: July 23-27, 9:30am-Noon
Where: Faith Lutheran Church 123 Park Lane Moorpark CA 93021
Registration will be online at faithmoorpark.com
If you are able to help, please speak to Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
http://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2018/2018-04-Newsletter.pdf

Friday, February 23, 2018

Evangelism

(I know what you are thinking....but read on!)
"How do I know who I should witness to?"
"What is the secret to successful evangelism?"
"I'm an Introvert, how can I witness to people, I don't know?"
"Is witnessing my job anyway?"
"I really don't know the Bible that well, so how can I be an evangelist"

Excerpt from Lutheran Hour Ministries "Make Him Known" p.3
These are common questions that arise when the big "E" word is used for the sake of outreach. What can I do? What do I say? How do I go about confessing the faith? Am I equipped? Do I have the knowledge and the words to defend the hope of Christ? Evangelism is a word that causes rise to these questions and often lead to an avalanche of doubt, inadequacy and fear.

But the secret of evangelism is your being. Who are you? It begins in the gospel message. "We must grasp what it means for God to love US so much that He sent Jesus to die on the Cross... If we don't truly get the Gospel, our witness becomes a works-related task or an outward expression of the Law that put those demands on us. Getting the Gospel moves us to serve willingly and effectively in sharing the Gospel as a child of God" (Make Him Known, p.14). Through the free gift of the Gospel (Eph 2:8-9, 1 Cor 6:20) we serve in gratitude. Rather than "I", it is God who works through us as we serve, share, proclaim in the freedom of Christ. If evangelism becomes a burden, we must harken back to the promise of Christ and the cross. There at Calvary we find our true joy that has set us free! The burden has been lifted off our shoulders! Thanks be to God, for it is through the joy of Christ that we live as beacons of light to our family, friends, and community.

May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you in your witness to those that God has placed in your life. If you have in anyone in mind as you read this, pray for them and never stop praying. Pray the Lord may convict their heart. Pray the Lord may grant them faith in Christ. Pray the Holy Spirit may give you His words to share and defend the hope that is in Christ Jesus (1Pet 3:15). After all, this is the Lord's doing as we are mere instruments that share His word.

During this season of Lent, I encourage all of you to bring someone to church. Invite and encourage them to come and hear the greatest news delivered in Christ Jesus. What a great opportunity for all of us here at Faith Moorpark to be the shining lights of Christ in the midst of this dark and dying world. Everyone needs the Gospel. Everyone needs Christ for eternal life, forgiveness and salvation.

Also, if you would like to know more about evangelism, please attend our Wednesday morning class (10am) as we discuss the book "Make Him Known". And/or join us for our midweek services (7:30pm) as we preach on "The Gospel in Seven Words: Preparing to Confess".

Blessings to you all,
+Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
http://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2018/2018-03-Newsletter.pdf

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