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Compassion that Hurts, Compassion that Helps

Sunday, March 17, 2019 • March 17, 2019 • Teresa Goines

Teresa Goines was the keynote speaker at this year's Annual Bakersfield Prayer Breakfast and is the founder and CEO of Old Skool Cafe - a supper club run by at-risk youth in San Francisco. Their stories compelled her to find a solution to the hopelessness she saw in the lives of forgotten youth. Look forward to hear Teresa share a message with us!

Prayer in Extraordinary Times

Sunday, March 10, 2019 • March 10, 2019 • David Goh

The Lord is inviting us to make 2019 a year where the foundation of prayer is re-established at the Garden. In Joel 2, God responds to devoted corporate fasting and prayer by turning away the two threats to Israel’s well-being: famine and the invading army. As we pray, abundance replaces lack, and God himself drives out our enemies. Join us as Pastor David teaches on Prayer in Extraordinary Times. We pray for God to powerfully encounter you through this message, bless you!

Genuine Community: Maturing As a Family

Sunday, March 3, 2019 • March 3, 2019 • Timothy Berry

Genuine Community: Knowing Others

Sunday, February 24, 2019 • February 24, 2019 • Elizabeth & Timothy Berry

Join us as Pastor Timothy and Elizabeth Berry continue part 2 of our series on "Genuine Community." God invites us to personal relationship with him by pursuing us in an effort to get to know us and for us to get to know him. In a similar way, we are called as his body to pursue others. It is powerful to see how the Holy Spirit can connect hearts with others whom we don't really know or have spent time with. Let's see who the Lord highlights to us this week to pursue greater depth of relationship and partnership along our journey. We pray for God to powerfully encounter you through this message, bless you!

Genuine Community: Being Known

Sunday, February 17, 2019 • February 17, 2019 • Elizabeth & Timothy Berry

We are excited to start a brand new series, "Genuine Community!" Pastor Timothy and Elizabeth Berry will be sharing on how we can grow in helping cultivate deeper connection and relationship in our church family and in the city of Bakersfield. Join us as we worship the Lord and explore this topic together! We pray for God to powerfully encounter you through this message, bless you!

Wisdom and Faith: Health & Healing

Sunday, February 10, 2019 • February 10, 2019 • David Goh

God desires us to be in a prosperous place spirit, soul and body. He gives us wisdom into good health, and the prayer of faith for miraculous healing. This week, Pastor David reflects on Scripture as reflected in his recent personal journey towards better health, and the connection he’s found between wisdom for health and faith for healing. We pray for God to powerfully encounter you through this message, bless you!

Wisdom and Faith: Finances & Provision

Sunday, February 3, 2019 • February 3, 2019 • David Goh

This Sunday we look at financial management through God’s wisdom, and financial provision through faith in God. Wisdom makes the most of what we have; faith is how we acquire what we don’t. Wisdom guides up the mountain; faith moves the mountain. In following Jesus, wisdom and faith are both essential. Yet, at times, wisdom and faith can seem to conflict with each other. This week we look at financial management through God’s wisdom, and financial provision through faith in God. Next week, we will focus on achieving health through God’s wisdom, and supernatural healing through faith in God. Join us as Pastor David begins a new sermon series "Wisdom and Faith". We pray for God to powerfully encounter you through this message, bless you!

Why Church? (Pt 4)

Sunday, January 27, 2019 • January 27, 2019 • David Goh

As we join together as God's living temple, our gatherings are a point of access to God's presence and power. Jesus showed us that as the Father's house, we are to be a house of prayer. Corporate prayer releases God's healing power and calls forth God's praises in a new generation. In 2019, let Jesus overturn any obstacle that keeps us from being a house of prayer and healing! Join us as Pastor David wraps up our sermon series "Why Church?". We pray for God to powerfully encounter you through this message, bless you!

Why Church? (Pt 3)

Sunday, January 20, 2019 • January 20, 2019 • David Goh

Church is a place where our pooled resources and diverse talents work together to produce an impact we cannot achieve on our own. As Hebrews 10:24-25 instructs, “Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other!” Lives change when each one stops for one in need. But some things only change when we come together as one to stop the hurt and pain of our communities. Join us as Pastor David continues our sermon series "Why Church?". We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Why Church? (Pt 2)

Sunday, January 13, 2019 • January 13, 2019 • David Goh

The gathered church unites people of differing personalities and gifts and differing strengths and weaknesses through the power of God’s love. We are intended to be a sign and a healing power to a world whose very existence is threatened by division, hate, conflict and war. Yet, in church we do hurt each other. What’s the process by which we can heal ourselves and our relationships? In the gathered church we learn the love of Christ that transforms the world, united in grace with those unlike us, and forgiving the wounds that are part of any close human relationship. Join us as Pastor David continues our sermon series "Why Church?". We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Why Church? (Pt 1)

Sunday, January 6, 2019 • January 6, 2019 • David Goh

Why church? Why did Jesus create the Church? Isn’t my connection with God something I find in my own way? Isn’t the church full of hypocrites and leaders after our money? Churches are divided from each other and seem to spread division and even hate into our society. Churches promise more than they deliver. Is the church relevant anymore for my life and the times I live in? This week we begin by exploring what shapes our belief system, what at our core we hold to be true. Our belief system (whether we put it into words or not) influences the way we see ourselves and others, the choices and decisions we make, and our fears and hopes. What is influencing the most influential thing that influences you? The church is to be a learning community where we explore life questions through the Scriptures, and where we in turn let Scripture question us. Join us as Pastor David begins our new sermon series "Why Church?". We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Be Transformed

Sunday, December 30, 2018 • December 30, 2018 • Tod Eenigenburg

What does it mean to be truly transformed? How can we pursue real transformation? As we look ahead to 2019 be certain that God is going to continue to invite us into transformation. Transformation goes well beyond simple behavior modification or New Year’s resolutions. It means God is making us new. In this sermon we will take a closer look at what it means to be transformed and how we let God do his life changing work in each of us. We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Hope

Sunday, December 23, 2018 • December 23, 2018 • David Goh

The coming of the Savior fills us with true hope. We can work so hard for what in reality are false hopes. There is so much we cannot avoid, we cannot control, we cannot predict. But the God of hope fills us with all joy and peace as we trust in him! Join us as Pastor David wraps up our Christmas series with Hope! We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Joy

Sunday, December 16, 2018 • December 16, 2018 • Timothy Berry

The angels of God announced at the birth of Jesus a message of “Good news of great joy!” The gospel of Luke tells us that this message was for all the people! The gospel is not meant to be a blessing to Christians only, but the entire world. Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness and was able to use an eternal state of joy to bring God’s kingdom through his ministry even through hardship, trials and ultimately is death on the cross. In this holiday season the Lord wants to impart a new grace of joy regardless of our circumstances! The Gospel is always good news of great joy! Join us as Pastor Timothy continues our Christmas series. We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Peace

Sunday, December 9, 2018 • December 9, 2018 • Timothy Berry

When Jesus showed up on planet earth, the host of heaven declared that his birth would bring a new rule and reign. This kingdom would bring many blessings, challenges, promises, and hardships. Heaven specifically chose to communicate that one of the primary attributes that is now coming to earth is the presence of God who dwells with us to bring peace (Luke 2:14). Jesus is described elsewhere as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and that His kingdom consists of righteousness, peace and joy (Romans 14:7). As we enter this holiday season and celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us not forget our inheritance and the blessing of God's indwelling presence in our lives which includes the power of Heavenly Peace. Let's let the peace of God govern our hearts in Christ Jesus. Join us as Pastor Timothy begins our Christmas series. We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Ditch Digging Faith

Sunday, December 2, 2018 • December 2, 2018 • David Goh

God will call us to take first steps in faith and obedience towards a future only He can complete. If we only commit to what we know we have the personal capacity to complete, we will never try anything new, expand our territory, or experience miracles, because all these aren’t based on the certainty of past success, but on faith in God’s character and promises. If it is going to last, everything we build in our lives or as a church must start with a foundation of faith, not human talent, ability or natural resources. That is why God will call us at the beginning to take steps of faith at the start of anything significant in our lives. Risk, uncertainty and the unknown are actually an important part of a sure foundation! Join us as Pastor David shares the Word. We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Sisters and Brothers: Embracing True Identity Part 3

Sunday, November 25, 2018 • November 25, 2018 • David Goh

God is calling us to live in the authority we share with Jesus, so injustice and sickness are expelled from our land, and the threats to the next generation are overcome. As the brothers and sisters of Jesus, we have been made co-heirs of his authority. However, this position as kings and queens in God’s kingdom is not so we can serve ourselves and lord it over others. God’s authority is given us to serve the most hurting and heal the most broken. We need the authority of a king, the humility of a slave, and the heart of Jesus. Join us as Pastor David continues our sermon series. We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Special Evening Service: Annie Byrne

Sunday, November 18, 2018 • November 18, 2018 • Annie Byrne

Guest Speaker: Annie Byrne

Sunday, November 18, 2018 • November 18, 2018 • Annie Byrne

Sisters and Brothers: Embracing True Identity Part 2

Sunday, November 11, 2018 • November 11, 2018 • Timothy Berry

We are continuing our series on Sisters and Brothers: Embracing True Identity. Since Jesus is our older brother and God is our Father, being a brother to Jesus and a son/daughter to the Father makes us now part of a royal bloodline. Much of the Christian life is learning how to identify ourselves with an amazing upgrade to blessings! With an upgrade of being a royal family member comes with a higher standard of honor in our thinking, speech and conduct among God’s family. Let’s learn to honor our King, honor our fellow royal heirs, and honor God’s lost family by upgrading our lifestyle to match our older brother, Jesus. Join us as Pastor Timothy continues our sermon series. We pray the Lord encounters and blesses you through this message!

Focused: Vision Flourishes in the Soil of Shalom

Sunday, February 4, 2018 • February 4, 2018 • David Goh

Jesus taught us that we desire 30%, 60% or 100% productivity, it is as important to tend the soil as it is to tend the plant. We must fight the distractions of anxiety, treating finances as a god, and the draw of other interests (Mark 4:18-19). Vision flourishes in the soil of shalom - the God-connected life where peace, well-being, calm, prosperity and security provide a place for vision to grow and thrive.

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