•May 18, 2009 • 6 Comments
As you know, Esther and I will be moving on to our Youth Ministry at Gracepoint. Though it’s sad to leave college ministry and all of you, we’re both excited at what God can do in the lives of the youth, not just the ones at our church, but in the entire Bay Area. The good thing is that we’ll still be around. Please pray for us.
I will no longer be authoring this blog. Daniel Kim, who is now leading A2F will be taking over.
I will post on my own personal blog, if you want to follow along with what’s going on in my life and ministry with the youth.
Pastor William Kang
•May 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Here’s a video message from Pastor Francis Chan.
•May 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment
What is significant about the fact that Demas who deserted Apostle Paul for the world (2 Timothy 4:10) was once among the list of people that Apostle Paul counted on? As a follower of Jesus, what is significant is that I should never be comfortable or confident about where I stand. In other words, my faithfulness is only as good as what I am thinking and what I am desiring today. I cannot take pride in my faithfulness in the past and I cannot look to the past to project my faithfulness in the future. If I think this way then I will coast spiritually today, and if I do then I am setting myself up for doom. I need to be faithful today. I need to do the tough work of applying the gospel to my heart today, and repenting of sins and false values. As a leader of followers of Jesus, I need to help others deepen their faith, knowledge and understanding of the gospel even to those who are encouraging disciples of Jesus. The point is that anyone call fall in the future, and so I must approach others not just with confidence but also with concern and care.
Reflect on Apostle Paul’s personal exhortation to Archippus in v.17, in light of what happened to Demas at the end. What is the work that I have received from the LORD and what may hinder me from completing that work? The work that I received from the Lord is the work of sanctification of my spiritual life and raising leaders. What may hinder me from completing the work is being satisfied with my definition of successful completion. Being a sinner, my definition of successful completion is different from God’s. I don’t need to work as hard, and I don’t need to persevere, in order to achieve my definition of successful completion. In other words, what will hinder me from completing the work that I received from the Lord is the idea that I think that I’ve done enough. I get satisfied too easily, and what this tells me is that I have my standards in mind and not the Lord’s.
Reflect on the importance of finishing well in life. Are there some areas in which I am declining in perseverance? Write out a personal prayer about living out my Christian commitments with faithfulness to the end.
Dear Heavenly Father. You know how easily and how frequently I lose perseverance. Lord, I think I know when those periods happen. I hope that you may give me the courage to share about it with my leaders and my peers so that I may receive help. Father, I still need to persevere in the matters of personal repentance and being colored by the gospel. I feel that a lot of the spiritual cancer cells have been wiped out, but the last remaining spiritual cancer cells are always the hardest to remove. They probably won’t be until I see you heaven, but until then help me to fight a steady and steadfast battle.
Reflect on the words “remember my chains.” What effect would remembering Paul’s imprisonment have had on the Colossians? Who are the people, and what are the chains I need to remember in living my Christian life? Remembering Paul’s imprisonment would have inspired the Colossians to live out the gospel in the manner similar to Apostle Paul. It would have inspired them to evangelize harder, it would have made any fears of imprisonment smaller, it would have made them more zealous.
•May 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Reflect on the words “wrestling in prayer for you.” Have I ever known this level of intensity in my prayer life? When I think of wrestling in prayer I think of a great struggle against a power that is stronger than me. When I think of wresting in prayer I think of anguish, and I think of fatigue because of its strenuous efforts. When I think of wrestling in prayer, I think of perseverance through the tug-o-war between hope and hopelessness.
Think about the sort of person Epaphras was to the churches and to Apostle Paul. What was it about him that made Apostle Paul say “I vouch for him?” How does this compare with what sort of person I strive to be?Paul could vouch for Epaphras because: 1) He was one of them, meaning he was a part of their community. Being one of them means sharing a common faith. 2) A servant of Christ Jesus. This means that he has no personal business of his own. His own interest is the interest of Jesus Christ. 3) He wrestles in pray for others. This means that he is keenly aware of the issues of the people around him. He understood the stakes that were involved, he understood what he was up against, and he understood that he had to rely on God and not on himself. And 4) he is working hard. That means he is seen doing hard work more than he is resting. It also means that he’s taking more and more work. And there’s a willing, not begrudging attitude when he does his work.
•May 12, 2009 • 5 Comments
We had our Senior Graduation Day this past sunday at Gracepoint. I want to congratulate the seniors at a2f graduating this year. I praise God for shepherding all of you during your college years at Berkeley. From the bottom of my heart, I pray that you will all glorify God with your lives.
Shout out, in a comment, if you’d like to express something to the seniors!
Tags: Gracepoint, a2f, Class of 2009, Graduation
•May 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Think about the significance of non-Christians being identified as “outsiders.” What does this teach about a Christian’s proper understanding of the community and people that he/she rightly belongs to? A Christian community is holy, meaning separate. It has values that are different from those of the world. Christians must understand this, and they must also understand that they are on the “inside.” I’m not saying this to suggest that Christians should feel superior. But rather, by knowing that they are on the inside, a Christian must understand that community will be a very significant part of his life. The Christian’s primary and important relationships will be with those on the inside. Most of his interactions will be with those on the inside. He or she will learn to trust those on the inside. The goal of the “inside” community is not to become increasingly insular and to selfishly monopolize and protect a treasure from the rest of the world. Rather it is to share the community with everyone, inviting them in to experience the community that God wants for ALL men.
Why would believers have to be “wise” toward outsiders? In what ways do I need to be wise in my action toward outsiders? Believers need to be wise toward outsiders because outsiders do not understand why believers do what they do. Others think that believers are weird, and others are hostile to believers. Furthermore, some outsiders want to see Christianity fail. And for one or more of these reasons, the world interacts with Christians with great scrutiny. And so, we need wisdom in order to engage the world lovingly because that is what we are called to do.
What does “making the most of every opportunity” mean in this context of relating with outsiders, and how have I been in this regard? Making the most of every opportunity with outsiders is really making the most of every opportunity to reach out to those outside of my community and inviting them in. In short, making the most of every opportunity is evangelism: it’s introducing them to my life, my community, the values we share and the Lord who makes this community possible.
What do I need to do in order to make sure my conversations are “full of grace” so that I may know how to answer everyone? One thing that I must to do this is to reflect on the gospel daily and personally and revisit the moments that God had forgiveness and mercy on me. I must not lose sight of myself and of what God did in my life. I must not forget that I have been forgiven much and have been afforded much grace. It’s with that kind of grace, flowing in my system, that I’m to converse with others.
•May 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment
I can’t believe it is the end of another year. You guys will all be moving on to another year, and the seniors will be heading on to real life. As a leader, the end of the year is a time for me to look back and to see the fruit of what God has done. As most of you know, I’ve been leading the seniors in A2F Blue. Here is a picture of them in action. As you can see, I have a lot to be proud about.
Behold, the future leaders of Gracepoint!
But seriously, though, I heard there were some tear jerking moments as seniors gave short testimonies of their four years at Gracepoint. Berkeley will hold a special place in their lives. We had a Hawaiian theme. Here’s Steve, Eunice and their son Elijah.
Aloha from Steve, Eunice and Elijah
I hope all of you had a great time. I’ll be watching the tape. Praise God for another wonderful year!