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  • Sunday, January 12, 14
  • CHURCHES ARE DYING AND NOBODY REALLY CARES Sunday, January 12, 14
  • insular, intolerant, smug HYPOCRITES CHURCHES ARE DYING AND NOBODY REALLY CARES Sunday, January 12, 14
  • insular, intolerant, smug HYPOCRITES CHURCHES ARE DYING AND NOBODY REALLY CARES DOES GOD STILL NEED THE CHURCH TODAY? Sunday, January 12, 14
  • “GOD, LIKE ALL REVOLUTIONARIES, DESIRES THE OVERTURNING, THE RADICAL ALTERATION OF THE WHOLE SOCIETY—FOR IN THIS THE REVOLUTIONARIES ARE RIGHT: WHAT IS AT STAKE IS THE WHOLE WORLD, AND THE CHANGE MUST BE RADICAL, FOR THE MISERY OF THE WORLD CRIES TO HEAVEN AND IT BEGINS DEEP WITHIN THE HUMAN HEART. BUT HOW CAN ANYONE CHANGE THE WORLD AND SOCIETY AT ITS ROOTS WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FREEDOM? Sunday, January 12, 14
  • GERHARD LOHFINK “GOD, LIKE ALL REVOLUTIONARIES, DESIRES THE OVERTURNING, THE RADICAL ALTERATION OF THE WHOLE SOCIETY—FOR IN THIS THE REVOLUTIONARIES ARE RIGHT: WHAT IS AT STAKE IS THE WHOLE WORLD, AND THE CHANGE MUST BE RADICAL, FOR THE MISERY OF THE WORLD CRIES TO HEAVEN AND IT BEGINS DEEP WITHIN THE HUMAN HEART. BUT HOW CAN ANYONE CHANGE THE WORLD AND SOCIETY AT ITS ROOTS WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FREEDOM? Sunday, January 12, 14
  • “IT CAN ONLY BE THAT GOD BEGINS IN A SMALL WAY, AT ONE SINGLE PLACE IN THE WORLD. THERE MUST BE A PLACE, VISIBLE, TANGIBLE, WHERE THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD CAN BEGIN: THAT IS, WHERE THE WORLD BECOMES WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ACCORDING TO GOD’S PLAN. BEGINNING AT THAT PLACE, THE NEW THING CAN SPREAD ABROAD, BUT NOT THROUGH PERSUASION, NOT THROUGH INDOCTRINATION, NOT THROUGH VIOLENCE. Sunday, January 12, 14
  • EBCLA POST-TSUNAMI JAPAN TEAM 4 @ KOKUBUNJI BAPTIST CHURCH “EVERYONE MUST HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND SEE. ALL MUST HAVE THE CHANCE TO BEHOLD AND TEST THIS NEW THING. THEN, IF THEY WANT TO, THEY CAN ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE DRAWN INTO THE HISTORY OF SALVATION THAT GOD IS CREATING. ONLY IN THAT WAY CAN THEIR FREEDOM BE PRESERVED. WHAT DRIVES THEM TO THE NEW THING CANNOT BE FORCE, NOT EVEN MORAL PRESSURE, BUT ONLY THE FASCINATION OF A WORLD THAT IS CHANGED. Sunday, January 12, 14
  • KATHY HUBBARD WITH THREE OF THEIR FIVE ADOPTED CHILDREN “CLEARLY THIS CHANGE IN THE WORLD MUST BEGIN IN HUMAN BEINGS, BUT NOT AT ALL BY THEIR SEEKING THROUGH HEROIC EFFORT TO MAKE THEMSELVES THE LOCUS OF THE NEW, ALTERED WORLD; RATHER IT BEGINS WHEN THEY LISTEN TO GOD, OPEN THEMSELVES TO GOD, AND ALLOW GOD TO ACT.” — GERHARD LOHFINK Sunday, January 12, 14
  • WHY THERE MUST BE A PLACE LIKE EBCLA today & tomorrow | 1Peter 3:13-18 Sunday, January 12, 14
  • EBCLA SEEKS TO BE A BETTER CHURCH, ONE THAT’S OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO FOLLOWING JESUS. Sunday, January 12, 14
  • EBCLA SEEKS TO BE A BETTER CHURCH, ONE THAT’S OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO FOLLOWING JESUS. 1Peter 3:13-15a If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Sunday, January 12, 14
  • IF PEOPLE THINK WE’RE ARROGANT AND OBNOXIOUS, THEY WON’T BELIEVE A THING WE SAY. Sunday, January 12, 14
  • IF PEOPLE THINK WE’RE ARROGANT AND OBNOXIOUS, THEY WON’T BELIEVE A THING WE SAY. 1Peter 3:15b-16Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. Sunday, January 12, 14
  • WE ARE WILLING TO SUFFER FOR DOING THE GOOD THAT GOD DESIRES. Sunday, January 12, 14
  • WE ARE WILLING TO SUFFER FOR DOING THE GOOD THAT GOD DESIRES. 1Peter 3:17-18It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God. Sunday, January 12, 14
  • Sunday, January 12, 14
  • DISCIPLINED POLISHED IMPRESSIVE CONFORMING PREDICTABLE PRECISE Sunday, January 12, 14
  • Sunday, January 12, 14
  • UNRESTRAINED HOPE Sunday, January 12, 14
  • GENUINE HUMILITY UNRESTRAINED HOPE Sunday, January 12, 14
  • GENUINE HUMILITY UNRESTRAINED HOPE Sunday, January 12, 14 UNEXPECTED HOSPITALITY
  • BECOMING A BETTER EXAMPLE OF A JESUSFOLLOWING CHURCH AT TIMES CAN LOOK CHAOTIC & MESSY Sunday, January 12, 14
  • BECOMING A BETTER EXAMPLE OF A JESUSFOLLOWING CHURCH AT TIMES CAN LOOK CHAOTIC & MESSY UNPLANNED COLLISIONS & THINGS WILL GET DAMAGED Sunday, January 12, 14
  • BECOMING A BETTER EXAMPLE OF A JESUSFOLLOWING CHURCH AT TIMES CAN LOOK CHAOTIC & MESSY UNPLANNED COLLISIONS & THINGS WILL GET DAMAGED MUST ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND WHAT JESUS ENVISIONS FOR HIS BODY TO BECOME Sunday, January 12, 14
  • BECOMING A BETTER EXAMPLE OF A JESUSFOLLOWING CHURCH AT TIMES CAN LOOK CHAOTIC & MESSY UNPLANNED COLLISIONS & THINGS WILL GET DAMAGED MUST ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND WHAT JESUS ENVISIONS FOR HIS BODY TO BECOME DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT, BUT THE CLOSER WE GET TO THE END, THE MORE WE SHOULD LOOK LIKE WHAT JESUS WANTS Sunday, January 12, 14
  • Sunday, January 12, 14
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  • on purpose why evergreen matters GOD IS FORMING EVERGREEN BAPTIST CHURCH OF LOS ANGELES INTO A FAITH VILLAGE: A UNIQUE SOCIAL COMMUNITY WHOSE LIFE TOGETHER IS BOTH A PICTURE AND PREVIEW OF WHAT GOD IS DOING IN AND FOR ALL CREATION. Sunday, January 12, 14