As we wrap up 2019 and approach 2020, I wanted to share with you some recent changes that have happened these past few months and how these changes have led to a new vision for my ministry.
For those of you who follow me on social media, you have probably noticed by now that there have been more posts and stories from one of our Castro Valley recommendations for GCAAM Network: 3Crosses.
I wanted to you let know that as of October 2019, I have transferred my membership to 3Crosses.
I have been very grateful and blessed to have been a covenant member of Valley Community Church for the past 5 years. It is very bittersweet for me, but I know that God is in control and that this is the direction that He is calling me to go. I am very overwhelmed by the good wishes sent my way as I am now with 3Crosses full time. It is my hope and prayer that this new change will not only help advance the mission and vision of 3Crosses but also for the entire ministry of GCAAM Network.
Having said all of these things, I would like to talk about a new vision for 2020. It’s called Go, Grow, and Serve!
The purpose behind this vision is to have a well balanced spiritual diet in order to be used by God to serve others.
Jesus tells us:
Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
One of the ways that you do that is through diving into God’s word. If you struggle with Asperger’s and/or have a reading comprehension problem as I do, you would know how difficult it is to do that independently. So what I would like to focus on this year is to develop more bible studies in our churches.
It will actually benefit pastors and churches for the following reasons:
1. It helps every single one of us hold each other accountable for any sin or interpretation of scripture that is inconsistent with the author’s intent.
2. We need to be careful about who we listen to and base our position on. You can’t solely rely on your pastor for spiritual nourishment. You have to study the Bible for yourself.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
What about Sunday Sermon Discussion Groups?
Small groups that discuss the Sunday Sermon are a great way to connect with one another and grow with one another, but they are NOT bible studies and are not to be used as substitutes for bible studies. Sunday sermon discussions on their own are not sufficient enough to advance spiritual growth or gain a better understanding of the word.
When we gain a better understanding of God’s word, that’s when the Holy Spirit starts working through us and gives us a desire to take what we’ve learned and put it into practice by serving.
Of course, it can only happen with a joyful spirit. It should not be because our church wants us to, but that God loves us and what we do is a reflection of what God did for us.
Colossians 3:12-17,23-24 ESV
“ Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Overall, it is my prayer that this new church change and vision will advance God’s kingdom and will make a difference in people’s lives.
If you have any questions about this new vision and mission for 2020. Please feel free to contact me here on the website.
I look forward to an incredible new season of ministry and view it as a new adventure that can only be done with the help of Yeshua, Jesus Christ alone.
Peace Out and God Bless!