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伯克利肥羊之家周报 06/13/2017


Weekly Bilingual Meeting on Tuesday 06/13/2017

The season after Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is often called Pentecost from the Greek word for fifty. It marks 50 days following Jesus’ sacrifice and ten days after his departure (Ascension) into Heaven. It also marks the beginning of the Christian church and eventually Christianity. For the next several weeks we will be studying the birth and growth of the ancient First Century church, first in the Jerusalem “mega-church where large numbers often met outdoors on the Jewish Temple courts and then as the church began to spread to other locations in the Mediterranean world. As the church began to spread outside of the Jewish homeland it gained more and more non-Jewish members. This was but the beginning of Jesus’ command and promise that his life and message would be spread to the entire world.

The Book of Acts, which records this early church history is the second part of Luke’s description of the life of Jesus and it concentrates on his followers who are empowered by Jesus’ Spirit. Though Jesus left them physically, this minority community grew through powerful witness even against increasingly violent opposition by the Jewish community and the Roman state.

Paul of Tarsus, the brilliant, young and devoted Jewish leader who violently opposed Jesus’ followers in the early days of the Jesus’ Movement (the Christian Church), eventually joined the Movement himself and became one of its chief leaders. In one of his thirteen letters that are found in the New Testament of the Bible, he makes the statement that without the reality of the physical resurrection of Jesus, claimed by numerous eyewitnesses as the central truth, Christians should be considered the most foolish of all people. The Jewish leaders and the Romans who put Jesus to death believed that would be the end of his movement, but surprisingly they soon had to contend with a much larger movement than when Jesus was physically with them.

We have a special guest for our cultural presentation: Ron Boles is an African American, born in Oakland. He grew up in L.A. and raised by his grandmother who was a Christian. She introduced Ron to Christianity during his stay with her. In his teenage years he went back to be with his mother and step-father. Because his step-father was in the military he lived in various parts of the US and also Europe. As an adult he joined also joined the military service and was stationed in Asia. He is married to a Japanese wife and is now teaching as a substitute teacher in the area. He has a passion to serve others and share his love of God. Please come and hear his unique testimony.

Location

Mosaic at 1221 Marin Ave. Albany (0.6 miles, 10-15 minutes’ walk from UC Village)

Time

  • 5:45 pm to 8:45 pm
  • 5:45 Dinner
  • 6:40 Introductions, Announcements, etc.
  • 6:40-8:40 Children’s Program — Ina Wong and others
  • 6:50-7:40 Culture Presentation: Ron Boles, One African-American’s Christian experience
  • 7:40-8:35 Bible Discussions in English and Chinese: Acts 2:14-41 – Luke explains to us how the First Church began in Jerusalem a few days following Jesus’ departure. What occurred? What transformed Peter from an ashamed timid follower during Jesus trial and death to a bold speaker to thousands of Jews?
  • 8:45 End of program — Rides back home provided for EVERYONE.
Transportation Please contact Justin Cell: 510-334-5433. For the Tuesday night meeting, We have two pick-up locations:

  • Law School: on Bancroft Way (just down the hill from the International House), 5:15 p.m.
  • From your home: For having a ride from home, please let us know your address and cell number. All who need a ride, please confirm with Justin before 4:00 on Tues.

English Corners

This week’s on campus English Corners will meet, either inside at the Law School cafe area or outdoors upstairs, if the weather is fine, from 2:00 to 4:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. They will all be hosted by Justin and Lai Chan as the other leaders are gone all week. There will also be a Talk Time with Chi at the Junket restaurant in El Cerrito Plaza on Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00.

In addition, those who would like to meet any of the co-workers for personal tutoring in English, academic discussions, personal issues or spiritual conversation may request such meetings anytime.