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伯克利肥羊之家周报 07/18/2017


Weekly Bilingual Meeting on Tuesday 07/18/2017

This week we see how the early Christian Church was closely related to the 2,000 years of Jewish history about God’s plan to reach all nations with the truth about relationships between God and humans. Stephen, who became the first Christian recorded to die for his faithfulness to God and Christ his Lord, summarized the Jewish history just moments before his death at the hands of Jewish leaders.

Last week we saw how the leaders among Jesus’ followers were arrested and released by the highest Jewish authorities for proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

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’ sacrificial death and ten days after his deliberate departure (Ascension) into Heaven. It also marks the beginning of the Christian church and eventually Christianity. For the summer months we are 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 of nations.

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 were 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 shockingly, they soon had to contend with a much larger movement than the one when Jesus was physically with them!

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: The Development of American Music: Part 3–Siklam Wong and also Michael Boyland’s personal experience
  • 7:40-8:35 Bible Discussions in English and Chinese: Acts 7:1-38- Luke, the historian, tells us about the first Chistian martyr, Stephen, and in the process summarizes the ancient Old Testament Jewish history. How did Jesus and the early Christian movement fit into Jewish Biblical history and God’s plan for all humanity?
  • 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 3:00 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 be hosted by Justin and Lai Chan on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Joe and the Volk’s will be gone this 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.