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伯克利肥羊之家周报 08/15/2017


Weekly Bilingual Meeting on Tuesday 08/15/2017

We heard about the evidence for contemporary miracles last week and read about the miraculous circumstances that led the anti-Christian leader Paul of Tarsus to suddenly change his mind and become one of the Christian church’s greatest and most effective supporters.

This week we learn about how the Christian message broke into the Gentile (non-Jewish world ) in a dramatic way through the Apostle Peter, the leader of the early church. The barriers that were overcome in bridging the sharp divisions between Jews and non-Jews were very difficult, but when they fell the result was a huge boost to the expansion of Jesus’ message everywhere.

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 — We have a Bible teacher for the children during the first hour and then guided play time.
  • 6:50-7:40 Culture Presentation: The story of one skeptical person’s encounter with God –Adrienne Volk
  • 7:40-8:35 Bible Discussions in English and Chinese: Acts 10:1-8; 23-48- Luke, the historian, tells us about the first notable Roman and Gentile convert to the Christian Faith. What evidence existed that Cornelius was seeking the true God? What barriers did Peter overcome to accept Gentiles into the church?
  • 8:45 End of program — Rides back home provided for EVERYONE.
Transportation Please contact Joe Cell: 510-828-6135 . 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 4:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. They will be hosted by Joe and the Volk’s on Tuesday and Wednesday and by the Volk’s on Friday. Justin and Lai Chan will be gone for a few weeks. There will also be a Talk Time with Chi at the Junket restaurant in El Cerrito Plaza on Saturday from 2:00-4:00.