伯克利肥羊之家周报 08/22/2017

Weekly Bilingual Meeting on Tuesday 08/22/2017

This Tuesday we will finish our look at the Book of Acts after two months of exploration of the spread of the Christian message to different people groups in various cities and regions. We will see how Paul, on his second missionary journey, (he had a least four such trips) reacted to both severe challenges and a variety of successes as he traveled around the Greek/Gentile cultural region bringing the Christian message to Europe for the first time.

Last 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!


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


  • 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 History and Academic Success of UC Berkeley — Siklam Wong
  • 7:40-8:35 Bible Discussions in English and Chinese: Acts 17:1-34- Luke, the historian, tells us of Paul’s fruitful second missionary trip when he began churches in several Greek cities. After a pattern of initial success and then powerful opposition, in four cities Paul preaches the message about Christ in the very heartland of the Greek culture, especially ancient Athens. Why was he angered there at first? How did he turn his anger into an opportunity for advancing the Christian message among Gentiles (non-Jews)? Why do you think some intellectuals responded positively to his message?
  • 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 returning to the Bay Area this week, but not till later in the 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.