Love in Action

Wayne Kuo

10/15/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 12:9-21Our lives as Christ followers is not meant to be done in isolation but in community. What are the attitudes and practices that promote community and what are the ones that detract from it?

A Reasonable Response

Tim Ng

10/8/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 12:1-8The implication of the gospel is the sanctification of the saints that leads to a life offered to the Lord, wholly and completely. Our sanctification comes through transformation when our minds are renewed. A renewed mind thinks differently, sees differently, and values things differently.

It's Not Too Late

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

10/1/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 11:1-36God has not rejected the Jewish people but still extends Himself with the hope that the full number of both Gentiles and Jews will experience salvation. God's wisdom is revealed in His sovereign plan.

God's Sovereign Mercy

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

9/17/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 9:14-33Has God acted unjustly toward the non-believing Israelites? God has the right to extend mercy to whomever He chooses and to harden whomever He chooses. This is not an arbitrary choosing by God but based on His choice to extend mercy to all those who trust in Christ and to harden all those who reject Christ.

God's Sovereign Choice

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

9/10/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 9:1-13Paul anticipates arguments regarding the multitude of Israelites who are outside of God's plan of salvation through faith in Christ. Has God's promises failed? Why doesn't God save all ethnic Israelites? Why doesn't God save Israelites based on their obedience to the law? Because God has sovereignly chosen to save people based on their faith in Christ.

God Is For Us

Stephen Lu

9/5/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 8:28-39In spite of any hardships we may face in following Christ, God works out everything for good. Knowing this and His faithful love expressed in His incredible plan of salvation, we can conquer any challenge we face.

Endurance

Gordon Tsai

8/20/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 8:18-27While eternal life begins now that does not mean that we have nothing to look forward to. On the contrary, creation, believers and the Spirit all groan like a woman in labor who anticipates the birth of a child. Creation groans for its liberation, believers groan for our resurrection, and the Spirit groans for God’s will to be done through our lives.

Spirit to Spirit

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

8/13/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 8:1-17There is no condemnation for believers because we've been set free from the law of sin and death, which said, "if you sin you deserve to die". The best indicator that you are a true believer is whether or not you are living in accordance with the Spirit.

Free Indeed

Elder Mike Tam

8/6/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 7:1-25Paul’s whole argument beginning in chapter 6 is that we should consider ourselves dead and released from the law and the power of sin. Now in chapter 7 we see more fully the futility of life under the law and how powerless we were to obey God. Who will rescue us from this life of futility? Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection has set us free to live in a new way, not by the written code but by the Spirit!

Living Free

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

7/30/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 6:1-23As believers we were crucified with Christ when we trusted in Him as our saving Lord. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin but we’ve been set free from needing to succumb to sin’s power over our lives. But in order for us to live victoriously we need to walk in light of the truth.

Reigning in Life

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

7/23/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 5:12-21Adam’s sin didn’t just condemn him, but the entire human race as well. But through Christ we have the opportunity to reign in this life and beyond. No longer are we bound by sin but we can live lives that breaks free from the entanglements of sin so we can reign over the enemy.

Peace With God

Ian Chang

7/16/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 5:1-11Most of us don’t realize that before coming to Christ we were enemies of God. This is because you are either for Him or against Him. There is no middle ground. There is no spiritual Switzerland. But now we have peace with God through Christ and we can live joy-filled lives, even when we suffer. Suffering leads ultimately to our hope because we know that God still loves us in spite of our troubles.

The Father of Our Faith

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

7/9/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 4:1-25Abraham is the archetype of our faith. He demonstrated his trust in God when he believed he would be given a son even though he was an old man.

Righteousness by Faith

Elder Mike Tam

7/2/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 3:1-31Both Jews and Gentiles are both under the sentence of death because of our violation of God’s laws. But God has made us righteous through our faith in Jesus.

Divine Heart Surgery

Pastor Rocky Seto

6/25/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 2:1-29Spiritual pride focuses on comparing ourselves to others. But the law of God informs us of God’s holiness and our own sinfulness. Even those who do not have the law have a conscience and that conscience tells them when they are living righteously and when they have sinned.

Our High Calling

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

6/11/17

Description:Scripture: Romans 1:1-17Paul uses the word ‘call’ or ‘called’ four times in these first 8 verses. While Paul was called to be an apostle, we too have a calling. We are called to call people to follow Jesus. We may not have the title of an apostle but we should have the same heart as one. Paul understood that the gospel had the power to fully save people so he was not ashamed of it.

Peter - Restored to life!

Pastor Warren Eng

5/28/17

Description:Scripture: John 21:1-25The disciples had decided to go back to their fishing trade but Jesus’ call to them to be fishers of men was still in force. Peter, the outspoken leader of the group is reinstated by the Lord to ‘feed His sheep’. After denying Jesus three times the Lord now asks Peter to affirm his love for Him. Jesus predicts this love will be challenged as Peter will die a martyr’s death.

The King and His Kingdom

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

5/21/17

Description:Scripture: John 18:1-40When Jesus was arrested He knew what was going to happen to Him and He knew that this was His purpose in coming to earth. His kingdom was being established but it wasn’t an earthly kingdom but a heavenly one.

The Lord's Prayer

Pastor Rocky Seto

5/14/17

Description:Scripture: John 17:1-26Before Jesus’ passion, He prays for Himself, His disciples, and for all those who would respond to the disciple’s testimony. We can learn a lot about prayer by looking at the way Jesus prayed.

The Father's Love

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

5/7/17

Description:Scripture: John 16:16-33Jesus let His disciples know that they could go directly to the Father, asking Him for their needs. It’s important that we understand what it means to pray in Jesus’ name.

The Spirit of Truth

Pastor Rocky Seto

4/30/17

Description:Scripture: John 16:5-15Jesus would send the Holy Spirit after He ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit would guide the disciples into truth.

Persecution Then and Now

Andy Puntahachart

4/23/17

Description:Scripture: John 15:18-John 16:4Jesus told His disciples that they would be persecuted by their fellow countrymen. He did this so they would be prepared. They would be put out of the synagogue and some would be martyred. Yet God would send the Counselor (the Holy Spirit) to help them testify about Jesus.Expect Persecution1) It makes us more like Jesus2) It is necessary (reality)3) It is for love

I Have Seen the Lord

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

4/16/17

Description:Scripture: John 20:1-31Jesus appears to His followers showing Himself to be the Lord of life since He conquered death. Thomas, was not there when Jesus came to the disciples and He refused to believe unless he saw for himself the marks from His crucifixion. Thomas represents all those who need more proof than just our testimony.

The Key to a Fruitful Life

Karen Lee

4/9/17

Description:Scripture: John 15:1-17Jesus said He is the vine and we are the branches. If we remain in Him we will bear much fruit.

The Counselor

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

4/2/17

Description:Scripture: John 14:15-31Jesus’ leaving was far from the tragedy that the disciples feared. The Holy Spirit came and His ministry is vital to our personal peace and the proclamation of the gospel.

In Jesus' Name

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

3/26/17

Description:Scripture: John 14:1-14Jesus made an astounding statement when He said that we would do even greater things than He did. The key to seeing this become a reality is to ask in Jesus’ name.

A Servant's Heart

Pastor Warren Eng

3/12/17

Description:Scripture: John 13:1-30When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples He was showing them what it meant to be a servant leader. Peter’s objection revealed the misconception that leadership is about prominence, privilege, and power.

Faith that Falls Short

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

3/5/17

Description:Scripture: John 12:37-50Following Jesus can be costly. There were some who believed in Him but they were afraid of being ex-communicated from the synagogue so they would not confess their faith. Will the praise that comes from man outweigh the praise that comes from God?

Purpose and Destiny

Rocky Seto

2/26/17

Description:Scripture: John 12:12-36Jesus’ hour has finally come. The last week of His life is filled with very clear teaching on his impending death and its significance. Jesus lived with a sense of purpose and destiny. Since our lives have been woven into the fabric of God’s story, we too have a purpose and destiny.

Expensive Worship

Rocky Seto

2/19/17

Description:Scripture: John 12:1-11Sometimes our acts of worship may come under criticism by others. Some may see them as wasteful or extravagant. Not everyone will understand the extent we may go to express our love for our Lord.

Spiritual Blinders

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

2/12/17

Description:Scripture: John 11:45-57Instead of accepting Jesus as their Messiah, the religious leaders saw Him as a threat to their nation and to their own place of power.

The Mystery of Divine Compassion

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

2/5/17

Description:Scripture: John 11:17-44Jesus is the resurrection and the life. This amazing statement provides us the assurance that death does not have the final word for believers.

God's Imperfect Timing

Stephen Lu

1/29/17

Description:Scripture: John 11:1-16What do you do when God doesn’t show up? How do you continue to have faith when all seems lost? Two sisters that were close friends of Jesus lost their brother and in spite of their plea, Jesus was nowhere to be found. Discover how to trust in God even when He doesn’t come through for us.

Evidence of Authentic Faith

Elder Rob Unoki

1/22/17

Description:Scripture: John 10:22-42Many of the Jews did not believe in Jesus because they were not one of Jesus’ sheep. They were not one of Jesus’ sheep because they didn’t believe that His teaching and His miracles proved He was God’s Son. God the Father gave these sheep to Jesus.

Making Disciples through a Culture of Love (Part 2)

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

1/15/17

Description:Scripture: Luke 7:36-50As Jesus dined with a Pharisee, a woman of questionable character expressed her love for him by pouring perfume on him and wiping his feet with her hair. Jesus’ perspective about this woman is vastly different from the religious person’s perspective.

Making Disciples through a Culture of Love Part 1

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

1/8/17

Description:Scripture: Luke 7:24-35Loving people is the most important thing we can do. Unfortunately, Christians are not known for our love but for what we are against. We point out people’s immorality instead of doing what Jesus did such that we would be called ‘friends of sinners.’

All Things are Possible

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

12/25/16

Description:Luke 1:26-38Mary received the news that she was going to bear a child who would reign in God’s kingdom and be called the Son of God. She asked, how can this be since I am a virgin. To us God’s ways seem impossible but like Mary we need to yield ourselves to the will of God.

Leadership Worth Following

Pastor DeWayne Strange

12/18/16

Description:Scripture: John 10:1-21Jesus, as the good shepherd, leads, feeds, and protects His sheep. He cares for the well-being of those who would come under His loving leadership. Other religious leaders come to steal, kill, and destroy lives.

Spiritual Blindness

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

12/11/16

Description:Scripture: John 9:1-41A man who was blind from birth experienced God’s touch in his life and became a follower of Jesus. But those who were supposed to provide spiritual guidance to others were exposed to be spiritually blind.

Set Free

Mike Tam

12/4/16

Description:Scripture: John 8:12-58Jesus came to set us free from the power of sin. This means we must walk in the truth and fight against an enemy that will fire lies at us to keep us from living into the fullness of our freedom. 4 key points Jesus is really trying to convey in John 8:12-59 to those who are listening to Him1. "I am the light of the world..." John 8:122. "I am going away..." John 8:213. "If you hold to my teachings, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-324. "... before Abraham was born, I AM!" John 8:58

No Throwing Rocks

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

11/27/16

Description:Scripture: John 8:1-11Jesus shows us the difference between grace and law when He encounters a woman caught in adultery.

Streams of Living Water

Elder Rob Unoki

11/20/16

Description:Scripture: John 7:1-52Jesus goes up to the feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem after his brothers. Jesus distinguishes their timing from His own. While there Jesus connects the wisdom of His teaching to His being sent from the Father. He also promises the Holy Spirit to all those who come to Him in faith.

Offensive Faith

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

11/13/16

Description:Scripture: John 6:35-71Many of Jesus’ followers turned away from following Him. Believing that Jesus was more than a man or even a prophet can turn people off. Jesus spoke the truth even though it cost Him a following. We cannot compromise the truth to gain a large following because true disciples will respond to the truth.

The Bread of Life

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

11/6/16

Description:Scripture: John 6:1-15; 22-59Only Jesus can satisfy humanity’s spiritual hunger and thirst. Unfortunately all too often people will focus on how Jesus can provide them material/physical sustenance but fail to see that He offers them so much more.

Aligning with God

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

10/30/16

Description:Scripture: John 5:1-47Jesus was in perfect alignment with His heavenly Father in all that He said and did. If we want to be in alignment with God we need to know what Jesus did and follow the Holy Spirit to do those same things.

No Minor Miracles

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

10/23/16

Description:Scripture: John 4:46-54Lost among other stories of Jesus’ miracles is this story of Jesus healing a Roman official’s son. This brief and fairly non-descript story might be forgettable on our part changed the destinies of this entire family.

Living Water for Thirsty Souls

Andy Puntahachart

10/16/16

Description:Scripture: John 4:1-45High pressure sales is something none of us like to experience. For many Christians that is what they think evangelism is all about. Jesus gives us a great example for how to share our faith in an authentic way.

Making Much of Jesus

Pastor DeWayne Strange

10/2/16

Description:Scripture: John 3:22-36Most Christians want God to be glorified but this desire can be tested when things don’t go well for us personally. The way we handle adversity can bring glory to God.

You Must Be Born Again!

Pastor Joe Yoshihara

9/25/16

Description:Scripture: John 3:1-21Unless we are born of the Spirit we cannot enter the kingdom of God. Those are striking words from the lips of our Savior. Being a respected teacher or an upstanding person won’t open the doors to God’s kingdom but only our faith in Jesus. And when people do authentically trust in Jesus the Spirit does something so profound that you will see the difference in their life just as assuredly as we’ve all heard the blowing wind.