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THIS SUNDAY

April 15th @ 10:30 a.m. 

 

Announcing our first Youth Group meeting this Sunday, April 15th during service. (Junior high and high school)

Youth group is a place for young kids to:

GOSPEL

  • Hear the gospel
  • Learn about the Bible
  • Have a place they can freely ask questions and receive Biblical answers

COMMUNITY

  • Make and grow healthy spiritual friendships
  • Engage with their peers in fellowship
  • Be shepherded by older men and women who lead by example and are dedicated to caring for their souls (Titus 2:1-8).

MISSION

  • Share the gospel with others
  • Pray for our community
  • Service opportunities

Plus, it's fun! 

This ministry is led by Jon and Vicky Fujimoto and Taylor Lowinger.

For more information on the Del Aire Youth Group or to get involved, please Contact Us. 


APRIL 21st

9 AM | Hawthorne Memorial Center

Every other week we give two weeks worth of groceries to local families. It's a beautiful opportunity to love and serve our community and pray for those who come out and welcome them into the Del Aire family. Next week we are going one step further. On April 21st we will gather at Hawthorne Memorial Center to join  Fishers of Men West Coast in giving shoes and two weeks worth of groceries to families in the area who are in need. 

If you would like to serve alongside us, we would be overjoyed to have extra hands to help, hearts to pray and share, and the encouragement of being co-laborers in the gospel. 

If you and your family are in need, or know someone who is, please Contact Us.

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A Word on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

By Pastor Chris McCulloch

What is the Church? Ekklesia: Gathering, or assembly.  God’s people Gathered, under God’s word, about God’s Son, by the power of God’s Spirit, giving out God’s love to each other; being strengthened by God’s grace, following God’s commands, so that more people might meet Jesus; family style.

The way of Jesus is life lived in an interdependent community of people (not co-dependent, or independent). We believe the love of God is amplified in ways we can’t experience alone when we become the means of the love of God for each other in community (Eph. 4:3-14-21).  We become the hands, feet, and the words of Jesus for eachother, extending ourselves to both the community of believers amongst us, the lost amongst us…The church is not primarily an institution, but an organism.  The Church is not just a building, meeting time, or organization; the church is made of people, following Jesus together; ministering to eachother with the gifts God has given, stirring up love and good works in each other (Heb. 10:24-25).  The church is a team of spiritually gifted people all playing their unique part in edifying the whole, and expanding God’s Kingdom.  In the community of believers, we steward the gifts of God (both physical and spiritual) In ways that bless and serve others, and glorify God.  Generosity is not just a rule, it is a joyful way of life, more blessed than getting (Acts 20:35).  The Christian community is a place of encouragement, hope, and transparent spoken truth (Eph. 4:25, 29).  The Christian community is built upon the gospel message, proclaimed from the word of God; and applied to our lives (1 Tim. 3:15, Titus 1:3).  

1 Cor. 12:12-31: A Church has interdependent systems that connect its ‘members’ to eachother (Members just means ‘body parts’): soma is Paul’s word for ‘body’ and it’s used some 30 times to reference the interdependent nature of the body of Jesus Christ.  It’s unity is important; this isn’t a science expiriment, but a functioning body. 

Here are a couple things we are doing to cultivate a healthy, missional oriented, disciples making disciples (reproducing) church: 

I am a church member (SIX-week series)

For the next six weeks, our elders/pastors are going to be working through Thom Rainer’s work, I am a church member.  As a church, we are still getting to know each other, and who the LORD has placed in our midst as we become the hand, feet, and words of the love of God for each other (Eph. 3:14-21). 

To become a church member means that I am submitting myself to the spiritual care of the church, for my joy in Jesus; relationships with others to both be built up, and to build others up; it is to be interconnected, and interdependent upon people. When we speak of membership, we aren’t speaking of a ‘club’ exclusive, but an adoptive family inclusive. Membership doesn’t mean perks, privilege, and preference.  To be a member is to be a part of a spiritual family. In fact quite the opposite; without uncomfortable situations (no perks, no privilege but that that to come and serve, and take upon yourself the servants apron, and no preference because our primary cause is that of the lost, and reaching the least, last and lost; therefore we heed our preference to the cause of mission. 

Missional communities

We are beginning 2 missional communities. One started this week in Hawthorne at the Valerio home (contact us if you are interested in attending; 6:30pm for dinner-8:30pm on Wednesdays. We will also begin a Missional Community in the La Mirada, Whittier, and La habra area. 

Q. What are Missional Communities?

They are house Churches that see their primary mission being for those outside of themselves (outsiders becoming part of the family; they are our attempts to take what are essential graces to you and make sure that you have the other systems of the church besides solely scripture teaching (Eph. 
4:11-12); taking what is a larger gathering, and breaking it down house to house (Acts 2:42-47).  Missional communities are where the other essential elements of the church will happen, prayerfully in homes all across our area; They are also front doors for people to build a relationship both with Christians, and with the ‘church’ as it should be defined.  They will seek to adopt community service opportunities, neighborhoods, have fun together (be family), make memories, dialogue around God’s word over dinner, and share life together.  These are ‘discipleship hubs with an evangelistic focus;’ a next step for those seeking to find fellowship at CDA.  Remember, the Pathway we have built, and that hopefully we’ll be able to display is:
Fringes=>Fellowship=>Family=>Follower=>Frontiers

Somewhere on that pathway, people often ‘belong before they believe’ and by the grace of God move from Lost to Found.  Where are you on this pathway?

We (The Church) show the world what Jesus is like

The Church is the Missionary sent (John 20:21).   For the last 2000 years, the Church is God’s missionary vehicle to the world.  There isn’t another vehicle.  That’s why Paul planted Churches, not music festivals, coffee shops, crusades, or “not for profit organizations.”  The Church, has as its one message, both in verbal proclamation, and in visible demonstration in life, “the gospel of Jesus Christ.”  It’s an institution, but it’s Jesus' institution, and He designed it all to run on the gospel, proclaim the gospel, and show the gospel off like a drive-in movie for the world, that comes to your location. Imagine the convenience of watching your favorite movie at a drive-in, then in your home via video store, then in your home via Netflix at the click of your remote: The church is designed to bring the gospel to the people, not expect the people to come to them. God has architected and engineered the Church so that, as the world peers in (and we invite them to do so, and watch the gospel movie, story and process), people are saved, as they see what Jesus is like.  It’s His people-saving machine (I know it’s not a machine; and that this is reductionistic).  The Church has components: we are the components.  The components are alive! It’s like nothing else on the universe: Jesus made it so.  If we press into doing these things faithfully, all the mission’s strategies in the world don’t really compare to the faithful Church.  Jesus designed it to be better than the best outreach ever, because Jesus designed it for the purpose of mission/evangelism. 

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” 
- Acts 2:42-47, NKJV.

Romantic Beginnings: the Ideal vs. the Real

So you get the picture. The Holy Spirit falls at Pentecost, is poured out upon those saved gathered in one accord in the upper room (in Jesus doing life together, most likely praying).  Peter preaches the gospel, and about 3,000 are added to their number that day.  So they go from 120 which is a small country church (150 is the average in America today; and experts would attest the most that one man can handle as shepherd without delegation); to a mega-church in one day.  You cannot begin to imagine the logistical nightmare that this creates for these fishermen.  These are not Church growth experts, but common men who walked with Jesus, & depended upon the Spirit, who now have a gospel mess on their hands (‘quality problems’ according to my dad).  Some of these were the faithful Jews of the region who were gathered for the feast of Pentecost, and would take this message back to their own lands.  But most were plugged into the now mega-church at Jerusalem, and this next picture we get of the church is absolutely the Honeymoon period of the church, given by the Holy Spirit, where there is not a lot of opposition, and there is tremendous growth.  It is both an incredibly pure expression of the Church, and also a gospel mess of an expression of the Church, as those newly saved have a ton of questions, and need daily small grouping, discipleship, new believers classes, counseling, accountability (the biblical community!).  This will be for early Church discipleship/fellowship on steroids.  This is ideal, but it’s not necessarily what is real (current, with some awesome historical exceptions).  It’s not faithful yet, because they haven’t yet been challenged, tested, or tried, but it is for us a model of sorts that we can look at and understand very basically what our calling is as the Church.  They return simply to living the way that Jesus called them to live as a community in relationship, on a larger scale, making it smaller, from house to house.  So this is what we’ve been fighting to get back to for 2,000 years.

Example: 

My family members and I have started a monthly ‘couples date’ that we do to make sure we are maintaining fellowship, and making memories together as a family.  We want to not miss moments with each other, and build our relationships with eachother, and not neglect to gather together.  We have fun together (karaoke), share meals, and laugh together.  It’s composed of Christians and non-Christians alike.  We want to make sure that we live this life together.  Now, this is something that is so strikingly similar to the idea of the ‘church’ in the New Testament, that if we added a few elements to it, that’s what it would be.  

It has the residue and scent of what Jesus intended the church to be all over it though.  It has transcendant joy, and the experience of moments together.  It rings of what family is supposed to be as we don’t neglect our gathering together.  

In our going, and intentionality with that going, we are getting to know each other more deeply, watch eachother change, and root eachother on.  for all need for a scorecard of achievement in our culture, life really boils down to moments with people.  Jesus gets that you need family; and calls us not to neglect the gathering together as a church as well. As I walk the old hallways of my home, and I look at pictures and tokens of family, we have memorialized and monumented moments with eachother over achievements together.  You may not have a healthy experience of family, and if that is your story, I am sorry.  It is not as God intended this to be. This being said, He means for you to experience as a family of families How wide, deep, far, and great is the love of God that surpasses all understanding (the 4D love of God; Eph. 3:14-21); with all the saints.  He means for the people of God to become the means of imparting God’s love to you.  


But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
— Ephesians 4:2-10