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Update for Donors
Friends and family,
We want to thank you for your generosity in 2017. In 2017, we have seen some incredible things happen. We prayer walked with the very Gideons who likely placed a Bible in my wife’s hands (that ultimately led to her salvation in seeing Jesus); we began a Core community in the household of the woman who led her to Christ, and shared the gospel with her. Additionally we have seen open door after open door throughout this story as the LORD begins a new thing in the city of Hawthorne (Isaiah 43:18-19).
This past November, our host church (Del Aire Baptist Church) began speaking to us about what it would look like to become one church. DABC is a historic African-American church in our community, with a legacy of solid theology and social justice in application. Through several meetings, and a season of prayer, we accepted their offer, and met for the first time on January 7th, 2018.
What we will be moving towards is to remain Stone Table Church in essential theology, philosophy, governance, and vision (we will be changing the name of the church upon completion); but taking those essentials into a new context, in order to reach a new community of people. This community (Hawthorne) is as diverse as they come, and as I look out upon who we are becoming in this ‘New Thing,’ we are truly a multicultural church; with African Americans and Anglo Americans worshipping side by side, as well as Hispanic, Arab, and Asian Americans all a part of our team. I am reminded of the great amphitheater scene to come in the worship for all time (Rev. 4-5) where every tribe, tongue, nation, family, and clan is represented before the throne of God, worshipping a worthy, exalted Christ.
We could not be postured where we are without your ongoing generosity, and kingdom-minded support of our church both in prayer, encouragement, and financial assistance.
Until all elements of the merge are complete, we will continue to function as two churches; with the last part to be merged being the financial. Please consider faithfully continuing this work in generosity, as we are seeing the LORD multiply our team, disciples, and it has been especially beautiful to see salvation happen in front of us through the first four weeks of this merger (2 Cor. 4:4-6).
Please continue to give via mail at our P.O. Box, or our PayPal account online.
If you are able to continue your financial support this year, we believe it will greatly enable us to build a sustainable, diverse, multicultural church that is reaching our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are so grateful for you, as we could not be where we are now without your love, and assistance.
- Pastor Chris and the Stone Table Team
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
- 2 Corinthians 9:7
We are building a group of volunteers under the care of Jon Fujimoto (pictured below with his wife Vicky. Jon is one of our Elder Candidates who will build a youth group aimed at reaching junior High and High school-aged students from the Hawthorne area.
Additionally, we will be partnering with the very vibrant Young Lifegroup locally to seek to reach students who are far from Christ. Few organizations are able to reach into high schools, and reputation for reaching the lost like Young Life. Jon will be spearheading our partnership as we seek to develop a youth group we launch after Easter.
Join us for Easter!
Easter will mark a historic day in the life of the church, as we celebrate the resurrected Christ (1 Pet. 1:3) as one body. We will have professional photographer Alaina Nunez on-site to take a free family picture for each family gathered; additionally we will be pounding the pavement in our community to reach the least, the last, and the lost.
Stay tuned for Prayer and Share times within our community. We would love to have you with us!
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Church Work Week: March 12-16th
We are blessed to have a missions team from Mississippi coming out to serve through evangelism in the community and work projects around the church. Please consider setting aside some time and joining us for this special week.
We would be so encouraged by your presence!
A Word On Baptism
Baptism is an outward delcaration to the inward work of God in Salvation. It is more than symbol, as we indeed have been baptized into Christ’s death (Rom. 6:1-11), and raised with Him unto new life. In the likeness of His resurrection, so ours will be as He is the first fruits of a greater day coming. Baptism doesn’t save you, but it is the outward, public confession and celebration of your salvation.
It is the response that Christians make that declares physically a living picture of the gospel message, declaring their new identity in Christ, and in the Christian community. You were crucified with Christ, Your Sin died with Christ, and you are raised to new life with Jesus Christ. Your baptism is random, nor is it merely symbolic. It is a line of demarcation where you are public: I am in Christ, and I am identified by Christ, and the Christian community. It is a means of receiving grace as you obey Christ, and are baptized into Christ.
You are also baptized into the Christian community (i.e. the church). It symbolizes, I am not my own, I now belong to a covenant community committed to Christ, and each other, and being the hands, feet, and words of Jesus to each other (Eph. 3:14-21). It implies belonging to a community that we don’t date; but by the very real analogy: are married to as the bride of Jesus Christ. It associates you with a ‘team’ as it were of people under the the new covenant, and it declares with clarity your association, affiliation and unconditional belonging.
For baptism, through the centuries, Christians have been persecuted and killed. It is no small step in the life of a believer, and it is worthy of celebration. It is not untypical for a believer to endure quite a bit of criticism, and even persecution for making this step; often from one’s own friends and family. It seems to exacerbate the tension for the believer: am I ready to declare my allegiance to Christ, despite the costs? The moment however, is holy, momentus, and worthy of celebration that makes the 7th game of the world series look like a silent auction. It’s my prayer that the body of Christ would be present with a sense of holy awe, and also celebratory exultation that we typically only see on the athletic field in our culture. It’s my prayer that for Baptisms on Sunday, that the body would respond with celebration that doesn’t resemble a golf clap, but a thunder clap. I can only imagine the heavenlies erupting with a roar; may the body of Christ be a foretaste of the resurrection coming.
- Pastor Chris McCulloch
Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
- Psalm 98:1, 4-6