Dojo Session #1: Bible Overview and Being God’s Son/Daughter

Here’s an overview of what we covered at Dojo Session #1. And YES, we’re going to drop “discipleship/leadership training” and go with the simple name of “DOJO”. Why? Because the other name is long and boring. And this one communicates more simply what we’re trying to do. The Dojo is the place where students of the martial arts come and train. They receive instruction, practice their forms and prepare themselves to do battle in the real world. Sounds right huh?

Overview of Material:

  • The Entire Bible Points Toward Jesus – The entire Bible [OT and NT] points towards Jesus’ life/death/resurrection AND his promise to return and redeem the world. As we read the Bible, we should look for how it paints a fuller picture of Jesus <Luke 24:44-46>.
  • The Gospel = MANGER + CROSS + CROWN – The essential message of Jesus can be summarized by God coming in the form of man to sacrificially take upon himself the guilt/shame/death we deserve from our sin through his death on the cross. He did it because he loved us and because we can do nothing to save ourselves. And he promises to come back to be the final judge and restore people and creation to what he intended <Philippians 2; Ephesians 2:4; Revelations 21>.
  • Result of Jesus’ Sacrifice: We become his SONS and DAUGHTERS – Jesus’ sacrifice restores our true identity [which was marred by sin/rebellion]… reuniting us back to the Father as his SONS and DAUGHTERS <John 1:12>. TRUTH: Because of Jesus, we are God’s beloved sons and daughters.

Questions to Ponder:

  • What are the life messages we’ve accumulated from our fathers, mothers and earthquake events in life? [ie. I’m not worth anything. More money equals more security. I have to be perfect to be loved or respected. Failure is final. Others’ opinions determine my worth/value.]
  • How do these messages conflict with the message of Jesus? …with the essential message that we are loved not because of what we’ve done, but just because he does… that our salvation can’t be earned or bought… but is given completely by God as a gift of grace. Is there a conflict? If so, how?

Practice:

“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” <Philemon 6>

The basic gist of this verse… share the good news so that you will understand how good the good news really is.

  • Share the message of Jesus and why you believe it with 2 people [by the next time we meet for DOJO – April 5th].

This is how I want you to approach this – there’s no need to go out to the malls to share with strangers [unless you want to!]. Pray every morning, “God would you open an opportunity to share about you today.” And look… listen… for God to open a door. And when he does [and he will], share it. We all have people we regularly connect with [friends, family, co-workers, store-workers, mail/UPS workers, etc.]. When God opens the door, share with your friend about Jesus… why he means anything/everything to you. Why he’s so good… why the good news is such good news. Ask God to open doors and walk through the ones he opens.

Thanks folks – look forward to meeting back at the Dojo and practicing and preparing to live boldly in real life. QUESTIONS? Leave a comment on this post.

LENT and Training

Two Things:

LENT
Sorry for the late notice… but Lent started yesterday and it’s ok to pick it up today if you didn’t know. Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter [the day most people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ]. The forty day period is symbolic of the forty days spent by Jesus in the wilderness and other instances of 40 day periods in the Bible. Fasting during Lent is a way to identify with Jesus’ suffering, which according the Bible, Jesus underwent for the sake of humanity,

In past years many of us chose to fast certain foods, the internet [while at home], television, etc. to not only identify with Jesus, but to sharpen our spiritual sensitivity for what God is doing. I did it with TV a few years back and my mind was clearer then it’s ever been in a long time! Two things to help you [downloadable links]:

LENT Guide – A short explanation and some guidelines on LENT and fasting.
LENTEN Reading Guide – Short readings that can be done during the 40 days, daily. When you fast something you got to replace it with something.

We will do a community wide fast the week before Easter – info to come.

<<edit – renamed DOJO>> Discipleship/Leadership Training [3/1 – SUN – 9:30am]
We will be reshaping our first Sunday gatherings and re-purposing them towards practical training in being a disciple of Jesus and being a leader in our community. Our intention has always been to integrate our faith into real life – our heart is to grow in walking with Jesus every single moment of our lives. These sessions are open to all who want to deepen their life with Jesus and live courageously in our world. Starts his Sunday, March 1st, 9:30am @ Dave’s house [923 Alegre Place, San Jose, CA 95126].

Retreat Message MP3’s

Here are Mike’s Friday and Saturday talks. It’s best to download the handbook to go along with it as you listen. The main question being asked during our time was, “Why do I do what I do?” If we’re honest, we’re all plagued by certain fears and anxiety that lead us to do things that don’t always make sense. Many of us live our lives shackled by fear and anxiety. Mike led us through some material and reflection that ponders how Jesus’ work on the Cross allows us to truly live free. Take a listen.

Friday Evening Message

Saturday Morning Message

Saturday Afternoon Message

Handbook

Questions and comments about the material – contact us at info[at]ihaven.org.

Resources and Info: Mike Chong Perkinson

Hey Folks – Here are some resources that Mike has written as well as some info on him. Many of you were blessed enormously by his sharing at our retreat last weekend and it’s our challenge to continue to live free lives through Jesus and what he’s done on the Cross.

Here’s some stuff from and on Mike:

Mike’s Church
Books written by Mike
Mike’s Blog
Intro to His New Book, “InBetween”
Facebook

Reminder: Worship @ LPT this coming Sunday [2/15]

Community Update

Some updates for the week:

House Communities?
Want to join a house community and don’t know where to start? Check out the ‘GATHERINGS’ page or contact us at info[at]ihaven.org.

Monthly Worship Gathering [SUN – 02.15]
We will be gathering for our monthly worship gathering at Le Petit Trianon Theatre. Lunch will be provided generously by the Monday House Community. Join us as we hear from God and each other. More info contact us at info[at]ihaven.org.

Le Petit Trianon Theatre [Upstairs]
72 North Fifth St.
San Jose
10am
MAP

Haven Retreat 2009
We came back from our annual retreat encouraged and empowered. Remember: Repent, Renounce, Release and Reclaim! Many of you are processing what was discussed and wrestling through how it impacts your life. Two suggestions: share it with your house community. Share what God has spoken to you. Secondly start a Zealot Group… a group of 2 or 3 where you journey together to live out Jesus’ message of freedom [see GATHERINGS page for more info on Zealot Groups]. Will we post photos and mp3’s of sessions soon. Check back.

Also those of you who have not paid – and yes we know – we’re still collecting. Send your check to:

Haven
72 North Fifth St. #12
San Jose, CA 95112

T-Shirts were also unveiled during the retreat. If you’d like one, contact Sarah at sarahylin[at]gmail.com.

Monthly Discipleship/Leadership Training [beginning SUN – 03.01]
We will be reshaping our first Sunday gatherings and re-purposing them towards practical training in being a disciple of Jesus and being a leader in our community. Our intention has always been to integrate our faith into real life – our heart is to grow in walking with Jesus every single moment of our lives. These sessions are open to all who want to deepen their life with Jesus and live courageously in our world. More info to come and contact us at info[at]ihaven.org.

Learning Community: Healthy Marriages and Effective Parenting
We will be restarting our quarterly learning community where we will  discuss having healthy marriages. We will tackle this first for the first 2-3 quarters before moving into parenting. Our heart is to equip couples to live well and nurture healthy family environments. Alan and Luanne will be leading the discussion and childcare will be provided. Location and time TBD – check back soon for more info – contact Alan if you’re interested at alhom[at]sbcglobal.net.

REBUILDING TOGETHER – Loving Our City thru Rehabbing/Rebuilding Homes
We have been working with Rebuilding Together this past year and the Spring project is coming up. It’s a very tangible way of helping provide safe and healthy living environments for those who are disabled or elderly living here in the Silicon Valley. Alan will be leading the charge and we NEED at least 12 people to participate. Be a part of loving our city in a tangible way. Invite your friends and then let Alan know that you’re IN by contacting him at alhom[at]sbcglobal.net by February 20TH. Contact Alan for more info as well.

Got an Extra Pair of Glasses You’ll Never Use Again?
Our friend Dave S. is collecting used eye-glasses to donate to Clarkson Eyecare Foundation that will be recycled and given away to those who are unable to afford them. You can bring them to our next worship gathering on February 15th. You can reduce your own clutter and provide a way for someone to see. What could be better? Contact us at info[at]ihaven.org for more info.

Questions? Comments? Just want to say ‘hi’? Contact us at info[at]ihaven.org.