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Written by Scott Sweeney on . Posted in Events, Reporting

The Mountain of the Lord

“There before me was a great multitude…from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9

When we first drove into San Antonio, we were looking for the mountain of the Lord, and the whole landscape was flat! We found the Alamo, we found the beautiful Riverwalk and as we entered the AT&T Center, where the San Antonio Spurs play, we found what John was writing about in Revelation, the Mountain of the Lord – 18,000 disciples from 90 nations were worshipping God with all their hearts! It was overwhelming to watch all of the disciples from outside of the U.S. enter on Thursday night wearing native costumes and dancing with joy to their native music. We were seeing the answer to many of our prayers and gifts joyfully given to see the gospel spread around the world!

Personally, I was inspired to have more faith and to devote myself even more to training other disciples who will in turn train other disciples. It touched my heart to have our kids there and to see them be moved, excited and having fun with their friends. They are the legacy of my faith and with God’s help they will continue to advance His Kingdom on earth! My son even got a vision of going to China and being jailed for his faith! He may not be aware of all that his dream means, but one thing is clear – God is giving all of us a new vision and fresh faith.

Here are some highlights of the conference from the North Men’s Midweek, as some of the men shared what they were taking away from the weekend personally:

Rusty Alexander. Rusty was inspired and filled with vision. He decided to become a Proverbs 31 husband to help his wife be the Proverbs 31 Woman. Check out this website for and awesome marriage resources from John Louie.

Ryan Weekley. He was impacted by the zeal and wants to make Christianity radical for the teens in the teen ministry!

Kevin Mabry. Kevin came away seeing the need to spend quality time with his kids and that that kind of time is a spiritual necessity for them.

orange county church outreach

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Events

Sharing our Faith Together
Jesus commands us to go and make disciples in Matt 28:18-20. Often we need help to have the courage to share the good news of Christ with this world that so desperately needs Him. To this end we are planning four different times during the week of July 21-28 for the disciples in our church to come together and share our faith with the people of Orange County.

We are having a regional “Summer Fest” Service at 10:00a.m. on Sunday, July 29th that will include a picnic and sports day at Mason Park site #6 immediately afterwards . Invitations to the “Summer Fest” service and picnic will be available this Sunday July 15th at church.

Several of the ministry staff will be organizing the different evangelistic sessions . Below is the schedule of when we will be going and who will be organizing. Please email the staff member of the appropriate session that you can attend to get more detailed information.

Times and Places for Outreach

Saturday, July 21, 11:00am-2:00pm 

Sunday, July 22, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, July 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, July 28, 11:00am-2:00pm

orange county kids ministry

Written by Candice Roditi on . Posted in Church Update, Reporting

Kids Rule!
OC Kids Ministry

The Orange County Church of Christ is full of love and devotion for one another. We especially adore the youth. The children’s ministry is always striving to find new, fun and innovative ways to reach our youth. We value our children and invest in their spiritual education because they are our future. We are very thankful for all of the volunteer coordinators, teachers, and new curriculum.

Each rotation we have a new set of coordinators who serve many hours to help make the teachers and children experience excellent. We are lucky to have such dedicated volunteers who have a passion for the youth. The teachers in each Sunday school grade are devoted to helping every individual child in their class learn and grow spiritually. The teachers are very involved in making the Sunday school experience for the children interesting, educational, and a lot of fun! We have also are appreciative of what our preschool had done to the classrooms to make them special.  

We have recently switched to a new curriculum. We are currently using a curriculum from a company called “Group” and the curriculum is named, “Buzz.” We absolutely love it! It is teacher-friendly and exciting for the children. Preschool through fifth grade are enjoying this new curriculum. Each grade has special activities, games and crafts that are age appropriate for their grade level. Each class also has a CD with their memory verses on them. The children have a great time singing along while they learn their Bible verses.It has been fun to see each class have different special parties to celebrate good behavior, memory of scripture, and working as a team. This has really added to the unity of the children’s ministry.

One awesome highlight of this new curriculum is the take-home family devotionals. Each child receives a small packet containing thirteen cards. Each card provides a short, interactive family devotional that coincides with the Bible lesson from the previous Sunday school lesson. At the OC Church of Christ we highly value our regular family times where we are learning about the Bible together. We want our children to know how amazing God is and how powerful He is when we seek him. These weekly family devotionals that supplement the Sunday curriculum allow families to have this connection to each other and be involved in what their children are learning. We love the children’s ministry!

KM 6.20.2012

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Church Update, Missions

Special Missions Contribution

Almost There

On June 10th we took up our Special Missions Contribution for the churches in Mexico and Central America and the church planting in Tucson, Arizona. We needed to collect $329,500.00 in order to meet all of the needs; $275,000 for the churches in Mexico and Central America, $18,000 for the Tucson, Arizona church planting and $36,500 for our weekly contribution. As of Sunday June 17th we have collected $292,500. I would like to thank everyone who sacrificed so much for our brothers and sisters in Latin America and for those that will become disciples through your generous sacrifice. We are close to meeting our goal and the needs. The Elders and I have set aside Sunday, July 15th as a day when we will give anything above our weekly contribution towards completing our Special Missions Contribution. I feel it is important for us to meet these needs. The difference between our current contribution of $292,500 and our $329,500 goal would be the salary of one ministry couple for a year. This is critical when in some cities they have one ministry couple for 400 disciples. Thanks again for all of the faith and love that so many of you have shown not just this year, but year after year, as we hold out the word of life to people all over the world.

Revelation

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements, Events

Separating Fact from Fiction

A Responsible Approach to the Book of Revelation

Revelation is the last book of the New Testament and for centuries it has been perhaps the most controversial book in the Bible. The book has been interpreted and reinterpreted from numerous perspectives. The most widely held idea, popularized by the “Left Behind” novels and movies, is that the Book of Revelation is about the events that will happen at the end of the world when Jesus returns. This is called Futurism. Most people are unaware that this was not the traditional interpretation of the Catholic or the Protestant Church. Would you like to know how this idea, and others, came into being?

As disciples of Christ, we should always strive to approach Bible study in a responsible manner. On Sunday June 24, Dr. Jaime De Anda will begin a series of studies on the Book of Revelation. The series will begin with a survey of the various systems of interpretation and their respective origins. We will then study the historical background of the book and the symbology used by its author. As we go through each chapter we will be careful to ask: What did this mean to the original audience, the Christians in the Roman province of Asia during the late First Century? In this manner we will avoid many of the anachronisms that plague the Futurist and other interpretations. Hopefully, from our study we will be able to extract principles that we can apply to our Christian life in contemporary society.

The study series begins on June 24, 2012 at the Orange County Church of Christ (10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92618) Classes will go from 7:00- 8:00 PM and continue to meet for 8 weeks (with the exception of July 8). Admission is free. Come and join us!

Missions Contribution 6/10/12!

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Church Update, Missions

Missions Contribution 6/10/12

Our special mission contribution for Mexico and Central America is coming up in 3 weeks on June 10th. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice of so many disciples over the years supporting world missions. Hundreds of churches have been planted and tens of thousands of souls have been saved. However, our job is just beginning. There are still millions of souls yet to be saved and many more churches yet to be planted. Mexico has a population of 112,000,000 and Central America has a population of 42,000,000. Since our first church planting in 1987 in Mexico City with 13 disciples, the work in Latin America has grown to 37 churches with 8157 disciples.

We are asking every disciple to give 10 times their normal weekly contribution on our Missions Sunday. We will take our weekly contribution out of that amount and the rest will go directly to the Mexican and Central American churches.

Recently the campus ministries are seeing a revival in Latin America. In Central America the campus ministries collectively are called “Student Action.” Recently campus ministries have started in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Managua, Nicaragua; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; San Salvador, El Salvador and Xela, Guatemala . The largest university in Mexico is in Mexico City, it is called UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). It has 260,000 students registered. Plans are in the works to start a campus ministry there this year. Much of this work depends on the success of our missions contribution.

In the last two months the church in Costa Rica hosted a Women’s Day and the 67 women disciples in that church brought 100 eager visitors to learn about God. Also the San Salvador Church hosted a Men’s Day called “Courageous.” The 54 men in the church brought 104 visitors! Wilfredo Coello from the Tegucigalpa, Honduras church was the guest speaker. Additionally, many church planting are scheduled for this new year throughout Latin America.