Living the Prophetic Life:
The prophets are prototypes of the New Testament people of God. On Sunday’s at VinPas we’re exploring the prophets and the significant part they play in the Bible’s grand story. Isaiah had an incredibly balanced prophetic life, which also can be viewed as the characteristic fruit of experiencing revival (in other words: experiencing God!). In charismatic circles, especially, there is a lot of focus and energy placed on revival. But it is usually a focus on a single aspect of revival, while lacking awareness of what revival in its fullness looks like. Isaiah’s prophetic life—a life of revival—was centered in deep and significant personal encounters with the living God (Isa 6:1–4). He was struck by the realization of his own sinfulness in the presence of majestic holiness, otherness, and moral perfection (Isa 6:5–6). Isaiah’s experience with God was not limited to beholding the transcendent and awesome divine king of the universe, but was intimate enough for Isaiah to call God “my beloved” (Isa 5:1) and experience his compassion and loving-care (Isa 6:7). The fruit coming out from the depth of his experience with God, from his experience of revival, was that he spontaneously and without hesitation was drawn out into mission: “Here am I send me! (Isa 6:8).” Revival meant that Isaiah was keenly aware of injustice at personal and political levels (Isa 1:17, 23; 3:14), as well as religious hypocrisy in society (Isa 1:13–15). He did not ignore these social and religious conditions but spoke out about them (both Wesley and Finney revivals resulted in many people involved in abolition of the slave trade in Britain and the US). But Isaiah balanced out his social critique with compassion, mercy, and the positive expectation that God was going to do his good work among his people (Isa 30:18; 40:1–5). This is a model for us to imitate. Yes, God also moved through Isaiah in supernaturally miraculous ways and we experience and expect these surprises (Isa 36–38). Miracles, cleansing from sin, mission, social justice, personal divine experience, genuine worship: wholistic revival will result in a balance of each of these in our lives. We follow Isaiah’s example, especially as we pray for others in need this week. Be sensitive to the difficulties of the people around us in our homes, neighborhoods, schools and work places. There are many pressing social issues around us requiring our voice and our action: accessibly affordable health care, undocumented immigrants in legitimate need of protection, refugees, teenage pregnancy, homelessness, unemployment/marginal employment, and abortion just to name a few. Join me this week and allow the love and compassion of God to flow through each of us and touch others. By the way, check out John Stott’s two practical books on social justice: John Stott, Involvement: Being a Responsible Christian in a Non-Christian Society, volumes 1 (ISBN 0800714180) and 2 (ISBN 0800714385).
Don’t forget to live out the basics: loving God and loving on those neighbors, work colleagues, and fellow students that don’t know Jesus. Let people into your life who don’t know Jesus yet!
Events Coming Up:
- Wednesday 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. 501 Concha St., Altadena, 91001. Worship and Intercession Pasadena. This is the foundation out of which our life and ministry flows in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Join Pasadena peeps in seeking God’s cleansing, healing, guiding, and empowering presence. For details contact Jonas Lippuner: (626) 765-7891.
- Thursday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Alpha on the PCC campus in partnership with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. For details contact Sam Kim: (808) 561-8688.
- Friday 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Potluck meal and community fun! 560 S. Fetterly Ave, Los Angeles CA 90022. Each Friday evening at Mario Rivera’s home we gather for a shared potluck meal and then head to Mario’s studio in the back to pick up instruments and rock and roll, worship, and pray. For details contact Mario Rivera: (323) 253-8491.
- Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Need Prayer? Booth at the East LA Civic Center Park (next to library). 4837 E. 3rd St, Los Angeles, 90022. Come for a few minutes or any time you can spare. This is a very organic and relaxed way to live out our prophetic calling. We spread God’s love, compassion, and the presence of God’s Kingdom by praying over people and families at the park. God consistently and supernaturally breaks into the lives of people we pray for. Let your Kingdom come Lord! For details contact Glen (323) 215-5385.
- Saturday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Matthew 25 Steering Committee Meeting at PazNaz Coffeehouse 3700 E Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. Matthew 25 is a network of Los Angeles churches committed to supporting and advocating undocumented immigrants who fled their countries for legitimate life threatening reasons.
- Sunday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Mother’s Day Worship at the Taylor’s home: 5428 Dewar Ave, Los Angeles, 90022. (no potluck meal or NextGen today so that we can spend time with the Mom’s in our lives). For details contact Glen (323) 215-5385. Glen (323) 215-5385.
- Monday 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. 5428 Dewar Ave, Los Angeles, 90022. Worship and Intercession East LA. Like our Wednesday gathering for the Pasadena area, this is the foundation out of which our life and ministry flows in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Join ELA peeps in seeking God’s cleansing, healing, guiding, and empowering presence. For details contact Glen (323) 215-5385.
- Every day of the week … love on your family, your relatives, your neighbors, your fellow-students and co-workers. Do something fun with someone who doesn’t know Jesus this week! Prayer walk your neighborhood for 10 minutes at least one time this week!