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Each One Reach One

Heart's Open to God's Calling

Dear Calvary Church Family,

I want to open our hearts to God's leading as we are entering into the holidays. How has God been prompting you to respond to this inspiring call to reach across the street and around the world? We know that God is calling our church so that Each One would Reach One with the good news of Jesus by Easter of 2020.

What would it take to for you to see one person that you know and love be transformed by the saving grace of Jesus this year? What does that picture look like?

How do we start painting that picture?

1. We pray! This is all about the Holy Spirit's power and presence in doing the work of this vision. We pray the CHOW Prayer of evangelism. We ask God to give us Courage, Heart, Opportunities and Words to Say. We pray that prayer everyday at 10:02am inspired by Luke 10:2 where we learn that the harvest is ripe but the workers are few. So we ask the Lord of the Harvest to send workers for the harvest, including ourselves. You can pick up a Missionary Prayer Guide this Sunday in the Lobby and commit to lift them up as well.

2. We give! Our giving to missions supports our missionary partners around the world and helps us reach out locally as well. You could possibly have your greatest kingdom impact by being incredibly successful at your job here at home and giving to support missionaries around the world. You can make a donation online today at calvarylife.org/give

3. We go! We go across the street or across the office or across the classroom or across the field to invest in the lives of the people with whom we live, work and play. Who will you invite this year and continue to invest in over the next year as we pursue our vision for Each One to Reach One. 

You also might be called by God to go across the world. Email Matt Doan at to start a conversation about what it looks like to start the process of being a missionary from Calvary Church.

Here's what I know for sure! God is calling you to something! He's calling you to share your faith with someone! He's calling you to make an impact on this world for His Kingdom. He's calling every single one of us. No one is left out from this calling. This is a family business. We truly are better together.

How is God calling you to reach today?

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Eric

 

Each One Reach One In Your Neighborhood


 

Last year, we shared the dream of having each one of us reach one person with the good news of Jesus by 2020. The first action step towards this vision was launched with the “Orange County Rescue Mission Grocery Bag Challenge.” We encouraged each one of us at Calvary Church to go meet and interact with 8 neighbors. As we metour neighbors, we also invited them to join the fight to end hunger in Orange County by filling up a bag of groceries for the O.C. Rescue Mission.

So that is the dream (“Each One, Reach One”) and the project (“OC Rescue Mission Grocery Bag Challenge”). Now, let me share with you the heart behind the dream and project…

Ellie (age 4), Benny (age 3) and Charlie (age 1) are siblings who attend Calvary Church along with their parents Gregg and Teresa. They are a loving and fun family whom we cherish having as part of the larger family at Calvary. 
One day, when the kids are older, their grandmother, Eileen, will tell them about their spiritual history and how it all goes back to Loretta Dr.

Give me a moment to explain…

Loretta Dr. is a classic Orange County suburban street which winds through neighborhoods in Santa Ana and Orange. Throughout the years, several families who have attended Calvary have lived on Loretta Dr. One family in particular is Don and Gail Gum. Don and Gail have been members of Calvary Church since 1963! They moved into their house on Loretta Drive in 1962 and raised all five of their kids in that home.

(Gail Gum and their 5 kids, 1960’s in front of their house on Loretta Dr.)

Don went to be with Lord last June, and I had the honor of officiating Don’s memorial service in Samsvick Chapel. Don was infamously known in the Loretta Dr. neighborhood as the guy who would come home from his job as an aerospace engineer and mow his front yard lawn still wearing his work clothes!

(Don mowing his front yard lawn after work)The Gum family had the gift of seeing their house and neighborhood on Loretta Drive as their mission field. They opened their home to foster children and helped take care of kids in their neighborhood who needed a little extra attention. The Gum’s always seemed to have extra seat at the table as they raised their four girls and son. The Loretta Dr. neighborhood loved the Gum family. In fact, at Don’s memorial service, there were dozens of neighbors who came up to me and shared about how special the family is. One of the neighborhood kids who hung around their house back in those days was a little 4th grader named Eileen Willis. 

Eileen’s life was changed by living across the street from the Gum family. The Gum’s invited Eileen to Calvary with them and every Sunday from 4th grade thru high school, Eileen would jump in the Gum’s station wagon and come to church with the family. Eileen met Jesus in a real way at Calvary through the influence of the Gum family. Eileen eventually grew up and married Kurt Angier, had four boys that she raised at Calvary and became one of our volunteer small group leaders for our high school group.

Today, three generations of Eileen’s family, including little Ellie, Benny and Charlie, have been impacted with the good news of Jesus because of the Gum family’s influence on Loretta Dr.

Isn’t this amazing! Imagine what God wants to do in your neighborhood? Could there be three future generations of families who will love and follow Jesus because of your influence in your neighborhood?

May the Lord Bless Us as Each One of Us, Reaches One,

Matt Doan
Reach Pastor

 

Each One Reach One - Sermon

Calvary’s Purpose Statement (What We Do Together) - Calvary Church is a community where we CONNECT with God and others to GROW in our faith so we REACH Orange County and the world for Jesus Christ.

Calvary’s Vision Statement (Who We Will Be) - Calvary seeks to be a church family that is better together, being changed by the Gospel to love like Jesus across all cultures and generations.

Who is my neighbor? Luke 10:25-37

The Great Commandment Matthew 22:36-40

The Great Commission Matthew 28:18-20

Each One Reach One in Your Neighborhood Romans 15:2
“Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.”

- Who is your neighbor - Block Map (see map and Digging Deeper below)
- The OC Rescue Mission Grocery Bag Challenge - Take 8 grocery bags, invite 8 neighbors to participate
- Praying (10:02) for who to invite to Calvary for Christmas Eve
- “We can choose our friends, we can even choose our enemies, but God chooses our neighbors.” - GK Chesterton

Digging Deeper + LifeGroup Discussion:

Fill out the Block Map above - Write the names of your neighbors by listing out the names of the adults and children of the 8 closest houses or apartment units next to you and pay attention to the blank spaces. Take a second and identify each of the neighbors and decide if they are a stranger, acquaintance, or relationship.

Luke 10:29 says this about the teacher of the law: “But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” In what ways do we attempt to justify ourselves in order to avoid taking the Great Commandment literally? What are your fears about reaching out to your neighbors?

Imagine yourself with the time it would take to be a great neighbor. What are the things you would have to sacrifice to make that a reality? Why would it be worth it? What could change in your life or in your neighborhood?

Next Steps:

TAKE A PACK OF GROCERY BAGS TO DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR NEIGHBORS: Calvary is partnering with the OC Rescue Mission this month to fill the food shortage in Orange County this Fall! Distribute grocery bags to your neighbors this week and bring back filled bags over the next three Sundays to the OC Rescue Mission Truck in the courtyard.

COME TO “THE ART OF NEIGHBORING”: What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors? Join this 6-week workshop on Sundays, October 14 - November 18, at 11:00am in A-205 for thought-provoking and practical discussions that could transform not only your life but also your community. 

ATTEND “IN DEFENSE OF CHRISTIANITY”: Come hear John Stewart share a special 3-part workshop on The Case for God, the Case for the Gospels and The Case for Jesus on Sundays, October 14-28 at 11:00am in B-205. John is a lawyer, Christian apologist, author, award-winning radio personality and co-founder of Intelligent Faith.

PRAY FOR SOMEONE TO INVITE TO ONE OF OUR CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES: On Monday, December 24, at 2:00pm and 4:00pm, we will gather in the Worship Center to present the life-changing good news of great joy found in Jesus Christ. Be praying now about who you can invite to join you this Christmas Eve at Calvary Church.

 

10:02 Prayer

March 2018

Here are two prayers I ask you to commit to as part of our ongoing pursuit for each one at Calvary to reach one person they know with the good news of Jesus:

10:02 Prayer

Get your phone out and set an alarm for 10:02. Then pray Luke 10:2 where Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Let's all ask God to send workers from Calvary to share the gospel and reap the harvest that He has prepared. We can also pray for our global missionaries and even for the organization Greater Europe Mission (since this is where I got the idea).

CHOW Prayer

As you pray at 10:02, also ask God to give you Courage, Heart, Opportunities, and Words to Say. We need boldness, love, chances to share and then the right words to say as we follow the Spirit’s leading.

Please commit to pray these prayers EVERY DAY with me at 10:02 am. Our staff and elders are already doing this. I would love to hear a host of alarms going off all around our community every day because we are all committed to this. God hears our prayers and will answer them as we cry out to Him with all our hearts.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,


Eric Wakeling
Senior Pastor

 

Vision & Blessing

February 2018

Installation Service | Vision & Blessing

I’m deeply honored, I’m truly grateful and I’m incredibly excited to be your pastor - to walk with you through the mountains and valleys of life and guide us as we keep our eyes fixed firmly on Jesus. God is calling us as a Church family to carry out His mission for our homes, for our neighborhoods and for the nations. 

I imagine a church , I imagine a Calvary Church…

  • Where hope conquers doubt
  • Where joy invades our pain
  • Where the Word of God determines every decision
  • Where people experience the warmth of family
  • Where healing comes, inside and out, through the work of God’s Spirit and everything we do is empowered by the Holy Spirit
  • Where leaders are developed from within and sent out to make real impact both here and around the world
  • Where deep rest comes from Sabbath time with God our Father who holds us in his arms
  • Where young and old, rich and poor, and every beautiful color of skin sings passionate praise to God side by side with love in our hearts for one another.
  • Where Better Together becomes our way of life as the family of God
  • Where each one reaches one for Jesus
  • Then each one reaches another and another and another
  • Until every man, woman and child in Orange County is engaged with the gospel and experiences the hope, joy and love of God that makes all things new.
  • Where the good news of Jesus is more important to us than anything else
  • I see this church for us but only if we all come together for this mission given to us by God himself that each one reaches one with the good news of Jesus.

We start now.

  • You can pray every single day for the Holy Spirit to give you courage, heart, opportunities and words to say.
  • You can warmly talk to somebody in this room today that you’ve never met.
  • You can be developed as a leader at any life stage.
  • You can worship side by side with someone different than you next Sunday.
  • You can invite someone to Alpha this Wednesday who would never normally come to church.
  • You can reconnect your heart with God’s heart through worship this Thursday
  • You can begin to embrace change and take risks for the gospel and believe that God will do a great thing.

So I pray for us:

Lord, send us as workers for the harvest. The harvest is ripe but the workers are few. Send us Lord. Give us courage, heart, opportunities and words to say. Please make us a church that sees this harvest take place through us.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, Make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, to lift his countenance to you and give you peace.


Eric Wakeling
Senior Pastor