Monday, February 27, 2012

Releasing a Community of Increasing Faith: How does Faith grow?

This week, Nathan said to Pastor Sam, "Daddy, my name is Nathaniel Jordan Kim. I was named after Michael Jordan right? Why daddy? It's because he could fly, right?"
God is calling us to have faith that takes off in flight. Yet, we live under the strict parameters of gravity, always afraid of taking risks and never trusting that God is fully capable of the impossible.
Today, will you allow God to burst your bubble? Will you give in to how big He really is and have your paradigm shattered? If you're willing, listen in to this week's message on YouTube.

180 Dream: Celebrating God's Movement Part 3

In the final installment of our 180 Dream Trilogy, we have Henry Kim, Stewart Still, and Andrew Ro share their individual stories of how far 180 has come since its inception.
180 looked remarkably different at its infancy than it does now; smaller worship space, lesser ministries, and much much MUCH fewer people. Yet Pastor Sam at that time was audacious enough to claim God's promises that we would lead hundreds, if not thousands, of people to Christ and become a global force.
Here we are, in 2012, with those dreams coming true, and then some! And it's clear to see that God came through. But it wasn't always so easy to see that vision from the start. Listen in as these three staff and lay staff members give their personal testimonies of how their paradigms of faith have shifted through the years, and be challenged to have a paradigm shift of your own.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

180 Dream: Celebrating God's Movement Part 2

Last week, we had one of our most powerful services in SI where members from our church shared stories of how they were agents of life change. This week, we hear from three young men that were the recipients of life change.
Pastor Billy moderates a discussion with Albert, an Indian-American from a pentecostal background, John, a filipino agnostic, and Thomas, an NYU student from Shang Hai that prayed to God on the plane ride over. They give their powerful testimonies on how they discovered 180 and eventually gave their lives to Christ.
Let these stories increase your faith once again as we celebrate the movement of God and find out how He is using a church in the "forgotten borough" of Staten Island to change the world.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Seizing "When" Its Time to Change

What do Xanga, Myspace, and AOL all have in common? Other than being once very successful and now not very relevant, they all failed to adapt to the rapidly changing times and as a result, suffered for it. The old maxim goes, "Adapt or die."
For those of us in our faith journeys, life change is crucial for us to make it and not get left behind. And the thing is, change is available to us right now in this very moment, not later or when we're ready.
But are we willing to seize the opportunities and catch the voice of Christ, so that we can continually change and become who the Father has called us to be?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Celebrating God's Movement.

So many amazing things are happening all across 180 Church in our youth, our college students, our young adults, and our families. But with two campuses, it's often hard to hear more in depth about these stories of life change.
This week, Pastor Joe hosts a "talk show" style service where he invites people from all the different ministries and age groups of 180 to share their recent stories of what God has done and is doing.
You will hear about friends and family members coming to Christ, God turning discouraging situations into encouraging moments, and visions of what God desires for the future. Listen in to boost your faith and be reminded that the local church is truly the hope of the world.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Audacious Gospel: Whiners Prohibited.

This week, we witnessed a star being born. Third-string point guard Jeremy Lin went from obscure bench warmer to international NBA superstar. What made it possible for him, despite the pressure, to consistently score all-time highs to lead the Knicks to 5 straight victories?
Compare this with Lebron James, a man who needs no introduction. Why was he not able to pull the trigger in last year's NBA finals, ending up with another missed opportunity?
The answer to both questions is simple: character. Whereas one excelled in it and was able to stay focused and execute in the Garden, the other was not able to go for the kill despite his immense talent.
Pastor Sam tells us that, in the journey of our lives, if we want to make it to our destiny and be able to claim the God-given opportunity when it arises, the deciding factor will be our character, not our ability. Listen to find out how the gospel is confronting the depth of your character.