This morning, we had a hard time finding a parking space. The lot was full! Sadly, folks were there for another event–and we could not help but whisper a prayer to the Lord that these men and women would come to know and worship the Lord!
Please pray with us as we process and wait for other documents we need to be able to open our worship venue to the general public. We look forward to the Lord’s perfect timing and provision. Presently, working full time as a chaplain intern in San Francisco has challenged both me and my wife in strength and stamina; but by God’s grace and Sovereignty, through my workplace, I am growing in my understanding of various cultures and beliefs representative of the people in the communities we are aiming to reach.
Today, as we began our service, we could not help but feel the emptiness of the room; but, shortly after the opening prayer, there were 16 of us gathered–all repeat attendees. We do praise the Lord for each one of these whom the Lord has brought to Northside Harvest and pray that from these will arise a core group of dedicated believers that can become our co-laborers in this new church planting ministry.
Our topic of study this morning was the Creation and Fall of man. Focusing on Genesis 1-3, my prayer was for each one in attendance to have an understanding that contrary to the pluralistic worldview of our day, there is, in fact, only one true God. This one and only true God, who has no beginning and no end, is the Creator of the Universe. He created man in His image to have a relationship with Him, which relationship was broken by sin. Man disobeyed God, but God in His mercy, promised a Savior, a Redeemer, through whom reconciliation is made possible.
Please pray with us as we continue on our study of Genesis next week. One of our goals is to lay a foundation that will help individuals have a biblical worldview. In light of the syncretism or combining of different beliefs that characterize today’s society, we believe there is a need to go back to Genesis and teach through the Bible chronologically.
Kimyal New Testament launch in Indonesia from United Bible Societies on Vimeo.
My family and I, together with my wife’s parents, were encouraged today to have repeat attendees, save for one visitor. In sum, we were 12 in number. The family who has come since the first Sunday were recently saved in our Bible Study sessions in their home; and, our hearts do rejoice in the Lord! Please pray for their continued growth and discipleship and for the other repeat visitors — that we may be given the opportunity to lead them to and/or disciple them in the Lord. We have been asking our heavenly Father for a core group of believers; and so, the repeat attendees today were a tremendous encouragement.
The message today was on Psalm 19 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. As an introduction to our “Through the Bible” series, we surveyed the unique characteristics of the Bible and its power. We also had the opportunity to see the presentation of the New Testament to an Indonesian people group which made evident the tremendous blessing we have to be able to have the Word of God in our language and to have it so readily available to us in the United States. How sad it is, therefore, when we take for granted our access to the Bible and leave it untouched, unread . . .
We encourage each one today to just ponder upon God’s gift to us– His Word. May we read it, study it, know and obey it. There is no greater pursuit than knowing God personally and in doing His will; and God has graciously revealed Himself to us in the Holy Scriptures.
Brethren, do continue to pray for this new church planting ministry. The Lord bless you.
Today, Saturday, 9/17/2011, lunch for our family was out of the ordinary. We were full-y encouraged, to say the least…
We met for the first time Sir John and Ma’m Daria Greening and were glad to once again fellowship with Pastor Ron and Ma’m Judy (You can click on their names to get to know them, too!) . . .
In the ministry, a pastor is necessarily engaged in the ministry of listening to and carrying the burdens of others. It is therefore an encouragement to be able to be in fellowship with Christian leaders who, as servants of Christ, make it a point to humbly listen and share in the burden of a fellow worker in the Lord…
Today, among other things, we have also placed into our family’s “treasure chest” the testimony of a child of God whose life was shaped and sharpened by his father’s taking the time to read a chapter from the book of Proverbs daily before he would leave for school. Indeed, if we desire to help our children develop virtues and values different from the world’s, we need to take the time to let the Word of God dwell in them richly (Read Hebrews 4:12, Colossians 3:16 and Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Lord, thank you, for this special day.
Today we experienced once again the goodness of our Lord — that He is indeed the Lord of the Harvest.
By the time our worship began, our number matched last week’s attendance of 22. However, this Sunday, 11 were 1st-time visitors and 5 were from a newly-saved family who returned from last Sunday (more photos below)! The remaining 6 consisted of my family and I, together with Anna’s parents and nephew.
After the service, one visiting couple even treated us to lunch and what a treat it was to be able to talk more about the Lord and His Word. Please pray for this precious couple and the others who visited.
The message was on Luke 24:13-27 entitled, “Remembering 9/11: What We Can Learn from God’s Word.” As we journeyed with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, we saw how Jesus had turned their despair into hope. The resurrected Christ, “beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, [ ] explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27)… And so, as we remembered 9/11, we were reminded that in this world of sin where despair is inevitable and tragedies, certain, we need the true peace and hope that only Christ can give. Read The Story.
We thank our Sending Church (SVBC), GARBC, and each one of you who continue to pray for us in this new church planting ministry. May the seed sown in hearts today bear fruit. Indeed, as you pray, we can rejoice as co-laborers together in the Lord’s harvest in which He grants us the privilege to take part!
How we praise the Lord for each of you who prayed for Northside Harvest’s 1st Worship Service. The Lord blessed with three unchurched families. For this reason, Pastor Sidney preached the Gospel Message. Two of those unchurched families expressed to us that they will come back next week; so, please continue to pray…. Also, to our surprise, after my wife’s parents arrived, two Christian families also came to encourage and to express their support for the new work. All in all, 22 of us were gathered today for the 1st Worship Service of Northside Harvest.
How we greatly praise the Lord for Who He is and how He has answered the prayers of His people. Again, to each of you who have supported us in prayer, we extend, from our hearts, our gratitude. The Lord bless each of you and to God be the glory!
Above are the 21 + Anna taking the picture = 22 🙂
On a Side Note:
Saturday evening before Northside Harvest’s 1st Worship Service, our family van was loaded with the keyboard, hymnbook, “pulpit” (a portable conductor stand), flowers, signboard, coffee maker with coffee, cups, sugar, creamer and spoons, table covers, bulletins, tracts (gasp) . . . and little Kathleen (just kidding).
Little Kathleen (who turns two this week) actually woke up naming each of the wonderful ladies that cared for her at Sunrise Valley’s Nursery (our sending church). Somehow, she knew it was Sunday morning. Just after the service today, with Daddy and Mommy occupied, she actually suffered a little cut and bump on the head. Thankfully, she is okay, but how dearly she must miss the wonderful ladies of Sunrise Valley Baptist Church!
Tuesday, August 30, we asked Mr. and Mrs. Greening for prayer for our first worship service. We are indeed grateful to their response. Not only are they praying but have posted the prayer request on the website of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches so that others too, may include us in their prayers. We do thank and praise the Lord!
The following entry was posted [on the GARBC Website] on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 11:26 am and is filed under GARBCnews, PrayerLink.
Prayer Request: First Worship Service
A prayer request from Sidney Capillas, pastor of Northside Harvest Baptist Church, church plant of Sunrise Baptist Church, Ron Shaw, pastor:
“I would appreciate your prayers for the first worship service of the new church planting ministry that my wife, Anna, and I are starting in the North San Jose and Milpitas, California area, namely Northside Harvest Baptist Church.
Please help us pray that the people whom we have invited will all come. Some have already indicated that they are coming, but others, as of today, have not yet responded to our invitation. Help us ask to our Lord of the Harvest that He will bring in the people this Sunday so that they might hear the Gospel. Thank you and the Lord bless you.” Pastor Sidney
We praise the Lord for our Christian family at Sunrise Valley Baptist Church (SVBC) who have sent us out with their blessing, prayer and support to plant a new church in obedience to our Lord. Here is a video of a portion of the Commissioning Service held August 28, 2011, which was followed by a luncheon especially prepared by SVBC. We truly praise the Lord for SVBC and for the leadership of Pastor Ron Shaw. You can find out more about SVBC by clicking here.
Welcome to our website!
I bring you our warmest Christian greetings from our Northside Harvest family! We are so glad and thrilled that you took the time to view our website.
We at Northside Harvest are committed to building a dedicated and loving community of believers in Jesus Christ in the North San Jose and Milpitas area. We are committed to the preaching and teaching of God’s Holy Word, the Bible, the final and sole authority of our faith and practice.
If this is your first time to visit our website and have not heard anything about the Gospel, I encourage you to carefully read “The Good News.” However, if you already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and are currently looking for a home church, we encourage you to visit and pray about becoming a valuable part of Northside Harvest’s pioneering members. Just call or email us and we will be more than happy to talk or meet with you!
Again, thank you for your time. I hope and pray that the Lord will grant us the privilege of meeting together personally.