Why Mosaics?

cafeWhy Reach Out to the Mosaics?

We feel there is a great need for sympathy among the Mosaics (aka Millennials or Gen Y), who learn what Christian market researcher George Barna has called context-free or “cut-and-paste” morality—“whatever works”—from their Internet experiences. So Barna says today’s young people are “very mosaic.”

In our own deep interactions with Mosaics, we have noticed there’s a tendency for them to feel adrift and a lack of meaning in their lives. Wars are fought off the stage of their lives and there are many cushions to help them deal with economic difficulties. Past generations of young people had many reasons to gather together. But for Mosaics it can be an isolating and confusing experience sitting alone in front of a computer monitor and typing on a keyboard rather than interacting with other human beings. Individuals who are pieces of the Mosaic Generation struggle to find connections.

Through gathering in spirit to worship and share the sacraments and Word of God and Jesus Christ, we hope to provide members of the Mosaic Generation with meaning and purpose in their lives. In this way we will help carry out God’s mission and transform the lives of the Mosaics.  As we share authentic relationships with our Mosaic brothers and sisters, we will build trust and a permanent sense of belonging that will be accountable to their rigorous questing and questioning minds.

Why a New Worshipping Community in Mosaic?

Mosaic provides a unique opportunity to create a “proximity space” where the Christians and non-Christians can interact meaningfully with each other (Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church).  The proposed NWC would lend itself to outreach through hospitality, enabling Davis Community Church(DCC) to more fully meet, live with and know our neighbors.  Since the original word for hospitality – “philoxenia” — literally means the ‘love of strangers,’ Christians were (and are!) being called to an attitude of welcome not only to other believers, but also to those who are `outsiders.’

For this reason, Mosaic is more than simply a new nonprofit; it is a “proximity space” where ministry can be carried out as we seek to engage the wider community of Davis.  Mosaic is a new expression of Christianity that responds to our changing culture in dynamic ways.

Mosaic also provides DCC and CA House/Multifaith Living Community an opportunity to re-establish deep and meaningful relationship in joint ministry.  For many years now, DCC has provided financial support to CA House; but what has been lacking is a deep, meaningful and personal partnership that draws our communities together.

The Target Demographic: Mosaics (Gen Y + Gen Z)

Mosaics (aka “Millennials) are the generation born between 1978 and 2002, which include the Gen Y (born 1978-1989) and Gen Z (“iGen“, born 1990 and later).

According to Kinnaman, the author of You Lost Me and unChristian who has spent the last 20 months speaking nationally about the challenges facing today’s Millennials, “Millennials are rethinking most of the institutions that arbitrate life, from marriage and media, to government and church.” Kinnaman says, “They have grown up in a culture and among peers who are often neutral or resistant to the gospel. And life feels accelerated compared with 15 years ago—the ubiquity of information makes it harder for many to find meaning in institutions that feel out of step with the times. Millennials often describe church, for instance, as ‘not relevant’ or say that attending worship services ‘feels like a boring duty.’ Furthermore, many young Americans say life seems complicated—that it’s hard to know how to live with the onslaught of information, worldviews and options they are faced with every day. One of the specific criticisms young adults frequently make about Christianity is that it does not offer deep, thoughtful or challenging answers to life in a complex culture.”

Thousands of broken and imperfect pieces are mixed and bonded together to recreate a beautiful mosaic art–a new transformed beauty. Like a mosaic, we would like to rebuild a strong community of Mosaics filled with faith, hope, love in the midst of our brokenness–vision of Isaiah and Nehemiah.

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Joseph’s Character: Transparency


4 Lessons from Joseph’s Story in Genesis 39

1. When the Lord is with you, you will be prospered (39:2) – Although Joseph was sold as a slave, he had a chance to learn cross-culture and administrative skills as a head of stewards under the Egyptian master. Joseph indirectly impacted his master as a man of God (39:3-4).

2. We have to resist all temptations and must be transparent in all we’re doing with humility and patience (39:7-20) – Sometimes, we can be accused or mistreated wrongfully but we learn to be humble and build character through hardship.

3. When you are honest and transparent in your life, the Lord will be with you to strengthen your vision and characters (honesty, self-control, peace, kindness, patience, wisdom, integrity, responsibility and accountability) (39:21-23) – The Lord will lift you up in a worst situation and will make you successful in whatever you do.

4. Your transparency will make you a person of trustworthiness, creativity, innovation, and servant-leadership. – You’ll become a transformed person with multi-talents, multi-perspetives, effective communication skills, proactive faith and deeper spirituality.

“Transparency is one of very important elements of faith.”

– Pastor Stephen Moon


Related Scriptures:

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalms 51:10, NIV

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:1-5, NIV

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:1-2, NIV

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV


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Two Pillars of Church

peter-paulAs I am preparing for the ministry in Davis—city of multiethnic Millennials, God reminds me of two apostles, one is Apostle Peter (Acts 10:9-16) and the other is Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:7-11 & 2 Timothy 2:8-10).

Peter was a fisherman with bold and simple Jewish mindset while Paul was en elite with Hellenistic mindset with dual citizenship. Peter betrayed Jesus while Paul persecuted church. They both repented, humbled and risked their lives for the sake of Christ. They are two pillars of the church who shows us how to pursue the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

My priority is “winning the lost souls” like Peter (within church) and Paul (outside of church), one person at a time.

I take Paul’s confession as mine: “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:23-24)

Pastor Stephen Moon


About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. – Acts 10:9-16

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:7-11

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. – 2 Timothy 2:8-10

18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. – 1 Peter 1:18-19

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. – 1 Timothy 1:16

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Jesus Paid It All

Jesus Paid It All (O Phraise the One)

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Lead Me To The Cross

“Lead Me To The Cross” by Hillsong

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“Calvary” by Hillsong Worship

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