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Healthy Cross-Cultural Church: Missions and Strategies

A healthy church is measured by its “influence” or dimensions of impact rather than “success” with big buildings and/or programs.

Luke portrays why Jesus came to us in following passage, which became the foundation of our great commision. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Luke 4:18-19

Spreading the Gospel (evangelism) and healing (liberation and restoring relationship with God) were Jesus’ main ministries, which is passed down to the Church, the Body of Christ.

The healthy Body of Christ has: 1) Strong Head (Theological Depth); 2) Heart (Missional Zeal and Passion for Worship); 3) Hand (Addressing Community Issues Requiring Mercy and Justice).

In Ezekiel 16:49-50, God says, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”

Sodomites and Gomorrahites were practicing the acts of the flesh: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft. They were full of hatred, discord, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like (Gal. 5:19-21).

Apostle Paul warns us in Galatians 6:1-2, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” God warns that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Apostle Paul warns and encourages us, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:7-10).

As we live with by the Spirit, we will yield the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. No laws are above or against these things (Gal. 5: 22-25).

Prophet Ezekiel delivers the good news, “The Lord will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you, and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.” – Ezekiel 36:25-28

The genuine and ultimate image of the Church is well described after the promised descension of the Holy Spirit. Apostle Peter says in Acts 2:15-21:

“Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

There were great transformation happened after people repented and baptized.

“Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:43-47

Strategies and Theology for Cross-Cultural Mission in Congregations (Excerpt from “Mission: An Essential Guide” by Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi)

1. Christian communities need to provide a learning, caring, and affective space for mutual encounter and dialogue.

2. Participating in cross-cultural mission requires mutual patience and compassion. Patience, because there will be times when our plans and objectives will not be accomplished. High expectations and ambitious, planned objectives can harm the process.

3. Cross-cultural mission is grounded in the Christian experience of liberation and reconciliation. Reconciliation begins with the oppressed. The invitation for reconciliation comes from those who have suffered the consequences of cultural, economic, political, and social displacement, and oppression.

4. Cross-cultural mission acknowledges the mutual recognition of incomplete, partial communal visions, with the understanding of the privileged location of those at the margins. Cross-cultural mission recognizes the particularity of cultures and the need to dwell in one another’s cultures in order to see and develop more comprehensive communal and missional visions.

5. Cross-cultural mission is a sacramental activity. The missional encounter of cultures needs to establish a roundtable for sharing food and nourishing dialogue.

6. The dialogical and programmed activities of cross-cultural mission need to be seasoned with devotional and spiritual mutuality. Coming together for worship and witnessing becomes a crucial factor in faith exchange and transformation of both communities.

7. Finally, cross-cultural mission will occur as Christian communities offer mutual hospitality and recognize time, not as money, but as a gift of God to know one another. One of the most dramatic characteristics of the church in Acts is its hospitable character to fellow Christians and others in the community. (Acts 2:46-47)

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Mosaics 8th Anniversary Banquet

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Mosaics Summer BBQ Fellowship

Mosaics Summer BBQ Fellowship

• When: June 25, 2022 | 4 pm to 8 pm
• Where: Davis Community Church North Lawn Picnic Area
• Who: All Mosaics members, friends & family and supporters who are fully vaccinated with booster shot(s) or negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours.

Dinner will start at 5 pm and will last until 7:30 pm.

Please invite your friends and family for our Mosaics Summer BBQ fellowship event.

We will have famous Korean-Hawaiian grilled BBQ: Lemon Chicken, Ribs, Fishes and Vegetables.

We will also have dozens of side dishes. Please bring your side dish, drinks and dessert to share with others.

Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1458610587903064 or https://www.meetup.com/mosaics

Please contact Dr. Stephen Moon for more information at 916-217-5470 or catalyst@nextg.org.

Thank you!! 

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Mosaics 2022 Summer Class Schedule

Mosaics Summer Class Schedule effective from June 4, 2022 to August 28, 2022 – All classes will be held on Zoom at PDT/PST Time (California, USA). People without video will be restricted to participate any classes to protect our privacy.

Friday Zoom Site: https://zoom.us/j/589676463

• Beginning Conversational Korean: 4 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays

• Conversational Chinese: 5 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays

• Beginning Conversational Japanese: 6 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays

• Conversational Spanish: 7 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays

• Mosaics Leadership Forum: 8 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays (various topics including Financial & Stewardship; Technology & Innovation; Art, Music & Culture; Health & Science; or Food & Ecological Crisis, etc. by Mosaics leaders)

Saturday Zoom Site: https://zoom.us/j/589676463

• Beginning Spanish: 3 pm

• Beginning French: 4 pm

• Advanced Korean: 5 pm

• Beginning Mandarin Chinese: 6 pm

• Intermediate Japanese: 7 pm (Upgrading from Beginning)

• Mosaics English Learners Group: 8 pm

Sunday Zoom Site: https://zoom.us/j/442438856

• Bible Study & Meditation: Gospel of Luke & Book of Acts: 4 pm

• Conversational German Language & Culture: 5 pm

For more information, please visit: https://nextg.org or contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470. Thank you!

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Mosaics Mother’s Day Banquet

Mosaics Mother’s Day Banquet

We are celebrating Mother’s Day and Children’s Day with Mosaics’ friends and families.

• Time: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 7th, 2022

• Place: North Picnic Lawn at Davis Community Church

Please invite your family, especially mother, to our delicious and joyful banquet.We are preparing 15 course dinner with lots of vegetarian (vegan) options.

Lots of desserts, drinks and fun to enjoy your special day!

Dinner will start exactly at 4 pm followed by raffle drawings, singing & dancing!

Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/707748264008441

We need volunteers, prize donation to make this event successful.For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470 or catalyst@nextg.org.

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Mosaics 2022 Spring Fundraiser

Friends, once again, we need your love offerings to sustain Intercultural Mosaics ministries.

Mosaics is ready to thrive through innovative fellowships, creative hospitality, and renewed missions, during the incredibly challenging time.

We’re raising money for Intercultural Mosaics via FaceBook at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/965408951007345, to reach out more people. And your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.

Or you may also click following “GIVE NOW” button or scan QR Code to give your love-offerings instantly.

Your donation will help to reshape the Mosaics during the post-pandemic time. We are already offering hybrid gatherings, both online and physical.

Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to Mosaics via Davis Community Church, our partner and sponsoring church.

For more information, please visit: www.nextg.org or contact 916-217-5470.

Thank you so much for your support and prayer!

Dr. Stephen & Grace Moon

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Mosaics Spring Intercultural Festival

Mosaics Spring Intercultural Festival

This is outdoor in-person gathering for those who are fully vaccinated with booster. (Wearing a mask is highly recommended).

• When: Saturday, March 19, 2022, 3 pm – 7 pm

• Where: North Picnic Lawn Area (across from the Phoenix Hall) at Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, Davis, CA 95616

• Who: All Mosaics participants and their friends & family

• What: Enjoy delicious Korean dishes (Korean “Bibimbap” with lots of vegetables, soups, grilled meats, and fishes) and desserts; Intercultural Fellowship, Fun Games and Raffle Prizes (Free to all participants)*You’re welcome to bring raffle prizes, side dishes, desserts and non-alcoholic drinks.

Schedule (tentative):

• 12 noon – 4 pm: cooking at the kitchen
• 3 pm – 4:30 pm: Games, Appetizers
• 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Dinner
• 5:30 pm – 7 pm: Music & Intercultural Activities
• 7 pm – 9 pm: Cleaning Up

Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/990459535217783 or https://www.meetup.com/mosaics/events/284345581.

If you’re able, please come early to volunteer preparing food (from 12 pm to 4 pm) and setting-up tables (from 2 pm to 3 pm) or stay late to help cleaning-up.

No Zoom classes on March 19, but will have Zoom classes on March 20.For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470 or catalyst@nextg.org.

Thank you! ❤#mosaics#springfestival

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