MAY I SPEAK LIFE OVER YOU?
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
God is pleased with your generosity and will honor you because you honored Him in your giving. As a Kingdom Warrior, I declare financial blessing on your life.
The ALL-IN heart invests in the church as an act of worship, knowing it is always honored by God.
Seventeen years ago when we began the Rock Church, we only had a vision for one campus. Our Sunday home was at Montezuma Hall at SDSU for 5 years, during which we only had use of the facilities for 46 Sundays per year, which necessitated our moving to various venues throughout San Diego for the remaining Sundays.
During that time, we found and pursued the purchase of our current Point Loma facility but it took 6 years to move in. The people in our original congregation invested in our first building on Ruffin Road, which we occupied for 2 years, and while we were there, that congregation invested in our current building in Point Loma.
Later, we began thinking about expanding to different parts of San Diego so that people in those communities could serve their own communities. As a Point Loma campus, we invested in the Rock Church North County (now San Marcos), who then joined in to invest in the East County campus, who joined in the investment into San Ysidro, then City Heights, and now microsites around San Diego. Each time a new congregation was in place, it joined in the investment into others.
In 2 weeks we will end our 2-year ALL-In Campaign, in which people have committed their investment into the work of the ministry. On November 12, we will take an ALL-In offering, over and above our tithes, to invest in the future work of the ministry. One of these projects is for the San Ysidro campus to move out of the current Sunday-only-leased high school facility and into a 7-days/week building.
As a church, we want to invest in their expansion and their future. Pastor Miles shared a pamphlet to help us understand the context of our next ALL-In campaign so that we can pray to learn how God is leading each of use to participate.
In light of this, we can look back to the early churches who were guided by the Apostle Paul.
Before his salvation, Paul was an elevated leader of the Jews who was persecuting Christians, overseeing their torture and death. While on his horse traveling to Damascus, the Lord appeared to him and threw him to the ground. Because of this encounter, Paul’s spiritual eyes were opened, he received Christ, was filled with the Holy Spirit, preached the gospel in various places around the world, wrote many books of the Bible, planted churches, and continued to visit them and exhort and challenge them with written letters. One of these planted churches was the church of Corinth. The epistle of 1 Corinthians was written because the church was participating in sexual immorality. In his second letter to the Cornithians, Paul wrote to validate their ministry and to prompt them to take an offering to support the church in Jerusalem. This is the model we would like to follow as a church, to engage our established church community to establish new church communities, and as Paul prompted his church in advance to prepare them to give when he arrived, Pastor Miles is prompting us to pray about our own contributions and commitments to the All-in offering for November 12, much of which will work to establish a facility for the San Ysidro campus.
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:5-8
Paul reminds the church that they have made a generous promise and are now to prepare to give as they have purposed in their hearts. This is the model of how we are called to give as well, not grudgingly or of force, but because the Holy Spirit has prompted participation and opportunity to be a blessing through our giving. Leading up to our ALL-In offering, pray about finishing up your ALL-In commitment from 2 years ago and about what commitment is asked of you for this next season.
Holy Spirit, inspire us to invest in the San Ysidro campus.
Pastor Travis Gibson shared that our San Ysidro campus just celebrated their 3-year anniversary at San Ysidro High School. The first three years have been marked as wonderful, wild, crazy, and difficult, as the Portability Team rises at 4am to begin Sunday setup, and sometimes doesn’t finish tearing down until 9pm. He shared some of the reasons why a permanent facility is necessary at this point to further establish the campus and to be able to further the reach of the ministry throughout the week.
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:31-32
You may be in the church today, but not living as the church tomorrow. God’s gathering of His people is not about where, but how.
We don’t come to church to be spiritual consumers; we become the Church in order to be spiritual contributors. We come to give and to be a blessing.
Some of the leaders of the San Ysidro ministry were present today to share their testimonies and how they serve in ministry.
Ariel de la Pena - A Story of Purpose
Prior to following Christ, Ariel’s life consisted of daily drinking and drug use. He worked at a bar that was a hangout for a notorious biker gang and eventually, as cocaine use became a normal part of his life, he started selling cocaine to the gang and became addicted to that lifestyle. Occasionally, there were drug deals that went bad, and once when this happened, Ariel got in a fistfight with one of the gang members, and the organization threatened his life.
Eventually, Pastor Travis met Ariel in the park one night when he was very drunk and depressed. Pastor Travis share the Good News with him and Ariel accepted the Lord and his life began to turn around. He was able to mend ties with the man with whom he had fought and they became friends. Ariel invited him to church, where he was saved. Although he is currently incarcerated for offenses that occurred prior to his salvation (and is sharing the gospel with other inmates), his family is now attending church at the San Ysidro campus and serving in ministry there.
Ariel himself is now serving at the San Ysidro campus on the Altar Call team, leading the Pastoral Support Team for one service, and co-leading the Portability Team. God has used the bad things in his life - addictions to drugs, alcohol, lust, and pornography to transform him for the better and be able to minister to others. God has called him out of his old life and into a new abundant life.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Becky Aniversario - A Story of Potential
Before she knew the Lord, Becky feels she was caught up in worldly pursuits, comparison, perfectionism, and focusing on her own goals and accomplishments. In the midst of that pursuit, her beloved aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She did eventually pass away, but during her illness, she had amazing peace that really drew Becky’s attention and was something she wanted.
When Becky attended the Rock with her husband, she gave her life to the Lord and they began serving at the Point Loma campus. After a while, they became comfortable with their regular service schedule, and when the San Ysidro campus popped up just a few minutes from her house, she was reluctant to follow the call she felt to change campuses. But eventually there was a service meeting and as she was the oly one with experience in the children’s ministry, she was called to be the trainer of others. Later, when an opening came up to serve on staff, she was called into that position as well and felt very encouraged that the Rock was calling women into pastoral ministry.
You may feel that God can’t use you in His ministry or that you are serving in a comfortable capacity, but Becky has learned that when we feel comfortable, there is so much more possible with God. Our purpose is to allow God to work through us and to work on our obedience to His calling in our lives, whatever it may be.
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23
Jesus promises to build His Church when we are faithfully serving. San Ysidro needs a building now to continue building the church - the body of believers in community there.
On November 12, some of us will be called to invest like never before as God invites us to be a part of what He is doing. Will you pray and ask Him what your part is?