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Relationships – the key to spiritual growth

Weekend Planner
Thursday, Nov 18: Young Adults Fellowship meeting at Jonathan Weng’s home. Matthew 6-7 (7:30 PM).
Friday, Nov 19: No Everglow Youth Fellowship
Saturday, Nov 20:
— Operation Christmas Child Shoe box fellowship (3 PM, Fellowship Hall)
— Everglow Youth Thanksgiving Celebration (contact Jeremy for details)
Sunday, Nov 21: — Youth Sunday School (9:30 AM, Fellowship Hall) Study of Galatians
— English Worship (11:00 AM, Second Floor). Pastor Tim will speak on “Rebooting the Cross” (Luke 23:33-43) and conclude the Reboot with Luke series.
— Congregational Meeting (1:15 PM) followed by Session Meeting.
— No Agape Family Group meeting.

Nov. 17, 2010

Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.
Reconciliation begins not first with others but with ourselves: by allowing Jesus to clean us — to forgive us, to love us. – Mother Teresa (India/1910-1997)

Dear Canaan EMers!

I trust you enjoyed hearing from my friend Peter Wang this past Sunday! Please pray for us as we prepare to lead the Five Cries of Asian American Christian Young Adults workshop this Saturday. 60 people from several different churches have already registered!

Making new relationships and sustaining them is hard work. It takes time to figure out how other people think and learn what their preferences and quirks are. For example, as I prepare to become your permanent English Pastor, I’m not sure whether I should email or call you when I want to make a pastoral call. “What’s a pastoral call?” some may ask. Well, I’m not telling right now – you’ll find out.

Anyway, sustaining relationships that lead to spiritual growth is even more challenging. One must be very intentional. But having good, solid, accountable relationships is THE key to spiritual growth. It is not enough to know the bible or Christian teachings. It is not enough to feel close to God and be filled with passion by the Holy Spirit. All these are very important. But it is the discipline of living in a Christ-centered community that yield spiritual growth. Living in a community means that we are willing to be corrected as well as cared for by our sisters and brothers in Christ. It means we are willing to hear the honest truth and build each other up towards greater maturity.

In college, I was taught that each Christian ought to participate in at least four different types of relationships in order to grow spiritually:

1. someone more mature than us
2. someone less mature than us
3. a peer who is at a similar maturity level
4. a non-Christian peer.

When we remain too tightly bound to just one type of relationship, it can lead to unhealthy consequences. For instance, if all our relationships are with people more spiritually mature than ourselves, we might become too dependent on others and unable to help others grow. If all our relationships were with those who are less spiritually mature, we can become authoritarian and arrogant. If they were all with our spiritual peers, we may never be challenged to move out of our comfort zones. And if all our relationships were with non-Christians, we may never learn how to be part of a Christian community.

I encourage everyone to meet people regularly who can keep you honest about your spiritual growth. You may not like everything you hear, but your spiritual maturity depends on it!

Blessings,
Tim Tseng

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LOOKING AHEAD

This Week
A. Canaan’s Annual Turkey Bowl will again be taking place at Kennedy Middle School (821 Bubb Road, Cupertino, CA 95014 (408) 253-1525). Come and join us in flag football for all ages. We will be meeting Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 25, at 9:00AM on the field and ready to play shortly once people arrives. See you there!
B. No Young Adults Fellowship this Thursday. Contact Jonathan Weng <jonathanweng@gmail.com>
C. No Everglow Youth Fellowship this Friday. Contact Jeremy Lee <jeremy.lee@ecanaan.org>

Next Sunday (Nov 28)
A. Youth Sunday School (9:45 AM): Study of Galatians.
B. Sunday REFRESH! for co-workers and layleaders. (Nov 28, 9:45-10:45 AM) Guestspeaker: Paul Tokunaga, author of Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders (InterVarsity Press). Paul is Vice-President of Strategic Ministries with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He was formerly IVCF’s Director of Asian American Ministries. Paul will share his more recent thoughts about Asian American Christian leadership.
C. English Worship. Paul Tokunaga will speak on “3 Killer Questions That Bring Life” (Genesis 49:22-26)

Upcoming!
A. Newly elected elders and deacons orientation, planning, and equipping meeting (Sat. Dec 4, 10 AM – 4 PM)
B. English Ladies’ Fellowship (Sat. Dec. 11, 10:30 AM, 2nd floor)
C. Worship Micro-Retreat (Sat., Dec. 18, 9 AM – 2 PM)
D. Christmas Eve Gathering (Fri. Dec. 24, 7:30 PM)
E. 2010 Retrospect Celebration (Fri, Jan. 21, 2011) volunteers needed.
F. World Christian Conference (Feb. 18-21, 2011). Theme: Beloved, Claiming our inheritance – the nations. wcfellowship.org/wcc/2011/

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About Tim Tseng

I'm Pastor of English Ministry at Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church (San Jose, CA), independent scholar and theological educator.

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