Santa Clara First Baptist Church

3111 Benton Street

Santa Clara, CA 95051

408-241-7635

 

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Sundays 10:30am

 

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H.O.P.E Silicon Valley
Hope
Live Like Christ, Live With Christ
Sunday August 6th, 2017 - Pastor Wungreiso Valui
Matthew 25:31-46

H.O.P.E. SV is a vision inspired by the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46.
Santa Clara First Baptist Church is "Building hope in Silicon Valley." The vision of H.O.P.E. is vividly described by Jesus Christ.

"Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Matthew 25:34-36, 40).

These words define our present vision and the envisioned future: "Live like Christ to Live with Christ."

"Brother" And HOPE Connection

Jesus summed up the word for hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, ill and in prison with one word: "Brother."

"Sibling" And HOPE Relation

Breaking the barrier of differentiation.

"Other" And HOPE Attitude

Identifying the poor and the stranger as a brother protects us from treating others as lesser than.

"Imago Dei" And HOPE Identity

Jesus calling the poor and stranger a "Brother" is rooted in the truth that we are created in the "Imago Dei" (Image of God).

"Human Dignity"

God gave all of us human dignity by creating us in His image.

HOPE And Millennia Question

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

  • Adelphos {ad-el-fos'}
  • A brother, whether born of the same two parents or only of the same father or mother
  • A fellow believer, united to another by the bond of affection
  • Christians, as those who are exalted to the same heavenly place
  • Origin: delphus (the womb)

Hebrew

Ach {awkh}
Reciprocal relationship
Genesis 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"

Who Is My Neighbor?

Rejecting Familial Responsibilities

"Who is my neighbor?" is a hateful rejection of a brother.

"Unanswered Question"

In Genesis chapter 4, there was no answer from God. Cain's question was not answered. In Luke 10 there was no answer from God in defense of the lawyer's question. Did God leave it unanswered or did we miss His answers?
Read Genesis 5 (The genealogy of Adam)

Did Jesus leave unanswered the lawyer's queries? In Matthew 25 Jesus said to those on the left hand,
"45 "Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' 46 "And these will go away into everlasting punishment."

DEFINING HOPE

Who Did Jesus Identify With?

In order for us to enter the kingdom of God we have to identify with Christ. So if we are followers of Jesus, then we live by what He taught and How He lived.

  • Jesus identified with the Hungry
  • Jesus identified with the Thirsty
  • Jesus identified with the stranger
  • Jesus identified with the naked
  • Jesus identified with the sick
  • Jesus identified with those in prison

BE THE HOPE

How Do We Identify With Others?

To identify with

  • The hungry
  • The thirsty
  • The Stranger
  • The Naked
  • The Sick
  • The Prisoners

We reach out to them. We participate in the Outreach initiatives to build hope and bridge opportunities.

What Do We Do With Our Identity?

Our prayers reveal our true identity.

What is H.O.P.E?

H- Hunger & Health, O- Outreach, P- Prayer, E- Education

H.O.P.E. SV is HOPE SILICON VALLEY. We love our city and H.O.P.E SV is "Love in Action." We live in a prosperous city but there are many who live in poverty. We are "Building Hope in Silicon Valley" and doing our part to:

  • Help alleviate Hunger & Health insecurity.
  • Outreach with initiatives to build hope and bridge opportunities.
  • Pray with power for people to live life with a purpose.
  • Engage education and empower the students

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