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Vision 2019

This summer, we hosted Vision 2019: a 2-week leadership project to equip and inspire the next generation to live on mission for Jesus. Hundreds of college students from all over the nation joined us for accelerated discipleship, daily immersion in God’s word and prayer, and a ton of different workshops.

One UC Berkeley student writes, "We met new friends from GMU, CMU, Pitt, Rutgers, UNC, UT Austin, and Minnesota. It was strengthening to meet our brothers-and-sisters-in-Christ from various church plants, and it reminded us why it's so worthwhile to keep going out and sharing the gospel, to all parts of the world!"

Each Vision session ended with opportunities for students to apply what they’d learned through service projects. It was awesome to see students from opposite ends of the country working hard and praying hard together as they put on youth camps and held Gospel nights at nearby universities.

And of course, there was lots of fun and laughter as we played sports, filmed music videos, and shared stories over good food.

We’re thankful for what God's done at Vision 2019, and we can’t wait for Vision 2020. So, what are you doing next summer?

East Coast Winter Retreat Recap Rap

RETREAT RECAP MUSIC VIDEO

“It’s not about the money, money, money…”

At the East Coast College Winter Retreat, Pastor Will Kang issued the students a challenge in typical Gracepoint style: On the drive home, create a music video that recounts some of the lessons you’ve learned at the retreat.

Kristen Montgomery, a member of the college staff team at UNC, and a few students decided to recap the message on Zaccheus and the rich young ruler. The music video they made during their 5 hour car ride from Maryland to Chapel Hill really speaks for itself. :)

Hope (who played Rich) shared, “We decided to use the song Money Money Money because their wealth was something that tied the rich man and Zacchaeus together. What set them apart was how they responded to Jesus’ command: to abandon their idols and follow him.”

Olivia (who donned a hair beard to play Zach) shared that aside from creating goofy music videos like this, (“Gracepoint Ministries has some weird fascination with making its members sing about everything!”) the retreat was also a time of bonding where “it was super cool to have interacted with fellow students from across the coast who we never might have met if not for Jesus connecting us!”

From the Archives: Dr. Craig at Gracepoint

Wheeler Hall packed with students listening to Dr. Craig's talk on the existence of God.

Wheeler Hall packed with students listening to Dr. Craig's talk on the existence of God.

Over the years we've hosted different speakers and teachers to help us grow in our ability to answer both questions from others about our faith and our own questions and doubts.

Dr. William Lane Craig has had a big impact on us in both regards. Dr. Craig is renowned in the world of Christian apologetics. His book On Guard and his Reasonable Faith website and ministry are go-to resources for anyone beginning their study of apologetics. Dr. Craig cogently articulates the claims of the Christian faith and has engaged in fascinating discussions and debates with the likes of Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens and recently with Jordan B. Peterson.

We dug through our Flickr and Vimeo archives and unearthed a few pictures and videos from his visits to our church!

More than 10 years ago, we hosted him for a few talks including one on the existence of God, another on the historicity of the resurrection, and he even preached the message at our Sunday worship service.

Dr. Craig's talks are often followed by a Q&A time. Berkeley students lined up for a chance to engage with him.

Dr. Craig's talks are often followed by a Q&A time. Berkeley students lined up for a chance to engage with him.

Dr. Craig delivered a message on the evidence for Christianity at our Sunday worship service in Berkeley.

Dr. Craig delivered a message on the evidence for Christianity at our Sunday worship service in Berkeley.

Pastor Ed gave Dr. Craig a DVD as a thank you gift—yep, they still used DVDs back then!

Pastor Ed gave Dr. Craig a DVD as a thank you gift—yep, they still used DVDs back then!

In 2010, Dr. Craig came back to Berkeley and gave a compelling argument for how an all-powerful, all-loving God can exist amidst a world of suffering and pain.

During that trip he also gave a talk called, "How Do We Know Jesus Was Raised from the Dead?" to a gathering of youth students at Rise, an event hosted by our Interhigh ministry.

We're grateful for how Dr. Craig has inspired us to think clearly and to increase our knowledge of the evidence for the Christian faith we hold.

Valentine's Day of Compassion 2019

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This past Valentine’s Day our church fanned out across 32 different Bay Area locations to spend time with the residents, sing together, and share a message of hope from the Bible.

Many of the locations we visited were local convalescent homes and rehabilitation centers where the residents are suffering from different mental or physical ailments, but we also got to visit a few shelters and youth centers.

Jana Fernandez leads praise time during her group's visit to a convalescent home in Oakland.

Jana Fernandez leads praise time during her group's visit to a convalescent home in Oakland.

Students from our Berkeley A2F fellowship visited a convalescent home in Berkeley. They sang "Your Love is Deep" with the residents and even included some simple hand motions with their song.

Students from our Berkeley A2F fellowship visited a convalescent home in Berkeley. They sang "Your Love is Deep" with the residents and even included some simple hand motions with their song.

Stephen Cheng delivers a message focused on how God's love overcomes sin and death.

Stephen Cheng delivers a message focused on how God's love overcomes sin and death.

VDOC was started by a small group of women with an idea to visit a nursing home as a way to love those who are often forgotten. I’m sure none of them would’ve guessed that 13 years later, VDOC would take place at 32 different locations in the Bay Area, not to mention many more locations across our GP church plants.

Students from our Rutgers ministry visited a convalescent home near campus and included a skit in their program.

Students from our Rutgers ministry visited a convalescent home near campus and included a skit in their program.

It’s cool to see everyone from our Element middle and high schoolers to college students, post grads, and parents with their kids all sharing in this vision of bringing love to the elderly on Valentine’s Day.

VDOC has become an opportunity for parents to teach their kids how to show love to others, too.

VDOC has become an opportunity for parents to teach their kids how to show love to others, too.

This past year, Outreach magazine even featured VDOC in their print publication in the hopes that other churches across the country would be inspired to start this ministry at their churches, too. We wholeheartedly agree!