Pastor Updates

November 30, 2017


Hello Journey South Bay Family!

#1) Fishing for people, aka evangelism, is something we know God wants us to do but for most of us it’s something very difficult to do. No matter how motivated you are, there’s still something intimidating about getting up the courage to tell someone about Jesus. But maybe we have it all wrong. Perhaps somewhere in the past we have locked in on some assumptions about fishing that simply aren’t true. Maybe God has something else in mind all along. This Sunday I will look at the amazing power of using the buddy system when it comes to fishing. Hope you can join us!\

#2) Our Journey South Bay Christmas Party is coming Sunday, December 10th. The good news is that we have had a great response; the bad news is the tickets are sold out. However, those without tickets are welcome to put their names on a waiting list in case spots open up. The waiting list can be found at the information table. All children are invited to participate in the Christmas pageant. For information, please call Sue Wiley at 310-947-1019 or

#3) I don’t watch morning TV, but I know who Matt Lauer is. Who doesn’t? He’s been the Today host for decades and was the epitome of the safe, pleasant morning journalist. What a jolt it was for many to learn earlier this week he was fired for “sexual misconduct”. As the shocking accusations continue what are some things we can learn from this?

(1) Private sin never stays private.

Jesus warned us, “For nothing is hidden that shall not become evident, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17) Satan wants us to believe that when we are tempted privately, such sin will remain private; “No one will know or be hurt” the tempter whispers to us. But it is not true. Think of all the powerful men whose personal sins have been exposed recently. If anyone had the power and resources to hide their sins, these men did.

(2) A reputation is built over a lifetime, but damaged in a moment.

King David was the most revered and celebrated man of his time. But it all changed in a day when he sinned with Bathsheba. Don’t let that happen to you. The best time to repent of sin is now. The best time to make amends with those you have hurt is today. (Matthew 5:22-30)

(3) Stay humble and dependent on Christ.

It is right for us to condemn the immorality that is being revealed daily in the news, but at the same time we need to acknowledge we are sinners too. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” As Christians there is a balance we need to strike between accountability and humility. As ambassadors of Christ we are to call others to repentance and to turn to the forgiveness and grace offered by Christ while at the same time recognizing our own need for the Spirit’s sanctifying work in my own life. “Let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Cor. 10:12) We are simply beggars telling other beggars where to find bread.

As a nation we are in desperate need of a moral and spiritual awakening. May we ask the Lord today that we might be His instrument to that end, that we might be salt and light by the power of his Spirit.

Yours for the kingdom,
Pastor Jim