By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18)
The gospel-soaked life is to be expressed in love. Love is not simply a sentiment or a feeling - it is sacrificial action. Jesus loved us by sacrificing himself for us on the cross. We live out the gospel as we sacrificially serve the poor, the elderly, widows, orphans, immigrants and all those marginalized by society.
As a church community, we engage the needs of the East Bay through various mercy projects. We have partnered with
Rebuilding Oakland Together,
Project Peace (Oakland), Marshall Elementary School (Castro Valley), Parkview Nursing Home (Hayward), Alameda Food Bank, Ruby's Place (Hayward), Samaritan's Purse, and others, including helping individuals with housing and employment needs. And we are always looking for opportunities to obey God's command to "seek the peace of the city." (Jeremiah 29:7)
top-left: Samaritan's Purse - shoebox gift wrapping
top-right: RTO - rehabbing a house
bottom-left: Project Peace - fixing the sprinkler system at Claremont Middle School
bottom-right: Alameda Food Bank - assessing the take from 'Trick-or-Treat'