When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. Acts 11:23
Good Afternoon PCC!
Sixty-five years ago, a group of ordinary people with no special training in the Scriptures met in a Burlingame home with a bold ask of God … an ask that God would answer beyond their wildest dreams.
They met and asked for a church on the Peninsula that would be different, a church that would go to the people, sharing the Gospel in a winsome, relevant, and fresh way! While they did much more than pray, PCC was started and has been saturated in bold prayers, big asks of God.
In the ensuing 67 years, in Jesus’ name, PCC on the Peninsula and around the world has witnessed:
- Hospitals, medical clinics and schools being built.
- Tens of thousands of people being fed, clothed, and housed.
- Tens of millions of dollars given and deployed for Great Commission causes.
- Churches built.
- Hundreds of people literally enslaved around the world set free.
- Missionaries called and commissioned, risking and losing their lives for the sake of the Gospel.
- Thousands of people discovering new life in Christ through the Gospel.
- Thousands of people having access to clean water for the first time.
- And so much more…
Even as I type these words, I can still hear the voice of Carl Johanson (who along with his wife Millie started PCC in their Burlingame home) in one of our many conversations before his death, reminding me that PCC doesn’t exist to simply open its doors on a Sunday and see who comes in! Carl, in every conversation we had, implored me to go to the people.
For the next four weeks, we are going back in time, not only to 1951 and that Burlingame home, but to the Antioch church of 43AD (Acts 11-13) and asking this one question: Could God do it again?
We’ll also peer into the future, looking at four priorities we are inviting every person who calls PCC home to live into: The priorities of Gather, Grow, Give, Go…or what we are calling G4 Discipleship!
Wouldn’t you agree with me that we are living in unprecedented times? The need is great for a community who is bold in love, bold in Christlike character, bold in generosity, bold in prayer, bold with the Gospel!
PCC … it’s time to Reboot our mission! Webster’s dictionary defines reboot as: to refresh by making a new start.
For the next four weeks, we’ll reboot and remind ourselves what our city needs most from us: a community who boldly lives into our mission to empower the generations to passionately follow Christ, one home at a time!
I don’t want you to miss these next four weeks, friends, and don’t come to PCC alone!
I’ll see you on Sunday in all four gatherings to kick off our Reboot Series.
Until then, live and love boldly!
I love being your pastor!