I know what you are thinking: this can’t be possible! You’ve heard things about the San Francisco Bay Area. It has it’s own unique reputation: ridiculously expensive, uber-liberal, promoter of New Age occultism, a haven for spiritual forces of wickedness, materialistic, morally progressive…I could go on. Well, I’m here to tell you that this place is actually a little slice of Heaven. Of course I’m talking about the little pockets of believers everywhere around The Bay: the true church that resides here. God has put us here to bring the gospel to this place.
The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity over the years to visit different assemblies around The Bay and worship with brethren who are all Jewish, or Arabic, Vietnamese, Mexican or Salvadoran/Guatemalan. I love the African American churches. There’s even more here I’m hoping to go visit eventually: Chinese, Burmese, Persian, Afghan, Indian and I’m sure many more I have not discovered yet.
It is a joy to join with others in the body of Christ in worship to the Lord in any language. There is repentance and prayer. There’s rejoicing, praise, thanksgiving, the preaching of the Word, and the exalting of Jesus Christ. There’s fellowship, love and celebration.
God has redeemed us through the atoning blood of Christ, that we may worship Him forever. We are a gift of love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that we may give Him glory forever. It’s such an encouragement to witness these previews- even here in the Bay Area- of the continued worship we all will soon experience together in glory, clothed in the righteousness of Christ. One thing I love is that in every assembly, in every language, there is one word that is common to all the saints: HALLELUJAH.
After these things I heard, as it were, a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God..” Rev.19:1.