Eugene Cho

imperfectly living out our faith

It’s convenient to bash the church. I think many of us do it – intentionally or unintentionally.

Yes, it’s true that some of it is warranted but hasn’t it become chic and fresh to take cheap shots at the church?

And what befuddles me – at times – is how it appears that many of these rocks that are thrown at the church are from Christians.

As members of the family, you’re certainly entitled to speak  to family (or church) matters but

there’s a fine line between constructive and destructive critique.

Rather than empty bashing, I’m personally inspired to ask myself,

How can I create something more beautiful, hopeful, and gracious – so that others are inspired to join?

Quest Church is far from a perfect church. That’s pretty easy because it’s members are not perfect. Its leaders are not perfect. I am not perfect. We are dysfunctional and yet in the midst of all this, God’s grace is evident and through this grace, we seek to do ministry in such a way that reflects our vision to Love God and Love People.

This week, I’m especially encouraged by the numerous ways we are imperfectly living out our faith as a church community. And I’m especially encouraged because we’re not a large church with tons of resources but we are, nevertheless, committed to having an impact and influence to one another, our city, and the larger world.

Whoever or wherever you are, may you continue to be spurred on to love one another, your city, and the larger world.  And one great way we demonstrate our love for others is to pray, listen, and serve.

Here are some things this week that deeply encourage me:

  • Our children’s ministry is hosting their summer kids’ camp. 84 kids have joined us along with 24 volunteers. Great to see visitors and kids from the neighborhood.  Crazy to think that we only had 2 kids when Quest was planted 9 years ago. Those two kids were my kids.
  • Our small youth group are spending time on the streets of Seattle this weekend learning about the plight of the homeless community of Seattle. Personally, it feels strange not to have my daughter with us at home but rather, out and about in Seattle but it’s good.
  • Our church and Q Cafe is partnering with other sponsors  including the city of Seattle for this Saturday’s “Clean & Green” event as we beautify the larger neighborhood. This is part of a larger “Quest Day of Service” as we have numerous things going on including the To the Streets Ministry.
  • Q Cafe hosts OPEN MIC on Tuesday nights and are also have live music shows this Friday and Saturday. This is in addition to be a community cafe Monday-Friday.
  • And sometime on Friday PST (and Saturday in Tanzania, Africa), one of our church pastors and another elder will be helping to celebrate and dedicate a building & ministry we’ve had the privilege of supporting in Tanzania. Supposedly, the entire village and beyond will be gathering in Chamwino, Tanzania to celebrate.

And oh, this Sunday, I’m personally excited to get back on the pulpit to preach Week 3 on our summer series on the Book of Leviticus. 🙂

If you’re from the Seattle area or know of someone looking for a church, we’d love to welcome you/them to our church.

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3 Responses

  1. your friend says:

    I wish I could hop over to Seattle just on Sunday! I always was deeply blessed by your sermons, but more blessed by watching you put it into practice what you preached!

  2. Drew says:

    Can’t wait to visit Quest next month!

  3. jchenwa says:

    Quest is a very special church community. We were blessed to visit while we were in Seattle. Thanks~

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"He Makes All Things New." In other words, Christ is our eternal hope. I'm sitting in my swinging bench on the comforts of my front porch after an exhilarating and exhausting day at church. It never gets tiring, stale, or old to preach and proclaim the good news of the Gospel - not just on Resurrection Sunday but every week as we gather as the body of Christ.

But it was this picture of Coptic Christians in Egypt pouring into churches on Easter Sunday that deeply moved my heart...just a week after two churches were bombed by ISIS terrorists taking 45 lives and injuring hundreds.

Even in the face of persecution and suffering, I'm so grateful for the witness of these sisters and brothers in Christ. May they be comforted and strengthened...and wherever you are reading this post, stay encouraged. Be faithful and steadfast. Don't give up. May we keep running the race set before us as we fix our eyes on Christ.

It's not just there. It's all over the world...God is still at work. The Holy Spirit is still moving. God is not yet done. There's only one explanation: 
Christ has risen! He has risen, indeed! Jesus is alive! Hallelujah! #OneChurch Remember, there is no Resurrection without the Crucifixion; No Easter Sunday without Passion Friday; No empty tomb without the Cross.

So, before we move too swiftly to the celebration of the risen Christ, may we sit at the foot of the Cross...and consider the depths of His sacrifice and love. "Oh, what love is this..." Just when we think we get what it means to follow Him, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples including...the one He knew would betray Him,

and the one that would deny him,

and the others that would abandon Him in His greatest need.

What amazing love.
What amazing grace. Oh. What. Amazing. Grace. M(inhee) + E(ugene). Not taking anything for granted. 20 years = 7300 days = 175,200 hours. A flourishing  marriage doesn't just happen. The idea that two Christians who choose to get married will produce a Christ honoring marriage is a gigantic myth. Its also extremely dangerous. The truth is that it takes so much intentionality and work. Intimacy definitely includes physical touch but is not only about physical touch. We have to pray, read, listen, learn, mutually submit, confess, forgive, repent, laugh, dream, rest, play, and the list goes on.

In other words, we have to keep Christ at the center because it's inevitable, there's a lot of messing up. So much messing up. It's both beautiful and painful and without grace, it's impossible.

Grateful. Thank you, Jesus, for your grace. And thank you, Minhee...

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