current teaching series
A Journey in Reconciliation
In a time of increased division in our world, we are reminded that Christians are called to be peacemakers and reconcilers. But what does that mean? How can we come together when we have such differences and spread the Good News of love, hope, justice and reconciliation?
Join us on a journey in reconciliation.
SERMON SERIES: SUNDAYS MAY 28 - JULY 2, 2017
SCHEDULE OF TOPICS AND SPEAKERS IN THIS SERIES
May 28: A Multi-ethnic Vision of the Church
Speaker: Rand Tucker
Jesus had a vision of the Gospel witness moving throughout the world (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8), but at Pentecost, the world had come to Jerusalem to hear the first proclamation of the Good News. If the church as seen at Pentecost and as we will see it in heaven (Revelation 7:9) is multi-ethnic, then today's Christians should pursue Jesus' multi-ethnic vision of the church.
Scriptures: Acts 1:8, Acts 2
Rand Tucker is the church planter and senior pastor of the Hyde Park Vineyard Church, a wonderfully diverse community on the southside of Chicago. Over the last 20 years, God's mission through the church has been to produce world changers, who are 100% devoted to Jesus, each other, and others in the world. This mission has been carried out among the poor, those in higher education, and internationally in countries such as Puerto Rico, China and Kenya. He is a graduate of the UC San Diego and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Aimee, have three wonderful children.
June 4: Overcoming Injustices That Arise
Speaker: Drew Jackson
When discrimination or injustices arise within this new community, leaders are appointed to right what is wrong and ensure that the needs of all are being addressed with fairness and equity. Reconciliation between one another cannot take place without a genuine interest and an active address of the needs of everyone in the community (this could apply to needs within the church community or problems in the world that impact our lives).
Scriptures: Acts 6: 1-7
For the past three years, Drew Jackson served as one of the pastors at GraceWay Community Church in Bethlehem, PA. He and his family are now stepping into a new season as they pursue church planting in New York City. He is also the co-founder and executive director of TR-BE (tribe), an organization whose mission is to resource and train local churches and the next generation to confront racially unjust systems and seek reconciliation through the lens of the Gospel. Drew is a graduate of the University of Chicago, a Hyde Park Vineyard Church alumnus, and served on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for a number of years. He is blessed to share life with his wife Genay (Ja-Nay), and his twin daughters Suhaila (Suh-Hi-La) and Zora.
June 11: Taking The Gospel to Those Different Than Ourselves
Speaker: Mia Fioritto Rubin
Though Christians, like others in the world, often feel most comfortable with people who are most like themselves, the Gospel must be taken beyond our own comfort zone. God wants to use us to share this Good News with others in the world, and we may be surprised at how God is already preparing them for the Good News.
Scriptures: Acts 8
Mia Fioritto Rubin is a staff attorney at World Relief Chicago, a Christian refugee and immigrant service provider in the Albany Park neighborhood. World Relief's mission is to empower the church to serve the most vulnerable. Mia serves specifically as the citizenship project coordinator, providing low cost legal service to immigrants who want to become new Americans.
Mia was raised to extend Christian hospitality to foreigners by her parents, Mike and Lisa, who hosted international students, mentored refugee families and welcomed missionaries into their home.
She lives on the southside of Chicago with her husband, Ryan, and her two boys, Luca and Dominic.
June 18: Breaking Down Traditional Barriers
Speaker: Chi Chi Okwu
God has reconciled us to himself and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Part of the journey of reconciliation is discovering that the historic dividing walls of hostility have been torn down spiritually, and we are now called into fellowship with people we used to be separated from.
Scriptures: Acts 10
Chi Chi Okwu is a Senior Church Advisor for World Vision USA, working with church leaders, churches and parachurch organizations to build strategic partnerships and increase social justice engagement globally. She is also a speaker and writer passionate about issues relating to faith and justice specifically in the areas of race, gender, class and reconciliation.
Chi Chi is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has a Master's degree in public health and business administration. She has also completed graduate work at North Park Seminary focusing on urban ministry. Previously, she worked in healthcare consulting and most recently, as an Associate Pastor of Willow Chicago, serving as a part of the teaching team and overseeing all social justice, community group, communications and care ministries.
Chi Chi lives in Chicago and enjoys traveling the world, cooking, watching sports and spending quality time with friends and family.
June 25: A Multi-ethnic Church Becomes a Missionary Sending Base
Speaker: Phil Jackson
It takes a few people to break through prejudicial lines to build a multi-ethnic fellowship, but when that happens, that local church becomes a place where everyone is welcome and a missionary sending base.
Scriptures: Acts 11:19-26, 13:1-3
Phil and his bride Kim have been married since the summer of 1985. They have three fantastic grown kids and live in Chicago.
Phil has served in North Lawndale since 1994 as youth Pastor and Associate Pastor of Lawndale Community Christian Church. Since 2003, he has served as the lead pastor of the House Covenant Church (or The House)--a Christ-centered, hip-hop worship service. For more than thirty years, (23 in Chicago) Phil has served God full-time on the front lines of urban youth ministry. The House has been featured on BET, Fox News Chicago, MSNBC Nightly News, PBS, WGN, Jet (2006), Ebony (2010), Campus Life (2005), The New York Times, and The Chicago Sun-Times.
Phil is co-author of the book The Hip-Hop Church (Intervarsity Press, 2006) which is in its tenth publishing. His writing is published in theological journals, and he has contributed chapters and articles to several books relating to youth ministry. In addition, he is a contributing author and editor for the Urban Devotional Bible (Crossway Publishing, 2008) and a contributing writer for A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry (Moody Press, 2009).
Phil is the Executive Director and Founder of The House The Firehouse Community Arts Center (FCAC) a converted 100 year old Chicago Firehouse. The Firehouse Community Arts Center serves as an important venue for providing hands-on cultural programming and job skill training. Teaching dance, culinary, audio engineering, fashion and visual arts six days a week. The Firehouse Community Arts Center seeks to "Spark New Flames One Life at a Time"!
Phil seeks to speak "Truth to Youth" to thousands of youth every year at camps, churches, Universities and conferences.
Phil has his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity International University (Deerfield) in communication and is a John Perkins scholar at Northern Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian community development.
"Phil is one of the most superbly gifted youth ministers I have ever met. He combines a keen appreciation for Christian ministry with an incredible knowledge of youth culture. Phil is able to reach youth because he understands where they live and how they think, but most important, how they navigate the perilous terrain of urban life. I know of no one who is more qualified to reach, teach and preach to youth and the often-bewildered parents who don't have a clue about their children's worlds. Phil is the bomb: he's as explosive as a hand-grenade and he packs a powerful punch for the cause of Christ."
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Author, Radio talk show Host, Speaker and University Professor, Georgetown University, Washington DC.
July 2: Christianity and Culture
Speaker: Rand Tucker
What's God's expectation for Christians in regard to their culture and their new identity in Christ? We discover that Christianity will force everyone to repent from sin but not necessarily abandon their ethnic or cultural background. We should be cautious to either tolerate sin within or bring a cultural bias into the church. A truly reconciled church welcomes diversity while also pursuing righteousness together.
Scriptures: Acts 15
Rand Tucker is the church planter and senior pastor the Hyde Park Vineyard Church, a wonderfully diverse community on the southside of Chicago. Over the last 20 years, God's mission through the church has been to produce world changers, who are 100% devoted to Jesus, each other, and others in the world. This mission has been carried out among the poor, those in higher education, and internationally in countries such as Puerto Rico, China and Kenya. He is a graduate of the UC San Diego and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Aimee, have three wonderful children.