Last week, San Francisco Bay Area Chinese churches arranged a 4 day Bible exposition retreat. The retreat was held in three separate places: South Bay, East Bay, and San Francisco. Among those invited were Rev. Jonathan Liu the senior pastor of Chinese Bible Church of Maryland, Rev. Daniel Rao of Campus Evangelical Fellowship in Taipei, and Rev. Moses Yu the founder of Christian Witness Theological Seminary as guest speakers.
The topic for this year's retreat is "Plan Great Things for God, Fulfill God's Wish." The three guest speakers will each set their own subtopics and lectures. According to the release from Bay Area churches, from June 9th to 12th, the attendants increased each day; a total of around 1000 residents of the Bay Area attended this retreat.
The Bay Area Bible Exposition Retreat was an ecumenical event. This year is its 40th. Chair of the retreat Rev. Luke Chu explained that the reason why the topic of the exposition this year is "Plan Great Things for God, Fulfill God's Wish," is because the directors of the event wish for the Chinese churches to have greater faith and lead revivals rather than confined within themselves.
On the subject of what defines as "Great Things," the opinions varied. Some speakers thought that "Great Things" means serving the church. Some speakers referred to it as evangelism and spreading the gospel. And some thought it means doing what is according to God's wish. No matter how it was explained, the subject was engraved in the hearts of those who have attended.
Rev. Chu expressed that this time there were much response received from each of the three retreats in the Bay Area, overall the event was a successful one this year.