Rom 10:15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Today, with a cheerful heart, I invited three beautiful souls for divine service. It’s not about bragging the statistics, I actually prefer to have a deeper relationship with them. It’s just that I’m being convicted to invite them.
I will keep on praying for them, that God in His marvelous way move mightily on their lives. It’s not about converting into new spiritual affiliation, it’s about bringing them closer to God. It’s not about the external, it’s the transformation of life for God’s glory.
I’m not sure what lies ahead. I’m full of hope, a bit anxious. It’s not easy to represent the God that you serve but worth the effort. I’m not looking forward to bring them to church, it’s just my icebreaker (not always applicable). My heart’s desire is to bring them closer to God. And for them to allow God to change their lives from glory to glory.
“A song of ascents. Of David. I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1 (niv)
I just had a conversation with my flatmate as we cook each other’s dinner. He arrived in Qatar under spouse’ sponsorship. His wife is working as a nurse if I’m not mistaken. As we carry on with our conversation, I felt an urge to share Jesus. It’s Easter after all. Out of nowhere (before I can open the topic), he inquired about the church I’m attending. I took the opportunity to introduce Jesus… and that we are a non-denominational church. I even encouraged him that if he feel he will grow in his current spiritual affiliation (catholic) then he should stay. God is in the business of changing lives, not promoting religion. I ended up inviting him for a church service, and I went s bit far by inviting him to bible study as well.
Little did he knew that I started praying for him (for my whole flatmates actually) around two weeks back. That’s conviction of the holy spirit. I pray that God will continue to convict him in obedience. I desire nothing but God’s favor in his life. That favor works for me, why won’t with him, right?
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. – Matthew 10:16
For we live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Cor. 5:7
As christians, we are governed by scriptures. Sure, we pick up those that are easy to get along. However, there are principles that we need to develop over time. Scripture is supposed to change us, not the other way around.
The phrase “living by faith” must be balanced. Some christians are settled in that phrase, they are passive in working out. One of my leaders once said: “Blessings are unmerited favor. You should work for your family. Your salary is not a blessing – it’s the fruit of your labor. In short, salary is a duty. Learn to distinguish blessing from duty.” That makes perfect sense.
Once I was saddened when a pastor friend came to me to fix his laptop. Btw, I’m a professional computer technician. When I’m handing back his laptop and asked for PhP350 as service fee, he said “pwede 300 na lang. Alam mo naman tayong mga pastor, supported lang ng ministry at misis na teacher.” [Can i have a discount,make it 300, you know us pastors are just supported by ministry, and my wife who is a teacher]. I rebuked him saying “pastor, you don’t have to reason out being a pastor. I can even give my service for free, all you have to do is ask. Elevate your mindset,you’re destined to think better than this! I understand that being in a ministry is sacrifice, but don’t settle to live in poverty. I understand we live by faith, but we have to work out to improve our standard of living. Romans 12:2 be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Tips: use scripture whenever you argue with a pastor especially when rebuking. It hurts me upon rebuking him. I am a pastor myself and I know struggle is real. Never did he brought his laptop on me again, and yes he paid 300 🙂
In our church, we believe that soliciting is not for us. There’s nothing wrong with soliciting especially to be honest we need money to run a ministry. But we believe and proven that God is able to finance His church utilizing internal resources. We need not to seek monetary support from the outside. Simply put, we discourage sending letters outside the church asking for cash. To be perfectly clear, that’s our practice in our local church. Soliciting is legit and is being practiced in churches. There’s time for everything, our local church just prefer not to do so. Instead, we encourage church to be tithers, and motivate them to pledge/offer for the church. It’s not easy and struggle is real, myself included. But I’m setting myself as an example, let the rest be convicted.
This summer, we hosted three main events, and God by His grace and provision made each event successful. Our drive is to cultivate Christ among children (Vacation Bible School), fellowship among women (Zumba), and evangelism among young people (Youth Jam).
Vacation Bible School (two different locations) one week each: Total expenses 20thou pesos.
These include training for VBS teachers (young people), props, foods/refreshments, graduation expenses, and transportations.
Zumba. Project of Women’s ministry. They aim to do it regularly. It’s an income-generating project. They’ve garnered around 7thousand pesos. Please don’t refer this as solicitation. Minimal registration fee are in place, supported by our Pastor’s Association and Local Govt Unit.
Youth Jam. One-day programme for youth. Organized and conceptualized by our youth, appropriately dubbed as #Easy-han mo lang Bes.
Each event work both ways: exposure/training among facilitators, and evangelizing participants.
Surely God will sustain.
..being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completionuntil the day of Christ Jesus. – Phil. 1:6