On Sunday (3rd Nov) Pastor Daniel Ong, the founder of EIFC, delivered a strong message during Sunday service. He reminded the church of our mission statement, which is to raise and send missionaries (Matthew 28:19-20). Acts 13:47 describes what we are expected to do.
Of course, there will be adversaries (1Corinthians 16:9) but we, the church, are to stand firm in our calling. We may choose between some great examples in the Bible, Jonah, Queen Esther, and Paul. Which one do we want to emulate?
Jonah turned in the opposite direction when God called him (Jonah 1:1-3), and only later obeyed God’s call (Jonah 3:1-3) but not out of conviction that God was doing the right thing (Jonah 4:1-4). People are the heartbeat of God. We are sent to those who need to be saved, not to the nice people, and we need to remember at all times that nobody (including ourselves) is worthy before God except by His grace.
Present-time examples show that if a very hardened criminal gets saved, he will draw a lot of his ex-cons to God, for them also to become saved. Such testimonies reach far. Don’t stand in the way of God if He asks you to share the Gospel with people whom you don’t deem worthy.
Queen Esther found herself in a very privileged condition, just like many of us may dream of. She could have chosen to stay in her comfort zone and let everyone (her people, the Jews) die, or risk dying for everyone else to live (Esther 4:13-14,16). It is more important to fulfill God’s purpose than to lose yourself for comfort’s sake.
The apostle Paul was totally dedicated to the Lord, at all cost (Romans 1:14-16). He preached the Gospel to everybody because he realized that he owed it to God. In order to produce people who are well-equipped to evangelize it is good to train them, and also, to give towards missions.
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