I have to interrupt the mini-series on basic Calvinism that Pastor Mark Tay and I are writing on in order to share some of my thoughts with you on the Missions Awareness Month.
The depth and breadth of support for our Church’s mission undertaking is very affirming and encouraging. We thank God for this. Primarily, in the last two year, the support comes directly from our Home Care Groups, some members of our Mandarin and Sembawang congregations, and from mission-serious individuals and members of the Mission Committee. A limited number of you have also been on mission trips to China, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Tanjung Pinang and Batam. All these are ringing endorsements of our Mission Sponsor Program policy.
The idea behind the Mission Awareness Month is simply to generate church-wide (Moriah English, Moriah Mandarin and Sembawang) awareness of, and acquaintance with, the evangelistic work of “harvesting” in some countries in the region. To do this, we invited four pastors whom we partner with, to our churches to share on the work they are engaged in in their respective regions. I believe this will give all members and friends of the Church a good idea of our mission work.
It was obvious from the very start, that we couldn’t invite all of our gospel partners to come all at the same time. But we hope, by God’s grace we would be able to open this nascent tradition to the other gospel partners in the future.
In the Great Commission, the Lord Jesus told us (every Christian is included in the “us”) to go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. That command forms the crux of our mission work.
When we choose to be obedient, we face perennial issues on which we need, through prayer, guidance from the Spirit of God.
– How does the church carry on the method of sending out laborers into the harvest field? What is the apostolic practice?
– How does the church most effectively reproduce itself? What does local church leadership look like in a given region with different histories, cultures and social influences?
– Are the “heathen” really lost? What is their destiny if they have never heard the gospel and die without ever hearing it?
– In what ways can the church present the gospel to those who have never heard it? How do we do it in ways that would make sense (culturally speaking) and meet their primary spiritual needs?
The tasks are enormous and daunting. We need God’s grace and wisdom. We need you as prayer warriors and as active supporters.
Rev. Robert Chew