Today we at Moriah celebrate her seventeenth church anniversary. This year (2015) Sembawang B-P Church, the “mother church” will celebrate her forty-fifth year as a church. And all this happening in the year when we as a nation celebrate its golden jubilee.
To add further to our joy and celebrations, we’ll also witness today the baptism of three young persons, hear the reaffirmation of faith of a young adult, and welcome in the Lord the transfers of membership of three adults.
Truly, God is marvelous and is good to us!
Why Should We Rejoice and Celebrate?
Throughout the Bible, the Lord reminds people to tell all generations of the Lord’s wonderful works. Part of what that means for us is that we must preserve the memory of how God has worked in our lives. A church that has a strong sense of its history will have a better sense of identity to build on for the future.
More importantly, Scripture encourages it:
“… that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’. . . then you shall tell them…’” (Joshua 4:6-7)
“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” (Psalm 71:18)
Many a times in the apostolic writings in the New Testament we are called on to “Bless God the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ”. Here, to “bless God” simply means to sincerely and wholeheartedly ascribe goodness to Him. He is after all, not only the Creator of life, but also the One who graciously chose, predestined, redeemed and forgave us, and adopted us as sons and daughters to be joint heirs with Jesus Christ of the inheritance held for us in His Kingdom.
Jesus assures us, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
So beloved of the Lord, members and friends, come rejoice! Celebrate!
Pastor Robert Chew