… and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord,
until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. - Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
To all the people of God to whom Moriah Bible Presbyterian Church is your local church, let me ask you two questions concerning the church’s future.
How will you help to safeguard our “common salvation” and “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints?”
Where do you see this church in twenty years time? And what role will you play to get it there?
A little backward looking to help us look forward...
Moriah Bible Presbyterian Church opened its doors for the first English worship service on 12 July 1998. This means in two weeks time we will celebrate the church’s twenty-first anniversary. It seems to me like we got here in the blink of an eye.
I still hold images in my head of the then Session, sitting in a not very brightly lit sitting room of a corner terrace house (which also served as our “mother” church). The Session met monthly to discuss the normal run of the mill matters of a young small church. On several occasions, however, the Session was forced to deliberate about the church’s future as we were then legally notified that we cannot continue as a church in that house. (Our neighbours complained about us.)
Since then, as they say, there’s a lot of water under the bridge. But they are, to me (and I’m sure also to other “Merdeka Generation” leaders), refreshing thirst-quenching waters. Because we can look back with joy, praise, and thanksgiving to our loving, faithful, and covenant-keeping God. He led us and kept us through our “Sinai wilderness”, helped us crossed our “Jordan River” and, so to speak, set us up on Mount Moriah - the site of one of the great acts of faith in the Bible.
The baton of our future pastoral ministry and our doctrinal stand is now slowly but surely passing to new and younger hands. Will you be here to take this baton? How willing and how firmly will you grasp the baton? And where will you run to and in what direction?
Only you can answer these questions. By the grace of God, I strongly urge you to take Hosea 10:12 - the epigraph above - into serious consideration as you reflect on these questions. And may God bless and lead you forward.
Pastor Robert Chew