Since when, our Christian life unknowingly became a wily old fox? Attends meetings and fellowships regularly, but often absent from our own family and friends’ gatherings. Talks loudly about love, but does not see the needs, does not truly love.
Since when, serving in church became so busy, even forgot that the church is Christ’s body on earth, churches are actually branches that join together to the vine?
Since when, churches invest most time and money, so that themselves can breath, but overlooked the suffering people taking their last breath outside the four walls?
If we want to build, firstly, we have to knock down.
Church can transform the community
Rev. James Shia told us that a church was at the brink of closing down, only eight members remained. The old pastor’s daughter, Rev. Chi, decided to come back from the U.S. to help her father to pastor the church. Soon, the church joined 1919, conducted companion class. Rev. Chi arranged for the students to pick up garbage in the community and to serve the community, so that the students would not feel inferior for receiving help in their studies. These kids did this day after day, adults in the community started to notice. Gradually, there were voices in the community saying, “Why do you litter? You want to let those kids pick up your trashes? What a shame!” Gradually, the whole community became cleaner, because everyone stopped littering!
Now, the number of members in the congregation had reached 120. When we are willing to care for the weak in the community, the community will certainly change. When we are willing to do what pleases God, He will add to our number daily those who are being saved.
There are 3 main dimensions of
Rev. James Shia’s sharing: