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The Face of Mission

By Suzane Avadiar, Communications Manager of AsiaCMS

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” – John 13:35.

Peter was heartbroken; he had denied his Jesus and stood by as his Saviour was crucified. Peter was still consumed with guilt and disappointment in himself when he and a few other disciples spotted Jesus walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

The moment Peter heard John say, “It is the Lord!” (John 21:7), Peter leaped out of the boat and rushed over to his beloved Jesus. He was in need of restoration. After cooking His disciples breakfast with their own catch and breaking bread with them, Jesus turned his attention to Peter with one fateful question three times (John 21:15-19)…

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God Precedes Us in His Mission

 

A foundational truth that I constantly remind myself – God precedes us in that which He has tasked us to do. To speak of “God’s mission” is to assume that He is actively involved in our world. He is already intersecting into the paths of individuals and in the affairs of communities and nations. In no way is He absent or passively looking down from the heavens, with folded hands.

When we say that we partner with God in His mission, our foremost task is thus, to ‘hear’ Him and ‘see’ that which He is already doing. Then, we do the things He has privileged us to perform for His cause…

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Inviting God into all that you do

Bringing God into your every circumstance is as easy as ASKING him to. Jesus showed us through the gospel the way to PRAY to the Father is to simply TALK to him.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to “pray without ceasing”. When we do this, we bring God into our every situation throughout our day.

This is how we can share our every moment with Him and when we do, we spend time with God all day long. We allow Him to guide us in all that we do…

What situation are you facing today where you need God to guide and strengthen you? Pause a moment and simply ask. Your Abba Father is waiting to hear from you…

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Mission Starts with Acts of Faith

 

By Rev. Dr. Chan Nam Chen, Executive Director of AsiaCMS

Hebrews 11:1-2 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”

Many things start with small acts of faith and love. It was about twenty years ago that I was invited to preach in a remote coastal town on the northern tip of the Island of Borneo. The Sunday morning was routine but after the service, Pastor Simon (not his real name), a young man in his late 20s, casually asked me if I would like to share a short message in a small “house-meeting” that he recently started with a group of Sea Gypsies…

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