When we were journeying through the book of Acts last year, we captured a vision of growth for Bangsar Gospel Centre. “We have a good problem. Our present premise is too small for us,” have been said by the elders on many occasions. After the busy Easter weekend, we now enter into the 2nd Quarter of the year and we just got news that our Parliament has been dissolved. As the days are getting exciting for Malaysia, we are also convinced that exciting days are before BGC as well.
Proverb 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (KJV). Through Acts, God has given us a vision that His church and the gospel are unstoppable. Where there is vision, God’s people are mobilised into actions making the vision a reality. In our own backyard, we believe 2013 is the year to mobilise BGC into evangelism and discipleship via our five-fold ministries; Children’s Corner, Kids Church, Youth, Marketplace & Seniors. Praise be to God that things are already happening.
There has been significant numerical growth in both the Children’s Corners and Youth. Kids Church made a strategic move to change its time to late Sunday morning. Seniors Fellowship commenced and we have seen God’s hands at work. Marketplace ministry is next, God willing, by this Quarter. A growing church must be a working church. The church (by this I mean the people) must be mobilised into loving ministry to remain healthy and grow.
Proverbs 24:27 says, “Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house” (NIV). In recent weeks, we saw God answer our earnest prayers in providing us a house for the Children’s ministry and we sense Him answering our prayers by bringing before us potential ‘promise lands’ for a bigger house to be built. This word of wisdom reminds us that until and unless we work the field faithfully and diligently, there will be no harvest for the house. The horse must always be before the cart.
Therefore, we must have the strong desire to know our God and to love Him with our heart, soul, mind and strength so that we can truly say, “we want to live for Him” (2 Cor 5:14,15). The church is the people, not the building. We are a living organism that will naturally grow when it has the right spiritual DNA. That we learn from nature.
Finally, Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed” (NLT). Let us be on our knees regularly and commit Bangsar Gospel Centre to our loving risen Lord, the Good Shepherd, that He may lead us into the very heart of His will for us. May the vision of expansion bring us to faithful intercession.
Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand; but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.
by Francis Dunn on behalf of the Elders