A Message from our Elder:-
One half of 2016 has come and gone. In the midst of domestic and global political and economic instabilities, with escalating cost of living that made us strive harder and devote more time at work, added with fears and anxieties growing among us in the light of racial and religious intolerance, it has truly been a trying and tiring year for Bangsar church. Some are weary and some are discouraged with the many challenges faced from both without and within our church.
I believe it is in a time such as this that we need to hear God’s words in Colossians.
COLOSSIANS 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
At the start of the year, I called the church to “watch, wait and work” as we learn to develop a lifestyle of Waiting upon the Lord, the inward and outward journeys necessary for vibrant everyday Christian living in the areas of prayer, work, rest, relationships, etc., and a lifestyle of Waiting for the Lord as the church has been reminded of our blessed hope and how we should live our lives in the light of Christ’s imminent return.
Allow me to introduce three more words to our church: “Pray, Play and Say.”
Bangsar must seek our Lord God in repentance and cry to Him humbly for revival – a change from the inside out. Therefore, in the 2nd half of this year, let us unlearn and relearn about the importance of effective prayer and intercession. As we watch and be thankful, we must be earnest in praying for open doors and clear communication of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray!
Let God’s love be evidently displayed among us in Bangsar. Instead of murmuring and squabbling, let us redeem time to love one another as Christ has loved us. It was Stuart Briscoe who taught us at camp that “when we don’t fish, we fight”. So, be wise in the way we conduct ourselves especially towards outsiders. We pray and we play!
Finally, let our conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how and what to say to those who ask about our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. As we set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts, we must always be prepared to give an answer, with gentleness and respect, to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. We pray, we play and we say!
May our good Shepherd and Lord walk with us and work through us in the 2nd half of 2016 for His kingdom, honour and glory. Amen!
Elder, Bangsar Gospel Centre