Pastor's Corner 

Our vision, "Learning Christ Together"

I write this Pastor’s Corner from Manila as Celia and I prepare to return to you, our church family and to our biological family, Celine/Jung/Teo/ Judah. Please pray for Celia’s health as she had developed stomach problems and also for me as I preach today.

 

Let me repeat the question I asked all of you before I left for the Philippines—How do we “Learn Christ Together?” This has been our vision as a church when I started in November, 2020. We are thankful to God that we have progressed as a church in fulfilling our goal of “Making Disciples of Each Other” and even in our missions work at Gapan and Cabiao. We started our Ephesians sermon series and prayer meeting devotions on what is a church and how we can be united as God’s people in fulfilling our vision and goal. I restated all of the latter because last Sunday, Elder Julius reminded us of our unity in Christ—oneness despite our differences in age, gender, socio/economic standing, education, culture, etc..

 

I have also encouraged you to make Ephesians 2:4-7 as our theme verse and perhaps our memory verse throughout the study of the book of Ephesians. Paul reminds us: “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.”

It is my fervent hope that we would all boast only of Christ and what he has done for us. I am reminded of the hymn “Rock of Ages” wherein one of the stanzas says, “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling; naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace; foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Saviour, or I die.”

 

To God be the glory!

 

Pastor Dodie