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Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2011

Come And Pray: Harvest Is Plenteous, Labourers Are Few!

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Dear Gethsemaneans,

Our commitment to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ should be unwavering. It is our privilege and honour as a church to be entrusted with many Gospel frontiers. We must pray without ceasing for the brethren who labour in the mission fields. Let us also plead for ourselves and them that God will keep us faithful, fervent and fruitful always.

My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will mightily move in our midst to raise many young men to go far and near to spread the Gospel. Of course, these men must be such as those who are of good report concerning their faith, wisdom and godly lives.

We also need to pray earnestly for godly men in the leadership of our church. We need to appoint two more members to the Session. Who will that be? We need to gather together to pray for the Spirit's leading and confirmation of men who should fill the positions of elders and deacons.

Whenever the early church was in need of men to serve as missionaries, preachers, elders and deacons, they would get together to pray, even with fasting. We read in Acts 13:2: "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them" (See also Acts 14:23).

Likewise, we must also get together as a church to pray concerning our church's leadership, full-time workers, missionaries, etc. Tuesday prayer meeting of the church is where we all should gather with great expectancy in this matter. If you are a true Christian with devotion towards the will of Christ, then come to pray regularly in the prayer meeting. Jesus said, "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest" (Matthew 9:38).

Let us all come together and pray in one accord. I am so delighted to have little children coming to pray. I often take time to sit with the children during our Tuesday night prayer meeting. How joyfully they bring praise and prayer to the Lord. It is so wonderful that they join me in great delight to pray. Truly, "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise" (Matthew 21:16). With those words, Jesus has shown a remarkable regard to little children coming to Him. He has been pleased, and in a wonderful manner, to perfect praise out the mouths of babes and sucklings. Their praise and prayers were always so pleasing to Him that He regarded their praise more than those learned men who approached Him in pride.

Prayerfulness is the natural response of a heart that trusts in the Lord like a child. A soul that is engaged in prayer is fully caught up in all that Christ is to us and for us. It is when every member of the church is in prayer that she receives the power to fulfil the will of her blessed Saviour and Master. That was the secret of the New Testament church. About her we read in Acts 1:14, "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren."

In Acts 2:1, we read, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place." Only if we pray like the New Testament church, our church will experience the great power and vigour of the Spirit for great soul-harvest. The power of preaching springs out of a praying congregation.

God has appointed prayer meetings to be the channel for empowering the church. So brethren, for our empowerment to do His work, let us come together for Tuesday night prayer meetings.

Affectionately in Christ,

Your Pastor.

 

 

Letter from Ethiopia

 

Dear Rev Koshy and Session of Gethsemane B-P Church,

Greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

By God’s mercy and guidance, the mission church in Ethiopia has held her 5th anniversary thanksgiving service last Sunday. It is the first time we missed the presence of a mission team from the mother church on this occasion. This is perfectly understandable as Rev Koshy’s team has been travelling to Ethiopia over and over again for the execution of the building project of God’s house and Bible College at Alem Gena. This is a demonstration of God’s goodness to His church here in Ethiopia.

The 5th thanksgiving service came after the commencement of the construction of the Church and Bible College premises. Truly, we praise God for the mother church and all like-minded brethren who are committed to accomplish Christ's Great Commission to His church. We believe God that your sacrifice for the sake of Christ and His gospel will have eternal fruits and rewards. This time, by God’s gracious help, we had two infant baptisms, three adult baptisms, and four transfer of membership. There was one adult who confessed Christ as his Saviour and Lord. Generally, the occasion was a joyous one attended by about eighty people, including children.

The theme of the service was “There is nothing impossible for the LORD”. Salvation belongs to the LORD – He is able to save any kind of sinner. God is the sovereign Lord of all flesh – He is able to accomplish His divine purpose at all times. God is the sovereign ruler of the heaven and the earth – He guides history for the fulfilment of His redemptive purpose and for the providential care of His people. As we preach the Gospel, we have to trust God, obey His Word at all times, and submit to His guidance for all things, and then we will be successful in life.

We are eagerly looking forward to the completion of the building project and the commencement of the Bible College at the end of this year by God’s infinite mercy and grace. We are taking every opportunity to proclaim the Gospel and further the Kingdom of God. The building of the Church and Bible College will greatly enhance this effort and give Gethsemane B-P Church spiritual strength to bring great impact for Christ in Ethiopia and beyond. We need your constant prayers and counsel to prosper in all that we do for God.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day Service.

Please convey our regards to the whole church.

Yours in Christ, Rev Ephrem

 

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