Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2011

Be Mighty In God’s Word

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 January 2011

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Dear Gethsemaneans and friends,

As a New Year dawns, I am setting out on a personal journey. I am very excited about it. Why don't you also join me in this journey?

Let’s read through God’s Word

Come! Let us journey through the Bible if the Lord grants us another full year. Without a doubt, it is going to be an awesome experience. Sure, there will be many obstacles to overcome, of which the most difficult will be our own sluggishness and indiscipline. But trusting in His grace, let us venture into this vast treasure land of precious divine truths.

If there is one book that you should read from cover to cover in this New Year, it is the Bible. No other book can refresh, renew and revive your soul like the Bible! Reading the Bible will open us to the  absolute truths that no man should miss. God has revealed His truth that His people might read it, know it and live by it.

Will you, as a child of God, remain content without reading the book that God has placed in your hands? Can you afford, as a servant of God, not to know His revealed will that you must know? How can we ever neglect to read the Bible?

We must be well acquainted with His Holy Word. Therefore, we must read all that are therein with great diligence and care. We must seek to know everything in the Bible thoroughly. So let us have a commitment to read through the Scripture.

If you are reading through the Bible for the first time, many things that you will find in it might appear to be difficult to understand. That is not too surprising as it is normal with all who are reading through for the first time. Even though I have been studying the Bible daily for more than two decades, yet today when I read it, I am made aware that there are many more wonderful truths for me to glean. Even though you have read through the Bible many times before, if you read it again, you will notice many things that you have never noticed. Moreover, reading through the Bible will also assure us even more of the things that we have already known.

Let’s yearn to be mighty in the Word

It was said of a man named Apollos in Acts 18:24 that he was “mighty in the scriptures”. Now that makes me drool! How I wish in the Lord that all of us in Gethsemane will be mighty in the Word. Certainly this is not something that one can receive in his sleep. It takes much effort. It requires more than reading through the Bible. It requires careful meditation and diligent study of God’s Word!

We will do well to take heed to the Apostle Paul’s counsel that we “give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:13). Consider his words to Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

My dear brethren, we must be mighty in the Scriptures, which is our infallible manual concerning faith and practice. God has prepared and preserved it for us for our profit (cf. 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Let us seek to be thoroughly furnished by God’s Word.

Commit yourself to a daily devotion of God’s Word (Our church website provides you with daily devotion, make use of it). Make full use of the many opportunity available to you for your growth in biblical knowledge. (Attend Sunday Bible Study. Join the Tuesday night Bible study and prayer meeting. Be part of at least one of the fellowship groups in the church, which meet regularly for the study of His Word. Enrol in FEBC’s night courses). Be mighty in God’s Word!

Church Camp Testimonies

 

I greatly thank the Almighty God for allowing me to go with my son, Eric, and his family to join the Gethsemane Church Camp.

My seat in the bus was beside the window. So I was able to see the vastness and the awesome beauty of God’s creation. Every tree is unique, with different crowns and most of the branches are like arms reaching up to the heavens.

This time, I felt that I am whole – my body and soul were being fed. Imagine for five consecutive days, I need not do anything but was fed with nice food, while my soul was rejoicing in the wonderful words of God preached to us.

I thank God for all the speakers. I realized the truth of the verse, Matthew 4:4: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

I am full yet my soul hungers for more. I now feel rich. God blesses me not with money but with salvation, good health and life itself. What is money for if you can only buy the best ice cream and cannot eat it because of diabetes? What if you buy the most expensive clothes and shoes but you are bedridden? My blessings are too many to count. Even in my advanced age (79 years old), I am so thankful that God has given good health and even the sight so that I can read God’s Word and appreciate the beauty of the things around us. I also thank Him for His peace. I am very contented and have real joy in my heart. No amount of money can buy these; and the best part of it is that I am enjoying His goodness so much in this last stage of my life.

The recent camp was a memorable episode in my life. How wonderful to have fellowship with God’s people. I am very grateful to all the good people of Gethsemane B-P Church who laboured to make this camp possible. I also thank the camp speakers for feeding my soul. I am hoping for the Lord Jesus’ return, that I may join the saints in the trip to heaven. I am sure it will be wonderful and exciting!

Rebecca Delina

Dear Rev Koshy,

Thank God for your tireless ministration of God’s Word. We are recipients of your faithful Scriptural exhortation and are grateful for those blessings.

The recent church camp of Gethsemane BPC offered us a season of introspection – how needful it was – to re-focus and re-dedicate our lives to our good Lord.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with your church members. It is our prayer that God will keep us faithful unto Him all the days of our lives.

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24, 25).

In His grace,

Adrian, Eileen & Zechary