Dear Church Family and Friends,
Recently the Board met to discuss four important items on our plate: 1. Annual General Meeting – compiling reports from Senior Pastor, General Secretary, Auditors and last year’s AGM minutes. 2. Nomination for next Board – to include renewal plans and to ensure there is representation for singles,married, families, men, women, English and Chinese speaking, older and younger members, self-employed and people holding regular jobs. 3. Anniversary Service with uncertainty, it is difficult to plan the date of Anniversary and reopening 4. Renovation plans – we take advantage downtime to fix electrical and other problems Although we have disruptions in this year’s planning, nonetheless, we remain focus on our church’s DREAM and Vision for 2020. We are restarting and resetting ourselves, so we are ready for the future. In this year, our church theme is DREAM 2020.
We see perfection in God. No human, group or church is perfect. Our focus should always be on the Lord. What if we see God as He really is? It will be the pathway of acknowledging our own faults instead of blaming society, family, church or people for our weaknesses. There will be repentance, change and obedience to God. We will do what God wants us to do. We will become better persons and a stronger church. Our alliance will be to God.
In the year of 2020, it is also time to measure our vision for the church. Human vision is complicated. Our vision is multifaceted. Vision for the future can be blurry. If we measure vision, we can then tell if our eyesight is normal or needs correction. 20/20 vision means normal vision, on the average. It is not perfect vision because you can have better vision than that, for example if you have 20/15 vision. Some have better vision because they can see things further away or see things sharper than average. The goal of glasses or contacts is to bring a person’s vision to 20/20. For nearly a year, I had to go to Eye Clinic for an injection every month. I had started to take eye supplements and eye drops. Once in three months, I need an examination of my eyes. Once a year, I need a more thorough examination with sophisticated machines to scan my eyes. Thankfully my eyes had improved. In order to continue to drive, I need verification from my doctors that I am capable of sight. In order to have improved eyesight, I need to examine my vision and take care of it. It is recommended that an eye examination be done after age 40. This is when early signs of diseases or vision changes may happen. Therefore we have designated our year’s theme “DREAM 2020” in order to examine our vision for the church. With God’s help, we need to examine if we have the perfect spiritual vision for the church, in order we don’t get lost in bureaucracy, self-indulgence and complacency.
Thank God for physical eyes that enable us to enjoy the creation of God. We can see the beauty of colours and focus instantaneously with the help of light at the incredible things God has made. But as powerful as your eyeballs are, they have one serious and significant limitation. Your eyes can only see physical reality. Every eye in this room is limited to seeing physical things. Our eyeballs are useless when it comes to perceiving spiritual reality. The spiritual side of life is just as real as the physical side even though we just can’t see it. Do not make the mistake of thinking that the spiritual is less real than the physical. It is just as real, only we can’t see it. Could you be blind without even knowing it? That may sound illogical but it’s an appropriate picture of every person’s spiritual condition: unable to see, understand, and live by biblical truth—unless God opens the eyes. Many are blinded by their own education, experience or lack of it, biases, prejudices, selfishness, short sightedness or vision defects. As valuable as your physical eyesight is, you have a set of spiritual eyes that are even more valuable. Not only do you have spiritual eyes, but you must use them if you want to live a life that finds its agreement in God. Every human being has spiritual eyes. God gave them to us so that we could apprehend the spiritual realities of life. Sadly, those who have not trusted Christ are completely blind spiritually. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4: But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). David prayed: Uncover my eyes so I can gaze at marvelous things out of your law! (Psalm 119:18) The Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians: … the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19, NASB). Christ prayed for His disciples and those who would believe through their testimony (John 17:20). Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they can see my glory … (John 17:24).
The Apostle John reveled in the hope of seeing Christ when he wrote,
Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is. And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure (1 John 3:2-3). Envisioning the Post-Pandemic Church. Before the pandemic, we knew there was some pruning to be done in our church. Some value systems, programs, and protocols had outlived their usefulness and it was about time to do something about that. Some culture needs change. Recent events bring this need to prune into sharper focus. More importantly, in these past months, we have learned some valuable insights, clarity, and spiritual conviction that will need to find its proper place in our church’s story. As we begin to focus upon God, the things of the spirit will take shape before our inner eyes.
Obedience to the word of Christ will bring an inward revelation of Who God is (John 14:21-23). It will give acute perception enabling us to see God even as is promised to the pure in heart. More and more, as our faculties grow sharper and surer, God will become real to us and His presence more important to our existence and reality. How can we be better prepared as a church for a future? What can we harvest from the past months of difficulty that points us toward something restorative and life-giving? This opportunity gears us to fresh vision, innovation, and shifts in culture and paradigms. It’s the deepest response to the question, “What are we not doing that if we did it would fundamentally change the flight of our mission results?” I hope we can all address this in the remaining part of the year and near future.
Yours in His Sufficiency Pastor David Lee, Staff, Board and Church