by Anna Koh
Looking back, we at CLGC count it a blessing that we live in a time when we get to witness the breaking of ground to the completion of the building with final approval to occupy. To build a church building is not a regular affair, it is a privilege of a lifetime. Although it took us 5 years to complete, God had been faithful all the way. Looking forward, 2019 is here! There is a whole new year ahead of us, for us to live and to experience the fullness of God’s purposes for us individually and as a church.
The physical building project is almost done and dusted, all the congregations are now under one roof. I thank God for the reunion of one big family and look forward to the many opportunities to bond and to strengthen relationships. Let us all take hold of the opportunities to relate, inter and intra congregations. One area to rebuild is the relationship of brothers and sisters in Christ, where love, peace, care, and trust abound. Time and effort are necessary in building relationships. Jesus commands us, “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)
Another area for rebuilding is in the area of discipleship. Building the lives of people is of priority to God. A disciple has a vital and living relationship with God, whose life in the Word, prayer, worship, fellowship, and service is integral to his daily life. God on His part will give us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip us for the work of service, and to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God; until we become mature to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (Eph 4:11-13)
Strong discipleship and strong relationship will enable the church to make strong impact on communities and nations in fulfilling the Great Commission. The next area to rebuild is in missions, in the sending and in the going, to extend the kingdom of God as He leads and opens doors. (Matt 28:18-20)
We liken the rebuilding of the church to the rebuilding of the walls around Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. It was a difficult task for Nehemiah, the wall was in ruins, the people were unskilled, the resources were scarce, and the opposition was strong. Nehemiah assessed the situation, organised the people and they began to build. They did it side by side, family by family, watching out for each other, putting their mind to work… and the wall was completed in 52 days! God was with them all the
For the broken areas of relationships, cracks in discipleship, and holes in missions, “Come, let us arise and rebuild, so that we are no longer in disgrace.” (Neh 2:17) As God gave Nehemiah the strategy to rebuild, we will trust and seek the Lord for strategy. One thing for sure, everyone is needed in this rebuilding process- first in our lives, then in the corporate body. Let us work together in unity and in love, for the glory of God.
“Loving God through our worship and relationships,
impacting communities and nations.”
– CLGC Vision