In the coming months ahead, CK and CKS begin a new series of workshops. The purpose of these upcoming workshops is to teach the youths about the Truth and how to defend it from the errors. Each workshop will look into a particular false religion in the light of the Word of God.
This past Saturday (4th October), the series kicked off with Pastor Lanning – the speaker of the following workshops as well – giving an introduction on how we ought to bring the Gospel to others.
First off, from Scripture, we saw that Jehovah God is the only divine being; the only true God and Father of Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 6:4, cf. John 17:3). Because God is the only true and divine being, all other gods are false; they are the product of human inventions (Psalm 115, Isaiah 40:18-22). We may never try mixing all religions into one, nor believe that all religions bring us to Heaven.
Now, having seen that Jehovah is the only true God, how does He reveal to us His divinity?
There are two ways God uses to reveal that He is the Truth. The first revelation (also known as general revelation) God uses is His creation. Through the revelation of God’s creation, all men sees God’s eternal power and Godhead (Romans 1:20). Yet not all men will admit that God is the Creator all the entire universe (Romans 1:21). The second revelation (also known as special revelation) God uses is His Word. As it is called, this revelation is special because only the children of God receive His Word and bow down to the One and True Living God. Such is the work of the Holy Spirit, who regenerates the people of God and puts in their hearts the living Word that they may glorify Him in their life (John 3:3). The Word of God is vital, is it not? All Scripture points to God and reveals to us – His elect – His attributes and divinity.
Such a marvellous truth! Are we excited to share with others about the Gospel?
I believe we all are! Yet, we face with struggles on approaching others on the topic of God. We studied three passages that give us encouragement and wisdom in proclaiming our God.
In Acts 17, the spirit of Apostle Paul “was stirred in him” when he saw the people in Athens “wholly given to idolatry” (v. 16). Paul was moved to teach and dispute with those who were in idolatry (v. 18-31). Paul did not shy away from them; he was bold in bringing the Gospel of Christ! May this account teach us to be bold to share with others about our faith! Any truth of Scripture is appropriate to start with. It may even be as simple as explaining why you say grace before meals.
Yet, even in the boldness of our speech must our witnessing be seasoned with grace (Colossians 4:6). We do not come across as haughty, but humble in bringing the Gospel, yet at the same time, maintaining and proclaiming the Truth; ensuring that it is seasoned with salt.
1 Peter 3:15 summarizes our calling to witness adequately: Consecrating God; making Him the core of our lives (“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts”), then will our lives manifest the faith that we believe in (“be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh of the hope that is in you”). Finally, but most importantly, our lives and answer that we give must characterize humility and reverence for God (“in mee
kness and fear”), remembering that it is only the Divine God who is the Giver of a new life and uses us as means to bring forth His Kingdom!
After the workshop, we fellowshipped and enjoyed a scrumptious dinner cooked by some of the youth!
Next month, we will be learning about Islam in the light of Scripture, God willing! Hope to see you 🙂
Love, Tze Yan