Now, Go!

What a power-packed weekend we had with our special guests – Robby Dawkins, Tyshone Roland, and Todd White. We’ve received many testimonies of healing and breakthroughs, especially from our young people at the FOPx ‘GO’ Conference. Many were blessed and inspired by the evangelists’ ministry to fulfil the Great Commission and go into all the world to preach the Gospel to all creation.

This December, we’ll be sending out 15 Couriers teams (short-term missions) comprising 133 members, into 10 nations. Here are a few simple truths that I’ve gleaned from John 17, generally known as the Farewell Prayer or the High Priestly Prayer, given that it’s an intercession of Jesus for His Church and the apostles (‘the sent ones’).

1. You’re Loved

Several times in these verses, Jesus mentioned that the Father loved Him. God’s love for us is enduring, constant, and unwavering. There’s nothing we can do to increase or decrease His love for us. When we go out into the world, God wants us to know that we have His love and we’re able to share this love with others. 

If Jesus was motivated by the Father’s love to bring hope to a broken world, then love needs to be our motivation as well. A true son will know that he’s sent, with the Father’s love, to love. God is love.

The Apostle Paul was compelled to preach the Gospel by this love. Look at what he wrote to the Church in Corinth. ‘Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. For Christ’s love compels us…’ 2 Cor 5:11

If you were to ask the Apostle Paul what motivated him to share the Gospel – even in the face of tremendous suffering – I think he’d reply with one word – “Love”. As He wrote in 1 Cor 13:1, ‘If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.’

2. You’re One

Scripture leaves no doubt as to the imperative nature of the call to live together in unity, oneness, brotherly love, and harmony. Jesus’ prayer in John 17 highlights, “Father, I pray that they may be one.” John 17:11, 20-23

He repeated His command for us to “be one” with the words, “That the world may know that You (the Father) sent me.” (John 17:21, 23). It’s clear that only in our unity can the world see a true demonstration of the power of the Gospel. 

Remember this – when we go, we’re not going as individuals, but as a body. We’re to be joined to God and to His people, both locally and globally. As we interact with others and learn to understand and respect people of different cultures without a spirit of superiority and judgment, we build bridges of tolerance and acceptance. We come to realise that the things that unite us are greater than those that divide us. This demonstration of unity empowers our mission and enables our witness. 

‘For the Lord God is one, and so are we! For we share in one faith, one baptism, and one Father. He’s the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all!’ Eph 4:5-6 (Passion Translation).

3. You’re Sent

Jesus, the Son of God knew very well that He was sent and that the world would know that He was sent by the Father.

There’s a saying that goes ‘Some are sent, others packed their bags and just went.’ This is so true as I’ve counselled many ‘casualties’ who went without proper submission, preparation, and sending. Since the Church began organising mission trips in Acts 13, missions have been about the Church – not just an individual.

Paul made the bold declaration in 2 Cor 5:20, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.” Every ambassador is sent on a mission to live in a foreign country and represent the country that sent him. In the same way, we have a mission as Christ’s ambassadors – to represent the authority and the culture of His Kingdom. 

In fact, Paul said that when he talked to someone about Christ, it was actually God Himself speaking through him, pleading with that person to be reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20 ESV). Every ambassador is empowered to speak or act on behalf of his authority: his words are to be taken as the very words of the One he’s called to serve. Your words become His. You represent the One who sent you.

Think about it – these principles can also be applied to our daily lives. God has sent us here on earth as Christ’s ambassadors and His image-bearers to our families, neighbourhoods, workplaces, and schools, to share His love and carry out His Great Commission. As you go, remember that you’re loved, you’re one, and you’re sent! Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

Now, go!


Ps. Timothy Chong

Seize The Day!

I’m writing this from the Bible College of Wales where we’re witnessing the graduation of 33 students of Batch 9. In the past few years, we’ve seen hundreds of students graduate from 37 nations and it never tires.

These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for my wife and I. We had the privilege of inaugurating our new church plant in Johor Bahru in West Malaysia two weekends ago. The week before, my wife was part of the team that dedicated our new church building in Kuching, Sarawak. And last weekend, we inaugurated our new church facility in Tullamore, Ireland.

All this is really very surreal. Not in my wildest imagination could I have foreseen this 29 years ago when I first stepped out by faith to quit my job and serve God full-time, I had no read more…

Get Engaged!

I’m penning this from The Bible College of Wales (BCW) in Swansea, UK, as we graduate the 9th batch of students from the 2019 Autumn Term. It’s been an amazing journey with these 33 students from seven nations, together with our awesome BCW staff members.


With ages ranging from 19 to 71 years, you couldn’t tell the difference when you witness their fervency and faithfulness towards the purposes of God. This thrills my heart because God sees beyond the years and ages, and the possibility of using anyone who avails himself or herself to Him.

Your age doesn’t have to label you as not having enough experience nor cause worry about what others think – that you’re incompetent to complete the work God has called you to do. 1 Timothy 4:12 says, ‘Don’t let anyone look down on read more…

Your Face, Lord, Will I Seek

I was reading Psalm 27:8 and soon found myself crying out to God, “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.’ ” Then I heard the Holy Spirit ask me, “Why?”

There was a moment of silence because I’ve never thought of the ‘why’ apart from seeking Him to know Him more. And so, gleaning from the prophet Ezekiel’s wise reply in Ezekiel 37:3, I replied, “O Sovereign Lord, You alone know the answer to that.” Then the Holy Spirit continued, “It’s so that you’ll not be deceived!”

Immediately, I understood what He was telling me because, just the other day, I was walking in the shopping mall when suddenly I felt a little hand grab mine. The toddler seemed oblivious to what just happened and was rather comfortable with read more…

Judge Not?

If there’s a Scripture that’s abused, misused, and yet at the same time unavoidable, it’d be Matt 7:1 – ‘Judge not, that you be not judged.’ Abused and misused because it’s so often used to silence valid correction and discipline that should be administered. Those who pursue their own sinful nature often use this Scripture to put others on the back foot so that they may not be confronted by their own sins.
 
At the same time, we find it impossible not to judge as our lives do indeed consist of making decisions and weighing what’s right and wrong, and what’s good and better. How can we go through life not judging? That seems impossible.
 
In truth, this is not meant to be understood as a stand-alone verse. Instead, it needs to be read read more…

Prisoners of Hope

I’ve often pondered on the significance of the verse in Ephesians 3:1 where the Apostle Paul said, “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles…”

What did Paul mean about being a prisoner of Christ for our sakes? In what way were his constraints benefitting us? And then, I thought of people like Heidi Baker, Brother Yun, and Canon White. These tremendous heroes of our faith have modelled lives of sacrificial surrender to bring the Good News to the poor and those imprisoned and persecuted for the Name of Jesus. 

During the Kingdom Trilogy meeting last week, Canon Andrew White, also known as the Vicar of Baghdad, shared many testimonies of miracles in his church and among the thousands of refugees who were displaced from their homes in Iraq by the vicious read more…

The Feast of Great Rejoicing

The Feast of Tabernacles, which is the 7th and concluding holy day in the Biblical calendar in Leviticus 23:33-44, ends this week. This is the 7th Feast in the seventh month, otherwise called Sukkot. The Feast started at sundown on 13 October and ends at nightfall on Sunday, 20 October.

This Feast is also called the Feast of Ingathering as it’s observed after all crops had been harvested and gathered. This is a time of great rejoicing and we’re to ‘rejoice before Yahweh, our God for seven days.’ (Lev 23:40)

This Feast points to the fullness of God’s plan for Israel, for her salvation, for God to dwell among His redeemed remnant, comprising both redeemed Jews and Gentiles. This is also the time of ultimate eternal rejoicing in the long-awaited Messianic Kingdom.

So how does this Feast apply to our read more…

The Indomitable Canon Andrew White

For a long time, I had wanted to meet the indomitable Canon Andrew White. The stories I heard about him were legendary. The opportunity came one day as my wife and I were having lunch with one of our dearest friends, Canon J John and his wife Killy. I had asked him if he knew Canon Andrew White and J immediately lighted up and told us they were very close and even went on holidays together.

He recounted some amazing stories about Canon White and what God has done through the man in Iraq and I just knew I had to meet him. To cut a long story short, we connected through Canon J, invited him to Singapore and, in just a few days, we’re going to have the privilege of Canon White speaking at our Kingdom Invasion Trilogy on read more…

I Am With You Always

This blog is written especially to all students who are taking their year-end exams, and to those going through a stressful and challenging season in their lives. It’s an excerpt from a short study I did on the ‘Names of God’. I trust that it’ll encourage you.

There’s power in a name. It’s what we’re known by (identification) and it says who we are (identity). Just think of all the names of those influential and powerful world leaders. God is known by many names in the Bible. Learning to know each of His Name(s) opens up the door to a deeper relationship with Him – to understand His nature and character. The Bible says in Prov 18:10, “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” In a world that’s getting more read more…

Unforgettable

I had an interesting conversation with my daughter recently where she quipped, “I can forgive but not forget … is that ok?” As a father, I’m confronted with the fact that my daughter is asking increasingly thought-provoking questions and oftentimes, a Biblically-correct answer doesn’t adequately satisfy – especially for a PK (pastor’s kid).

For those who are parents, here’s a great promise from Isaiah 54:13:  
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.”

At that moment, I felt I needed to share with her not just what’s in God’s Word, but also what’s upon His heart. Whenever our children come to us with a question we don’t have an answer to, we can always turn to our Heavenly Father. Most of the time, He wants to teach read more…

Two Extreme Mentalities

Biblical economics have gone through a rollercoaster ride. 100 years ago, it was almost fashionable to be poor if you were a believer. Hardly anyone spoke on this subject. Pastors were kept poor, churches were kept poor, and wrong teachings kept God’s people in poverty.

Today, the pendulum has swung to the other extreme. Everybody is speaking on biblical economics. Being rich and wealthy has become a lifestyle and a goal. If you’re rich, it’s because God’s blessing you, and this has become known as the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ which has infected and corrupted a whole generation.

Now, while there’s truth to this teaching, the goal of the Christian in Scripture has never been to become wealthy. Wealth and prosperity are a result and outflow of walking in covenant with God. The common and popular teaching today is: If I give, read more…

Knowing He’s Here!

Our God is more than amazing, He’s awesome and we should never cease to speak of His goodness and mercy!

33 unique lives are going through a God makeover in Bible College of Wales School of Ministry (BCW-SOM) this autumn. Only a week has passed, and many things are falling into place for them. One testified, “Until now there were misplaced jigsaw pieces in my life, and I see them fitting into the right places.”

The joy of seeing these 33 faces light up when it’s only been the first week! And, though some have come from very challenging family circumstances, yet they’re trusting and looking into the eyes of their Beloved.

Who is like God, and who can compare with Him?

Matthew 28:16-17 tells us that, “The eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had read more…

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