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Vicar writes: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders.”

posted 26.08.2012

Some of you may not be aware that we have been visiting and helping some needing individuals at nearby Block 1. In fact, last Monday 18 SJC-ers went and clean up a flat for the disabled owner.

There is now an additional opening to help at Zone E with in areas such as meeting the needs of the elderly, “Big Club” for children etc. If you want to help in any way, do contact Ps Henry or Ps Lucy. It is encouraging to note that these are not one-off events. It connects us with some residents here. While we go in with the desire to give and bless, I am very sure that we will be blessed in return.

To these volunteers and for the rest of us, the words of Paul in Colossians 4:4 speaks: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders.”

Daily, we meet many “outsiders” in the course of our life here in this busy city. We also meet “outsiders” too in the church. Every weekend, we have visitors at all our Services. And now, intentionally, we walk in the heartlands of Holland Village and meet “outsiders.”

Indeed, we need to be wise in our behavior and conversations. The fruits of the Spirit (patience, graciousness, kindness etc) are timeless qualities. Often, right behavior open doors for questions and that is here we have the opportunity to explain our faith and make Christ known. “Preach, and if necessary, use words.”

Coming back to “outsiders” in the church, I counted the average attendance recently. Every weekend, for the English Services, we have now an additional 150 attending compared to the time when we were meeting temporarily at Harding.

As I reflected on Colossians 4:7 till the end of the chapter, it struck me that St Paul was very personal in the way he looked at his friends and acquaintances. He knew them by name and knew some aspects about their lives. It is my prayer that every regular worshipper here “will know someone and be known by someone.” I can understand if some of you are just soaking in anonymously and prefer it that way for a season. We respect your need for privacy. But I believe that most of you are seeking for good Christian community and friendships.

Join a Cell. Join a Teleios discipleship Group. Join the monthly lunch with me and other pastors. We are truly home when relate to each other as persons.

 
 
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