ZION LIVING STREAMS

COMMUNITY CHURCH

19th agm

the next step

The Council welcomed on board Derek Giam, Ruth Lim and Ike Kie who accepted the invitation to join the Youth Council. It was formed with the purpose to nurture a group of promising youths who could potentially take over the Council leadership at the appropriate time. The members of the Youth Council would not be assigned office-bearer roles; but for the next two years, would observe the proceedings of Council meetings to understand issues and how decisions were made. This is the Council's intentional leadership renewal initiative.

We started the year of reporting with the organisation of a Mission Camp in Batam from 10 to 13 December 2015, the first of its kind. The Camp was attended by a mix of adults and youths and we were taught by Rev Aow Kwong Bu on signs and wonders. The Camp participants then spent the rest of the time visiting an orphanage, children’s homes and churches ministering to the sick, the broken-hearted, the poor and the lost, practically applying what was taught in the Camp. The practicum brought a new experience to the campers as we witnessed some of the signs and wonders as recorded in the Book of Acts re-enacted before us. Following its success, the Church Camp held in Batam from 16 to 19 June 2016 was run in a similar fashion and it was attended by more of our members.

 

THE

CELL GROUPS

 To intensify our efforts to reach out to the lost, the Cell Groups (CG) were encouraged to invite pre-believing friends, colleagues or relatives to attend the CG Meetings or other appropriate social functions, using these gatherings as pre-harvest events. 

Harvest Events were held on Good Friday and Celebration Sunday. Prior to that we committed ourselves to a 21-day corporate fast, and we went out to the neighbourhood to distribute invitation cards to strangers on two Sundays to attend these two Events.

This new means to reach out to the unchurched was a close parallel of the strategy adopted in the parable taught by Jesus in Luke 14:21-23.

A Harvest Event was also organized on Mothers’ Day in which our mothers interacted with the visitors and released blessings to them.

As the adult CG members carried on to read through the New Testament, they were encouraged to read one chapter a day and to practise journaling using the SOAP method to deepen the spiritual walk with the Lord. To edify the CG, each CG member was expected to share in the CG Meetings what God had spoken to them and how this revelation was applied to his or her situatio

EQUIPPING

To equip our church to carry out personal witnessing in a structured manner, an 8-week intensive training course conducted by Evangelism Explosion (EE) was initiated in March 2016.

Another training entitled “ZLSCC Evangelism” which modified and simplified the EE approach for outreach with the John 3:16 pictorial illustration, was conducted on 26 November 2016 for our members. Those of us who were trained were expected to train other church members in personal witnessing through hands-on practicum.

Just as the Lord promised Moses that He will be his mouthpiece when He commanded him to  convince the leaders of the Israelites that he was sent by the Lord in Exodus 4:12 “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say”, likewise we could claim this promise, having the full confidence in Him teaching us what to say when we share the gospel to the lost.

The equipping by Wallis Sultan inspired some of our members to launch out to street evangelism in greater confidence.

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The equipping by Wallis Sultan inspired some of our members to launch out to street evangelism in greater confidence.

The Council invited Ps Rusty Russell and Ps Darren Tay to conduct teachings on spiritual giftings to equip us for service. Together with the Spiritual Gift Assessment conducted by our members, we have a greater awareness of our spiritual giftings. As we discovered our giftings and exercised them to edify the body after receiving affirmation, truly we could fulfill the exhortation Peter gives in 1 Peter 4:10-11.

In the area of community outreach, the Council identified two main aspects in which ZLSCC could partner with MKFC in the coming year:

1. Activities spearheaded by ZLSCC

prayer ministry

community outreach

2. Activities organized by MKFC with ZLSCC providing support

 

Our church members participating in these activities should regard themselves as channels to impact the lost in the community. These activities would also provide avenues for our participants to exercise the giftings that they have identified.

LOVE GOD LOVE PEOPLE LOVE NATIONS

While we have made some progress since the start of the revival meetings in December 2015, we must be on guard to check that we are not lulled into a state of satisfaction with the status quo. May the Lord give us the desire to develop the holy discontent as Paul did in Philippians 3:12-16. Let us build on what the Lord had blessed us thus far, and continue to focus on Him alone. Let us continue to move ahead in the coming year to Love God, Love People and Love the Nations single-mindedly and with a unity of purpose, that we could be a storehouse of salvation in due season as He promised.