A Word from the Chairman
"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." Psalm 127:1
Theme for the year
The theme for 2017 was a continuation of that adopted for 2016, that is winning souls for Christ as we continue to walk in obedience to do what He commanded us in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore” to make disciples of all the nations.”
The sermon series in the last twelve months saw us wrapped up the book study of Acts followed by the series on Struggles, on Prayers and Practical Spiritual Living from the book of Thessalonians.
The series on Prayers included Jesus’ teaching of the Lord’s Prayer, Building Altars of Transformation for Nations by Rev Song (COS, BT) and the challenge to trust God in troubled times with God-centred intercession and wait faithfully for Him to answer.
The pulpit calendar was creatively lined up with leaders sharing their personal accounts on overcoming struggles and a Q&A panel to address and inspire the spiritual discipline of journaling (SOAP).
The year also saw a closer partnership between ZLSCC and MKFC in our efforts to reach out to the community through,
Yum Cha Session on 25 February 2017
Outing to the Gardens by The Bay on 10 June 2017
Outreach Event on 29 July 2017
CommuniTEA on 30 September 2017
We could look forward towards a greater collaboration between ZLSCC and MKFC in the coming year as MKFC launches its KidSTART programme in Telok Blangah and the neighbouring communities.
In mid-2017, the Council sensed the prompting from the Lord for ZLSCC to move out of our current church premises. This was especially so after our landlord demanded an exorbitant selling price for our current church premises.
Consequently, a search for a freehold B1 industrial property costing around S$3million and with a floor area of 4,000 to 5,000 square feet starting from where ZLSCC is currently located was launched. As there was no new freehold B1 industrial properties launched in the market and the new industrial developments available were properties limited to 30-year lease, the property search was confined to freehold B1 industrial properties available in the market for resale.
The Council members had viewed seven freehold B1 industrial properties thus far.
Seeking God's Face
The Council and Youth Council prayed and fasted for 21 days in July 2017 to beseech the Lord the one thing that He wants us to do for revival to fall on ZLSCC. The words and impressions released to the Council and YC could be grouped into three categories:
Repentance on our broken relationships with the Lord
Restoration of our mandate as a church of Jesus Christ as in the days of Acts
Revival of His vision for us to be His harvest force to expand His Kingdom
Consequently 2018 is earmarked as “The Year of Prayer and Supplication” for repentance, restoration and revival.
We might not know what the future holds for us. But we should not be fearful, or nor shall we despair of the coming year because we know Who holds the future. Let us grow in our intimacy with the Lord in our daily walk with Him.
David says in Psalm 27:8, “When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”” After seeking His face, let us be submissive to His leading in our walk with Him daily, and even in waging spiritual battles against the enemies when required. Just as how the Lord had revealed to Joshua that He is the Commander of the Army in Joshua 5:14, “So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.””
As true disciples of Jesus, we ought to follow Him closely as He leads, just as David (who praised the Lord after He delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul) did in Psalm 18:32-34 (in KJV)
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
For us to enable the Lord to make our way blameless, first we have to repent of all our sins. Then we have to fight in His strength. As the hind places its rear feet exactly in the imprints of its front feet so we must learn to put our feet exactly in the steps of our Lord Jesus, especially when He sets us “upon my high places” or highly challenging situations where a misstep could be disastrous. If we turn our eyes solely to our Lord, victory for us is assured as David testified further down in Psalm 18:37-39 (in NKJV):
37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
38 I have wounded them, so that they could not rise; they have fallen under my feet.
39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
Let us arise and be His end-time army ‘following Him on white horses” (Revelation 19:14) and to “declare His glory among the nations and His wonders among all peoples.” (1 Chronicles 16:24).