General Superintendent Greetings
RE:Solutions for 2021
It’s a brand New Year, but the problems from the year before aren’t gone. We all want solutions for the New Year. We hope for things to get better. But that hope is not too deeply set. The year 2020 has been such an extended time of “wait and see”. People have become too familiar and comfortable with a “wait and see”, “if it happens, it happens”, “when restrictions are eased…”, “when borders are opened…”
Church, I believe 2021 is a year of shift. And that shift requires a choice. A decision.
In Deuteronomy 30:15-16, God says, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.”
In verses 19-20, “… I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
There are 2 key approaches to experiencing God’s solution to our problems and challenges.
The first key is to “SEE”. Many times we only see one side of the situation. We forget that God has life for us. We forget He has fruitfulness for us. We settle for less than what He has promised us. We can see in three ways.
Resign or Resolve
You may be going through a tough time. It could be a relapse of cancer. It could be a rocky marriage. Maybe you want to throw in the towel. Maybe you even want to quit trusting God and leave church.
You can either resign and choose destruction or you can resolve to hold on, and love God in good times and bad.
Relent or Repent
Have you allowed the convenience of the online church to dilute your honor for God? Are we still early for church online? Are we easily distracted? Has worship become a background music while you pack your house? Are you struggling with secret sin?
Decide to restore honor unto God, put away all distractions, and allow His presence to permeate your home and household. You can either relent and choose spiritual death, or you can choose to repent, keep His commands and experience God’s abundant life!
Revert or Reframe
As much as we would like things to revert to pre-COVID-19 days, it’s not going to happen. The pandemic has changed the world, and the way businesses and schools are done. If you are waiting for church to revert to the same old ways – it’s time for a reframe.
You can either remain where you are, do the same old methods and wait for things to return to the way they were or reframe your vision, re-evaluate your strategies and plans.
The second key is “NOW”. There is an immense urgency in the words found in verse 19 – “NOW choose life…”. We can’t wait and see when things will get better before we decide to trust God. We can’t wait and see if sin will work itself out. We can’t wait and see when borders will open to do Missions.
It’s time to evaluate and evolve. Preaching to a live audience isn’t the same as preaching to a camera. Evangelism is now more than inviting someone to a physical building – it’s a church without walls – it’s us sharing, and connecting people to God in our conversations. Discipleship is beyond the formal classroom – we got to get out there and meet up and impart life like Jesus did with His disciples. How wrong it will be for us to sit around and wait for borders to reopen before we embark on cross-cultural missions!
Great Faith is always seen through Great Obedience!
Great Faith is always displayed through Real Actions!
Great Faith is always revealed through Deep Convictions!
How are you leveraging technology for evangelism? What are the new things of God? As the Assemblies of God in Singapore, in the midst of COVID-19 in 2020, we collaborated with other AG churches in the Asia Pacific Region to hold a Prayer Meeting, as well as a Conference to continue equipping and empowering believers! The birthing of those plans happened because the leadership acted upon it immediately.
If 2021 is going to be a year of shift for us as the Assemblies of God Singapore, we need to exhibit great faith in our lives to “SEE” God’s side of the situation and adopt a “NOW” attitude to act upon God’s promises.