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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
We are entering year 4 of God’s sustaining grace upon FilBF! God is so good to grant us blessed opportunities and great privileges as His instruments in bringing the good news to many Filipinos. There are a few who came and heard the good news of the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. There are many who received our tracts and heard the gospel during our evangelism sessions. It is our joy to be part of God’s business in bringing souls to the everlasting Kingdom of God!
As I pondered upon a statement that encompasses God’s mission for FilBF and to serve as our “creed” (which means what we believe), the Lord led me to the text of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” The Lord also placed in my heart the words from a hymn that we just sang last week in our family devotion, “Safely Through Another Week” by John Newton, the words… conquer sinners, comfort saints…The Lord warmed my heart to make this as the guiding principle of the FilBF. This is not to hijack the Great Commission but a guidepost for us to follow our Saviour through our full confidence in His forever infallible and inerrant Scripture and the perfect counsel of the Holy Spirit.
Commissioned in the Saviour to conquer sinners and comfort saints charted out by the Scriptures with the counsel of His Spirit
Commissioned in the Saviour — First of all, one can be a part of the FilBF when we are counted as His true disciples. The commission is given only to one who has believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. This means a person who is a genuine born-again Christian is able to do this command.
If you are coming to FilBF but have not confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and have not believed in your heart that God has risen Him from the dead (Romans 10:9), I pray you will not delay but pray, “Lord Jesus, please save me!” Once you have entrusted yourself to Christ because you repented of your sins, the Holy Spirit will dwell in you. The Spirit of God gives you wisdom to rejoice over the wonderful privilege of being adopted into God’s family and having granted a citizenship in heaven. Anytime the Lord calls you home, you are secured to enter into His paradise having a passport in the person of Jesus! Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). But while waiting for that blessed day God commanded us to be His Ambassadors!
To Conquer Sinners — What does it mean to conquer sinners? It simply describes how we bring the gospel to those who are still outside of God’s Kingdom. Just as Jesus said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). It is the heart’s desire of every member of FilBF to bring the lost to the light of the gospel of Christ. Each of us should have that burden to bring, as many as we can, to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36–37).
To Comfort the Saints — We should not be like those whom Jesus referred in Matthew 23:15, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” We should be teaching those who will come and believe, all things whatsoever Christ has taught us. This is the best way to comfort their weary hearts that they may be edified and strengthened in the faith. Instead, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works…” (Hebrews 10:24). We should encourage one another in the faith through the nurture and admonition of God’s Word. “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness” (Colossians 3:12–14).
Charted out by the Scriptures — There is nothing we can trust to lay out all things in fulfilling the Great Commission, except from the inerrant and infallible Word of God. The Bible, is 100% God inspired and preserved. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Jesus also promised “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18). This words of the Bible are of God and are powerful just as the One who gave these words. We can fully trust that there is no error nor mistake in God’s Word. We thank the Lord that the Bible we are using in the TLBPC-FilBF is the King James Version (KJV) which is the most accurate, most faithful, and most beautiful translation in the English language from the originally inspired and preserved Word of God. That is why we must “not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
With the Counsel of His Spirit — Jesus assures us of the true guidance from the Holy Spirit. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:13–15). No one can fulfill the Great Commission without the Holy Scripture as his compass. However, our confidence in the Scripture is only made possible by the enabling of the Holy Spirit who gives us understanding.
As we move on forward to another year, let us be reminded of this FilBF guidepost that we may take heed of the words of our Saviour in fulfilling the purpose of our existence. As we seek to glorify Him we magnify His words in fully trusting the Bible. This confidence in His words is through the Spirit who indwells and even fills us that we may love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love others as ourselves. – Bro Jose
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