Our English fellowships are currently reading “Evangelism for ‘Normal’ People”, by John Bowen.
This book serves as a primer in evangelism for Christians who think that evangelism is done only by weird people, not by ‘normal’ people like them. The book is in two halves:
The first half traces the author’s journey of discovery through the Bible, showing how evangelism originates in the heart of God and is a scarlet thread running through the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. There is an emphasis on evangelism as the work of God, who invites us into relationship. Such evangelism is normally a slow process, often taking many years. The role of the evangelist is to co-operate with God by playing his or her role, however small or insignificant it may seem.
The second half looks at difficult questions that arise in any discussion of evangelism: what exactly is our message? how do we translate our message into contemporary culture, which does not understand Christian language? Should we evangelize people of other religions? Do we have to believe in hell? And what difference does evangelism make in the life of a local church?
Official website for the book
We have passed our target of $365,000 for the diocesan campaign,Our Faith, Our Hope, Re-Imagine Church. Praise be to God and we thank all those who participated in this campaign. We encourage those who have yet to return the Letter of Intent to do so soon.
Our English fellowships are currently reading Crazy Love, by Francis Chan
God is love. Crazy, relentless all powerful love.
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts — it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.
Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.
Official “Crazy Love” Website
How can I make my life more meaningful and fulfilling? When you read “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, you will find surprising answers for your question. Not only that, your life, your living and your relationships with others will be transformed gradually through the teaching and power of God.
We recommend this book to you.
Q： Why is the creed always read in Anglican worship?
A： According to the tradition of the Church, when Christians gather to worship God, the creed is read to remind those gathered what the Christian faith is about. The creed is a summary of our faith that states what God has done for us in the past, what God is presently doing, and what God will do in the future. The Apostles’ Creed was adopted in 100 C.E., and the Nicene Creed has been used since 325 C.E. The Athanasius Creed was written by St. Athanasius, a 4th century bishop, hence the name. We rarely read this creed in our church. When we read the creeds together, we are proclaiming the faith that the church has believed in for the past 1,800 years. In addition, the creeds were traditionally used to define orthodoxy & heresy. Those who accepted the content of the creeds were seen as accepting the orthodox faith while those rejected were heretics.
Q： Does eternal life begin only after one has died?
A： It is clearly written in the Bible that eternal life from God begins in this life when we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord (John 5:24, Luke 19:9). However, God’s promise of joy, peace and freedom cannot be fully experienced until we join the Lord in heaven after we die. This is because of the sins of in this world and in humanity. But when we walk with Christ in this life, we begin the journey of eternal life and begin to experience God’s love and grace, and the blessings of being a Christian. What a wonderful thing it is! When we depart from our earthly journey, we continue this eternal life and God keeps on loving us and caring for us with his heavenly grace.
Q： Why does the worship in the Anglican tradition usually have three to four scripture readings?
A： Proclaiming God’s word in worship began at the time of the Old Testament. In the past 2,000 years, the number of readings in worship varied. Most Anglican churches today include the Old Testament, the Psalm, the New Testament and the Gospel lessons in each service because the Church believes that every part of the Bible is important. Our reading arrangement, Lectionary, is based on a three year cycle. In three years, we will cover most parts of the Bible to allow Christians to obtain a comprehensive learning of God’s revelation in the scriptures.
Theme 2011: In Thanksgiving & Dedication, We Share God’ s Good News
This year while we are celebrating our 20th anniversary, let us thank God for His grace,
with His spirit renew and re-commit ourselves to spread the Good News, leading more people to hear the Gospel
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