“Who among the gods is like You, Lord? Who is like You – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling.” (Exodus 15:11, 13; NIV)
Time flies. It has been half a year since the Holy Spirit guided our church to enter the Year of New Wineskins. In the past six months, we truly saw God’s mighty deeds with our own eyes and experienced God’s grace personally. I am astounded by all the amazing things happened and I am convinced that God is here with us!
The Year of New Wineskins involves the process of demolition and reconstruction. Demolition means brokenness and change, while reconstruction means to build and consolidate. Without demolition, there cannot be any reconstruction. God calls us to press on forward so as to receive the abundant blessings of the coming new wine.
Many incidents happened in our church in the past six months, some were seen by people as heartbreaking and were unprecedented to me in my pastoral years. Nevertheless, God through these incidents, exposed many deep-rooted problems of the congregation and He shone His light upon us. In spite of the unceasing tears streaming from our eyes and the unending pain in our hearts, we witnessed the process of healing and rebuilding in our congregation, and growth and transformation are happening in the lives of many leaders.
Some groups experienced demolition while some went through the process of reconstruction. I thank God for the gradual development of the ministry for brothers in the Adult Zone. Moreover, God has been reviving a lot of brothers in some families of our church and that they support and pray for one another, they leap forward together and devote themselves with heart and wisdom to the ministries of the kingdom of God. God is raising the Adult Zone to a new level and He keeps leading them to make breakthroughs. To God be the glory. Amen!
In March, the Holy Spirit taught us to “love our neighbour”. Then, amazing things happened one by one. Our brothers and sisters reached out to the widow of a truck driver who was killed in a traffic collision. Later on, she was brought to our church and she confessed her faith in Jesus Christ. Since then, she experienced the healing and deliverance of our Lord. There was another lady who suffered from severe brain damage after an acute stroke. She was diagnosed by the doctors as being in a persistent vegetative state, but due to the regular visits and prayers of two God-loving brothers, her condition improved significantly. Furthermore, her husband received Jesus Christ’s salvation because of the care of our church and his whole family finally got converted and redeemed. To God be the glory!
I am convinced that the second half of 2019 will even be more glorious and we will see more grace from the Lord. I pray that every brother and sister will experience the mighty power of the Holy Spirit through every trial and derive a life that is amazing and stunning. Amen!