A Call to Gospel Service in Hebron
These past months, Hebron leaders have unveiled the Hebron BP Church core values and new purpose and vision statements at several group meetings. As a sizeable church now, these corporate statements are necessary to direct us in serving God more effectively. I thank God for the leaders’ unity as we arrived at these statements through much prayer and waiting on God.
The statements can be found in the Hebron’s Annual Report 2014 that was issued for today’s Annual Congregational Meeting. The core values of Biblical Truth, Faithfulness, Pra-yerfulness, Caring Com-munity and Gospel Mission were distilled from the experience of Hebronites as they served and trusted God for witness and ministry in Hebron’s early years. The new purpose and vision statements call us to be strongly grounded and guided by the gospel of Christ and, over time, be transformed into a radiant church “where the gospel is A.L.I.V.E.” (Actively Lived In eVery HEbronite), making an impact in the community and the world.
The dream is that the gospel will come to define our discipleship as we prioritise God in our lives and service. The gospel will also mark our fellowship as we extend grace to one another just as God extends grace to us time and time again. We will equip ourselves to become competent at sharing the gospel message and we will actively seek out opportunities to share it with non-Christians. This is how we can be “radiant.”
These are outcomes that we desire to achieve as we continue as a church, girded by the core values.
What is there for the Hebronite in the pew? For one, you have Session leader-ship that is com-mitted to a clearly articulated direction both for individual spiritual growth and for corporate gospel effectiveness. You can pitch in to serve with the rest of the church with clear goals. Service will become more meaningful because you know what your investment of time and resources is targeted to yield, for yourself, the church, and the community, for the glory of God.
I urge you to find your place in this local church, Hebron BPC, where you can make a difference for God and for at least one other person in furthering the work of the gospel.
Elder Boon Peng