I’m sure for most of us, Sept 30 was an awesome, almost surreal experience, as we came together to worship God for the first time in our new Oxford St venue. There’s nothing like pursuing a huge vision together as a church and finally seeing it realised… the fruit of the labour of many and answer to many prayers.
But then of course we serve a BIG God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). Indeed, many of us can observe God’s hand in this whole building project from the beginning: from when we first had our offer accepted despite stiff competition, then having all the significant conditions of our offer met, to seeing the building project completed according to plan. While there is still work to be done and finances to be raised, we see that truly this is the work of God, not just in the building but also in us. So let’s continue to glorify Him for His wonderful provision!
But as Ps Binh has constantly reminded us, God did not provide us with a bigger building to help us be more comfortable and complacent. It is for us to be a light in the darkness, to draw others back to himself (Matthew 5:14). Indeed, God has been preparing our hearts through our church vision this year, to go “beyond” ourselves and look outward. We thank God for the outreach initiatives this year and for those who have come to know the Lord. Let’s pray that God will multiply our outreach efforts abundantly through intentional use of the church building and all the opportunities the bigger building provides, so that we can find the lost sheep and bring in the harvest! As the Bible says in Luke 10:2 “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest”. Let’s pray that in the coming months, many of us will be labourers at Oxford St, willing to reach out and reap the harvest!