Understanding the gospel and how it affects our lives will allow us to have a deeper appreciation of God’s love.
From March 8 to October 18, we will have a series spread over the year about the gospel, as explained in the book of Romans.
The book of Romans was written by the apostle Paul. He wrote it at a time when there was great persecution and conflict between Christians of Jewish origin and Christians who were Gentiles. Through the message of the gospel, Paul hoped to see the two walking in unity with each other.
As we dig deep into God’s word in the next 23 weeks, may we have a clearer understanding and appreciation of God’s love for us. May it also inspire us to walk in unity as we live lives pleasing to God.
Know more about the gospel in our new series! See you at our worship services across the Philippines!
Today, a total of 23,410 Victory group leaders and interns in over 50 locations across the Philippines gathered simultaneously for Discipleship 2020! This conference was the first time our provincial churches—from up north in Ilocos Norte to down south in General Santos—participated in the event at the same time as Victory in Metro Manila.
Since 2017, our discipleship conferences have been about each part of the discipleship journey: Engage, Establish, Equip—and now, Empower. We believe that our discipleship journey can’t end with equipping believers to minister. As followers of Christ, we are empowered to make disciples.
To further reinforce the message of this year’s discipleship conference, Pastor Steve Murrell talked about how Saul (eventually Paul) was immediately empowered to make disciples and preach the gospel. He taught us that we don’t have to wait long before we start leading others to Christ.
When Pastor Steve and Dr. Rice Broocks came here in the Philippines in 1984, they did the same thing to over 150 Filipino youth in the heart of the University Belt. They preached the gospel to them, established biblical foundations in their lives, equipped them to do the work of the ministry, and empowered them to lead. They didn’t wait for years before empowering them to preach the gospel and make disciples. They didn’t look at what they lacked or didn’t know at that time. Instead, they allowed them to grow in strength by empowering them. We plan to continue doing this as a church.
Our recently concluded conference is a great reminder that discipleship is about doing just that: having progress in the right direction, not perfection. Once we learn to empower others in making disciples, we will be amazed at what God can do in and through us and in the lives of the people we empower to lead.
Let us continue to do what we are called to do as a church, and through empowered leaders, see our nation transformed by the gospel!
There is no better way to start the year than to come to God and reflect on His grace. As we look forward to what God will do in and through us this year, let us remember His goodness and grace through our new series, Amazing Grace.
God’s grace affects every area of our lives, including our behavior and our relationship with Him. As we seek God, may we be expectant of the amazing things that He will do in and through us this year.
Below are the topics for our upcoming sermon series:
- Week 1: Justifying Grace
- Week 2: Sufficient Grace
- Week 3: Sanctifying Grace
- Week 4: Enriching Grace
- Week 5: Inviting Grace
Through this series, may we all have a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s amazing and life-transforming grace.
See you at our worship services in Metro Manila or at any of our churches across the Philippines!