In NLRC, mission trips are one of the ways of intentional discipleship. Our members learn and grow more when their faith and spirituality are exercised when serving the Lord Jesus on the mission field. There, they testify, preach and pray for people. To do that, they prepare, pray towards and write their script thoughtfully. It is in the field that they overcome themselves and rely on Jesus and the Holy Spirit to fill them and work through them. One mission trip helps us learn more than many classroom lessons. Below is a report on our recent trip to Dumai, Sumatra, Indonesia. This trip is significant for us all. I had opportunities to reflect with the team and learnt much from them. To the Dumai pastors, their remark on the weekend was “Luar Biasa!”
The team on this mission trip to Dumai comprises seven (7) members: Pr Jeremiah Yap (team leader), Joanna Patrick Wee, Celine, Ben Kho and Ryan (all first timers to Dumai) and Geok Choo plus yours truly (our second trip). Each of us went for a different reason. During the final meet up to pray for the Dumai mission, Pr Jeremiah Yap prophesied over those present encouraging us to see what God could do through us.
Pr Jeremiah Yap had prepared messages pertaining to Principles of Life in God’s Victory. Pr Jeremiah Yap wanted the team to minister to the people at the end of all the three services so we had to be charged up spiritually, looking forward to some victories.
The first meeting was with about 300 of the Dumai youths held at GBI (Gereja Bethel Indonesia). The Youth Celebration was led by a local worship leader, pint-sized but powerful. The worship atmosphere was indeed God-charged. Ben recalled being totally soaked in the presence of God as if he was joining the angels in heaven worshipping our Father! Ryan was filled with the Spirit and spoke in tongues for the first time. Praise the Lord!
Ben started by testifying how God helped him realize his dreams, from a life of poverty and scarcity to having a successful career and wonderful life. Next, Celine shared openly with the youths experiences from her “prodigal” past, yet with much contrition. I felt the youths related very well to Celine’s sharing. Pr Jeremiah shared a brief message on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. During the altar call he prayed for the youths who came out in droves, sobbing loudly, repenting before God. God took over sovereignly as our team members obeyed in taking bold steps to pray, comfort and show God’s love by hugging the young ones who responded to the altar call. Many were slain under the power of the Holy Spirit. That night, we saw the story of the Prodigal Son enacted before our eyes as we took on the role of the father going towards the youths embracing them and affirming their status as the beloved children of God. We believe a new generation of youth was birthed and called to serve God boldly in their community and beyond. Ryan said he had never been to a meeting with such a powerful move of the Holy Spirit.
At the second meeting in NLRC Dumai, Geok Choo recalled her conversion experience and shared how she obediently followed her late mother to church and only accepted the Lord many years later as she saw God’s faithfulness and goodness to her family. Pr Jeremiah Yap continued the second installment of the Prodigal Son. At this round of the altar call we witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit working on the church families as the young and elderly came before the Lord to restore right relationship with Father God. Pastor also prayed blessings over the church leaders to empower and release them into greater ministries in Dumai and challenged them to serve even further afield, away from home. Wow!
In the afternoon, we tried to rest before the finale that evening, the city-wide open meeting for the Dumai folks from churches and the community. By 8.00pm about 800 people had gathered. Joanna shared how God answered her prayer for healing and financial provision. Ryan shared how God miraculously provided a much needed job and finance and how God restored his marriage.
Pr Jeremiah Yap gave his all after proclaiming from 2 Chronicles 20 that the battle belongs to the Lord. Pastor called out prophetically a few health issues affecting the congregation and prayed for healing. He invited all the pastors present that night to come out to receive blessings. Half way praying, guess what, showers came! We got the worship team to sing a song, coincidently a line from the song declared that we were trampling on the enemy. When the song ended, so did the rain! Some pastors (from other churches) who had at first displayed a guarded and even hostile front melted and approached us to shake our hands and thanked us at the end of the service. I felt something broke in the spiritual realm and hopefully, the men would take up their rightful leadership; and Dumai churches and leaders will work together for a greater harvest to God’s glory.
At the R&R Celine shared how she broke out of her shell, plucked up courage and testified before a crowd, prayed for people. She even got healed herself that evening of a backache. Ryan too obeyed and prayed for different ones. He himself was wonderfully gifted with speaking in tongues and a stronger faith in God. Ben put his work challenges aside to serve God on mission and was rewarded with a new connection in the inner man with God through high praise and worship. Joanna sharpened her ministry of interpretation from English to Bahasa. Geok Choo, although from Cheras NLRC joined our PJ team and proved that New Life families in the Kingdom can serve together effectively. As for me, I could see clearly how God’s presence was able to minister to the various people I prayed for. Praise God! On this trip, we learned on the job to pray, release words of comfort and encouragement. More importantly, we learned to rely on the Holy Spirit and stretched our faith to believe for miracles for ourselves and for others. I’m certain Dumai NLRC too experienced a spiritual lift and the pastors are now emboldened to do greater works like never before. To God be the Glory!
Pr. Jeremiah Yap
Mat 16:3 can ye not discern the signs of the times? (KJV)
This is the time for God’s heavenly kingdom rule on earth. The spirit of anti-Christ and the kingdom of darkness are advancing their evil dominion upon this world like never before.
The church is challenged in its spiritual influence in the face of secularisation and anti-Christ systems. Over the years, I see the modern church moving away from Holy Spirit power that engages demonic and satanic evil in the world. Spiritual warfare is lesser taught in churches. The church world-wide generally lacks discipleship in these things.
There had been efforts to dumb down addressing evil powers and principalities. Sicknesses are not strongly confronted by spiritual means although prayer is offered. Healing miracles are seldom seen. God’s miracles are rare in most of church life in today’s world.
The good news is, more Pastors are awakening to these issues, and are leading churches into deeper prayer as never before. The results will not be instant. It is a journey of learning and honing skills of hearing God, being led by the Holy Spirit, entering the authority of apostolic vision and leadership, and prophetic power in ministry, as in the NT church. It takes a fresh view of the purpose of the Gospel and the church. The gospel is not just for salvation, and the church is not just an institution to pastor sheep.
The Gospel is the Gospel of the kingdom, where the saved are made disciples of kingdom life and purpose. The church is not to maintain the saved but to exist for the kingdom of heaven to come on earth in power. It is God’s will for His kingdom to fill the earth with the glory of God as the waters cover the seas. Maintaining a group of faithful attendees, no matter the size of the church, does not fill the earth in this way.
People are created and saved for God’s purpose. They have gifts. God wants them to be fully and powerfully employed for His kingdom purposes. Merely having a group of people in church but are not disciples that live the Gospel and multiply in ministries that touch many more people in their spheres of influence, is doing injustice to them. Many are leaders God wants to use, to plant new churches or do ministries to extend the kingdom.
NLRC is catching Christ’s apostolic vision and prophetic power that enable our churches to advance the Gospel to the ends of the world. The anointing of shepherding the flock is not enough for this proactive faith-power push of the Gospel. This is achievable because YOU, the church, are catching God’s kingdom vision. Please be a good local church that makes all that come enjoy church life. But the church exists for the kingdom. We must live kingdom life for kingdom purpose. Without such a vision, we stay in our situations year after year and will see no progress. No purpose to move powerfully ahead – No impetus to change.
Discipling this and the next generation is a key concern. A few years ago, I launched the theme “Generations Church”. It was with the view of empowering mature and younger believers in spiritual impact in the family and their world. Soon after the launch, through NLRC Ampang, God brought to us Duranno Father School to help loving fathers work on loving families. Lives are changed!! Praise the Lord!
The next challenge is young families. These need to be greater challenged in raising their kids to be spiritually equipped to face the end times, a generation of fierce anti-Christ attack in this world. The first challenge is in the parents’ priorities; making money or discipling their children in the Bible values strong enough to withstand the flood of multi-faceted pressure to convert their kids to another religion. It is happening. Migration is not the answer. The spirit of anti-Christ is attacking churches there too. Discipling your kids is the only answer.
Kingdom life is in the purpose of God in His Word as:
- Light (God’s glory that displaces darkness, and not be afraid of it) Isa60:1-2
- Authority (casts down Satan’s illegal authority, and not be subdued by it)
- Power (righteousness that cancels corrupted power of Satan’s system)
- Provision (compensates imperfection caused by sin: wisdom that discerns deception)
We must learn the reality of these things in kingdom life and our children must grow in the same. Will you disciple them in kingdom life?
Be experts in these 4 elements, and your prayer life will be full of authority and power, like Jesus. We will be amply provided for by God’s favour and grace. His glory will be seen.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
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Date & Time
- 14 Oct 2015 (Wed-public holiday “Awal Muharam”) from 2pm – 10pm
- 15 Oct 2015 (Thu) from 8pm – 10pm
- 16 Oct 2015 (Fri) from 8pm – 10pm
Venue: New Life Restoration Centre, Petaling Jaya (Click for Location)
Fee : RM50
After the protocol of receiving and seating him, I cannot help but felt a bit nervous about not knowing how to converse with him; what to talk about. What helped me was Dr Cho’s humility, restful disposition and his smile. He was neither aloof nor distant. That put me at rest. I did have a conversation with him, thankfully. I had hoped to glean from Dr Cho’s personal walk with the Lord as His faithful and mighty servant.
I asked him, in retrospect, when he was young and early in his ministry in Seoul, what did the Lord teach him in ministry in such a way that led to the result of being the largest church in the world. He did not answer the question immediately but told of the state of Korea then. It was a time of poverty and lack. He then told me that there were two things that helped him served the Lord successfully. It took many years of the same thing but it did build the church strong and large as it is known.
The first thing was the message of hope. In everything that he spoke about in his sermons, he never failed to give hope in Christ to people. In Jesus Christ he found hope to live and was miraculously healed of tuberculosis. From that, he gave hope for all possibilities through the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of human impossibilities. He said we can always see hope in the Bible and the Gospel. People everywhere need hope. This message of hope is always relevant.
The second thing is to feed the people faith. We must use God’s Word to feed people so that they arise in faith. When he said that, I thought to myself, it is possible for us to know the Bible and yet not find faith. How is that so? The difference is in having the Holy Spirit shine on the Bible so that we may receive God’s Word with revelation for faith. Most of us would have heard of his testimony of how his church stagnated at 3000 and could not grow further. The Lord taught him to fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2Cor13:14). That one word changed his life and destiny.
I asked him if he is staying back in Korea more because of his age. He said, no, he is travelling more. He was in Kuala Lumpur for one reason: to train people in the 4th Dimension of living in the Holy Spirit.
I felt it was such an honour and privilege to be seated at lunch with this saint of God that has served His kingdom for half a century. He has impacted his city, nation and the world; and he sat with us. That was an awesome thought.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
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At the first Combined Service for our NLRC Churches in the Klang Valley I proclaimed the direction of our Group of Churches for the next 5 years into the year 2020. I perceive that God is leading us into greater realities of His power in His Kingdom. This was the way Jesus. From 2015 I am leading our New Life churches into KINGDOM LIFE.
Christian Life, church life and kingdom life are meant to be the same thing. However, over time and for various reasons, there are gaps between the life we live versus the life Jesus and the disciples lived. One prominent difference is in the element of God’s kingdom purpose. Jesus lived out God’s kingdom purpose and in it God empowered Him in life and ministry resulting in great historical and global impact. I sense God is heightening this awareness in Christians so that we too may live in that power of God in ministry and daily living, especially in the supernatural. Kingdom Life is that higher quality of heavenly life on earth.
Jesus said the works that He did we can do also, in fact greater works shall we do (Jn14:12). This has become a hard scripture and most choose to overlook it because it is not a reality for many in contemporary churches. In some circles, there is an unspoken resignation from things beyond the intellect and natural. Beware that when you aspire for realities of God’s power you may be accused of raising false hopes in people. Some churches are contented to have the Word without much power. Yet we all know God is awesome in power.
In these last days, when pressure against the church mounts and challenges are closing in with anti-biblical values, I felt the Lord wants to lift Christians and the church to a higher life of heavenly quality on earth. By this I am saying it is our portion to enjoy God’s life of heavenly availability and capacity. God’s plan is clear when we look at the Lord’s Prayer (Mat6:9-13). It is beyond a superstitious prayer ritual. When Jesus said to pray God’s kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, it is about more of heaven on earth. God wants to displace Satan’s dominion on earth so that all may live under His dominion of righteousness, peace and joy (Rom14:17).
This is attainable if we unlearn habits and thinking of our current Christianity, and shift our thinking back to the Bible worldview. Probably not recognising it, the world’s culture with a humanistic worldview has veiled us from being the disciples of spiritual authority like Jesus and the early disciples. If we excuse ourselves from being like them, we will defeat God’s purpose in sending Jesus to us as a human. As a man, Jesus lived and impacted the world in the power of the Holy Spirit, serving the kingdom. Some of His disciples were poor and unsophisticated fishermen. Yet they served God in purpose and in power like Jesus. Kingdom Life is in God’s kingdom purpose and power.
On 6 Jan 2015, I sent out to all Pastors the outline of my sermon on the Combined Sunday on the 4th. It is for members to use for their cell groups. In the training on 10 Jan 2015, I directed our Pastors and leaders to lead their churches to read the book of Matthew. For Kingdom Life, I asked that they teach from Matthew5-7. The next level of teaching is in the Kingdom parables from Matthew13. Knowing God’s Word is foundational for the renewal of the mind (Rom12:2) in kingdom thinking. We start with an intellectual knowledge of God’s kingdom. Then aim your life to be transformed by God’s authority and power in you, overcoming life’s challenges in personal and family life; and through you attract others to Jesus. This aim of ‘in you’ and ‘through you’ is not just a good Christian cliché. God really wants to rule earth from heaven through you. If you do not get this, you miss the purpose for which God created you. He made you in His image so that you present Him to the world.
This is an upgrade in thinking from merely asking God to renovate and make life better by His blessings and favour in what you need. God will do these. But He wants you to fully live in the purpose of your existence. The reason for your existence is not just for yourself but to live for Him as a kingdom people that will form His kingdom church. His will is His kingdom of heaven on earth.
The model of kingdom life is Jesus and His disciples. Measure your life using them as your yardstick. For that you need to read the Book of Matthew as a start.
Pastor J and Susan