This week the 6th Biennial Assembly of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches will be held at Central Philippine University with the Theme: “Partnership in Mission: Venturing Beyond Familiar Spaces” based on Luke 5:4 to 11 and Matthew 9:35-38; 28:18-20.
What can CPBC learn from these passages?
C – Commit to launch mission work beyond borders.
Historically, the Baptists were assigned to do mission work in Western Visayas including Romblon and Mindoro. Hence, one can see that the Convention Baptist Churches are in these areas. Jesus is challenging us as he had challenged the would-be disciples to “launch into the deep.” This is a great challenge to answer the call to establish OFW churches outside the Philippines. As of the moment we have only one Convention Baptist Church in Hongkong which is the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship pastored by Rev. Danilo Borlado and Pastor Malou Borlado. Hopefully, we can venture out to countries that have a lot of Filipino workers.
P – Partner with others in doing mission.
According to the story in Luke 5, the would-be disciples waited for their nets to break before asking others to partner with them. Oftentimes, when we feel that we can do it alone that is when a breakdown happens. We should acknowledge that mission work is a difficult task and we need all the help that we can get.
B – Bring the Gospel wherever you go.
Matthew 9 reminds us that Jesus went through every town and village to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God. This is a great challenge for each one of us. We must intentionally bring the Gospel to wherever we will go.
C – Claim the promise of God when you do mission.
Jesus promised in Matthew 28 that He will be with those who will fulfill the Great Commission. When we go and share the Gospel let us claim the assurance that Jesus is with us. Let us also remember that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish what Jesus commanded us to do. So let us be afraid to go to unfamiliar territories.
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on