The Good Shepherd (Pt 2): The Fisherman-Shepherd – by Paul Seow

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” –  John 21:17 NIV.

 

The Shepherd:
Sometimes when we do our quiet time in the mornings or listen to a sermon on a Sunday church service, we think, “Oh, I’ve read that before,” or “I’ve heard that sermon before.” When that happens pause a moment. Don’t dismiss it. Get fed not fed-up. You see, the more we read the Bible, the more we discover, the more we learn and the more we’re blessed. Bertrand Russell sums it up this way, “All knowledge is more or less uncertain and more or less vague.” So be patient, read through that familiar Bible passage; sit through that sermon you thought you knew. You’ll be surprised. There are new revelations to be gathered, a new idea to the Bible passage we’ve just read or new lessons to be learnt from that sermon we thought we’ve heard before.

To be a Christian is to be a sheep with God as our Shepherd. In my last exhortation we talked about the shepherd – “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd . . .” (Isaiah 40:11 KJV) and we reminded ourselves of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd . . . He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:” Let me share with you what else I have learnt from reading these great passages this time.

Isaiah’s picture of the shepherd is of one who shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. – Isaiah 40:11 KJV. It is an unusual picture of a leader because the shepherd does not issue judgment like a judge, or manage a ministry like a government minister, or win great victories like a four star general. Like a shepherd is more about caring for others, to be loved, and for the sheep; to be loved!

The shepherd guards his sheep. He is the guardian who takes responsibility for the well-being of his sheep. King David tells us that, “He (the Shepherd) makes me to lie down in green pastures.” – Ps 23. And the prophet Isaiah says that He (God) shall feed his flock. This is more than a matter of providing His flock with grass to feed on. I came across “Albert Barnes Notes.” He explains, “The verb translated ‘to feed’ (yire‛eh ), denotes more than our word feed at present. It refers to all the care of a shepherd over his flock. it means to tend, to guard, to govern, to provide pasture, to defend from danger, as a shepherd does his flock.” You see, the word feed represents a complete package able to meet all your needs. If the Lord is your Shepherd then you are under His protection or his guardianship. So the imagery of the shepherd in the Old Testament gives a complete picture of who our God is – the Good and perfect Shepherd. Isn’t that great!

Peter’s moment of truth:
The leaders God had chosen in the New Testament were by background, quite varied, different. They were not shepherds like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or Moses or King David. They were generally fishermen like Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, James, John and two more disciples possibly Philip and Andrew (John 21:2). They were together with Peter. Then, Jesus appeared before them. That was before He ascended to heaven. Here was how the Bible recorded the event. Jesus said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.”– John 21:6 NIV. They had a breakfast barbecue over a charcoal fire at the beach after that. The last time when Peter was at a charcoal fire it was at the high priest’s courtyard. That was a shameful moment for Peter, because he had denied Jesus three times. Now he found himself face-to-face, one-on-one with Jesus. Embarrassing? No, it was a powerful moment! The question this time (these three times) was about Peter. Peter was asked three times if he loved Jesus! When my wife called my daughter (when she was a little girl) using her name in full – her Christian name, her Chinese name and her surname. You know that it had to be a serious moment.

From fisherman to shepherd . . .
When the disciples had finished their meal with Jesus, that was how Jesus called Peter by his name in full, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” – John 21:15, 16 17. Want to know how serious this encounter was? The second question Jesus asked Peter was exactly the same as the first. And the third question was exactly like the first and the second, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter responded with some embarrassment, and he was of course somewhat exasperated too. But this was a defining moment for Peter the fisherman. Why? Jesus had responded to Peter with, “Feed my lambs,” (John 21:15 NIV), “Take care of my sheep” (john 21:16 NIV) and “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17 NIV). All three times, the same question and the same response! This had to be important, as I had described it – surely a life-changing moment for Peter as he stood there on his seafaring legs. I believe that when Jesus asked Peter to throw his net to the right of his boat that was Peter’s last fishing trip as a fisherman. Jesus was now asking the fisherman to be a shepherd – “Feed my sheep.”

The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 21:11 NIV
We had already learnt that to feed means “to provide all the care of a shepherd over his flock, to tend, to guard, to govern, to provide pasture, to defend from danger” even to the point of laying his life for his sheep. That was what being a shepherd was all about. Remember how Jesus called Peter when they first met?

Here is that account. Peter and his brother Andrew “were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people (to be ‘fishers of men’ – KJV).” – Matt. 4:18-23 NIV. Here’s an interesting observation. At this very first meeting of Peter with Jesus, Jesus says to Peter, “Come, follow me.” After his resurrection from the dead, guess what Jesus says to Peter before he leaves for heaven? Again Jesus says to Peter, “Follow me!” It seems quite incredible that Jesus greeting and goodbye to Peter makes use of these same two words, “Follow me”. From fisherman to shepherd! That seems to be the transition of Peter – – from a worker (fisherman) to a leader (a shepherd). Of course, Jesus is the ultimate shepherd of people. To follow Jesus is to be a shepherd like Jesus. Like Jesus, the shepherd must be willing to give his life for his sheep. Jesus clearly explains to Peter what to follow and to be a shepherd means. 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” – John 21:19 NIV.

The two “Follow me” calls:
So, “Follow me” was more than just keeping pace with Jesus as he journeys along the road. It was about following or mirroring the life of Jesus, to do what Jesus had done, to adopt Jesus’ attitude – His care, His love and His willingness to give His life for his sheep. If Peter had not been too certain what Jesus meant when Jesus said, “Follow me” at first, Peter now understood.

 

To witness and disciple:
The very first, “Follow me” from Jesus was a call for Peter to be fishers of men. It was a call to be a witness and to win souls for the kingdom of God. The second “Follow me” was a call for him to be a shepherd. This was not just a call for witnessing or evangelizing but shepherding. It was about making disciples of the converts – feed my sheep. Peter understood this. In 1 Peter 5:2 he instructed his team “Tend the flock of God,” that means, take up the shepherd’s staff to tend and to feed the sheep in the fold.

The word ‘tend’ had come from the Greek word ‘poimaino’ to shepherd and to feed the flock of God. We belong to that flock of God. We are God’s sheep. Many of us who are Christians accept our call to be witnesses, that is, to be fishers of men. But what about the second call to be shepherds, to disciple? To be shepherds requires us to feed His sheep.

The next time you meet your pastor, honor him/her. Your pastor is following both calls from Jesus. Your pastor tends the flock of God in your church. He needs you to work alongside him. He needs your support and your love. Uphold your pastor in all your prayers and shower him with your personal care. If you have heard God’s call to be fishers of men, I pray that you will respond to His call to be shepherds alongside your pastor.

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Arise, O younger generation, Arise

A call to us, the younger generation, have been issued. The question now is, what are we going to do about it?

As I was seeking the Lord about what to share over the anniversary weekend, the only thing that the Holy Spirit impressed upon my heart was Malachi 4:5-6.

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

As I read this, the urgent necessity of our response as a younger generation hit me hard. The fathers of our land, our parents, the elders, their hearts will turn and have been turning to their children, but as a younger generation, we need to intentionally make that active decision to turn our hearts to our fathers. This is a necessity and it’s fundamental in the family. We as a younger generation need to Honour the generations before us. And it can’t just simply be empty words or lip service. It needs to come forth in our genuine actions.

And as a church body, we know that we’ve been marked to magnify. We know that we need to make disciples that make disciples. We know that as a church, we have an apostolic calling.

But for us to do all of that, we need strong families that are grounded in His word. Strong families whose hearts are turned towards each other and aligned with the Father above. Because Discipleship truly begins at home. It needs to happen internally within our families before it happens externally with the people around us.

So to us, the younger generation, let’s make the intentional effort to turn our hearts to our fathers. Let’s bridge the man made gaps and connect heart to heart. This is fundamental in our families and it’s a necessity for such a time as this.

Pray:
1. We as a Generation, choose to repent of our old ways and turn our hearts to our parents and to the generations before us.
2. As your word says in exodus 20:12: “Honour your Father and Mother so that you may live Long in the land your God is giving to you.” Father, we choose to do so intentionally.
3. Let Honour be established in our families and let our families be turned towards each other and aligned with you.
4. We thank you for who you are to us and who we are to you. Let us your children arise to do your will for such a time as this.

Let us arise because we are marked to magnify.

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Water Baptism – 28 & 29 October

Has God placed a desire in your heart for you to get baptised, as a response to the unconditional love He has for you? The next Water Baptism takes place on 28 and 29 October.

Those intending to get baptised must have completed the Being Rooted course – which is our basic foundations class.

Want to get baptised? Complete the water baptism form at the information counter at level 4, or email your interest to maureen@fgasingapore.org. The closing date for registration is 15 October.

The Good Shepherd… My Shepherd (Pt 1) – by Paul Seow

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me . . . and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10: 14,15

Pastoral:
What distinguishes a Christian from other people? And we all have our own picture of what the Christian should look like in our minds. The picture that relates best to me is that described by the Apostle John. In the tenth chapter of his Gospel he paints a pastoral picture, a sheepfold with a gate. He talks about the shepherd, about sheep, thieves, robbers and the gatekeeper. Here then, are the first two verses,
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.” – John 10:1,2 NIV.

It is a simple picture, a pastoral scene – the picture of a rather quiet countryside, a low fence yet high enough so that the sheep cannot get over it. The time of day . . .? Let’s say early in the morning, sunrise! Somewhere along the enclosure is a lamb, a gate, lots of sheep and a shepherd keeping watch over his sheep. But wait a minute. There is someone in the shadows. What’s he doing there? John clearly states that he is not an innocent by-stander but a thief and a robber. Look at the picture again. Can you see yourself there? No? Do you remember Psalm 23? Of course, it says, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Metaphorically then, you and I are represented in one of the sheep in the picture. Christians are sheep under the loving care of Jesus our Shepherd. How can any Christian forget Psalm 23 or John 3:16! It is about the Shepherd and His love for His sheep – us Christians! David says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul . . .”

In sheep’s clothing:
The use of the word soul in “he refreshes my soul” is a direct reference to the creation of man not sheep “ . . . the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Gen. 2:7 NIV. The King James Bible says, “and the man became a living soul.” Here’s what Watchman Nee has to say about the soul. “Man is composed of two independent kinds of material: spirit and body. When the spirit entered the body of dust the soul was produced.” So there are two elements in Man, the physical and the spiritual. So, when the Shepherd leads you to green pastures beside the quiet waters He meets all your physical needs. He meets your spiritual needs when he refreshes your soul. “The Lord is my Shepherd,” is a hymn King David wrote for his God but it has inspired Christians in all generations. Among them was Jessie Seymour Irvine (1836 – 1887) the daughter of a Church of Scotland parish minister who served at Crimond in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She composed “Crimond” the tune to David’s Psalm “The Lord is my Shepherd”. It is a great picture of Psalm 23 painted not with the colors from the painter’s brush but sounds from the voice and musical instruments.

As I write about “The Lord is my Shepherd,” Handel’s alto airs from Handel’s great work the “Messiah” simply keep sneaking into my mind. It was Charles Jennens who assembled the scriptures from the Bible for Handel’s great oratorio, the “Messiah.” One of the most beautiful airs (songs) in the oratorio explains the picture in David’s Psalm 23. Handel brought in the two lovely airs sung by an alto and a soprano voice (unless of course you were Barbara Bonney who took on both airs singlehandedly). For me the words from prophet Isaiah and the Psalmist, when placed side-by-side, or together present to us a great picture of our Shepherd. Here are the words of Isaiah followed by the words of the apostle Matthew:

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11 KJV
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matt 11:28,29 KJV.

Whether it is John 10 or Psalm 23 or Isaiah 40, it is all about the Good Shepherd who makes us to lie down in green pastures who leads us beside quiet waters, who restores our soul, who feed us like a shepherd, who gather us with his arm, and carry us in his bosom and ye shall find rest unto your souls. What beautiful expressions of God’s tender and loving care for us – always keeping watch over us His sheep.

Here’s another curious thought! Jennens not only chose the words from the Isaiah 40 but also inserted Isaiah 35 in his recitative that introduced the two alto airs (songs) – “Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. “ – Isaiah 35:5,6.

Here’s an interesting question, “What has the words, “Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened . . .” in the recitative to do with, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd . . .” in the two arias or airs following? Remember that we started this exhortation with John 10 and it was about the Good Shepherd. It’s like asking what has John 9 to do with John 10. You see John 9 is about a man born blind. He received healing from Jesus. The apostle John writes, “Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.” – John 9:32 NIV. The following chapter, John 10 is about something else. It is about “The Good Shepherd.” There seems to be a serious disconnect. This is the exact same sequence adopted by Handel-Jennings. His recitative is about the blind made to see – “Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened . . .” (as in Isaiah 35) is followed by the Shepherd – – “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd . . .” (as in Isaiah 40). So, is there a connection between the blind and the shepherd?

Let us return to John 9. Jesus heard that they had thrown him (the blind man) out. But Jesus found him. The Good Shepherd found the blind man. The blind man would never have recognized Jesus because he could not see the man who had healed him before he received his sight from Jesus. But then Jesus took the trouble to look for him as a shepherd would look for his lost sheep. Then, he (Jesus) said (to the blind man), “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The blind man could not recognize Jesus by sight. But the blind man recognized Jesus’ voice, ‘My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.’ – John 10:27 NIV. Here is that conversation between the man born blind and Jesus:

36 “Who is he (the Son of Man, the Healer), sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. – John 9:35-38 NIV.

Question, “Who is He?” “Do you recognize your Shepherd so that you may believe in Him? King David says, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” He is the one who brings healing, who restores your soul, and guides you along the right paths for His name’s sake. He is the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13,14), the one given dominion and glory and a kingdom. He is the son of David (Matt 21:9), the fulfillment of the prophecy of the seed of David, the son of God (Psalm 2:7), the promised Messiah. That’s who He is. Praise the Lord God Almighty!

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Elijah House Prayer Ministry

Desiring a breakthrough in your life?

Elijah House Prayer Ministry

The Elijah House prayer ministry is based on scriptural principles and led by the Holy Spirit, through the use of listening prayer and other tools, to uncover roots that hold us to these patterns. In a prayer ministry session, the prayer counsellor leads the seeker in prayer at the foot of the cross to forgive those who wounded him/her, as well as to receive forgiveness of judgments, and other strongholds the heart has formed. Each session is completely confidential and run by a trained prayer counsellor.

Prayer ministry is available to all FGA partners in the month of September. Sign up, and experience newfound freedom and breakthrough in your life!

SIGN UP FOR A PRIVATE SESSION HERE

 

Laying the Foundations Seminar

Mark and Terry Benavente from Elijah House Ministry, Guam, will be back in FGA this September to conduct the “Laying The Foundations” seminar, which covers the basic principles used in prayer ministry and the keys to receiving heart healing and true breakthrough in our lives.

Date: 10 Sept 2017
Time: 12.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Studio 6, FGA@Playfair, Level 4
Seminar Fees: Free of charge
Who can attend: Open to all, and compulsory for those who have signed up for the private prayer ministry sessions.

This session helps attendees identify recurring patterns/sin in their lives by discovering root causes with the help of the Holy Spirit and keys of knowledge including identifying:

  • Bitter root judgments
  • Inner vows
  • Foundational lies

As well as steps to pray through these processes in order to experience a greater level of freedom.

REGISTER FOR SEMINAR HERE

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In the Beginning was the Word – Writing Workshop

The Internet is the source of a lot of news today. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – it’s so easy to share news and stories with everybody. But sometimes news becomes inaccurate, and the stories become all about us.

How do we communicate the grand narrative of God’s story to the world with the use of modern-day writing techniques?

In 2 days, learn the basics of how to use social media to speak life and God’s truth into your community, or how to script videos that inspire people and bring joy.

Writing for Social Media – 30 Sept, 2-4pm
Scriptwriting for Video – 14 Oct, 2-4pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ONE OR BOTH WORKSHOPS

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#iamadisciple – Pastor Dodi Togatorol

FGA Surabaya Life Group - the ongoing journey, by Pastor Dodi:

About the Life Group: "My Life Group comprises students who come from different tribes in Indonesia such as Irian Jaya [PAPUA], Ambon, Flofes, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Java, Roger, and Sumba. These students are always busy with their assignments, and so I have to constantly adjust meeting times to suit them in such a way that our meetings do not disrupt their study times."

The biggest challenge about starting a church plant: "Teaching them the Bible in a simple way, because they have not much knowledge of the Bible despite coming from Christian families. Next would be enlightening them on the importance of discipleship and how to evangelise to the community around them."

What I love most about my work: "This opportunity gives me a chance to mix with a different culture and age group from my own, and the biggest challenge in my relationship with them is to learn to recognise their needs in spite of the difference. Through this opportunity, God shapes my character too." How God shapes my character: "God shows me that how to love people who are different from who I am, and to guide them as disciples. Discipleship does not mean that God sends us people who are exactly like us. Also, God has taught me how to be a good shepherd, just like He is to me."
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THROWBACK: 5 worship songs from the pre-21st Century era that we still love.

We live in an age of worship jams that comprise elements of contemporary rock, indie, and EDM. Worship lyrics can range from the deeply introspective and laced with story-telling, to the simple yet personal and filled with free worship that ministers to our hearts so directly that makes us go, “Oh wow, that’s how I feel!”.

But hey, millennials; did you know that there was an era of music that existed before the days of Hillsong, Taya Smith, Kim Walker-Smith, and Kari Jobe? Sure, they might sound vastly different from the types of songs we sing at church today, but they are equally meaningful and easy to sing along to - which is the point, right? Have a listen - perhaps you might find some of these familiar from Sunday School days…

If you’re from a generation that finds these tunes nostalgic, good news: you’ll be able to worship to some of them this Sunday at our Generations Weekend service! That’s right, our worship team has been practicing an amazing set for the service that will honour all generations, especially the ones that have led us through the years.

Generations Weekend service begins at 9.30am this Sunday, 23 June. Doors open at 9.15am. Be sure to come early because it’s going to be a combined English service. We know it’s gonna be lit!

1. From The Rising Of The Sun -

 2. Come Bless The Lord - 

 3. The Trees of The Field - 

4. He Is The King of Kings - 

5. I Will Celebrate - 

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Reaching youth in Surabaya – Mission trip report

In June, I joined a small team to visit the home church of Pastor Dody and his family in Surabaya. Pastor Dody was commissioned by our church to lead the FGA Surabaya church plant since 2016. Our purpose for that trip was to help educate and equip the youth attendees of this church with knowledge about God and the Bible, through the Alpha curriculum. These sessions with the youth spanned over 4 nights.

Upon meeting these young people, I was blown away with their wealth of questions about the faith. Most of them had grown up in Christian homes but never really had a personal relationship with God. They are not very different from the youth we know back at home, though – they are smart, well-educated, and career-driven.

During the sessions, our team and Pastor Dody answered as many questions as possible about the faith, who God is, why they should read the Bible as their source for the truth of God’s Word, and why being in a church community is important. We also prayed and worshipped with them – they have such beautiful Indonesian worship songs!

Pastor Dody has done such a great job in being well-versed in Bible knowledge, as well as a deep understanding for the political and religious climate in Indonesia. With what he has, along with his fire for God and to make disciples, he has led this group of young people very well.

However, I believe that they will be further blessed by the guiding examples of other God-fearing, Christ-following young people around them. Though I don’t feel that I came with much to offer on this trip, I did share a bit of my personal testimonies with them over 2 evenings, and I felt prompted by the Spirit that my experiences and God-given lessons from my youth would touch these young people in a special way.

As such, I would encourage more young people (youth and young adults with the age range between 18-35) to join the next Surabaya mission trips on 18-22 August, or 20-24 October. “Let no one look down on [you because of] your youth, but be an example and set a pattern for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in [moral] purity.” 1 Tim 4:12 – Your connection and friendship will be a blessing to them in itself, and plant the seeds for faith to arise amongst that young, intellectual and vivacious community. You are marked to magnify His goodness!

FGA Surabaya is a part of our FGA family, and we can do our part to support and grow our extended family. Hope to see you in August!

Watch the Instagram Stories compilation of the Surabaya Mission Trip here.

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#iamadisciple – Esther Teo

Faithfulness sets the foundation for fruitfulness. In making disciples, it may seem that our initial efforts to reach out are futile, but as we continue to faithfully sow into their lives, God is also faithful to change both us and them. Esther's story of discipleship is a great example of that!

1. Describe the time when you decided to transition from “regular weekend Christian” to “fully devoted follower of Christ”.

I think it was a just gradual process as I journey with Christ, working to become more and more "fully devoted".

2. When did you become a leader?

9 years ago.

3. As much as you can remember, recollect the initial memories of starting out as a new leader. It must have been an eye-opener! Any funny moments, memorable ones? Any painful memories?

I started as a lifegroup leader in my own lifegroup, DNA with Audrey and Juliana for a very short period of time. Then I stepped down from my own lifegroup and joined the SURGE ministry because I felt God was calling me to reach out to girls who are younger. The initial 3 to 4 years of leading in the youth was tough as my members were either super irregular or didn't want to attend lifegroup at all. Out of lifegroup meetings, it was hard to meet them too. There were a lot of rejections. I struggled a lot and always prayed and asked God, "I've obeyed your call, and did my best, so why no progress? Did I do something wrong? Is it me?" Then God spoke to me and said my focus was wrong, I shouldn't focus on me, but them, because that was His focus and I should still be faithful with what I was called to do. I continued to be faithful and eventually God gave me 4 very teachable girls with regular attendance. That was my highlight then and still is now. 

4. How about the best stories that make you feel like, this is all worth it?

It was when one of my members who constantly "rejected" me and "fly my aeroplane" (Chinese term: the person stood her up) told me, "Thanks for constantly reaching out to me even though I kept avoiding you." I remembered we were at this brunch cafe with all these noisy echoes, and when she said that, my heart dropped and I teared. I realised that this is why God had asked me to be faithful. 

5. What is the biggest challenge for yourself as a leader?

Communication and facilitation. Language is not my forte, and sometimes I find it hard use the right words to ask the right questions at lifegroup. Till today, I'm still learning communicate and facilitate better. 

6. What has God taught you through leadership?

Faithfulness, Love and Patience, and most importantly to lead by example. 

7. Complete this sentence: Discipleship is…

Discipleship is intentionally walking and journeying  alongside others towards maturing in Christ.  (The DE book definition sums it up better! This is just the simple definition I have at the back of my head, haha.) 

8. Enough about you as a leader - let’s talk about you as a disciple. What do you love or appreciate most about your leader(s)?

Auntie Sue and Angie reached out to me when I was a youth. I appreciate most when Angie was there to guide me, teach me about the Bible and show me the way. She was always there, loving me as I am, rejoicing with me through my ups and comforting and encouraging me through my downs. 

Rhordan also, in a way, "disciples" all the youth leaders. Whether it was through the Bible or by giving us tools to facilitate lifegroup, there was never a time in his teaching that we did not go back without gaining a revelation, insight or knowledge.

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MRT - Tai Seng (circle line), exit at Harper Road

Buses - Tai Seng MRT: 22, 24, 28, 43, 58, 62, 70, 70M, 76, 80, 93, 158

             - Citimac Industrial Complex: 62, 90, 151