YA Ministry Evangelistic Event: Meet the Church
Meet The Church: Testimonies by Believers from Difficult Backgrounds was organized by the Evangelism Committee of the GBC Young Adults (YA) ministry. This team, comprising of Annie Set, Gloria Yeo, Hannah Yeo, Jonathan Tan, Kenneth Poon, organised this with the purpose of encouraging and challenging Christians to share the gospel boldly.
On Saturday the 20th of May, a group of about 50 believers gathered together at The Gab café for a private event – to hear the testimonies of 3 selected panelists. Each of them had been born into difficult and restrictive family backgrounds and later been led to faith in Christ through remarkable means. These panelists shared their personal experiences of coming to Christ and living out their faith as believers.
After all the participants and panelists had gathered over dinner, the three panelists shared their testimonies one by one, followed by a time of discussion to allow participants to process their thoughts and responses as well as craft some questions for the Q&A panel that followed. Through the Q&A, the panelists answered questions about their personal struggles of navigating their faith with their culture and family as well as provided advice and encouragement for those seeking to share Christ with friends who seem difficult to evangelize to.
Due to the sensitive nature of the event, invitations were extended primarily to GBC YAs and their own Christian friends. Although no non-believers were present, the powerful testimonies of God’s work in the panelists’ lives served to convict the believers present of the power of the good news to reach all people – and prompt them to evangelism.
For many of the YAs, hearing the powerful work of Christ in the lives of these believers was a challenge to our approach to evangelism. Whether for fear of crossing social boundaries or fear of failure, oftentimes we are guilty of being selective with our evangelism. Though wisdom and tact should not be discarded, we as Christians must question whether we have heeded what Christ has called us to.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28: 18-20)
If as Christians we believe in the power and authority of the Holy Spirit that compelled us to faith in Christ – then we should not let the weight of failure hinder us. Similarly, if we believe in the authority of Christ as our Lord and seek to obey his commission- then as he calls us to share the good news, we cannot allow social boundaries to limit our definition of “all nations”.
Meeting with our brothers and sisters also opened our eyes to who is included in the body of Christ, recognizing that the good news of Jesus is for all sinners.
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Rev 5:9)
The family of God comes from all nations; we don't get to determine who our siblings are based on what we are comfortable or familiar with.
We would also like to prompt you to reconsider your own approach to evangelism. Is there someone in your life that seemed for some reason, beyond your reach to share the gospel with? Challenge yourself to begin forming an intentional relationship with someone you have not considered sharing Christ with.
The YA evangelism team hopes that this may be an encouragement to our GBC community – we welcome you to approach any of our team if you have any questions or would like to hear more about the event.