FUTURE OF LAACC
I was asked by the organizing committee to speak about the future of LAACC. I am very hopeful for your future because I am very excited about your faith and commitment to the Lord's business. However, I cannot say that there is nothing that you have to do or you will have to do. The more you are committed to the Lord's ministries, and the faithful proclamation of His Word, the more you will face challenges and threats from the enemies of the Gospel. What we are wrestling with is not the power of flesh and blood, but the power of principalities, spiritual wickedness, and the darkness of this world. We know that the devil is like a roaring lion trying to devour his preys. Today, we may sing with gladness, but tomorrow we may have to weep, if we do not prepare ourselves for the future. I know that more and more challenges will come your way and against you, because your testimonies are so clear to the whole world that even the devil himself is scared. I know that you have the power to fight against the wiles of the devil, because the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. I know that you have weapons to fight with to win the victories for Jesus Christ, because you have the Word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit of God. The ICCC's motto is "For the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." The future of LAACC depends on those two phrases: for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Today, I am going to talk about your future and the future of the LAACC. If you and I want to keep our future bright and triumphant, we ought to put our feet on solid ground which is the Word of God and our testimony for Jesus Christ. There are three points you and I need to remember if we desire to make our future victorious for the Lord Jesus Christ. First of all, we need
More of solid theological training
The LAACC would not have existed, if the churches of God had firmly stood on the truth of the Bible. There is no reason to even talk about the ICCC or the 20th century reformation movement started by a group of faithful believers of Jesus Christ. Why do we have to talk about "Bible believing churches?" Isn't it true that all God's churches are expected to be "Bible believing churches?" Why do we call ourselves Bible believers or fundamental Christians? Isn't it true that, by definition, Christians are the Bible believers? Then, why do we make a distinction between us and others even within the Christendom? Why are we talking about biblical separation? Listen to Paul. He said in Galatians 1:6-10, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." Though, there is no other Gospel, there are people who spread another Gospel. There are people who are removing themselves from the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul warned the Thessalonian believers not to be deceived in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Paul also said in 2 Timothy 4:1-5, "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." Sound doctrines are not cherished but despised. People want to hear messages that may please their ears only. They turn away from the truth. However, they are still within Christian churches and confuse the minds of people. Therefore, Paul said to Timothy to preach the Word. It is something that we need to keep in our hearts: Preach the Word.
The LAACC is a testimony for the living God and Saviour Jesus Christ in this part of the world. The LAACC is a witness of the Word of God. Thus, all members of the LAACC must be determined to preach the Word in and out of season. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing comes from the Word of God. If no one preaches, how can people hear about the Lord and their salvation? Therefore, all of us must give more efforts to preach and to teach the Word of God. If we want to keep our testimonies in this part of the world, we must strengthen sound theological trainings for preachers and teachers. The ICCC movement is a movement to bring the hearts of the people to the Lord and right doctrines. Therefore, the LAACC must bring more sound doctrinal teachings and preachings to its member churches. Secondly, the future of the LAACC depends on
More evangelistic efforts
We are not here to build up an ivory tower for academics. The LAACC is not only for the intellectuals and the learned. The LAACC is here to bring souls to Christ. It is here to let the whole world know that Jesus saves. We may talk about doctrines such as Bibliology, Eccelesiology, Theology, and many others. However, if we do not share the simple Gospel with the common people, then we must ask ourselves why we are ever learning the doctrines. The whole Bible is a testimony of Jesus Christ. Though we know all the doctrines from A to Z, if we do not bring souls to Christ, then we are not doing well. Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman, to a sinful woman, to lepers and the blind, and visited Zacchaeus and many others. He was tired and became weary. But the Scripture testifies that He did all of those things in order to save souls. Our work is not to build up an organization only. We are not laboring to make our names known to the people. We are toiling and laboring to bring souls to Jesus Christ. Evangelism is the key to our ministries. The Great Commission was the last command of Jesus. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Jesus promised His disciples the coming of the Holy Spirit. They had to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1:8a, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." When the Holy Spirit comes upon them, power comes, too. This power is not any power, but the power to evangelize. Acts 1:8b says, "And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." The power of the Holy Spirit and evangelism go together. We are baptized into the family of God with the Spirit. Thus, we call Jesus our Lord and Savior. It is for sure that the Holy Spirit indwells us. Then, our question, "where is our evangelism?" "Where is our soul-winning effort?" If you and I want to have a bright future for the LAACC, we cannot and should not neglect soul-winning ministry. We may sing well, we may teach well, we may be hospitable, we may be kind one another, but if we do not cry for the lost, we are not doing well. Lastly, the future of the LAACC depends on its spirituality. We need,
More of a spiritual life
The knowledge alone does not make us spiritual. Our intellect alone does not make us spiritual. Even our spiritual experiences do not make us spiritual. The Corinthians believers were familiar with spiritual gifts. But, they were not spiritual people. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:1, "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ." Nonetheless, Paul expects us to be spiritual as he says in Galatians 6:1, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." If the LAACC will continue to testify of the Lord, it will pursue its spirituality, and its members must be spiritual. When we talk about being spiritual, we mean a few practical points. First, we are to be spiritual in understanding. Colossians 1:9, "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." Spiritual understanding is not something that we can gain from books, but from God through prayers. Second, we are to be spiritual in worship. 1 Peter 2:5 says, "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." Third, we are to be spiritual in discernment. 1 Corinthians 14:37, "If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord." 1 Corinthians 2:15, "But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." Fourth, we are to be spiritual in bearing burdens for brethren. Galatians 6:1 says, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." In addition to all of these, we ought to be godly. If we fail to be godly, all our confessions will lost their power. If we are not spiritual, then the world sees us as hypocrites. If the truth dear to us cannot change us, then what is the message we have for the world? The world becomes weary to Christian testimonies, because there is so much talk but few fruits. Therefore, let us build a spiritual work with a spiritual mindset.