June 4, 2017
Today is the last One. Sunday in the 2016/17 school year. One. is the student ministry of the church I am a part of in London at the moment. Every Wednesday and Sunday, students gather to sing, pray, and study the Bible together. I have been watered so much for these past two years by brothers and sisters in One. Previously in my four years of study in Los Angeles, God has also done the same thing to me through my times with brothers and sisters in Christ on campus. Praise God for His faithfulness.
Near the end of our study today, a few brothers and sisters stood up to read Revelation 5:11-14 in their own language: Cantonese, Korean, Russian, Romanian, etc.
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9)
We then sang the famous hymn “How Great Thou Art” together — but in our own native language whenever we hit the chorus. As we sing, we were reminded that the Bride of Christ consists of people of every nation, tribe, and language, just as that depicted in Revelation 7. I have uploaded the singing here 🙂 Truly, in Christ, we are one!
Those who are leaving the church soon also each shared a little bit about what they have learned and enjoyed in the past year from our church life. Every answer given is a testimony of my own: “To completely depend on Him”, “To love God and His people more”, “To take grace and give grace”, “To spend more personal time with the Lord”, “To understand what the Church really should look like” etc.
These are not things that you can learn by merely reading the Bible; they require living a life together under the headship of Christ. So looking forward to our time of communion as one. body (see what I did there) this coming Friday night.