June 4, 2017. Today is the last day of One. Sunday. of the 2016/2017 school year. One. is the student ministry of the church I am a part of currently in London, and every Wednesdays and Sundays, students come to sing, pray, and study the word of God together. For these past two years, God has used the brothers and sisters in One. to shepherd me. In my four years of undergraduate study in the U.S. as well, God had done the same thing through brothers and sisters on campus. Praise the Lord that in the midst of my ‘study” – be it a for a bachelor or a master degree, He has never stopped discipling me with His grace.
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…
“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 together the famous hymn, “How Great Thou Art” in our own native language too (whenever we hit the chorus) while remembering that the Bride of Christ is from every nation, tribe, people and language, as depicted in Revelation 7. I have uploaded the singing – Listen here 🙂 🙂 : ). Truly, in Christ, we are one!
Those who will be leaving the church to return to their countries also each shared a little bit about what they have learned in the past year as a result of our church life. Every answer that each of them has 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. On this coming Friday night, we will gather to partake bread and wine together as One. body (see what I did there). Let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6) – Praise the Lord!