Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mission Sunday 3 Nov, 2013

Time: 11 AM
Venue: EBCC Delhi Church, Nasirpur

Save some by snatching them from the fire. Fearing God, have mercy on some, hating even the clothing contaminated by their sinful urges.
Jude 1:23

Chairman of the Tualsung Baptist Missions Committee N. Vumsuan delivered a welcome address.

Rev Khamkholun, Director (Missions) EBCC Headquarters, had addressed the gathering of all the departments of the two EBCC churches of Delhi on the occasion of the first joint Mission Motivational Meet on Saturday the 2ndNovember, 2013 at EBCC Delhi Church, Nasirpur.

When he stood in the pulpit on Sunday morning, he turned to the word of God as written in Saint John 4:35 –Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then it’s time for harvest’? Look, I tell you: open your eyes and notice that the fields are already ripe for the harvest; and to Saint Matthew 9:37-38 that says,Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
As the director’s stay in Delhi coincides with the Mission Sunday observed on the first Sunday of every year throughout the various Churches of EBCC, he had planned to make use of the occation to best serve EBC's commitment and the duties of each Church toward the saving work as commissioned by the Bible.

Due to the broad based commitment of EBCC, even the assurance given to the FMPB mission in Batala had not been fully fulfilled till date. The shanties wherein missionaries and local converts hold worship services need up gradation, a number of ongoing construction works and land acquisition projects has to be completed with a bit of fund injected into the system.

Still photos showing the various missionary fields and the people there reminded the congregation of the achievements and tasks lying ahead of the Church hundred years after its establishment. The gospel has been taken to Karbi Anglong, Dhemaji, Tejpur and other administrative regions in the state of Assam. In West Bengal the gospel has been established in Bhutabari which is located at a walking distance from Bagdogra Airport. In Nepal, the word of God is making headways under the auspices of the second generation local workers. Remittance from Nepalese Diaspora pouring in, the mission is on the lookout for land for construction of building.  Manipur Mission has 35 workers with 22 Churches/fellowships. During the recent time Paite Veng, Imphal alongwith Nambol and Thoubal districts emerged as hotspots of the remarkable gospel movement in the state.

Himself a cruel duel amid the culture of streets fights of the late 1960s and early 70s, Khamkholun has advocated the case for aggressive approach to save the lost soul. He referred to Jude 1:23 stressing the urgency to save some by snatching them from the fire. Taking cue from Matthew 21:43 the Director warned that in the event of inaction or passive response, the privilege and commission entitled to a Christian in the Kingdom of God is liable to be forfeited.  A Christian has a responsibility of rescuing those who are being taken captive to death and to hold them back (Proverbs 24:11). Among the various modes of rendering missionary work, giving of offers is according to the reverend, the easiest way. It’s not quite as tortuous as sweating it out in prayer or braving the not-so-friendly strange authorities, insects, topography, climate and language to spread the gospel. It’s one thing to pool up about 4,30,000 INR through tithes (3,73,790), Faith Money (41,240), Mission Sunday Offering (12,560) and others from the ladies and fasting teams, but battling it out in prayer or literally living up to the commission is something else.

Blessing through benediction was administered by Upa H. Kamsuanthang.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sunday Worship Service 10.11.2013

Time: 11.00 hours
Venue: EBC Church Delhi, Nasirpur

Worship in Hymn:
1.         Aw Don Zel Ni Bethlehem Tang
2.         Mial in Lei a Tuam Lai in
3.         Khovel Thukhen
4.         Mangpianni Lenmual
5.         Toupa Hon Pii Dan
6.         Aw Jesu Tui Hing Lui Nahi
7.         Tung Thangvan Gamnuam Ah

The worship in offering was dedicated to God by Upa Thianzakham. Pastor Nenglian then took the stand to thank God for the birthdays, anniversaries, other success stories and pray for the challenges ahead of the Church and its members.

Brother Samson Peter from the India Sunday School Union spoke at length about the Union and upcoming schedules in its endeavor to bring about a holistic and harmonious growth and development of persons, facilitating them to make Christian responses to life, to become active participants in the Church and in human history, and to extend God’s rule in human society.

The youth wing of the Church sang praise as a part of rehearsal, of the all time favourite John Newton’s masterpiece, “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” which earned them INR 200,000 later in the day being in the second position of the competition organized by the Tangkhul Christian Charitable Society, Delhi.
The pastor talked about ‘The Bond Between Believers and the World” on the basis of the scripture 1 John 2:15-17 which states in NIV Bible thus- 

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

He highlighted the changing trends in the history of humanity. First man was steep in certain beliefs, then the craze for empirical evidence to confirm genuineness of one’s faith had reigned. In the post-modern period we experience something like ‘nothingness’ where there is no absolute right. No one- parents, leaders, teachers, etc. seem to hold supreme authority. In such situation which is experiencing the literal perishing of matters of the world, the relevance of the role of believers as ‘light of the world’ holds an unprecedented prominence as stated in Matthew 5:14. The monastic life as a more or less accepted conduct of the 15th century had long been redundant. The Bible uses the analogy of ‘salt’ as a Christian’s role in the society. In fact even as salt dissolves in water, its saline effect is homogeneous and active throughout the water. In the same way the presence of a Christian is not necessarily visible. But the impact thereof is potent and highly active. On the other hand to love the world is to subscribe to its ways.

The faithful are being extended the honor of making contribution towards the ongoing construction of the Gospel Centenary Hall in Lamka, in the coming Sunday Worship Service.

Then the congregation rose to the hymn, ‘Pathian in Hon Itna a Lamdang Mah Mah’ and thereafter proceeded to the tea stand with the blessings of Upa Thiankhanmuan.