Nov 26, 2012 by Adeline Lum CM-
On November 25th, I went to Full Gospel Assembly (FGA) Kuala Lumpur, which was delightfully decorated with Christmas ornaments already hanging from the ceiling.
The common area bustled with people catching up with one another, as children buzzed through with their knapsacks and tumblers.
Walking down the common area, I saw the visitors’ lounge, the store area and the library with the chatter of happy people. The place exuded so much warmth and joy that it felt like home! Making my way upstairs to the theatre-like auditorium, I planted myself cozily on a cushioned seat.
The worship started as people started filing into each rows. The songs were contemporary. One of my favorite was “Jesus, be the center of my life.”
Young talents took center stage as they led the people in worship. A man, filled with the Holy Spirit, leaped and danced with joy to the music. He reminded me of King David who danced in high-sprits when the ark of God returned to his people!
Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. (2 Samuel 6:14-15)
Two dancers dressed in white also gracefully twirled and swung their ribbons and flags. Ushers dressed in a black coat directed the people visiting promptly. Soon, the whole auditorium was filled up!
The service was incredibly personal. The whole church lifted up names of people who needed prayer, celebrated the birth of infants together with the families and greeting guests by name one-by-one! Today, the guests came from a wide array of backgrounds including the Philippines, Indonesia, Netherlands, and Germany. The atmosphere was certainly a melting pot of many nations in one church!
“And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11)
The topic for the sermon was related to loving the people of God who are persecuted, abused and mistreated.
Jesus said in:
Matthew 10:42 that “if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."
In the eyes of human, we may think that a cold cup of water worth little but God sees and appreciates our heart in giving. He said we will certainly not lose our reward.
Nevertheless, how many of us turn away when we see the people of God suffer and needing our help?
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"–when you now have it with you. (Proverbs 3:27-28)
The key word here is the “power to act.” Many of us have taken the things we have for granted– the peacefulness of our country, the freedom to worship gods of different faith and the reaching of independence in our country.
How about the people of God who have to fight for their land, constantly look out for encroaching attack, ration their food due to limited supply and also those who are detested by all nations? Are they not God’s people also, people that is close to His heart?
Because of the blessings and freedom that God gave us, let us lift our voice in prayer for the people of God who had been spread to all corners of the world but brought back together again. May His glory be shown and His Will be done.
How true! Let us lift up our prayer as one body in Christ.
Visiting FGA KL had been a wonderful experience. If you are looking for a youthful and vibrant church, try visiting this homely place.
For more information:
Please visit http://www.fga.my/web/
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