15 June 2013 by Natasha Kim CM-
A recent Revo (Revolution) service held by Acts Church saw Senior Pastor Kenneth Chin changing it up and allowing the youth speak to up for a change.
Acts Church created the Revo movement in hopes to galvanise young people, allowing them to make a difference in their worlds. (school, campuses, offices, families, and communities).
Their answer for long lasting change is God! It’s amazing to see that our actions towards others can impact the world.
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
This time Kenneth encouraged the youths to share their testimonies regarding what they heard during the fire-filled sermons of Re: Union 2013. Once they gained confidence the youths were quick to respond and couldn’t wait to share.
“God has begun a good work and he’s going to use his people to share. Most if not every problem in the Church if not the world can be solved just by the power of sharing. I believe it’s true.” said Kenneth. He added, “Even in our discouraged moments we can make the difference…it is to share what God has blessed us with.”
“ So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:11- 16)
Testimonies of Youth
A number of boys and girls came up to share and this is what some of them shared:-
1) During the Re:Union Pastor Kenneth talked about being branded by God and it reminded a girl about when she received the gift of tongues. “I got the gift when I was going through a very difficult time. At that time I was a very new believer and had just accepted Christ a week ago.” She prayed very hard to God and said, “I just really need you right now. I was driving.. I was crying.. and halfway through I could feel the gift of tongues coming to me.” The first thing she thought was “wait I’m driving” but she accepted it and let it go and that’s when it came out. “At that time I knew I wasn’t driving but God was driving the car!” She emotionally shared that, the moment she received it, she felt like God had taken a great axe and marked her. “I gave you this gift, that means you are my child” she clearly heard God said. With that she smiled and was glad.
2) “Fire burns up rubbish”, a topic that Pastor Matt Fielder shared. A guy came up and shared what he learned, that he always had a fear of leading or talking to people who are older. He knew he had to learn how to get out of his comfort zone especially when he met a Filipino guy that was much older than him. “I had to break that mindset.. to burn that impurity away” he shared. He told himself that this man was as much as a brother no matter how old he is and that he would also have something to impart about his life. “Don’t let age stop you, they may be older but you never know how they will be blessed by your testimony” he shared.
3) “Blue flame and passion”, a topic that Pastor Sandra shared. A guy came up and shared his testimony about how he was excited about serving at the Re:Union. “I so excited and I was texting and walking back from class that I didn’t realize there was a hole in front. I sprained my ankle really badly” he said. He added, “It hurt so badly that I sat by the road side and said “Why!?” This was before he had to serve but it didn’t stop him from serving. “Those four days were really tough on me because every step was like stepping on broken glass but I maintained a smile.”
When he completed serving, he finally went to see a physiotherapist. “Your leg is really bad. Please do not stand too much and walk too much” said the physiotherapist. However he replied that he had already been standing for the past four days. When confronted with the question “why?” He explained and continued to share about what had happened because the physiotherapist was truly interested, and was at awe at how he pushed himself to serve despite that. After the physiotherapist saw the passion in him, he said that he wanted to go to Church as well. “I think that it wasn’t a coincidence after all, it was God’s plan” he said.
Ever since God gave Kenneth the message on sharing he realised the real problem with Church especially a Church that is stagnant is that they do not share. “The Lord has already given us a name and an amount of fame…sometimes you think because of the name and because of fame people will come. To a certain extent they will but many won’t.” He shared that we need to put in the leg work and invite or visit other people. “You got to put feet to the fame” shared Pastor Kenneth.
He was trying to tell everyone to break out of what they “think” they naturally are and to have the confidence to become what they truly are. For each one of us are truly magnificent creatures that are beautifully made in God’s image.
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