Truth and Unity, Part 4: We Can Cure This Disease of Division

Truth and Unity, Part 4: We Can Cure This Disease of Division

Today we must note that here there wasn’t an emphasis on the individual's calling; rather, God’s call was to all twelve tribes of Israel, Ephraim, Manessah, Beersheba, etc. All must return. Whether you are in a mainstream denomination or not, all are called to enter his sanctuary together. You must notice that here there is not a most important tribe.

Truth and Unity, Part 3: Maintaining Truth Is Not Easy

Truth and Unity, Part 3: Maintaining Truth Is Not Easy

But there are some truths that are viewed differently in different churches. For example, when did the kingdom come? Pre-millennium, post-millennium, or it hasn't come yet? Another example – should baptism be conducted by sprinkling water or full immersion?

Truth and Unity, Part 2: Gather Around the Foot of His Throne

Truth and Unity, Part 2: Gather Around the Foot of His Throne

The hope [of Passover] is not only for Judah, but also for Israel. Their discussion about what to do dragged on for one month. So we notice that the leader and his people all think the plan seemed right – truth and unity is not in conflict here.

Truth and Unity, Part 1: The Gospel Is In China and It Will Go Out of China

Truth and Unity, Part 1: The Gospel Is In China and It Will Go Out of China

In the end one fact remains: we are united together in one body, in one Spirit, in one hope, in one Lord, one faith, one baptism, with one God. Understanding this in principle is not actually hard – but in practice, what do we do? Today, this is the church's challenge.

Chinese Pastor Roundtable: Once You Taste It, You Cannot Return

Chinese Pastor Roundtable: Once You Taste It, You Cannot Return

When you have a focus on the gospel, its power itself is transforming. Whenever we hear the gospel, whenever you taste the sweetness of the real, true gospel – the resurrection, the cross, the ascension – you are looking for the eternal rest [that comes] after his return. Once you taste that, you cannot return. You reach a point where you can never return. That sweetness will always attract you in that direction.

Chinese Pastor Roundtable: A Big Crisis Will Be the Next Generation

Chinese Pastor Roundtable: A Big Crisis Will Be the Next Generation

I don’t think persecution is the main difficulty for the Chinese churches. The more persecution, the more revival for the Chinese churches. Sometimes we are expecting persecution from the government. When pastors are arrested revival comes to the church. Most of the time, the pastor is the stumbling block of the revival.

Chinese Pastor Roundtable: We Have Been Missing a Part of Our Faith

Chinese Pastor Roundtable: We Have Been Missing a Part of Our Faith

In many, many ages God has raised up different people — Martin Luther, Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Tim Keller — and it’s God’s heart to have those people. They are not perfect. In God’s eyes, they are all sinners, but they are faithful servants of God. They are sinners justified by God’s blood. They are just like a match; he is bringing the torch. Without the match the torch is there, but it never burns. They are just the match. We want to be the matches, to burn the torch.

Chinese Pastor Roundtable: We Cannot Isolate Ourselves Anymore

Chinese Pastor Roundtable: We Cannot Isolate Ourselves Anymore

More and more churches where there is the traditional way of doing church [feel that] there is no solution, there is no way out. But we cannot isolate ourselves anymore. We have to watch out for what is going on, instead of being unaware of what God was doing. A lot of times we just want to fulfill our own hearts by using religion or the gospel.

Grace Changes Everything, But You Must Have It As the Foundation

Grace Changes Everything, But You Must Have It As the Foundation

People ask, ‘How can we build our church? How can we grow the numbers? What is trending?’ But the gospel has to drive our vision, not practice. Practice is the result of gospel vision. It can’t happen in reverse. When you think about the East Asian cultures with a strong Confucian work ethic — Japanese, Korean, and Chinese primarily — their thought patterns are ‘Let’s be efficient, let’s get things done and do it in a speedy manner and be diligent and hardworking.’

There Is Going To Be An Explosion Of Christianity In China

There Is Going To Be An Explosion Of Christianity In China

For me, there has to be certain, non-negotiable, core values in place when I decide whether I’m going to be a part of something. The first is the gospel — is it gospel-centric? The second is cities, and the third would probably be leadership development.

My Prayer for China

My Prayer for China

With so many items on our prayer list, why should we pray for churches and Christians in other countries? For one, they are members of the same body (1 Corinthians 12). The whole body of God is infinitely impoverished if believers from another country are weakened. Conversely, the whole body of God will benefit if believers in another country thrive.

Why Should You Pray for China?

Why Should You Pray for China?

As we work with churches in China, they continually ask for prayer because they have seen the power of prayer in their ministry and lives. So why wouldn’t we in the West want to join them in prayer when that is what they are asking for? At China Partnership, we want to raise up a great cloud of witnesses to pray – people from different time zones lifting up prayers throughout each day, all praying in unison over the same needs, requests, and praises.

Reformation 500 Conference Voices: Wang JianGuo

Reformation 500 Conference Voices: Wang JianGuo

As I reflected on the church, I realized that she is our mother, and a healthy church must be balanced. The preaching of the word, the practice of sacraments, and the enforcement of church discipline: all three have to be there. Some say that faith is a personal matter, and that salvation has nothing to do with being part of a church. However, it is only through being part of a church community that people can examine whether they actually have genuine love. Only the church has the authority to carry out discipline measures, to warn us against our sinful natures, and hold us accountable for sinful acts.

Reformation 500 Conference Voices: Dennis Brown

Reformation 500 Conference Voices: Dennis Brown

I had always heard how vibrant the church in China was, but had never had the opportunity to see it up close. So when I arrived in Hong Kong for Reformation 500, I was looking forward to rubbing shoulders with these hearty saints. I don’t want to idealize them as we are all sinners being saved by grace together. Yet the astounding growth of the church against such large odds is certainly one of the great events of church history. Reformation 500 did not disappoint.

Reformation 500 Conference Voices: Mark Moser

Reformation 500 Conference Voices: Mark Moser

I heard godly American speakers conveying decades of acquired learning and wisdom, and the Chinese audience receiving it gladly.  But meanwhile I saw Americans and other foreigners being refreshed and re-centered by the vitality of our Chinese brothers and sisters.  In fact, I did not merely see this, I felt it.

Reformation 500 Conference Voices: Yang Mingdao

Reformation 500 Conference Voices: Yang Mingdao

Before [going to the conference] I was content with my life in Boston. I felt it was enough to focus on my home church, until my friend came and informed me of a much greater “battle” that is going on. And so, I joined the “fellowship of Grace to City,” not expecting much. By the end of the trip, my perspective had changed.