Large scale persecution and repression has become the new norm in China and it cannot be denied. While the church may not be defined solely by this narrative of suffering, it is clearly the case that it is alive, well, and quite real. It is still a factor in how the house church identifies and defines herself. It is not my goal is this small piece to argue this case in particular but rather to acknowledge it in the face of those attempts to downplay this important element.
In the power of the gospel, we don’t need to be afraid and we don’t need to be proud, because our sense of security is deeply rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. This will build a different culture of community, and this culture is something that the world does not have.
“I believe that the power for all ministries comes from prayer. The Bible is God’s Word; it guides us in giving and showing us a vision, a blueprint, and God’s will. Prayer, on the other hand, is our vertical relationship with God. Without this relationship with God, all of our ministries will likely fail.”
We deeply believe God has been using and preparing us for this moment. When I travel in China, I hear, different leaders saying again and again, “Gospel renewal and all the things we have learned in the past several years have prepared us to deal with this pressure and to stay true to the gospel of our calling.” This is not just a moment we need to survive. God is defining the churches in this moment in order to prepare for the next five, ten, and twenty years to come.