I’ve been home for over a week and am only now recovering sufficiently from jet lag to finish off this blog with something coherent! Thirteen time zones. 14,000 miles. 30 hours of transit time. My age is starting to show!
The final days of Family Camp were great. I spoke three times on Thursday:
1. “The Promise of Teaching” (Jn 14: 25-27)—where Jesus speaks of an abiding Holy Spirit who will equip disciples for carrying on the essential mission of the Kingdom;
2. “The Promise of Testimony” (Jn 15:26-27)—where Jesus tells about a Spirit who is always testifying to the truth found in him … and giving us the courage to testify;
3. “The Promise of Conviction (Jn 16:7-11)—where Jesus talks about a Spirit who works in the hearts of lost people to prepare them for the gospel … bringing conviction and repentance.
And then a final time on Friday—“The Promise of Glory” (Jn 16:12-15) where (in the culmination of Jesus’ Spirit teachings in the Final Discourse) he affirms that the prime and ultimate work of the Spirit is to continue the revealing work of Jesus himself (“he will receive from me what he will make known to you”) and to enlarge the disciples spiritually so that they have the “capacity” to contain God’s glory.
Finally (Sunday) I preached one last time for the Pasir Pangang church: on the “Riches of Grace” (see a future blog for a summary of that sermon).
Mark Hooper spoke that Sunday evening (on “To Do and To Be”) and did a great job. [I’ve mentioned Mission Resource Network before. If you want to plan an encouraging and motivating encounter with world missions for your church, an invitation to MRN would be a good place to start: www.mrnet.org.]
I spent Monday wandering around Singapore—a last “Hurrah!” before catching my plane at 6:00 am the next morning. Took the bus/subway into the heart of the city. Walked through the Chinese Market and downtown Singapore with its parks, walkways, and amazing architecture. Had a farewell lunch with Winston Chong (Indian! Yummy!).
The church was so gracious with me during my time there—encouraging, compassionate, eager to learn. It was one of those times in ministry when you feel like you’re right where you need to be, doing exactly what you need to be doing. I am eager to thank three States-side churches who helped me with the expenses for this trip: The Trenton Church in Trenton, MI; the Petoskey Church in Petoskey, MI; and the Palo Alto Church in Panama City, FL. Thanks to each of these congregations for their encouragement and support of this effort. I couldn’t have gone without their prayers and sacrifice.