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Quotes from "Full Service"

Servanthood and Rest

Freedom from the need to have other people’s approval and praise, and hence the need to be the great hero or heroine (the “Messiah” complex), in true servanthood will produce much rest and peace in the Spirit.

Maintaining healthy boundaries involves having your priorities in place, resulting in the freedom to say yes but not the fear to say no.

Servant Evangelism and Warfare

Kindness … practical acts of mercy done by followers of Jesus who are inspired by the Holy Spirit to see others through the eyes of God.

Servant evangelism consists of deeds of love plus words of love plus adequate time.

Servant warfare … using the power of kindness to penetrate the spiritually darkened hearts of people with the love of God.

We become servants to everyone, as servants of Jesus, in flexible, sensitive, loving outreach, to bring as many people to Christ as possible.

… build relationships with everyone, especially the last, the lost, the least.

We must communicate (the gospel) in a clear, caring, compelling, and compassionate manner.

Intercessory prayer on behalf of the felt needs of the lost is the best way to open their eyes to the light of the gospel.

HP (a High Potency Christian character) + CP (Close Proximity to our friends) + CC (Clear Communication of the gospel message) = MI (Maximum Impact)

CNA, 08 Feb 2010

Ps Rony Tan of Lighthouse Evangelism was recently called up by the Internal Security Department (ISD) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for his comments about Buddhism and Taoism at his church sessions. These were recorded and posted on their church website, and subsequently posted on Youtube and other websites. According to MHA, his comments were

highly inappropriate and unacceptable as they trivialised and insulted the beliefs of Buddhists and Taoists. They can also give rise to tension and conflict between the Buddhist/Taoist and Christian communities.

ISD also told Ps Rony that

in preaching or proselytising his faith, he must not run down other religions, and must be mindful of the sensitivities of other religions.

Ps Rony has since personally met with and formally apologised to leaders of the Buddhist and Taoist federations, and they have accepted his apology.

(read more)

See related articles
Respect for each other’s beliefs must come from deep within (CNA, 20 Jun 10)
S’poreans must not run down or trivialise others’ beliefs: SM Goh (CNA, 13 Feb 10)
Living with religious harmony (King David, 10 Feb 10) – a must read, exploring the biblical concept of tolerance
DPM Wong says “glad to note” Pastor Tan realised his mistake (CNA, 10 Feb 10)
Religious leaders urge followers to speak out if rule of respect is breached (CNA, 10 Feb 10)
Pastor apologises personally to Buddhist & Taoist federations (CNA, 9 Feb 10)

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