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The whole word for the whole world

A letter to our churches around the world

July 15, 2020 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We hope this letter finds you keeping well in your physical circumstances, as well as being nourished and strengthened in the word and promises of God. He is always at work on our behalf, working everything together for our good. Our purpose in writing to you is to encourage you in your faithfulness in spite of the ongoing anomalies we and the rest of our world are currently experiencing.

Over the last several months our church community has witnessed a variety of challenges as a result of the COVID-19 virus. While most have had to manage physical distancing restrictions that have prevented normal church meetings, others have also been impacted by illness and deaths of family and friends, unemployment, limited food or medical supplies, as well as restrictions that limit travel or return to homes.

On the positive side, we’ve seen greater focus on and implementation of house churches where every home has become a sanctuary for worship and fellowship. Numerous churches have successfully utilised media, such as livestreaming of Sabbath worship and mid-week Bible Studies, to further strengthen and nurture our spiritual fellowship.

While we may not know what the immediate future holds, apart from perhaps having to further negotiate perilous and difficult times, we take solace and comfort from the absolute assurance from God’s word that everything that happens to us is within God’s higher and ultimate will and purpose. We find the promises, for example, in Psalms 91 encouraging, and the words from Habakkuk 3:17-19 particularly relevant. Throughout scripture we see the testimonies of those faithful men and women who lived through not so dissimilar times; Hebrews 11 reminds us of their struggles, and notes that though “they were not worthy of this world”, they were “commended for their faith.”

There’s no time like the present when the life of Christ becomes magnified in us. Instead of prolonged sorrow and despair, we rejoice at the sureness of God’s providence. Like Abraham’s faith, our faith in Jesus is attributed to us as righteousness. We are the leaders of today, in an age where “truth has fallen in the public squares.” As a result of this challenging climate, we see new (often unexpected), equipped and faithful leaders emerge. As disciples of Jesus, we are salt and light to the world around us.

We urge you to continue with us in prayer during this time as never before, dedicating specific times each day to privately come before our heavenly Father in praise and petition. Pray that the Body of Christ is granted favour and strength. Pray for our pastors and our national leaders. Pray for those of your family. Pray for your neighbours. Pray for wisdom, patience and grace in all situations. Remember that our battle is a spiritual one – one that’s already won in Jesus’ victory. Pray for us, as we too remember you.

In the name of Jesus Christ,

On behalf of the International Ministerial Congress,

Signed

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TIME TO CONGRESS IN NIGERIA 2020

The quadrenniel session of the International Ministerial Congress of the Church of God (Seventh Day) is being planned to be held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on 15-20 November 2021

Message from our President

Jesus commissions us to live and share the gospel, and this implies both a pressing need and a great sense of urgency. With the gospel as the only means of salvation for humanity and faced with the reality of sin, suffering and death that characterizes this post-modern age in which we live, the people of God must redirect their pastoral work in the light of this divine mandate:
 
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 18-20 NASB)
 
The whole word for the whole world means: preaching the gospel to the unreached without adding to or taking away from Jesus’ message; edifying all believers with all teachings in the Scriptures to become true Christian disciples; worshiping the one and only God in all time, place and circumstance, and opposing all idolatry which is sin; fellowshipping with one another as a sign and testimony of unity, overcoming cultural, racial, and linguistic barriers so the world will believe in Jesus; and serving our neighbors in order to transform their lives and surroundings.
 
Jesus sends us to carry out the totality of the redemptive mission. It is not a privilege for some, but a responsibility for all. We must go to the whole world, with the whole message from God’s word, knowing that He is with us all days—always, even to the end of the age.
Ramon Ruiz, IMC President


      Ramon Ruiz, President, International Ministerial Congress

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