Taiwan Church News
January 27 - February 2, 2014
Church Ministry News
Nailing The Good News Deep Into Our Home Land, The Church Brings Forth The Sign Of Hope
Reported by Lin Yi-ying
The main thread of PCT's annual assembly in 2014 and 2015 are set up as "Nailing The Good News Deep Into Our Home Land, The Church Brings Forth The Sign Of Hope", quoted from the scriptures from Isaiah 52: 7 -10 and 1 Corinthians 12:26. An expository letter, grafted by the PCT Research and Development Center and approved by General Secretary - Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong, was sent to each PCT member churches to note that 2015 is the 150th anniversary of PCT mission and all the PCT churches are encouraged to live up as the hope from Christ blessed to Taiwan society.
In the open letter to local churches, Rev. Lyim retrieved two major movements in the past PCT evangelical histories: 1. The Doubling Movement in 1950s. As the goal of "One town, One church" was tried hard to reach then, that momentum became the foundation of our PCT church today; 2. The Movement of Building the Common Community in 1990s. The church was urged to step out of the walls and walk into the community, the village and the tribe.
Up to now at the beginning of 21st century, Rev. Lyim said, we expect PCT keep growing in both quantity and quality. And this objective is similar to what the verb "nailing deep" is about: stretch deep down our root to grow and flourish the mission of God. On the other hand, as stated in PCT's Confession of Faith that we believed our church is "through love and suffering becoming the sign of hope", the PCT member churches should strive to become the sign of hope in Taiwan society.
Instead of pursuing "success", "economical development" and "return on investment", Rev. Lyim encouraged PCT churches to learn the spirit of sacrifice and suffering from Jesus. Accompanying the suffered to walk out of their distress, live up to hope and experience the grace and love from God, this is the purpose of what the church for?
Translated by Peter Wolfe