GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS TO UNDERSTAND OUR PRESENT MINISTRY AS WE CHART OUR FUTURE COURSE
By Ptr. Robbie Casas
The realization hit me during the last CCM National Youth Convention in April held in Cebu when we asked for a show of hands from the participants who were there as to how many did not have a clear understanding of what CCM was all about. I was shocked when almost many of them were already with us when we left the previous church, I believe there were barely thirty hands raised - out of more than 800 participants! Most of them were not even born yet when we left in 1996!
It got me thinking about our church and wondering how many of us have a clear understanding of what we have been fighting for in CCM. Most of us who are here joined GLCC way after we left the previous church and, in all likelihood, don't have a clear understanding of our history and of CCM's as well. How important it is for us to be reminded of where we came from to understand where we are going and why. It will also hopefully even better clarify why we are continually fighting for what we are stand for, for 18 years now.
The story of our church, Guiding Light Christian Church (GLCC), is closely tied to the sort of the Communion of Christians Ministries (CCM). it is a story that bears telling in the pulpit.
THE NEED TO RETURN TO THE ANCIENT PATHS "Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is ture or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject; only, the shorter it is the better."
Charles Haddon Spurgeon Written more than a hundred years ago, Spurgeon might very wall have been describing the state of evangelicalism today in the twenty first century. How much the contemporary church needs to hear voices like this in our day!
The reason for this is that more than two or three decades ago, the philosophy of pragmatism began to infiltrate the church, at first subtly and then with increasing alacrity unity a good percentage of the church, at first subtly and then with increasing alacrity until a good percentage of the church imbibed the worldly philosophy so that now we are continuing to taste the bitter results. Read more...