Friday, June 11, 2010

Was discussing with a fellow CG bro about how to promote more CG bonding...

He said tt we're already starting it... by playing more board games and so on. Great for creating common ground.

That made me think.I thought abt it... while board games are great for creating shared experiences and memories... perhaps we shouldn't rely on it for creating common ground, as in a reason, a foundation, for building strong friendships on.

One bro from the PolyDINS side - Zhiwei - said, when we were talking about the problem of different life-stations and cultural differences btwn Youth, Adults, Uni, and Poly ppl...

He pointed out that frankly, it's not reasonable to say that we cannot bond because of 'cultural differences'. If we are Christians, then we have one ultimate culture: the 'God-culture'. Those were very wise words from a bro who's almost ten years younger than me... and I was so glad to hear these words from his mouth. :D The Poly people are doing a great work discipling mature believers!

Which makes me think about us in the Adults ministry. While we do our best to have fun activities... how much time are we devoting to discipling people and feeding them the Word? And... teaching them what the Christian life really means? Living out dynamic, purposeful and intentional lives? Lives bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit so that we may have great endurance and patience - and joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has saved us from the dominion of darkness, and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves... in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins?

Or are we subtly telling them that working life damn tough lah, damn sian, everyday this and that, till we create a culture of complaining instead of thanksgiving? No wonder our younger ones will take a look at us in working life and conclude that if this is what being in the Adults ministry is like, oh man, I want to go back to the good ol' days where everyone was doing exciting, meaningful and purposeful things for the kingdom of God.

Firestarters are great for starting a BBQ... but you can't rely on firestarters alone to make a BBQ! No, you use firestarters to warm up and then ignite the big charcoal chunks, and when they have caught fire, you put them closer together, so that they create a self-sustaining fire that will burn the whole night long, giving light and warmth and a fragrant roasty aroma that attracts people from everywhere. And where there's a BBQ, there's fun and a party!

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