“When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.”
We Must Go to the Undesirable
Jesus set the example for us by going to a city of Samaria. A city that no self-respecting Jew would go through.
How often do we hear Christians and preachers cry out about the wickedness in Hollywood, yet nobody does something about it?
I was glad to hear that God raised up a pastor to start a church in Hollywood among the drunks, addicts and prostitutes. There’s nothing like storming the gates of Hell and bringing the fight to the Devil.
God honours such courage. The pews are filled with tattooed drunks with multi-coloured hair and addicts, but there are also people Saved out of that lifestyle. We will be honoured if God uses MBC to start a church in the heart of the Geylang district.
We Must Touch the Untouchable
The first person Jesus reached with the gospel was a Samaritan woman. A group of people whom the Jews would not even shake hands with.
I believe God led MBC to the Helping Hand to teach us that our ministry is not real if we do not have the grace to love unreservedly, those that society prefers to forget. I believe we have grown and matured in this respect.
We Must Love the Unlovable
The woman was divorced 5 times and now living immorally with a man. Not quite the respectable, prospective, model church member it seems.
I was blessed to see baptist churches in Las Vegas used by God to Redeem broken, hopeless, wretched lives for His glory.
The depressed, suicidal, bitter, angry, rebellious or hurt are not easy to love. Let us not be ashamed of God’s power to transform lives (Rom 1:16).
Grace Teaches us to Go
We go because the Grace that transforms our wretched lives, teaches us that we are no better than the drunk, thief or murderer (Titus 2:11-14).
Brethren, we may be moving out of Helping Hand, but the work has only just begun. We have a greater work of helping led lives to Christ, then working to put lives, marriages and families back together again.
As our nation slides further into spiritual decline, the undesirable, untouchable and unlovable become the norm. The darker the night, the brighter the light! Let us minister the gospel with grace, love and compassion in these final hours before Jesus comes back.