Back to NewsNovember 6, 2013
Bible College News: Of Whom the World is Not Worthy
ABC students consistently name the annual Missions Conference as a highlight of the school year. While many students enjoy the break from classes, they predominantly appreciate the intentional focus on the Great Commission. Each year’s theme directs the campus family’s attention to what God is doing around the world and prepares us for sessions and workshops that teach us how we can be involved in carrying forth the Gospel.
This year’s conference, with the theme Serving the Persecuted Church: “Of Whom the World is Not Worthy,” left an indelible impression on all in attendance. Throughout the three days, the following directives served as the conference goals:
- Reflect on those who have suffered and died for Christ (Heb 11:32-40).
- Remember those enduring persecution around the world today (Heb. 13:13).
- Remind us of the need to endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:3).
The first main session included testimony from Pastor Kap, a national pastor to the Chin people in Myanmar. Pastor Kap serves with International Partnership Ministries and is founder and president of Timothy Bible Institute. Since 1995, Pastor Kap has started 27 Bible church plants in a country antagonistic to the Gospel. His testimony made clear that while human government may forbid Christianity, God is at work building his Church and saving souls in Myanmar.
Dr. Mark Johnson, the keynote speaker, turned to the beginning chapters of Acts in his early messages and then to I Corinthians and Mark in later messages. Each exhortation included clear challenges and applications.
- “Opposition 101: Six Lessons When Facing Persecution” (Acts 4)
- “Living and Dying for Jesus Only” (Acts 6)
- “Missions Possible: Missions is the Whole Task, For the Whole Church, For the Whole Age” (Acts 11-13)
- “The Body of Christ: Four Application of Body Life” (I Corinthians 12:12)
- “The Challenge of True Discipleship” (Mark 8:34)
Dr. Johnson’s references to historical and modern-day illustrations of persecution emphasized the importance to reflect and remember those who have suffered or are suffering persecution. His application of the Word served to remind us of our need to be willing and ready to suffer persecution ourselves.
In addition to Pastor Kap and Dr. Johnson, alumnus Curtis Bostic shared an overview of the work his ministry, Remember, is doing in countries like Sudan, Burma, Egypt, and Iraq. Its title drawn from Hebrews 13:3 which says, ”Remember them that are in bonds,” Remember serves families whose husbands and fathers have been persecuted for their faith in Christ, most often to the point of death. As a result of the martyrdom of the primary breadwinners, widows and orphans have few means for survival. Remember provides transitional support as well as job opportunities such as jewelry which the women make and sell to provide for their families. Curtis stressed that even in the midst of the persecution and death of believers, God is fulfilling Christ’s words in Matthew, “I will build my church.”
Unquestionably, this year’s conference testified to God’s work around the globe. Together we are more aware of the persecution taking place and the truth that if one member of the body of Christ suffers, the whole body suffers.
Please pray for students who responded to God’s work and will still respond in the days ahead.
Click Here to listen to the challenges presented by Dr. Johnson during the 2013 Missions Conference.