City Harvest Indonesian Church worships weekly at the Jurong West church building on the fourth floor. On 26 October, the church was in for a treat: guest speaker Pastor David Tjakra or Pak David Tjakra, pastor of the 13,000 strong GBI Bandung church in Indonesia had come to preach at the service.
The service kicked off with lively Indonesian praise songs led by the GBI Bandung music team. Song leader Edo Hutabarat brought the house down with songs such as Allah Sanggup (God Can Do Everything). True to the Indonesian culture, the song was filled with nifty dance moves that had the congregation bobbing to the beat. During the time of worship that followed, all hands were lifted toward heaven to worship Jesus, God of all culture and nations.
Pastor David delivered a timely message on “Fruitfulness.” His sermon was punctuated with inspiring stories and amusing anecdotes that had the congregation laughing and applauding.
He taught about attitudes which barred Christians from being fruitful, and how to abide in God to become fruitful. Judging from the thunderous applause the members gave when asked if they wanted Pastor David Tjakra to come back and preach again, the entire service was a resounding success.
Said Edward Cahyono, 19, a full-time student at Nanyang Technological University: “The message encouraged me to aim for a successful and prosperous life. I learned that fruitfulness is not a choice but a necessity.”