Contributed by Sharon Chew
Kong Hee Speaks At World’s Largest Church
On 27 January 2009, Kong Hee, Senior Pastor of City Harvest Church in Singapore, was invited to speak at the world’s largest church, Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea. Founded on 18 May 1958, in Daejo-dong, Yoido Full Gospel Church has 850,000 members, and has planted 370 other churches in Korea.
Travelling together with Kong Hee were 154 other delegates from CHC’s affiliate churches in countries such as India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia and Singapore.
As part of the five-day trip, the team had the privilege of joining in Yoido’s daily morning prayer meetings from 4.30 to 6am.
During Yoido’s midweek service, Kong Hee shared a powerful message on the memory of the heart, and the importance of living by faith that pleases God.
Relating to scientific findings revealed in 1993, Kong Hee shared with the congregation on how the heart has a similar neurological system as the brain. While the brain processes information through logic and analysis, the heart processes through feelings; and attaches a feeling to everything it remembers.
As a result, humans act out of faith, love, doubt and unbelief that exist in their hearts. Kong Hee emphasized the importance of being led by the Word of God, particularly when fighting the worst potential hazard in life: fear. Kong Hee ended his message with 1 John 4:16-18, that faith is what is necessary to conquer fear; and the faith that pleases God is the faith that works by love.
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Following that service, the CHC team was given a comprehensive introduction of Yoido Full Gospel Church, which included watching a DVD about Yoido’s beginnings, introducing its powerful teachings on the Fivefold Gospel, Threefold Blessings and the Fourth Dimension Spirituality, as well as its home cell group structure. The video also introduced Church Growth International which Yoido founder Dr Yonggi Cho heads; and the foundations of Yoido church — sharing hope and love, missions and prayer — featuring their Prayer Mountain as a testament of the members’ love for prayer.