Stepping into the Jurong West Auditorium at 7pm on Friday night, you would have been forgiven if you thought it was a school. The 2,000 seater hall was jam-packed with Secondary School, Junior Colleges and Tertiary students clad in their myraid of colorful uniforms all ready for the Pre-Emerge meeting.
The meeting kicked off with a round of ice-breaker, and a time of praise and worship. After which, Annabel Soh, Lead Vocalist of the City Harvest Church Band shared her inspiring testimony: she was fifteen when she first started serving God as a Cell Group Leader, went to City Harvest’s School Of Theology at the age of nineteen and was promoted to serve God as a Zone Supervisor two years later. It was indeed a testimony that encouraged many. Sophia Goh, 20, a Business Applications student at Republic Polytechnic student said “I was encouraged as I heard Annabel’s testimony as her passion for her ministry is something I can learn from.”
The congregation was treated to a spectacular performance as the church’s Cheerleading Ministry performed a cheer item complete with stunts. After that, a relatable drama about the life of a struggling teenager was acted out by the drama team.
One of CHC’s pastors, Wu Yuzhuang came up to challenge the youths with his preaching. He taught about the disciples, and how Christians can be disciples only if they become fishes of men by winning souls to Christ. He shared that the students could do that by starting prayer groups in their schools, prayer walks, engaging into the lives of their friends and through sharing of their own testimonies.
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However, the brunt of the message came when Wu shared the significance of keeping our bodies pure for the Lord. He urged the youths that while they were supposed to be relevant and contemporary, they had to keep the values of the Bible, and were not to defile themselves even though it is portrayed as the norm in society. After sharing, Wu gave an altar call that brought down the love of God that touched many.
It was a time of recharging for many of the youths, many whom are looking forward to Emerge 2009!