City News caught up with Ché Ahn, senior pastor of Harvest Rock Church in California during his visit to Singapore for the FOP 2010.
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On What Stumbles A Believer
There are a lot of things that can stumble a believer. All of us are imperfect. Flesh gets in the way, and of course there is the work of the devil, but I believe that when people come to church, they need to walk in the realm of love. Love covers a multitude of sin and overlooks an offense. We can only do our best and be relevant to everybody, but we also have to remember that the cross is offensive.
On The Finished Work Of The Cross
The beautiful thing about faith and God’s love is that it brings everyone to the same level. The Bible says that Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed for no rain and there was no rain for three and a half years. And then he prayed for rain and it came. In [the Book of] James it says that the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. You and I have been made right before God and therefore we can pray earnestly and believe that our prayers will be effective.
Faith is a mystery, it is a conviction. For example, I had TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), which is arthritis of the jaw, and I couldn’t preach. Every day, I would look into the mirror and thank God for my healing. I wanted to move my head knowledge into my heart where it became a conviction. Sure enough, after a year and a half, I woke up one morning, yawned, and I was completely healed. And so you have to fight for your faith, you have to contend.
It begins with the top, all the way down. And so as the senior pastor, I have to model it. Every nine months I have a new discipleship group comprising 12 people. They travel with me, and they meet with me for some contact time. Just like Jesus picked his disciples, I pick the twelve, and so do all the other pastors. The priority is to set an example at the leadership level.
A Word For The Youth Of Singapore
Revival’s coming, the best is yet ahead. Just give Jesus total control. Surrender your life. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17-18). Welcome the Holy Spirit, be people of the Holy Spirit, love the Holy Spirit, and you will see a tremendous move of the Holy Spirit here in Singapore.