Veteran minister Oh Beng Kee visits City Harvest Dialect Church.
Contributed By Caroline Chng
|CN PHOTO: Bernard Yeo|
The City Harvest Dialect Church was deeply expectant and in joyous anticipation of the visit by Oh Beng Kee, a renowned evangelist to the Chinese speaking community both locally and regionally, on Dec. 5, 2010. The members were prepared to receive a message that would shed light on having a stronger relationship with God.
The elderly partook of the Holy Communion in remembrance of what the Lord Jesus did for them—a perfect gesture that served to reinforce their love for Christ. Following the Holy Communion, Oh took to the stage to preach the Word of God. The affable preacher was accompanied by his lovely wife, Mary Lee, who interpreted the sermon in Cantonese.
With humor as his trademark, Oh began with a hilarious yet applicable story about a scholar who was well-versed and knowledgeable. One day, while he was on a boat, a storm came and because the scholar did not know how to swim, his life ended there and then. Oh likened the scholar’s life to an individual’s relationship with God; one can be knowledgeable, wealthy and perform many good deeds, but without Christ, there would be no eternal life.
He shared from Matthew 8—that Jesus is not only one with ability, He is also one who is willing to accept and embrace all man into the family of God.
Oh lastly touched on the topic of destiny—that it may be apt to describe the coming together of human relationships, but as far as a relationship with God is concerned, it is nothing to do with being destined, but everything to do with agape love, which is the unconditional love of God for man. He quoted the famous scripture John 3:16, which says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son … ”
In a thoughtful end to the service, Oh invited everyone present to allow the love of God to touch their hearts and say a prayer in Hokkien and Cantonese.
Said Maria Tok, zone supervisor of the Dialect Church, “Rev. Oh is a sought-after preacher, especially for Hokkien heartlanders. He has touched on many common issues that the elderly face, incorporating thoughts on destiny, good deeds and acceptance into his sermon, all of which are relevant to the elderly folk.”
Lai Mei Yoke, a volunteer with the Dialect Church said, “His preaching brings new insights and fresh revelation to the Dialect Church members and the ministry leaders and helpers. The members have been blessed and ministered to by the message on the willingness of God to embrace everyone with His love.”