Jesus spoke the following words found in Matthew 28:19-20, known as the “Great Commission” -
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
To actualize this important work in our community, the Personal Ministries department in the Sydney Chinese SDA Church is formed by two separate but complementary sub-departments: Out-reach aiming to reach out and share the Good News with non-church members at large, whereas In-reach focuses on empowering church members to become willing, caring and loving Christian disciples.
There are a number of initiatives to meet these goals of the In-Reach Department:
- Care Groups – Small groups meeting regularly in homes as a caring environment for spiritual growth and life change for everybody.
- Caring – To be accountable for each other in relationship and fellowship. We conduct home visitation, prayer groups, one-on-one counseling, birthday celebrations etc.
- Training – The following activities mobilize and inspire church members to effectively use our gifts to serve God and our neighbours:
a) FAST – Discipleship course to train Christian to become a worker for Christ.
b) INSPIRE – Annual event in a Big Camp setting from the Greater Sydney Conference to revive, grow, train and inspire all church members to create and connect a community
c) Reframed – A Greater Sydney Conference run seminar series aiming to teach its members to preach, share and give bible studies. Not to be missed!
d) AYC – Designed for Youths with a passion or thinking how to respond to Jesus’s Great Commission. The Adventist Youth for Christ is a movement, aiming to ignite the Fire for Christ in their heart, preparing hearts, train and equip young people to Rise and Build.
e) Seminar – Periodic sessions with different topics conducted by qualified / experienced speakers, such as
i). Parenting by Dr Alex Currie – 21/1/2012
ii). Visitation & Nurturing Ministry by Pr Garth Bainbrdige – 25/2/2012
iii). Prayer by Mr Malcom Rea – 10/3/2012
iv). Preaching by Pr Cheoneth Strickland– 7/7/2012
And more to come, please keep an eye on this page.