JOINT CALL FOR PRAYER AND UNITY
Some two months ago, we issued a joint statement expressing our convictions as senior pastors of Zion BP Church:
“We believe the Year of Jubilee, as Zion BP Church celebrates her 50 th anniversary, to be the opportune time for Zion
Serangoon and Zion Bishan to become autonomous churches, yet in fellowship with each other—and, God willing,
with other like-minded BP churches—under a Presbytery.”
At the Extra-Ordinary Congregational Meeting (ECM) on Saturday, 8 September, the members voted in favour of a
resolution to take steps to “implement the formation of two sister churches.” Even before the results were known, we
have decided that we will accept the will of the Lord as expressed by His people.
We thank the Lord for the strong turn-out of members. We thank the Lord for a prevailing spirit of prayer that
preceded and covered the meeting. Where we have inadvertently hurt one another, we ask for forgiveness.
Nevertheless, we believe the Lord was sovereign over the outcome, and we rejoice that we can now move forward.
We have all been through a tumultuous chapter of Zion’s history. That chapter must now be closed, so that a new
chapter can begin. We will not honour the Lord by dwelling on past mistakes, hurts and regrets. We will only give
place to the devil who is “the accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12.10). He seeks to disrupt our unity by turning us
one against another.
We are on the same side in God’s kingdom. We are together in one family. We want to be the answer to the prayer
of our Lord Jesus: “That they may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us;
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17.21). We owe it to the watching world, to our watching
children and young people, and to the Lord before whom we must one day give account.
Please pray for us, and pray for all our leaders. As we take Zion forward, to grow into two autonomous churches, we
believe that the unity of God’s people and the autonomy of each congregation will invite God’s blessing. As the
psalmist compares unity of the brethren to the dew upon Zion, may it be so with us: “…as the dew that descended
upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133.3).
Pastor Quek Swee Hwa Pastor David Wong Pastor Yap Kim Sin
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