Text: Isaiah 54:1-5
54 “Sing, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.
4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
5 For your Maker is your husband—
the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
As Taytay First Church of Nazarene (TFCN) celebrated God’s goodness last Sunday, it also held a sole service for the dedication of its new extension Peak Sun building located near SM Taytay.
Ptra. Luz Tamayo shared how the church started and reasons why TFCN should mark that day and on.
1. We have a reason to rejoice (Celebration)
A nation called for His glory and Name, Israel was held captive for several years due to their unfaithfulness to God. Yet, God reminded them of His promise:
V.1: You will have a reason to rejoice, to sing again.
God clearly reminded them that after they settled in Jerusalem they will increase in number.
The church being the modern Israel, the chosen people of God, is reminded that with God nothing can hinder. Nothing can prevail against His Ministry.
God sees everything emerging all over the world. It is happening now. The Chrisitian religion is the most flourishing religion all over the world. This is part of God’s promise to Israel. It will increase like His promise to a barren women. We have a reason to celebrate today. We are part of that universal church.
God is giving us a reason to exist as a church who can be proud of in praising the King of Kings.
“Look, I am about to do something new. Now it begins to happen! Do you not recognize it? Yes, I will make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness.”
God is making a way. We may not see it, but God is already doing mighty things to prosper His church all over the world.
However, with the existence of big and mega churches, many small churches limit their knowledge about a prosperous church to facilities and finances. Small churches tend to be content and complacent, just watching and waiting as others grow bigger and bigger.
Remember: We are part of the big Church that God so desires.
Mama Luz shared that even her husband Ptr Bernie would not have in his mind not a small church but a big one; not pastoring small church but a large one back then.
However, she learned that the size of the church is not based on the number of people and facilities. What is big to us can be small to others.
“Every time I pray I always seek for our church to expand.
It does not matter who and when it will start. Someday God will choose His leader. It is not necessary for us to wait because God has declared even on His Words that He will make it happen. If we will just believe and desire, God will make it happen.”
God has proven His faithfulness. He is showing us the fulfillment of His promise. We definitely have a reason to rejoice.
2. God has laid for us His vision
V.2 : Enlarge the place of your tent.
This calls for hardwork. God doesn’t want us to remain small. He wants a church that does not stop growing. Let us keep adding. Let us not be satisfied with our present attendance. God wants a place where the harvest can be gathered.