Sometime ago, when there was a moment where Bethany Brisbane International Church and Rock International Ministries Brisbane (ROCK Brisbane) intergrated, after discussion with Ps.Denni Arli and Ps.Hein Arianto as well as leaders of this church, we took the decision to combine the two under the name of Rock International Ministries – then and there, the name of ROCK BRISBANE was born.
Who in this journey has never made a mistake in making a decision? I admit my misjudgement back then, NOT in the combining of the two churches, because, when we are talking about UNITY in serving the ONE KINGDOM, none of it will ever be wrong. But this is regarding the decision to move the Sunday Service LOCATION from Bleasby Road to a nearby restaurant, where it became the obstacle for God’s spirit to work.
The obstacle which I had never expected before was the need to separate Bethany Junior service from the Main Sunday Service. Even though the distance was not too great, this is quite a difficult situation for parents who has little or teenage kids. Furthermore, the place we used for God’s presence, for Him to bless every individual who come and look for Him, was not conducive in bringing the Heavenly atmosphere.
My mistake was my desire to allow increase in number and to provide larger capacity. But praise God, He still whispers and patiently wait for His servant to repent from the idea.
God chose His people for His glory:
4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace.Ephesians 1:4-6 – NASB
God created us for His glory:
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory.Isaiah 43:6-7
These verses made me realise that CONGREGATIONS are not defined as NUMBER of PEOPLE, instead, those who reveal God’s GLORY.
To see the congregation doubles in number is not wrong, as long as it is not for human’s sake but for God. To grow in number but to lose the intimate relationship with God is not a good and healthy thing. Following other church’s style by losing our own positive tradition is not a wise thing either.
Learning from mistake, I realised the Holy Spirit said to me: “BRING BACK MY GLORY” or “BRING BACK MY PEOPLE” where? TO THE HOUSE OF GOD in BLEASBY!
If we never loose the food fellowship on every first week of the month, we would not appreciate the beauty of that fellowship, which might be the start of our strong community.
If we never hunger for God’s presence, we would be lost in the weekly spiritual celebration.
We return back to ROCK CENTRE (Bleasby Road) because of God’s command. Let God’s mercy increases and the presence of Holy Spirit abides more and more in every ministry that we offer to Him.
Join with us and you will become His disciples that win the world and bring His Kingdom to the Earth. Bring Back His Glory people – rise up, grow up, serve the Lord together!