Thursday, October 20, 2016

Viewing our culture through scripture

The charge the apostle Paul gave to Titus about the tradition and conduct of the Cretans has been on my mind lately. Paul says to Titus, “One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, ‘Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.’ This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth” (Titus 1:12-13).
Every group of people has a set of beliefs and traditions that are contrary to the teaching of the Bible.  And these beliefs tend to be so imbedded in our fabric that they become our normal way of life. The Cretans were known for being liars, evil beasts and lazy gluttons, and Paul writing to Titus urges him to rebuke them sharply and confront them with the truth of Scripture (sound doctrine) so that they may live according to the teaching of Scripture and not according to the unbiblical teaching of their culture and tradition taught by people who do not adhere to the truth of God’s Word.
Lying and hypocrisy
I may be pushing the generalization here, but it is safe to say lying is an acceptable vice in our society. Growing up, parents taught children how to lie by giving them threats that they never intended to follow through or instructing them to tell visitors they are not home when they are sleeping perfectly. How many times do people promise to make an appointment at a certain hour and show up an hour late? Schools have to battle exam malpractice because cheating is a common trend. People go to funerals and feign crying in order to keep up appearances, and when the majority of our political leaders speak, they promise heaven on earth and reality is screaming otherwise. Jesus made it very clear the devil is the father of liars (John 8:44), and those who are Christians must put off lying (Colossians 3:8-11).
There is a saying in Bemba, “Ubuchende bwamwaume tabupwisha chupo,” meaning a man’s mischievous immoral behavior is not grounds for breaking a marriage. In other words it is normal and expected for men to live immoral lives because they are “men”. In fact when brides are being prepared for marriage they are taught to expect their husband to cheat on them, and they have to learn endurance and keep the home. This is wickedness, and as you would expect the Bible does not tolerate such nonsense. The Bible teaches that husbands must be selfless in loving their wives to the point of been willing to die for them (Ephesians 5:23-28); it teaches holiness and purity in the marriage (Hebrews 13:4), and it also gives adultery as grounds for divorce in cases where reconciliation is unattainable (Matthew 19:3-9).
The grace of God has appeared to all men teaching us to deny ungodliness
Thankfully, regardless of the culture and tradition we grow up in, there is no person who is beyond redemption. Paul’s words to Titus in the very next chapter should be an encouragement to all when he says, “ For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14).

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Introducing Pastor Noah Chisenga and Cornerstone Baptist

This is a second in a series of three posts on the mission work and missionaries pastors of Faith Baptist church. This week I would like to introduce you to Faith Baptist’s second church plant, Cornerstone Baptist in Wusakile. 

Cornerstone Baptist Church is pastored by Noah Chisenga. The work begin as a bible study in 2009 and began holding Sunday services the following year. It became a church plant of Faith Baptist in the year 2011.

Noah Chisenga came to salvation in 1992 through the evangelistic efforts of Kwacha Union Baptist in Kitwe later become a member of the same in church. He sensed and answered the call to ministry in the 2006. He went for theological training the same year and graduated in 2008 at Fiwale. He later enrolled at Central Africa Baptist College in 2013 and is set to graduate this year.
The Chisenga's at their home in Wusakile

Noah is married to Rebecca Moyo Chisenga and the Lord has blessed them with 5 children Deborah, Abigail, Caleb, Joshua and Sovereign. Pastor Chisenga has a passion for evangelism and a heart for the youths. 

He has been involved in a number of church planting works namely Kawama, Sarbina and Mansa in Luapula province and later joined the leadership team at the Union Baptist in Luanshya. He got involved with the work of Cornerstone Baptist in 2013 under the leadership of Sandala Mwanje. Faith Baptist ordained and sent him as Missionary Pastor to Cornerstone in 2014.
Cornerstone Church is currently meeting in a classroom at a primary school and are in the process of acquiring a piece of land where they can build their own auditorium. Our desire and plan is to finalize this process by the end of this month.

Please take time to pray for the Chisenga’s as they labor in Wusakile and also pray for the church to be a beacon of light in Wusakile and beyond. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Meet Pastor Noah Mukwato

Faith Baptist Church is privileged to be involved in the work of church planting and by the grace of God, we have three mission points in Wusakile, Mindolo and Kalulushi and support two other mission points (Twatasha by Ganerton and Chantente by Kakolo) in partnership with other sister churches and in the coming weeks i plan to introduce you to the men and their families who are laboring in God’s vineyard. In this blog I will share with you the Lord’s doing in Mindolo, which is being pastored by Noah Mukwato.
Noah Mukwato gave his life to the Lord in 2008 through the efforts of door to door evangelism of Emmanuel Baptist Church, a church he later became a member of. After completing secondary school in 2009, he felt the call to ministry and enrolled at Central Africa Baptist College for theological training in the year 2010 and graduated in 2012.
Noah got involved with the work in Mindolo in the year 2010 when a missionary couple Dan and Kristy Elmer started a bible study in 2009 at their home. The Elmers left in 2011 and Noah continued having a bible study with the people. In 2012 Hector and Paola Garcia partnered with Noah in the work and later in the same year Faith Baptist Church adopted Mindolo as its mission point.

Noah Mukwato & Hector garcia

Noah then did his internship with Faith Baptist Church in 2013 for a year, and on 1st September 2013, the bible study become a church plant meeting at a school with an attendance of about 20 people on Sundays. Noah was ordained as the missionary pastor to Mindolo in 2014. He got married in July 2014 to Mwansa Mwewa Mukwato. They are blessed with a baby girl Gift Mukwato.
Noah, Mwansa and Gift
The Mindolo Church has since constituted membership, and their membership currently stands at 27 today. They are currently applying final touches to their church building. Pastor Noah is also in the process of training three men for the leadership roles praying the Lord would call some to be elders in the church.
We thank God for his faithfulness and goodness in the work in Mindolo and for using so many people in different ways to grow the church in Mindolo. Please take time to pray for the Mukwatos as they minister in Mindolo for encouragement, boldness in proclaiming the gospel and provisions for their various needs, and pray for the church in Mindolo as well.