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Maturity in Him

When should we feel like we’ve “made it” as a church? When we have a building? Or a local pastor instead of relying on missionaries? Or no disagreements? When we all actively use our different gifts for the united goal of glorifying God and making him known? When we all humbly recognize our own sinfulness but strive to live lives shaped by the Bible? When we are encouraging one another in these things?

At Izumi Parktown Christ Church, I was encouraged by how God has sustained this little church through ups and downs. It was great to hear of someone who volunteered to use their gifts to serve the church rather than considering that as a task that only the missionary could do. I was encouraged to hear how a local kindergarten showed favour to them—allowed them to meet in their building over many years and to buy a pastor’s home and next-door building for office space/midweek meetings. Hearing how the community considered Christianity in a positive light and that the local kindergarten had a Christian basis was wonderful.

We prayed that the Bible will continue to be foundational in their teaching. We asked God for people to—not just approve of Christianity—but recognize its relevance to them and embrace salvation offered through Christ for themselves. We also prayed for the church to keep growing deeper roots in Christ and have a steadfast maturity in Him.

Written by Naomi H.

Will you pray for Japan?

  • Pray that churches in Japan will be rooted in the Bible.
  • Pray for encouragement for small churches who struggle to feel that they’ve “made it”.
  • Pray for people to continue to pray for the church in Japan.


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