An open letter from Philip to his supporters in ministry.
We pass it on to you who are interested in hearing what is going on in spreading the gospel in Myanmar. This letter gives us deep insight into the purpose of Philip’s ministry and into his personal view on God’s calling for his life.
He addresses this letter to “My dear friends.”
In 2 Timothy 2:1-2, we read of Paul’s instruction to Timothy in view of his calling, gifting and learning as well. He starts first with the need for Timothy’s personal walk with Christ. He encouraged him, saying, “You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” It’s like saying, nothing should replace or blind your walk with Jesus Christ.
And Paul also reminds him of what he’s has been learning. Paul said, “And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses.” This is like saying, “Timothy, what you have heard or learned from me, you need to do something about it. You, Timothy, have a NEED you will have to work at and work with. It wasn’t just merely for you to keep.”
And so, now Paul gets into the real reason for Timothy’s learning. He said, “the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men.” It’s like saying, “you have been entrusted with a work and now you need to commit what you’ve been taught to others” and this is where we find a COMMAND for developing future preachers.
What we have been given has been given so that we can also commit those into other lives. There are preachers and leaders depending on us for our services so that God’s call in their lives can be fulfilled as well. But we ask, “how do we do it? How will this come to fulfillment?”
The Cause to Fulfillment
Well, Paul shows Timothy, a principle or a way to follow when he says, “commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” The PRINCIPLE is or the WAY is this: it is done by man to men as a result of our personal walk with Christ and under the power of the Holy Spirit.
We can sum these up in this way, “A man taught must find faithful men with character and faithful men with the ability to teach.” It is in our ways of finding faithful men and men who [are] able to teach others that we find ourselves confused at times. And so:
1. Some of us, in our leadership circle, have those who have proven themselves as teachers but still, we wonder how faithful they will be when the Adversary attacks them strong.
2. Some of us risk ourselves to passionate equipping of those who pursue skills of teaching that will be used in ministry and in this process we often have to nurture the hope for future on their behalf in terms of their future. It is perhaps, the most tired-some work.
3. Some of us have both, the faithful one with character and the faithful one with the ability to teach.
Our Personal Role
What then is our role? Your role and my role are defined by God’s calling and gifting. How do we get involved? We can get involved by releasing our gifting and blessings. But why do we need to get involved? We need to get involved because they are depending on our gifting and our service so that God’s call on their lives will come to fulfillment.
As for me, I have both parties and it is with an excitement and much anticipations that I am taking 11 of our final year students on a mission trip in October. I will enjoy the audacity of their potential even as I will coach and watch how they share what God has done in their lives while at Yangon Grace Bible School. We will, God willing, cover no less than six villages, proclaiming God’s word in each in different forms and ways.
So, please pray with us for God’s provision and protection. May you also pray and seek His will to get involved in helping us equip these young people for Godly ministries. We still have 30 plus days to continue in our preparation and so please pray for us as often as you remember us.
In His Adequacy,
Philip Van Lal Lian
Yangon Grace Bible School
— “equip one & change many”