contemplativeI worshipped the Lord for a span of 14 years in Presbyterian, Independent and Baptist churches in Singapore and Australia before commencing pastoral ministry in an Independent church from March 1995 – Dec 1997 and subsequently with the Methodist church in Singapore since Jan 2000 first as a lay ministry staff and later as a clergyman. I had also spent 3 months in a Charismatic bible college and 2 years (part-time) in an inter-denominational evangelical theological college in Singapore before completing my theological studies in an Anglican college in Melbourne that is strongly Reformed. Yes, I am a Methodist minister who graduated from a Reformed Anglican theological college. God has a sense of humour and I guess it’s just His way of shaping and moulding me. At the valedictory service in Melbourne, there was snickering amongst some (both lecturers and students) when I shared that I would be returning to Singapore to serve in the Methodist church. In response to that, I concluded my short speech saying, “I guess I will be like George Whitfield …. a Calvinist Methodist”. Looking at where I am today and what I believe in, I think it would be more accurate to describe myself as a Charismatic Wesleyan. I learned much over the years from the various denominations and theological persuasions. Learned also to eat the meat on the fish and spit out the bones. No one has a monopoly on the truth and there is much we can learn from each other. But at some point, we would need to arrive at some firm theological convictions otherwise it would be quite difficult to make sense of our ministry for theology breeds methodology. And the theological position we eventually decide to adopt must align with the Bible – the Word of God. Thank you for reading TWC – a personal daily devotional project which I will keep writing until the Lord says “STOP!” Now, is that Charismatic, Wesleyan or Calvinist?? 🙂

Barnabas Chong

4 Comments Add yours

  1. DT says:

    Way to go Ps B ! God bless u for ur faithfulness and blessing for to your flock !

    1. revbarnz says:

      Thanks DT! 🙂 Made possible only by the grace of God.

  2. Vivienne says:

    Hi Pastor B, recently chanced upon your blog after meeting your wife in church. Your daily truth has been blessing and touching me in many ways. Pls continue your good sharing!

    1. revbarnz says:

      Hi Vivienne, thank you for sharing that – may the Lord bless you as you dwell in His Word.

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