Daily Topic for October 02, 2011
In days in which personal freedom is exalted over all virtues, the call to serve another sounds like foolishness. Yet even when carnal men think themselves most free, they find themselves in bondage to lust, greed, or materialism. Scripture reminds us that God has created people for Himself, to love and serve Him. If we reject God and worship someone or something else, bondage and idolatry results. When we serve God wholeheartedly, we experience spiritual freedom. In the words of a hymn, “Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free. Force me to render up my sword and I shall conqueror be.”
Pray for a heart that is willing to make choices that honor Him.
by Bob Martin, India Gospel Outreach
When in the Sikh community, Ajith Singh continues to wear his Sikh turban to identify with the culture and people. But when he opens his mouth, he speaks of Jesus Christ. Since he is known for his former life as a terrorist and Punjabi nationalist, his change of heart gives his words much weight.
Ajith Singh is now a pastor of a church in Barnala in the southern part of India’s Punjab State, made up entirely of people from a Sikh background. Ajith Singh’s church has more than 300 baptized members and many other Sikh inquirers who regularly attend.
He is a man in his mid-fifties with an evangelistic heart whose life experiences are being used of God to reach deep into the Sikh community of Barnala and beyond. Nearly two-thirds of Punjab’s 28 million people are Sikh. With 25 million Sikhs in the world, there is much work to be done by people like Pastor Singh.
Singh’s churches are marked by much singing of Punjabi gospel songs and hymns that attract outsiders. Pastor Singh and his assistants have become very active in discipling new believers and planting new churches. As a result of his training and mentoring of his church members to spread the gospel, they have actively planted many new house churches in other Sikh communities. His influence has encouraged people in his church and sister churches to become evangelists themselves.
Pray that this work will result in a Christ-ward movement among Sikhs throughout India.