Monday, 5 March 2018

Big Church vs Small Church - 5 March 2018

As you all know that Marina will be in Bangkok for two months as she is attending a Thai language school for learning to speak Thai.  It is not an easy language to learn but never less, with God on our side all things are possible.

On Sunday 4 March we attended the Evangelical Church Bangkok situated in Asok, Sukhumvit.  Now bare in mind that we are used to have church with members attending of between 10-20 on a Sunday.  In our 4 years of being in Thailand, it was the first time we attended a church where about 400+ people were attending the first service of the morning.  The second service starts at 11:15 am and we attended the 09:00 am service.  One Sunday mornings offerings at this church is equal to our little church in Kanthararom's budget for 3-4 months.

It was quite overwhelming to attend a service with a full on worship band, sermon with detailed slide notes and handouts (bulletins) at the door and many more.  The church members really made you feel at home.  Marina will be attending this church while she is in Bangkok.  

It was a really nice experience and we are great full and privileged to have attended this wonderful church.  But we learned 2 things here.  God said that where 2 or 3 people gathers in His Name, there He will be.  So whether 10 people or 400+ people gathers together to worship God, He is there and you can feel His presence.  Secondly, if the Word from the pulpit are TRUE to God's Word and Jesus Christ is glorified in all, the size of the church doesn't matter for the church is known by it's preaching of the Word of God.

It is a myth to say that one can experience the presence of God in a bigger church (400+) setup MORE than a little church of 10 people.  But we honor God for churches like ECB in Bangkok where one can feel safe to go to and we pray that the Holy Spirit will touch everyone's heart who sets foot through the doors of ECB.

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