God's Hand is not Shortened
Dr. Phil Kamibayashiyama serves as the director of BJMBC and teaches Theology.
“The LORD has done great things for us; whereof we are glad” (Psalm 126:3). Ultimately, our joy is in the great deliverance that God has shown to all of us who have claimed Jesus’ cross as our only salvation from sin. We also rejoice in what the Lord is doing in our lives and ministries each day. Below are summer highlights that God’s hand is still powerful to work and save.
After final exams, Matt Herbster and Matt Collier of the Wilds Christian Camp and Camps Abroad taught our commencement module class on “The Youth Camp and Counseling Young People.” Later that weekend, they led a two-day E-Camp (evangelistic camp), using the BJMBC students and alumni as staff and counselors. The Lord answered prayer by giving us over 80 campers (besides 20 counselors and 20 staff) and working in the hearts of 30 unsaved teens to make salvation decisions. 20 more teens made decisions for assurance or spiritual growth. Please pray for God’s guidance regarding making e-camps an ongoing ministry of BJMBC. We would like to have a BJMBC mission team go out each semester for a week to a different area of Luzon. They would train counselors, help the church and its youth in evangelizing, and run an e-camp for unsaved teens.
We are also rejoicing in how the LORD has been using the BJMBC students and alumni in church youth camps and DVBS in many places from northern Luzon to Mindanao. For example, one youth camp had 200 campers and many decisions of dedication and daily feeding on God’s Word. The DVBS of churches here in Quezon City not only had good attendance but also definite salvation decisions after the gospel was clearly and thoroughly explained. Praise the Lord for precious souls!
Back in early April, fourteen students graduated, seven undergraduate students and seven pastors from the seminary. All are called to the full-time ministry of God’s Word. This is the reason why BJMBC exists: to train soldiers in the battle for truth in a perishing world. We are excited about the subjects we are offering this coming semester, some of which are Practical Christian Growth, Doctrine of the Bible, Doctrine of God, Biblical Philosophy of Music, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Separation, Church Planting, Pastoral Theology, Elementary Greek, Ladies Christian Service, Words and Works of Christ, Systematic Theology 3, Future Events, Matthew in Greek, and Congregational Worship. We are asking the Lord to send us faithful men and women to study at BJMBC. The school year begins June 6.
We are teaching a weekly Bible study for the construction workers at the new BJMBC building construction site. We are going through key passages in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This past Saturday, our focus was the worldwide flood in Genesis 6-9. Genesis 6:5-8 was our main text. Truth #1: The LORD sees that man’s heart is evil (Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9). Truth #2: The LORD is sad about sin, and He judges man (Genesis 6:6-7; Genesis 7:23-24; Galatians 6:7-8). Truth #3: The LORD shows grace to some and delivers them (Genesis 6:8; Genesis 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:8-9). Truth #4: The LORD promised to never again destroy the earth by flood (Genesis 9:14-15), but someday, God will destroy the earth by fire (2 Pedro 3:10).
Praise the LORD for His provision of BJMBC’s first lot and building. This past week they formed the beams for the 3rd floor and will pour the slab on June 1. This is the result of many miracles of God’s provision of funds and God’s deliverance from sinful, unreasonable men. Most of all, we are excited to have a place for training faithful men and women in Asia for the truth of the glory of God in Jesus Christ. God’s hand is not shortened that He cannot save and work powerfully today!
Reading, learning, growing. God calls us to be changed through His Word. At BJMBC, our goal is to speak truthfully and clearly about that Word, while we prepare a future generation of students to proclaim it.