Thoughts from Rev. Morley Lee

Rev. Lee is the general secretary of CCCOWE, who is serving as speaker at the 5th CCOWE Philippines Congress. The following are excepts from his message on Matthew 28:16-20.

He mentioned about the relationships of the pronouns found in the Great Commission: I, you, them. “I” refers to Christ who gave the command to the disciples. “You” refers to the disciples who were to bring about the mandate. and “them” are those who will respond to the gospel message, and in return follow Christ. According to Rev. Lee. we can never take the place of the “I” which only refers to the Lord.

A thought on what a “command” is, whenever a command is given the natural response is submission; on the other hand a command also challenges. It is then a contradiction to say, just as Peter said, “Lord” but refused to obey.

Prior to Jesus’ mandate, Matthew mentioned that the disciples worshiped Him but some doubted. Rev. Lee says that command and obedience should be an outflow of worship. He mentions that in a certain church he visited once, the praise and worship time lasted as long as 45 minutes, and to speak another 45 minutes would be a punishment. When he mentioned this to the pastor, he remarked, “why don’t you shorten your message.” Worship, according to him should be a two-way traffic. Singing and praise is our way to express our love and dedication to God; the preaching of the Word is God’s way of communicating to us. The preaching of the Word must not be diminished (!). (emphasis mine)

Finally, we’ve heard of Christians praying “Lord be with us.” In his reflection regarding this theological issue, he looks at it in Matthew’s way of presenting Christ’s presence among his disciples. In an inclusivo manner, Matthew in chapter 1 refers to Christ as the Immanuel, “God with us” and ends in chapter 28 referring to His being us always to the end of the age. Hence it is better not to pray that God to be present with us because Christ is always with us. He suggests four ways to improve our prayer: (1) we feel his presence, (2) to enjoy his presence, (3) to testify and lastly, (4) to proclaim his presence.



4 comments so far

  1. deohsan on

    I would have asked the pastor of that church, “Why don’t you resign from the ministry?”
    Seriously (and graciously, I might add) people need to be educated about the value and importance of God’s word, especially as it is preached from the pulpit. To cut the time allotted for the sermon would be tantamount to asking Pres. GMA to your special guest at a function and telling her she only has five minutes to speak. You wouldn’t do that to your president, why should you do it to your God?

    Finitum non capax infinitum.

  2. Benzon Sy on

    Just look into the book of Acts and the reader will see how many times churches were built on the spreading and teaching of the Word of God. For the current church trend resorting to strategies and techniques…and trying to get God’s Word to support their ideas is simply “Inpository” (in contrast to expository). Better go back and read the Bible again dear shepherds!

  3. sola gratia on

    We hope this would serve as an eye-opener to those who are harbingers of God’s Word.

  4. sola gratia on

    I agree that the book of Acts is not about church growth–it is about the advancement of God’s kingdom. It is certainly very clear from Luke’s writings that it was God who added those who believed in the Lord. Soli Deo Gloria!

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