Iglesia Ni Cristo Road to Centennial
GETTING THE GOOD NEWS ACROSS
TO PROCLAIM THE good news of salvation to as many people as possible has always been the overarching mission of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ). Whether by way of face-to-face encounters or through the mass media, we carry out this task with a sense of urgency, aware as we are that there is not much time left before this world comes to its fiery end.
We know that the day appointed by God to bring the world to judgment is fast approaching, and we must do the best we can to share the truth about salvation to those who do not know it yet. There is, indeed, an immediate need to disseminate the biblical truth that although man has been alienated from God because of sin, and as a consequence, the whole world is held accountable to Him on the day of Judgment, the good news is that God sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to save sinners (Col. 1:21; Rom. 3:19; Jn. 3:16). And to fulfill this redemptive function, Christ “created in himself one new man” – consisting of Himself as the head, and of the Church that He founded as the body – so that He can save the sinner without violating God’s decree that “each is to die for his own sin” (Eph. 2:15; Mt. 16:18; Dt. 24:16). Thus, the salvific death of Christ is meant to benefit the members of His Body, the Church, a fact that underscores the importance and necessity of Church membership as a part of God’s master plan of salvation. This is not to say that it is the Church that will save man, rather, it is the Church – the true Church – that will be saved by Christ, Who is the only Savior appointed by God.
It is of paramount importance that the truth about salvation be made known to all who want to be saved, including those who think that they already know it but, on closer scrutiny, actually do not. For instance, there are those who think that faith alone in Christ is sufficient for them to attain salvation, and it is not necessary for them to become members of any church or even the true Church or Church of Christ and to do any works at all. Such a notion is so fundamentally wrong and yet is so widely held and circulated.
Because of the urgency and magnitude of the task, our evangelistic outreach employs the mass media to put across the pristine teachings of the Bible to a large number of people simultaneously. Since the current Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo caked all members to help intensifying the propagation of the pristine Gospel, thousands and thousands of people were brought to the true Church all throughout the world.
Periodically, district wide (covering a province or a state) massive evangelistic campaigns, dubbed EVANGELICAL MISSIONS, are conducted in public squares or in sports complexes big enough to accommodate huge crowds. Each Evangelical Mission held drew not only thousands but hundred thousands not only in all the provinces in the Philippines, but also, in different countries worldwide.
Everyday, in thousands of locale churches of the Iglesia Ni Cristo all over the world, ministers and workers are preaching the gospel to smaller groups of truth seekers. They are assisted by Church officers and members who relentlessly perform missionary works by inviting their friends, relatives, and acquaintances to those places where studies on biblical doctrines are being conducted by evangelical workers of the Iglesia ni Cristo. All members, from the newest converts to the older ones, are expected to do their part in evangelism, after all most of us have been called by God out of spiritual death into spiritual life through the efforts of those who have persistently and resolutely shared the good news of salvation.
Also, the Church published monthly the GOD’S MESSAGE (PASUGO) magazine, and also publishes pamphlets that also dwell on the beliefs of this church for the perusal of those who are seeking the truth. Thus, hundred thousands of Church’s literature have been distributed worldwide.
The present Church Administration, also established the Iglesia Ni Cristo Television (INC TV), a UHF television station (Channel 49 in the Philippines), and the Iglesia Ni Cristo Radio (INC Radio), DZEM 954 khz. There is also a move that the Iglesia Ni Cristo religious programs be aired in different countries worldwide in the future.
And because of the effectiveness of the internet and the social media, the members of the Church also utilize these to spread the Good News to all men.
The spread of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) and it’s mission throughout the whole world cannot be hindered by anyone because God had already appointed it that:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 NIV)
Today, the Iglesia Ni Cristo already established congregations in more than 96 countries and territories worldwide, having members from 120 nationalities. However, God has appointed this Church to go beyond what she already reached and accomplished today for God had declared:
“So that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.” (Isaiah 41:20 NIV)
On her 99th anniversary, the Iglesia Ni Cristo is only one year away from her Centennial Celebration, thus, onward to her centennial ckebration is also onward to greaer heights of glory.
To God be all the glories!
Let us continue praising and glorifying our Father in Heaven!