Called to the Ministry?

Pastor Mark Blair - BICF ZGC - April 2018

Call to Ministry is linked first of all, and most importantly, to our call to Christ.

Our "Identity" is as Son/Daughter before Servant, Philippians 3.8

Our walk with Him should be strong, apart from our "job" or "ministry"

Call to ministry is linked with the call to salvation, all believers are gifted to serve. 

Some believers are equipped with preaching and pastoral gifts and should seriously consider whether they should make church ministry their "career."

Church Sacraments / Ordinances

Pastor Mark Blair


January 2019

Roman Catholic


Sacerdotalism - Roman Catholics believe sacraments have the power to actually convey the blessings they signify. So, the sacrament itself has the power to confer the grace which it signifies. Process is something automatic - 'ex opere operato' - from the very act of participating in the sacrament.  

Churches Main Thing is the Word

The Main Thing

Churches do many good things for people. Church people often make good friends. You might meet your future spouse! There are programs for youth and families. Churches are often good places for music lovers. Some have seminars on finances, coping with loss, overcoming addictions, and parenting. These are great ways to serve the community. All these good activities, and many others, are ways a church can show God's love for the world.

Concerns about Confession of Sin in the Worship Service

I believe Confession of Sin is an important component of worship in our service. As we have had some problems on the 'roll out' in our church. Let's consider...

1. A better understanding of us all that confession of sin is a vital part of our corporate worship and daily walk. We should know 1st of the 95 declarations of Luther 500 years ago...

Concert of Prayer Format


* Short prayers of praise and thanks offered spontaneously from the group.


* Brief teaching on the importance of united prayer.

* People break into small groups and commit themselves to God.


* Individuals come to the mic to confess sins on behalf of the people.

* Silent prayers of confession.

* Song of surrender and confession.

* Declaration of God's forgiveness and grace.

* Song of victory and praise.

Dear Celebration Recovery Graduates

Dear Celebration Recovery Graduates!

I have been praying for four years that a CR group would begin in BICF ZGC. So, your graduation gives me great joy!

Never have I been happier to write a letter to people I don't know! We leaders of BICF ZGC don't know who takes the CR courses we sponsor. We are happy you are courageous enough to work at your personal growth. Courageous!? Absolutely. The hours you have spent trying to grow on the inside have not been easy, I know. It is hard to be honest, open,  and transparent about the areas where we need to grow. Most people do not even try.

Good Marriages Need a Whole Church

Ask many Christian singles in Beijing today to describe how they feel about being single, and the responses you hear may surprise you. Many feel frustrated, confused, or even hopeless. They want to find a good Christian spouse, keep themselves pure, and honor God in the pursuit of marriage, yet things don't seem to be moving that direction, and it doesn't seem like it will change anytime soon. In short, they are suffering for Christ. That's not to say that they are being persecuted by the authorities, or afflicted with a disease (though it may seem like it to some), yet in choosing to pursue Biblical marriage, they are left with fewer choices of potential spouses, delaying sex (hopefully), and starting families much later.