Lent 2


Second Sunday in Lent – 16 March 2014

Pastor Chisoni Bridge

Colossians 1:3-5

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people - the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel.

For our Christianity to grow and to be solid in faith we need someone behind us as Paul did with Timothy in Colossians 1:1 and it should be same for us too. Now what implications can we draw out from verses 3-5 that we can apply to our daily Christian life? As a member of the family of God we ought to give thanks to God for our friends who are brothers and sisters in the Lord. The Apostle Paul can be our example and we should develop this habit of thanking God for each other.  

Here is a question: What prompted Paul to give thanks to the Colossians? The Colossians received the central message of the Bible for which Paul was striving. They put their faith in Jesus and demonstrated it in their good works to the Saints. This shows and teaches me that Faith without good works is dead (James 1:26). Therefore faith and love go together (1 Corinthians 13:13). Finally, what message have you received for which people dare to give you a degree of thanks? If Paul were living today would he do to me, or to you, as he did to the Colossians by appreciating their faith and Love and Hope? So pray for it!      

Pastor Chisoni Bridge was born in Nsanje District of Southern Malawi, the fifth child of a family of five children. He is married to Memory, and God has blessed them with three children, Deborah, Joswa and Naomie. He started his work as an Africa Evangelical Church (AEC) Pastor in 2006 in the Liwaladzi area near Nkhotakota until 2012 when he transferred to Bangula AEC in Nsanje district. He was at Bangula for only six months before being appointed as National Youth Co-ordinator, and works in partnership with SIM Youth Co-ordinator Peter Ong.  

The AEC Youth Ministry is being developed with SIM Malawi to help cultivate future church and community leaders. The team of leaders, under Peter Ong and Chisoni Bridge, is build a strategic plan for the ministry. The idea is to underline the strategic nature of this ministry for which the hope is, as with many other ministries of SIM Malawi, to develop it so that eventually it will be owned and run by the local churches themselves, to ensure it has a sustainable future.

To offer support to this initiative please quote by project number MW ‘96658 AEC Youth Department’





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