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Scripture quotations taken from the NKJV.
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In first Corinthians chapter 12, verses 14 to 27, the Apostle Paul informs us
that the body of Christ is made up of many different kinds of members. I
believe also that the local churches are very different from one another.
Some may have a strong Sunday School Ministry, while others have a stong
Youth Ministry, and so on.
Since all of the local churches combine to make the universal church (the
body of Christ), it is good that we are one body and many members that
differ in function. In the following article, I would like to explain what
the emphasis of our local church is and how it came to be.
My wife Doreen and I have been missionaries to the Filipino people since
1979. For most of that time, we have been pastoring Maranatha Christian
Fellowship - a non-aligned charismatic congregation in Cebu City, the second
largest city in the Philippines.
We came to the Lord in 1972 in the Buffalo, New York area. During those early days, I had the privilege of being mentored by the Rev. Albert Reid, a retired missionary evangelist. It was a great honor for a new Christian to sit under such a man of God. To this day, I still remember many of the things he taught me. Although we only ministered together on one occasion (it was my first time to minister and his last), that day changed my life forever.
As I was driving him home on that cold, snowy winter night in Western New York, he turned to me and asked, "What is the Kingdom of God?" I wasn't quite sure what he meant, but I answered, "Is it heaven?" He looked at me and said, "That is partially true, but there is so much more. Find out what the Kingdom is and God will send you around the world in ministry." My time with Pastor Al was a brief, but fruitful one, for soon after that special evening, he went home to be with the Lord.
From that time until the present, his son Bishop Tommy Reid has been my spiritual father and mentor who taught me many things concerning the Kingdom. Both his life and ministry have overflowed with Kingdom theology and lifestyle. But more than anyone, it is the Holy Spirit who has both made the Kingdom a real and present day reality to me.
The challenge of knowing the King and his Kingdom has taken me on an exciting journey. I have learned much about the Kingdom since that night and I have ministered internationally, but I feel as if I have just begun, for the Kingdom of God is a paradox abounding with much mystery. That night's experience perhaps best explains Maranatha Christian Fellowship's emphasis on the KINGDOM OF GOD.
Welcome to our new website. We hope you find it helpful.
God bless you all.
Bishop Joseph DiSarno