THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
RESTORATION AS PREPARATION
The restoration of CFC, through CFC-FFL, started in 2007.
Since that time, God has been preparing a restored CFC,
faithful to its charism and call, to go forth according
to God’s plan and to experience the fullness of His
strength for the work ahead
themes for the year have been preparing us for this time.
In 2008 our theme was joy. In 2009 our theme was trust.
In 2010 our theme on the Almighty was focused on redemptive
suffering. Now for 2011 our theme is strength in God. All
the past three themes now come together in our current theme.
is what we learn from the Bible:
in the Lord must be your strength!” (Neh 8:10b)
“in trust your strength lies.” (Is 30:15)
“bear your share of hardship for the gospel with
the strength that comes from God.” (2 Tim 1:8b)
Joy in Christ
In 2008 we rejoiced because God answered our prayer for
restoration (Lam 5:21) and raised a remnant, true to the
authentic CFC charism. But as the theme verse (Zep 3:17)
showed, it was not so much that we rejoiced in restoration,
but that God rejoiced in us. God rejoiced because now He
had the CFC that He raised in 1981, now back from veering
away, now restored to its true vision and mission. Now God
could do His work once again through His chosen instrument.
was God’s intent for CFC? He is the “mighty
savior” (Zep 3:17a), and He intends His salvation
to be proclaimed throughout the earth. That is CFC-FFL’s
task, to do the work of worldwide evangelization.
this, God raised a remnant that He intends to be humble
and lowly, who will take refuge only in the name of the
Lord (Zep 3:12). If we have learned these lessons and are
becoming the people God intends us to become, then God will
use us in His strength and give us renown and praise, among
all the peoples of the earth (Zep 3:20). The way God says
this today is similar: “You are my servant ….
through whom I show my glory.” (Is 49:3).
we must always rejoicefor God raised us in 1981, restored
us in 2007, and desires to use us as His strong instrument
from here on. Whatever happens, through the ups and downs
of mission, as long as we strive to be faithful to our calling,
then we rejoice. “Do not be saddened this day, for
rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength!” (Neh
Trust in Jesus
In 2009 we were called on to trust more in Jesus. Why? God
reiterates that He is the savior (Is 12:2a), whose pours
upon us His divine mercy. He is our personal Savior and
Lord, and He calls us to bring His salvation to the whole
world. With Jesus by our side and with the Holy Spirit empowering
us for mission, we are confident and unafraid (Is 12:2b).
know that the work of worldwide evangelization is very challenging.
We come against the very forces of darkness, which are very
powerful. In fact, we experienced the enemy’s onslaught
that caused the crisis and eventual split in CFC. If not for
God raising His remnant, CFC would have been severely weakened
or even would have disintegrated.
we are once again along the right path God has destined for
us. Again we are called to worldwide evangelization. Again
we encounter the might of the enemy. But knowing that our
God is the victorious Savior who has already crushed the head
of the serpent, we go forth with confidence and in His strength,
trusting fully in His protection, guidance and care.
2009 God impressed us with the truth: “My strength and
my courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior.”
(Is 12:2c). Thus “I will trust, and will not be afraid”
(Is 12:2b, RSV). God continues to impress upon us this truth:
“in trust your strength lies.” (Is 30:15b). And
this year God affirms our destiny and our calling (Is 49:1,3,5),
enabling us to exclaim: “my God is now my strength!”
The Almighty, Just and Righteous is He!
In 2010 God allowed us to enter more deeply into our understanding
of and our relationship with Him. God did this through the
story of Job. God impressed upon us the basics that we need
to really know if we are to do His work from here on, and
that is: the reality of spiritual warfare, the awesomeness
of His divine majesty and our response of awe and worship,
the call to justice and righteousness or to holiness, and
the blessing of redemptive suffering.
was a blameless and upright man, whom God even extolled before
Satan. We are to be as just and righteous as Job, we are to
be God’s witnesses, we are to truly reflect His image
and likeness, we are to grow in holiness and perfection. How
can that happen? One necessary aspect is suffering. Suffering
purifies us and our intentions. Suffering brings us into a
deeper relationship with God. Suffering gives us the privilege
to follow in the very footsteps of Jesus, all the way to the
cross, and beyond.
suffering, we are to rejoice, for we suffer for the sake of
the Name. In suffering, we are to trust God, for we know God
is working out our very holiness. Through suffering, setbacks
and challenges, we know that we do not toil in vain, nor uselessly
spend our strength for nothing (Is 49:4a). It is all for God
and for His will to be done.
we are to boldly go forth, with joy, with trust, embracing
the cross, not ashamed of our testimony to our Lord (2 Tim
1:8a), but bearing our “share of hardship for the gospel”
(2 Tim 1:8b). We are able to do all these because we do so
“with the strength that comes from God.” (2 Tim
Are we now ready?
the crisis and split of 2007, God raised His remnant, faithful
and true to its original call and charism. In the next three
years, God impressed upon us in CFC-FFL the virtues that
are very much needed in order to live out our calljoy
in Christ, trust in Jesus, embracing the cross. If we have
opened up our hearts to God’s call, if we have truly
humbled ourselves and allowed Him to form and re-form us,
if we are eager to be His servants and witnesses, if we
have learned the lessons of Lamentations and the lessons
of Job, then we can look to being made glorious in the sight
of the Lord (Is 49:5).
because God would now have His instrument, sharp-edged and
polished (Is 49:2). Simply because God intends to show His
glory through His servant people (Is 49:3). Simply because
God calls us to be His light to the world and to bring His
salvation to the ends of the earth (Is 49:6).
Indeed, we can say, “and my God is now my strength!”
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