Some thoughts and perspectives of believers from different walks of life.
Through these bite-sized thought videos, we hope to shed perspective across a range of issues from our identity and the way God sees us, what a follower of Christ looks like, to ministry and more.
So check back with us, and stay tuned for more!
Meet Carla Peña, a professional interior designer in Fitnesscape Creative Studio and part owner of Undiscovered Freedom, a community-building platform for people to get to know Jesus.
A graduate of the BibleMesh certificate of theology program, Carla is also part of a Woman’s Forum—a channel that champions women to walk in their calling through engaging in cultural and biblical conversations. Through her passion in sharing Christ through videography and photography, Carla hopes to reach the lost to show them the forgiveness, joy, and freedom found in Christ alone.
From separation to sanctification
“After I became a Christian, God began revealing more and more of Himself to me. The more I read the Bible, the more I became convicted and could see my sinfulness,” Carla shared.
The word ‘sin’ tends to leave a bad taste in our mouths. We associate it with being evil, not being a good person, and we don’t like to think that we ‘sin’. But in Romans 3:23 it says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
All that really means, is that we are broken and imperfect people who are unable to reach a perfect and holy God on our own.
Meet Huiwen and Kenneth, the happily married owners of Studio Asobi.
Having been around for six years, Studio Asobi has gathered quite a following through their artisan pieces (most notably ceramic dishes for well-known Chijmes restaurant, Whitegrass), beautiful installations and workshops. They have also been known to give back meaningfully to different causes through their art.
What Does it Mean to Find Your Purpose?
“It’s not like God whispered in our ears ‘be a potter’, or anything like that.”
“We came across Ephesians 2:10 in a bible study, which says that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He prepared in advance for us to do.”
“We felt there was a plan and purpose for each of us and that we needed to discover. That started our journey of exploration before we became potters.”
But none of this would have happened without Huiwen and Kenneth’s step-by-step decision to leave their corporate careers in pursuit of what God was stirring in their hearts.
Meet Josephine Lam, a faculty member at the East Asia School of Theology (EAST), and avid speaker to empower women and advocate for beauty.
Josephine has been involved in various ministries with Muslim refugees, Chinese orphanages, local church outreach programs, and other women ministries. Her passion is to teach and reach out to women from various backgrounds, as well as to evangelize to the people from different nations.
Is Beauty Really in the Eye of the Beholder?
It tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
There is a beauty in everything that God has made, which includes us. But can we see this beauty in our lives? Do we struggle to see ourselves, or our lives as beautiful?
“I love to create beautiful things. When I create, I catch a glimpse of how God sees us.”
Josephine’s deep interest in beauty and creativity led her into the world of marketing, fashion and interior design, before she went into full-time ministry. In 2013, she completed her Masters of Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary where she concentrated her studies in Women Ministries and Cross Cultural Missions.
Now based in Singapore, Josephine and her husband have been serving at EAST since June 2015. She is passionate about the Partner-In-Ministry programme and her heart is to serve women from different nationalities.
Meet Paul Shi, a ministry staff of Covenant Evangelical Free Church (CEFC) who enjoys a great conversation over a good cup of coffee any day.
Paul used to work in one of the major professional services firms as a management consultant. In July 2011, he quit his job to attend a Bible college and started leading a young adult church in Melbourne.
What Does it Mean to ‘Serve God?’
“One of the important things you need in ministry is to grow in self-awareness, which means try different things.”
“When I first started, I was a Sunday school teacher, then a worship coordinator, then the choir pianist,” Paul Shi, a ministry staff of Covenant Evangelical Free Church (CEFC), recalled chuckling.
With the years he’s had in Christian ministry—both as a lay leader and full-time staff—Paul’s no stranger to the perils and joys of Christian ministry.
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