Accepting Our Calling

(Eph. 2:1-10; John 17:1-5)

–Pastor Felix Tingson

We are called for a holy and noble purpose! You were put on earth to make a contribution. You were not created just to consume resources, to eat, breathe, and take up space. God designed us to make a difference with our life.

While many best-selling books offer advice on how to “get the most out of life”, that’s not the reason God made us. We were created to add to life on earth, not just take from it. God wants you to give something back. This is God’s purpose for your life, and it is called your “ministry” or service.

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How First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church of Newark, NJ, Became an International, Multicultural church

Written in 2006 by retired pastor Glenn Hatfield, at the request of and in consultation with Rev. Felix Tingson.

Some churches call it “multicultural” to rent space to a church of another culture, or to have more than one cultural or language group as part of one church, but with separate meeting times or rooms. Under some circumstances, these can be valid approaches. However, Peddie’s approach to multiculturalism is to have all groups involved in one church, interacting with each other as Christian brothers and sisters in most activities. Although Peddie still uses the terminology “multicultural,” this form of being “multicultural” is now increasingly called being “intercultural.”

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