新年快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè)! Happy Year of the Dog! In celebration of the Chinese New Year this week, we are featuring a special China edition of "This Week at the OYC". Read these articles to learn about the OYC and about Christianity in China:
A Brief History of Christianity in China ICOC Teacher Don Downs gives a brief history of Christianity in China. He concludes that China is at the forefront of the "worldwide search for values". In other words, China is more open to the gospel than it has ever been.
What's It Like to Be a Christian in China? The life of Christians in China is often not well understood. Usually, much attention focuses on the persecution of Chinese Christians. While these stories can be inspiring, they don't fully convey what it means to be a follower of Jesus in China.
Guest Post from a Sister on a China OYC Read about one sister's experience celebrating Chinese New Year on her OYC in China.
You can also learn more about our China OYC site at here.
Our OYC site in China celebrated the end of another year at a banquet with the theme "Let Nothing Move You!" Disciples met for a special time of performances, thanksgiving, worship and fellowship to celebrate God's work during the year of the Rooster. Each house church received a calligraphy scroll of a Bible scripture to encourage the disciples to keep steadfast in the mission. We have seen God bless this OYC site in many ways this year, including 24 baptisms, and several brothers and sisters coming for a One Year Challenge.
New Content on the One Year Challenge Blog:3 Ways the Holy Spirit Helps Us on the Mission We are not alone in the mission. Before Jesus ascended back to his Father, he told of an Advocate, a Counselor and a Helper who would come and help his disciples. We have that same help today. That help comes from God himself, the Holy Spirit.
Featured Article: The Story of the ICOC in China Read about how even though most of the original mission team members to China did not speak Chinese or Cantonese, God helped the church multiply.
Beyond Self-Fulfillment It's true that only a relationship with God can fulfill the deepest part of our souls. But following Christ is more than about your own fulfillment — it's about making disciples and bringing glory to Him.
Great Images: Summary of the Book of Mark: "Jesus' identity is revealed not just in what he says, but in what he does." Check out this infographic summarizing the book of Mark.
What We’re Reading Today From Philip Yancey's What's So Amazing About Grace: "But God’s forgiveness is unconditional; it comes from a heart that does not demand anything for itself, a heart that is completely empty of self-seeking." Each week we post a selection from a book disciples considering going on a One Year Challenge could read as part of their preparation.
Monday Music: Songs from OYC Sites Around the World This week’s Monday Music comes in celebration of the Chinese New Year! We have a great One Year Challenge site in China.