Written by: Dr. George N. Capaque,  kuya George was IVCF Philippines General Secretary from 1984-1992.  He is currently Dean at Discipleship Training Centre, Singapore

To repent in the Bible is “to turn back, to turn away, to change one’s mind.” Repentance is a radical turning away from sin and all that is offensive to God. In the Old Testament, the call to repent is applied to Israel as the people of God. It involves both turning away from their unbelief and unfaithfulness to God and turning back to God in love, obedience and sincerity.

In the New Testament, the call to repentance applies to all for all have turned away from God (Rom. 3:23). The good news of forgiveness and salvation demands repentance and faith (Mk. 1: 15). Both in the Old and New Testaments, repentance is initiated by God. It is His grace and kindness that allow and call for repentance (Is. 44: 22; Acts 11:18; 2 Pet. 3:9). Repentance includes mourning and sorrow for sin (Ps. 51:17; 2 Cor.7: 9-10).

Repentance is not just individual but corporate. Saints in the Old Testament have stood in the gap and repented on behalf of the people (see Dan. 9: 4- 19; Neh. 1: 5-11). What is needed at this point in our history is for us, the people of God to confess our sins as a nation and repent. This is especially true for our apathy and indifference to the violence inflicted to, and the cavalier disregard for human life.

In the days before the People Power Revolt in 1986, the IVCF staff then would gather every morning to confess our sins as a people and pray for our country. May IVCF stand in the gap once again.

For reflection:

How far have we gone in our journey to repentance? How did it affect your/our community?

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Pray with us as we prepare for National Conference 2017

Praise God for leading us as a staff team at the staff conference as we listened to His leading regarding NC.

COMMITTEES. Praise Him for the committees that have already been formed and have started meeting/planning/working on their specific responsibilities. Pray for the Lord’s wisdom as each committee continues to plan/work these next months leading up to NC. May the Lord provide strength, patience, grace as all of us are also busy with staff work.

FINANCES. Pray for how the Lord will provide the PhP 5M we hope to raise for NC (part of it will hopefully go to our stabilization fund). Our projected income from registration fee is so much less than our projected expenses, so we have to raise a big subsidy. We need wisdom who to approach for major donations and who to send solicitation letters to. We need God’s leading what/how to engage in creative ways to raise funds. Pray that God will touch people’s hearts to give generously.

SPEAKERS. Praise God that Daniel Bourdanné has accepted our invitation to give the exposition on Haggai. Pray for positive response from the other plenary, workshop and seminar speakers we will invite, and for how God will give them wisdom as they prepare for their topics. May God weave His own thread to connect all parts of the program to give Him glory.

PARTICIPANTS. Pray that God will work in the hearts of our BOT, RAC, students, graduates, partner churches/organizations, donors and friends to plan on going to NC and already make steps to get there (e.g. saving money, looking for cheap flights, etc.). Pray for God’s provision for everyone, especially students and those coming from the provinces. Pray for safety in travel.

PROMOTIONS. One of the biggest tasks we have right now is promoting this event. Pray that we will have wisdom how to extend our reach creatively through different means so we can reach different types of folks (e.g. print media for the seniors/older generation, social media for the younger generation, etc.).