Nova Programação Após o Estado de Emergência

Comunicado: com base nas orientações do governo japonês visando a prevenção à propagação da infecção com o Novo Coronavírus (COVID-19), realizaremos alterações no formato das reuniões no templo em caráter extraordinário. As informações seguem abaixo:

Período entre 10 de Abril e 24 de Maio de 2020 (Durante o Estado de Emergência)

  • Quinta: Campanha de Oração (Templo / 20:00)
  • Sábado: Relógio de Oração (Templo 6:00 às 18:00)
  • Domingo (1): Oração e Mensagem (EN-PT 9:00 às 10:00)
  • Domingo (2): Oração e Mensagem (PT 10:15 às 11:15)
  • Domingo (3): Oração e Mensagem (PT 11:30 às 12:30)

Período a partir do dia 25 de Maio de 2020 (Após Suspensão do Estado de Emergência)

  • Terça: Theology Class Via Skype (EN / 20:30)
  • Quinta: Culto de Oração (20:00)
  • Sábado: Classe de Teologia (PT / 19:00)
  • Domingo: Culto Bilíngue (EN-PT / 9:00 às 10:00)
  • Domingo: Culto em Português (10:30 às 11:30)

New Schedule After Emergency State Suspension

Announcement: Based on the Japanese government’s guidelines for preventing the spread of infection with the New Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will make changes at the format of temple meetings on an extraordinary basis. The information follows below:

Period between April 10 and May 24, 2020 (During the State of Emergency)

  • Thursday: Prayer Campaign (Temple / 20:00)
  • Saturday: Prayer Watch (Temple 6:00 to 18:00)
  • Sunday (1): Prayer and Message (EN-PT 9:00 to 10:00)
  • Sunday (2): Prayer and Message (PT 10:15 to 11:15)
  • Sunday (3): Prayer and Message (PT 11:30 to 12:30)

Period from May 25, 2020 (After Suspension of the State of Emergency)

  • Tuesday: Theology Class by Skype (EN / 20:30)
  • Thursday:  Prayer Service (20:00)
  • Saturday: Theology Class (Portuguese 19:00)
  • Sunday: Bilingual Service (EN-PT / 9:00 to 10:00)
  • Sunday: Portuguese Service (10:30 to 11:30)

21 Days of Prayer

Like every year, we will begin the three-week preparation period for next year. December is a time of celebration, festivities, communion, rest with family and friends. However, it is also a period of reflection, strategic pause, planning and the start of new projects.

In this context I call upon our whole community to pray and seek the face of our Lord to guide us all along with His wise counsel (Psalm 73:24), aware that many are the plans of the heart of man, but the Lord’s purpose is that always prevails (Proverbs 19:21), that His Word is light to our way (Psalm 119: 105) and if the Lord does not build the house in vain we will work (Psalm 127: 1).

Our meetings will be held on weekdays from 8 pm. On Saturdays at 19hs. On Sundays we will have a period of prayer in public worship that always starts at 10am. If you cannot attend every day, make a personal purpose by setting a time and period (number of days) that is possible for you.

In addition to your personal requests, I advise you to seek renewal of your faith and spiritual revival for our community.

May the Lord bless you all richly in Christ Jesus!

Pr.Kendji

21 Days of Prayer 2020

21 Dias de Oração

Como todos os anos, iniciaremos o período de três semanas de preparação para o próximo ano. O mês de dezembro é um período de celebração, de festividades, de comunhão, de descanso com família e amigos. Porém, também é um período de reflexão, de pausa estratégica, de planejamento e início de novos projetos.

Neste contexto convoco toda nossa comunidade a orar e buscar a face do nosso Senhor para que Ele nos guie em todo percurso com Seu conselho sábio (Salmo 73.24), conscientes que muitos são os planos do coração do homem, mas o propósito do Senhor é que sempre prevalece (Provérbios 19.21), que Sua Palavra é luz para o nosso caminho (Salmo 119.105) e se o Senhor não edificar a casa em vão trabalharemos (Salmo 127.1).

Nossas reuniões se realizarão nos dias de semana a partir das 20hs. Aos sábados as 19hs. Aos domingos teremos um período de oração no culto público que sempre se inicia as 10hs. Se não puder comparecer todos os dias faça um propósito pessoal determinando um período (número de dias) e horário que seja possível para si.

Além de seus pedidos pessoais aconselho a buscar a renovação da vossa fé e o avivamento espiritual para nossa comunidade.

Que o Senhor abençoe a todos vós ricamente em Cristo Jesus!

Pr.Kendji

21 Days of Prayer 2020

Introdução ao Novo Testamento

CLASSE DE TEOLOGIA

Introdução ao Novo Testamento

No dia 16 de novembro (sábado) iniciou-se a matéria de Introdução ao Novo Testamento na Classe de Teologia em Português. A participação é aberta a todos os que desejarem. Aguardamos vossa presença!

Introducao ao Novo Testamento

EVANGELISM AND OUTREACH COURSE

CURSO DE EVANGELISMO E DIVULGAÇÃO

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Saturday, April 2, 2016, we will have the presence of Pr.Loh Weng Kong (born in Singapore) who is pastoring the Japan Baptist Fellowship Church in Tokyo. On this occasion he will teach us a creative evangelism course for urban and technological environment that we live in. On Sunday, April 3, he will bring us a message during the celebration of the Lord’s Supper Service. Participation is free. We await your presence, may the Lord bless you all!

Sábado, dia 02 de abril de 2016, teremos a presença do Pr.Loh Weng Kong (originário de Cingapura) que está pastoreando a Igreja Batista Japan Fellowship em Tokyo. Nesta ocasião ele ministrará um curso de evangelismo criativo para o contexto urbano e tecnológico em que vivemos. No domingo, dia 03 de abril, ele nos trará uma mensagem durante o culto de celebração da Santa Ceia do Senhor.

Breakfast With God

BREAKFAST WITH GOD

Breakfast With God

We would like to invite our siblings, family and friends to savor a delicious breakfast in the Presence of God this coming Sunday, June 21, 2015, from 10am.

We await your presence!

May the Lord Jesus bless you!

Gostariamos de convidar nossos irmãos, familiares e amigos para saborearmos um delicioso café da manhã na Presença de Deus neste próximo domingo, dia 21 de junho de 2015, a partir das 10hs.

Aguardamos vossa presença!

Que o Senhor Jesus vos abençoe!

The Persecuted Church

SUNDAY OF PERSECUTED CHURCH

DOMINGO DA IGREJA PERSEGUIDA

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Christian Persecution, The Persecuted Church | Open Doors USA

What is Christian Persecution?

Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one’s identification as a Christian.  From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith.   Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.

According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians).  Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.

 Where Does Christian Persecution Occur? 

The World Watch List ranks the top 50 countries where Christians face the greatest persecution. See what life is like for persecuted Christians in each of these countries.

 Why Persecution Occurs?

AUTHORITARIAN GOVERNMENTS SEEK TO CONTROL ALL RELIGIOUS THOUGHT AND EXPRESSION

There are numerous reasons why Christians are persecuted.  In some countries, severe abuse of Christians takes place under authoritarian governments.  In the case of North Korea and other communist countries, authoritarian governments seek to control all religious thought and expression as part of a comprehensive plan to control all aspects of political and civic life. These governments regard some religious groups as enemies of the state because they hold religious beliefs that may challenge loyalty to the rulers.

HOSTILITY TOWARDS NONTRADITIONAL AND MINORITY RELIGIOUS GROUPS

Another reason why Christians are persecuted is hostility towards nontraditional and minority religious groups. For example, in Niger, more than 98 percent of the population is Islamic, and hostility comes more from society than from the government. Historically, Islam in West Africa has been moderate, but in the last 20 years, dozens of Islamic associations have emerged, like the Izala movement, which aims to restrict the freedom of ‘deviant Muslims’ and minority religious groups like Christians.

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 THE LACK OF BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. The lack of basic human rights is another significant part of persecution in some countries. For instance, in Eritrea, there are violations of the freedom of expression, assembly, and religious belief and movement, in addition to extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, extended detention, torture, and indefinite national service, which cause many Eritreans to flee the country.

Freedom of religion, like all freedoms of thought and expression, is inherent. Our beliefs help define who we are and serve as a foundation for what we contribute to our societies. However, today, many people live under governments that abuse or restrict freedom of religion.  Christians in such areas suffer deeply, and are denied basic freedoms that humans should be entitled to.

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration came as a result of the treatment of the Jews in Nazi Germany. The document states that every person is entitled to basic human rights. This reaffirmed the dignity and worth of all human beings no matter what a person’s race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.  In 1966, the United Nations developed the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 18 of the ICCPR focuses on four elements of religious freedom

Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others, and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.

No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.

Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.

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Why Do We Serve Persecuted Christians?

Matthew 5.10-12 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.For almost 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. These believers stand strong, despite the many obstacles that they face. What are some of the things that we can we learn from their faith?There is something about hardship that allows us to know God deeply. When times get really tough, we discover more about who God is and how He works. Christians who have endured persecution for their faith, know this well.There are no easy answers for why God allows his followers to face suffering. However, the lives of persecuted Christians reveal that even when things look out of control believers can rest secure, knowing that God is still in control. He is able to give courage, peace and even joy to stand strong through the storm. It is through these storms that believers discover God’s love in new and powerful ways.Standing Strong Through The Storm is the curriculum that Open Doors uses to help Christians stand strong in the face of persecution.

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Theology Of Christian Persecution

As Christians, we are called to take a stand for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.  Hebrews 13:3 says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Learn more about how you can help persecuted Christians.

The Bible calls us to be a voice for the voiceless. Psalm 82:3 says, “Stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. See to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly.”

  1. Sometimes you need to build yourself a cell Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46.10. One Chinese church leader, who spent 23 years in prison, once said this to Christians who did not face persecution: “I was pushed into a cell, but you have to push yourself into one. You have no time to know God. You need to build yourself a cell, so you can do for yourself what persecution did for me—simplify your life and know God” . It is vital that we spend time with God, to grow in Him, so we are prepared to stand strong in the face of persecution.
  2. God keeps secrets “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55.8-9. There have been countless stories of persecuted Christians who have died without seeing the fruits of their labor. However, God know all that has been and all that is to come. Our labor is not in vain, it is in His hands.
  3. Weakness is a direct path to power That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. II Corinthians 12.10 . An Egyptian Christian reflected on the way he was treated when he converted to Christ: “In great suffering you discover a different Jesus than you do in normal life… Pain and suffering bring up to the surface all the weak points of your personality. In my weakest state, I had an incredible realization that Jesus loved me even right then” . True empowerment does not come from human means, but through Christ alone. It often takes being at our weakest point to realize this.
  4. Overcoming is greater than deliverance Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12.21. Persecuted Christians, no matter what country they are from, do not ask us to pray that persecution would end, but rather ask us to pray that they stand strong through the persecution. They do not wish to be delivered from the persecution, but rather ask us to pray that they would be able to overcome the trials that they are facing in a way that is honoring to God.
  5. Extreme hurt requires extreme forgiveness And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. Luke 23.34. A Christian widow from Iran said: “I only had hatred in my heart for my enemies who had murdered my husband. But one day a miracle happened. God taught me how I could love my enemies… I had been praying for this, even though on the deepest level I didn’t want it to happen. Gradually, through a process of ups and downs, God answered this prayer”. The only way we can get through extreme hurt is by forgiving people as Christ did.
  6. Prayer is the ultimate fellowship Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13.3. Many persecuted Christians often feel isolated and alone, since they are unable to fellowship with other believers. However, prayers from Christians half a world away have brought the same amount of encouragement that fellowship would have for these persecuted Christians. Prayer is vital; not only as a direct line to God, but as a way to encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. I Corinthians 12.26 tells us that we are one body; when one member suffers, we all suffer. When one member is lifted up, we all rejoice. Persecuted Christians and Christians in the free world are not two separate entities, but rather are one body. The persecuted church needs the free church to support them and most importantly to lift them up in prayer. The church in the free world learns lessons from the persecuted who have stood strong in the face of persecution. Christ is the head of the body and uses the church (both free and persecuted) in unique and powerful ways.

Source: Open Doors WebPage

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/

Curso Básico de Teologia

CURSO BÁSICO DE TEOLOGIA

BTCP Cartaz PT2No próximo dia 09 de maio de 2015 iniciaremos o Curso Básico de Teologia do BTCP (Bible Training Centre for Pastors de Atlanta US) em português com duração de 2 anos e meio para formação de liderança local. Apesar do Japão ser um país tecnológica, cultural e socialmente evoluido, de acordo com pesquisa Reuters News, ocupa o quinto lugar entre os países que não acreditam na existência de Deus, posicionando-se acima até mesmo da China que ocupa a nona posição, e enquadra-se entre os países com o menor número de cristãos do mundo com uma quantidade inferior a 1% da população.

Neste contexto, poucas são as instituições cristãs de ensino, publicações e materiais de estudo. Encontramos aqui a pequenez de um gigante. Enquanto no Brasil (país sede de nossa base missionária) há acesso a uma grande diversidade de recursos, as igrejas e missionários no Japão sofrem com a escassez destes.

Atendendo a necessidade específica do campo, o curso do BTCP proporciona flexibilidade e um conteúdo essencial com qualidade para capacitação da emergente liderança no campo missionário. Além das diversas qualidades agrega-se o custo acessivel que viabiliza a participação de todos os interessados.

O curriculo a ser aplicado na IPRJ de Anjo conta com uma carga horária de 660 horas distribuidas em 2 anos e meio de estudos, além de matérias complementares e cursos de aperfeiçoamento. As aulas serão ministradas aos sábados, a partir das 20:00, nas dependências da IPRJ de Anjo. As aulas poderão ser assistidas também via Skype.

Para informações sobre matricula (Tel. 090-4719 7682 / Pr.Kendji)

Que o Senhor vos abençoe!

21 Days of Prayer

21 Days of Prayer

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Last prayer campaign of 2014. The meetings will take place on weekdays in the temple of Renewal Presbyterian Anjo Church from 20:00. On Saturdays the prayer time will be after the Bible School and Sunday during the services. The campaign period will be between November 30 (Sunday) and December 20 (Saturday / conclusion).

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”. Matthew 19.26

I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over. Daniel 10.3

He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. Daniel 10.11-12

The text of Matthew’s Gospel is located in the conversation of Jesus with the rich young man. Despite all his dedication and faith still lacked one thing; accept the invitation of the Master to be his disciple.

The refusal to follow Jesus was compared to refuse to enter the kingdom of God. Here is a resounding affirmation of the Master. It is very difficult for a person who trusts in riches to enter the kingdom of heaven. However, Jesus adds; for men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible!

With men it is impossible to convert someone. It is impossible to change the way you think, impossible to generate faith, impossible to change habits, impossible to change the values, impossible to transfer wealth (as who owns and enjoys the comfort they provide, do not give way to any hand). It is impossible to heal the soul, impossible to cure certain kinds of physical diseases, impossible to promote spiritual liberation.

In the text sequence (Mt 19.27-29) observe the dialogue this time with Peter. He asks Jesus what would be of those who have left everything to follow the Master. Those who decided to accept the invitation to be his disciples, placing him as a priority in their lives.

Jesus said that all his followers would receive one hundred times the amount (volume, quantity) of everything they chose leave behind to fulfill God’s will in their lives. Imagine: left a house (100 homes). Gave an offer (100 times the value of the offer). Left an opportunity (100 new opportunities). Gave up the privilege of living with a loved one, Father case, mother or children (no quotes the spouse) will receive 100 times the value of this sacrifice. And finally will receive what was impossible for the rich young man; free entry into the Kingdom of Heaven!

But all this was revealed to Peter only when he asked Jesus and He decided to clarify it! We only obtain answers when we seek in God. This takes us to the first 21 days of prayer campaign recorded in the Bible, made by the prophet Daniel (Dan 10.1-12).

The angel of the Lord met strong opposition of demons to bring the answer to Daniel. And two characteristics of Daniel’s posture in prayer are common with the speech of Peter and essential in receiving answers from God; the search for knowledge (plans, will for me, biblical interpretation) and humiliation (we cannot do anything without God, so always we need to talk with him and be guided by Him).

Our prayer on this first day is for Him to hear our prayers from now and intervene positively in problems that until this day were impossible for us.

May the Lord grant us many victories and a next year filled with the Holy Spirit, conquests, salvation, baptisms, family restoration, prosperity, growth, healing. May He answers your purposes to be presented before His altar in the next 21 days.

Pr.Luís Kendji