The paradox of Christmas is that in a place that you do not think you will find anything you need is the place you actually find everything you need. In that stable we understand as Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “The Infinite became an Infant. The Creator became a Creature. God was in a Cradle.”
God became human!
The invisible became visible!
Eternal life experienced temporal death!
The unlimited became limited!
The immutable became mutable!
Spirit became matter!
In such a strange place we find everything we need.
One of the ministry venues for FGA is our opportunity to connect. The FGA conference in October gave us such a great time to meet many from literally around the world. But we not only got to know them, we now have an opportunity to help them. One of our guests was Pastor Tero Fredrikson of Greater Grace Church, Vaasa, Finland. Read his message regarding the FGA conference.
I want to express my gratefulness to Dr. Bing and the FGA for the conference I attended last month. When we were singing the first worship song together I sensed the kind of unity I have longed for for a long time. That was only a prelude to the conference, since every message and workshop was so loaded academically, but also the presence of God was very real in the lives of the speakers and the attendants. I am writing a book in Finnish about soteriology from the free grace and dispensational perspective. In the future my plan is to extend the book to be a systematic theology. The purpose of the book is to be a textbook in Bible colleges and discipleship training. Writing the book is not an easy thing for me and I found myself in an academic impasse. I needed mentoring to get myself out of that situation, and your conference really helped me to move on.
I and my fellow elder Dr. Kale Koskinen were extremely built up by the way FGA received us. We were treated like kings. I want to become a member of FGA and be a part of that fellowship. The Free Grace gospel needs to be spoken out aloud in Finland. We need preaching, teaching, training and writing to accomplish the mission. Let us do it together.
I also believe that Greater Grace World Outreach affiliation will be blessed by the FGA. I got many doctrine books and I have passed them to our key pastors, and books have been receivedwith gratefulness and read with passion.
Fred Chay, Ph.D.
Fred Chay, Ph.D.