|The CHC Cross-over and the Gospel|
Mark 4:35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
The question of the success or failure of the Cross Over is tied not so much to City Harvest church or Sun Ho but the role it had in extending Christianity in Asia and South East Asia.
When a group of Gay Christian visitors came from Taiwan to visit Singapore a few years back, they didn't visit similar Gay churches in Singapore, they went to visit City Harvest church. The Cross Over had an impact beyond the dull and boring and sometimes too intellectual sermons of many churches here and in Asia.
The singing career of Sun Ho have ended after one decade but it resulted in revival in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and China.
Interesting background facts of the City Harvest Cross Over (City News, City Harvest Church: 10 years of Cross Over project, 09 May 2012 http://www.citynews.sg/2012/05/city-harvest-church-10-years-of-the-crossover-project/ ):-
10th Anniversarry - 28/29 Apr 2012 (2002 to 2012) - City Harvest grew from 13,000 to 28,000?:-
The idea arose in Taipei 1999 when Pastor Kong/ Sun found that Pop music was a brigde to the youths
May 2005 Phil Pringle to Sun - " ‘Five more years, because God is going to open a big door for CHC in China to be a blessing to the people.’
In the Cross Over, Pastor Kong Hee asked three questions:-
Just as in the bible crossover, a new storm arose and it threatened now to sink the entire boat. But the Cross Over was sailing in good speed from 2002 to 2007, but only hit a storm in the last 5 years when Sun Ho moved to the US. Perhaps the door wasn't opened for the US.
We all need to Cross Over in our lives and ministries. It's just the timing and to let God open the door. We can't force the door open and the more we try to do with our own efforts, the more resources and money thrown in, until we are shipwrecked.
Jesus Crossed Over from heaven into earth that He may bring us back to heaven. The Gospel is about Jesus, His death and resurrection and our faith to believe and enter into this new Covenant of Grace. God's part is love but ours faith to accept this love and to believe.
Kong Hee and Sun sacrificed everything when they could have stayed home in 2002 and be well contented with a mega church of 10k. But they wanted to impact Asia. They gained a-lot as well in terms of wealth, recognition and high living.
Each of us are asked to Cross Over! For Some of us, may be just to come out of the closet as Gay Christians? there is no compulsion, for all is done as God leads us.
What is your Cross Over? Have we raised up the sail yet? to catch to the wind of the Holy Spirit to continue on the ministry of Christ on earth based on the resurrection power of Jesus Christ.