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JRAM BC Grand Launching

posted Oct 24, 2012, 7:12 PM by Jesus Roam   [ updated Oct 25, 2012, 11:33 PM ]
By: Genis Misola

In unity, hundreds of people declared the absolute truth: Jesus is our Rock of Ages, the Rock of our salvation. On October the 21st, members and guests of the Jesus Rock of Ages Ministries (JRAM) British Columbia filled the Michael J. Fox Theatre to capacity for the ministry's Grand Launching. As a result of the overflow, the MJF staff prevented many people from entering the main theatre. Wherever we were, whether inside the theatre, in the lobby or in the children's area, we all affirmed our commitment to love God, to love one another and to love our neighbours as members of the family of JRAM.

As the program began, the history of JRAM and its beginnings were remembered. Personally, I could not help but be teary eyed. My emotions were not getting the better of me. Rather, it was the presence of God, the testimony of God's grace and the love of the JRAM family that was intensely inspiring. To think, all of us were hurting, visionless, without a church family not too long ago but out of the ashes of discouragement and disenchantment God birthed a new ministry, a new beginning and a new family.

God has invested much in this family. The gifted members of the BC Worship Team led the church through humble yet majestic worship to welcome the King of Glory and to build for Him a throne of praise. From classical ballet to hip-hop, from contemporary music to jazz fusion, from acapella songs to instrumentals special numbers God proved that every good and perfect gift (and talent) comes from Him and is to be used for His glory. 

Afterwards, Ptr Aldrin Navo, the General Supervising Pastor of JRAM, presented the history and inspiration behind the name, the structure and organization, and the much-awaited logo of the ministry.

Isaiah 26:4 "Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an Everlasting Rock," inspired the name "Jesus Rock of Ages Ministries." The literal Hebrew translation of "Everlasting Rock" is "Rock of Ages." The essence of Jesus being our Rock of Ages is trust -- that is, we trust Him for our salvation, for our victory and for our security. 

The account of Abraham who, moments before sacrificing His own son, was rescued by God inspired the acronym "JRAM." Instead of requiring Isaac from Abraham, God provided a RAM as a substitute. In the same way, instead of requiring the punishment for our sins, God has provided a substitute for us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is God's gift of eternal life.

Then, Ptr Aldrin officially introduced the Board of Directors of JRAM and the JRAM BC Core Team. As Dr. Dave Koop (Senior Pastor of Coastal Church and one of the members of JRAM's Advisory Board) referred to it, "this army" is ready to become catalysts for change and vessels of grace for the city and for the church. To emphasize our commitment to unity and accountability, Ptr Aldrin also presented the JRAM Advisory Board. The Board includes Rev. Giulio Gabeli (Senior Pastor of Westwood Community Church, Coquitlam), Dr. Dave Koop, and Bro Richard Navarro (a Filipino lay leader with a heart for unity within the Filipino Body of Christ).

After, the ministry's official logo was unveiled. The logo affirms our declaration that JRAM is a "CHURCH BUILT UPON THE ROCK, JESUS CHRIST" and emphasizes our individual and corporate dependence on Christ. 

Following two inspiring Words of Encouragement from Ptr Aldrin and Rev Giulio, the leaders, workers and members affirmed the JRAM Manifesto. We upheld before God and before each other our desire and commitment to advance the Kingdom of God, to value unity and partnership, to practice interdependence, to welcome God's protection through accountability and to protect the unity of the churches. Certificates of Recognition were also given to all the JRAM BC churches. These documents certified that each congregation was officially a bona fide member of the network of JRAM churches across Canada.

To conclude the service, Bro Richard Navarro led the Benediction Prayer and then the BC-YM Worship Team ushered the celebration and declaration of God's victories. As members of this family, we believe that this Grand Launching was our gift of thanksgiving to God for all He has done, is doing and will do for JRAM BC. Personally, I believe that God accepted and then honoured our gift by promising that "the latter will be greater" and that "the best is yet to come!" 

A huge thanks and congratulations to all who participated in and contributed to the success of this event. Your labour in the Lord is never in vain. May God reward you for your hard work and dedication as you continue to serve Him. 

All glory be to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit