Event: BEING A CHINESE & A CHRISTIAN
Speaker: I'CHING THOMAS
Date: 15 Aug
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
VENUE: ALBY Events
111 North Bridge Road, Peninsula Plaza #05-09 (City Hall MRT)
(Parking available at Capitol Piazza. $3 per entry after 6pm)
Fee: $10 (includes $5 voucher)
While God has chosen to accomplish His plan of salvation within the Jewish culture and context, the person of Christ is for everyone irrespective of ethnicity, culture, or religion, because all are sinners and in need of redemption by God’s grace.
However in many cultures, especially in Asia, the Christian faith is perceived as a foreign or Western religion. Hence, many do not see how it is relevant for them.
If we are to be faithful to the task that Christ assigned us – in making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 19, 20), then we must also be diligent in learning about the cultural roadblocks that are in the way for our friends to embrace the Christian faith as their own. And learn to articulate the Gospel in terms that are attractive and significant to cultures of the nations.
This seminar will look at how we can do that specifically with our cultural Chinese friends. We will look at how we can present the Gospel in a way that seamlessly corresponds with Confucius’ ideals for humanity but with a realistic solution. This means a cultural Chinese can be a follower of Christ without having to shed his ethnic identity—there will be no identity dilemma: one can be a Chinese and a Christian with honor.
About I'CHING THOMAS
Born in Penang, I’Ching began to follow Jesus as a teenager. She has had many past careers including a marketing communications consultant for various MNC’s, a missionary in a Middle Eastern country with Operation Mobilisation (OM) and, an itinerant apologist and Director of Training for the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). After a decade with RZIM, I’Ching rejoined OM to oversee their global leadership development efforts.
Based in Singapore with her husband who is a seminary professor at Singapore Bible College, I'Ching speaks at universities, churches and conferences to help Christians develop a robust understanding and defense of their faith. In addition to her speaking ministry, she also writes and has also contributed to the best-selling book, Beyond Opinion (Thomas Nelson, 2007). I’Ching’s recent book, Jesus: The Path to Human Flourishing (Graceworks, 2018), seeks to find a bridge between the Gospel and Confucius’ ideal of human flourishing.