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Chicago UBF Message Bring Focus From Jesus to Men

The following is an excerpt from the Chicago UBF message delivered on December 25, 2005.

"Look at verse 12. “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” The sign of the great Savior of the world is a baby in a manger. When we want to see the great salvation work of God, we must learn to see the signs. Young missionary Samuel Kim is with us. During the last one year at Pittsburgh, he has grown in the humbleness of Jesus as a shepherd. Shepherd Abraham and Sarah Jeong from Purdue are with us. They are giving their hearts to serve God as a house church in the midst of hard study, work and raising children. Dr. Harvey and Susanna Siy are with us. They have maintained Sunday worship service and one-to-one Bible study with students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the last six months. Dr. Joseph and Sharon Schaefer, the most exemplary house church in America, are with us. To human eyes these house churches may look small in the vast land of America. But they are the signs that God is working to raise disciples of Jesus on American campuses and to make North America a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."

The messenger begins the paragraph by quoting scripture in which the angel of the Lord speaks to the shepherds. The angel states that the sign that the Messiah is born is that Jesus will be wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. The point should be to focus on Jesus, our Savior's birth. Instead, the messenger immediately transitions from Jesus to the works of UBF missionaries. The transition is weak at best. The author states that just as the shepherds saw the sign of Jesus coming, we must see the signs of God's work in UBF. The purpose of this scripture is to proclaim the birth of Jesus. The Chicago UBF messenger perverts the message, by focusing on men. Of all days to deliver a message focused on Jesus, it should be Christmas. Even on Christmas, Chicago UBF's message was man-centered.
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