Paul: Follower of Jesus Or Founder of Christianity?

Recently, I just finished reading another great book for my New Testament Theology class by David Wenham. I highly recommend reading it. Wenham does a wonderful job showing Paul’s own familiarity with Jesus’ teachings, so that we see Paul’s epistles as the continuation and interpretation of Jesus’ theology found in the Gospel traditions. It is not a difficult read, but an extremely important one for New Testament studies and the contemporary problems of various church leaders who are rather bitter with Paul, as if he taught something contrary to Jesus. The following is a brief on Wenham’s book [and by the way, I would also commend to you a shorter book he wrote with the same goal, but presented from a little different angle: Paul and Jesus: The True Story (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002), 195 pp.].

Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity?

Wenham, David. Paul: Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995. 452 pp.

Since the days of F. C. Baur (1792-1860), who argued that significant variations existed between Paul’s theology and the beliefs of the Jerusalem church, NT scholarship has been rather suspicious of any affirmations of continuity in the teachings of Jesus and the Apostle to the Gentiles. Scholars arguing along the same lines as William Wrede (1859-1906) have insisted that Paul’s “innovative” ideas, theological commitments, and pioneering mission work wrecked the original intentions Jesus had for his followers. Consequently, today’s Christianity would be better off without Paul’s emphases. In his Paul, Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity?, David Wenham finds such claims about Paul’s dissimilarity to Jesus unwarranted. On the contrary, he argues that Paul was not so much an innovator of Christianity as he was a follower of the Christ, who died and rose again on his behalf. Although his epistles make few explicit references to Jesus’ life and ministry, Paul provides plenty of theological connections that bear witness to his own awareness and embrace of the historical traditions of Jesus (11). For Wenham, “Paul is much better described as ‘follower of Jesus’ than as ‘founder of Christianity'” (33).

Despite the complicated and interrelated issues surrounding the comparative study of Paul and Jesus-e.g. Pauline authorship, the “New Perspective(s)”, the Synoptic problem, various quest(s) for the historical Jesus-Wenham maintains that a survey of the NT material, based on cautious historical and textual-linguistic analyses, produces a much larger, cohesive portrait that is often forfeited for the details. He develops and substantiates his argument with several components.

First, Wenham hones in on the teachings of Paul and Jesus through a wide array of “tradition indicators,” verbal links, and similar-thought connections, paying special attention to the unifying theological elements between the two men (26-29). Both Paul and Jesus taught that (1) Jesus’ incarnation inaugurated the presence of God’s eschatological kingdom on earth, promised by the OT and to reach its consummation at his Parousia (70); (2) Jesus, God’s Son and the expected Davidic king, suffered “redemptively” on behalf of others through his cross-death (147); and (3) Jesus’ mission as Israel’s Messiah included the post-Easter celebration of God’s soteriological benefits encompassing the Gentiles, and thus the ingathering of an eschatological community zealous for fulfilling the Law through love wrought by the Spirit (167, 190). Therefore, Wenham finds theological congruity between Paul and Jesus, a synthesis not hindered even by their differing expressions of these great truths-hence his “Paul…and Jesus” scenarios.

Second, Wenham sets out to discover whether Paul was familiar with the complete “story” of Jesus, from his birth to his resurrection, or only Jesus’ teachings. As before, Wenham brings together an assortment of evidence, finds the various historical, textual, and theological links, and proves that Paul was by no means unaware of Jesus’ life story. The data shows that Paul knew something of Jesus’ birth and Davidic lineage, much like Matthew and Luke’s Gospel traditions portray (338-43). There is a good case he knew of his baptism and connected it with entrance into the Christian community (344-48). Furthermore, Paul was well aware of the disciples’ ministry under Jesus, some of Jesus’ miraculous healings, Jesus’ humble lifestyle, and the nature of the transfiguration event (350-63). Most familiar to Paul from these traditions, however, were the events surrounding the Passion and resurrection narratives, both of which played a large role in shaping Paul’s theology and mission (363-71). In sum, Wenham shows that Paul’s letters seem to indicate a large dependence on at least a Gospel tradition, if not several. Jesus’ life and ministry, therefore, was for Paul “common knowledge” (371).

Lastly, Wenham summarizes his interconnected findings and draws all-encompassing conclusions in order to answer the question with which he began his quest: Did Paul found Christianity, or follow Jesus? The prevalence of the Jesus tradition(s) in Paul’s teachings surely points to the latter. Many differences do remain between Paul and Jesus; and the lack of explicit references to Jesus’ life and ministry could cause disbelief in any unity at all. This, however, makes perfect sense for Wenham since Paul ministered post-Easter, following the commencement of the Gentile mission and the birth of many churches struggling to understand and live out Jesus’ teachings (378-80). Paul, therefore, presupposes the Jesus traditions in his letters and writes “to clarify what was unclear or disputed” (405). For Wenham, Paul was faithful to explain the truth of Jesus in new contexts with which he was involved (409). Without question, this identifies Paul as he would like to be remembered, “a slave of Jesus Christ, not the founder of Christianity” (410).

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5 Responses to “Paul: Follower of Jesus Or Founder of Christianity?”

  1. Seraphine Says:

    Faith cometh by hearing and hearing from the Word of God”(Romans, 10:17)

    “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away”

    Dear Incharge,

    Peace be unto you, It was really blessed the day today and I felt very proud being Christian when I was visiting your website over the internet. Though I had been serving the Lord works in Punjabi and Saraikie language yet I didn’t find opportunity to translate such a awesome stuff of bible.

    I have been serving the work of translation in urdu Punjabi and Saraikie language for last 12 years.

    I translate only the biblical Documents on a very low rates as I believe that this is the work of God.

    Urdu speakers around the world : 104 Million

    Punjabi speakers around the world : 94 Million

    Saraikie speakers around the world : 13 Million

    Sindhi speakers around the world : 18 Million

    I am really happy to see that your ministry is doing Lord work in different Languages I am also willing to do this precious work.

    The money which I will get will be used for the Glory of God in the challenging circumstances of Pakistan. We run our Ministry with this money . So my request kindly start work with us

    I assure you that this work is for the Lord not for men as written in the New Testament

    ” And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”

    ( Colossians 3:23 )

    So I offer our services for these languages ( Urdu, Punjabi , Saraikie and Sindhi)

    My Qualification is

    Master’s of Political Science from BZ University Multan Pakistan

    B.A from BZ University Multan Pakistan

    B.Ed from Allama Iqbal University Islamabad

    Translation Experience 12 years

    Management Experience of

    Organizational Work : 15 years

    Church Work : 10 year

    Schools and Bible College : 7 year.

    Here is all information about my Minstries,

    We started these services for the Glory of our Lord Jesus and the main purpose of this work is to stare the word of God through preaching and through upliftment of Christian who is persecuted church here in Pakistan .

    Pakistan is Islamic country we are living here in minority .We have 2nd number citizenship . Christians people are living here tough life not have much resources .Now we discovered the major reason of this miserable situation is the high illiteracy rate and poor living conditions in these areas. After knowing this reality we decided a group should be formed, which would perform its role to improve the lives of the people.

    Follower of Jesus Ministry is a cluster of Saints to who are serving the God and sharing the word of God among the people as written in Matthew

    28:19 “ Go to all the Nations and make Disciples ………………” Follower Of Yesu

    ( Jesus )has been working in 2 big regions of Punjab Province, Faisalabad and Multan. These regions consist on 8 cities and 17 villages. The Saints are going to share the word of God in these areas. District Toba Tek Singh is the center of JFM and its office situated in District Toba Tek Singh.

    Follower Of Yesu (Jesus) has been serving for the glory of God for last tree years. Follower Of Yesu(Jesus) is serving in the following fields.

    Our organization seeks to spread the word of God among all nations as it is written, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,….”(St. Mathew)

    We seek to transform the lives of people towards God, and His son Jesus.

    The main purpose is to share the gospel of Jesus with the people of God. We pray that many souls will come into His kingdom.

    HOME CHURCHES,

    Our first and foremost work is to share the word of God through Sunday Services, Home Churches Street Churches , Conventions and through Bible College.

    YOUTH MINISTRY,

    We are running a Bible College to train the young boys and girls to fight the good fight of their faith in an Islamic society.

    These students in this college are doing one year Diploma in Theology. They are studying Bible KJV and church history. Bible teachers are working voluntarily.

    Evening Home Schools:-

    we started this work with home evening schools for deserving Christian children .These children are working in different field like in small hotel , cleaning home and hospitals ,. And also with farmers So the education is the first step of the Development of Nation .So that is necessary for Christian people to know their religion Christianity and also know about basic education of this world .Now we started evening home schools in our working areas .Now this time we have 8 Evening home schools .

    Formal Education School :-

    In this world the formal education is very necessary for the children .Because Education is the first step of the Development of the Nations .Now in Pakistan English Medium good education is very expensives .so poor people cannot afford to get it .In 2003 we start our Follower Of Yesu (Jesus) School with Oxford Syllabus in Toba Tek Singh for poor and orphan children. In this field the volunteer pastors, assistant pastors and college students are struggling to find funds to support Christian students for their educational needs.

    CHILDREN MINISTRIES,

    In this Ministry our volunteer pastors and assistant pastors are taking Sunday schools for more or less 100 Children in different areas of Punjab. We believe that the children must know Jesus from their childhood.

    ORPHAN CHILDREN

    We are struggling to find funds to provide some orphan children their basic needs of life like education, food, clothes, medicines and other needs of life. We have an orphanage building and funds to run it in our prayers for these Christian children. We have 42 orphans children to Support ( We are supporting them )

    Women Ministry :-

    We have 8 women group in our working areas .We are working with poor , old and widow women .Women activities

    1-. women prayer groups .

    2-Adult Literacy centers.

    3-Health care center .

    4- sewing Center.

    Bible College:

    Here we have 2 bible college to teach the young people the word of God then they become good citizen , Evenglist and pastor.

    We need financial support for our bible college like stationary, food and some other needs.

    For Future :-

    1- To reach millions of lost souls .

    2- Much more home churches to share the word of God with families .Pakistan is Islamic country mijority of people are Muslems so Christians are living here in minority .Most of people are not educated and they follow Islamic customs and habits and many things . Now Muslem s motivate them and they accept Islam .

    3- An orphanage to get all the orphan together and provide them a family atmosphere .

    4- To develop the Elmentary school into High School .

    5- To build a High School building and church Hall .( Please pray for this purpose and support us )

    We need monthly

    For our Bible College : 700 us$ monthly .

    Sunday Schools : 120 us$ Monthly

    Travelling to areas for home churches and home schools.

    : 325 us$ Monthly.

    Primary Schools :320 us$ Monthly.

    We dont have financial support regularly so thats why we do translation work to rum our Ministry. We request you kindly start work with us and guide and support us for this great purpose .

    We request you kindly start work with us we are able to do translation and Recording work . If you will give us the Translation work this will be a big help and support for our Ministry.

    Hope you will contact us soon.

    I hope you will consider me regarding this request.

    May God Bless you.

    Head Office Mailing add:-

    Follower Of Yesu (Jesus) ( Jesus in Urdu Language is Yesu)

    Madina Colony Street number:2

    Shorkot Road

    Toba Tek Singh 36050

    Punjab Pakistan

    May God Bless you.

    In Jesus,

    Seraphine Shahbaz

  2. Sr. Asphena Elizabeth Marraim Says:

    Dear
    Prsident

    Greetings in the name of our savior and Lord Jesus Christ, from His servant, Asphena Elizabeth Marriam from Pakistan.

    Lord Jesus Christ you said to your Apostles, I leave you Peace, My Peace I give it to you ……….

    The Peace of The Lord be with you….

    Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

    I am extremely overwhelmed in God to see your website and to come to know about your Ministry. I pray to God Almighty that more and more people may come to know Him and accept Lord Jesus as their savior, through your most noble evangelical service towards the mankind.

    I too, as an evangelist and a servant of God in one way or the other am eager to join hands with your mission in proclaiming The Good News of God to the people still unreached, like in Pakistan, to The Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus etc.

    That I accepted Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savior nine year ago when I was a young crusader with Holy Bible in my hands moving streets to streets proclaiming the Good News of God door to door, to the poor and rich alike, to Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus alike. By the great mercy of Our Savior Lord Jesus Christ I have saved scores of unguided people and with His mercy now they are believers and they are Christians now living meaningful lives. It is not easy and safe to evangelize Muslims in Pakistan though, I by the grace of God worked fearlessly and succeeded and am determined to go ahead against all odds. God is my savior and my protector. I shall not be harmed by any adversary. Lord Jesus Christ before His ascension into heaven commanded His apostles “Go and preach The Good News to all The Nations”

    By associating myself with your noble Ministry I will acquire more wisdom and understanding of The Word of God .Besides I will be able in supporting my family especially providing my children with a good quality education so that they can become a responsible Christians in their future lives and on the platform of The Ministry of Christ, evangelize more and more people who don’t know Lord Jesus Christ and saving astray souls in Pakistan.

    I have seen on your website that you have Gospel preaching in many languages including in Hindi the native language of India but to evangelize Muslims I strongly believe that you must also include the native language of Pakistan, Urdu besides Punjabi and Saraiki.

    I am well versed with these languages spoken, written in Pakistan and am in a strong position to translate your message of God from English into Urdu, Punjabi and Saraiki so that the Muslims who speak, write and understand these languages can be benefited with The Word of God through you and can accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. I have always observed while on mission towards Muslims that the Muslims are always in the search of truth as regard as the faith is concerned, they are the most unguided people with the teachings of Quran which teaches against Christ Jesus and Christianity. Quran is a book which has misguided more than a billion souls around the globe. Therefore it is out utmost responsibility as the disciples of Christ let them tell the truth about God. Those who understand the truth immediately embraces Christianity.

    I therefore request you humbly in submission to God to post The Word of God in Urdu, Punjabi, Saraiki etc. so that more and more Muslims can take benefit from your Evangelical web site especially in Pakistan and for those who are living in various countries around the globe. As a translator of your ,messages the fund you will spend on translation will in turn be utilized in the work of God in Pakistan. More and more work is needed in Pakistan despite rampant persecution of Christians.

    The Word of God and the Faith:

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth with without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And The Spirit of The God (Holy Spirit) moved upon the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1 & 2

    In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with God (God The Father), and the Word was God. John 1:1

    Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrew 11:1

    But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God): for him that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a redeemer of them that diligently seek him. Hebrew 11:6

    By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Hebrew 11:7

    By faith Abraham, when he was called to go into a place (Israel) which he should after receive for an inheritance, Obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. Hebrew 11:8

    About Pakistan:

    Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a break away country from India. It has a 1,046-kilometre (650 mi) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south, is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, and India in the east and China in the far northeast.[7] Tajikistan also lies very close to Pakistan but is separated by the narrow Wakhan Corridor. Thus, it occupies a crossroads position between South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East.The region forming modern Pakistan was at the heart of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization and then later was the recipient of Vedic, Persian, Indo-Greek, Islamic, Turco-Mongol, and Sikh cultures. The area has witnessed invasions and/or settlements by the Indo-Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Turks, Afghans, Mongols and the British.

    The total area of Pakistan is 340,403 sq mi and the population is 170,328,000 The national language of the country is Urdu, whereas Punjabi, Saraiki, Sindhi, Hindco, Pashtoo, Farsi. English has a vital status among languages in the elite society of Pakistan as it is in India. This is because of the influence of British Rule in the India.

    This invasion of India by all the above invaders has created a combination of socio-cultural variations and led vast diversifications in the creation of many languages in the Indian Sub-continent.

    The history of Christianity in Indian Sub-continent goes back with the arrival of St. Thomas in India Christianity is India’s third-largest religion, with approximately 24 million followers, constituting 2.3% of India’s population. The works of scholars and Eastern Christian writings state that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle, who visited Muziris in Kerala in 52 CE to proselytize amongst Kerala’s Jewish settlements. It is generally agreed that Christianity in India is almost as old as Christianity itself and spread in India even before it spread in many, predominantly Christian, nations of Europe and America etc.

    It has to be remembered at this point that the nations now, India, Pakistan & Bangladesh were undivided and One Nation, India.

    Languages:

    Native language of Pakistan is Urdu. The history of Urdu begins with the advent of Islam from Arabia, Persia and Afghanistan. In Lucknow the Persian speaking scholars with the combination of Hindi and Persian created a new language with Arabic fonts. This combination was so beautiful and sound so sweet, that it was immediately accepted by all the citizens of India (The undivided India). After independence Pakistan was created and Urdu was adopted its National Language, in United Nations. Besides Urdu many languages are spoken, written in Pakistan. Urdu can be understood, spoken in many countries viz. India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Maldives, Persia, Malaysia, Indonesia, in most of Arabic countries etc.

    Demographic Distribution of Urdu:

    India
    150 million
    Pakistan
    140 million

    Bangladesh
    700,000
    Nepal
    15,00,000

    UK
    600,000
    America
    1.5 million

    UAE
    10,00,000
    Saudi Arabia
    250,000

    Canada
    60,000
    Oman
    150,000

    Germany
    35000
    Spain
    20000

    Sweden
    15000
    France
    35000

    Norway
    35000
    Holland
    60000

    Qatar
    90000
    South Africa
    89000

    N.B: There are many other countries where the migrant Pakistanis and Indians live and they speak Urdu.

    For evangelizing the strayed lots I can translate and will do the voice work for your website for the proclamation of The Word of God and you will be blessed abundantly.

    I would like you to share The Ministry of Christ through which we are working among poor Christians and unaware Muslim communities in Pakistan. The Christians in Pakistan are the most persecuted lots and have no rights in this Islamic country even though we are marching fearlessly as the crusaders of God in proclaiming His Word. As to the Christian values we must love our enemies and must let them know with our good deeds that they may repent and get converted to Christianity and saved.

    The Ministry of Christ:

    Our Ministry is based in one of the oldest cities in the province of Punjab, Toba Tek Singh. Toba Tek Singh is centrally located and is accessible to most of the cities in Punjab province. We therefore cover most of the unrepresented (virgin and not evangelized) places of Punjab. We offer Sunday church Services, Sunday school, Women Fellowship, Youth Fellowship. Health Camps for the underprivileged, Vocational Trainings and Schools for the poor Christian Children and Orphans etc. With your support we can do much more in future and build a better Christian Society in Pakistan.

    For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Amen

    I look forward to hear from your valued Ministry.

    Thank you.

    May God bless you and your Ministry abundantly!

    In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

    Sr. Asphena Elizabeth Marraim

    The Ministry of Christ

    Shorkot Road, Lane # 4

    Toba tek Singh 36050, Punjab

    Pakistan

    E-mail: translationasia@yahoo.com

  3. Themina Liqat Says:

    Dear Incharge,
    Greetings in Jesus name,
    Faith cometh by hearing and hearing from the Word of God”(Romans, 10:17)
    “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away”
    It is really privileged for me to write to your ministry and I pray may Lord bless you abundantly.I visit your website and its really wonderful and amaizing work which you are doing .I desire that I become the pat of your Ministry and your stuff is really very good and kindly start work with us we will translate this . I am Themina Liqat from Pakistan . Nine years before I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and I trust in Him as my rock and try to walk in Him, as the Word of God says don’t be lazy in struggle.
    As I was visiting your site I found that you are doing the work of translation into native languages. I am able to translate the good stuff of you into my native language Punjabi and national language Urdu. There are two purposes to request you the first one are to know the Word of God more deeply and second one to be supportive my family and to run.our Ministry. We will also teach your stuff in our working areas with our people .
    . I have studied your web site, and I found it the most wonderful site to get right to the True Word of God. I found that all your material is full of knowledge concerning development of religious faith. Living in Pakistan we Christians is to face many obstacles to get the access to the Word of God. Most of the people in Pakistan are not capable to understand the English language. It’s because our national language is Urdu. My suggestion for you is to create your material in my language of Urdu and Punjabi also. It will bring lots of blessings of the Word of God for the Pakistani and Indian Urdu and Punjabi speaking people. For that purpose I as a translator will bring your material into Urdu languages and into Punjabi language as well. Although it will take your low expenses as well, as fund for the Word of God to reach out to the deserving people. As a translator I will take the expenses that will be spending just for the Word. I will be looking for your kind words on this my humble request as soon as possible.
    “There is nothing more precious than to read and listen the Word of God into your own language.”
    Here is the Importance of Urdu Langauge :
    Urdu is Languages which is :
    Urdu is considered one of the sweetest language of the world. It is the National Language of Pakistan and one of the Official Language of India. According to conservative estimates Urdu has 104 million speakers all over the world.
    Countries :
    IN these countries people can understand , speak , Listen and write the ” URDU ”
    Countries with large numbers of native Urdu speakers: · India (48.1 million [1997])[8]
    · Pakistan (10.7 million [1993])[9]
    · Bangladesh (650,000)[10]
    · United Arab Emirates (600,000)
    · United Kingdom (400,000 [1990])
    · Saudi Arabia (382,000)[11]
    · Nepal (375,000)
    · United States (350,000)
    · South Africa (170,000 South Asian Muslims, some of which may speak Urdu)[12]
    · Oman (90,000)
    · Canada (80,895 [2001])[13]
    · Bahrain (80,000)
    · Mauritius (74,000)
    · Qatar (70,000)
    · Germany (40,000)
    · Norway (26,950 [2005])[14]
    · France (20,000)
    · Spain (18,000 [2004])[15]
    · Sweden (10,000 [2001])[16]
    · World Total: 60,503,578[17]
    ntries with large numbers of native Urdu speakers:
    and other some Asian Countries.
    ” Punjabi is another language .It speak in the Province Punjab of Pakistan and the Province of Punjab in India .
    I am from Islamic Republic of Pakistan where it is difficult to have Radio and TV channel for preaching purposes. They would not allow us to do that here; the Satan has real strong hold over everything. I often say that we are living in the land of the enemy.
    Friend, I humbly request you to expand your outreach your program in Urdu and Punjabi language. Urdu is the language spoken and understood by more than one sixth of the total population of the world. Urdu is spoken in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and also in Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and others.
    I would ask you to pray and share it among the brethren. I would offer my services for being translator, recorder and distribution/sales. I pray that your consideration will have His mark over your decision.
    Hope you will contact us soon.
    I hope you will consider me regarding this request.
    Here is all information about my Minstries,
    We started these services for the Glory of our Lord Jesus and the main purpose of this work is to stare the word of God through preaching and through upliftment of Christian who is persecuted church here in Pakistan .
    Pakistan is Islamic country we are living here in minority .We have 2nd number citizenship . Christians people are living here tough life not have much resources .Now we discovered the major reason of this miserable situation is the high illiteracy rate and poor living conditions in these areas. After knowing this reality we decided a group should be formed, which would perform its role to improve the lives of the people.
    Arooj Mariam catholac chruch chak no 318 {J B} distric Toba Tek Singh is a cluster of Saints to who are serving the God and sharing the word of God among the people as written in Matthew
    28:19 “ Go to all the Nations and make Disciples ………………”AMC has been working in 2 big regions of Punjab Province, Faisalabad and Multan. These regions consist on 8 cities and 17 villages. The Saints are going to share the word of God in these areas. District Toba Tek Singh is the center of AMC and its office situated in District Toba Tek Singh.
    AMC has been serving for the glory of God for last tree years. AMC is serving in the following fields.
    Our organization seeks to spread the word of God among all nations as it is written, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,….”(St. Mathew)
    We seek to transform the lives of people towards God, and His son Jesus.
    The main purpose is to share the gospel of Jesus with the people of God. We pray that many souls will come into His kingdom.
    HOME CHURCHES,
    Our first and foremost work is to share the word of God through Sunday Services, Home Churches Street Churches, Conventions and through Bible College.
    YOUTH MINISTRY,
    We are running a Bible College to train the young boys and girls to fight the good fight of their faith in an Islamic society.
    These students in this college are doing one year Diploma in Theology. They are studying Bible KJV and church history. Bible teachers are working voluntarily.
    Evening Home Schools:-
    we started this work with home evening schools for deserving Christian children .These children are working in different field like in small hotel , cleaning home and hospitals ,. And also with farmers So the education is the first step of the Development of Nation .So that is necessary for Christian people to know their religion Christianity and also know about basic education of this world .Now we started evening home schools in our working areas .Now this time we have 8 Evening home schools .
    Formal Education School :-
    In this world the formal education is very necessary for the children .Because Education is the first step of the Development of the Nations .Now in Pakistan English Medium good education is very expensives .so poor people cannot afford to get it .In 2003 we start our AMS School with Oxford Syllabus in Toba Tek Singh for poor and orphan children. In this field the volunteer pastors, assistant pastors and college students are struggling to find funds to support Christian students for their educational needs.
    CHILDREN MINISTRIES,
    In this Ministry our volunteer pastors and assistant pastors are taking Sunday schools for more or less 100 Children in different areas of Punjab. We believe that the children must know Jesus from their childhood.
    ORPHAN CHILDREN
    We are struggling to find funds to provide some orphan children their basic needs of life like education, food, clothes, medicines and other needs of life. We have an orphanage building and funds to run it in our prayers for these Christian children. We have 42 orphans children to Support ( We are supporting them )
    Women Ministry :-
    We have 8 women group in our working areas .We are working with poor , old and widow women .Women activities
    1-. women prayer groups .
    2-Adult Literacy centers.
    3-Health care center .
    4- sewing Center.
    For Future :-
    1- To reach millions of lost souls .
    2- Much more home churches to share the word of God with families .Pakistan is Islamic country mijority of people are Muslems so Christians are living here in minority .Most of people are not educated and they follow Islamic customs and habits and many things . Now Muslem s motivate them and they accept Islam .
    3- An orphanage to get all the orphan together and provide them a family atmosphere .
    4- To develop the Elmentary school into High School .
    We do work then earn money to run our ministry. We dont have regular fund for our ministry. So this is my request kindly start work with us.
    We are a very small group. Kindly help us in our work.Waiting for your response.
    May God Bless you.
    Head Office Mailing add:-
    Arooj Mariam Catholac Chruch Chak no 318 { JB} Toba Tek Singh

    Toba Tek Singh 36050
    Punjab Pakistan
    May God Bless you.
    In Jesus,
    Themina Liqat
    Pakistan

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  5. translation work Says:

    Dear Sir or Mam,
    Greating in the name of God.I am Asifa Marriam from Pakistan.i am married have 4 children.
    I am working for children i have 6 other children with my family which one is orphen and more 40 orphan i help them my husband is pastor .My husband working with the destitute and poor Christians in areas where the
    Christian families do not have access to the Word of
    God. We read your sermons and messages from your website.
    We read them regularly and try to convey them to our people. As
    they are in English it is impossible for our people to read them. We have
    always been trying to find such valuable and precious teachings for my people to get
    involved in. Such teachings are the closest source to get right with God for believers. We
    have the task to get such teachings translated into Urdu, Punjabi and sarakiy
    languages for the people who are not able to go through this informative material in English, a
    foreign language. I really wish to translate these of yours teachings into Urdu,Punjabi and sarakiy languages. This will bring a lot of blessings for Urdu,Punjabi and sarakiy speaking people.
    Al though it will cost a little bit but it will not be as much higher as these people are.It
    will be great learning and Blessing for our community to read the translated material and this wok will help for orphen and needy children.
    “There is nothing more precious than to hear the Word of God in your own
    languages”. I will be looking forward for your response.
    Best Regards and Blessings.
    Asifa Marriam
    address. Asifa Marriam
    Madina colony
    Shorkot road

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