They are a five minutes walk away from my home church, so I parked outside my church and took a quick walk to the Citiraya Centre, to the sixth floor where the Tabernacle of Holiness gathered for worship. The Tabernacle is a Pentecostal church with a track record of raising prophetic people with a passion for evangelism and missions. I went there on Sunday morning to fulfil a guest preaching engagement.
STRONG PROPHETIC MANTLE
Churches tend to take after their leaders, and the founder of this church is Prophet Amos Jayarathnam, a man of God with a validated prophetic office and apostolic reach. A humble, holy man very gifted in personal prophecy and used by God to speak to Presidents, to political, church and business leaders. It is therefore not surprising that their leaders and congregants have stronger than normal prophetic awareness and exercise of the gift of prophecy. In fact one of their leaders, Jacob Pillay discovered, developed and was released into prophetic ministry during the decade of being a marketplace leader in the church. Amos is now the senior overseer and besides the churches he fathers, he also oversees a prophetic-pastors fellowship called Covenant Pastors.
Amos and I drank from the same spiritual source. We were fellow participants of a revival that began at the Dunearn Technical Secondary School. That revival morphed into a church called World Revival Prayer Fellowship, and Amos and myself drank from this powerful stream of living waters. Many pastors, missionaries and full-time workers were awakened and called into service during the revival. Amos and I were two of them.
MASKED BUT NOT BOUND
We were smack in the middle of covid-19 phase 2 (heightened restrictions) and I was informed that I would have to preach with a mask on and there would be less than 50 people on-site with the service streamed online on YouTube. I felt comforted that there would be a live audience. It is much better than preaching to empty chairs. In a sense, preaching is a dialogue. It is reflexive. You say some things and the audience react with facial expressions and body language, and if needed, you respond by adjusting what you had originally planned to say.
I found that people were listening and I felt my message was getting through and touching hearts. I spoke about the Holy Spirit as our faithful and helpful friend, who shares his wisdom with us, and also his quieter less glamourous but essential ministry of edification, comfort and encouragement. I was pleased to be informed later that the people felt blessed by the message.
MEETING THE PASTORS
It was a joy to meet with the Senior Pastor Xavier Dawes. He is a pastor through and through, immediately making me feel comfortable, and able to draw out my thoughts and feelings, and give affirmation and encouragement. It is good that every congregation have a good mix of different ministry-gifts. Christ gifts to the church includes apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Eph 4). Having a pastor in leadership establishes stability, and calms restless souls so that they comfortably feed well and drink well of God’s green pastures and still waters.
I also met their administrative pastor Isaiah Mahendran, who has been co-ordinating all the Covenant Pastors fellowship meetings. Gifted in administration and with a strong worship anointing. When he is around things run smoothly, and when he leads the worship among pastors, we feel the presence of God. I think that together with Amos, Xavier, and Jacob they form a strong team. I left the church after the service ended feeling blessed and privileged to have the opportunity to preach in this church.
I remembered I preached there about ten years ago and wrote about my experience and observations about my visit. You can read more about my earlier visit and their faith and missionary zeal HERE.