Why We Worship?

September 9, 2017

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People all over the world do worship God; however, you will have to ask yourself the question as to why people worship God? Generally speaking, some people worship God out of fear of what their God may do to them, some others worship God for what their God can do for them, in some cases from a grateful heart for what they believe they have received from their God, and finally some worship God for who He really is. It is quite unhealthy to worship out of fear. Is it natural for people to worship God for what God has done in their life but the real reason for worship should be for who God is?

The Bible talks about the vision of prophet Isaiah of the Old. The prophet had a vision of God sitting on the throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. The seraphims stood around Him and cried to each other and said “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory”. This is a perfect picture of worship of a Holy God, where worshipers praising and magnifying Him, for His holiness and His glory. This vision transformed the Prophet; he had a revelation of who God is and was convicted of his own sinful condition in the presence of this holy God. Jesus reminded the Samaritan women how one should worship God, and He said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” – John 4:24. This encounter with Jesus transformed the Samaritan women and she touched her community in a positive way. I believe the real reason for our worship should be God himself; worship God for who He is. Such worship will transform the worshiper and bring lasting peace and happiness.

Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.

Our Worldview

August 13, 2017

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Most people have a worldview. Our worldview is very important because our worldview impacts our value system. Our worldview is shaped by our culture, community, parents, teachers and other factors of influence. According to Dr. Jeff Forrey “a world view is the network of assumptions about reality from which people make sense of the world, their place in it, and the values that dictate their lifestyle choices”. Norman Geisler in “the Big Book of Christian Apologetics” pointed out seven major worldviews. They are theism, deism, atheism, pantheism, panentheism, finite Godism and polytheism. A Christian worldview recognizes the authority of the scripture and is composed of the belief that the triune God is the creator, sustainer and controller of the universe.

He is a God of love, redemption and judgement and wrath as well. A Christian worldview acknowledges Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead and he is the Lord and savior of the world. The Holy Spirit is the empowering presence in each and every one of us, he is the one indwells the believer, and he convicts the world of sin and unrighteousness. I am happy to say that I have a theistic world view and believe that Jesus is Logos and all human knowledge submits to the Lordship of Jesus. What distinguishes a biblical Christian researcher from a secular researcher is that a Christian researcher seeks knowledge with God and a secular researcher seeks knowledge without God. The pursuits of knowledge without God and against God bring disastrous consequences.

Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.

Widening Gap between Christian Academia and the Church

July 18, 2017

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It is believed that there is a widening gap between Christian academia and the church. I believe there is some validity to this assumption. While we can point out several reasons for this gap, in my opinion there are two major reasons for this gap between the Christian academia and the Church. The modern day theological institutions have slowly come to conform to the secular ideologies of public universities and focus on scholarly pursuit. Secondly there is a lack of trust between the church and the academia. There was a time when there was no gap between the two as the church was the primary institution for education and intellectual training. And there was no gap at this time because there was no academy. Later on the academic institutions started dominating intellectual training and educational endeavors. However, the goal of academic institutions is not always immediately congruent with pastoral concerns of the church community resulting in a widening gap between the Christian academia and the church.

As mentioned above, the primary reason for this widening gap between the Christian academia and the church in my opinion is that the academic institutions have a greater emphasis on scholarly pursuits rather than serving the needs of the church community as well as a tendency to conform to the secular ideologies of public institutions.   While it is true that theological scholarship may not have a place in everyday life of church community, the academia does not encourage theologians and seminarians to come out of the academic circles and invest their time and effort to serve the church community from the vantage point of their academic scholarship. They don’t view the church leaders scholarly enough to be engaged in theological dialogue for the benefit of everyday believers. This problem is exasperated by the fact that church leaders and pastors tend to look at seminary courses as irrelevant to the type of ministry they feel they are called to do.

Secondly church community views the academia with skepticism. Church community does not trust the academia’s commitment to orthodox ideologies and the fundamental tenets of the Christian faith and views them in a somewhat negative light. For example, the church in general, believes in the plenary inspiration of the Scriptures, meaning that the message and every word written down were divinely chosen. This interpretation is based on 2 Timothy 3:16 which states that “all scripture is God breathed” and 1 Corinthians 2:13 which states that “not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. Most of the academic institutions take exceptions to this literal interpretation.  The church views the academia denying the inspiration of the scripture and thereby the power of it. Moreover, church leaders do not perceive intellectual pursuit serving pastoral concerns of the everyday believers; therefore they tend to discount the academia.

I believe there is always going to be a gap between the Christian academia and the church because the role of the church and the academia are not necessarily the same. Each has their own role in building God’s kingdom on this earth. Seminarians and theologians can add an element of theological thoroughness and accountability to worship and the teaching of the word of God in the church. And the church should encourage the interaction between the academia and the church and try to benefit from the intellectual scholarship of the academia. And the Christian academia should embrace the idea that the primary reason for their existence is to build up the believers and therefore, partner and co laborer with the church in building the kingdom of God and reaching the nations with the Gospel. There is going to be some gap between the academia and the church according to the mission of each institution and we should be willing to embrace it and not resist it.

Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.

Who’s Your Neighbor?

June 26, 2017

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Wanting to justify himself, the lawyer asked Jesus “who’s my neighbor?” Responding to this question, Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan. Certain man fell among thieves on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho. He was stripped of his raiment, and wounded and was left half dead. The road was a steep descent from Jerusalem to Jericho and the most dangerous of Palestine because of robbers infesting the country. The priest and the Levite looked on and passed on the other side. However, a merciful and compassionate Samaritan decided to do something about it. He went to him and bound up his wound, pouring in oil to sooth and wine to heal. He brought him to the in on his own beast and took care of him. He put a deposit with the innkeeper to take care of him and with a promise to come back and repay any leftover portion of the bill. This is the act of mercy showed to the man by his neighbor.

This is the point Christ conveyed by this illustration. Our neighbor is anyone who is in need and whom we have the opportunity to help. I come across so many people in India and most of them are unsaved and each one of them is my neighbor. Here at Southern Asia Leadership Institute, we are in the business of helping our neighbors. Every one of us has the opportunity to help a neighbor. Please join us in this effort and be compassionate and merciful to our neighbors near and far.

Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.

SALI – Campus Update

October 6, 2016

Construction Progress week of October 3

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Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.

SALI – Campus Update

October 3, 2016

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Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.

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SALI – Breaking Ground

September 20, 2016

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Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.

SALI – Campus Master Plan

July 20, 2015

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Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.

SALI – Welcome

February 22, 2014

Welcome to Southern Asia Leadership Institute (SALI)! The institute is rapidly growing and we are developing a master plan to expand the campus. Construction is planned to begin in February 2016. These images below show current buildings, prior to any expanding construction.

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Main Administration Building

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Entrance to the SALI Campus.

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Abraham Mathew, Founder at IGT Mission – SALI

IGT Mission – SALI is to train and equip Christian leaders and reach unreached people groups in India through leadership training, conferences, and village outreach.