12 Years a Servant: Here’s to Forevermore ft. Elder Robin Gan
CERC Foundation Day Celebration
12 Years a Servant: Here’s to Forevermore
ft. Elder Robin Gan
As a church with a primary concern for Christ-centered, God-glorifying ministry, Christ Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC) reflects this in our commitment to quality word ministry, which flows from the pulpit all the way to our growth groups, various ministries and the individuals being discipled one-on-one. Being a church without compromise for God’s gospel means an active defense of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and staying faithful to the tenets of historic orthodox Christianity by placing the Bible in its rightful place above any notion of culture and institution, including the church’s.
This Foundation Day, we look to honor and celebrate the ministry of our pastors-in-training and elders, who, as pastor-teachers, humbly derive their authority from Christ’s authority as they work to nurture healthy Christian growth in the people of His church. The life of a pastor-teacher is one of full dedication to producing Gospel-committed Christians through creative and sacrificial evangelism by the work of His Spirit, including speaking the truth in love, at every level of word ministry and church operations such that it reflects God’s glorious goals for His kingdom.
Elder, Christ Evangelical Reformed Church (Sep 2008-Present)
Deacon, Anglican Diocese of Malaysia (2006-2008)
Curate, St. Andrew’s Cathedral (2005)
Bachelor of Commerce, UNSW Australia
Bachelor of Divinity, Diploma of Ministry, Moore Theological College
As the Founding Elder at the helm of the word ministry and executive leadership of CERC, Robin’s ministry experience and years of theological training in different ministerial contexts has driven him to build a church with the uncompromising foundation of faithfulness to the Word of God. This, in turn has enabled the growth of many more young ministers for the gospel, essential to raise up generations of faithful Christian leaders who are equipped to bring the gospel to the masses in Malaysia and beyond.
It is so much more than that, what we need is not just content or word knowledge, but a history — a culture of dedication to the gospel. We need ministries that will transform culture. So what we needed was a home for those with a zeal, ethos, passion, and whose raison d’etre was the gospel. Genuine desire to be humbled by the word is uncommon, but very precious, and it has been nothing short of the work of the Spirit through every circumstance that we have people like that in CERC. To be a church unfettered by worldly tradition, structure, or insidious nominalism, whilst at the same time creating a gospel tradition, hierarchy, and culture — that’s the spirit of CERC.”
To be a church unfettered by worldly tradition, structure, or insidious nominalism, whilst at the same time creating a gospel tradition, hierarchy, and culture — that’s the spirit of CERC.”
CERC’s ministry philosophy has always been to raise up people with a concern for God’s glory first and foremost, and this is made apparent in how we aim to never compromise on the time and resources needed to support the rigorous training and up-building of God’s workers for the gospel.
As the people of CERC, we are young and old, and hail from various backgrounds and cultures. This naturally results in various differences, but we have God’s providence to thank for in allowing us to know what it means to be led by a dedicated reverence for Christ and His church, and to be personally encouraged by Robin’s leadership, teaching, and pastoral care. Ministry work is certainly not an easy task and involves learning to love and serve fellow sinful human beings, while being challenged by the gospel. Ultimately, CERC’s ministry philosophy is about being servant leaders under Christ — Jesus is boss above all!
Through ministry in CERC, I’ve also been challenged to understand what “unity in diversity” means, that although the church is made up of people from different backgrounds, we are gathered by Christ to do His ministry, and to put aside pride and individuality with one impulse for the glory of God. We’re all called to be servant leaders under Christ, and Robin reminds us again and again that even he, the Founding Elder, has a boss, and He is Jesus. We’re all working for Him, and our ultimate loyalty is to the Lord!”
– Natalie Phee Lee, CERC member
We are gathered by Christ to do His ministry, and to put aside pride and individuality with one impulse for the glory of God. We’re all called to be servant leaders under Christ.
Never one to shy away from difficult sermons and clear exhortation, CERC’s primary concern has always been for a God-glorifying and Christ-centered ministry, as made apparent in the ministry priorities and gospel delivery in CERC.
– Natalie Phee Lee, CERC member
As part of CERC’s work to raise up faithful ministers for the gospel, Robin also personally leads and mentors CERC’s Church Ministers’ Apprentices.
– Christine Chong, CERC Church Ministers’ Apprentice
Ministry is not just about reading the Bible, preaching and operating the church, it is about being who we are — the people of God, who are zealous for God to be glorified and seeking ultimate joy and comfort in Him.
– Jeremy Johnson, CERC member
Thanks be to God for calling His servant Robin to this ministry in CERC, the Klang Valley and Malaysia, and may the Lord persevere and keep him throughout a lifetime of service and dedication to the cause of kingdom building for our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Foundation Day, we celebrate and thank God for the quality of the preaching in CERC, as we treasure the gospel that has been passed down to us. We are committed to preserving its purity and to fight against heresy and the false gospels of today. We thank God in his sovereignty, and are grateful to men and women who have invested much of their time and resources in their love for this church in a small region of the Klang Valley.
Posted on 6th September 2020