Reason For God

Many unbelievers say our God doesn’t make sense and doesn’t match up with reason. But our God is a God of reason and wisdom. Jessica P.G. has gone through a spirtual journey that has led her to believe in God’s reason.

Hi, I’m Jessica P.G. from Jakarta, Indonesia. Despite living in the capital of the most populated Muslim country in the world, Christians in Jakarta are not necessarily persecuted (in a sense that it risks human lives), yet it gets kind of hard when it comes to politics. It seems that ministry in Jakarta is not as hard as in other countries, and it’s considerably safe. There also exists some Christian schools and universities (as well as seminaries) which seek to meet the people’s educational needs — even non-Christians are coming to those schools/universities since they are deemed considerably good.

Jessica’s need for community and knowledge led to her seeing a reason for God.

Despite being raised in a Christian family, I was an agnostic back then (though I retained my legal status as a Christian). Yet I still went to church despite my agnosticism (though my motive was only to find an English-speaking community; I go to a church with an English worship service). Since I wanted to not misrepresent Christians while debating them, I read Christian books, with most of my reading list being influenced by an evangelist who is in charge of the English service. As I read a certain book on my reading list (The Case for Christ, written by Lee Strobel), my jaw dropped. I was kind of reluctant, but I thought I have to receive God, at least intellectually at that moment. Another book that assures me of it is I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norm Geisler and Frank Turek. Thus I converted to Christianity after a struggle to assent what I had read.

Jessica sees her calling as one that uses facts and rational thinking to lead others to share a reason for God.

Unlike many (if not most) people here who want to serve as ministers or church leaders, I am interested to be a lay apologist. I think I am called to reason, to take every thought captive to God as my thoughts have been taken captive, while I work as a scientist (I think we all know how secularized is the scientific world). I hope, through apologetics, one may find a rational basis to believe in the Christian God. I found my family to be quite supportive of my choices to take natural sciences in high school, biotechnology in university (which is to come; I haven’t finished high school yet), and my vocation to reason for God’s sake.

CLI is growing her reason for God as well as her knowledge. Also CLI ensures that Jessica’s knowledge matches up with biblical teaching.

CLI helps me to find out whether I have understood what I believe properly, lest I argue for the wrong things. Please pray that more people may come to know God through the use of reason and that more believers may know what they believe and may be always prepared to give reasons with love and respect to those who need it.

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Hello my name is Yessy and I live in Indonesia. I am the 4th of 5 children in family. I have beautiful family who also a believer. Currently I am studying in University with Dentistry major.

Indonesia is a small country in Southeast Asia with very little population of Christians.

I’m not sure what my Ministry dream is. I don’t take this course to be the Pastor but rather for my Christian life.

I am taking this course not to be something but because I want to be more equipped for whatever God wants me to do.

Currently I don’t have job and income so I really need a scholarship to continue this course. I wouldn’t be able to do any course if I had to pay.

My prayer is that I will always be close to God and ready for whatever God wants me to do.

I’m Timothy, and I’m from Indonesia. The reason I joined as a student at Christian Leaders Institute is because I feel that I’ve been very blessed as a Christian, and I often dream that people everywhere should show their relationship with God through the great love they show towards other people.

I hope a scholarship with CLI will open up for me an opportunity to do more ministry, and therefore reach more people with sound doctrinal teaching. I feel that by having myself filled with the knowledge that CLI provides, I will have the needed discipline to lead others to a deeper knowledge of Christian living.

I also feel that most people never come to understand the fullness of God’s grace because of faulty doctrine. As a result Christian living I see is really a lackluster version of what God intended for us. People are also beaten down by their circumstance and the spirit of the age. I hope I can be a part of the movement for the much needed revival. I hope I’m not held guilty of pride for saying that.

For honesty’s sake, I know I have a long way to go before I can exhibit the character Christ wants me to have to be able to touch other people in a way that people need. In part it’s because I’m usually dependent on other people. So, pray for me, that I may be processed to better fit His purposes for my life, whatever it may be.
God bless! Cheers!

David Chan Sjachril –

“My Name is David. I live in Indonesia, considered one of the most populous country in the World.  In my opinion, Christianity is growing significantly in my country as many young people getting to serve Lord faithfully.  Many people are turning to God, and I feel the Holy Spirit is working here.  But still there is too many people still do not know Jesus. So I am being called by God to share the Good News to all places in Indonesia. Therefore, I need to equip myself with proper training, which I could find on this website.  Currently I serve in local Church as a Mandarin Service Coordinator and a Bible Study Leader.  My dream is that I can preach the Gospel throughout Indonesia.”David Chan Sjachril

David Chan Sjachril  Receives a Scholarship

“A scholarship at CLI is important because I couldn’t afford the expensive seminary training.  I wish CLI could grant me Scholarship and I make sure I will use the knowledge here to bring the Glory to the God.  And I wish CLI can pray for me that I will realize my ministry dream.

“I came to know God since 4 years ago, and knowing Him is the most wonderful experience I have in my entire life.

“Thank you so much CLI for bringing such a wonderful website.”

David Chan Sjachril was called by God 4 years ago. His calling comes at a time when Christianity is spreading in Indonesia, and David Chan Sjachril is called to be a part of this great movement. However, David Chan Sjachril is unable to afford traditional seminary training to prepare him for God’s work. This is why David Chan Sjachril has come to Christian Leaders Institute. He sees that he will have the opportunity to receive the training and encouragement he needs to continue the great commission and preach the gospel in all the earth.

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