I was invited recently to preach at the 3rd anniversary of the Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Makati. Though merely a few years in existence as a formally reconstituted Reformed Baptist Church, the work can trace its history back to a long 27 years.
It began as a church planting effort of Pas. Isidro “Boy” Dadula in Bgy Sta Cruz, Makati City, which he named the Sound of the Trumpet Ministry. For years, preachers from Pas. Boy’s church, a full-fledged Pentecostal church (the John 3:16 Fellowship of Las Pinas) would come every Sunday to lead the singing and dancing activities.
Later on, the group would change its name to Jesus the Messiah Fellowship. This was the time when Bro. Tony Reyes, its present pastor, would come into contact with the group. Bro Tony, who had a stable job at Nestle Philippines, and who himself was a regular attender at another Pentecostal ministry, the JIL Fellowship in Araullo, Manila would ultimately decide to cast his lot with the Makati group.
Meanwhile, in God’s good providence, Pas Boy was brought into contact with MCBC through its regular theological modules. His attendance in these compressed two-week courses would be the spur towards reformation. Radical changes began at the home church in Las Pinas before ultimately finding its way to the daughter outreach in Makati.
It would not be long when Pas. Boy would become a full-time student in our pastoral-training institute and Bro. Tony would follow suit, the latter resigning from his job at the brink of being promoted from a casual to a regular employee.
By this time, reformation was full-blown. Those who loved the singing, dancing and jumping more than the truth of God’s word made a beeline for the exit. The attendance in both groups, Las Pinas and Makati, dwindled to all-time lows. Yet those who remained stood for the truth of God’s word and He preserved them in it.
The rest is history. The Makati group decided that they had to start afresh. Now, it was Biblical practice and not emotion-led entertainment that was the rule. Thus in 2011 they covenanted as a true Biblical church with about 20 covenanting members. Since then, three more have been added to a Biblically-defined membership.
The group occupies no permanent meeting place. They have moved like bedouins from one place to another for a total of 15 different locations. From their beginnings in Makati they moved to Sta Ana, then as far as Paliparan, Dasmarinas, Cavite (where people coming from Fairview, QC would still attend!), then back to Pembo in Makati, EDSA in Pasay City, and now again in Cembo, Makati.
For those who want to drop by, the exact address is: Block 98, Lot 11, Juan Luna St., Bgy. Rizal, Makati City (just a few blocks away from the Taguig-Pateros boundary). But be wary of speeding tricycles, narrow streets often littered with parked vehicles, and not the least, parking without permission in front of someone else’s house!
They are just three weeks in their new place but they have already outgrown the area. They have to look for a more spacious home.
Their prayer requests: conversions among the regular attenders, faithfulness among the present members, and opportunities for evangelism in the highly populated area where the Lord has presently situated them.
May the Lord bless the persevering labors of our brethren in Makati!