Andrew C. Phiri is a missionary and pastor of Believers’ Assembly, a non-denominational church in Zambia where Christians seeking prayer, fellowship, and an in-depth study of scriptures, gather to worship. Andrew has spoken and taught in various meetings across Africa and overseas. He takes keen interest in missionary work and helping the poor in rural villages of Africa. At the heart of this ministry is the quest to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jud.1:3). This website is mainly dedicated to sharing reflections on faith, as expressed through recordings of preachings by brother Phiri and other ministers who have visisted Believers’ Assembly. Other sections of the website contain responses to Bible questions people ask, and another to mission reports. If you find any contents of this site a blessing, we will be glad to hear your testimony.
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In the words of Albert Einstein,
“We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books – a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.”
Some people suspect the “definite plan” to be an act of God and others believe it to be a work of chance. Both these views or assertions cannot be established by empirical proof. However, we can establish facts based on where the evidence leads. While proof is something that establishes an absolute fact, leaving no room for doubt, evidence refers to a fact or situation that suggests something might be true. So, while proof is about facts, evidence is expressed in terms of probability. When facts seem to be consistent with observations, we say there is evidence.
True faith, as defined in Scripture, is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). This faith does not flourish on ignorance but knowledge of evidence. Thus, rather than believing for the sake of it, one has to have understanding before believing: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb.11:3).
So, we believe because of the evidence of God! But, did this great God create us just to believe Him for food so that we can eat, grow, work, get old, and later die? Unless we perceive the mind of God, through faith, our lives become a meaningless routine of vanity. But we know God has a purpose. It is our prayer that through the various messages shared on this site you may find inspiration for a deeper and closer walk with God that will enable you to perceive the mind and will of God and thereby grow unto “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph.4:13).
Andrew C. Phiri
Missionary & Pastor – Believers’ Assembly