'Spreading Scriptural Holiness, Transforming The Nation" comes from John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement.
In his introductory remark, Bishop made it crystal clear that " this theme is not a Methodist version of the Reformsi slogan used by certain politicians in our country". The theme has its root way back to England in 18th century.
John Wesley and his preachers asked at one of their Annual Conferences, " What may we reasonably believe to be God's design in raising up the Preachers called Methodists?"
And the answer given in the Large Minutes (1763) was: "To reform the nation and, in particular, the Church; to spread scriptural holiness over the land."
Bishop stressed that John Wesley's statement has got to be understood against the background of 18th century England, a country then in a state of gross spiritual, moral and social decline.
John Wesley recognised that sinful humanity stood under the judgement and wrath of God. At the same time he was concerned over the need for spiritual and moral reform in the nation.
Bishop Rev Dr. Hwa Yong further spoke to the audience that "John Wesley understood very well that spiritual and moral change came only through deep-seated repentance."
And for that to happen, John Wesley believed that the Church had to be fully committed to the task of evangelisation, and work towards a widespread revival that would bring about holiness in personal and social life, and transformation in the nation.
The extended Masland Methodist Church has magnificent interiors. This church was the venue for the 9th Methodist Convention.