2 Samuel 23:11 Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite.
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:10-11.
As we approach the 25th Anniversary Celebration, we are slowly and carefully finishing the infrastructure of the proposed extension work of the church. This will increase the facilities of the church to cater for the growth in our ministries. The finishing and development of these facilities will evolve and take shape as we move forward under the guidance of the Lord our God.
There are two things that we can learn from 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11. We are building on the foundation that is laid by our predecessors. What they have build catered to their needs then and it has served them well. As we grow, our needs have changed and it is necessary to cater for these needs sensitively. It is my charge and responsibility in my time so that those who come after me shall continue the work that is entrusted to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Secondly, the foundation that is laid is Jesus Christ. That is the central truth that we are building on. This is best expressed by the first stanza of the hymn
The church's one Foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is his new creation
By water and the Word:
From heaven he came and sought her
To be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her,
And for her life he died.
Let us build in such a way that both the facilities and the lives of those who make up the church will be to the praise and glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.
1. Not Giving Up Your Ground
2 Samuel 23:11 Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them.
2. Standing Your Ground
2 Samuel 23:12 But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.
Questions for Application1. Spiritually, what does it mean to loose ground? How do we gain ground that we have lost?
2. Share what Standing your ground means to you. Discuss how you can apply this to your life.
- Date Posted: September 8, 2019
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So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen. For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 20:16, 22:14). Have you ever had this thought when you heard someone is responding to full time ministry, “Phew.. I am so glad God didn’t call me.”? Or, “I am so glad that is not my son/daughter.”
Many have the perception that God calls specific, special people to serve full time in His ministry. The Bible recorded that when Jesus first called His disciples, He gave them a mission: that they will become fishers of man. Jesus calls us to be His disciples and be committed in following Him. The disciples in accepting Jesus’ call, changed their priorities in life. After receiving the call, it is entirely up to us how we choose to respond at every step of our journey of faith. In the stories that Jesus told in Matthew 20 and 22, all those who were called answered the call. However, it was their commitment which determined the outcome of their call.
All of us as disciples of Jesus are called to serve Him. Whether we are chosen depends hugely on our commitment to Jesus and the work of His Kingdom. Our “chosenness” depends on our responsiveness. The Church is tasked with making disciples of all nations. This Great Commission cannot be accomplished if it is only carried on by a few full time workers. It requires the commitment of every disciple of Jesus, who live with a sense of calling, putting the concerns of God’s Kingdom first. After all, even one of the greatest Apostles, Paul though serving God full time, was “non-stipendiary”, strictly speaking.
We praise and thank God for the deep commitment we witness among the laity in this Diocese. The number of participants in our youth camps, lay leaders trainings, men, women, senior citizen conferences, etc is increasing over the years. The Diocesan Vocation Committee is working closely and in tandem with other Diocesan Boards and Committee, to equip workers for the harvest field. We want to help our members to discern the leading of the Lord in their respective vocation, regardless of age and status in life. The door of service and opportunity for ministry in this Diocese is open. If you have a sense of calling for full time ministry, we would like to have a chat with you.
We are all called. Whether we are chosen hinges on our faithfulness to the call as disciple of Jesus. The fact that we are “chosen” tells us that the One who chooses us, has assumed the responsibility to provide for us, to equip us, to change us into what He says we are.
1. Samson the National Deliverer
1.1 A worldly mindset (Judges 13)
2. Joseph a Destiny Achiever
2.1 A Nazirite Mindset (Genesis 37-39)
Genesis 50:19-20 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Questions for Application1. What are your dreams and ambition for your life? Share. What must you do to make this a reality?
2. What are some of the things you can do to seek God's calling for your life?
- Date Posted: September 1, 2019
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The structural works for the renovation to the store in the rear is completed. It has natural light and ventilation and a raised ceiling. A elevated platform is provided to accommodate the storage. The upper deck has a view of the rear gardens and ideal for prayer and contemplation. Work is in progress for the garden and the side wing. All these work will enlarge our facilities and when completed will add a new dimension to our life together. We are working hard to make it functional but homely.
This will allow us to enlarge our ministry and outreach. As we work together to grow the church, let us remember that it requires all our commitment and contribution. The upkeep and cleanliness is of utmost importance for the enjoyment of the facilities. We ask you to return the furniture, crockery and cutlery and equipment to its original position as you have found it. Do not move equipment unless you have prior permission from the staff. Use the utilities judiciously and only what is needed. Leave the placer cleaner than when it was entrusted to you. Empty the trash. Ensure all the equipment, lights and air conditioning is turned off before you leave.
If you find any equipment that is not functioning properly, please bring it to the attention of any one of the staff.
Let us ensure that visitors will have a delightful experience. Think what would make your visit to a new place most memorable and enjoyable and let us work together to make FCC such a place. It is our undertaking to make FCC a home away from home.
- Date Posted: August 25, 2019
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