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TENDER LOVING CARE

Romans 1:7-13, John 2:13-22

1. Thank God for them

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

2. Pray for them

Romans 1:9-10 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.

3. Longs to see them

Romans 1:11-13 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.


Questions for Application

1. Share if you think that Prayer and Thanksgiving seem to always go together. What can we do to ensure that prayer and thanksgiving are part of our cell group life?

2. Share how you have kept in touch with your Christian brother and sisters both far and near. What are the reasons we want to meet up with each other in view of Paul’s letter?

  • Sermon Date: March 7, 2021
  • Date Posted: March 5, 2021
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Pastor's Message

The Celebration of Chinese New Year begins with a reunion dinner. Family from far and near make an effort to get together each year so they can meet up, catch up and keep each other abreast of what is happening in their individual lives. This is a way of getting connected or reconnected and contributes to the strengthening of the bond they have with each other. This is what keeps the family strong. I am certain that all the other tribes and peoples on earth have a similar tradition. The strength of a society or people is measured by the closeness of the family relationship.

This is also true for a cell church. The strength of the church can be gauged by the relationship that cell members have with the cell leader and the other members. When the cells are healthy, the church is strong. This pandemic is a gauge of our strength and resilience. When the church is not able to meet, the cell becomes the church for the members. The care and nurture for the members are borne by the cell leaders. When there is persecution, the church has to meet in small groups and the members have to look out for each other. This is the model that Jesus practiced, gathering around him a group that he taught and mentored.

I am asking all of us to make an effort to gather and support one another, and in so doing, encourage your cell leader. Let us all make a concerted effort to strengthen our relationship with our cell leader and with others in our cell group. Make an effort to send a note to our cell leader or a member in our cell. Commit to praying for one member in the cell each day. Help members who are in need. As a cell, we can contribute to the church welfare fund so that the church can reach out to people in need. The little that we do or give can have far-reaching results.

“Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matthew10:41-42

Lent is a special season of drawing nearer to the Lord as we give up “things of this world” to make room for Jesus.

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THE ROMANS

Romans 1:7-13, Mark 8:31-38

Romans 1:7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Loved by God

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

2. Called to be Saints

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 … To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, …

1 Peter 1:14-15 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.

3. Recipients of Grace and Peace

Luke 24:51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


Questions for Application

1. Share if you feel the love of God for you. What do you want to do to share with someone that God loves them?

2. Share what it means to you to receive the Benediction at the end of the Service. Make plans to share with someone the peace that you experience in Christ.

  • Sermon Date: February 28, 2021
  • Date Posted: February 26, 2021
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NO OTHER NAME

Romans 1:1-6, Mark 1:9-15

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

1. What is in the Name?

Romans 1:5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

Deuteronomy 5:11 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

1 Samuel 17:8-9 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”

1 Samuel 17:26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

1 Samuel 17:43-45 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

1 Samuel 17:48-49 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

1 Samuel 17:51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Romans 10:9-13 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

2. For His Name’s Sake

The good news is the gospel of God, about Christ according to the Scriptures for the Nations unto the obedience of faith for the sake of His Name.


Questions for Application

1. What is the significance of your name? What can we do to live up to being a disciple of Jesus?

2. Share how you are careful not to use the name of God disrespectfully. What can we do for His name’s sake?

  • Sermon Date: February 21, 2021
  • Date Posted: February 19, 2021
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Pastor's Message

I trust you have enjoyed a warm and joyous Chinese New Year. Most of the families have been able to enjoy the reunion dinner with the amended SOP allowing us to gather and celebrate the Eve of the Chinese New Year. The church extended care to students who were not able to return home by delivering a meal to them. The cell group is also a family and many have gathered together as a cell group for the occasion. This is right and good as it will strengthen our community. This is much needed as our society has seen a decline as our families have become nuclear and disconnected. The family is so important as it is the basic building block of society. In the beginning of the Bible after the creation narrative, one of the first things that God did was to set up the family structure.

“Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:22-24

Let us do all we can to strengthen the relationships in the family and also in our spiritual family. Let us follow the example recorded for us in the Old Testament that the care and concern for our family should be extended to the widow and orphans and the alien among our midst. The Lord is directing our attention to those who are poor and in need, those who are marginalized and in need of our care and protection. Members of FCC arise and touch the people around you with the love of God.

 

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GOSPEL IS THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH

Romans 1:1-6, Mark 9:2-9

1. Obedience to the faith

Romans 1:8, 16-17 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

2. Obedience which consists of Faith – the commitment of wholehearted devotion to Christ

3. Obedience that comes from Faith – Abraham

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.


Questions for Application

1. Is it possible to accept Jesus without surrendering to Him as Lord. What areas in our life do we need to bring under the lordship of Christ?

2. Does Faith and Obedience always go together? Can we believe and not obey the Lord?

  • Sermon Date: February 14, 2021
  • Date Posted: February 11, 2021
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Pastor's Message

We will be celebrating a very different Chinese New Year from what we are used to. It will be prudent for us to comply with the government requirement for social distancing and keeping our gathering small. However, we have the Internet. We thank the Lord for preparing this tool for our use. There is nothing that can keep us from fellowship with our family and friends.

The need is for us to adapt to this new normal and to use it to our advantage. Alpha International shared that the Alpha Course can be effective without their usual food and gathering. They testified that more people than ever have joined the online course. St Michael’s Church in Sandakan used Christmas to share the Good news of Jesus to many people through the internet. Much more than when they were able to go caroling physically. We too can testify that through the Internet, we have continued to share the gospel. People are coming to Christ and nurture class is now being conducted online.

Let us continue to celebrate under new circumstances. Let us fulfill the mandate Jesus gave us even under the new normal. Paul’s charge to young Timothy, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2. God will honor our effort in reaching out to people. Be excited to see people come to worship on our Church Online platform. Make it a point to send our invitations weekly far and near –

“Join us at https://ilovefcc.online.church/ for our services.”

In the Chinese New Year, let us celebrate albeit in a new way. Let us use this occasion to seek God’s way how we can continue to be the bearer of good tidings and blessings to all.

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THE GOSPEL IS FOR THE NATIONS

Romans 1:1-6, John 1:1-14

1. Grace and Apostleship

Exodus 34:6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalms 45:2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.

Proverbs 1:9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. All the Gentiles

Mark 1: 40-42 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.


Questions for Application

1. Share what it means to receive grace? If we have experienced grace, how should it affect the way we look at others?

2. What do you think is the scope of the gospel? What is one thing we want to do to fulfill Christ’s commission for us to be witnesses to the ends of the earth?

  • Sermon Date: February 7, 2021
  • Date Posted: February 4, 2021
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Pastor's Message

We thank Archbishop Melter Tais for taking the time to speak to FCC this weekend. We are thankful that he is able to record his message for the occasion of our Faith Anglican Academy Enrollment Sunday.

The involvement of our Diocese in education went alongside our church planting work. This is one way we demonstrate our love for the community. It is a long-term commitment and it is costly. It is costly not only in terms of building, infrastructure and materials. It is also costly as the pioneers of the work give the prime time of their life to the work.

We dedicate our school staff to the Lord as they join the ranks of servants of the Lord who had dedicated their lives to the education of the future generation. We encourage them with the words of Paul “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 Let us pray for the school staff that they will indeed nurture, transform and shape the mind and lives of the children to be leaders of industry and our community.

We dedicate the FAA ministry to the Lord. We give thanks to each and every family who has entrusted the education of their children to FAA. We count our blessings as we name our students one by one. Each student a gift to us in this season – to love, to care, to nurture in the ways of our Lord Jesus. We are grateful to the Lord for the precious contribution of the FCC staff.

As a church, let us see to it that our commitment to the next generation continues to grow from strength to strength. May the Lord help us to make a difference – one child at a time.

 

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1. LOOK TO JESUS

Psalms 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalms 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure

2. HOLS ON TO HOPE

Psalms 16:10 Because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Psalms 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Romans 8:18-23, 25 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.


Questions for Application

  • Sermon Date: January 31, 2021
  • Date Posted: January 30, 2021
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Pastor's Message

Our 10 am Saturday morning Diocesan Prayer Meeting was attended by almost 200 people. The numbers have been increasing every week. The Archbishop Melter feels that in the face of the challenges we face in the whole world, prayer is the only way forward. He will be mooting for the Council of Churches and also the Province to have a prayer meeting. I will arrange the link to be posted on our Facebook page and I encourage everyone to join.

Rev Kenneth Thien shared that we are at war. In war: We seek safety for ourselves and our families – we appreciate life and family. We adapt our lives to the new normal. Our priority is to win the war, even to give up certain rights or entitlement and enjoyment. We make sacrifices. We appreciate the basic essentials. We unite against the enemy. Wake up to the reality the enemy is dangerous. We pray, pray and pray. We cry out to God for help

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

We need to lay aside our differences and unite. We need to be together in one heart. Let us do our part and be part of the move of God’s people to repent and pray.

 

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JESUS IS THE GOSPEL

Romans 1:1-6, John 2:1-11

1. The Son of David

Romans 1:3 Regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

2. The Son of God

Romans 1:4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature —have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.


Questions for Application

1. Why is Jesus called the Son of David? Share how Jesus becoming man help you to overcome difficulties and disappointments.

2. What do you understand by Jesus being fully God and fully man? How would you use the knowledge that God became man to share the gospel with those who have not yet believed?

  • Sermon Date: January 24, 2021
  • Date Posted: January 20, 2021
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Pastor's Message

We have been granted special dispensation to conduct the Holy Communion online once a month due to the pandemic. In view of the prolonged span of time, I have written to Archbishop Melter to allow us to increase the frequency.

It is of utmost importance that the guidelines issued be strictly adhered to. 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.

The Holy Communion is to be partaken by those who have been confirmed in an Anglican Church. Communicant members of other churches who are in communion with the Anglican Church are welcomed to partake in the Holy Communion if they are visiting or considering worshipping with us.

The Eucharist or the Holy Communion is to be approached with the right attitude. We are partaking in an enactment that is instituted by Jesus Christ in remembrance of His sacrifice to secure our salvation. When we do so, it is no less than “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26

Non-Anglican communicants are encouraged to be confirmed in our church if they are going to stay with us for an extended period of time. This is to indicate your commitment to our church and to enjoy the privileges of membership. If you want to be confirmed, please contact your cell leader or one of the Zone Supervisors or Pastors who will arrange for you to join a Start Right class leading to confirmation.

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THE PROMISED GOSPEL

Romans 1:1-6; John 1: 43-51

1. God’s Promise

Romans 1:2 The gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures

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.

Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

2. Promise Fulfilled

Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”

Isaiah 11:10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”


Questions for Application

1. Which passage in the Old Testament made you love God more? Encourage one another by sharing your testimony of receiving God’s love.

2. How should we treasure this fulfilled promise (Gospel) witnessed by the Apostles? Share what are the ways of dis playing God’s love in our lifestyle, social media, and things that we own.

  • Sermon Date: January 17, 2021
  • Date Posted: January 12, 2021
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GODSPELL

Romans 1:1 & Mark 1:4-11

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Romans 13:13-14 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—

Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

1. A Servant

2. An Apostle

3. Gospel of God

 

 


Questions for Application

1. Share what you understand it means to be a servant of Jesus Christ. Share what you plan to do to show that you are a servant of Jesus.

2. Share what you understand to be the gospel of God. What can you do to share the gospel with others?

 

  • Sermon Date: January 10, 2021
  • Date Posted: January 7, 2021
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GOD WITH US

Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1: 10-18

1. He was in the world

John 1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

2. He dwell among us

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Psalms 46: 1-11 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.


Questions for Application

1. What was your respond when something new or special came into your life? What changes or adjustments did you make to your life?

2. How does God being with us mean to you as we enter into the New Year? What are the priority we need to give in my life knowing that God came into the world to save us?

  • Sermon Date: January 3, 2021
  • Date Posted: December 30, 2020
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