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CONTENTION TO REDEMPTION

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Matthew 14:22-33

1. JEALOUSY

Genesis 37:19-20 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”

2. JOURNEY

Genesis 37:28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.


Questions for Application

1. Has jealousy crept into our life, which has blinds us from seeing how God is moving? Share how we can overcome it.

2. Share your testimony how God has turnaround something that seems hopeless into something good in life.

  • Sermon Date: August 9, 2020
  • Date Posted: August 6, 2020
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Pastor's Message

Our Annual General Meeting is now fixed on the 6 September 2020. The earlier date in March had to be postponed due to the Movement Control Order. We are now under the recovery mode so we have had time to think through some of the matters concerning the church. I trust that we have all given some time to seek the Lord and enquire of Him as to the way we should go. In challenging times, we see in the past that the Lord has sought men and women who are to be used by Him to lead His people. In view of this, I am asking us to prayerfully consider the election of members who are to lead the church in this time. While it is important for us to prayerfully consider who to nominate, we must also avail ourselves to be nominated. Perhaps God has chosen you for such a time as this.

The book of Acts teaches us that even the selection of men to serve at tables has to be done prayerfully. The criteria is men who are full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit. When such men were chosen, peace and order was restored, and the church continue to grow gaining favor with God and men.

We are a week away from the beginning of the call to fast and pray for our nation. Rev Dr Eu of NECF draw our attention to the messages to the seven churches in Revelation that clearly is a representation of the churches in our time. Repeated each time is ‘He who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ Take note that we are to hear with the ear with the ear of the inner man.

Choose the fast you will undertake. Take time to pray. Let it be two prong this year. Pray for the church and the people that will be elected. Pray for our nation that we will turn to God and repent of our sin. Let us hear what the Spirit has to say to our church.

Ignite Online 2020 starts tonight! Let us pray and trust many will encounter the Lord Jesus. May the Lord bless the Conference – the many conferences in the home!

Sermon

WRESTLING WITH GOD

Genesis 32:22-31, Matthew 14:13-21

1. Broken

Genesis 32:24-26 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

2. But blessed

Genesis 32:27-30 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”


Questions for Application

1. What are the things in life that you are wrestling with?

2. Share how God is using your brokenness to be a blessing for Him.

  • Sermon Date: August 2, 2020
  • Date Posted: August 1, 2020
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Pastor's Message

Last week, I shared that we are working to restart physical services in FCC. I know that this is received with mixed feelings in view of the SOP we have to comply. Many in our church will not be able to attend the physical Services. In consideration for those who cannot come and some who choose not to come, the online services will continue. It looks like this will become a permanent feature of church. The encouraging note is some who are unable to attend church due to physical distance or otherwise is now attending online service. This development due to the present circumstances has pushed us into the new age and we are forced to do relationships in cyberspace.

We will be taking our IGNITE Conference online this year. It will be run over the five Sundays in August. The theme for that year is ‘Beyond’. You may ask beyond what? Well, you need to join the Conference to find out. What is certain is we will be going beyond physical boundaries to engage with people by introducing them to the church of Jesus Christ. This is the original design of God who made us to be the one holy catholic church where there is no differentiation of race or creed. Our one and only credential is we have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our common denominator is we have received adoption as children of God. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…Romans 8:17(a)

Our commission is to be witness to the world that God loves us. This is commanded of us to show the world that God is love by our loving each other. I want to ask us to focus our time, our energy and our resources to engage those who have yet to receive the Lord Jesus Christ by any means or platform whether it is virtual or real.

FCC, Let us follow the example of Paul who said, “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”1 Corinthians 9:20-23

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THE PRICE OF LOVE

Genesis 29:15-28, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

1. Perseverance

Genesis 29:18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

Genesis 29:20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

2. Faithfulness

Genesis 29:25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”

Genesis 29:27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”

Genesis 29:28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.


Questions for Application

1. The depth of Jacob’s love for Rachel can be seen in his perseverance to work for 7 to 14 years in order to have her. What causes us to lose our perseverance in loving Jesus? What can we do to strengthen our love for Him? Discuss.

2. Jacob’s faithfulness to Rachel has driven him to work for 7 years to have her. In facing trials and temptations of life, will we be faithful to Jesus and His words? Let’s reflect on it.

  • Sermon Date: July 26, 2020
  • Date Posted: July 22, 2020
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Pastor's Message

There is great excitement as we prepare the church to gather in worship as allowed by the government. We are all looking forward to the day we can meet face to face after being prevented to do so for the last few months due to the pandemic. Though the news brings great joy, it dawn on us that the gathering is conditional to our compliance with rules and regulations set by the respective states. The rules like the ones set by God is for our own good and protection. It is for the common good and we ask all our members to abide by all the requirement even though they my be inconvenient and cumbersome. It shows our love and care for one another when we abide by the rules of the Standard Operating Procedure(SOP).

In order to comply with the social distancing guidelines, the capacity of the church is 68 persons. The elderly, the young and the medically compromised and those who have just returned from traveling abroad are not allowed to attend the services. Non Malaysians and those who are sick or showing symptoms of impending illness are also strongly advised not to attend the services. If you do not fall into above mentioned categories, please indicate to your cell leader or Zone Supervisor or Pastor of your desire to attend the planned services. You will be advised in due course when you can attend a service.

When you come for the service, please follow the instructions of the Ushers as the have been trained and brief on what is required by the government.

We are made in the image of a holy and orderly God who set the stars in their place and make the universe with extreme precision.

Let us be known for our order and compliance which is over and above the requirement set by the government and our Diocese to the praise and glory of God.

 

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GATEWAY TO HEAVEN

GENESIS 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

1. Remember His promise

Genesis 28:13-15 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

2. Remember His presence

Genesis 28:17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”


Questions for Application

1. What are the promises of God that keep you going in life?

2. Were there times that you feel that you are far away from God? Share with your members about it and how you were able to come back to Him

  • Sermon Date: July 19, 2020
  • Date Posted: July 15, 2020
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Pastor's Message

I bring you the peace that passes all understanding as it is the peace that God gives. It is a peace that in-spite of the adverse circumstances we are in, we continue to experience peace. It is not the peace that the world gives but the peace that is given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. When we are in the same boat as the Lord Jesus Christ, we have no need to fear as even the wind and the waves obey Him. Matthew 8:24-27

The Diocese of Sabah has given the approval for the churches to resume services in August on the condition that we comply with the pertinent SOP given by the government. Only Malaysian citizens below the age of 70 and above the age of 12 are allowed to attend. Those who are vulnerable with critical illness and undergoing medical treatment are advice to refrain from attending. The government has just announced that there is no limitation on the number of people attending each of the service but social distancing is to be strictly adhered to. We are in preparation and will keep you informed. We want to assure you that the safety of our members is utmost in our mind and we covert your prayers for wisdom to do what is good and beneficial for the church.

We are also informed that the Synod is now schedule for the 28-30 October and that all the parishes and mission district are to hold their AGM on or before the 20th September.

It is of utmost importance that we pray to the Lord for the election of the man and woman who are dedicated to serving Him. I pray the Lord will convict many to be willing to serve Him in this season.

The Lord Jesus came to serve and not to be served. He gave us an example to follow when he washed His disciples’ feet. Let us be prepared to follow our Lord Jesus Christ and be ready to serve Him by serving His people.

 

Sermon

BIRTHRIGHT

Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

1. Jacob fights for birthright

Genesis 25:21-23 “Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. And the LORD said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be
separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”

2. Esau despise his birthright

Genesis 25:29-34 Jacob boiled stew. Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. Jacob said, “First, sell me your birthright.” Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” He swore to him. He sold his birthright to Jacob. Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils. He ate and drank, rose up, and went his way. So Esau despised his birthright.


Questions for Application

1. What is my birthright as a child of God. Share. What are some areas that we have overlooked and intend to claim and exercise?

2. What is most precious to us that we need to surrender to God as an acknowledgement we belong to Him?

  • Sermon Date: July 12, 2020
  • Date Posted: July 10, 2020
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Pastor's Message

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. I trust you are enjoying our walk through the book of Genesis learning of God’s creation of the world and man that He loves. One of the lesson that we cannot miss is that man is weak and there is no way we can do what is good to earn merit of His favor. The scripture tells us “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”Jeremiah 17:9-10.

It is only by His grace and His mercy through faith in Jesus that we are saved. We do not get what we deserve. We get unmerited favor.

In-spite of man’s shortcomings, God is ever forgiving, ever merciful and always loving. God loves us with an everlasting love. That is our one and only hope. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

God loves us not because of who we are but God loves us because of who He is. The message of hope we bring to the world is God loves us.

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DIVINE GUIDANCE

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-3

1. God Cares

Genesis 24:34-38 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys. My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns. And my master made me swear an oath, and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,

2. God Chooses

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.”


Questions for Application

1. Share your testimony on His divine guidance in your life.

2. Is there an area in your life that you needed God to guide you? Share and let’s pray for one another about it.

  • Sermon Date: July 5, 2020
  • Date Posted: July 2, 2020
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Pastor's Message

I thank the Lord for you. I trust you are well and actively contributing to the life of FCC via the weekly cell meetings and worshipping corporately in cyberspace. I encourage you to participate whole-heartedly, reach out passionately so that FCC continues to live out its purpose of being a home away from home for many, bringing HOPE to the community at this critical time where people are looking for meaning and purpose in a seemingly hopeless situation.

We have entered into the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which will end on August 31. We are given guidelines which will regulate the operation and activities of church and church related gatherings. We have evaluated the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and sought the advice of the Most Reverend Datuk Melter Jiki Tais. We have concluded that the church will continue with online service until further notice. It is in consideration of the health and well-being of our members and the stipulation that Senior Citizens (60 years and above) and children below 12 years old are not allowed to attend the physical service.

We have received approval for cell groups to resume meeting in homes limited to 20 persons and below. This is with the provision that social distancing and Relevant SOP being strictly adhered to. Please do so with great care, in consultation with your Zone Pastor.

Without a doubt, the current pandemic has certainly turned our world and lives upside down. We are constantly reminded of doom and gloom in the face of the relentless rates of infections and deaths and the grim reality of economic recession and hard times now and ahead. I encourage you to dig deep into God’s word and experience His promises. His word gives hope, gives light, gives direction.

Stay strong in the Lord.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S PROMISES

Genesis 22:1-14 & Matthew 10:40-42

1. The Test

Genesis 22:1-2 It happened after these things, that God (Hebrew: elohim) tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” He said, “Here I am.” He said, “Now take your son, your only son, whom you love, even Isaac, and go (Hebrew: lek leka) into the land of Moriah. Offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of.”

2. The Sacrifice

Genesis 22:10 “Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.”

Hebrews 11:17-19 “By faith, Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac.Yes, he who had gladly received the promises was offering up his one and only son; even he to whom it was said, “In Isaac will your seed be called;” concluding that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Figuratively speaking, he also did receive him back from the dead.”

3. The Blessing

Genesis 22:15-18 The angel of Yahweh called to Abraham a second time out of the sky, and said, “I have sworn by myself, says Yahweh, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, that I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your seed greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your seed will possess the gate of his enemies. In your seed will all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”


Questions for Application

1. What are some promises made to you that have not been fulfilled? Share when you think the promise will be fulfilled.

2. What is the most precious thing that you possess or wish to have? Are you willing to give it up as a sacrifice to God?

  • Sermon Date: June 28, 2020
  • Date Posted: June 25, 2020
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Pastor's Message

The story of Abraham entertaining three guests in Genesis is a reflection of the value they place on honoring guest. It is not because Abraham knew that he was entertaining God that he was hospitable. It was the culture in their time to be hospitable. The scripture teaches us to be hospitable as we could be entertaining angels.

The honor we give to visitors requires a servant attitude. This was the attitude that Abraham took when he entertains his visitors. We see this also exhibited by Lot when the two men went to Sodom. If we want to make FCC a home away from home, we must excel in the welcome of visitors and newcomers to our cell group and our church.

In Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45, Jesus explains that whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant … For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.

On the night that he was betrayed, He washed the disciples’ feet leaving for them an example that they are to serve one another.

This is one characteristic that I would like to see more and more in FCC. We are to look for ways we can serve one another. This is one way we can bear witness to those who do not know Christ.

Through our FCC GO LIVE, we can invite many to join in our weekly worship services. Our Zoom cell meetings is also an opportunity to reach out to people from all walks of life. A Chinese girl has sought baptism and is now regular in attendance. A Malaysian girl in Korea has joined our services. An Indian family has joined our cell group via the Zoom meetings. There is no stopping us from being a home away from home inspite of the circumstances.

The BM Zone has a regular Devotion on FCC Facebook. IGNITE has regular updates and online events a number of times a week. All these efforts are ways of reaching our community in ways we cannot imagine. You can multiply the reach and its effectiveness.

By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.

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EXPERIENCE GOD’S PROMISES

Genesis 21:8-21 & Matthew 10:24-39

1. Deny our flesh

Galatians 4:22-23 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

Galatians 4:28-30 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”

Galatians 5:16-17 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

2. Surrender

Matthew 10:38-39 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Romans 8:15-17 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.


Questions for Application

1. Are you living by the Spirit or by the flesh? Which is ruling in your life? Share.

2. In what ways is God calling you to deny the flesh so you can fully experience His promises? In what ways have you experienced God’s freedom and blessings when denying the flesh?

  • Sermon Date: June 21, 2020
  • Date Posted: June 18, 2020
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Pastor's Message

My personal greetings to everyone. I have missed your fellowship as we have been prevented from meeting for the last 10 weeks. Even though we have been limited in our travels during the Movement Control Order, many things have happened. Time and a Tide waits for no man. I trust you have been making full use of the time that was made available to us.

I have been slowly working on all the chores and projects that I have put off on the excuse that I do not have time. I have picked up making sourdough bread and cutting bottles both of which are extremely time consuming. The plus side is as I am working on these new disciplines, I have used the time to pray and listen to God. One of my most frequent question is WHY?

I have just celebrated my 65th birthday. In the Diocese  conditions of employment, the pastoral staff retires on their 65th birthday. The Archbishop Melter has now kindly offered me employment on a year to year contract.

I am reading a book by Ken Costa titled KNOW YOUR WHY. Why are we here? When you find your WHY, you would have found your purpose and your calling in life. This is the answer that will help us navigate life and not be blown around by every wind of change.

The Lord has given me another year at FCC. My anchor verse and prayer is Ps71:18 “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.” Psalms 71:18

My confidence is God is with me. His word to me is He will not forsake me. May the Lord enable new to serve you by serving Him.

 

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IT IS NOT A LAUGHING MATTER

GENESIS 18:1-15 & MATTHEW 9:35-10:8

1. Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

2. Yes, you did laugh

Genesis 18:15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”


Questions for Application

1. Share if there is anything you think is too hard for the Lord? Share if there are issues you are struggling with that can be surrendered to the Lord. Pray for one another.

2. Share with each other a joke.

 

  • Sermon Date: June 14, 2020
  • Date Posted: June 12, 2020
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Pastor's Message

People has short attention span and it is getting shorter by the day. We have been completely taken up with the Covid 19 pandemic throughout our waking hours. We have been kept posted on the situation. In this last week, our attention has been diverted by the death of a man in America and the event was vividly captured. It went viral and the events that followed took centerstage. The comment of our former Miss Malaysia Universe on this matter also attracted numerous attentions.

How do we hold the attention of people so they will hear our testimony of how God has given hope and meaning to our life? I believe that ultimately, all man has a need to find meaning in life and only the church has the answer. We have a treasure in an earthen vessel. Mere men in possession of a wonderful truth that will give men eternal life.

Paul said in Colossians, ‘the mystery which has been kept hidden for ages and from generations but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’. Col 1: 26-27.

Let us take this opportunity where there is unprecedented opportunity to share the good news of the gospel so that it will grip the attention of the hearers and help them turn to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

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WHAT IS MAN

Isaiah 40:12-17, 27-31 & Matthew 28:16-20

1​. Less than Nothing

Isaiah 40:17 Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.

 2. ​Of Infinite Worth

Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


Questions for Application

1. Why are we here? Share what you want to do to contribute to society. What do you want to be remembered for?

2. ​Who is God to you? How does God give you a reason for your life?

  • Sermon Date: June 7, 2020
  • Date Posted: June 5, 2020
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