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DIOCESAN MISSION SUNDAY

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

Ever since the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, they sought to bring the gospel to the “ends of the earth” of their time. For the first century missionaries, Rome was probably their furthest reach at the time. Then it expanded further to the East to India, East Asia, and China and to Europe, Africa, and America in the West.

Slightly more than 150 years ago, missionaries from Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG) England and Church Missionary Society (CMS) Australia came to “Dark Borneo” (Sarawak and Sabah) bringing the love and salvation of Christ to the peoples who were perishing. Today, we are given the privilege to build upon the legacy left by our forebears in bringing the same Gospel of Christ to the peoples who have yet to hear the good news of salvation.

The work of the mission is imperative. The Word of God constantly reminds us, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15). 

The Diocese has set apart the first week of November to remember our diocesan missionaries and mission works both locally and overseas. It is a time for prayer, mobilization, raising workers, and funds for the harvest fields. This involves the whole church, not a selected few, to fulfill the Great Commission to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20).

[Apart from our local mission in Sabah, our overseas mission includes Peninsula Malaysia, Thailand, and North and East Kalimantan Indonesia. Please give generously to the Diocesan Mission Fund. The annual budget for Diocesan Mission is about RM300,000 covering salaries and ministry support.]

For online transfer or cash/cheque deposit:

Diocese of Sabah – HSBC Bank: 392-013397-001. Kindly specify “Mission Fund”

Sermon

MISSION POSSIBLE

Romans 10:9-15, Matthew 28:16-20

1. Understand our basic belief in missions

Matthew 28:19 “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

2. Giving as though on a mission

3. Go on Mission

3.1 Reasons We Must Go on Mission
a. Openness to the gospel
Romans 10:9-10 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.

b. Power of the Gospel
Romans 10:11-13 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.”

c. Obligation to speak the Gospel
Romans 10:14-15 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

4. Urgency of the Gospel


Questions for Application

1. What is your definition of mission?

2. Based on that definition, how many of you here this morning are missionaries? How can you be involved in mission?

  • Sermon Date: November 1, 2020
  • Date Posted: October 29, 2020
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Pastor's Message

Akihiko Kondo a school administrator married a hologram. Kondo’s wedding to cyber celebrity Hatsune Miku — which is not legally recognized – provokes us to look at the issues we face in our post-modern society. This is indicative of broader technological trends and social phenomena. Digital interactions are increasingly replacing face-to-face human connections with the development of artificial intelligence(AI). We are starting to relate to our smart devices as we do to humans.

We are created by God as social beings. We have a relationship with God that fulfills our innermost need to be loved and accepted and valued. The vacuum in us can only be filled by God. Everything else will eventually not satisfy. When we have a relationship with God, we can say ‘Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere’. Psalms 84:10 

 As we continue to face the social distancing that is imposed on us by the pandemic, let us commit to investing in meaningful relationships with each other. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Let nothing stop us from caring for one another. Let nothing hinder us from building up one another.

This is our time. Our time to celebrate the gift of relationship, friendship with one another. Our moment to lift Jesus’ name as we meet regularly in cell groups and worship services via Zoom or Facebook.

Together, let us also invest time to strengthen our relationship and intimacy with the Lord our God by keeping up with our daily devotion and meditation on His word.

 

Sermon

TREASURE IN HEAVEN

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Mark 10:17-31

1. One thing you lack

Mark 10:21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

2. Trust and obey

Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” ”


Questions for Application

1. What are things that you feel you are lacking? Will we find fulfillment in God?

2. Which area of our lives that we commit to God? Share and pray.

  • Sermon Date: October 25, 2020
  • Date Posted: October 19, 2020
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Pastor's Message

I am so pleased that we were able to resume our physical services. It was such a joy to see many of you attending the worship. I can feel the participation in the worship and the receptivity to the word. In the lull, we were able to do home visitation and there was some social interaction. It was such sweet fellowship after we had not been able to meet for such a long time.

I have announced that we will be rolling out more and more services in October and November. Sadly, this had to be abandoned as we enter into another wave of the COVID 19 pandemic. Though we are not under complete lockdown, the seriousness of the epidemic is coming closer as some of the cases are near our neighborhood and the places that we visit.

In view of the situation, I have asked that we refrain from meeting physically. It is therefore of utmost importance for us to commit to the meeting online. Your attendance will encourage your cell leader as they endeavor to make the online meeting interactive and fulfilling. The scripture teaches us that while we go to the meeting expectant to receive, we should also go to the meeting prepared to contribute. This receiving and giving will strengthen the fellowship and give us a sense of belonging. When you come, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything must be done so the church may be built up. 1 Cor 14:26

As a cell church, we must minister to one another without forgetting to reach out to those who have yet to know Christ. Remember those who are unable to join the online cell groups and the worship services. They are not forgotten and are ever close to our hearts and in our prayers.

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

 

Sermon

COME TO JESUS!

1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10, Mark 10: 2-16

1. What is the condition of my heart?

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart-For they will see God.

Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.

Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep my ways.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Mark 7: 20-21 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

Jeremiah 31:33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Ezekiel 36: 25-26 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

2. Come to Jesus

John 7:37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.


Questions for Application

1. Who do you think in our time are equivalent to the widows and children in Jesus’s time? Share how you think we can prevent our heart from being hardened to the plight of the needy around us.

2. What is there about a child that qualifies them for the Kingdom of God? Share what areas in your life that needs a blessing from God?

  • Sermon Date: October 18, 2020
  • Date Posted: October 16, 2020
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Pastor's Message

A recent article I read talked about learning to live and work with the Coronavirus. It was recorded that the chairman of the Japanese government committee, said that it takes at least one and a half years for the vaccine to be fully developed and officially put into use. Since the enemy cannot be completely eliminated, it is necessary to learn to coexist with the virus.

The people are asked to be prepared to live with this threat lurking in the background for an extended period of time. Specific guidelines were given based on 3 basic points:

  1. Keep a distance between people.
  2. Wear a mask.
  3. Wash hands frequently

I am asking our church to do the same. We do our utmost best to manage the circumstances and carry on with life. The key is to adhere to SOP responsibly as we respond to every new threat. Stay away from crowded public areas. Observe social distancing.

While we take care of the physical environment, we are doing our best to ensure that our worship services are spiritually nourishing. Our Pastors and leaders are ready to hear from you should you have any need for support and fellowship. Our weekly cell groups are meeting in many creative ways. Call and find out how you can join one!

It is an unprecedented time to reach out to people who are looking for answers. Let us be open to opportunities for us to introduce people to Jesus.

In all that we do, let us consider the welfare and interests of others. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

 

Sermon

YOUR FAITH HAS HEALED YOU

Philippians 4:1-9, Mark 10:46-52

1. Call upon Him

Mark 10: 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

2. What do you want

Mark 10: 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

3. Follow Him

Mark 10: 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.


Questions for Application

1. Share an incident when you had to call Jesus. How did Jesus respond? Share about something that you need to ‘call’ on Jesus.

2. Share what it means to put your faith in Jesus. What is one area you need faith to receive what you ask for?

  • Sermon Date: October 11, 2020
  • Date Posted: October 7, 2020
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Pastor's Message

The rise of the COVID 19 infections is troubling. We are restarting our physical service cautiously. We hope to see you in the weeks that you are assigned to come. For those who prefer to worship from home, please be assured that online services will continue. Please note the dates for our Physical Services in October

Saturday 6pm English: 03, 10, 17 and 24th

Sunday  9am English : 11 and 25th

Sunday  11.30am Chinese : 04 and 18th

Sunday  2pm BM : 11 and 25th

To our visitors and new friends, thank you for visiting us. We pray you have found Faith Christian Centre(FCC) a home away from home.

We would love to hear from you if you have a prayer need or what we can do to improve. You can drop us a note on Facebook, Instagram or leave a comment on our website. If you prefer to talk to someone, do leave us your number and we will get back to you.

Paul says we want to be all things to all people. FCC is known for our diversity. Let the diversity enrich us. When we have shortcomings, let us be forgiving. Help us to rise up to those challenges and grow strong through those experiences. Let us be tender hearted to one another considering the other more important than ourselves. Let us grow in understanding of each other by carrying one another’s burdens.

Let us stand united in difficulties and build a church which we can call our own.

 

Sermon

WHOEVER IS NOT AGAINST US IS FOR US

Philippians 3:4b-14, Mark 9:38-50

1. Support one another in serving

Mark 9:38-41 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

2. Protecting God’s people

Mark 9:42-48 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where “ ‘the worms that eat them do not die,and the fire is not quenched.’


Questions for Application

1. In our context today, who does Jesus mean “Whoever is not against us is for us”? As followers of Christ, how can we support one another in serving?

2. Our lives as God’s people influence the ups and downs of our faith. As a church, how we can protect our members who are struggling with their faith? Share and pray for one another.

  • Sermon Date: October 4, 2020
  • Date Posted: October 2, 2020
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Pastor's Message

The report on giving at our AGM was extracted from our weekly physical giving records that did not take into account the online banking. The reconciliation is only done when we receive the bank statement. The giving is reflected in the accounts. I am happy to report that our giving in spite of the difficult circumstances, we have managed to meet our obligations. I am thankful and give thanks to the Lord for your faithfulness in giving.

We managed the situation and reduced our expenses. We will be spending on some equipment to help us serve you better by producing better quality videos for the online services. We are working up to being able to stream our services. While equipment is needful, I give thanks to the Lord for the FCC staff team. What we roll out each week is only possible because we have a team of dedicated and selfless staff who has risen up to the occasion. I ask you to pray for us regularly and lift our needs to the Lord.

As I write, some of us will be watching the Sabah election results . The election will have a bearing not only for those in Sabah but for the whole of Malaysia. The only comfort we have is God is on the throne and the only government will be the one that God has appointed. It is our duty to pray for those in authority that they will fear God and rule justly so we will live peaceable lives. May the Lord Bless us all.

 

Sermon

WHO IS THE GREATEST

1. WHO IS JESUS?

The Son of Man

Mark 9:31 Because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”

2. WHO ARE WE?

The servant of all

Mark 9:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”


Questions for Application

1. Share how you can bring Jesus into your workplace or school. What can you do to serve someone to show them the love of God?

2. Share what ministry/ministries you are involved in. Pray for each other to have a servant heart to grow their ministry.

  • Sermon Date: September 27, 2020
  • Date Posted: September 24, 2020
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Pastor's Message

It is a joy to be able to meet so many in our worship service. Our plan is to slowly ease back into physical service. In September, the Saturday English Service, the Chinese Service and the BM Service was held on alternate weekends. In October, all the services including the Sunday English Service will be reinstated as the government eased the SOP to allow senior citizens and children to participate. The capacity of our Sanctuary can accommodate 68 persons for each service. I appreciate your cooperation to preregister so that we can make all the necessary arrangements. We will continue with the online service so that those who are not able to attend physical worship services can continue to worship where ever you are.

We are looking into purchasing equipment and services to enable us to life stream our services. We have a short learning curve and we ask you to bear with us as we try our best to serve. The training of our staff to become adept in these disciplines is ongoing and we are pleased that they have risen to the occasion.

There are those who do not belong to a cell group yet and there are those who do not have access to the internet. Do let the office know if you are aware of those who are in need and we will look into ways how we can reach out to them. I am glad we are now able to visit those in nursing homes and the elderly who are housebound.

We must continue with our commitment to reach out to those who have yet to receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour. We need to look at new ways to reach out and to share resources of how we can leverage social media and technology to that end. May the Lord enable us, look upon us with favour as we strive to serve Him what ever the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Tim 4:2

Sermon

“WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?”

Philippians 1:21-30, Mark 8:27-38

1. “Who Do They  Say I Am?”

Matthew 16:13-16 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Mark 8:27-29 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

Luke 9:18-20 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:17-19 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hadeswill not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will bebound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beloosed in heaven.”

2. Who does Jesus say He Is?

Exodus 3:13-14 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 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.’ ”

I Am the Bread of Life (John 6:35)

I Am the Light of the World (John 8:12),

I Am the Door of the Sheep (John 10:7)

I Am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)

I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)

I Am the True Vine (John 15:1)

“Before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58)

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

3. Who Do You Say That Jesus Is?

Romans 10:9 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.

 


Questions for Application

1. Share what you will say if someone were to ask you what a follower of Jesus believes. Share how the knowledge of who Jesus is can help you make sense of what is happening in the world.

2. Share what it means to you to receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. How will it affect the way we live to reflect that Jesus is Lord.

  • Sermon Date: September 20, 2020
  • Date Posted: September 17, 2020
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Pastor's Message

I thank God for the turn out at our AGM held last Sunday afternoon. I thank all who attended showing your love, concern and involvement in the affairs of our church. I am deeply grateful for the past PCC who has served us during their tenure. A special note of thanks to those who have moved due to work and family matters. Their absence is noted and keenly felt. We pray the Lord to bless them where He has planted them. Our record of appreciation for those who had to relinquish their position during their tenure. We thank the Lord for their season in serving His church. I am grateful and give thanks for men and women who have responded to serve Him in our church for the next season. The full list of the PCC for 2020-2022 is published for your prayers. Pray for them, get behind them in their mobilization to build the church. Offer your talents to work alongside them and encourage them. Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Let us grow strong where we are planted. Let us seek the Lord how we can fulfill our calling to be the salt and light to our community. Let us consider others more important than ourselves, ready to meet the needs of others. This is how we can build up the church and fulfill our vision of making disciples. Let love be the motivation of all that we do to reflect that God is love.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12: 9-17, 21.

 

Sermon

CRUMBS IS ENOUGH?

Romans 14:1-12, Mark 7:27-37

1. Children First

Mark 7:24-27 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her,  “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

2. Crumbs and beyond

Mark 7:28-30 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.


Questions for Application

1. What are you asking from God for your own family (peace, unity, health etc.)? What are the things that we should also ask for the church, our family in God?

2. God’s grace has been fully poured out to all people. How do we move beyond the “crumbs mentality” into the “children mentality”?

  • Sermon Date: September 13, 2020
  • Date Posted: September 10, 2020
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Pastor's Message

LET DOWN YOUR NETS

And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. (Luke 5:4-6)

Simon Peter, a professional fisherman in Galilee all his life, thought he knew the fishing industry pretty well. At a time of the day which is most unlikely for any fisherman to go out and fish, Jesus asked him to do exactly that. He did as Jesus told him to, and the catch was more that what he could handled. From “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!”, Simon Peter exclaimed, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”. (Luke 5:8b). With that realisation, Jesus said to him, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” (Luke 5:10b). Simon Peter went out for a catch of fish, he came back with a call on his life!

You may be going through a spell of fruitlessness, directionless, purposelessness and mundaneness in your life. Your life has not always been like that, but recently, whether due to the many changes in your circumstance or some other reasons, you feel that the labour you put in, yields little or no true satisfaction. Perhaps you need to hear from Jesus a personal word, the One you call Master, that you might in your situation, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”.

Everyone who calls Jesus his/her Master has a call upon his/her life. It is when we encounter Jesus in the area of our weakness (or our strength) that we would recognize Him as Lord of the whole of our lives. Like Simon Peter, the catch came in the most unlikely manner not due to his expertise or his familiarity, but because he listened to Jesus’ words and obey, against all odds. True fruitfulness, purposefulness and satisfaction in life can only come about when we walk in our calling. This is called: vocation – our God appointed place in life, where we can effectively impact our surrounding with the message of the gospel and the truth of God’s words. This is ministry of the Kingdom of God.

On this Vocation Sunday, I wish to encourage us in seeking God’s call and purpose in life, let us not begin by seeking to do God’s work, but seek to encounter God in a personal way. I am sure when you do that, you will hear the Lord Jesus calling you to your vocation.

“Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

REV. CANON KENNETH THIEN
CHAIRMAN OF DIOCESAN VOCATION COMMITTEE

Sermon

WHAT DOES THE HEART REVEAL?

Romans 13: 8-14, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

1. The Incident

Mark 7:1-5 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus. and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.) So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

2. The Issue

Mark 7:14-15 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”


Questions for Application

1. Were there situations where we made assumptions harshly, without knowing the context? Share your experience.

2. Are there areas in our life that we need God to search our hearts? Please share and pray for each other

  • Sermon Date: September 6, 2020
  • Date Posted: September 3, 2020
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Pastor's Message

We have passed the halfway mark of the 40 day prayer and fast for the nation. The church in Thyatira is commended for its patient endurance besides its works, its faith, its love and service. I congratulate those who followed the devotion for having read the four gospels and the book of Acts. Endurance is required for us to hold on to our faith until the end. Let us urge each other to continue to fast and pray for our nation until we see God’s will done in Malaysia. Let us stand in the gap and pray until we see justice and peace restored. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2a. 

We are coming to the end of the IGNITE ONLINE. It was challenging and hard work but we have persevered and endured to the end. We do our part to continue to spread the gospel and contribute to the nurture and growth of those who attended. We leave the results to God confident that as we sow, so we will reap. Let’s keep striving and go beyond to extraordinary living for the Lord.

Next Sunday, we will be holding our AGM which has been deferred from March due to the pandemic. What we have done is history and we give thanks to the Lord for His hand upon our church. Let us pray to the Lord earnestly to raise up men and women who will serve Him for the next season of our church life. We believe that as men and women respond to His call and are obedient to his guidance, the Lord will add to our numbers daily those who are saved.

As we look around us at the world in turmoil, let us be comforted that God is in control. “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:12-13 Let us pray to the Lord that we will be counted among the faithful who will remain to the end.

Sermon

PROCLAIM HIS NAME

Psalms 105:1-6, 23-28, Matthew 16:21-28

1. Worship Him

Psalms 105:1-4 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

2. Remember His work

Psalms 105:5-6 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.


Questions for Application

1. What do you understand about calling upon God’s name? How can we call upon His name? Share your experience when you called upon His name.

2. Read Psalms 105:5 then share what miracles and work that God has done in your life. How can we respond in remembering the work and the goodness of God in your life?

  • Sermon Date: August 30, 2020
  • Date Posted: August 26, 2020
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