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Pastor's Message

I trust you are all well. MCO has been extended for another two weeks. It means more time to spend at home.

Do make use of this time to hear from our Heavenly Father. We live in such a noisy and busy world. We need to learn to be quiet. The bible tells us that God speaks in a still, small voice. Psalms 46:10 says ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ It means we are to stop striving, stop fighting and surrender to Him. Let Him take charge. This Psalm was set in a time when the world was in turmoil. Today, our world is in great turmoil but we can learn to keep our eyes on Jesus. We are to take our attention from the world and turn our eyes to Him.

Look at nature. See God through His creation. I have been spending some time in the garden. The flowers are blooming and they attract lots of butterflies. I use the time while I am doing my gardening to draw near to God and to listen to Him.

Take time to appreciate the people in your life. Call those you have not communicated with for some time. Send a note or a message to reconnect with those you have lost touch with for some time. Tell them that you have thought of them. Say a prayer for someone that the Lord has brought to mind. Get a notebook and start a thanksgiving list. Make it a habit to give thanks every day.

It is a good time to take stock. Take a look inside yourself and see what God is doing in our lives. Is there a need to deal with an attitude? When we spend time in the presence of a holy God, we will be able to see where we need to change. We will experience His grace and peace, and the ability to change.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.

As you enter a new week, be blessed by ‘Be Still and Know’ by Hillsong. Let us continue to serve from where we are, reaching out to as many as we can, as often as we can, as effectively as we can. Let nothing stop us from reaching out with the love of Jesus!

https://youtu.be/WHATCAvlqQA

Sermon

A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD

Romans 8:1-17, Mark 4:26-34

1. Knowing God

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

1.1 Our position in Jesus Christ
1.2 Our power in Jesus Christ

2. Living according to the Spirit

Romans 8:5-11 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

 

Knowing your identity

Romans 8:12-17 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.


Questions for Application

1. What are the things you want to do but you do not do, but what you hate you do (Romans 7:15)?

2. What are the things occupying your mind now?

3. What are the things, you think, that God desires His people to do now for the church and the community in the midst of this pandemic?

  • Sermon Date: June 13, 2021
  • Date Posted: June 10, 2021
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Pastor's Message

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,

When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,

Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,

Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

The hymn speaks to the present situation we are in. The storm is raging all around us. There is a tsunami of information and we find it so difficult to differentiate what is true. We need to be instructed by the scriptures and be grounded in the Word. “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” Ephesians 4:14

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20

When we are caught in the middle of the storm, there is no need to be afraid.  Jesus loves us. He will take care of us. Let us focus our eyes on Jesus and follow Him. Let Him be the anchor of our lives. Let us put our complete trust in Him. Let us show the world that we can remain calm and peaceful despite the circumstances as a testimony of our faith in Him. Let this be our testimony. Jesus is with us. Right here in the middle of the storm. Reach out to someone today and bring this assurance of faith to him/her.

https://youtu.be/VUBsVRrFNBQ

 

Sermon

STRUGGLE WITH SIN

Romans 7: 7-25, Mark 3:20-35

Romans 7:8-9 For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once; when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

1. Life without law

1.1 He was not afraid of dying or standing in judgment before God
1.2 He is not thinking of his iniquity
1.3 He thinks very highly of himself
1.4 He looked down on others

2. The revival of sin

3. Death through the law

3.1 He saw he was condemned to die
3.2 All his hopes from his past life died
3.3 All his hopes as to the future died
3.4 All his powers die


Questions for Application

1. What do you think died in Paul? Share what died in you and how you came to life again.
2. How will you explain to a non-Christian, ‘You can have salvation, but not by your own works.’

  • Sermon Date: June 6, 2021
  • Date Posted: June 5, 2021
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Pastor's Message

The Harvest Festivals will be very quiet and restrained, unlike other years. In an agrarian society, it is a celebration of hope for the future. There will be food for the coming year. There will be seeds to sow when the rain comes and the potential of provision for the future. There will be no gathering this year due to the pandemic but we continue to give thanks and count our blessings as we reflect on the goodness of the Lord.

We will harvest what we sow. When we sow generously, we will reap bountifully. Let us sow generosity, kindness, love, joy, and hope. When we do it consistently, we will reap in due season.

The Menggatal Anglican church started in a first-floor shop house. They moved to a renovated wooden house on the outskirts of the town when the lease ran out. The work has grown to two congregations besides ministering to outreach centers. They are appealing for funds to help them build a new building. Their appeal is for us to contribute the cost of bricks which cost one Ringgit each. I encourage you to sow into this project. Contribute whatever amount the Lord lays upon your heart. You can look at the building one day and know you have sown into the life of that church.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God can bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Let us follow the example of the Macedonian church who in their poverty and under severe trial, gave joyfully and generously to help other churches in need. They gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God also to us. 2 Corinthians 8:5

Menggatal Anglican Worship Centre: Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad Account No. 100110010037731

 

Sermon

DEAD TO SIN

Romans 6:1-23, John 3:1-17

1. Through Baptism

Romans 6:1-4 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

2. Alive to God

Romans 6:11-12 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

3. Slaves to Righteousness

Romans 6:14-18 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Colossians 3:1-4 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory


Questions for Application

1. Share what you think baptism means. How can we show those who have not believed in Jesus Christ that our life has changed when we received Him as Lord and Saviour.

2. Describe the difference it made in your life when you acknowledge the creator God. How can you use your experience of receiving Jesus to help others come to faith in God?

  • Sermon Date: May 30, 2021
  • Date Posted: May 28, 2021
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Pastor's Message

Our FCC website boldly proclaims 25 years of growing and loving. Our growing to maturity is a journey of growing in our ability to love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 

We learned from the Scriptures that love is expressed in the things we do. When we do it, it is felt and experienced and the result of that love is life-changing and transformative.

The scripture goes on to say that love never fails. When we do things motivated by love, miracles can happen. Look out for opportunities to love. The world we live in needs to be loved, more than ever today. The people around us need to be loved. When we love and take action as a result of love, bondages can be broken. When we reach out and speak the truth in love, people can put their faith in God and their lives changed forever. People need the Lord. People need the love of God.

I quote a prayer sent by Ps Timothy Lim to us: Lord, when will this pandemic end? No matter what we do, the situation doesn’t seem to be getting better, and it’s hard to remain hopeful in a situation that looks hopeless. Help us take our eyes off our surroundings and fix them on You. Remind us that this world is not our home, and help us walk wisely, redeeming the times we’re living in. Give us Your grace and strength to get through each day. Amen

Let us keep praying. Let us keep loving. Let us keep hoping.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5

Sermon

LIFE THROUGH CHRIST

Romans 5:12-21, John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

1. Death through Sin

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.
Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Genesis 2:17 But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Have we actually acknowledged our sinful nature?

2. Abundant Provision of Grace

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

To those who have the grace, are we living by grace?


Questions for Application

1. How would you explain to others what is sin? In view of the universal experience that we will all die one day, what can we offer to those who are seeking the meaning of life?

2. Share how you came to the decision to ask Jesus to come into your life. Now that you have the assurance of eternal life, how can we show by the way we live that we have something that the whole world needs.

  • Sermon Date: May 23, 2021
  • Date Posted: May 21, 2021
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Pastor's Message

Last week, we were caught in a traffic jam on our way to Mahkota Cheras. The section that usually takes five minutes took us half an hour. I was very irritated by reckless drivers cutting into my lane to get ahead. It was training in patience. I realized that those who weaved in and out did not get very far ahead. I was prompted in my spirit to pray for those who irritated me by their driving. It was so meaningful and purposeful. In no time at all, we came to the end of the jam. The cause of the jam was a minor mishap. I realized how important it was to be mindful of the Lord’s presence. No matter what situation we face in our life, use it as an opportunity to learn patience. The command to love others is dependent on our ability to be patient.

The daily COVID-19 update is troubling. We can become restless and our hearts anxious, for families far away and those within our home. We catch up on updates and find ourselves helpless. Is the future bleak and hopeless? The words of a song came to mind :

‘He gives us hope

When hope is gone

He gives us strength

When we can’t go on

He gives us shelter

In the storms of life

When there’s no peace on Earth

There is peace in Christ’

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 

When we bring Christ into our troubling situations, we can experience peace.

Many may have had a tough week. Some may have been praying for a breakthrough or a miracle and you are still waiting. Lift the matter to the Lord. Wait upon Him and bring Him into your situation. Let Him give you peace that transcends all circumstances. I was introduced to the song Wait On You by Elevation Worship & Maverick City a few days ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3TYG7Q_fj4

Listen to it. Be blessed. He holds the future. Wait on the Lord.

 

Sermon

PEACE WITH GOD

Romans 5:1-11, John 17:6-19

1. Stand In Grace

Romans 5:2b We have gained access by faith into this grace which we now stand.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

2. Rejoice In Hope And Suffering

Romans 5:2-4 And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
2 Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

3. Saved Through Christ

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Questions for Application

1. Share what would give you peace of mind in our present circumstances. How can we help those around us who are facing difficulties both financially or emotionally?

2. Share what you think it means to rejoice in suffering. What can we do to help others around find peace even under difficult circumstances?

  • Sermon Date: May 16, 2021
  • Date Posted: May 14, 2021
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Pastor's Message

I wish all mothers’ a very blessed Mother’s Day. This year, FCC will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as one in June. Nonetheless, it is good to pause and reflect on what our mothers have done for us. In reality, we are who we are because of how our mother has looked after and nurtured us both physically, emotionally, and mentally. In Greek, there are four words for love. Storge – parental or sibling love; Philia–friendship love; Erosromantic love and Agape–unconditional “God” love. The love of a mother in our experience would come closest to that of our God. They love us despite what we are because they don’t look only at our actions, they look upon our hearts. That is why a mother’s love is the closest thing to God’s love we can imagine.

I can testify that it was my mother who stayed up all night sponging my body to take down my fever when I was sick. It was my mother who helped me to learn my alphabet so that I could read. It was my mother who encouraged me and believed in me when the rest of the world thought I would not amount to anything. The most important thing that my mother deposited in my life was her belief and faith in God.

We are reminded of Paul’s words to young Timothy, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5. It is the faith of the mother and the mother’s mother that was deposited in Timothy.

Proverbs has this to say of mother’s, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Take time to appreciate your mother and the mother of your children. Some of us can think of people though not our natural mother has been a mother to us. As we reflect on our mother’s love for us, we must learn how to care for one another with the tender loving care that our mother has showered on us.

Sermon

FATHER OF FAITH

Romans 4:1-25, John 15:9-17

1. Justification

Romans 3:31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Romans 4:4-5 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

2. By Faith alone

Romans 4:6-8 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”
Psalm 32:1-2 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

3. Abraham’s Faith and Ours


Questions for Application

1. Share what justification means to you. How do we share with others that faith in Jesus is enough to ensure our eternal life?

2. Share what you think is so amazing about the faith of Abraham. What must we do to develop faith that can be credited as righteousness?

  • Sermon Date: May 9, 2021
  • Date Posted: May 8, 2021
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Pastor's Message

Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. Happiness is also an attitude that we cultivate and some of us can be worried, grumpy, negative, or plain unhappy. Just staying healthy can bring us happiness under the present circumstances.

Some think that riches will bring happiness. Sadly it can buy us things but it cannot make us truly happy. Some seek fame but when they become famous, that happiness is also fleeting. When the applause dies, their happiness evaporates. Some seek pleasure. The testimony of those who seek it tells us that too can only satisfy us for a moment. 1 John 2 tells us that these are worldly things and they will pass away with the return of Jesus Christ.

The bible teaches us we can be happy if we put our faith in God. Psalm 1 gives us three things that will make us happy: do not walk in the counsel of wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners not seat in the seat of scoffers but his delight is in the law of the Lord.

Contrary to the common belief that the law enslaves us, the law if we are able to keep it is designed by God to protect us so that we can live as He has designed us to be.

True happiness is a joy that is not dependent on circumstances. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Let us cultivate the fruit of the Spirit by being led by the Holy Spirit. Let us be guided by the Holy Spirit who will reveal to us the truth. The truth will set us free from the bondage of sin then we can truly be happy.

 

Sermon

RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH FAITH

Romans 3:9-31, John 15:1-8

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.

Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

1. Not by Law

Romans 1:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

2. Not by Works

Romans 1:27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.

3. By Faith Alone

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.


Questions for Application

1. The purpose of the Law is to show us that we are incapable to attain God’s righteousness. Share how you can use this to share the good news which those who have yet to receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

2. Are there times when we tempted to try and earn our salvation by good works. How does it affect the way we follow Jesus when we are clear that salvation is by faith alone.

  • Sermon Date: May 2, 2021
  • Date Posted: April 30, 2021
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Pastor's Message

The main focus of people today is wealth and health. The Bible teaches us that true wealth is not material riches on earth but what we have stored up for ourselves in heaven. It is imperative that we have the health to enjoy the wealth that we have been blessed with.

How can we ensure that we enjoy good health? If we search the scriptures, we can learn a lot from the kosher food laws of the Jews. Most of the animals that they are prohibited to eat are predators, scavengers, or shellfish. While their meat is not toxic, the things that they eat or ingest may carry bacteria that can harm us. Under grace, we are allowed to eat everything but it would be wise to do so in moderation.

The illusion of the perfect sculptured body is everyone’s dream. Much effort, time, and finances are spent on dieting and gym subscriptions these days. While it is good to promote a healthy lifestyle, we must remember that the outward is temporal and subject to decay and corruption. The pursuit of the ideal can become idolatry.

Take care to prepare and eat a balanced diet. Allocate time for regular exercise. Maintain a healthy work-life balance. Make time for God, family, and friends.

Our state of mind can also improve our health or become detrimental. If we harbor grudges or unforgiveness, the bitterness can cause us to be sick. Physical illness, though not always, can be a manifestation of a spiritual condition in our lives. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

The number of COVID cases is on the rise again. Let us all take responsibility to do everything we can to take care of ourselves and in so doing, take care of others around us. Do not be fearful as we believe that the Lord our God is in control. Let us put our trust in Him. When we entrust our lives to Him, He will give us His joy that is in spite of the circumstances and His peace that passes understanding.

 

Sermon

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Romans 3:1-8, John 10:11-18

Romans 3:1-8 (International Children’s Bible)
1 So, do Jews have anything that other people do not have? Is there anything special about being circumcised? 2 Yes, of course, there is in every way. The most important thing is this: God trusted the Jews with his teachings. 3 It is true that some Jews were not faithful to God. But will that stop God from doing what he promised? 4 No! God will continue to be true even when every person is false. As the Scriptures say: “So your words may be shown to be right. You are fair when you judge me.” (Psalm 51:4) 5 When we do wrong, that shows more clearly that God is right. So can we say that God is wrong to punish us? (I am talking as men might talk.) 6 No! If God could not punish us, then God could not judge the world. 7 A person might say, “When I lie, it really gives God glory, because my lie shows God’s truth. So why am I judged a sinner?” 8 It would be the same to say, “We should do evil so that good will come.” Some people find fault with us and say that we teach this. Those who say such things about us are wrong, and they should be punished.

Faithfulness & Righteousness

1. Why am I judged as a sinner even though I am a Jew?
2. Why am I judged as a sinner when God can’t keep His promise to the Jews?
3. Why am I judged as a sinner if my wrongs show more clearly that God is right?
4. Why am I judged as a sinner if my lie shows God’s truth?

Romans 1:21 They knew God. But they did not give glory to God, and they did not thank him. Their thinking became useless. Their foolish minds were filled with darkness. They said they were wise, but they became fools.
Romans 2:17 What about you? You call yourself a Jew. You trust in the law of Moses and brag that you are close to God.
Romans 2:24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
Leviticus 24:16 Anyone who speaks against the Lord must be put to death…
Romans 3:20 … through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Romans 3:2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.
Romans 11:15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
Romans 3:4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”
Romans 3:8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!


Questions for Application

1. Share some of the things in the scripture that you had difficulty in believing. What are you going to do to ensure that you have absolute faith in the scripture?

2. Share what is your reaction to the phrase, ‘Let us do evil that good may result.’ How can your belief in God’s faithfulness encourage you to share your faith with others?

  • Sermon Date: April 25, 2021
  • Date Posted: April 22, 2021
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Pastor's Message

We all pursue security in material comforts and the praise of man as a measure of our success. This may be the standard that the world measure success in life. The reasons for pursuing this will be different for all of us due to our different circumstances and upbringing. In the process, we may lose sight of what is important in life.

“You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…” Deuteronomy 8:17-18 

The scripture tells us not to store up for ourselves treasures on earth because they are temporal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven which is eternal.

How can we help our family and friends to store up for themselves treasures in heaven? “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33   

When we look after God’s kingdom, Jesus said to His disciples, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30 

FAA started Youth Alpha last Thursday with 30 in attendance. From the first minute to the last, it was a very good atmosphere – joy and excitement were in the air! The topic for the day was Life: Is this it? Students shared in small groups the following questions:

  1. If you had 24 hours to do anything, what would you do?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. If it turned out God existed after all, and you could ask one question, what would it be?

It was most encouraging to hear them sharing from the heart. We praise God for the opportunity to sow into the lives of young people. We ask everyone to participate in prayer and intercession. We are trusting the Lord for a mighty harvest!

 

Sermon

GOD’S RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT

Romans 2:1-29, Luke 24:36b-48

2 Timothy 3:16 All-Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting andtraining in righteousness

1. The Gentiles Need Salvation

Romans 2:3-5 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

2. The Jews Need Salvation

Romans 2:17-24 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

Romans 2:28-29 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.


Questions for Application

1. Who needs salvation? What can we do to help others find salvation?

2. Share an incident you experienced being judged by others. How can we apply what we learned about judging others?

  • Sermon Date: April 18, 2021
  • Date Posted: April 16, 2021
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Pastor's Message

God wants to be friends with us. We are created by God in His likeness so that we can have fellowship with Him. God met with Adam and Eve daily in the beautiful garden that He placed them. The relationship God had with us is to establish a model for us to follow in our relationship with others.

Love cement friendships together, even in difficult times. The Scripture shows us that love is a necessary element of a good friend. A good friend will love you at all times and in any situation — good or bad.

These are some scriptures that help us to value and build friendship:

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work; If one falls, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. Romans 12:9–10

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command…This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:13-14, 17

Jesus gave His life for us. We are called to love one another as He loved us.

I call on all in FCC to be committed to love one another. I encourage all of us to form strong and lasting friendships across racial and generational lines. To have friends, we must first learn from Jesus what it means to be a friend. The most important friend we must have in our life is Our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters. 

 

Sermon

THE WRATH OF GOD

Romans 1:18-32, John 20:19-31

1. Why God manifests His wrath

Because man stifles God’s revealed truth

1.1 By suppressing the truth in unrighteousness

Romans 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.

1.2 By spurning what God has revealed

Romans 1:19-20 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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.

Because man is ungrateful and foolish

2.1 Not being thankful to God

Romans 1:21a For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him

2.2 Becoming futile in their thoughts and foolish in their hearts

Romans 1:21b-23 but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

2. Why God manifests His wrath

2.1 To moral uncleanness

Romans 1:24-25 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

2.2 To vile passions

Romans 1:26-27 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

2.3 To debased minds and unrighteousness

Romans 1:28-32 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.


Questions for Application

1. Share an incident when God has shown you he is angry with you. How can we get God to turn away from His anger? Take time this week to seek God to reveal to you which area of our lives that He is angry with us.

2. How do you develop patience in our lives? In view of God’s patience to us, share how this realization will help you to be patient with others.

  • Sermon Date: April 11, 2021
  • Date Posted: April 9, 2021
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