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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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Pastor's Message

You could be wondering what the church staff has been doing the last five months while we were in lockdown. I must testify their dedication and whole-hearted service throughout, often going extra miles and beyond to serve. I must testify God’s goodness and His favor through each of them. Their love for the church and for the people they serve is inspiring!

The staff team has successfully migrated our weekly services online. We are now better organized in that sermons are recorded a week ahead. Part of the staff team is now undergoing training to help with the recording and editing. This is over and above their duties to clean the church, carry out maintenance, take care of the garden and plants, rearrange the furniture to comply with SOP, attend staff meeting and prayer meetings. Some of us have to teach and preach while we cater to the needs of the congregation. There are those who are pursuing their theological studies and struggle to keep up with their assignments.

We thank God that we have a strong staff team, who give their all to serve God and His church. Very often, they have had to do everything with minimal equipment and resources.

We are not perfect and there is plenty of room for improvement. I ask you pray for strength and courage for the staff. Look after the needs of the staff as the workmen is deserving of their wages. Encourage them with your words and spur them on to excel in faith and in good works.

 

Sermon

OUR GREAT DELIVERANCE

Psalms 124, Matt 16: 13-20

1. God’s Protection

Psalms 124: 1-5 If the LORD had not been on our side— let Israel say— if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us, they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.

2. God’s Provision

Psalms 124: 6-8 Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 58:6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; LORD, tear out the fangs of those lions!

Psalms 123:1 I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.

John 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

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


Questions for Application

1. Have you ever experienced hardship and distress in your life, as if to devour us? How you win against it?

2. The enemy’s attacking methods are numerous and fierce nowadays, but how does God work in our lives today?

  • Sermon Date: August 23, 2020
  • Date Posted: August 22, 2020
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Pastor's Message

We are already into the second week of our 40 days prayer and fast for the nation. I trust that you have been blessed through the devotion and reading of the scriptures. The lesson that I learned is a large part of prayer is to listen to what the Spirit is saying to us. As we read large portions of the scripture every day, I am amazed that there is so much details in familiar scripture that we have overlooked. The Bible is truly alive and speaks to the situation that we are in today. When we dedicate time to the reading and study of God’s word, it will enlighten our minds and strengthen our resolve to abide by His word.

We live in a world that is overloaded by information that bombard us from all sides. It is so important for us to discern and check what is true and what is false. The scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. When we know the truth, the truth will set us free. Free from the deception of the world which traps us and entangles us to keep us under bondage.

Last Saturday, we had our first physical English Service. We had 68 seats and every seat was filled. The ushers were properly briefed on their duties and the members were orderly and followed the SOP. The worship team and PA crew stayed in their seats throughout the service. The lay leaders served the Holy Communion to the communicants at their seats. At the end of the service, the exit was also orderly.

On Sunday, we had the second session of the IGNITE Conference. It was well run and the turn out was good as we had international participants. The participation should continue to increase as we speak positively of the conference and spread the news by word of mouth. We were so blessed by the Dr Victor Lee as he spoke on our going beyond our comfort one to do evangelism. We are waiting eagerly to hear from Dr Lin Khee Vun who is no stranger to us.

This Sunday, we look forward to a time of fellowship at the physical Service will be held at 11.30am on Sunday in Chinese. Even though we are required to maintain social distance and comply with the stringent guidelines set by the authorities, it is such a joy to be able to worship corporately.

Sermon

THE GREAT DELIVERANCE

Genesis 45:1-15 & Matthew 15:10-28

1. I AM JOSEPH. DOES MY FATHER STILL LIVE?

Genesis 45: 1-3 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers.  And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.

2. GOD SENT ME BEFORE YOU TO PRESERVE LIFE

Genesis 45: 4-8 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

3. GOD HAS MADE ME LORD OF ALL EGYPT

Genesis 45: 9-15 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Other wise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’ “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.” Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

 


Questions for Application

1. Share your story of how God revealed Himself to you. What is the effect and how has it changed your life? Share how you intend to share your story to those who has yet to know God.

2. Share how God intervened in your life so that what seem bad at the time it happened is for good. In the light of what God has done, share how you intend to use your experience to be a blessing.

  • Sermon Date: August 16, 2020
  • Date Posted: August 13, 2020
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Pastor's Message

As we scan the news whether it is national or international, we have an uneasy feeling that all is not well. As we look around us, we have leaders who are charged with corruption and larceny. Our economics is perplexing as the effects of the MCO kicks in but the stock markets are euphoric. Politically, we are unstable as race and religious issues which ought to bind us together as a multi-racial and multi religious nation. The question that begs to be answered is what is God telling us? On Friday the 7th August, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship is again mobilizing the church to come together corporately to pray and fast for a period of 40 days for our nation. The theme this year is ‘Hearing the Holy Spirit for the times we live in’. The key verse today for our meditation is ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes…’ Revelations 2:7

The Lord Jesus Christ was born in a time such as what we live in today. It was dark and Jesus brought light to the darkness. He brought healing and reconciliation to a broken world. The spiritual warfare was intense, but God is in control. The call was for a group of ordinary men to make a difference in the world. The call is still the same today. Are we willing to stand up and be counted as a follower of Jesus Christ? How can we overcome the present situation?

We can take comfort that those who are willing to hear and listen to the holy Spirit will become overcomers. Let us together as a church be overcomers as we listen and offer to the world the answers they need in this troubled world.

Sermon

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

Sermon

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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