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Pastor's Message

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

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

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

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

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DIVINE GUIDANCE

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

1. God Cares

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

2. God Chooses

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


Questions for Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S PROMISES

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

1. The Test

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

2. The Sacrifice

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

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

3. The Blessing

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


Questions for Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EXPERIENCE GOD’S PROMISES

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

1. Deny our flesh

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

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

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

2. Surrender

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

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


Questions for Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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IT IS NOT A LAUGHING MATTER

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

1. Is anything too hard for the Lord?

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

2. Yes, you did laugh

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


Questions for Application

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

2. Share with each other a joke.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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WHAT IS MAN

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

1​. Less than Nothing

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

 2. ​Of Infinite Worth

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


Questions for Application

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

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

  • Sermon Date: June 7, 2020
  • Date Posted: June 5, 2020
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Pastor's Message

In the church calendar, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples after He has ascended to heaven after His resurrection. They waited in prayer and as they were obedient to the instruction of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came upon them. The scripture tells us that it was to empower them to be His witnesses.

This is the starting point of the church. We must revisit this incident and learn from it so that our churches will follow in its footsteps. It is suggested that the Acts of the Apostles can be aptly renamed as the Acts of the Holy Spirit. It is so important to have a proper perspective of who we are and how futile it is to attempt to serve God on our own. We need the enabling of the Holy Spirit to serve God.

Jesus said, ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses … ’Acts 1:8

Supernatural power for a divine task.

As we are reminded of the need for the Holy Spirit, I ask you to meditate on this song. Sing it until it becomes a reality.

Come holy spirit
Fall afresh on me
Feel me with your power
Satisfy my need

Only you can make me whole
Give me strength to make me grow
Come holy spirit
Fall afresh on me

Then, GO, make disciples….

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NEW NORMAL

Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23

1. Salvation for everyone

Acts 2:11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

2. The mission call for the believers

Acts 2:17-18 In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women,     I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.


Questions for Application

1. What do you understand about following Jesus in this new normal? Have you experience the “new normal” in your life as followers of Christ?

2. Do you have a burden for the lost? In our current situation, what are the practical ways for us to be involved in mission?

  • Sermon Date: May 31, 2020
  • Date Posted: May 28, 2020
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Pastor's Message

The authorities have just issued the guidelines for churches to resume gathering. There is a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of taking temperature, registering participants, social distancing, good hygiene practices like provision of hand sanitizers, wearing of face mask and sanitizing commonly used areas before and after an event. We are prepared to adhere to all those conditions but the condition that we can only hold one service a week of not more than 30 persons is the limiting factor which will force us to continue with online services to serve our congregations. The Pastors and staff is working on improving both the content and quality of the online services. We would be please to hear from you directly or through your cell leaders and supervisors of any suggestions of how we can serve you better.

The giving to the church has dropped drastically. This could be due to a reduction of your wages or income. For others, we are not used to giving online and is waiting for the services to resume before we bring our tithe and offering to the church. In view of the current development, I am encouraging all of us to set up the process of giving online.

One important lesson I learned when I was a young Christian was to give my tithe faithfully even when it seem that I will not have enough. My experience is when I give first to the Lord, He will always provide for my needs. We can never out give God. He has revealed to us in scripture that he is Jehovah Jireh our provider.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38.

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BACK TO BASICS
Acts 1:6-14

1. Witnessing

Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.

1.1 SOP

Acts 1:8b You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”

1.2 Our Role

Acts 1:12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.”

1.3 Our Vision

2. Prayer

Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.”


Questions for Application

1. Share what it means to you to be a witness for the Lord. Share what you propose to do to increase your involvement in witnessing.

2. Share what is your understanding of prayer. Share what you intend to do this year to be involved in prayer.

  • Sermon Date: May 24, 2020
  • Date Posted: May 21, 2020
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Pastor's Message

Greetings in the Name of the Lord. I want to prepare you for the changes that will take place due to the present pandemic. Many of us are still thinking that we will revert to the time when we are able to gather together for worship. We will travel freely and life will revert to as it was before. What if no vaccine is found for Covid-19 just as there is no ‘cure’ for the common cold. We need consider the present as the new normal.

In view of this, our cell group will be our church. The key elements of ministry and evangelism will now happen in the context of our cell group. Our cell leaders has to rise up and lead your cell and care for your members. You are to help your members to grow in their spiritual maturity and in their experience of God. They are to grow in their fellowship and love for one another. The key index is other people will be drawn into your fellowship and many will be added to your cell group. This is the modern description of the early church at the end of Acts 2. We live in challenging times but it is also an opportunity given to us to be the agent of change. How we manage the change will determine the outcome in the future.

The Diocese has now given us the temporary dispensation to conduct Holy Communion ‘online’. This will happen on the last weekend in May as it will take us some time to properly prepare for it. I ask all of us to prepare for it both physically and spiritually so that we will derive the maximum blessing from the celebration and remembrance of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for everyone of us.

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OUR GOD

Acts 17:22-31, John 14:15-21

1. He is the creator

Acts 17:24-26 The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.

2. He is the Judge

Acts 17:30-31 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.

 

 


Questions for Application

1. Share what was your belief before you come to know our God? What are you going to do to introduce Him to those who do not know Him.

2. Share how important our God is to you. Share how we can honour Him with our lives.

  • Sermon Date: May 17, 2020
  • Date Posted: May 14, 2020
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Pastor's Message

My family and I wish all parents a blessed and fulfilled Happy Parents Day. Our church has opted to celebrate Parents Day today without knowing that we would be restricted from gathering.

Special items were planned and gifts would have been made to honor our parents. There would have been refreshments and time spent for families to honor the parents.

Under the circumstances, the MCO has given us the best gift we can give to our parents and that is the gift of time. I trust that many of us due to the movement restriction order have spend extended time talking to our parents. While the young seem to view their parents as outdated and obsolete, they are a treasure we may have overlooked. Their experience and their witness of the change in their time is something that even money cannot buy. In this age, distance and proximity is no longer a deterrent as we can meet online. What is needed is we take time to communicate with our parents.

“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” Job 12:12. The wisdom of the elderly is infinite. You only need to be willing to wholeheartedly listen to their life stories. They want us to appreciate the wisdom they’ve gathered throughout the years. God gave us the Ten Commandments  one of which is, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12.

Let us be obedient to the Lord and honor or parents as commanded.

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COMFORT IN HIM

ACTS 7:54-60, JOHN 14:1-14

1. HE CARES FOR US

John 14:1-4 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

2. HE IS WITH US

John 14:9-14 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works them selves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, be cause I am going to the Father. 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.


Questions for Application

1. What are the things in the world that is troubling us. Share with each other from your own experience how the problem can be resolved.

2. Despite the troubles of the world, how do we know that God is with us?

  • Sermon Date: May 10, 2020
  • Date Posted: May 7, 2020
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Pastor's Message

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. I bring you greetings of peace in a world that is in turmoil. Peace is only possible under such circumstances when we have the Prince of Peace residing in our hearts. No matter what is happening around us, we enjoy perfect peace when we commit our lives to Him and is able to trust that He has our best interest at heart.

As a church, we need to show the world that what we preach we also do. That while we also face hardship and lack, we are not blind to the need of others who are less fortunate than us. In the last few weeks, we have been giving provisions to those who have run out of basic necessities. I want to thank all of you who have given sacrificially. I am reminded of the Macedonian church, “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.”

2 Corinthians 8:2-4 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.

We are only looking at the beginning of the problem that is caused by this pandemic so we want to be prepared.

We have set up a Welfare Fund C19 that is dedicated to help people to tide over this crisis. You can give this through your cell leader or direct bank transfer and direct it to the Welfare Fund C19. I am encouraging all to continue to give so that the church will not be lacking to do good work so that all men will see and give  glory to our Father who is in heaven.

 

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CHURCH THAT TOUCHES LIVES

Acts 2:42-47, John 10:1-10

Acts 2:47 – praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

1. Grow in our relationship with God

Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

2. Grow in our love for others

Acts 2:44-45 All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.


Questions for Application

1. What must you do in order to experience growth in our relationship with God? Share two or more ways that we can do so.

2. Not just that we need to grow but we need to be fruitful. What is your reflection on it? What are the results that you would want to see and how are you going to do it?

  • Sermon Date: May 3, 2020
  • Date Posted: April 29, 2020
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