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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. 

 

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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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Pastor's Message

Good Friday marks the day in history when Jesus was crucified and died on a cross. Why is it good when it reminds us that Jesus died an excruciating death for my sins?

It is good because it gives hope to us who put our trust in Jesus. We are assured that we can have the same outcome as we follow Him. Paul said, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”1 Corinthians 15:3-4

It was on this day that the promise of God that he would save the world was fulfilled. A light has dawn and people living in darkness now has hope.

It is good because Jesus willingly took our sin on himself so that we can be set free.

It is good because, on this day, the wrath of God and the mercy of God met. The result is all who receive Jesus, those who call on His name will be saved. The estranged relation of God the creator to man His creation is restored. This is the picture of the cross.

It was prophesied by Isaiah, “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.” Isaiah 53:3-5 

Let us rejoice and celebrate Good Friday. Remember, “we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24. It is the power of God for salvation to all who believe.

Because of Good Friday, we have good news for the world. Let us share this good news with those who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS REVEALED

Romans 1:14-17, Mark 11:1-11

Romans 1:17 “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

1. God’s righteousness lifts our burden

2. God’s righteousness keeps us away from comparison

3. God’s righteousness keeps us from guilt and shame


Questions for Application

1. What aspect of righteousness is revealed to you in the gospel in Romans 1:17? How can you apply this revelation to help you to live as a witness for Jesus Christ?

2. Share what you understand by this phrase, “He who through faith is righteous.” How can we apply this to the situation that we are facing?

  • Sermon Date: March 28, 2021
  • Date Posted: March 27, 2021
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Maundy Thursday is remembered as the last Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples.

This is remembered each time Christians celebrate the Holy Communion. We do it in obedience to Jesus’ instruction that we should do it in remembrance of His death. The breaking of the bread is a representation that His body is given as a sacrifice for us. The sharing of the cup represents the shedding of His blood for the cleansing of our sins.

The word Maundy is taken from the Greek word Mandatum which is translated as mandate or command in English. At the Last Supper, Jesus gave the disciples a new commandment that we are to love one another as Jesus loved us. He gave an object lesson that will be imprinted in our lives forever. Their master and teacher washed their feet to teach them humility and service for us to follow as His followers.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-12 

Let us learn to love one another as God loves.

 

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THE GOSPEL

Romans 1:14-17, John 12:20-33

1. I am not ashamed

1 Cor 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

2. It is the power of God for Salvation

Acts 16:26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Acts 17:22-23 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what
I am going to proclaim to you.

2 Cor 11:23-28 I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

3. For Everyone who believes

John 3:15-16 That everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.


Questions for Application

1. Share your conversion experience. Share what were the changes you had to make in your life?

2. What do you understand by, “ Everyone who believes has eternal life? What does it mean to you that everyone can be saved?

  • Sermon Date: March 21, 2021
  • Date Posted: March 19, 2021
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Pastor's Message

When will we resume physical services? While there are no fixed dates, we want to assure you there is a great desire to do so. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to worship on-site! We are monitoring the unfolding situation daily and seeking the Lord fervently how best to reopen for worship, at the same time, how to bring the church to the people despite the circumstances.

We have purchased a digital mixing console, new computers and equipment for the media staff so they can do their work more efficiently. With the audio and video editing improved, the rendering of the video clips will be faster. The streaming of our video will also be more efficient. We will be looking into building a studio and getting better video cameras. We will be working towards the lifestreaming of our services. We see this as the way forward into the future.

In Isaiah, the Lord said to His people, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 

Moses said, ” The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.  Deuteronomy 28:13

I see exciting days ahead! I ask you to come alongside and let us work together. Let us be in step with what God is doing.

 

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EVANGELISM

Romans 1:14-17, John 3:14-21

1. I am Bound

Romans 1:14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.

Acts 9:3-4 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—

Romans 7:24-25 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

2. I am Eager

Romans 1:15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

Romans 1:11-13 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunesso that it will be even more fruitful.

3. I am Unashamed

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Acts 16:30-31 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Questions for Application

1. Share what your life was like before you received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. When you see or meet people who have not received Jesus, share what is your feeling towards them?

2. Share an occasion in the past when you were afraid to share Jesus. What should we do to be prepared to share Jesus at any time or on any occasion?

  • Sermon Date: March 14, 2021
  • Date Posted: March 11, 2021
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TENDER LOVING CARE

Romans 1:7-13, John 2:13-22

1. Thank God for them

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 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. Pray for them

Romans 1:9-10 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.

3. Longs to see them

Romans 1:11-13 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.


Questions for Application

1. Share if you think that Prayer and Thanksgiving seem to always go together. What can we do to ensure that prayer and thanksgiving are part of our cell group life?

2. Share how you have kept in touch with your Christian brother and sisters both far and near. What are the reasons we want to meet up with each other in view of Paul’s letter?

  • Sermon Date: March 7, 2021
  • Date Posted: March 5, 2021
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Pastor's Message

The Celebration of Chinese New Year begins with a reunion dinner. Family from far and near make an effort to get together each year so they can meet up, catch up and keep each other abreast of what is happening in their individual lives. This is a way of getting connected or reconnected and contributes to the strengthening of the bond they have with each other. This is what keeps the family strong. I am certain that all the other tribes and peoples on earth have a similar tradition. The strength of a society or people is measured by the closeness of the family relationship.

This is also true for a cell church. The strength of the church can be gauged by the relationship that cell members have with the cell leader and the other members. When the cells are healthy, the church is strong. This pandemic is a gauge of our strength and resilience. When the church is not able to meet, the cell becomes the church for the members. The care and nurture for the members are borne by the cell leaders. When there is persecution, the church has to meet in small groups and the members have to look out for each other. This is the model that Jesus practiced, gathering around him a group that he taught and mentored.

I am asking all of us to make an effort to gather and support one another, and in so doing, encourage your cell leader. Let us all make a concerted effort to strengthen our relationship with our cell leader and with others in our cell group. Make an effort to send a note to our cell leader or a member in our cell. Commit to praying for one member in the cell each day. Help members who are in need. As a cell, we can contribute to the church welfare fund so that the church can reach out to people in need. The little that we do or give can have far-reaching results.

“Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matthew10:41-42

Lent is a special season of drawing nearer to the Lord as we give up “things of this world” to make room for Jesus.

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THE ROMANS

Romans 1:7-13, Mark 8:31-38

Romans 1:7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Loved by God

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

2. Called to be Saints

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 … To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, …

1 Peter 1:14-15 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.

3. Recipients of Grace and Peace

Luke 24:51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


Questions for Application

1. Share if you feel the love of God for you. What do you want to do to share with someone that God loves them?

2. Share what it means to you to receive the Benediction at the end of the Service. Make plans to share with someone the peace that you experience in Christ.

  • Sermon Date: February 28, 2021
  • Date Posted: February 26, 2021
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NO OTHER NAME

Romans 1:1-6, Mark 1:9-15

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

1. What is in the Name?

Romans 1:5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake

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.

Exodus 3:14 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.’ ”

Deuteronomy 5:11 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

1 Samuel 17:8-9 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”

1 Samuel 17:26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

1 Samuel 17:43-45 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

1 Samuel 17:48-49 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

1 Samuel 17:51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Romans 10:9-13 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

2. For His Name’s Sake

The good news is the gospel of God, about Christ according to the Scriptures for the Nations unto the obedience of faith for the sake of His Name.


Questions for Application

1. What is the significance of your name? What can we do to live up to being a disciple of Jesus?

2. Share how you are careful not to use the name of God disrespectfully. What can we do for His name’s sake?

  • Sermon Date: February 21, 2021
  • Date Posted: February 19, 2021
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Pastor's Message

I trust you have enjoyed a warm and joyous Chinese New Year. Most of the families have been able to enjoy the reunion dinner with the amended SOP allowing us to gather and celebrate the Eve of the Chinese New Year. The church extended care to students who were not able to return home by delivering a meal to them. The cell group is also a family and many have gathered together as a cell group for the occasion. This is right and good as it will strengthen our community. This is much needed as our society has seen a decline as our families have become nuclear and disconnected. The family is so important as it is the basic building block of society. In the beginning of the Bible after the creation narrative, one of the first things that God did was to set up the family structure.

“Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:22-24

Let us do all we can to strengthen the relationships in the family and also in our spiritual family. Let us follow the example recorded for us in the Old Testament that the care and concern for our family should be extended to the widow and orphans and the alien among our midst. The Lord is directing our attention to those who are poor and in need, those who are marginalized and in need of our care and protection. Members of FCC arise and touch the people around you with the love of God.

 

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GOSPEL IS THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH

Romans 1:1-6, Mark 9:2-9

1. Obedience to the faith

Romans 1:8, 16-17 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

2. Obedience which consists of Faith – the commitment of wholehearted devotion to Christ

3. Obedience that comes from Faith – Abraham

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.


Questions for Application

1. Is it possible to accept Jesus without surrendering to Him as Lord. What areas in our life do we need to bring under the lordship of Christ?

2. Does Faith and Obedience always go together? Can we believe and not obey the Lord?

  • Sermon Date: February 14, 2021
  • Date Posted: February 11, 2021
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Pastor's Message

We will be celebrating a very different Chinese New Year from what we are used to. It will be prudent for us to comply with the government requirement for social distancing and keeping our gathering small. However, we have the Internet. We thank the Lord for preparing this tool for our use. There is nothing that can keep us from fellowship with our family and friends.

The need is for us to adapt to this new normal and to use it to our advantage. Alpha International shared that the Alpha Course can be effective without their usual food and gathering. They testified that more people than ever have joined the online course. St Michael’s Church in Sandakan used Christmas to share the Good news of Jesus to many people through the internet. Much more than when they were able to go caroling physically. We too can testify that through the Internet, we have continued to share the gospel. People are coming to Christ and nurture class is now being conducted online.

Let us continue to celebrate under new circumstances. Let us fulfill the mandate Jesus gave us even under the new normal. Paul’s charge to young Timothy, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2. God will honor our effort in reaching out to people. Be excited to see people come to worship on our Church Online platform. Make it a point to send our invitations weekly far and near –

“Join us at https://ilovefcc.online.church/ for our services.”

In the Chinese New Year, let us celebrate albeit in a new way. Let us use this occasion to seek God’s way how we can continue to be the bearer of good tidings and blessings to all.

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THE GOSPEL IS FOR THE NATIONS

Romans 1:1-6, John 1:1-14

1. Grace and Apostleship

Exodus 34:6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalms 45:2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.

Proverbs 1:9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. All the Gentiles

Mark 1: 40-42 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.


Questions for Application

1. Share what it means to receive grace? If we have experienced grace, how should it affect the way we look at others?

2. What do you think is the scope of the gospel? What is one thing we want to do to fulfill Christ’s commission for us to be witnesses to the ends of the earth?

  • Sermon Date: February 7, 2021
  • Date Posted: February 4, 2021
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Pastor's Message

We thank Archbishop Melter Tais for taking the time to speak to FCC this weekend. We are thankful that he is able to record his message for the occasion of our Faith Anglican Academy Enrollment Sunday.

The involvement of our Diocese in education went alongside our church planting work. This is one way we demonstrate our love for the community. It is a long-term commitment and it is costly. It is costly not only in terms of building, infrastructure and materials. It is also costly as the pioneers of the work give the prime time of their life to the work.

We dedicate our school staff to the Lord as they join the ranks of servants of the Lord who had dedicated their lives to the education of the future generation. We encourage them with the words of Paul “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 Let us pray for the school staff that they will indeed nurture, transform and shape the mind and lives of the children to be leaders of industry and our community.

We dedicate the FAA ministry to the Lord. We give thanks to each and every family who has entrusted the education of their children to FAA. We count our blessings as we name our students one by one. Each student a gift to us in this season – to love, to care, to nurture in the ways of our Lord Jesus. We are grateful to the Lord for the precious contribution of the FCC staff.

As a church, let us see to it that our commitment to the next generation continues to grow from strength to strength. May the Lord help us to make a difference – one child at a time.

 

Sermon

1. LOOK TO JESUS

Psalms 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalms 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure

2. HOLS ON TO HOPE

Psalms 16:10 Because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Psalms 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Romans 8:18-23, 25 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.


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  • Sermon Date: January 31, 2021
  • Date Posted: January 30, 2021
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