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FAITH IN REALITY

Romans 13:1-7, John 6:24-35

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Romans 13:2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

1. Do Good

Romans 13:3-4 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

2. Submit

Romans 13:5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority

3. Pray

1 Timothy 2:1-3 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.

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.”


Questions for Application

  • Sermon Date: August 1, 2021
  • Date Posted: July 30, 2021
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Pastor's Message

How we look at the present circumstances is dependent on our perspective. We may be tempted to feel life is unfair. Or we can be filled with thankfulness that God is on the throne. God sees everything and has everything under His control. We may not understand fully what is happening around us. We may have many questions in our minds and feel our prayers are left unanswered.

May I encourage you to always to look to God and place your trust in Him. No matter where we are or the circumstances we are in, we need to trust that God is sovereign overall. Talk to Jesus. Listen to His still, small voice.

Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers to Egypt. He was doing well as a slave but was thrown into prison through fraudulent charges. He continued steadfastly in his belief that God was in control of his life and rose to second in command of Pharoah.

Daniel was taken captive as a boy and brought to Babylon. There he distinguished himself in his service to a pagan king. He continued to be faithful to God. The people who were jealous of him plotted to destroy him. God delivered him and he became the chief advisor to the king.

Prophet Jeremiah was called by God to speak to the Jews who were in exile in Babylon. God said through Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.

Let us arise from all our circumstances, pray and seek God. Discern what God wants us to do to serve Him. Stand in the gap and move the hands of God through prayer and intercession. The Lord will hear us. Let us be salt and light wherever He places us. Let us be a blessing to the nations.

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A LIVING SACRIFICE

Romans 12:1-21, Matthew 20:20-28

1. Therefore

Romans 12:1a Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, ….

2. Be Merciful

Romans 12:1b …in view of God’s mercy, …

3. Be Worshipful

Romans 12:1c …to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

3.1 Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice
3.2 Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice
3.3 Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God
3.4 Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God

Philippians 1:20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.


Questions for Application

1. Would you say you live “in a certain way” as Christians? Share an example and explain why.
2. Are you are merciful person? Share why you think that yourself.
3. Pray for your Cell Group – to be worshipful and merciful.

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

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalms 118:1

How do we declare this verse when we are in a state where the pandemic is most severe? I have learned that there is power in words. When we open our mouths and declare what God has laid upon our hearts, He will honour our words for His namesake. “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.” Romans 10:9

I am praying Psalm 91 for protection over our church. I believe that we will pass through this trial and come out stronger if we continue to proclaim His protection. Let this pandemic be a reminder to us that we are to be salt and light in this world. Amid this most troubling season, join me in declaring, ‘I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord.” Psalms 118:17

Let us declare and personalize the following verse: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17

Let us continue to put our trust in God believing that He is in control. Let us confess with our mouth daily that His plans for us are for our good. Amen. Remember we have a friend in Jesus. We can talk to Him. All day. All night. All the time. May I share another I learnt recently:

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INGRAFTED BRANCH

Romans 11:11-24, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

1. We are the wild olive shoot

Romans 11:17-19 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”

2. We depend on the root

Romans 11:20-21 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.
Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

3. God’ continued kindness

Romans 11:22-24 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!


Questions for Application

1. How does a branch on a tree continue to fulfill its function and be fruitful? Share how we can apply physical lessons to our spiritual life?

2. What is the lesson that we can learn from the Jewish nation? Share what lesson we have learnt from the message that we can apply to our Christian life and witness.

  • Sermon Date: July 18, 2021
  • Date Posted: July 15, 2021
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Pastor's Message

In Leviticus 26, God promised that if we follow His decrees and are careful to obey His commands, He will send rain in its season and the ground will yield its crop and the trees their fruit. He will grant us peace in the land and we will lie down and no one will make us afraid.

As we study the scriptures, we note with sadness the events that are happening in the world is an indicator of the consequences of rejecting God and disobedience. The Bible tells us if we repent of our sins and turn from our evil ways, we can pray to God and He will listen and forgive our sins and heal our land.

As children of God, His assurance is He will listen when we pray. Psalms 91:4-8 reads, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.”

Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” Let us stand in the gap and pray for the healing of the nations.

Renew our commitment to study the scriptures daily. Let us claim the promises for ourselves and our loved ones. Be urgent with our duty and our privilege to pray. Together, we can change the world with our prayers.

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HAVE YOU HEARD?

Romans 10:1-21, Mark 6:14-29

Romans 9:30-32 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.

1. Are the Jews Saved

1.1 But why are they lost?
Romans 10:2-4 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

2. Understanding gospel

2.1 The Nearness of Faith

2.2 The Intimacy of Faith
Romans 10:8 “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim.

2.3 The Simplicity of Faith
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.

2.4 The Certainty of Faith

3. Proclamation of the gospel

3.1 The Faithfulness of God to Speak
3.2 The Faithfulness of God to Seek


Questions for Application

1. Share your opinion if it is true that the Gentiles(us) are saved because the Jews rejected God’s grace. How will you share with one who has yet to believe in Jesus that the gift of faith is offered to everyone?

2. Share briefly what is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What can we do on our part to share the good news of the gospel with those who have not heard?

  • Sermon Date: July 11, 2021
  • Date Posted: July 9, 2021
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Pastor's Message

The only constant in the world today is changing. Fashion like hairstyles changes continually. Gadgets become obsolete by the time we get them. People are getting disoriented due to the constant need to adapt to new situations, new ideas, and new trends. How can we offer our members and the world some form of normalcy when we are asked to accept the new normal.

We read the sad report of an average of four suicide cases every day for the first three months of the year. What has our faith to offer to people who are without hope and a future?

We have an anchor that holds us steady amid the storm. Jesus is the light in the darkness, our shelter from the storm. Jesus is the only hope we can offer to people who are living in darkness. You have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He has given you peace that passes all understanding. Let our lives speak. Let the way we handle the present situation be the testimony that will point others to Jesus.

Let us look at the people around us with compassion. Let us introduce them to Jesus. We can start by praying for them. We can then invite them to join our cell groups and our online worship services. Send them the link to our U Tube channel. Reach out to people with the love of God by all means. Call. Text. Send a food basket. Involve Grab or Lalamove. Let your creativity run!

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:13-15

Let us all be beautiful feet Christians.

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GOD’S CHOICE

Romans 9:1-29, Mark 6:1-13

1. Vocation

Romans 9:6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.

Romans 9:8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.

2. Salvation

Romans 8:31-32 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

3. Our Response

Romans 9:22-24 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Mark 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?


Questions for Application

1. Share what you think it means to be God’s children. How will you share with those who have yet to receive Jesus as their Saviour the way they too can become a child of God.

2. Share why Paul can boast about his weakness? How can our weakness be used to display God’s power for bringing people to Christ?

  • Sermon Date: July 4, 2021
  • Date Posted: July 2, 2021
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Pastor's Message

How are you keeping up with your daily bible reading? How many of us are on track with our Read Through The Bible In One Year? If we read one chapter a day, it will take us more than three years. One year or more than three, it doesn’t matter. What matters is we feed on God’s word daily.

Jesus said in John 6:63, ’The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life. Peter acknowledges shortly after saying, ‘You have the words of eternal life. We have a treasure in our hands. It is the manual for life.

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105). The Bible gives direction for life.

Man shall not feed on bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Just as food is for the body, the word of God is for our soul.

Reading God’s word daily will help us grow into a deeper understanding of who Jesus is. One of the best ways we as believers are transformed is by reading God’s Word daily and allowing the Gospel message to transform how we think, act, and live. The mind that feeds on the word of God will be Spirit-led and pleasing to God.

There are many Bible Reading Plans available for us. Commit to one, if you haven’t already begun. If you need help in choosing one, speak to your Cell Leader or Zone Pastor.

The Church Online platform which we are using for our weekly services has joined YouVersion (digital online bible) for Churches. They are regularly sharing practical ways churches can encourage our online attenders to engage with God’s Word through Bible Plans—daily portions of Scripture paired with devotional content. In fact, they have created the Plans feature specifically to help people build a daily Bible habit.

From the Church Online Platform email on “3 ways to spiritually grow your community”:

Spiritual Growth
Use the Connect Moment to share the Plan during your online service.
• Salt and Light (5 Days)
• A God Who is Faithful (7 Days)
• Listening to God (10 Days)
• See all Spiritual Growth Plans

New to Faith
The Salvation Follow-Up Moment lets you tailor your follow-up with people new to faith:
• Start Here | First Steps With Jesus (15 Days)
• First Steps For New Believers (7 Days)
• Love God. Love People. Have Fun! (3 Days)
• See all New to Faith Plans

Imagine our whole church engaging in God’s Word together, all throughout the week! Let’s do it!

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MORE THAN CONQUERORS

Romans 8:28-39, Mark 5:21-43

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

1. God’s Plan

Romans 8:29-30 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

2. God’s provision

Romans 8:31-32 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake, we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.


Questions for Application

1. If God called on you now and laid out his plan in front of you, what would you say to him?

  • Sermon Date: June 27, 2021
  • Date Posted: June 28, 2021
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Pastor's Message

FCC sets apart this weekend to celebrate Parents Day to honor our fathers and our mothers. We are blessed to have Bishop John Yeo bring a message to us on this special occasion.

Parenting in our day and age has become increasingly difficult. We need to deal with the external influences and ideologies that are bombarding our children. Drugs, sex, alcohol, rebellion, and deviant lifestyle are everywhere. Our children are in danger of being subverted even before they start in life. It can be a very frightening endeavor. We learn quickly we cannot parent without God.

The work of parenting is for the long haul. It is necessary when the child is a baby and those are some of the most delightful years. Some of us think that once we are through the toddler and teen years that our job is over. The adolescent years will be challenging. When the Lord blesses us with more years, we continue to parent our adult children. No instruction manual accompanies each child so bear with parents in this task. Parents need to deal with the idiosyncrasies of every individual child. Each child can be so different even though they are of the same parents and grew up in the same environment. Many parents may think that they are a failure and place unrealistic expectations on themselves.

The Bible teaches us that raising children is a blessing from God as we partake in the process of the creation of life.  Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Psalms 127:3

We celebrate the selflessness and sacrifices that parents give to their children. “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9

“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

Fathers and mothers, we salute you for your labor of love.

 

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BE THE BEST PARENT YOU CAN BE

Psalms 9:9-20, Luke 15:11-32

Observations on Parenthood:
Parenthood is difficult
Parents are not perfect
Like our spiritual journey, Parenting is also a process

1. Be the best parent you can be

Luke 15:11-12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

1.1 Care for your family
1.2 Know your limits

2. Be the bond that holds your family together

Luke 15:20 So he (son) got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

2.1 Patience, Hope, Forgiveness, Acceptance
2.2 Loving the whole family – no favoritism

3. Believe in God for your children 

Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

3.1 Faith is confidence (Hebrews 11:1 & Hebrews 11:23)
3.2 Faith is courage (Hebrews 11:23b)

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.


Questions for Application

1. Can you think of anyone that you look up to as a parent figure? (He/She may be your biological parents or someone else whom you admire and consider an example). Share with your group the reasons if you have or don’t have anyone you consider a model.

2. The father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son reflects God our Heavenly Father. What can we learn from this parable to be a better parent?

3. The faith of Moses’ parents teaches us conviction and courage. What would be your aspirations as parents (or in the near future)?

  • Sermon Date: June 20, 2021
  • Date Posted: June 18, 2021
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Pastor's Message

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/WHATCAvlqQA

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A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD

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

1. Knowing God

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

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

2. Living according to the Spirit

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

 

Knowing your identity

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


Questions for Application

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

2. What are the things occupying your mind now?

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

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

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,

When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,

Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,

Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/VUBsVRrFNBQ

 

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STRUGGLE WITH SIN

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

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

1. Life without law

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

2. The revival of sin

3. Death through the law

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


Questions for Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sermon

DEAD TO SIN

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

1. Through Baptism

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

2. Alive to God

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

3. Slaves to Righteousness

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

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


Questions for Application

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

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

  • Sermon Date: May 30, 2021
  • Date Posted: May 28, 2021
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