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

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

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

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

Sermon

FATHER OF FAITH

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

1. Justification

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

2. By Faith alone

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

3. Abraham’s Faith and Ours


Questions for Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sermon

RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH FAITH

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

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

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

1. Not by Law

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

2. Not by Works

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

3. By Faith Alone

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


Questions for Application

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

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

  • Sermon Date: May 2, 2021
  • Date Posted: April 30, 2021
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The main focus of people today is wealth and health. The Bible teaches us that true wealth is not material riches on earth but what we have stored up for ourselves in heaven. It is imperative that we have the health to enjoy the wealth that we have been blessed with.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sermon

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

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

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

Faithfulness & Righteousness

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

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


Questions for Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sermon

GOD’S RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT

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

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

1. The Gentiles Need Salvation

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

2. The Jews Need Salvation

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

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


Questions for Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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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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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Pastor's Message

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.

Sermon

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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