The Christian Life, The Life Of Rest

(Ome: Hey fruitful ones! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Mark’s Chinese New Year sermon.

I like how Pastor Mark shared that the life of a believer, our lives, is not a life of self-effort. It’s never about us slogging our way in life. The world does it, but that’s because they don’t have Jesus… let them. As for us, we are called to rest and receive from God, to receive His fullness of grace, His favour, His wisdom, His righteousness. Whatever that we need in our lives, God can fill. Just receive from Him! Beloveds, let’s enter into this week not struggling, but resting and receiving from the Lord Jesus, the One in whom dwells all the fullness that we can draw on!

Blessed week!)

22 January 2012 Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Mark

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

Leviticus 9:2

2And he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a young bull as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD.

John 3:13

13No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

Psalm 46:10

10Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Deuteronomy 11:19

19You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Psalm 23:5

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Key take-home points:

  • In Matthew 11:28, Jesus issued a call to those “who labour and are heavy laden”. He is calling out to are labouring: those who are labouring to try to please God, and those who are struggling to try to get along in life and have a good life. God wants us to receive acceptance before Him in Jesus, and to receive the good life through Jesus. God wants us to see His fullness, see our emptiness, and draw from Him. The Christian life is a life of receiving, not only being saved from hell, but receiving God’s fullness for every emptiness, every need, every lack in our lives.
  • The Christian life is a life of rest. As believers, we are made to live to the rhythm of rest. The world are stuck in a rat race. People of the world depressed, because they are afraid to lose out in the rat race and die. But we as believers are not called to be in the rat race. We are called to live a life of rest, and as we rest, God carries us to the place of good life, to the place of a blessed family, to the place of good success.
  • The righteous lives by faith. The world lives by their doing. They reap the results of their actions. However, the Bible says that the righteous does not live by works, but by faith. And how do the righteous believe? By speaking. Our lives are the result of what we speak. So let’s speak good things over our lives, and when we declare His word, His power comes behind you and you will have what you say!