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  • ome 10:44 pm on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus, Born To Die That You Might Live 

    (Ome: Hey Beloveds! Blessed New Year!

    I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s Christmas sermon. It’s been a while since Christmas, but honestly, the thought of Christmas still lingers in my mind. It’s past 25 December, but I’m still amazed at Daddy God’s love and Jesus’ love for me when Daddy God sent Jesus to die so that I may live. When I look at the Christmas story, I’m awed at how everything that He did, He did it in exchange for a life that I have today. He was born to die to give me a new life, He had no room at the inn, so that I will always be favoured and provided for. He came to be fed so that I can feed on Him and His love and be filled! The world may have plenty of money but they are empty. They look for love in all the wrong places. As for me, I am thankful that I know the love of Jesus, which fills my heart and gives me tremendous security.

    I don’t know about you, but the thought of His love for me shown in the Christmas story is one thought that I am taking with me into 2012. How about you? What do you want to have in your mind going into 2012? His favour? His enlargement? Share with me after you read this!

    Blessed week, beloveds! Making this post to you from the comfort of my home in Bangkok!)

    25 December Sunday Service — Christmas celebration service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Luke 2:10-12

    10Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

    Micah 5:2

    2“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

    Micah 4:8

    8And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”

    Genesis 35:19-21

    19So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day. 21Then Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.

    Isaiah 7:14

    14Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

    Leviticus 17:14

    14for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, “You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.’

    Key take-home points:

    • Jesus doesn’t save you only once when you received Him as your Lord and Saviour. Yes, you are translated from sin to righteousness, from darkness to light only once, but He doesn’t save you only from hell. He wants to save you in every area of your life, from your debts, from your troubles, even those of your own making. Even if you think you deserved the troubles, Jesus is full of grace, the Saviour of the undeserving, so He wants to save you even though you deserved the troubles. Allow Him to save you every day, in every area of your life!
    • The Bible said that the angel came to announce Jesus’ birth, “unto you [us] is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.” (Luk 2:11) Jesus did not come to be a religious teacher. He came to be a Saviour. When you are drowning, you don’t need a teacher to teach you how to swim. You need a Saviour who will jump into the water and save you. Jesus did not come to give teachings or rules to a lost, dying, drowning humanity. He came to save us. If you are in trouble today, doesn’t matter if it was your fault, He is not here to stand by and dispense teachings; He is here to jump in and save you!
    • Jesus did not come to be an example. He came to be fed on. There are people out there today who look at Jesus, see the good things He did and tried to follow His example, but there is no power, no hope there. Jesus did not come to be followed. Jesus is meant to be fed on, and when you feed on Him, you will become like Him effortlessly. Personally, I think God is not into having believers who treat Jesus as a religion, see Him as example, and try to pick things out of Him to self-improve. God is into having believers who are fed, fed with Jesus’ love, fed with Jesus’ beauty. When believers are full of Jesus’ love, they become secure, they become stable, they become joyful. When believers behold Jesus’ beauty, they effortlessly become like Him.
    • There is power in the blood of Jesus. On the night of the Passover, the children of Israel was instructed by God to put the blood of the lamb on their doorpost. That night, when the angel of death passed by Egypt and killed all the firstborn, the Israelites were spared from such fate, not because of their holiness, but because they had the blood on the doorpost. This incident in the Old Testament was a shadow to the reality of the blood of Jesus. Beloved, it doesn’t matter what the world is suffering. I want you to know that because the blood of Jesus is on the doorpost of your life, you are spared from the evil that is going through the world. If famine is galloping through the world, you are spared. If war is galloping through the world, you are spared. If terror from exam is galloping through your school, you are spared! The blood of Jesus has washed you perfectly clean from all your sins, has made you righteous. The blood of Jesus justifies, redeems, protects!
     
  • ome 9:56 pm on December 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Thanksgiving Attitude, The Winning Attitude! 

    (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

    I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s sermon last week.

    I find that one common theme this sermon by Pastor Lawrence and the previous week’s sermon by Pastor Prince has in common is faith. When God opened my eyes to see how the two sermons link, I was amazed, how thanksgiving is not something we do to earn a blessing, but an act of faith, of saying “I already have it!” What do you do when you see God’s supply? You give thanks. Jesus saw God’s supply and He gave thanks, and out came the miracle of the loaves and the fishes and fed thousands, out came the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Beloveds, God’s heart is for us to walk by faith, and when you walk by faith, it’s not a strife. It is simply seeing what is already real, just not invisible. When you see that, thanksgiving is just a normal response! Beloveds, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. When you see that, it’s effortless to give thanks!

    As we approach the end of 2011, let’s step into the week in thanksgiving, thanking God for Jesus and the cross and all the blessings that are ours via the cross, and thanking Him for the manifested blessings in our lives. And I believe that when we choose to be in faith and give thanks, we will see the blessings which are already real in our lives, become visible in 2012! Have a blessed holiday week!)

    18 December Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Lawrence

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    John 10:10

    10The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

    John 10:10 (AMP)

    10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    18in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

    Psalm 107:1

    1Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

    John 6:1-11

    1After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. 4Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 5Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. 7Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” 8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” 10Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

    John 11:39-44

    39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

    Luke 17:11-19

    11Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

    John 6:23

    23however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks–

    Key take-home points:

    • The biggest blessing that we can thank God for is Jesus. Even if you feel that there is nothing good in life, thank God for Jesus and all that He has done at the cross. In fact, this ought to be the most important thanksgiving. Jesus is the reason that you are blessed, that you are bound to get the good you don’t deserve, and not get the bad that you deserve. All other blessings are lesser, and are founded upon Jesus and His finished work. Beloveds, circumstances are shakeable. They change. Sometimes they go downward for a time, but when you are conscious of Jesus and all He has done and give thanks for Him, you will see your life’s circumstances turn around to align with Jesus and all He has done at the cross!
    • Thanksgiving is powerful. Thanksgiving can raise the dead! Jesus gave thanks for the five loaves and the two fishes, and the loaves and the fishes multiplied and fed five thousand men (not even counting women and children) with twelve basketful of leftovers. Jesus gave thanks in the face of dead Lazarus, and Lazarus came back to life. Thanksgiving is powerful. Even in the face of dire situation, see God’s supply released at your request and give thanks, and see your miracles manifest!
    • When you ask God for something, believe that you have received it. “But I don’t see it!” That is human natural thinking. “It’s not real unless I see it” is the world’s way of thinking. However, today, as believers we walk by faith and not by sight. Faith says, the moment I ask for it, I have it. It’s real, just that it’s not visible. You see, we don’t give thanks to try to get something. We give thanks because we already have it. We give thanks because what we ask God for is already real in our lives, even if it’s not visible. When you give thanks, you are saying that you believe it is already real, and in a matter of time, you will see what you believe and give thanks for!
       
    • ome 4:47 pm on December 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      Put Your Eyes On Jesus’ Faith, Not Yours! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

      I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s sermon last week.

      Beloveds, the more we look at our faith, the more we wonder if we have enough faith for the blessings. But this week’s sermon unveils to us that it is not about our faith, it is about Jesus’ faith. He is the all-powerful, all-willing, and all-faithful One. When you depend on His faith, your miracles, blessings and supply are sure! You will find that asking God for blessings become easy, as it’s not how full of faith you are, but how perfect Jesus’ faith is! So ask God, and depend on Jesus’ faith. You may feel full of faith, you may not feel in faith, it doesn’t make a difference because it is His faith that takes for you the supply that you need!

      Have a blessed holiday week!)

      11 December Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      Mark 9:14-27

      14And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them15Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?” 17Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” 19He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. 21So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes (present active participle).” 24Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” 25When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

      Mark 9:23 (NAS)

      23And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.”

      Mark 9:23 (AMP)

      23And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes!

      Acts 3:11-12

      11Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. 12So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?

      Acts 3:16 (AMP)

      16And His name, through and by faith in His name, has made this man whom you see and recognize well and strong. [Yes] the faith which is through and by Him [Jesus] has given the man this perfect soundness [of body] before all of you.

      Hebrews 4:3

      3For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest,”‘ although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

      Mark 11:20-23

      20Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” 22So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

      Mark 11:22 (Young’s Literal Translation)

      22And Jesus answering saith to them, `Have faith of God;

      Hebrews 12:2

      2looking (apharao — to turn one’s eye away from others to look at something) unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

      Romans 3:13-14

      13For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,

      Key take-home points:

      • It’s not about our faith. It’s Jesus’ faith. Jesus said that all things are possible to the One who is always believing. (The word “believe” in Mark 9:23 is in present active participle tense, which means that the person is believing all the time. Obviously not me, and probably not you! Only Jesus can believe all the time!) We are to hook our measure of faith onto Jesus and His unwavering faith, rest, and see His grace superabounds in your life!
      • Faith is a rest. When you believe in Jesus, you rest. Faith is not a mental psyching, “oh, do I have enough faith? I gotta have more faith!” If faith was like that, faith would become tiresome and introspective, something you need to have to qualify for your supply and miracles. No, faith is hooking your measure of faith to the faith of the all-able, all-willing, and particularly, all-faithful One, the One who is always perfectly in faith, Jesus. Not only is He the One who has done all the work and purchased for us all the blessings, it is also through His faith that we receive the blessings which are already ours. I think it’s a good deal! Jesus was the One who paid for us all the blessings, He did the work on the cross perfectly, so He knows full well the value and efficacy of His finished work. This Jesus is today the One enforcing the blessings in our lives! That gives us such a security!
      • How do you have the faith of God? You speak before you see. The human natural thinking is that I want to see first before I speak. God speaks first before He sees what He speaks. He gives life to the dead and calls those things that are not as though they were. (Rom 4:17) And to have the faith of God is to speak before you see. Your part is not to do, your part is not to psyche yourself. Your part is to speak, and to depend on Jesus’ faith. Jesus’ part is to believe perfectly and to do what you speak!
      • We saw a reason that the disciples were not able to cast the demon out: they were reasoning and disputing with the scribes. Scribes were experts in the law. As they reasoned, the scribes began to dispute with them using the law, and as the do’s and don’ts based on the law got into the disciples’ minds, they became unbelieving. Today, in NewCre, we are well-taught, and we know that miracles do not come through the Ten Commandments, but a more subtle form of the law is “do good get good, do bad get beat”. We still have a tendency to believe that our blessings are contingent on our doing, and when we talk to unbelieving people, this is what they would reason: “do good get good, do bad get beat”, and the moment that gets into our minds, we become unbelieving. So watch whose words you receive into part of what you believe, and don’t reason with unbelieving people. Don’t feed on the word of unbelievers. Feed on the word that points to Jesus, the all-able, all-willing  One, the word that says all things are possible with the One who always believes!
       
    • ome 4:05 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      God’s Grace Superabounds In Your Weakness! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

      I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s sermon last week.

      Beloveds, the kingdom of God operates on a different way from the world. The world glorifies the strong, the smart, the popular, the talented. God’s kingdom operates on demerit. The more demerit you have, the more God’s grace can flow. So be encouraged, in your weakness, His strength is made perfect. Don’t be discourage if you are going through something, because God’s grace is going to flow into that situation. I know, because I am currently facing a giant in my FYP. Let us depend on His superabounding grace. Amen?

      Have a blessed holiday week!)

      4 December Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      Romans 6:1-2

      1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

      Romans 3:8

      8And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?–as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.

      Romans 5:19-21

      19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

      2 Corinthians 12:9-10

      9And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

      1 Samuel 15:16-17

      16Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! And I will tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak on.” 17So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the LORD anoint you king over Israel?

      1 Samuel 10:21-23

      21When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was chosen. And Saul the son of Kish was chosen. But when they sought him, he could not be found. 22Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, “Has the man come here yet?” And the LORD answered, “There he is, hidden among the equipment.” 23So they ran and brought him from there; and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward.

      Matthew 1:1-6

      1The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.

      Key take-home points:

      • Your past does not determine your future. In the genealogy of Jesus Christ in the opening of the book of Matthew, we saw four women mentioned in the genealogy: Tamer, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. If you study the lives of these four women, they had a questionable background in one way or another. Tamar committed adultery with Judah, and God used the boy to be part of the line of Jesus Christ. (To think that one of Jesus’ ancestors was born out of adultery. *gasps!*) Rahab was a prostitute. Bathsheba was involved in an adulterous relationship, and yet God chose a boy from her to be part of the line of Jesus Christ. Ruth was a virtuous woman, but her natural birth disqualified her, as she was a Moabite. (Deu 23:3) Of all the women, God chose to mention these four in the genealogy of His Son. What is He saying? Your past does not determine your future. It doesn’t matter what mistakes you have committed. Heaven, it doesn’t even matter if you are born wrong. God says, if you will choose to put your trust in Him, He can make your life beautiful.
      • God’s best for His children is that you walk by faith. However, if you cannot walk by faith just yet, this is how you can figure out what God is doing: use your eyes to see the natural, see the areas in your life that are under attack by the devil. Those are the areas that God’s grace is being released in, and His grace is much more than the evil that is attacking your life now. You see, God does not play catch-up. God is the One who initiates the good work in your life. The devil’s attack is an attempt (a lousy one) to stop what God is doing in your life. He hopes for you to say the wrong things, and by your word, stop God’s grace in your life. So what do you do? Believe that God’s grace is flowing in the area of your life under attack, and declare it. Don’t say the wrong things, the devil doesn’t know you’re fearful unless you say it, and if you say, “the Lord is my helper, I shall not fear, what can man do to me?” He goes bonkers!
      • Okay, a doctrinal point for you to help answer your friend biblically. A common accusation leveled against grace is that Paul is, since where sin abounds, grace superabounds, should we sin that grace may abound? Won’t teaching grace encourage people to sin? Paul’s answer is not a prohibition (“No, don’t sin!” or “No, you should not sin!”) but a declaration of impossibility. Paul made a statement of fact that it is impossible for a truly born-again believer to continue in sin. It’s simply impossible. How do you explain a Christian who lives in sin and feels no remorse then? Chances are, 10% chance his believing is very wrong, and he’s not under grace, because if he’s truly under grace, sin will not have dominion over him, and 90% chance he wasn’t saved in the first place. Coming to church doesn’t make him a Christian anymore than going to a McD’s make him a big Mac. He has to make a personal decision to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Another common accusation leveled against Paul is that Paul is teaching let us do evil that good may come. Now, doing evil that good may come is plain stupidity. It’s like saying let’s get cancer to enjoy the cure. It’s plain stupidity, and Paul didn’t teach that. He taught that if there is bad, God will bring good out of it. He works all things, good, bad and ugly, out for the good of His children. While we’re here, allow me to add also, that God is not the One behind the bad or the ugly in your life, but He is gonna work them out for your good and to the glory of Jesus!
       
    • ome 6:07 pm on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      The Battle For Your Mind! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

      I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s sermon last week.

      Beloveds, the devil wants you focused on you, because when you are focused on yourself, you will find imperfections and failures, and it a matter of time you will end up depressed. God’s heart for you is that you are focused on Jesus. Look to Him, see Him as your identity, who you are before God, and be at rest that you are altogether pleasing to God in Him.  Know that today, God does not look at you to judge you, but at Jesus, and rest easy! Rejoice, because you are blessed because of Christ’s obedience!

      Have a blessed holiday week!)

      27 November Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      3rd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      Romans 1:16-17

      16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

      2 Corinthians 10:3-6

      3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

      Romans 5:19

      19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

      Romans 10:2-4

      2For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

      2 Corinthians 11:2-4

      2For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted–you may well put up with it!

      2 Corinthians 4:2-4

      2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

      Matthew 6:25,31 (KJV)

      25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

      31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

      1 John 4:17-18

      17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

      Exodus 28:36-38

      36“You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 37And you shall put it on a blue cord, that it may be on the turban; it shall be on the front of the turban. 38So it shall be on Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which the children of Israel hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

      Key take-home points:

      • Spiritual warfare doesn’t take place somewhere outside. It takes place inside your mind. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 tells us that the weapons of spiritual warfare are not carnal, that is, they are not physical weapons. These weapons don’t destroy tanks or helicopters, but they destroy strongholds inside your mind, that is, wrong believing.
      • The gospel is simple. It’s all about Jesus. Today, the mainstream Christianity has complicated the gospel by adding man to the gospel, and the gospel has become part Jesus, part man. Jesus has been taken off being the centerpiece and man has taken the spotlight. The gospel is the revelation of the righteousness of God, given as a gift to man through Jesus and His finished work, received by all faith and no work of man.
      • Today, the devil or your flesh can put thoughts in your mind and condemn you for those thoughts. You ought not to be guilty for those thoughts any more than you would be guilty for some expletive that someone else says in your presence. These thoughts can come to your mind, and you don’t have to take them. How do you take a thought? You say it. (Mat 6:25,31 KJV) The thoughts that arrive at your mind are not fully in your control, but you control what you say, and what you say is what you believe, so simply take no thought of the devil, and take God’s thoughts, thoughts of good, thoughts to give you a confidence expectation of good and a future!
      • The devil’s objective is to get you to focus on yourself. God’s heart is for you to focus on Jesus. When you focus on yourself, you will end up distressed, because if you are really honest with yourself, there will always be something about you that falls short. But when you look to Jesus, you end up at rest, peaceful and joyful, because He is always altogether lovely and altogether perfect, and there is your security. As He is, so are you in this world. As He is accepted, so are you in this world. As He is pleasing to God, so are you in this world!
       
    • ome 11:38 pm on November 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      God’s Grace Is Abounding Towards You Right Now! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

      I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s sermon last week. It was the first sermon he preached in person in Singapore after his USA trip, and I think it was thick with the grace of God, and so radical grace. I don’t know about you, but it’s mind-blowing to think that God is pouring His grace towards you every moment of your life. I mean, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have this picture that when I ask, I get fresh dose of grace, when I am conscious, I get fresh dose of grace, but no, every moment of my life, God is channeling His grace towards me! That is radical! Praise the Lord, His grace is abounding towards me right now!

      Beloveds, let’s live conscious of His supply, His favour ever abounding towards us. And when we are conscious of His grace, this grace will cause God to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!

      Blessed week! And to those who are still having exams, me included, declaring His favour and wisdom over you!)

      20 November Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      John 1:14-17

      14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, “He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.”‘ 16And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace17For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

      2 Corinthians 9:7-9

      7So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able (“dynatos” – present active participle) to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”

      Hebrews 11:1

      1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

      Luke 15:28-32

      28“But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29So he answered and said to his father, “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31“And he said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.”‘

      Matthew 25:14-25

      14“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, “Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22He also who had received two talents came and said, “Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

      John 6:8-9

      8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

      John 6:11

      11And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

      John 6:23

      23however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks–

      Ephesians 3:20

      20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

      Key take-home points:

      • Today, God is continually powering, “dynamiting” His grace towards you! 2 Corinthians 9:8 sounds like God is able to make His grace abound towards you, but it’s gonna happen in the future. However, in the actual Greek, it says that God is, actually, enabling His grace towards you at the present moment. He is not going to do it some time in the future. He already is doing it! Right now, at this moment, as you are sitting in front of your computer (or iPod or iPad or Android tablet or Windows 7 tablet… must cover everything to be fair!) God is “dynamiting” His grace towards you. Why “dynamiting”? The word “dynatos” is the Greek used in the word “able” you saw in the verse, which comes from the root word “dynamai”, from where we get the word “dynamite.” God is channeling, powering grace towards you right now, constantly!
      • What is grace? Grace is God’s unmerited, undeserved favour. The core of grace’s definition is its quality of undeserving. Drop that, and grace is no longer grace. (Rom 11:6) The devil is trying to re-define grace to move away from the truth that it is unmerited, undeserved, but instigating that grace is divine empowerment. You see, grace produces divine empowerment. It is a fruit of grace. However, grace is not divine empowerment. Grace causes you to be at the right place, at the right time, grace produces prosperity, health, peace, joy, protection, and all good gifts. These are fruits of grace, but grace itself is unmerited, undeserved favour, or more accurately, grace Himself, is Jesus.
      • If God is continually “dynamiting” grace towards me, and grace produces prosperity, good results, why am I not seeing these things in my life? One of the reasons is that we are flesh-conscious. As believers, we walk by faith and not by sight. The grace that God is “dynamiting” towards us is real, just not visible. What do we do when this grace is real? We give thanks for His grace. When we give thanks, we are not doing it to get more grace. We walk by faith when we give thanks, and when we walk by faith, it’s a matter of time before His grace, which is already real, becomes real and visible in our lives. Jesus was favour-conscious when He looked at the five loaves and the two fishes. He gave thanks for the favour that was already there, and the loaves and the fishes fed five thousands with leftovers!
      • The Bible says that of Jesus’ fullness we have received, and grace upon grace. (Joh 1:16) The phrase “grace upon grace” there is, in Greek, “charis anti charis.” Usually when we see “anti” we think of “against” but “anti” can also mean “in place of.” “Anti-Christ” means “[something else] in place of Christ.” John 1:16 says “grace anti grace,” which means “grace in place of grace.” When you use up the grace that God has given you, He give you more grace in place of that grace! His grace is inexhaustible. When you use His grace, He gives you more! This is our God!
       
    • ome 8:43 pm on November 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      Grace Revolution! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

      I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s recorded sermon last week, which was his first LIVE preaching in USA. This sermon was a historic sermon, as it was the first sermon that Pastor preached LIVE in USA. The atmosphere was so electric with anointing. Why? Because of the preaching that Pastor preaches. Pastor preaches Jesus, His grace, His righteousness, 100% pure. The people were longing for Jesus to be preached to them, they came expectant to receive, and the Lord was so ready to unleash the flood tide of His grace!

      The sermon was so condensed that, I felt that just giving you what I caught would not be enough, so I added some points below between the verses as well. Once again, I pray that God makes this sermon fresh to me, and that He speak to me afresh from the sermon, and I would like to encourage you to to the same too!

      I pray that the this sermon note is a blessing to you. Let’s join Jesus, and Pastor, for a GRACE REVOLUTION!

      Grace to you for your exams. Wisdom, rest, and favour, in Jesus’ name! Blessed week!)

      13 November Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service (DVD of Lakewood Church Saturday service, Pastor Prince’s 1st LIVE preaching in USA)

      Verses from the sermon:

      John 1:17

      17For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

      The law was given, but grace came. Pastor could have sent a DVD of himself, but he came in person. It is more personal to come.

      The law reveals what man ought to be. Grace reveals who God is.

      Exodus 7:20-21

      20And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the LORD commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 21The fish that were in the river died, the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river. So there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

      The first miracle under law was to turn water into blood, resulting in death.

      John 2:9-10

      9When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

      The first miracle under grace was to turn water into wine, resulting in celebration and life!

      The law demands righteousness from bankrupt man. Grace imparts righteousness to sinful man.

      Exodus 20:5

      5you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

      Under law, God says, He will be no means forget your sins, but He will visit your sins to the third and fourth generation.

      Jeremiah 31:34

      34No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, “Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

      Under grace, God says, He will be merciful to your unrighteousness, and your sins and lawless deeds He will remember no more! Why? Because He once remembered them on Jesus at the cross, and punished them to the full extent! Hallelujah!

      Romans 6:14

      14For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

      Romans 5:17

      17For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

      Luke 5:6-8

      6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

      Romans 2:4

      4Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

      Under law, you repent first, then God will bless you. Under grace, God blesses you first, then His goodness leads you to repentance!

      Key take-home points:

      • The law demands righteousness from bankrupt man. Grace imparts righteousness to sinful man as a gift. The law is man performing to please God, doing to score points with God. But man, being man, will never be able to measure up to God’s standard. In His love, God came and imparts righteousness to man, and with righteousness comes every lesser blessing. Today, God’s beloved children do not have to perform anymore to earn their lot in life. Success is not achieved; it is received. Favour is not earned; it is received. Prosperity is not earned; it is received. Every good thing in life is received!
      • God did not forgive you by mercy. He forgave you by His righteousness. His mercy sent His Son Jesus Christ, but God forgave you righteously, because stroke upon stroke of His judgement fell on the body of His darling Son Jesus Christ, when He took your place and my place of sin, until Jesus cried, “it is finished!” All our sins punished, God’s law magnified, God’s justice satisfied, and when God has punished all our sins, they are as good as not there. Again, my favourite statement from Pastor Prince: God is righteous to make the sinner righteous!
      • Genuine repentance is change of mind. Repentance is not going to the altar and beating your breast and shouting “Jesus!” You will probably go back afterwards with nothing changed. Repentance is “metanoia” in Greek, which comes from “meta” (change) and “noia” (mind.) Repentance is simply changing of mind, changing in the way you see God, in what you believe. When Jesus’ grace is preached, people’s minds are changed from the I-have-to-earn mindset to favour mindset, to believe right. That, is true repentance.
       
    • ome 8:41 pm on November 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      You Cannot Lose Your Righteousness! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

      I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s recorded sermon last week.

      Y’know, what Pastor shared may not be new to me, and probably the case for most of us too, but y’know, with so good teachings in our church, we tend to take things for granted. I pray that God makes this sermon fresh to me, and I would like to encourage you to to the same too. I like what Pastor said in this sermon, it just jumped out at me as I was preparing this sermon note, that it is those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness who will reign in life. So if you think that you have heard a lot of grace, no, not enough yet, keep on hearing until you experience reigning in life, and after that hear again, because the more you hear, the more you reign! I don’t know about you, but I receive the abundance of grace man. 😀

      I pray that the this sermon note is a blessing to you. Declaring over you a blessed, restful reading week. Remember beloveds, you are in this world, but you are not of the world!

      Blessed week!)

      6 November Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service (DVD of Hillsong London Sunday service)

      Verses from the sermon:

      Romans 5:17

      17For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

      Romans 5:19

      19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

      Romans 4:1-8

      1What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”

      Genesis 12:11-13

      11And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, “This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”

      Genesis 20:2-7,17

      2Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” 4But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also? 5Did he not say to me, “She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, “He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.” 6And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. 7Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”

      17So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children;

      Hebrews 5:13

      13For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

      Key take-home points:

      • The early church had great power manifest in their midst, because great grace was prevalent. Let the word of grace be prevalent in our church, and we will be a church with great power, the power giving witness to Jesus, His finished work and His resurrection!
      • The law demands, grace supplies. When you put demands on yourself, you are under the law. When you expect something from yourself, you are under the law. There may be demands placed on us, be it from our lecturers, from our groupmates, from our boss, from our spouse, but the wisest thing we can do is to direct the demands to Jesus. Have this mindset: God will supply me what I don’t have.
      • Long before Satan can steal from you, you have to receive his accusation. His accusations come in two flavours: he either accuses you of doing wrong, or when you do right, he accuses you of not doing right enough. So when you reject his accusation, you are denying him the right to come in and mess up your life!
      • Christianity is not about introspection. Christianity is about looking outward to Jesus. Satan wants you focused on you, but God wants you focused on Jesus. When you look at yourself in the natural, you will find flaws, imperfections, and you will end up in despair. There is no hope in self. The only hope there is, is in Jesus. When you look at Jesus, every way you look at Him, He is altogether lovely, and as you behold Him, you are transformed effortlessly into His image, from glory to glory!
       
    • ome 7:22 pm on November 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      Behold, God Is Doing A New Thing For You! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

      Once again, sorry that the sermon notes have been coming late, as I have been busy with school projects. I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor Lian’s sermon two weeks ago. We are in an exciting season in which God is doing a new thing in our lives and corporately! I would like to encourage you to take time to agree with God on this, and see Him do a new thing in your life. It’s not hard. Nothing for you to do, just say yes, really!

      I pray that the sermon notes bless you and speak to you, and declaring over you restful revision for exams. Jesus is your more than enough wisdom and favour!

      Blessed week!)

      30 October Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Lian

      4th Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      Romans 8:1

      1There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

      Isaiah 43:16-19

      16Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters, 17Who brings forth the chariot and horse, The army and the power (They shall lie down together, they shall not rise; They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick): 18“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

      Genesis 39:2-4

      2The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.

      Isaiah 40:31

      31But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

      2 Corinthians 12:9-10

      9And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

      Key take-home points:

      • God is a God of increase. In a life of believer, there is no decrease, only increase. Even if there is a trial in life, there is hardship, there is decrease, it is only temporary, and you will emerge from that season with much more increase. God promises that He works all things out for your good. Bad things and ugly things are not from Him, but He’s gonna work them all out for your good and His glory!
      • Don’t live in the past, be it good past or bad past. Israel has had God perform glorious miracles in the past, but God said, don’t live in the past, because God is gonna do a new thing. That means fresh grace and fresh glorious miracles! If the past was bad, God says, let it go. He is doing a new thing, and it is good. With Him, your future is bright!
      • If you are suffering where you are now, don’t stop believing. Keep on believing. It is not your right doing that earns you the good in life, and your wrong doing cannot disqualify you from receiving the good in life. Go back to what you believe. If you are believing right, then keep on believing, and you will see that Jesus is faithful to see you through!
       
    • ome 8:56 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      Look Away From Self, Look Outward To Jesus 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

      I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s recorded sermon two weeks ago. Sorry for lateness! Been on school work round the clock for the past week, and also Pastor’s broadcasts from Lakewood having been on my mind. What a feast we had last Sunday Amen? To attend NewCre service and listen to Pastor Lian’s sermon, and to attend extra services by joining Pastor from back here as he preached at Lakewood. Wow! Doesn’t come by often!

      So in this sermon, Pastor shared once again on law and grace, and how Christianity is all about Jesus. It’s not about how good you are, how pleasing to God you are, but all about how good Jesus is, how pleasing Jesus is to God. As He is, so are you in this world!

      I pray that the Lord Himself will speak to you fresh revelation of Himself, His grace and the cross as you read this sermon notes. He is our divine Servant, feeding us with the truth of His grace and His finished work!

      Blessed week!)

      23 October Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      Acts 4:33-34

      33And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,

      2 Corinthians 3:5-7

      5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

      Romans 6:14

      14For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

      Colossians 2:14-15

      14having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

      Ephesians 1:7

      7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

      Key take-home points:

      • The early church had great power manifest in their midst, because great grace was prevalent. Let the word of grace be prevalent in our church, and we will be a church with great power, the power giving witness to Jesus, His finished work and His resurrection!
      • The law demands, grace supplies. When you put demands on yourself, you are under the law. When you expect something from yourself, you are under the law. There may be demands placed on us, be it from our lecturers, from our groupmates, from our boss, from our spouse, but the wisest thing we can do is to direct the demands to Jesus. Have this mindset: God will supply me what I don’t have.
      • Long before Satan can steal from you, you have to receive his accusation. His accusations come in two flavours: he either accuses you of doing wrong, or when you do right, he accuses you of not doing right enough. So when you reject his accusation, you are denying him the right to come in and mess up your life!
      • Christianity is not about introspection. Christianity is about looking outward to Jesus. Satan wants you focused on you, but God wants you focused on Jesus. When you look at yourself in the natural, you will find flaws, imperfections, and you will end up in despair. There is no hope in self. The only hope there is, is in Jesus. When you look at Jesus, every way you look at Him, He is altogether lovely, and as you behold Him, you are transformed effortlessly into His image, from glory to glory!
       
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