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  • ome 8:06 am on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus, Our Divine Servant 

    (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

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

    In the sermon, the Holy Spirit unveiled to us Jesus as our divine Servant. It is a good time to remember that we have nothing to live with unless He first poured into us. It is vital that we come to Him and allow Him to serve us, to love us, to give to us, to fill us, and out of what He has filled us, we are able to live life, we are able to be a blessing to others, we are able to give.

    As we head into this week, I pray that you will allow Jesus to serve you. It is a great humility to allow Him to serve you, because you are saying that you are depending on Him to fill you. And though high and exalted, Jesus still loves to serve you!

    Blessed week!)

    16 October Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Revelation 4:6-7

    6Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

    Mark 1:10

    10And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.

    Exodus 20:24-26

    24An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you. 25And if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it. 26Nor shall you go up by steps to My altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed on it.’

    Exodus 21:1-6

    1“Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them: 2If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing. 3If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. 5But if the servant plainly says, “I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ 6then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.

    Mark 10:45

    45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

    Revelation 1:12-13 (AMP)

    12Then I turned to see [whose was] the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13And in the midst of the lampstands [One] like a Son of Man, clothed with a robe which reached to His feet and with a girdle of gold about His breast.

    Psalm 40:6-7 (NIV)

    6Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
    but my ears you have opened[a]—
    burnt offerings and sin offerings[b] you did not require.
    7Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.

    Hebrews 10:5-12

    5Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. 6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. 7Then I said, “Behold, I have come–In the volume of the book it is written of Me–To do Your will, O God.”‘ 8Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,

    Luke 12:37

    37Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.

    Colossians 1:29

    29To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

    Key take-home points:

    • The crux of the sermon in prose form below.
    • The Bible is not about you and me. It is all about Jesus. Every page, from Genesis to Revelation, points to Jesus. When you read the Bible, read the Bible to find Jesus, not to find yourself. When you behold yourself, how much you fall short and what you ought to do, you are not transformed. There is no power there. But when you behold Jesus, you are transformed. (2Co 3:18) You become whole. You become complete, because in Him is the divine fullness. The amazing thing, though, is when you read the Bible to find Jesus, you find you, because God has put you in Him!
    • Every day, there is sufficient grace. Every day, Jesus our divine Servant is supplying to you fresh grace, fresh wisdom, fresh favour, fresh provision, fresh supply of everything that you need. So when you wake up, realize that the supply is there, and step into it. Be supply-oriented, not demand-oriented and feel overwhelmed by the demands from all the people and from all sides. Focus on Jesus and His supply. Jesus knows everything that you’re gonna face in the day, and He has already supplied you the favour and the wisdom.
    • We have nothing to give except that we receive from Him first. When you try to give, try to be polite out of your empty heart, you will end up disappointed and frustrated. So receive from Him, let Him serve you, love you and give to you, and out of what He has given you, you are able to give, able to be a blessing. We work according to His power that works in us. (Col 1:29)

    Pastor continued to build on God’s word for us that every trial in life calls for a fresh revelation of Jesus. Today, the Holy Spirit unveiled to us Jesus as our divine Servant.

    (Ome: God’s heart is for us to do the one thing: to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His word and receive from Him. Yet, when we sit at His feet, there He is at our feet, washing our feet. When we sit at His feet, it is rightly so, because we are bankrupt but that we receive from Him. But to think that He stoops down to our feet to wash our feet, to serve us, to give to us. What a humility, what a holy condescendence. Isn’t Jesus wonderful? What a beautiful thought.)

    The Bible is all about Jesus. It is a book about Jesus. It is not a book about you and me. When you read the Bible, read to find Jesus. He is in every page of the Bible. The laws point to Jesus. The feasts point to Jesus. Today, we’re gonna look at one such law.

    There is a law, or more accurately, God’s judgment in the Old Testament concerning a Hebrew servant. (Exo 21:1-6) When a Hebrew servant was bought, he was to serve for six years, and in the seventh year, he would be allowed to go free. However, he would leave with what he had when he came in. If he had a wife when he came in, he would leave with his wife, but if his master gave him a wife when he came in, the wife and the children would become his master’s when he leaves. But if the servant said, “I love my master, I love my wife, I love my children, I wanna stay!” then the master was to bring him to the judges and the servant’s right ear would be pierced. The servant then serves his master forever.

    (Ome: I like the word “forever”. The law could have said “until he dies” but the Holy Spirit chose to use the word “forever”. This word really gives you a clue that the law points to Jesus, our divine Servant, who, though now high, exalted and glorified, remains our divine Servant forever!)

    Now, in the natural, there were definitely Hebrew servants who exercised his option to stay with his master forever, because the master was good to him, and he loved his master, but this law was pointing to Jesus.

    When Jesus ministered when He was on earth, He came to serve.

    In Matthew 20:28, Jesus said that He did not come “to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a random for many.” His ultimate service to you was this: He gave His life to ransom yours.

    After fulfilling His service, Jesus actually had the option of going back to the Father. If He were to say, “Father, I have fulfilled my service, I miss heaven.” He would walk right back into heaven, and we’d have our train’s next stop set to hell.

    However, He chose to stay, because He loves you. He said, “I love My master (that is God the Father), I love my wife (that is the church is the corporate whole) and I love my children (that is each and every one of us believers individually), I wanna stay!” And look at Psalm 40:6-7 (NIV). The Bible said that His ears were pierced, and He became our Servant forever, albeit a divine Servant.

    Today, although highly exalted, glorified, King of kings and Lord of lords, He still wants to serve you. In Revelation 1:12-13, we see the personage of Jesus, who was girded with a “girdle of gold about His breast.” (Rev 1:13 AMP) Gold speaks of divinity. Jesus is our divine Servant. Gold also speaks of divine righteousness.

    How does Jesus wash your feet today? By reminding you that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. He reminds us of our divine righteousness, not one that comes from man, which is cannot-make-it, but one that comes from God, that is, Jesus Himself is your righteousness.

    So all Jesus wants you to do is to allow Him to serve you, to give to you. Every day, see Him giving to you fresh grace, fresh wisdom, fresh favour, fresh provision. Most importantly, see Him reminding you that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. When you make a mistake, when you fall short, see Him reminding you that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. When you are filled, you can give to others. You can be a blessing. You can do things for Him, out of what He has first poured into you.

     
  • ome 8:04 pm on October 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus, Our Trespass Offering 

    (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

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

    Building on God’s word for us in this season to catch a fresh revelation of Jesus, because every trial or circumstance in life needs a fresh revelation of Jesus, today, Pastor shared with us Jesus as our trespass offering. It is amazing how this picture of Jesus as our trespass offering is linked to restoration, how Jesus is God’s 120% restoration, how He is our 120% restoration for the wrongs done against us, and how He is our 120% restoration for the wrongs that we have done, and that gives rest to our conscience. What a beautiful picture of Jesus, and what amazing applications in this picture!

    Beloveds, as we head into this week, I pray that you receive a fresh revelation of Jesus for your situation. Whatever your problems are, whatever your needs are, the answer isn’t found elsewhere. It is found in Jesus! Blessed week!)

    9 October Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Leviticus 5:14-16

    14Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 15“If a person commits a trespass, and sins unintentionally in regard to the holy things of the LORD, then he shall bring to the LORD as his trespass offering a ram without blemish from the flocks, with your valuation in shekels of silver according to the shekel of the sanctuary, as a trespass offering. 16And he shall make restitution for the harm that he has done in regard to the holy thing, and shall add one-fifth to it and give it to the priest. So the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.

    Leviticus 6:1-7

    1And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2“If a person sins and commits a trespass against the LORD by lying to his neighbor about what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or about a pledge, or about a robbery, or if he has extorted from his neighbor, 3or if he has found what was lost and lies concerning it, and swears falsely–in any one of these things that a man may do in which he sins: 4then it shall be, because he has sinned and is guilty, that he shall restore what he has stolen, or the thing which he has extorted, or what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or the lost thing which he found, 5or all that about which he has sworn falsely. He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering. 6And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD, a ram without blemish from the flock, with your valuation, as a trespass offering, to the priest. 7So the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD, and he shall be forgiven for any one of these things that he may have done in which he trespasses.”

    Key take-home points:

    • Our salvation does not depend on how much we understand the finished work of Jesus at the cross. It depends on *the* finished work of Jesus at the cross. As we can see from the picture of trespass offering, whether you bring a bullock, a lamb, or a dove, the sacrifice avails for the forgiveness of sins. That’s the picture of the church. Some of us have a big revelation of Jesus’ finished work, some of us have a small revelation, but all of us have total forgiveness of sins, all of us have peace with God, all of us have equal, perfect standing with God. However, the greater your revelation is, the greater your enjoyment of Jesus’ finished work. When the Israelites put the blood on the doorpost on the first Passover, those who believed God’s word that the blood of the lamb would spare them from the angel of death rested and were relaxed, while those who didn’t would have been infected by fear when they heard the wailing in Egypt as the firstborn in Egypt dropped dead. But either way, regardless of fear or relaxed, the blood protected those inside the house. In the Levitical times, the rich brought a bullock for their trespass offering, the middle-income brought a lamb, and the poor brought a dove, which could be commonly found. This is a picture that those who are rich on the inside is because they have a big understanding of Jesus’ finished work, and your inside wealth is proportionate to your revelation of Jesus’ finished work. Note though, that prosperity always starts from the inside, so when you are rich on the inside, in a matter of time, that soul prosperity translates to material prosperity!
    • On the night before Jesus was betrayed, after Jesus told Judas to go and “what you do, do quickly” (Joh 13:27), the Bible said that after Judas went out, “it was night.” What did Jesus and the disciples do after that? They had the Lord’s supper. That was then the Lord’s supper was instituted. What do you do in your night season? When you are going through a tough time, when things are going wrong, when lying symptoms pop up in your body, what do you do? I would like to encourage you to take the Lord’s supper. Declare Jesus’ finished work over yourself. Declare that His death avails for you. Remember Him, remember His finished work: His body broken for your healing, and His blood shed for the forgiveness of your sins. Now, the first and foremost reason that we partake of the Holy Communion is not for healing or victory per se. We partake of the Holy Communion to remember Jesus, His love for us and His finished work. However, the fact remains that, like the children of Israel who experienced deliverance, healing and transfer of wealth when they ate the roasted lamb and applied its blood on the doorpost, when you remember Jesus, you will see healing, victory, breakthrough, miracle and prosperity manifest in your life!

    Today, Pastor focused on just one truth that Jesus is our trespass offering. It’s so rich that I can’t elucidate this in point form, so in prose form I go!

    Jesus is our trespass offering. God has been exhorting us to catch a fresh revelation of Jesus, and in this week’s sermon, the Holy Spirit has unveiled to us Jesus as our trespass offering.

    In the Old Testament, there was a Levitical law that says that if anyone committed a sin, he would have to bring either a bullock, a lamb, or a dove to the priest. The animal to be sacrificed must be spotless. The priest would then examine the offering animal, and if the animal passes the examination, the offerer would then lay hand on the animal, a picture of identification. In this process, the offerer’s sin goes in, and the animal’s spotless righteousness goes out to the offerer. Then, the offerer kills the animal. (In the case of the dove, the priest would kill it instead.) After that, the person must restore 120% of what he has sinned to the injured party, be it God (in which case the payment is to the priest) or someone else who has been wronged.

    The whole trespass offering, including the restitution, is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we sin against God, God’s law demands that you pay 120% for all that you have wronged. When we sin against others, God’s law also demands that you pay 120% for all that you have wrong. In both cases, none of us can pay that 120%. Don’t even talk about 120%, even 100% we also cannot pay.

    Jesus came and became the trespass offering for us. His value as a Son of God, the fragrance of His person to God, means that He is worth much more than 120% of all that we have wronged. Jesus has paid a debt that we could not pay. He restored 120% to the injured, be it to God or to the injured party!

    Due to the much more payment in Jesus, God has become “richer” (speaking after human expression) through the cross. God has reaped more from redemption than He did at creation!

    Today, Jesus is our trespass offering. Our sins have been forgiven, our standing before God as His people has been restored, and He has restored to God much more than all that God has lost because of your sins! Hallelujah!

    The trespass offering also has this application: when you sin, your sin weighs on your conscience. Your conscience will bug you that payment needs to be exacted from you. You feel that there is a need to pay back. While practicing restitution is good for human relationship (if you have borrowed a book from someone, please return it to the person!) in some cases, it is no longer possible to restore to the person that you have wronged. The person is dead, or whatever. Maybe that thing you robbed, you can’t pay back. Maybe you abused your boy or girl, and that childhood lost in trauma and pain, you obviously can’t pay back. The sin weighs on your conscience.

    Well, seeing Jesus as your trespass offering frees your conscience from that sin debt, because for all the sins that you have committed, Jesus has become the 120% restoration to the injured party. If your boy or girl has lost his or her childhood because of abuse, Jesus is able to be the emotional healing to the person, and restore to the person a much better life from now on. The payment has been made. That gives you a clear conscience.

    The application also applies on the flipside, that is, if you have been robbed, you don’t have to demand the payment back from the injurer. Jesus has paid you 120% to the injured party, and if you are the one injured, then you are the recipient of that payment. Receive your restoration!

    Maybe someone has hurt you emotionally. For that sin, Jesus has paid 120% to you for that hurt. Receive your emotional healing and restoration!

    Maybe you have been cheated financially and are demanding the money from the jerk. Jesus has paid 120% to you for that amount that he has robbed you, for the emotional trauma that you went through. Receive your restoration!

     
  • ome 12:14 am on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    A Fresh Revelation Of Jesus For Every Trial 

    (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

    I’m here with the verses and what I caught from the sermon last week. As you face life this week, know that for every trial and every need in your life, your solution is found in Jesus. He is whoever you need Him to be. Stuck in your study? He is your wisdom. Not feeling well? He is your health. Weary and tired and don’t feel like studying? He is your strength. Just made a mistake, or forgot to study for the past hour? He is your righteousness. When you are faced with trials, see Him as your answer, to that specific need. That is a fresh revelation of Him!

    Have a blessed week, in Jesus’ name!)

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

    2 Peter 1:2-3

    2Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

    Jeremiah 9:23-24

    23Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

    Luke 7:39-43

    39Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” 40And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” 41“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”

    Luke 15:1-10

    1Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3So He spoke this parable to them, saying: 4“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. 8“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ 10Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

    Luke 15:20-23

    20“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22“But the father said to his servants, “Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;

    Revelation 1:20-2:1

    20The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches. 1“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, “These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:

    Revelation 3:7-8

    7“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, “These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: 8“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

    Key take-home points:

    • Every trial that you face calls for a fresh revelation of Jesus. There is a pattern when Jesus performed miracles when He walked on earth. Before He opened the eyes of the blind, He declared, “I am the light of the world.” Before He raised Lazarus from the dead, He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” When you are faced with a difficulty or a bad news, catch a fresh revelation of Jesus. What is He to you in the situation? Your wisdom? Your favour? The resurrection and the life? Your health and wholeness? When you catch that revelation of Jesus that you need, it is easier to ask for a miracle, not on His side (He is always supplying) but on your receiving side.
    • Jesus is full of grace, and of His fullness we receive grace upon grace. We have received grace when we received Jesus as our Saviour, because salvation is by grace. However, John 1:16 tells us that we can receive grace upon grace, meaning grace on top of the grace that we already have. Even though we already have a measure of grace today, we can still receive more grace. How do we receive more grace? 1. By increasing in the knowledge of Jesus. Grace and shalom (wholeness, prosperity) is multiplied (whoa!) in the knowledge of Jesus. (2Pe 1:2-3) 2. By meditating on Jesus. I take this from the sermon on meditation. The word hagah (meditation) consists of Hebrew letters heh, gimael, heh. Heh is grace, and gimael is camel, a picture of transportation. In Old Testament days, camels were used as a means of transportation. So when you meditate, more grace is transported to you who already have a measure of grace!
    • Beloveds, you have not been just forgiven. You have been freely forgiven. Have you ever forgiven someone? Did you find it difficult? Did you do se begrudgingly? That is human forgiveness. Some mistakes are easy to forgive. Some are hard to forgive. God did not forgive us like that. He forgave us freely. Freely has a connotation of generosity. When we forgive, we wish it’s the last mistake that we have to forgive. (C’mon, some honesty here please!) But when God forgave us, He forgave us generously. He forgave all our sins. Freely also means that the forgiveness is unconditional. If you have to do something after you are forgiven, hey, that forgiveness is not free! If you have to behave yourself after you are forgiven, or love God after you are forgiven, then that forgiveness is not unconditional! The truth is this, you are forgiven of all your sins, full stop. Even if you do nothing after you receive Jesus as Saviour, it’s all right. Now, the more you hear how God loves you, you want to love Him back. But that doesn’t change the truth that your forgiveness does not come with a caveat. It’s unconditional, and once it’s given, that’s that. The word “freely” is so important in understanding grace and the believer’s life.
     
  • ome 5:47 pm on October 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    God Promises, God Performs, God Gets All The Glory! 

    (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

    Here are the verses from Pastor Lian’s sermon for F1 Sunday. It’s a simple but powerful message, that really is spot-on when it comes to our mindset about God. Grace is this: God promises, God performs, God gets all the glory! God is not into the business of getting us to do something, then He gets all the glory for all our hard work. He is not into making servants out of you. That is a sure way to get someone to be bitter about God. No, beloved, let Him do all the work. Then, He gets the glory, and we enjoy the goodness and the blessings!

    Declaring a blessed week over you in Jesus’ name. We may not know what this coming week holds, but Jesus knows, and He is working them all for your good. Amen?)

    25 September Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Lian

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Romans 4:1-3

    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.”

    Romans 4:19-22

    19And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

    John 9:1-7

    1Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him4I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

    2 Samuel 9:1

    1Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

    Joshua 2:9-13,17-18

    9and said to the men: “I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, 13and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”

    17So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, 18unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home.

    Key take-home points:

    • Sometimes, what we tell others, or what we believe ourselves makes it such that God who wants us to do something, then He gets all the glory for all the struggles and all the labour that we put in. No wonder people who see God as such end up bitter towards God. This is erroneous. God’s heart is not into you doing all the work, and He gets all the glory. God’s heart is this: God promises. God performs. God gets all the glory. Let’s be real. If God wants all the glory, then He’ll have to do all the work. And He is able and willing!
    • When you are going through a hard time, the tendency is to look at the situation and ask, whose fault? What wrong did I do to get into all this? (Naturally speaking, sometimes, it’s really not your fault. Things just go wrong like that.) However, Jesus does not want us to go on fault-finding mode. When encountered with a man born blind, Jesus did not answer His disciples’ question when asked whose fault it was that the man was born blind, but Jesus said that the blindness was there for God’s glory to manifest. Beloved, if you are going through a hard time, praise God, because His supply is going to flow! When there is a Goliath in your life, know that God has a victory in line for you!
    • When the people of Jericho heard how God parted the Red Sea for His people the Israelites, they were all melting with fear, and Rahab was one of them. What made Rahab different from the people who were in Jericho? It was that Rahab asked to be spared. She believed that God was able to deliver her from destruction along with the rest of Jericho, and she was. In fact, she went from prostitute to a princess. She became part of the ancestor line of Jesus Christ. Such was the reward of one who trusted in the goodness of God. It doesn’t matter what your pasts are, or what race you are. Maybe you feel like you are born in the wrong race or wrong family. But if you choose to trust in the goodness of God, the One who can give life to the dead, He can make your life beautiful. Rahab was told to tie a scarlet robe in front of her house. Scarlet is a picture of the blood of Jesus. When you choose to receive the blood of Jesus on the doorpost of your life and believe that His death brings you life, that is when your old pasts and shame are passed away, and your future becomes bright!
     
  • ome 9:38 pm on September 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wisdom Comes From The Lord 

    (Ome: Hey Beloveds!

    How was recess week for you? We’re about to head into the second half of the semester. Mid-terms, deadlines coming. Anxious? Worried? It’s normal for us to be! But may I encourage you, that when you feel anxious or worried, to feed on Philippians 4:6. God’s heart is that when we are anxious, we turn our cares into prayers. Cast our cares to Him, and let His peace guard our hearts and minds. Peace doesn’t come by psyching. Peace comes when you know that Jesus is in charge, and He will handle the matters that are in your life. Amen?

    As usual, I am here with the verses and my take-home points from the sermon last week. Beloved, feed on Jesus and His love and grace for you. Blessed week, and victory over your mid-terms in Jesus’ name!)

    18 September Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Proverbs 4:7-10

    7Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. 8Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. 9She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” 10Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.

    Proverbs 2:6

    6For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

    Matthew 12:42

    42The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.

    1 Corinthians 1:30

    30But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption– 31that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

    Proverbs 8:12-21

    12“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion. 13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. 14Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. 15By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. 16By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth. 17I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. 18Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. 19My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver. 20I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, 21That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.

    Proverbs 8:27-31

    27When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, 29When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth, 30Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, 31Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men.

    Luke 2:52

    52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

    Proverbs 3:13-17

    13Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; 14For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. 15She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.

    1 Kings 3:12-14

    12behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

    1 Kings 4:29-34

    29And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. 30Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31For he was wiser than all men–than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. 32He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. 33Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. 34And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

    James 1:5-7

    5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

    Key take-home points:

    • Knowledge comes from books. Experience comes with age. Wisdom comes only from the Lord. You can have knowledge, you can have experience, doesn’t mean that you have wisdom. On the flip side, you can be young, maybe you don’t have much knowledge, but God can fill you with wisdom to make decisions that are spot-on, to see things people don’t see.
    • The sign that you have received wisdom is that you value the presence of Jesus. This is taken from one of the sermons a few weeks before. Wisdom is not about doing the right things. The by-product of wisdom is that you will do the right things and make the right decisions, but the sign of wisdom is that you enjoy spending time with Jesus and not see Christianity as a religion or a set of principles. This picture is seen in Solomon. Before he received wisdom, he had a sincere intention, but he sought the tabernacle, which was the empty shall of religion, but the ark was no longer there, because Jesus is neither a religion nor in a shell of religion. After Solomon received wisdom, he went and stood before the ark as the first thing he did. Now he no longer relished in religion, but in Jesus.
    • To re-iterate the point once again, wisdom is not a thing. Wisdom is a person, Jesus Christ. Solomon received wisdom from God, but his wisdom became corrupted after his heart was drawn to foreign gods, because wisdom is not an “it”, but a “He”. The moment he cut himself from Jesus, his wisdom was no longer wisdom, because Jesus is the wisdom of God.
    • We want miracles without wisdom, but God wants us to have wisdom. We want deliverance, but God wants us to have wisdom. Doesn’t mean God wants us to have only wisdom and no miracle or deliverance. The thing is, if God gives you miracle without wisdom, it’s a matter of time before you are back in the same problem again. It’s not God’s best for you that you run from one deliverance to another, falling into the same mistake over and over again. So He wants you to prioritise wisdom (make wisdom your first and foremost desire and prayer request) so that you know where you went wrong and that blind spot is no more in your life.
       
    • ome 6:52 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      Don’t Fight. Feed! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds! Blessed, happy recess week!

      How are you all doing? Having a fruitful one? It’s a good time to recuperate, catch up with school work, and *gasps* prep for mid-terms! I would like to encourage you to take time off to feed on Jesus and His finished work. Let His word of grace, His word of all that He has done, nourish you and strengthen you, so that you can head into the second half of the semester knowing that you are living out the work that He has done for you! Mind you, the sermon title’s pretty apt for this time of the semester. Coming tests? Don’t fight. Feed! Feed, and you will see victory manifest in your study life and every other area that you desire!

      Blessed restful recess week!)

      11 September Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      2 Samuel 9:1-7

      1Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba. So when they had called him to David, the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” He said, “At your service!” 3Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet.” 4So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “Indeed he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.” 5Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar. 6Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?” And he answered, “Here is your servant!” 7So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”

      Matthew 27:36-43

      36Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left. 39And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 40and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, 42“He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. 43He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, “I am the Son of God.“‘

      Psalm 22:8

      8He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!

      Bible study point: By daring Jesus to come down from the cross, the Pharisees unwittingly fulfilled the Messianic prophecy written in Psalm 22.

      Romans 6:14

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

      Key take-home points:

      • Today, the covenant that we are under was cut between God and Jesus. If it were cut between God and us, God can keep His part. But can we keep our part? No, we can’t! That’s why when Abraham attempted to take his place in his covenant with God, God in His mercy, put Abraham to sleep, and Jesus came and cut the covenant with God instead. In this way, the covenant is secure. We are the beneficiaries of this covenant, Jesus being our representative. We are not a party in the covenant, but we enjoy the benefits of the covenant; sleeping partners, if you would!
      • God wants us to watch out of the roar of the lion. What is the roar of the lion? It is this temptation: “If you are the Son of God…” the very temptation that the devil used on Jesus. The devil dared Jesus to prove who He was, when He already was, and is, the Son of God. Today, the devil comes to you with the same tactic: “If you are God’s son, why is this happening to you?” “If you are God’s son, why are you falling behind in your studies?” “If you are God’s son, why are you having this sickness?” What he is doing is try to push you to do something to prove that you are God’s son, when you already are. You don’t have to perform to prove who you are. You are already God’s son.
      • Not directly in the sermon, but related to the sermon: What the devil tries to do is to distract you from Jesus and your identity in Him, because the moment you know who you are, the devil is defeated, because the Lion of Judah is in you! So the devil’s strategy is to get you to look at the natural facts, the lying symptoms, the grades for your tests, your emotions, and your feelings. All these things distract you from your identity. So keep on feeding on Jesus and His finished work, keep on listening to sermons, and Jesus, the Lion of Judah in you, will lead you to victory!
      • The throne of God used to be the throne of judgment. You must be perfect, or you will be judged. The throne of God used to be the throne that demanded holiness and perfection from man, which man could never provide. But today, because of the blood of Jesus sprinkled, the throne of God has become the throne of grace. We come to the throne of grace not to offer something to God, but to “obtain mercy and find grace in time of need.” Hallelujah, wow! So come to the throne of grace to receive. It is the throne of grace, throne of the undeserving, so come as you are, and receive His grace and mercy, and you’ll come out a winner!
       
    • ome 10:38 pm on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      Forgiven Righteously Through Jesus Our Mercy Seat 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds! Here are the verses from the sermon last week, as well as what I caught from it.

      In the sermon, Pastor shared on the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat. The ark is at the centre of God’s heart and mind. Why is it so significant? It’s because the ark and the mercy seat is a picture of Jesus and His finished work. When we get hold of Jesus and His finished work and make that the centre of our lives, living in the light of the finished work, and speaking to each other Jesus’ finished work, we are after God’s heart!

      Blessed week ahead!)

      4 September Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      Romans 3:24-26

      24being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

      Romans 3:25 (NLT)

      25For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,

      Exodus 34:4-7

      4So he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone. 5Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

      Hebrews 8:12

      12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

      Genesis 3:24

      24So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

      Zechariah 13:7

      7“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion,” Says the LORD of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.

      John 20:11-12

      11But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

      Key take-home points:

      • The ark of the covenant was made by Bezalel, who God called and filled with the spirit of God. Notice that when God calls, He fills. There is no such thing where God calls you to a profession for you to do it yourself. Wherever He calls you, He fills you!
      • Bezalel was filled with the spirit of God in wisdom, and as a result he was able to design the ark and work with gold, silver, and other things necessary for making the ark. That’s design acumen and creativity. You can ask God for creativity and for wisdom. The Bible term for creativity is “spirit of wisdom.”
      • Under the Old Covenant, you had to keep all the laws for God to bless you. If you failed in one, God would have had no choice but to curse you. Today, we are not under the Old Covenant, but under the New Covenant. Under the New Covenant, it is all about God working. He writes desires on our hearts and minds, He watches over us as our God, He will cause us to know Him, and most importantly, He remembers our sins no more! Why? Because two thousand years ago, He remembered them all on Jesus, and punished them to the full! You see, this covenant that we are under, is not about you doing. It is all about Him doing, Him working, Him supplying!
      • You are not forgiven out of mercy. It was the mercy of God that sent Jesus, but you are forgiven out of righteousness, because Jesus took the punishment for your sins, all of them! God is righteous in making the sinner righteous! My favourite phrase in the sermon!
       
    • ome 12:04 am on September 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      A Man After God’s Heart – The Secret Of David 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds! Here are the verses from the sermon last week, as well as what I caught from it. I pray that this week, God imparts to you a hunger to seek His presence, that you will be like Solomon after he received wisdom from God, who then sought after not a form of religion, but the presence of Jesus!

      Blessed week ahead!)

      28 August Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      Acts 13:22

      22And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’

      1 Chronicles 28:4 (KJV)

      4Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over all Israel:

      Psalm 132:1-9

      1LORD, remember David And all his afflictions; 2How he swore to the LORD, And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3“Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, Or go up to the comfort of my bed; 4I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, 5Until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” 6Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; We found it in the fields of the woods. 7Let us go into His tabernacle; Let us worship at His footstool. 8Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. 9Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your saints shout for joy.

      John 1:15-16

      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 grace.

      John 1:17

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

      Exodus 25:21-22

      21You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. 22And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.

      Genesis 50:26

      26So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin (first mention of the Hebrew word used for the ark of the covenant) in Egypt.

      Psalm 132:6 (NASB)

      12Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah,
      We found it in the field of Jaar.

      Galatians 5:4 (KJV)

      4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

      1 Kings 3:15

      15And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.

      Psalm 132:13-16

      13For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: 14“This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. 15I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16I will also clothe her priests with salvation, And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

      Key take-home points:

      • God called David a man after His own heart. What was his secret? It was that David aligned his thoughts with God’s thoughts. He had a desire to bring back the ark of the covenant and to find a resting place for it. The ark is a picture of Jesus Christ. God’s heart is always full of His Son, Jesus Christ, and you are after God’s own heart, when you desire to bring Jesus back to the center-place of the church.
      • One sign that you have received wisdom is that you seek the presence of Jesus. I really like God’s definition! Think about it, the world defines wisdom as knowing how to persuade people, to buy favour with boss, but God says, true wise people seek Jesus’ presence.
      • We receive Jesus’ fullness from Him, and others see the fullness, or lack thereof, in us. When the people of the world look at you, do they see Jesus’ fullness in you? Do they see you happy and secure in the midst of the turbulence of school work? Do they see you walking in God’s abundance provision and wholeness? Or do they see that you are just like them? God has called His people to be holy, and to be holy simply means to be different, to be peculiar, to be set apart. Have you received Jesus’ fullness, which includes health, prosperity, peace and security, or have you received only a meager portion of His fullness? We are living epistles of Christ, testimonies of Him to a dying, sighing, crying world. Our lives are testimonies of Him. Let’s ask God to make us shine as the light of the world, the salt of the earth, so that men “may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Mat 5:16)
       
    • ome 6:44 pm on September 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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      Having A Heart For The King 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds! Sorry for lateness! Been a lil’ caught up in study this week. Here are the verses from the sermon last week, as well as what I caught. Just wanna encourage you that in whatever you do, do it unto our King, Jesus. Not just in serving, but also in studies, work, and in everything that you do, and you will find that there is amazing peace and security that comes when Jesus is your satisfaction!

      Blessed week ahead!)

      21 August Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      Ephesians 1:6

      6to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted (charitoo – highly favoured) in the Beloved.

      2 Corinthians 5:9

      9Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing (euarestos) to Him.

      Romans 14:17-18

      17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable (euarestos) to God and approved by men.

      Philippians 4:15-19

      15Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing (euarestos) to God. 19And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

      1 Corinthians 15:10

      10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

      1 Corinthians 3:6-8

      6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

      Romans 16:1-6

      1I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also. 3Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ. 6Greet Mary, who labored much for us.

      Romans 16:12

      12Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord.

      1 Samuel 22:1-2

      1David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

      2 Samuel 23:8-24

      8These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-Basshebeth the Tachmonite, chief among the captains. He was called Adino the Eznite, because he had killed eight hundred men at one time. 9And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel had retreated. 10He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder. 11And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. 12But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory. 13Then three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to David at the cave of Adullam. And the troop of Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 15And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” 16So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD. 17And he said, “Far be it from me, O LORD, that I should do this! Is this not the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men. 18Now Abishai the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of another three. He lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name among these three. 19Was he not the most honored of three? Therefore he became their captain. However, he did not attain to the first three. 20Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. 21And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. 22These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. 23He was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard. 24Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

      Key take-home points:

      • God’s blessings are unmerited, undeserved, unearned. They all come because we are in Christ. In Him, we are blessed. However, there is a reward for servers, and servers are rewarded differently according to the work that they have done. (1Co 3:6-8)
      • We are all highly favoured (charitoo) in Christ, but there are ministries that are well-pleasing (euarestos) to God. There are different degrees of ministry. During David’s reign, Joab was David’s commander-in-chief, but he served his own agenda. He did what he saw fit to propel him to the top post or keep him. Then there were David’s mighty men who did mighty things for the kingdom. However, three mighty men were honoured at the top, but the “exploit” that earned them the honour was that they risked their lives to fulfill David’s desire to drink Bethlehem’s water. Other mighty men of David served the kingdom, but these three men served the king. You can be serving in church, but you can be serving your own agenda. You can also be serving the people or the cause, even the “cause of Christ”, but that is not the highest degree of ministry. Ministries that are the most well-pleasing are ones that serve the King. When you serve the people or the cause, you can be disappointed when the results are not forthcoming or when man does not affirm you, but when you serve the King, it doesn’t matter if anyone sees what you do, because you are doing it for the King, and you will never be disappointed.
      • Every work that you do for the King, He sees. In Paul’s Spirit-inspired letters, he mentioned the names of those he greeted, and spoke differently of them, saying of some, “who have laboured much in the Lord,” and others, “who have laboured in the Lord.” The Lord sees and knows who has laboured how much for Him. So even when the things that you do, noone sees, know that the King sees, and He rewards you for every labour of love that you labour for Him!
       
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      God Is For You Today! 

      (Ome: Hey Beloveds! Here are the verses from the sermon last week, as well as what I caught. What Pastor wanted to bring across in the sermon was to encourage you that, in times when the world is full of terrible things, God is on your side, and to quench any doubts, in particular with people trying to put a condition to God being on your side, such as 1 John 5. What a comfort to know that the world can go haywire, but God is for you, and He keeps you safe and whole!

      Blessed week ahead!)

      14 August Sunday Service

      Preached by Pastor Prince

      2nd Service

      Verses from the sermon:

      1 John 1:5-10

      5This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

      Romans 10:9

      9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

      James 1:1

      1James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.

      Galatians 2:9

      9and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

      James 4:8

      8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

      (Bible study point: While every word of God is profitable for us, not every word of God was written to us. Letters are to believers, but there are portions that address unbelievers, just like when Pastor preaches, there are times that he turn and address sinners.

      Also, looking at Galatians 2:9, we need to know that Paul was called to preach to the Gentiles, and his letters were to the church. However, James, Peter and John were apostles to the Jews. Therefore, Paul’s letters were more directed to us. James, Peter and John’s letters are still profitable to us, but we need to even more so learn to distinguish between statements written to believers and unbelievers.

      The epistle of James was written to all the twelve tribes of Israel, even though primarily to believers. That is the reason that we find phrases such as “Cleanse your hands, you sinners.” Such statements were not directed to believers, but to unbelieving Jews.)

      1 Thessalonians 5:5

      5You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

      John 8:7-12

      7So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” 12Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

      Key take-home points:

      • God is for you. Today, in volatile times like this, when the world is full of terrible things, it is important to know that God is on your side. If you are a believer, God is on your side. There is nothing for you to do to put God on your side, and there is nothing that can put God against you. Why is this important? It is because when God is on your side, He is blessing you, protecting you, making a way for you when there is no way, just like how He parted the Red Sea for the children of Israel. He gives you His supernatural answer when there is no natural answer. So don’t run to the world for answers. Receive your supply and your answers from God.
      • The main concern that Pastor dealt with for the sermon was 1 John 5-10. 1 John 5 has been abused by many to say that believers have to walk in the light in order to have fellowship with God. There is no such thing as believers walking in darkness. “Light” here is not something that you do to qualify; it is a realm, a kingdom. When you got saved, you were translated from the realm of darkness into the realm of light, and today, you are in the light. You are sons of light. (1Th 5:5) You are always in the light, you are always in fellowship with God, and God is always on your side. It is a given fact, not a condition.
       
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