Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More Than Conqueror

On Sunday, 11th July, 2010 Pastor Richard Sim shared on the above subject with our congregation.

God is never beatened, nothing is out of God’s control.

Three truths :

1. We do not understand completely what God is doing.
2. God takes the worst and make them into better things. All hurts will be healed in the end.
3. God does not work for our happiness but our good.

The Cross

Although a symbol of death, it is acceptable as a symbol of Christianity. The message of the Cross is foolishness to the world 1 Cor 1:18-22, 24, however, it is central to Christians. Christ died for us on the cross Gal 3:13. Jesus dying on the cross became a curse in our place Gal 6:14. Even before the cross as an execution method was invented, God knew, Deu 21:23

The Lord’s Supper – remembrance of Christ

Why it is important? God had already planned for Jesus to go to the cross to die for us and be “lifted up”, John 3:14.

Through Jesus’ obedience, God restored what was lost through Adam. Jesus cried “It is finished”. This statement was explained by Andrew Carter that people mistook it for “I am finished”, however, this was not the case. He explained that Jesus has accomplished His work on earth.

The Centrality of the Cross

After the curtain of the temple was thorn apart, there was no more division, salvation and eternal life is available to us free. This is because of grace.

Man needs to do

Accept, Believe, Confess

Exchange Took Place on the Cross

Jesus rejected, we are accepted.
He took our punishment, we are freed.
He took our pain and sickness, we have health
He took our troubles, we are healed.
He faced sorrow, we have joy.
He was anxious, we were given hope and peace
He faced death, we live.

Our Part

We are to take up the cross daily Luke 9:23, Mark 8:34. Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” We are to boast in the cross Gal 6:14. Do not love the world 1John 2:15. Bear fruits for Christ – fruit of the Spirit Gal 5:22.

Pastor Sim related that about two months ago he was at a coffee shop in Maur with his wife and the waitress refered to him as “Apek”. He felt offended being called that way. He said this was the ego and pride in him. Human are like that, so we have to be careful.

The Challenge

Pastor Sim challenged our congregation. He asked, “Have we crucified ourselves daily?” “How important to us are the views and things of the world?” These are basic questions but profound when we think and reflect on them. The question is whether we are doing what had been taught.

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