Heavenly-shaped community

Bible Readings Romans 12:9-21 1 Peter 4:7-11 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, Some 24 years ago the Lord led our family to leave our homeland and migrate to Australia. The buzzword for migrants was “culture shock”.   Initially living in a different culture was somewhat interesting.  People expect you to be different, and quite … Continue reading Heavenly-shaped community

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Live as adopted child in the holy family of God (3)

Bible readings 1 Corinthians 13 1Peter 1:17-2:3 Introduction Brothers and sister in the Lord, Our society is made up of different general collections:  there is the Baby Boomers, Gen X, Y and Z.  These divisions of course are artificial and ostensibly used to excuses certain age groups for acting decent and civilised.  The mindset of … Continue reading Live as adopted child in the holy family of God (3)

Christ prays for the well-being of his church

Scripture Readings 1John 2:18-27; John 17:20-26 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Something has crept into church life in the last decade or two.  They call it church shopping.  Driven by our consumeristic world, a church, or more so a congregation—even irrespective of the particular of its doctrinal position—has to have certain … Continue reading Christ prays for the well-being of his church

Bible Readings 2Samuel 15:1-14 John 13:18-38 Introduction What is success?  What is failure? Listen to this story:  When he was five years old his father died. With his mother working, the five year old had to cook for his siblings. He dropping out of 7th grade and left home by himself. He falsified his date … Continue reading

Do you love Me?

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15, NIV) The question which heads this paper was addressed by Christ to the Apostle Peter. A more … Continue reading Do you love Me?

Prayer: Towards excellence

A prayer for growth:  that your love for knowledge may abound And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, (Philippians 1:9, NIV) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (Philippians 1:9, NKJV) Paul … Continue reading Prayer: Towards excellence

Prayer for one another with joy and concern born from the love for God

(This study is based on the book of Dr D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Priorities from Paul and his prayers [Baker Book House Company, 2007]) Let’s begin and ask the same questions as we asked last week: When you pray, what is it that you pray for? When you pray, who is it … Continue reading Prayer for one another with joy and concern born from the love for God

Prayer for a healthy Church

Prayer (This study is based on the book of Dr D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Priorities from Paul and his prayers [Baker Book House Company, 2007]) Scripture Readings 1Thessalonians 3:1-12 2Thessalonians 1:1-12 The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has a privilege and a duty to pray.  There are many elements for prayer:  praise, … Continue reading Prayer for a healthy Church

Remember your creator

Public Profession of Faith of new members Scripture Readings 2 Timothy 3:10-17 Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 Introduction My dear young friends, Today is one of the most important days in your life:  Today, before God and his congregation, in the Name of Jesus Christ, you made profession of your faith in God.  You did it publicly, so … Continue reading Remember your creator