PASF Gathering at CCC

2015 Feb 28: 1st PASF gathering for 2015 at CCC

pasf-2015-02

The 1st Penang Assemblies Seniors Fellowship [PASF] gathering of the year held at the Christian Convention Centre in Batu Ferringghi. An overwhelming response as about 110 in attendance. The hall there has been air-conditioned, thus we could all enjoy the gathering in comfort & without outside noise!

In a nutshell:

ukelele

Some of the 1st timers were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. Pastor Paul Thian Seong Lee, from California where he is serving shared a short Gospel message and a song. Chuah Tong Ik with his members from Georgetown Baptist Church rendered a song item “One Day At A Time” with ukulele accompaniment followed by a message from him.

How Can I Hope? – The New Birth

HOPE is Heaven-Oriented Positive Expectation. It makes our faith in Christ unique & unequaled when compared with other religions. (Message & notes by Mr Sinnappan Nadason)

hope-clouds

1 Peter 1:3-4

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

Begotten Unto the Hope (v3-4)

  1. Bestowal of Mercy
  2. Born in the Spirit
  3. Blessings of Hope
  4. Bequeathal of Inheritance
  5. Bonus of Power (from God)

hope-hands

1 Peter 1:22-25

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[a] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Behavior out of Hope (Vv22)

  1. Purifying of the Soul
  2. Practicing the Truth
  3. Proving by Love

The Character of Love

  • Earnest. Fervent; intense;
  • Unpretentious (unfeigned = not acting).
  • Out of  a pure heart (genuine, true, wholehearted);
  • Out of a Godly & holy attitude (as God exemplifies).

The Conduct of Love

  • By giving liberally (2 Cor 8:8)
  • By sincerity. Without dissimulation or pretense (Rom 12:9; 1 John 3:18-19)
  • By serving (Gal 5:13; Heb 6:10)
  • By forbearing & Forgiving (Eph 4:2)
  • By walking (living) in love (Eph 5:2)
  • By obeying (John 14:15)

hope-painting

Basis of Our Hope (23-25)

  1. Incorruptible Seed (v23). Not subject to decay nor death (Vv 14, 18, 19, 23)
  2. Inadequate Lifetime. Brevity of lifetime (v24)
  3. Indwelling Word – forever (v25, 2 Cor 4:6)

The Year of the Sheep

Happy Chinese New Year! Sharing on the Year of the Sheep by KC Ung.

sheep

Goodbye to the Year of the Horse and Welcome to the Year of the Sheep.

A Study Outline on God’s Redemption Programme:

  1. The Year of the Sheep – The Strayed Sinner
  2. The Year of the Goat – The Substitute’s Sacrifice.
  3. The Year of the Ram – The Saint’s Surrender
  4. The Year of the Lamb – The Saviour Sovereign

Links

Silencing the Critics

criticism

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:11-20

There are 3 identities of Godly living:

  1. Aliens
  2. Citizens
  3. Servants

Yet in whatever identity, we  are to abstain from fleshly lusts.
We are to keep our behavior excellent to glorify God.

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. (‭Acts‬ ‭7‬:‭59-60‬ NIV)

As Aliens

Christians throughout the ages & until today are accused of many things.
Some is because we do not follow the norm. Others because of falsehood or misinterpretation.

But more important then the accusations, or even our words are our actions.
We are the Bible the world is reading through the testimony of our lives.

 

As Citizens

We are to submit ourselves for the Lord’s sake.
We are to be subject to governing authorities as from God.
For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior but for those bent on evil.
If we are subject to laws that contradict the Word of God, we can respond with our truth, yet know that will need to bear the consequences.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭3-4‬ NIV)

We have 2 spiritual weapons:

  1. Word of God
  2. Prayer

As Servants

We are to be submissive & for the sake of conscience towards God.
If you suffer for righteousness, you are blessed.
If you are reviled for Christ’s name, you are blessed.

For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Follow Christ’s example in our daily living.

Download slides: Silencing the Critics (1MB)

Prayer for Missions

prayer

We are pleased to announce that every 1st Thursday of the month from 8:00PM-8:15PM we will be having Prayer for Missions. This will be prior to the regular weekly Thursday Prayer Meeting starting at 8:00PM.