Grace and Mercy

Thu Prayer Meeting Sharing on Hebrews 14:16

God's Mercy

Intro
Did you know that coins used to be irregular (not quite round) & made from precious materials like silver. People started shaving off the sides of coins to get precious materials. Coins with the help of machine made perfectly round & milled at the sides (either lines or words). There are even idioms on coins such as 2 sides of the same coin. Meaning: Very closely related although seems different. Today we are looking at 2 sides of the same coin through grace & mercy in Hebrews 4.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Grace
– Unmerited favor; getting what we do not deserve
Over 170x in NT… yet we often struggle to understand grace as humans we often only reciprocate to favors
Why unmerited? Our sinful nature. God’s laws show us how far we fall short. Not one of us can be saved by our own works. Yet all of us can come to a merciful God.
Why does God show grace? God gives us life. God gives us love. God gives us redemption.
– God’s throne of grace:

“True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God.”- Spurgeon

So we behave in lowly reverence to approach Our Father who is hallowed, almighty, the King of kings & Lord of lords
– Why confidence? Thankfulness, joyfulness & trust knowing Our King will not give us scraps or broken pieces but is the seat where He dispenses grace.

How often do you stop to worship God & reflect on who He is?
What is your attitude when you come to God?

Mercy
– Loving compassion despite being sinners; Not getting what we deserve
– Our redeemer God. God’s plan of redemption shows His unlimited love not sparing His son.
Blood is shed in substitutionary atonement because without it there is no forgiveness of sins. Jesus Christ blood is the only way. God is our redeemer.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

– When we fail, God comes to us with mercy & compassion that never fails!

Imagine being in God’s metaphorical shoes facing sinners every day. Repeatedly sinning. Yet humans responding in love & mercy being slow to anger.

How will you thank God for His mercy?
How do you show mercy & compassion to others? How will you behave the next time your blood starts to boil?

Conclusion
We need God else we are lost. Forever. Our provider God gives us all that we need & knows what is best for us. We need to approach God in love, thanksgiving, awe & reverence. By desiring to know & experience God, we will draw closer to Him & really know Him. And our actions on how we treat our fellow men with grace & mercy will draw others to eventually know His grace & mercy. We are all to offer our best to God who has given us such grace & mercy!

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit at Work. 7 scriptural references.
holy-spirit
When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: (‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭8‬ NIV)
Convicts us of sin
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NIV)
Born of the spirit; Life is imparted
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. (‭Acts‬ ‭9‬:‭31‬ NIV)
Encourages
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬ NIV)
Indwells believers
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭13‬ NIV)
Life secure sealed by the spirit
according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬ NIV)
Strengthened by the spirit
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. (‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ NIV)
Taught by the spirit

GOWW 21st Anniversary Celebration

GOWW 21st Anniversary Celebration on Sat Jul 4 at Kajang Life Chapel

Jun 1996 start of 1st missionary work in Cambodia
18 years of missionary work published in a book last year

Jing Yong & Jing Yi performance
Jing Yong & Jing Yi performance
I have Jesus down in my heart (My fav Khmer song) group performance
I have Jesus down in my heart (My fav Khmer song) group performance

Testimony sharing from Cambodians

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Munir

Sharing by sister Munir
Sharing by sister Munir

I came from a broken family. My father was an alcoholic who beat his wife & children. We often slept at night in bushes, straw or neighbors house starving to avoid being beaten. My mother ran away from home after being beaten until fainted. I often gazed to the skies praying to the moon as I believed that god was there.

When I was 16, I went to Phnom Penh to help my grandparents sell rice. Nearby was SLCC where I learnt English & was led to Christ.
Then only could I start to forgive my parents & be filled with joy. Whenever I face difficulties in life, I pray to God & He answers my prayers. Even when I did not share my needs with anyone, but God knows & provided an electric bicycle to continue studies.

My husband & I faced pressure from family when marrying but insisted that their wedding must glorify God & share God’s Word with non-believer guests. Today, my husband & I happily serve God together. Also our family members are saved.

Indeed it is a change from life without meaning to one whereby I can share God with others.

Kazakhstan Mission started in 1995

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Sharing how God is working in Kazakhstan.
Malaysians came to Kazakhstan bringing the good news.
Missionaries made friends & share the gospel.
We started a church & baptized believers.
We made disciples & are one family at Zhiger Gospel Center.

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV)

Madina sharing

Sharing by sister Madina
Sharing by sister Madina

I am really grateful to God I was born into my family. But it was not that way back then.

I was given material needs but lacking love. My father was a drunkard who spent many nights away from home. I still remember mother’s eyes full of pain & hatred screaming at him. When my father was back, my younger sister & I hid under our beds so our drunk father could not find us.

I always asked God why? Who is God? What can I do so God can love me?
Even though I didn’t know God, He knew me & heard me.

I grew up as a bad child & had a boyfriend when I was 12. I grew up with my goal to be rich. I started to drink & smoke from young & didn’t care what others thought. I thought my answer was in the mosque & often went to the mosque to get noticed by boys. I felt abandoned by my parents & even my best friend.

I quarreled with my family & friends. I lost my meaning in life & contemplated suicide.
But God is the one who stopped me from committing suicide & started to live again.

My friend introduced me to Evelyn. And Evelyn shared with me about Jesus but I resisted. I finally went for a camp & met teachers (who at that time I didn’t know we’re Christians) who were so friendly, kind & loving. I left the camp knowing Jesus but not accepting Him.

One night I was watching a tv show when the program showed Jesus healing a man. I was afraid as Jesus is portrayed as evil there but I felt a need & calling to know Jesus. I ran to my teacher & asked her about Jesus. I could not resist Jesus anymore & accepted Jesus. The emptiness in my heart was filled. Now that I have Him, I cannot imagine life without Him.

Vessels of Blessings performance by KLC
Vessels of Blessings performance by KLC

Mr Loh sharing
Tank your for the performance & sharing from Cambodia & Kazakhstan.
Thank you to friends & partners in our kingdom enterprise who have come.

GOWW has 3 mission lines
1. Mekong River
2. Silk Road
3. Eastern Europe

Theme: True to His Promises
21 Years of His Blessings

1 Cor 1:9 “God, who has called you into fellowship with Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful”

God has the whole world in His heart. He has an eternal plan for the world.

  • 1990 KLC founded
  • 1992 KLC started missions with Thailand in 1992
  • 1994 GOWW founded
  • 1995 1st Open Mission Conference (with OMF)
  • 1994-2003 NW China backed up by OMF Missionaries
  • 2004-2015 New Partnership in China
  • 1995-2003 Kazakhstan backed up by OMF Missionaries
  • 2004-2015 New Partnership in Kazakhstan
  • 1996-2015 Cambodia with supporting churches
  • 2004 Myanmar survey visit
  • 2005 MMM established
  • 2008-2015 Church planting
  • 2010 Romania
  • 2011 Albania

God willing, days ahead.
There is nothing we can not do for the Lord.

  1. China: continue to care & teaches the Lord leads in the NW. Train & support China potential cross-cultural missionaries.
  2. Kazakhstan: continue to care & teaches the Lord leads as is now autonomous.
  3. Cambodia: Originally 2016 to plant another church after PP goes autonomous for a year.
  4. Myanmar: God willing, to plant 2 more churches in 2016.
  5. Romania Gypsy: To support a full time worker in 2016.
  6. Tajikistan: Starting in 2015 Aug (Pop 8m; 90% Muslim)
  7. Indonesia: We want to go, God willing (17,508 islands; Pop 245m; 87% Muslim)

Our Lord cares & commands. Will you not care & obey?
Will you not say to the Lord, “Here I am Lord, send me!”