Past Facts & Works of Christ

Penang Assemblies Bible Reading Conference 
The Building Blocks of God’s Gospel Romans
Day 1 Thu Mar 24
By Randal Amos from Oregon (Thinking7.org)

Building-blocks-gospel

Predestination
Eternal plan starts with Predestination (Romans 8:29)
Conformed to the image of His Son

Past facts & works of Christ (History)
Resurrection; Propitiation; Redemption; Condemnation; Law

The foundation is a person (Son of God)
Condemnation definition: assigned to judgment & worthy of it
Gospel starts with the wrath of God; Knowing why we need salvation
Why do we ALL need salvation (and Paul proves it!)
Looking at God’s design you will know about the designer
Creation of the world shows God

Since we are condemned, can we keep the law & be saved?
No!

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” ~Romans‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Law is not the solution. It merely reveals the symptoms. Only redemption saves us from condemnation. I’s not our Works but what He did
Works don’t bring you to salvation, but comes after salvation

Redemption definition: to make a wrong right
Redemption is about paying the right price:

“To redeem the 273 firstborn Israelites who exceed the number of the Levites, collect five shekels for each one, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs.” ‭‭~Numbers‬ ‭3:46-47‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus redeemed us as is sinless thus able to substitute for us, perfect thus accepted like a lamb without blemish
My salvation is not today but based on what happened yesterday

The doctrine of propitiation
Propitiation definition: To appease; To satisfy a person’s righteous anger; Mercies
Christ is our mercy seat; He is our propitiation, fully satisfying God

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~‭Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Resurrection: my proof is the empty grave that He died for my sins
God has given the assurance that what He did on the cross is accepted by God

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” ~Romans‬ ‭4:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Cambodia Missions Postcard Project

A IGGC-SLCC Cambodia Missions Postcard Project to support Sun Ratanak in Cambodia.

sun-ratanak-profile

Sun Ratanak came to study at SLCC Suong, during the second half of 2014. He believed in the Lord during our 2014 Christmas outreach and continues to fellowship with us. He now comes for Bible study regularly and is also learning to serve in worship, youth and children’s meeting.

 

Ratanak’s parents separated even before he was born. Born premature at 7 months, his grandmother in Suong took care of him since he was 7 days old. Now she is 72 years old. Most days, she plucks edible vegetation from around her house compound to sell. It may bring her more or less 4,000 to 5,000 riels per day, to be used to buy food and other daily needs.  With this money, if it was sufficient, she used to give 2,000 riel to Ratanak as pocket money where he would have to decide if he would use it for tuition or for food.  Some days, he didn’t get any pocket money.

sun-ratanak-house

 

Ratanak’s own father had remarried and does farming at Mondulkiri. He hardly sent enough money to support Ratanak. Seeing that Ratanak has grown up, Ratanak’s father wanted to use his labour at the farm and to sell cement after school hours. It was clear to Ratanak that he will not have time or energy to study much in Mondulkiri.  He found a way to come back to Suong. He does not expect his father will send him anymore money. He is now supporting himself by being a part-time motorbike taxi driver (motodop). Being a novice and working only 3 to 4 hours after school (off peak hours), he could only get an average profit of less than 2,000riels per day. Although Ratanak’s grandmother supports him coming back to complete his final year of studies in Suong, since he started his new ‘part-time job’, his grandmother has been giving him less pocket money. She is getting old and Ratanak does not want to be a burden to her.  Unfortunately, as of March 15th, 2016, the police will start to fine all motorists whose bike does not have a registered number plate.  Since Ratanak’s uncle’s motorbike is without a number plate, and he can’t afford to get one, he will have to stop being a motodop man or risk getting fined.

 

motorcart

Each hour of tuition costs 1,000 riels.  Sometimes, the teachers make them pay extra for photocopied notes. On average, a grade 12 student will need to go for at least 4 to 5 hours of tuition a day.  Most teachers will only teach the important lessons during tuition class so that they can earn more money.  This presents a great obstacle for poor students. Ratanak could never attend any tuition class regularly.

 

We discovered that Ratanak has a gift in art.  To share his burden a little and to encourage Ratanak to persevere through his final year of high school studies and to grow spiritually, we start this postcard project with prints of Ratanak’s paintings to supplement his income and allow him a little more time to spend on his studies and take care of his spiritual growth.  His Grade12 final exam is in August, 2016. We hope that you will join us to support this young brother and pray for God’s leading for his future.

sun-ratanak-painting

 

Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.   

 

For further enquiries, please contact:    fb.com/IGGC.penang  

Project managed by IGGC Missions Committee in partnership with SLCC Cambodia.