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2016
  • “Divine Expansion” in the Year of Growth
  • Our theme for this year is the year of growth. It’s not just a quantitative growth, but a growth from inside (the spiritual). As a Church, we want to see God establish back the early church. The early church is a supernatural, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led church. They experienced miracles, signs and wonders. God’s divine agenda has always been for us to grow and mature, to enlarge. Let’s enter into the life of “divine empowering” for “divine expansion”! So how do we experience the “divine expansion” of God in this year of growth? 3 things when we encounter Jesus: Read More

  • A Hunger for God, for Kingdom Growth
  • When we talk about growth, there must be a hunger for God, for Kingdom Growth. It’s not about being religious, but allowing Jesus to be the King of our lives (i.e. God’s Kingdom is allowed to be established in our lives). Jesus isn’t just our Saviour. Jesus is the King of the Kingdom and He lives in us. One of the key powers of growth is HUNGER. When we lose the hunger, we lose growth. We can learn from one man – David. He had such a hunger for God, which is reflected in the psalms he wrote (e.g. Psalm 63:1) In Psalm 132, we get a deeper understanding of what his hunger is all about. David shows us what it means to be really hungry for God. What David has is not just a normal hunger, but a craving. David was prepared to pay the price just to make space for God (Psalm 132:3-5). What does it mean when we say we are hungry for God? 3 things: Read More

  • Personal Spiritual Growth
  • From time to time, we need to examine our faith in the Lord and test where we are in the Lord (2 Cor 13:5) – just like how we would annually go for health check to determine if we are still healthy. How do we know if we are growing spiritually or not? How do we measure our growth? What are some keys/ goals for spiritual growth? Read More

  • Roads to Your Growth in God
  • All of us are on a journey to our destiny and we need to let God take us on this journey. In 2016, we want to move with God! We want to take roads that will lead us to our destiny, towards our growth in God. If we are not entering into the journey, experiencing growth and discovering God, we are not moving towards our destiny. Anyone who is moving towards his/ her destiny is someone who is growing. Keep discovering what God has in store for you! A Christian is one who follows the Lord Jesus Christ who will take us on a journey of faith. There are 3 roads that will help lead us towards our growth in God: Read More

  • Seeking God, Growing in Capacity (Indebtedness)
  • God wants to channel our energy used in struggling to seeking Him. When we seek Him, He wants to move us to another stage where we can surrender. In this year of growth, let’s grow in our capacity (i.e. our ability to receive from God and love God, the desire to let God be God). Paul’s apostolic (i.e. breaking into new ground) prayer in Phil 1:9-11 helps give direction to our growth. How do we experience that knowledge/ depth of insight? Being a SEEKER OF GOD! Jesus tells a parable of 2 men (the Pharisee and the Tax Collector) seeking God in Luke 18:9-14 to help us discover what it means to be a seeker of God. Read More

  • The Cross and Our Fruitfulness
  • When we journey with the Lord, we cannot remain the same. We will grow! Today, we can live a life of fruitfulness by walking the way of the Cross. How? “Live” by “Dying” (2 Cor 4:7-11). To ‘die’ means we obey God when it costs you and I something. To come to Jesus is free (Jesus is the One who paid the price), but to walk with Jesus cost us our lives. Let the flesh die. To see our lives being fruitful, certain seeds must die: Read More

  • A Love Worth Giving
  • What is “love”? Jesus, God’s Valentine to mankind, is an expression of God’s love that is worth receiving and worth giving. Jesus had a lot to say about love because He is love. He didn’t just have love. Everything about Him is love. Every cell in His body speaks of love. In John 15:9-13, Jesus discloses to us 3 steps as to how to obtain a love worth giving: Read More

  • Growing To Maturity
  • Growing to maturity is in God’s desire and plan for the believer (Matt 5:48; Col 1:28-29)! He wants us to move on towards perfection (in Greek, “teleios”) and wholeness - sound, complete, upright, and blameless. Maturity is about a vital relationship with Jesus Christ! 3 things about a vital relationship: Read More

  • Growing in Our Capacity for the Year 2016
  • It’s God’s divine design for every believer to be a spiritual “thermostat” in our world. The patriarch Joseph was positioned to be God’s “thermostat” in Egypt during Pharaoh’s reign where he served as “one in whom is the spirit of God” (Gen 41:38). Like Joseph, we need to increase our capacity to serve as “one in whom is the spirit of God”. 3 key postures: Read More

  • The Cross: Repentance Unto Life
  • God’s power to save man from sin to live the “zoe” life lies in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross (1 Cor 1). In Acts 11:18, Peter explained how the Gentiles experienced salvation (“sozo”- wholeness, healing to the total person) in Cornelius’ house. “Repentance” is a GOD word. We are to believe and to repent. That is the key that unlocks everything Jesus has done on the Cross for us. What is the “repentance” that leads to life all about? Read More

  • The Redeeming Love of God
  • The bible tells us very clearly that God’s desire is to redeem. Easter is a time we are reminded of God’s redeeming love. Our world today has many misconceptions about love but John 3:16 tells us that “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus took our sins upon Himself and died on the Cross for our sin, and His resurrection tells us that in Christ, we have victory over sin. God’s redeeming love has power! In Luke 15:22, the father’s exclamation when his younger son returns after having left home was: “Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.” So, what does the redeeming love of God do for us? 3 things: Read More

  • A Person God Uses
  • In 2 Kings 5, as a result of the words of the little girl, Naaman was healed. Naaman was a general (a prominent figure) and she seemed so insignificant. She was the most unlikely, yet the most effective evangelist. She simply availed herself. The person that God uses is simple. A definition for the person God uses: being relevant at the right place and at the right time doing the right thing. God uses someone who is available. 3 things that stood out prominently in the life of this unnamed Hebrew housemaid: Read More

  • The Cross - God's Amazing Grace
  • God's grace ("charis" in Greek) is God's goodwill, God's favour, God's loving kindness, what God does! God's grace is amazing because it is saving grace and it is empowering grace. Read More

  • Growing to Go Beyond Your Present
  • Genesis 12 tells us of Abraham’s initial, starting journey to Canaan, the Promised Land. His hope was set with his eyes and heart fastened on the Promised Land and at God’s promises. Unlike Lot, he looked beyond his present. Genesis 13 helps you to see 4 things if, like Abraham, you want to grow beyond your present, to move and grow with God into His eternal: Read More

  • Grow to Go: Blessed to Bless
  • We are blessed to be a blessing. God blessed Abraham materially and spiritually. Abraham learned how that if he’s going to keep growing in blessedness, it is imperative to “go”. Because he moved from being blessed to being a blessing, others are blessed through him. We are the results of Abraham’s constant growing to go. What lessons can we learn if we want to know how to “grow to go”? 2 lessons: Read More

  • Grow to the Next Level: “Go to the other side of the lake”
  • To grow is to constantly redefine ourselves where we are and what’s happening in our lives! If we don't grow, we won’t have the resources to go to the next level. Resolve to grow! To grow means to go beyond good teachings. 3 challenges we take (like our Lord Jesus did) to grow towards fulfilling our mission: Read More

  • The Cross - The Cost of Forgiveness
  • The Gospel is God’s Good News! The salvation of all mankind depends on it. It concerns the Person of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection. The Cross of Jesus Christ is at the centre of the Gospel, and central to the Christian faith! The Cross reveals to us 3 things: Read More

  • The Messiah's Road
  • Some of us travel on the road that leads to nowhere. Jesus walked the road that led to somewhere. Jesus walked the road so that others can be blessed and enriched. Because He did, we all receive salvation and have eternal life. Don’t walk your own way. Walk into Jesus’ road. Jesus’ road to the Cross involves 3 things: Read More

  • Raising A Dead Kid to "Life"
  • 2 Kings 4:8-37 documents a great miracle God did through the prophet Elisha. Through a prophetic word given by Elisha, a Shunammite woman conceived and had a son. However, one day, tragedy struck and her son suddenly died. Later, Elisha raised her son back to life. What made the Shunammite woman so special? We want to learn how she positioned herself in ushering the miracle of God into her family. The miracle didn’t just happen out of a sudden. She prepared her heart to receive it. 4 things she did: Read More

  • Grow to Go: Reaching Out
  • The primary purpose of Jesus leaving the glories of Heaven to become man is that He might reach out to save and restore mankind. When the church grows into the likeness of Jesus, she will also go beyond to seek and reach the lost! We must continue to reach out, not just talk about our needs. We will go beyond ourselves. Reaching out is about preaching the Gospel – in word and in deed. There are 3 areas about reaching out: Read More

  • Grow in Depth in God, our Source
  • The height and fruitfulness of a tree have to do with its roots. The strength, height and majesty of a building have to do with its foundations. God is the source of being and growth! We need to grow in depth (not just do things). If we are not growing, we are not breaking into new grounds. Don’t stop growing. Jesus came so that we can have salvation (“sozo” – restoring to wholeness). 3 aspects that we need to grow in depth: Read More

  • How to Complete God's Plan for Your Life?
  • God has a plan, a purpose, a race for each of our lives (Jer 29:11; Heb 12:1). Our eternal position and reward in God’s Kingdom will be determined by whether we accomplish God’s plan for our present life on earth. We should seek to leave a good name for ourselves and save up eternal rewards by knowing the race set before us and running it. How can we be sure that we complete God’s purposes for our life? To fulfill God’s plan, we need: Read More

  • The Humility of Jesus
  • Humility is a Christian character quality, because it was part of the character of Christ. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. He is telling us that as we learn to follow his example of humility, we will find rest. Pride and arrogance throw us into tension and turmoil, but humility allows us to rest from that competitive spirit. Romans 12:3 & 16 admonish us, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought... Do not be proud... Do not be conceited.” 3 main areas help us understand the humility of Jesus: Read More

  • Unveiling the Mysteries of the Cross
  • The Cross was never about you going to heaven, but about God taking us back to the Garden of Eden. At the Cross, there was a divine exchange. Through Jesus’ death on the Cross, the glory and honour which Adam was initially clothed with before the fall was fully restored back to us. In Luke 4:18-19, we are told of 5 conditions of the inner man that Jesus has come to restore: Read More

  • Growing in Depth of Relationships
  • Growth is an indicator of life! Anything that is living grows. God, our Creator, wants us not only to grow, but to grow in depth! An area to grow in depth is in relationship with one another. We haven’t reach maturity if we say that we love God, yet we don’t love people. John 13:34-35 is a challenge for us. Why does God want us to have good, strong relationships? 3 biblical reasons: Read More

  • Having An Impeccable Character
  • In Philippians 2:20, Paul says that there is no one else like Timothy, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. Can someone make such a statement about us – “there is no one else like him/ her” in the positive sense? Let us learn from Timothy! What was Timothy’s character like? Read More

  • Today, you will be with Me in paradise...
  • There were 3 crosses on Mount Golgotha on Good Friday! It was the selfish acts that brought the 2 criminals to the cross, but it was the selfless love that brought Jesus to the Cross! The 2nd criminal cried out to Jesus, and Jesus spoke a very powerful word to the 2nd criminal: “I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) Today, we want to consider with gratefulness 2 reasons why it matters to us what Jesus spoke on Calvary to the lost, as to the 2nd criminal: Read More

  • Growing in Depth and Strength of Discipleship
  • It is important for the church to grow deep and strong in the Lord! A strong and growing Christian pleases God in his ways, glorifying God and extending His Kingdom. The church in Colossae was facing an eruption of false teachings which had infiltrated the church and was weakening the soul of the church. Paul wrote to them from prison in Rome and he was concerned if the church would survive in the midst of all these prevailing false teachings. Paul prayed for the Colossian Christians to grow strong and deep spiritually in discipleship. How do we know we are growing spiritually? What does it take for us to stand up in the last days and not surrender to the spirit of this age? 3 things Paul prayed in Col 1:9-12 help you to know whether YOU ARE GROWING: Read More

  • Grow to Go: Impacting Generations, Influencing Nations
  • It is imperative that we, the Church, understand God’s calling. It’s nothing like walking with God, knowing our significance and our identity – knowing who we are, being able to be all that God calls us to be. Unless we grow in depth and move with God (and not stay stagnant), we will miss fulfilling the call for the end times. That would be trouble! That’s why we need to grow and go from one level to another. As in Genesis 26, God directed Isaac to move from Rehoboth (“Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”) to Beersheba (“seven” or “oath”) so that Israel will experience God’s call to be a blessing. We, like the Israelites, will enter into 3 levels of God’s blessings (covenantal, generational and national). The first 2 levels are: Read More

  • Grow to Go: Reaching Beyond
  • God wants us to influence. We are not called to stay. We are called to go. God’s vision and perspective is nations! When God called Abraham, He called him to bless the nations (Genesis 12:3). The call for us, the Church today remains the same: “go and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19) As we keep growing, we are to keep going, reaching beyond. Why? Read More

  • Encountering God Through Spiritual Intimacy
  • God wants to encounter us and He wants us to encounter Him. We can encounter God each and every day, not just when we are in church. He wants us to encounter His presence, His power, His strength and all the resources in Heaven He has for us. Like how Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman, Jesus wants to encounter us. We need to focus and position ourselves to encounter God. How can we position ourselves to encounter God? Read More

  • The Cross - Ministry of Reconciliation
  • The cross of Jesus Christ is at the centre of Christianity, our relationship with God. We must know that we are reconciled to God through Christ. We need to know what the message of reconciliation is all about, and what did Jesus do on the Cross for us. The Cross is an act of reconciliation. While moving in obedience to God, the Father, towards the Cross to bring reconciliation, Jesus experienced 3 things: Read More

  • Growing Deep in Serving God
  • In the words of Jesus, growing deep and serving God are inseparable! The more you know God, the more you will serve Him. And the more you serve Him, the more you will know Him. In Matthew 11:25-30, Jesus delineates this divine paradox: Read More

  • Growing Deep with God in Trying Times
  • The Apostle Paul’s cry is that he may grow to know the Lord in good times and difficult/ trying times (Phil 3:10). How do we grow deeper and emerge stronger in ‘desert times’? The overarching principle is God. Psalm 63 delineates for us the triumphant experience of David. 4 keys: Read More

  • At the Cross, what did Jesus do for me?
  • The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing (who don’t believe and accept Him) but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor 1:18). Jesus went through the process of dying and He died for you and for me! What did Jesus accomplish when He went through the process of dying and died on the Cross? He accomplished 3 things: Read More

  • The Heart of a Worshipper
  • The call of God to every created human being is to worship Him! When we worship God, our lives will be in right order. In 1 Samuel 1:24-2:11, Hannah exemplifies the heart of a worshipper: Read More

  • Trust - The Heart of the Matter
  • Trust is an important ingredient for us to grow deep in our relationship with God. The depth of a relationship is determined by the strength of trust that is built between 2 people. God chooses men and women, whom He trusts, to fulfill and to establish His eternal purposes! In 1 Samuel 13:1-15, we can learn 2 things about Saul’s heart that broke God’s trust and therefore disqualified him from fulfilling God’s purposes: Read More

  • The Picture of God in Trying Moments
  • Who we see God to be often times is the way we go through various, different moments and situations in our life. So our different situations (whether good or bad) will help us to see God differently, different pictures of God which contribute to our growth relationship with God! We often times relate to God in our journey like Jacob did in Gen 32 in at least 2 ways: Read More

  • After the Resurrection, what matters to Jesus?
  • Our faith in what Jesus did on the Cross is authenticated because He rose from the tomb! However, after Jesus rose from the dead, He didn’t just disappear. He remained on earth. Jesus only ascended to the Father 40 days later (6 weeks later). The next time Jesus returns (His Second Coming) will be to rule the earth. He is the King of all kings, Lord of all lords. The question we ought to ask ourselves is this: From the time of His Resurrection to the time of His Ascension, WHAT DID JESUS DO? He just spent time with His disciples. 5 things He did: Read More

  • The 9th Commandment
  • He wants a people He can call His own. The thing God is after is the devotion of our hearts – whether we would respond and walk in the ways of the Lord. In Exodus 20, when God gave the Ten Commandments, He was laying out the framework that could bring His people to a place where He could have their hearts. There must be a fear of God in our communication – a cry to ask God to teach us His ways. How we communicate directly reflects the state of our hearts – whether we truly love the Lord and fear Him. Why is the 9th Commandment important? Read More

  • Growth of His Kingdom: God is at Work
  • The Church is a powerful vehicle of God’s Kingdom. It’s more than just a congregation or a gathering of religious people. God’s Kingdom is growing and expanding today all over the world. The Kingdom of God expands like an ever-concentric circle. It’s like the ripple effect created when throwing a pebble into a pond. It continues to expand amidst persecution/ opposition. Why? Because God is at work. Read More

  • Kingdom Influence: Jesus as the Christ
  • The Church of Jesus Christ is God’s influence on earth for God’s Kingdom and purpose! The Church must proclaim Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah. The Church is a vehicle for God’s Kingdom. In order for the church to fulfill God’s calling, Acts 5 shows us 3 things we must embrace to do: Read More

  • Attracting God's Intervention
  • Every believer in Christ will meet with setbacks that seek to steer us from God’s design and purpose. We need God’s intervention from time to time – for our personal journey, our family, what God calls us to do, etc. What is it that activates God’s intervention (in our lives as well)? There are 3 areas that will draw God’s attention and God’s intervention (Acts 12): Read More

  • The Victory of the Messiah
  • The Cross of Jesus Christ is the ultimate source of victory in human history. JESUS CHRIST HAS WON FOR US THE VICTORY! Jesus has won for us the victory we desperately need. The Christian faith is a revealed faith (not just an informed faith). We need an encounter with Jesus. We need to let Jesus come into our lives. In Matthew 27:45-61, we see 3 things that Christ’s crucifixion affected: Read More

  • Evangelism: The Key to Revival
  • The God we serve is the unstoppable God! No power/ human, nothing can stop what God wants to do. When the Church moves with God, we will become unstoppable because God resides in us. The church faced opposition, but the church grew from strength to strength. Revival broke out and souls were saved. Acts 8 shows us 2 basic fundamentals that are necessary in such times of Evangelism and Revival: Read More

  • Missio Dei
  • “Mission Dei” means “the mission of God”. God the Father sent God the Son. God the Son sent God the Holy Spirit. All these 3 send the Church today. The church is you and me. The Great Commission calls and identifies the local church as the center for world evangelism. A strong missional church must build on these 3 foundations to understand the mission of God’s heart: Read More

  • The Growing Church, Overcoming Spiritual Strongholds
  • The Church is birthed and called into being to dismantle Satan’s control and establish Christ’s rule on earth! The Church is birthed and called into being to dismantle Satan’s control and establish Christ’s rule on earth! We are the redeemed people. We have a mandate (Matthew 28:19-20). God wants the church to live a powerful, triumphant life, to overcome spiritual strongholds. How? Read More

  • How to experience peace in the midst of the storm
  • When the disciples got into the boat, everything seemed fine at the beginning. Never did the disciples know that they would face a storm. Likewise, the start of a journey is always good. But, “storms” can come without warning. (John 16:33) We can expect to face storms in our lives, but we can triumph over the storms of life. Read More

  • Love Came Down With Jesus
  • God’s love came down during Christmas! John 1:1-18 tells us that God came down because He loves us (“Immanuel” means “God is with us”). This Christmas, let us love as Jesus loved – not more, not less. We have received Jesus’ love. In the same measure, we as the Church must love others. We don’t celebrate Christmas as just a festivity. Let the amazing, audacious, unconditional love of God flow through us. How exactly does God love us? 3 ways: Read More

  • Jesus Our Hope
  • The Bible declares (Eph 2:1-12) that when we are without Christ in this life, we are without hope! Hope is the most important commodity in our world. God has a wonderful hope and future for our lives. He wants to give us a fresh vision and dream for the new year! This hope we have in Jesus never disappoints. The Bible introduces Jesus Christ in 5 ways to be our HOPE! Read More

 

 

 

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