{Friday, April 13, 2018 . }

The table - Kevin loo (Easter 2018)
Matt 26:20
The table theology
The table of connection
Food communicates and receives love
Matt 26:26
The bread signifies the past bread of affliction
This table deals with our past
In the present the bread typifies the body of our new life
v. 27-28
The cup - a celebration of their past rescue
Our future redemption - the blood of a new covenant
This table is the table of our future with Jesus
When Jesus himself wanted to explain to his disciples what his forthcoming death was all about, he didn't give them a theory, he gave them a meal - NT Wright
Blessed, broken and given
The shape of the Eucharist, the shape of the gospel, the shape of the christian life


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Kevin loo - Remembering Christ (gospel of John)
John 1:1-2
The power of the gospel is really not just for our salvation
"Word" = logos (Greek)
The word of God is Good himself in his creative action
Psalm 33:6
It's more of an action than an idea
Jesus shares God's eternity
God is Christlike and in him no unChristlikeness at all - AM Ramsey
Jesus Christ was eternally with God
Jesus Christ is one with God
The limitlessness of God
Matt 19:26
Eph 3:20
John 1:14
The powerlessness of God
One with the Father is now one with humanity
"Was made" and here "became" (egeneto, from ginomai) express that person or thing changes it's property and enters a new condition, becomes something it was not before
Lo, within a manger lies He who built the start skies - Edward caswall
Heb 4:15
Jesus became flesh so that he may dwell among ua
Jesus chose powerlessness though He was limitless to save us


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Godspeed: hopeful for tomorrow - Kevin loo
Ps 37:37
Big is not always good. We're here not to build a big church, but a healthy vision
A futurist is someone who finds fulfillment in the future and thus finds ways to secure it
Gen 37:5
1) Joseph began by interpreting small dreams
Too many are hoping for that one big break when God is telling us to take one day at a time
Working smart is a strategy, working hard is an attitude
Gen 41:33-36


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Ground Zero – VII - This is my story
Kevin Loo
1 Peter 2:9
In the first 3 installments we focused on God-Centeredness. The subsequent 3 installments we focused on Community, where we learnt that we are part of the universal church, a gospel centered church and the importance for us in being part of a connect group.
This week onwards, we will go back to the basics on God-centredness
Matthew 16:18-20
1 Peter 2:9‭-‬10 (MSG)‬‬
So how do we evangelize? The best way to share our faith is to share our story of what Jesus Christ has done for us. Our story from nothing to something, from nobody to somebody in Christ, from rejected to accepted, from unloved to loved.
John 4:39-41 (NIV)
Galatians 1:13-24 (MSG)
In the 2 passages that we have read (The Samaritan woman and Paul), we will look at how do we tell our story and through that, lead people to a personal encounter with Jesus.
1) Find a theme for our story
2) Jesus must be at the centre of our story
The focus is not on the intensity of your sins.
3) All stories are unique
The tendency is there for us to not tell our story because our story is not as dramatic as somebody else’s story.
Every life-changed story is unique and most importantly it matters to God!


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Andrew Lau - Ground Zero II
Jesus and Salvation: Justified by faith

Romans 1:16-17; 3:21-28
Today’s passage is like the headline of headlines. It gives an idea about Jesus by tackling three important questions about salvation and how each question is related to Jesus.
1) Why has it gone wrong? All have sinned

Sin is the rejecting or ignoring of God in the world he created (1:20-21), rebelling against him by living without reference to him (1:22-23; 25), not being or doing what he requires in his law (1:26-28), that results in our death and the disintegration of all creation (1:29-32).
Sin is not just about the act that displeases God; otherwise, the solution would be asceticism and ritualism. But sin is, more importantly, the declaration of Independence from God and the lordship of self, the breaking in relationship that causes a separation between the Source and the creation, that eventually leads to the breakdown in relationship between the creature and other fellow creatures — the disintegration of all of creation.

2) How did God make right? God justified us through Christ

​In English, “righteousness” (dikaiosynē) and “justification” (dikaioō) may carry two different connotations, ​but in the original language, they are the same word — one is a noun, the other is a verb.
​Justification means to show or produce a performance result that qualifies someone for access.
No matter how hard we try, our justifications fail to show or produce a performance result that ​adequately qualifies us for access to God. The only PERFECT justification is through Jesus Christ, our God-man Redeemer.
HOW DID JESUS BECOME OUR FREE JUSTIFICATION? In Romans 3:25 the term “sacrifice of atonement” or literally translated as the “atonement cover” (hilastērion), refers to the “mercy seat” in the OT ​tabernacle, which is set as a cover/lid above the ark of the covenant. God presented Jesus as that ​“atonement cover” over mankind through the suffering of Jesus on the cross! It is so that the issue of sin ​can be dealt with once and for all, the broken branch is not connected back in union with Christ.

3) What should we do now? Repent and believe (Romans 3:27-28)
Unless mankind comes to grasp with this understanding of God giving us his righteousness by faith alone,
the branch cannot continue to live, let alone produce fruit, our works will be meaningless, our lives will
fall short of God’s glory, our preaching will be in vain. The Christian cannot continue to live by faith, let
alone last from faith to faith or even preach the gospel.
“Forgiveness says: ‘You may go: you have been let off the penalty which your sin deserves.’ But ​justification will say: ‘You may come; you are welcome to all my love and my presence.’”
​Sir Marcus Loane, Archbishop of Sydney Australia, 1966-1982


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Heng chee chuang - Jesus - childhood to adulthood
1 cor 13:11
Maturity and growth do not happen automatically
Childlike is not childishness
The way we speak
The way we understand things
The way we think
Luke 2:39-52
Was Jesus being rebellious?
Adults are dependable
Gen 12:1-4
Adults take full responsibilities over their own decisions and actions
A foolish person learns from his mistakes. A wise person learns from other persons mistakes. The wisest person learns from both
Ps 119;9
John 1:1
Rom 8:14


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Keith tay - Hope - anchor

Hebrews 6:13-20 (NIV)
When people try to do something new in their lives, they usually try to just add it on, making small adjustments here and there.
One of the incorrect ways to deal with being overwork is by going faster to do more.
A hurried lifestyle kills relationship.
When we live in a hurried lifestyle, God gets short-changed, shuffled to the back of the deck.
Carving out time to be alone with someone is important but the ability to still your soul and rest in that moment can be a greater challenge.
That future has got to have GOD in it, He has to be the Reason, and the Reward as well.
Hebrews 11:8–10
Hebrews 6:13-20 (NIV)

An anchor belongs to a ship or a boat.
Biblical hope is a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future.
By His promise and by His oath.
Galatians 3:29
Hebrews 6:18
Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)
Romans 8:15
Romans 8:23 (NIV)
Luke 24:49
Hebrews 6:17–18
Romans 5:3
“Suffering is a proof not only of the God-forsakenness of creation but of the depths of being. If there were no suffering in a fallen and sinful world, it would be finally severed from being; the depth of being shows itself in it as suffering. The mystery of existence is revealed in suffering… Suffering is a consequence of sin, a sign of sin, and at the same time redemption from sin and liberation from it. This is the meaning of Christ’s suffering on the cross. This is implied in all ideas of a suffering God. Consequently, our attitude to suffering is complex.” – Excerpt from “The Destiny of Man” by Nicholas Berdyaev.

“Pain may be ‘God’s megaphone’ to rouse a deaf world: without suffering we could be careless about ultimate realities, deaf to God’s loving plea to seek him and find life. Then, many of his best saints (including Jesus) were perfected through suffering.” - C.S. Lewis
“Expect great things from God.” – William Carey
The future is not a destination but a process of progress.
We might not always have all the answers but we can always have hope.
Hope is the first sign of progress.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)
Psalm 42:5 (NIV)
Hope lies beneath the surface. Hope when you don’t know how but you know WHO.
Disappointment is the passage to deeper hope.
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.” - Anne Lamott
“Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Numbers 23:19


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Interrupted - Kevin loo
Josh 3:1-5
We need to in love what we have loved
Phil 3:6
Acts 9
You need a supernatural space to interrupt your natural space
How to love to unloved
Luke 19


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{Saturday, September 16, 2017 . }

Kevin loo - space
Josh 3:1-5
Let’s take a look at our passage in verse 3:
So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp;
and they commanded the people saying,
‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God,
and the priests, the Levites, bearing it,
then you shall set out from your place and go after it.

1) … then you shall set out from your place and go after it
We need to learn to see where God is working, what God is doing and then step up to go after, to pursue the presence of God.
Very often, we ask God what is His will for us. I don’t think that is wrong. But we need to change that a bit and ask God what is He doing so that we can be a part of it.
2) Yet there shall be a space between you and it…
Do we have space between God and us allowing Him to work and convict our hearts?
3) … about two thousand cubits by measure…
To watch what the Levites were doing from a kilometre out requires attention, effort and concentration.
That space created gives us ample time to respond to God. That space allows us to prepare ourselves to move when He moves. We got to be ready.
Where we are right now is a place of preparation.
The distance between us and it (The Ark of the Covenant) is 1km. I want you to know that this space is not comfortable! It is too far for comfort!
It is meant to prepare us to be ready when the Lord moves.
When we were younger someone sowed into us and believed in us and now it is time for us to GIVE BACK!
4) Do not come near it, that you may know by which way you must go, for you have not passed this way before…
The space allows us to follow after God and not to go ahead of Him.
Joshua 3:14-17
The unexpected miracle took place the moment the priests stepped into the river and the miracle remained for as long as the priests were in the middle of the river.
Today, I believe the unexpected miracle will take place the moment you avail yourself and step into the lives of all these young people…
Church, let’s make space in our lives for God!


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Wayne Chang - bringing back revival
1) need to have desire
2) it takes real effort
4 questions to ask a new friend:
How did you like the service?
What did you like about it?
Did you know the God the preacher was talking about? You can get to know him too
I can tell by looking at you that you really wanna know this God
3) People tend to give up when they make mistakes
4) We need to keep on pressing in for the blessings of God


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MISSION SUNDAY – I AM A MISSIONARY!
Kevin Loo - The Finite And the Infinite Game
Rev. Kevin Loo

ECCLESIASTES 3:11-12
There exist two kinds of games; the finite and the infinite game.
The finite game is the game where there is a start and end to it.
The infinite game is quite a different game because it is a game that has no end. The end game of the infinite game is not to win it but to keep playing.

The infinite player is really someone who knows who he is. That is his/her identity. That is who you are.

It is what I do every day, how I carry myself as a missionary on a regular basis that defines me!
Matthew 28:19​

Mark 16:15

Mission in the most natural manner happens in our own backyard
every day when we meet people who need to meet Jesus and they meet us!
Luke 4:18-19

John 10:10

Let’s not just give because there is a work to do. Let’s give because that is who we are!


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Keith tay - Areopagus
ACTS 17:16-18 (NIV)

Luke 19:41-44 (NLT)

Jesus said, “How I wish that you (Pharisees) of all people would understand the way to peace… you did not recognize it when God visited you.”

Pursue God wholeheartedly, not for what He is able to do for us, but for what He has already done for us.

Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV)

Acts 17:16-18 (NIV)

It all started in Acts 17 as Paul engaged in a debate with the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers.

Epicureans - modern day Existentialism. “The gods are not to be feared; death cannot be felt; the good can be won; all that we dread can be conquered.”

Stoics – Pantheism. “The goal of life is living in agreement with Nature.” ― Zeno of Citium

Epictetus - "Only the educated are free."

Acts 17:24-31 (MSG)

As Paul stood before the intellectual giants of ancient Athens, he faced men who were in precisely that situation:
1) Religiosity vs Spirituality

Acts 17:22-23 (MSG)

Religion denotes "a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe, usually involving devotional and ritual observances and a moral code."

Spiritual can be defined as "the quality of being spiritual.”

Ritual Observance versus Being

Healthy spirituality is defined or reflected through our intimacy with God.

Religion is Outside-In; the Gospel is Inside-Out

Without the gospel, we can restrain the human heart but not change the human heart.

2)​God is Unconfined but Here

Space and time were created so that we might seek Him and experience Him.

Acts 17:24-28 (MSG)

i – In Him we live

James 4:14

ii – In Him we move
We move because He first moves in us

iii – We have our being
“The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”- Albert Einstein

True living is found in Jesus reconciling us back to the Father so that we can find our identity, our purpose and our reason for existence.

God is in control - of everything!

3)​Repentance and Not Ignorance.

Acts 17:30-31 (MSG)
God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster jar that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever. - Vance Havner

Acts 17:32-34


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Kevin loo - The Culture Conversation - IV

ROMANS 12:1-2 (MSG)
One of the fundamental things I shared with all of us on values and culture is:

CULTURE
Practiced collectively
HABITS
Determine​Carried out consistently​Displays
BEHAVIORS
Put into action practically
VALUES

What we repeatedly do is called habits. But what a group of people repeated do is called culture.

WHAT is culture?
It is the self-sustaining pattern of behavior that determines how things are done.
It is a collective, self-sustaining, observable and consistent behavior of a community.
We need to be intentional in the culture that we want to create and at the same time not tolerate the culture we do not want to cultivate.
WHY IS CULTURE IMPORTANT?
It is quite simply because we have a goal in mind.
v2​
The end game for all of us as believers is the development of a well-formed maturity in us that is to first be a disciple and then a disciple-maker!
Value 1:​GOD-CENTREDNESS
Concept: ​CHRIST AT THE CORE
Action Statement: ​GO TO THE BIG GUY
Going to the big guy should be the first not the last resort.
Acts 17:28​“…for in Him we live and move and have our being…”
When we work, we work. But when we pray, God works!

The second value:
Value 2:​COMMUNITY
Concept: ​EVERYONE BELONGS!
Action Statement: ​OPEN YOUR CIRCLE
Christ died so that everyone belongs!
Today, we are a community of faith and members of the household of God.
Value 3:​DISCIPLESHIP
Concept:​MIRROR CHRIST
Action Statement:​MULTIPLY LIVES
This end game for every believer is the development of well-formed maturity in Christ, which means to first become a disciple and then a disciple-maker.
If we keep this in mind we can stay very focused in our walk with Christ.
Who is a DISCIPLE?
A disciple is a follower of Christ and a learner of the way of Christ.

I need to first have my life MIRROR CHRIST and then I MULTIPLY LIVES by doing life with them, teaching them the Word of God and walking with them.

Value 4:​​EXCELLENCE
Excellence is different from perfection. Whereas excellence is striving to bless God and others, perfection is purely self-gratifying.
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 22:29​
Value 4:​EXCELLENCE
Concept:​DETAILS AND DISTINCTION
Action Statement:​UP YOUR GAME
Giving our best is not a one-off. It is something progressive. It is work in progress so that is why with every new task, we up our game! We make it better each time
If something is worth doing, is it worth doing it well
Up our game, make it better
Value 5:​CREATIVITY
In Genesis 1 it is written, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. God, who was first introduced as Elohim, means the Creative Spirit!
We serve a Creative Creator!
And we are made in His image so… we are natural!
Ephesians 3:20​

Value 5:​CREATIVITY
Concept:​IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE​
Action Statement:​CONNECT THE DOTS
Therefore, we want to encourage you to always imagine the impossible whenever you are tasked with a project.
Don’t just get the job done. Get it done beautifully and with flair.
Though we may work within limitations, our thought-process cannot be restricted.
Let the ideas fly. And then we tackle the task by connecting the dots, which means we bridge all the existing ideas to make one beautiful one!

We solve the problem with what we have. And that’s how creativity thrives – with limitations!
Creativity is not doing any activity in particular. It is more like an attitude.
Creativity is really a mindset - a mindset of seeing the dots sometimes from different perspectives!
Creativity is making things work with what we have.


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George Ng - the lost son
Luke 15:11-32
God’s love and forgiveness can pardon and restore any and every kind of sin and wrongdoing. There is no sin that is a match for His grace.
To them:
Moral observance = results oriented
Strong sense of superiority
Self-righteousness
Joyless and duty bound obedience
Lack of assurance of the fathers love
i) Community: Everyone Belongs

Constantly ask ourselves the “why” and “what” we do? Otherwise it would only be a matter of time before we blow up and burn out.
True honesty and integrity is when you do it for God’s sake, for truth’s sake, and for the love of people around us
When you do good, is it out of delight in the deeds, for the love of people, and for the pleasure of God?
ii) Generosity: Beyond Self

Perhaps the clearest symptom of this lack of assurance is a dry prayer life.

Are our prayers mostly “Your will be done” or “My will be done”?

Learn to listen to your own prayers. What kind of content dominates? Is it more of “asking and more asking”, OR “waiting, hearing and obeying”?
God Centered: Christ at the Core

Consumption must come with Conviction and Commitment in the kingdom of God.
Servanthood: Give up your seat – it’s the spirit of it

Sustainability

The parable of the lost son is really about the parable of two lost sons.


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Kevin loo - The Culture Conversation - II
ROMANS 12:1-2 (MSG)
One of the fundamental things I shared with all of us last week was this:
CULTURE
Practiced collectively
HABITS
Determine​Carried out consistently​Displays
BEHAVIORS
Put into action practically
VALUES
What we repeatedly do is called habits. But what a group of people repeated do is called culture.
Whether we like it or not, culture exists. And we are surrounded by various cultures all the time.
WHAT is culture?
It is the self-sustaining pattern of behavior that determines how things are done.
It is the collective and consistent behavior of a community.

Let’s look at some of the negative cultures in our society today.
i) The culture of materialism
ii) The cult of individualism
iii) The urge of instant gratification and escapism
As you can see, having a culture is not optional. Being intentional about creating it, is. And sometimes it is not just what we create but also what we tolerate.

WHY IS THIS CULTURE CONVERSATION SO IMPPORTANT?
i. Because there are cultures we want to eliminate…
Fear is one of them. And we want to eliminate fear; fear of trying, fear of speaking up, fear of failure or fear of authority.
The abuse of honor.

ii. Because there are cultures we want to maintain…
Some of the very positive culture that we want to maintain is our sense of creativity and excellence.

iii. Because there are cultures we want to cultivate…
Some good cultures that we never had and we would love to cultivate… like sustainability both in our health and our work.

WHY IS CULTURE IMPORTANT?
It is quite simply because we have a goal in mind.
V2
The end game for all of us as believers is the development of a well-formed maturity in us.
In the Amplified Bible it says “be transformed and progressively changed by the renewing of your mind… to completion and perfection!”
Matthew 22:37

Jesus sums that goal with these two commandments. As a church, we expressed it in:
LOVE GOD, THINK OTHERS
You don’t fail because you have a goal. You fail because all you have is a goal.
We are putting so much effort in creating the culture we want because we know culture is influential, it is the “HOW” and it transcends generation.

Culture is the self-sustaining pattern of behavior that determines how we do things.
WE SHAPE CULTURE AND CULTURE SHAPES US
HOW DO WE CULTIVATE A CULTURE?
Today, let me introduce to you our first value:
God-centeredness
CHRIST AT THE CORE
GO TO THE BIG GUY
This is the foundation of our lives. Everything that we aspire to do in life springs forth from Christ at the core of our being.
An idol is someone I need to seek its permission first
before saying yes to God.
All of us know this very well. But the question is never how well you know isn’t it?
It is how well we have been practicing it in our lives.
The value may not be something new. But that is not the point. The point is, how effective have we been?


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Kevin Loo - the culture conversation
ROMANS 12:1-2 (MSG)

Core purposes (dreams) deal with where we are heading, core values (habits) deal with how do we get there.
Dreams don’t change lives. Our habits do!
What we repeatedly do become our habits or lifestyle.
What a group of people repeatedly does is called a culture.

WHAT IS CULTURE?
The self-sustaining pattern of behaviour that determines how things are done.
​ Strategy & Business Magazine
COLLECTIVE & CONSISTENT BEHAVIOR
WHY CULTURE?
It is because we all want to grow and do better in life. But we cannot create results.
We can only work on factors that increase the probability of achieving desired results.
Acts 2:40-47

The most important factor in increasing the probability of achieving desired results in our personal lives is our lifestyle.
And the change of lifestyle requires time and discipline.

The most important factor in increasing the probability of achieving desired results in our church is our culture.
Building a strong Bible-believing, Spirit-filled city church where every member is trained to love God with passion according to the Great Commandment and equipped to think others with compassion to fulfil the Great Commission, to realize the Cultural Mandate in our generation.
LOVE GOD, THINK OTHERS
Our Culture.
Whether we like it or not, culture exists. Having a culture is not optional. However, being intentional about creating it, is.
HOW DO WE BUILD CULTURE?
I. Values put into action practically become behaviors.
II. Behaviors carried out consistently become habits.
III. Habits practiced collectively become culture.
There are three questions we need to ask:
i) WHAT DO WE VALUE?

God-centeredness, Community, Discipleship, Excellence, Creativity, Generosity, Boldness, Servanthood!
ii) HOW DO WE CULTIVATE HABITS OUT OF OUR BEHAVIORS?

Discipleship:​Replicate ourselves.
Excellence:​Minimize mistakes by practicing hard and well.
Creativity:​We take risks. We also create a safety net to enable people to take risks.
Where are we now? Behaviors and Habits

A STRONGER church starts from a STRONGER you.
iii) WHO IS A PART OF THIS CULTURE?

All of us!
The starting point is our values.

And the end game is our culture.


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Keith tay - white noise
Mark 15:39
Matthew 5:8
Matthew 6:6
“What do we use to mask unwanted emotions?”
An unhealthy emotional life will see that we build weak relationships.
Matthew 5:3-10
What are the unwanted emotions that we sometimes avoid dealing with?
1) Fear
2) Anger & Resentment
3) Disappointment
4) Anxiety
5) Loneliness
6) Inadequacy
7) Sorrow
8) Pain

Silence is deafening. It can make people go crazy.
Psalm 46:10
The best form of gift to any relationship is a healthy you!
Matthew 6:5
1 Kings 19:11-13
1 Kings 19:18


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Developing resilience - Keith Tay

2 Corinthians 4:7–10 (NIV)
Acts 14:18-22 (NIV)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
“ALWAYS, CONTINUALLY, WITHOUT CEASING and IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES…”
The ability to spring back after being stretched or out of shape
A sense of mission
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Resilience means you can be bent but not broken. I think we need a RESILIENT or a ROBUST FAITH if we want to fulfil God’s calling in our lives!
How do we develop resilience in life? How can we be more resilient in our faith?

1) Developing Your Resilience by Having a Sense of Mission

Philippians 1:12-14 (NKJV)

2) Developing Resilience through a Healthy Community
Relationship, having friends or even getting married essentially is not to ease our loneliness but to curb our selfishness.

Acts 9:20-27 (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 11:32-33 (NKJV)

3) Developing Resilience through Failing Forward

When we fail, we can erect a tombstone or we can use failure as a stepping stone to success.

1 Timothy 1:12-16 (NIV)
4) Developing Resilience through having Faith in a loving God
Romans 8:18 (NIV)
Romans 8:26-28 (NIV)
Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)
Acts 14:19b-20 (NIV)
2 Corinthians 11:23-30 (NIV)


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Stronger - Rev. Kevin Loo
I am very excited in my spirit because today is Vision Sunday and I will be sharing with all of us the theme of the year – STRONGER. This is a time to set the direction and pace of our church.
1 Chronicles 16:1-36
It seems matter-of-fact that they just brought the ark of God into the tabernacle that David had erected. Truth-be-told it wasn’t that simple.
If you want your life to be stronger this year, your body, which is a temple of the Holy Spirit, cannot be hollow or empty. You need to have God’s presence as well.
You and I cannot afford to have a form of godliness but without real power.
Hebrews 9:4​
There are three very significant elements inside the ark, the presence of God.
There is manna which represents God’s provision, Aaron’s rod that budded which represents deliverance and the two tablets of covenant, which represents the law of God, the foundation of life.
True strength comes from what you have within you.
So, if you want to be stronger in the LORD, learn to always give thanks, learn to always have a heart of gratitude.
1 Chronicles 16:8

There are four elements of true thanksgiving found in this psalm:
i. Remember what He has done
ii. Tell others about it
iii. Show His glory to others
iiii. Bring an offering
It is for you to pray, and for God's provision to play
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the LORD and His strength! Seek His face forevermore!

If we focus on the presence of God in our lives, giving thanks to Him at all times and seeking Him and His strength, I believe we will build…
1 Chronicles 16:34-36


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Rev. Kevin Loo - ruma IV

1 Corinthians 2:4
When God breathes into us, our physical, mental and spiritual being comes to life in all its totality!
Yes, we may create all kinds of things in life but God’s primary desire is for us to work on the condition of our soul.
3 John 1
If our soul is healthy, our words are life giving!
If our soul is prosperous, our actions are generous!
What is the condition of your soul today?
Last week, we took a closer look at the Holy Spirit.
A) The Inward Workings of the Holy Spirit
1. The indwelling, redeeming work of the Holy Spirit.
2. The transforming work of the Holy Spirit
B) The Outward Focus of the Holy Spirit
1. The unique gifting of the Holy Spirit
2. The sending empowerment of the Holy Spirit

This week, let’s take a closer look at the Word of God.
John 1:1-5, 14
In the beginning, the Spirit (ruach) of God was hovering over the face of the water.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Matthew 12:34

What comes out of our mouth is pretty much determined by what we fill our minds with.
2 Timothy 3
Given by inspiration of God means God inspired human hands to write. God did not write it himself.
The message is sacred not the book.
So, the Word of God is profitable for forming our belief system (knowing why and what we believe in), for rebuking us, for correction (ordering our ways of life) and for instruction in righteousness (on morality issues) so that we may be trained for every good work under heaven.
Hebrews 4:12
The Word of God is living and powerful. It is also so sharp that it pierces into the division of the soul and the spirit.
Head knowledge forms opinions. But the Word of God with the ability to cut into the core of our being is the source of our convictions in life.
Conviction leads to action. Conviction guides commitment.
James 1:22
Psalm 119:9
Isaiah 40:8
Matthew 24:35


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Kevin loo - RUMA - II
1 Corinthians 2:4
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (NIV)

Two things stand out in this verse – the message/preaching and the Spirit’s power. Paul warns the church in Corinth that his purpose was not for our faith to rest on human wisdom or persuasion but on God’s power.
Just the Word without the Spirit, we will dry up.
Just the Spirit without the Word, we will blow up.
With both the Word and the Spirit, we will grow up!
A balance of the Spirit and the Word!
The word Spirit in Hebrew is “ruach” which means spirit, breath or wind. In the New Testament, the uttered word in Greek is called “rhema”.

Having the Spirit of God gives us the edge in life and having the Word of God gives us the correct perspective in life. When we have both in our armoury, we can be sharp yet balance at the same time. And that is very powerful!
Romans 8:12-17​
Radical holiness, fearless freedom, filial prayerfulness and hope of glory are four characteristics of the children of God who are indwelt and led by the Spirit of God.
​ John Stott
Ask
i) Is my life pleasing to God?
ii) am I living in fear?
iii) am I drawing closer to Abba Father?
iv) is it leading others and me home to the hope of glory?
This week I want us to take a closer look at God.
Genesis 1, 2

In Genesis 1, God is introduced as Elohim.
In the traditional Hebrew view, Elohim is the name of God as the creator and judge of the universe.
What dominates your conversation today?
Hebrews 11:3​

No, we are not God though we are made in the image of God. So we do not create something out of nothing but we can create something out of something and we can turn something into something better.
Use all the creative spirit of God that is in you to create a better world, a better living.
Remember, creativity is not reserved for a selected few but it is problem solving with flair.
It takes years to build something but an instant to destroy. So, please be careful with how we use our words and our actions.
Genesis 2:7​
YHVH - God's closeness to humans
God is not just mighty. He is intimate as well.
The word breath here in Hebrew is the word “nshamah” which means wind, vital breath, divine inspiration and intellect.
Yes, we may create all kinds of things in life but God’s primary desire is for us to work on the condition of our soul.

3 John 1
The condition of soul shapes everything we see and do.
If our soul is healthy, our words are life giving!
If our soul is prosperous, our actions are generous!
Pneuma - the second breath
The first breath gives us life.
The second breath gives us life forevermore.


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Keith tay - the good Pharisee

Pharisee - (heb) the separated one
Sadducees - theological liberals
Essenes - ultra-charismatics
Pharisees - conservative fundamentalists

One of the greatest ironies of scripture is the rejection of Christ by the stewards of God
They do not capture the heart of God, but the form of God

Luke (parable of the prodigal son)
You can be lost out there, or lost in your own house
Luke 18:9-14
They made their tradition necessary for godliness
Matt 23:23
They thought godliness was about one's outward religious practices
1 Sam 9:2
2 Sam 14:25
It is scary when we begin to think that we have got it and that our position in Christ is more right than others

1 cor 10:11-13
Phil 3:4-11, 12-17
The good Pharisee is Paul
2 cor 11:30-31
12:7-10
Phil 1:21


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Kevin loo - Fix your form - face your fear
Just because you feel fear, it doesn't mean you succumb to it and eventually be paralyzed by it
Judg 6:12
You are made in the image of God!
You are beautifully and wonderfully made!
You are loved by Jesus!
You are the best specimen there is
You are more than able
You are you - celebrate!
Forsake your fear
Do not forget your fear
Disown it
v. 13
We blame God
Faith is not the absence of fear
Faith is the overcoming of fear
Fear limits God
In the middle of the night, if you don't know what to do, just sleep
v. 14-15
We blame ourselves
v. 17-22
Face your fear | face your father
v. 23
Peace be with you
Live fearlessly


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Jin chong - the name of Jesus
Phil 2:9-11
Heb 1:4-5
Acts 13:29-34
Jn 14:12
Acts 3:4-8, 11-12
Don't doubt God because of your ability, but trust in him because of his ability
v. 16
1) the name of Jesus brings peace
2) the name of Jesus brings salvation
Acts 4:12


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All the saints of our lives - Kevin loo
Heb 6:12
The word of God is active and effective
A discerned of the thoughts and the intents of the heart
The why (reason) we say or do something is always more crucial than the what (action)
Perfect - teleios
Completion, maturity
Eph 4:11-13
This perfect man is not a personal journey but the whole community of faith coming to spiritual maturity
The word of God makes us perfect
Heb 11:1-3, 33-39, 40
Faith is so powerful that all the things that we see today were first imagined in the spirit of faith
A piece of our destiny's puzzle is with those leaders that have gone before us and another piece of that puzzle is with those who will be a part of our lives in the future


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Pre-set - Keith Tay
Your calling has got to do with bringing God's deliverance and blessing into someone's life
If u have the ability to do something well in life, use it to teach others and coach them. This is ur purpose
What was meant to be much longer became shorter.
What was meant to be much shorter became longer.
What is going on, Lord?
We try to figure God out. The problem is that we want God to fit into our theology and cosmology
We can rely on the GPS so much that we forget where we're going
When we say thanks God for raising me up, I am in control now, God says "No child. You are not. I am in control."
Matt 19:16-25, 26-29
Jesus knew that the possessions had him and not God
Jesus smashed his theology about being a good man to be saved
Pre-set perspective about God; we should not have it
Christianity is never a comfortable religion
Character > comfort
It is not something you do, it is something u receive by grace through faith
Anything that drives you to have power and success without God will eventually destroy you one day
Mark 10:21
P/re-set


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Mike connell -
Acts 1:4, 8
1 cor 12:1
Mark 11:12
People want to be in control so much, sometimes they can't let others be in control
Ways to unlock the gifts of the spirit in your life
1) desire it
Get fit, maintain fitness
1 cor 14:14
Gal 3:5
1 Tim 4:15


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