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CHALLENGES FOR EVANGELISM

6 Jul

The Summary of Sermon by Ps. Djohan Handojo at Bethany International Sevice on Sunday, 2 July 2017.

CHALLENGES FOR EVANGELISM

Pastor Djohan recently attended a conference at Wittenburg in Germany where the Reformation started by Martin Luther. 

The conference discussed how to bring the Gospel for every person and challenges in sharing it. The gospel brings freedom and transforms life. 

In sharing the gospel today, we faced several challenges :-

 1. Ideology 

People do not believe in God. 40% of the people in the Western world become atheist. They do not find God important in their lives.
2. Secularism  

People look into the world and there is less emphasis of God in the society. In South East Asia, many people still have strong faith in God. We still find Christian schools, many Church services in the malls and hotels.

3. Moral 

Today sexual disorder is considered normal and acceptable especially in the western world. The government in America and other western countries legalized the same-sex marriage. Even the schools are teaching it and educate the right to develop love and feelings beyond the gender which is gender disorientation.

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James 1: 2-3) The world is constantly under temptation by the devil. Only the kingdom of God is unshakeable. 

We are dealing with self centeredness. People have the tendency to become self centered. Some of us struggle with sin but Jesus is waiting for us to come back when we have gone astray in the world. 
(2 Corinthians 5: 17-18) We are the new creation in Christ. It is important for us to walk in Christ every day. God will see us in a different way, God will see Christ who has redeemed us and see us as a new man or new woman in Christ.

When we are still living in the old self, the devil can attack us. When we live as a new man in Christ, the
devil cannot attack us. However, we can live a victorious life because God is in us.

(1 Corinthians 6 : 2 – 3)  For us as believers, one day, we will reign and rule with Jesus. We will judge the world and the fallen angels. 

Now, the Holy Spirit is in the world but one day the Holy Spirit will be taken away from the world. The world will turn into chaos.
(John 6:54- 55) Whoever eat of my flesh and drink of my blood remains in me, have the salvation and eternal life.

KINGDOM LIFESTYLE

17 Nov

Excerpt from the Sermon by Pastor David Tjakra, GBI Sukawarna.  Ministering at Bethany International Service – Sun, 15 Nov 2015. Summarized by Brother Gilbert Khoo.

KINGDOM LIFESTYLE

Deuteronomy

1 Corinthians

The journey of the Israelites is a good example for us, His church. In 1 John 2:6, we are encouraged to live as Christ as lived.  “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34).

Our everyday life is an act of worship to the Lord (Colossians 3:23). We need to be constantly in God’s will, and not in our own will.  Is our life an act of worship to the Lord all the time, or just on Sundays?  Even our profession is part of our worship.  Do we understand that whatever our profession may be, we are to place Jesus as our Lord and we are His servants?  Deuteronomy 8:2 teaches us three guidelines for Kingdom lifestyle.  What does it mean to live in the unshakable kingdom?

  1. To humble ourselves

Becoming humble is a process.  It does not happen automatically.  Inferiority is not the same as humility. “He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way” (Psalms 25:9). What is the difference between the ways of the Lord and the will of the Lord?  In Psalms 103:7, He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.  Why did God introduce His ways to Moses (process) but His acts (miracles) to the children of Israel?  This tells us about the difference between what Moses asked of God and what the Israelites asked of God.

There are not many Christians who are willing to follow the ways of the Lord; the Lord’s discipline, and to be moulded into Christ-like image.  The ways of the Lord may not be pleasant. When God humbles us, we need to be ready.

Show me Your Ways O, LORD teach me Your paths. (Psalms 25:4)

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6: 8)

What kind of blessings we will be receiving if we walk humbly before the Lord?

The meek shall inherit the Earth and shall delight themselves in abundant peace. (Psalms 37:11)

Our lifestyle ought to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation. (Psalms 149:4)

If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)

  1. Guard our hearts.

God wants to purify our hearts; He is looking at the attitude of our hearts.  He does not see our attire, but the Lord is interested in our heart, our inner man. The three tabernacles – Moses, David, and Solomon had all been destroyed.  In Amos 9 and Acts 15, the Scripture says that the Lord will restore the tabernacle of David.  Why is it the tabernacle of David?  Was it not the tabernacle of Moses or Solomon that became the pattern of the tent of the Lord? It is because David’s heart was transparent before the Lord, easily repentant and meek before the Lord. His heart always desired God. Satan (Lucifer) was the opposite.  His heart was on himself.

Lucifer was the leader of the heavenly angels; in his heart he had a desire to become like God (Isaiah 14:14).

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)

We need to guard our hearts so that we do not become puffed-up.

  1. Obey God

We need to obey God’s commandments in its entirety, not partially.  Are we holding on to God’s commandments?  The love of God and His commandments are inseparable. God is love.  When we love God, we will obey Him.  We cannot say we love the Lord and walk in disobedience.

And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. (2 John

We ought to walk according to His commandments, that as we have heard from the beginning. Loving God means obeying His statutes.

Live in the favor of God by walking in His ways. God’s works and miracles will be our portion as we live according to the unshakable Kingdom lifestyle.

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UNSHAKEABLE KINGDOM

26 Oct

UNSHAKEABLE KINGDOM

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

Have you remembered in the old days how women winnowing rice to separate the rice from the chaff? Rice in the tampi be shaken, thrown up, twisted around to separate the chaff from the rice. Have you seen how the traditional goldsmiths to wiggle the hard sand and soil to separate the precious metals from the soil and sand? Similarly, roughly the Lord will separate the chosen people by putting them right in the unshakable kingdom. God separate us through the many events and unexpected surprise.

To the righteous, He gave His Holy Spirit as a gift so that what they do successful. While to the wicked He gives them duty to accumulate wealth for the righteous (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

God is shaking what is not true as it says in Hebrews 12:27, “The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain.” Until something is unshaken, which is the kingdom of God. In the kingdom of God, there will be no more tears and suffering.

Remain faithful to the word of God, do not stray to the right or left so that we receive the kingdom that is unshakeable.

TODAY’S WORD: Hebrews 12:25-29, NKJV

Hear the Heavenly Voice

25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.” (Hebrews 12:27)

TODAY’S ACTION:

The people, who favourite are the word of God and meditate on the Word day and night, are the ones who will survive when the shock occurs. Has the Word of God become our joy?

TODAY’S QUOTE:

For all of us who believe are the chosen and winner people and the people who become the ambassador of kingdom of heaven on earth to be the messenger of God unshaken and victorious.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: 1 Timothy 6

Night: Jeremiah 9-11

LIVE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD

13 Apr

Matthew 7:21-29

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Today’s Inspiration

We live with certain values. People will live with the values he believed right. People of this world will live with the values of this world that they get from the parents or school or from their life experiences. The believers, the citizen of the Kingdom of God will live with the values of the Kingdom: living in justice, peace, righteousness, honesty, and et cetera. So, if we are still living with other values, that means we are still outside the Kingdom of God, even though we are already being Christians for decades already.

We may deny it now, but let us just think about this, “What are the values that we hold on to all this life?” do we try our best to appear good so that other people will be pleased with us? Do we always try to win without caring for anybody else? Do we like to seek benefit out of anyone who relates with us: like pressuring the people who works under us, licking the bosses, and et cetera? Or do we indeed brave, sincere, and honest even though people mock and persecute us because of that attitude?

Our lives are not games. We need to be serious with our salvation. Salvation indeed consists of the life consequences that connect with the salvation itself. If we are serious with our salvation, then we are serious with our Christianity that means we will serious with the values of our lives. Christianity will be reflected through our ways of doing the will of God and through our conducts towards the others in our daily lives.

Remember that the most important thing in the proclaiming of the gospel of Jesus is “the time has come; the Kingdom of God is nearing. Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15). Maybe now you say that you have believed for 100%. But what about repenting? Have your lives changed? Have you live in the values of the Kingdom? Remember do not seek that Kingdom somewhere else. The Kingdom is in us. Check, do you have that Kingdom there?

Today’s Reflection

  1. What are the values that you apply in this life all this time? Do the values of the Kindom still applicable in this world?
  2. What is the difficulty in living with the values of the Kingdom in this world?

Today’s Action

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then everything shall be added to you.

Today’s Word

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” [Matthew 7:21, NIV]

[Taken from Today’s Word: Recharge by Ps. Djohan Handojo]

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