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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.

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WAITING UPON THE LORD

30 May

Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Mark Patterson, USA, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 28 May 2017.

WAITING UPON THE LORD

Pastor Mark travelled to the city of Banji, when he was a child accompanying his parents who were missionaries. In 1991, Dr Neal Patterson (Pastor Mark’s father) was a principal of Tung Lin Bible School in Singapore. While he was studying in Singapore, he decided to do a study on Kazakhstan as part of his thesis. In 1993, he and his family moved to Kazakhstan. They met a man from Sweden and they served God together in Kazakhstan for 11 years. Pastor Mark also helped to setup a Christian television channel in Taiwan to spread the Gospel in Taiwan.

We may never be rich in man’s eyes but we can be rich in culture. What we do is what makes us what we are. Everything we do is part of the preparation to do God’s work.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

The kiwi is a flightless bird although it has wings. The kiwi doesn’t need to fly as there are no natural predators until man brought in the predators. The kiwi’s wing muscles are not developed as it does not need to use it. As Christians when we don’t go through circumstances or challenges, our spiritual muscles would not grow. Growing through challenges in life helps our spiritual muscles grow, as we learn to trust and grow with God spiritually.

We live in an instant world. We want it now. We don’t want to save but we want something that is in trend now. We can Google it up for anything that we need to find out. Everything is within our reach. We don’t have time to contemplate. We need to avoid instant gratification. Many of us as believers want instant answers from God. God can respond in three ways:-
a. yes
b. no
c. wait

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Pastor Mark Patterson loves collecting stamps. He found something online recently for some mounts. As it fits to his plans of stamp collection, he purchased it. However, he needed to wait for two days. After two days, he went to check at his mailbox but there was nothing. After several days, he checked with his wife if she had received any parcel. His wife reminded him to check the front door and upon checking it was there! In fact the parcel had arrived but he failed to check near the front door as it was used mainly for guests. We are sometimes like that when we pray – we only expect God to response in a certain way and we fail to realise that God may respond in another way. God says yes, but we don’t claim it. We just leave it outside the front door. Our prayers go unfulfilled because we don’t ask.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelations 3:20)

God says yes but sometimes we need to wait. Sometimes our prayer is like online shopping. In Genesis 5 we read about Esau and Jacob. Esau had a nickname called Edom which means “red”. Jacob prepared lentils stew and as Esau saw it. Esau wanted it so badly that he was even willing to trade-in his blessings as the eldest son. Esau wanted quick gratification. What we want now seems more important than what we would get later. We should not live for the moment, but ask God what to do with the blessings that He has given us.

Waiting on the Lord is important so that we will mature as we do the will of God. Sometimes God will not give us what we want just yet as we may not be matured enough to handle it. Waiting for God’s timing is a process that builds our character to trust God.

Those who were with Jesus didn’t understand the purpose of Jesus. They want things to be answered now. The blessings are in our possession but we need to wait for it. We need to wait upon the promises of God. God has given us peace and joy and we need to act. Just like the parcel that had arrived, yet we failed to check it.

We need to be constantly reminded of our answered prayers. Have a prayer dairy so that you can check how God has answered your prayers. Don’t forget about what God has spoken to you about your prayers and let us learn to wait upon the Lord.

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LOVE IS PATIENT

3 Nov

LOVE IS PATIENT

TODAY’S INSPIRATION

One day I made an appointment with a friend who had been promoted to be a head of an important government agency. I called him several times but got no response. I became impatient and then I send short messages through mobile phone, but I also did not get any answer.

I became increasingly impatient because he acted unlike the usual and during that impatience an improper prejudice and accusation arose. My soul became restless and full of puzzles that need to be answered by a variety of uncertain possibilities. A restless soul like this soon brings anxiety and uninvited fear. As it is acknowledged by many doctors and health experts that the excessive fear and anxiety are the cause of many diseases which are complicated, difficult, complex to be cured.

The Word of God in Luke 21:19 says, that we have to be patient with what we do because God takes into account of what we have done and according to His time, He will make everything beautiful in its time. The patience because they understand God is always with and accompanies us, these will bring us peace and joy that causes the blessings of grace, Go’s mercy come down never-ending.

TODAY’S WORD: 1 Corinthians 13:4, NKJV

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“Stand firm, and you will win life.” (Luke 21:19)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Learning to be patient is the same as learning to love others.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Patience is the humility that will prepare us to see and experience God’s greater glory.

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

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: Philemon

Night: Jeremiah 30-31

DILIGENT AND PATIENT

3 Apr

Romans 5:1-5

Peace and Hope

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Today’s Inspiration

God wants us to be diligent. The word diligent means to persevere in every situation. The opposite word of diligent is despair. Diligence is an important characteristic of a mature Christian. Without diligence it will be hard for us to reach a cause. Diligence also means endurance in action. This does not mean that we can relax in our chairs and just wait for God to do something. We can already imagine the diligence through the image of soldiers who prepares for war [Hebrews 12:1]; ants that diligently carry their food to the hiding holes [Proverbs 6:6-11]; and snails that diligently walk across high walls.

Diligence is different with patience. Diligence connects with temporary situation whilst patience connects with the relationship with people. Someone can be diligent in dealing with hard situation, but still loss his patience in dealing with the people under him. Moses was diligent in dealing with the Pharaoh of Egypt whilst loss his patience in dealing with the people under him [Numbers 20:1-12]. God could make water came out from the rock, but could not force Moses to be patient. Patience connects with your self-control [Proverbs 25:28].

Even then, diligence and patience must walk side by side if we want to grow well in our spirit. Lord Jesus had automatically changed the heart of Peter [Luke 22:50-51]. The same also happened when Lord Jesus made miraculous healing for all who sick. But then the greatest miracle of God is not the divine healing from the disease, but in your diligence and patience in dealing with the disease.

And thus, God wants us to be diligent in facing anything. Do all things diligently and you will succeed before the Lord.

Today’s Reflection

  1. In what things that you are not diligent enough? In what things does patience do you hard?
  2. What are the things that often hinder you in becoming diligent and patient?

Today’s Action

Be diligent in every situation you have and be patient in dealing with the people around you.

Today’s Word

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” [Romans 5:3-4, NIV]

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

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