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10 Aug

Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Irwan Fransiskus, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 6 Aug 2017.

Prayer of Jabez

The prayer of Jabez teaches us how to depend on God and to call upon Him.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 – Jabez was more honourable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.” Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.

Jabez’s mother gave birth to him in pain. She named her son “Jabez”, which means “pain.” Perhaps she led a painful life, so she decided to name her son “pain” literally. Jabez’s prayer is made up of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain.

The Bible mentions that he was an honourable man because of his prayer.

1. Jabez asked God to bless him.
Jabez understood that the blessings of Abraham in Genesis 12:2 – ask the Lord to bless us to glorify Him. Jabez understood the purpose of God’s blessings. Jacob wrestled with an angel at the Jabbok river until he was blessed (Genesis 32:26).

Power, fame, wealth, beauty and health cannot satisfy us. We can learn from the life of famous people like Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Thierry Costa and Getulio Vargas. They did not find the meaning of life in their status, and these successful people ended up committing suicide.

2. Jabez prayed for God to enlarge his border so that God’s hands may be with Him.
Jabez understood the prayer of Moses in Exodus 33:15 “If Your presence do not go with us, do not bring us from here”.

If the Lord is with us, His favour is also with us. It is very important to stay close to God and rely on His continued support and guidance throughout our life.

3. Jabez asked God to keep Him from harm.
Jabez clearly knew and prayed specifically to the One who could protect him from evil and pain, 1 Chronicles 4:10 – Keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain. The Hebrew word for harm in this verse correlates with 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 – these are the examples of harm or “evil”.

How do we keep ourselves away from harm/evil? There are four examples of the word “harm/evil” in the Bible:

1. Idolatry – anything we love more than God is our idol.
It could be our hobby, our occupation or even the love of chasing money (Ecclesiastes 5:9-10, Ephesians 5:5).

2. Sexual immorality is a sin we must avoid.
We live in a world where society is experiencing moral degradation, where same sex marriage is legal in some countries. Genesis 49:2 records that Ruben slept with his stepmother (one of Jacob’s wives) and as a result Ruben was denied of his first-born birth right.

Lot and his daughters committed incest, and their two descendants from this relationship resulted in constant battles between the Israelites and the Moabites and Ammonites (Genesis 19:32).

3. Putting God to the test is to demand God to prove Himself to us in our own way.
Pastor Mark Wolford, from the US State of Virginia, was bitten by a rattle snake and was killed during a church service for putting God to test. He was well-known for handling dangerous snakes in a test of faith. We need to practise godly discernment by not doing dangerous acts to demonstrate God’s protection upon us. When we view God through our doubt and demand something of Him as a way of determining whether or not He can be trusted, we are in danger of testing God.

In the Bible, there are examples of both acceptable and unacceptable kinds of testing God. It is acceptable to “test” God concerning tithes and offerings (we give because we have faith in Him), for example, but unacceptable when the test is to demand something from God to prove Himself to us because we lack faith in Him.

4. Grumbling is a harmful attitude and it is evil in the sight of God. Proverbs 20:19 It is that faith-inspired action of obedience that God loves. As seen in the example of Israel’s journey out of Egypt, they developed a habit of grumbling.

How do we value the love of Christ in our life? God has given us everything, even His precious blood on the Cross (John 3:16). There is no greater love than the love of Christ. Jacqueline Kennedy’s love letter to the British Ambassador to the US, was sold in an auction for a price for USD$190,000. The Bible is God’s love letter to us, and is priceless. Our food is to do the will of God and to accomplish His work, John 4:34. Let us work out our salvation and work for food that endures to eternal life (John 6:27).

At the end of the prayer of Jabez, it is clear that God approved of this faithful prayer by granting it. It is also important to see that Jabez was passionate in his plea to God: "He cried out to the God of Israel." God wants to hear that we need Him through passionate prayer.



6 Jul

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


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.

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.


28 May

Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 21 May 2017.


We are entering into the week of Pentecost. When Jesus was on earth He was led by the Holy Spirit. Today we will learn about the ministry of Jesus in the various historical places in Israel, and its significance relating to the Holy Spirit.

1. Jordan River – Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
The Jordan River is a very fertile river. Naaman, a captain in the army of king of Aram was cured at the Jordan River. Many people, including Jesus, were baptised at that river. Jordan River talks about being filled with the Holy Spirit. In Romans 6:23, the Bible tells us that, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus obeyed God the Father and was baptised at the Jordan River. When He was baptised, the Heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

We become the legal sons and daughters of God as we are sealed with Jesus.

There are many symbols of the Holy Spirit. For example –
a. water – symbolizes cleansing and is needed by every living thing
b. fire – symbolizes light which is needed for life, purification
c. oil – symbolizes healing and anointing
d. wind – symbolizes God is omnipresent

2. Judean Desert – Led by the Holy Spirit
The world is a place of temptation. In today’s modern world, we are tempted in many ways, including entertainment, games and self-indulgences that turn us away from God. Don’t let the devil tempt us. We are sealed by Jesus and let us draw near to God and resist the devil. We need to control our minds so that we don’t live like the world. Jesus was tempted by the devil three times, but each time Jesus replied with the Word of God. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we go through our daily lives.

3. Nazareth – Empowered by the Holy Spirit
Jesus grew up in Nazareth and He was trained there. We need to raise our spiritual Nazarites (our children or spiritual children) and train them in the ways of God. Everyone who serves the Lord needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We need to learn to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit and not depend on our own strength. We need to build an altar at our home to worship the Lord.

4. Capernaum – The Power of the Holy Spirit and Sharing the Good News
Capernaum was Jesus’ town and the centre of His activities in Galilee. It was the place where the Gospel was spread to many. Although many of the people were fishermen and farmers, yet the Gospel was received openly. The Holy Spirit will empower us to share the good news with people, even if we have difficulty sharing the Gospel. Trust and lean on the Holy Spirit as we share the good news to others.

5. Sea of Galilee – The Power of the Holy Spirit Brings Healing & Miracles
And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

We need to have radical obedience to the Holy Spirit in order to be equipped and anointed to do the will of God. When we obey the Holy Spirit, God can use us to bring healing and miracles to those who need it. The apostles of Jesus brought healing and miracles wherever they went as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Just like a fan which needs electricity to operate, healing and miracles need power from the Holy Spirit.

6. Upper Room Jerusalem – Wait Upon the Holy Spirit to Receive Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Some of us may not be baptised by the Holy Spirit and we need to be obedient to follow the Lord. The early disciples of Jesus obeyed Jesus to wait for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem.

The Holy Spirit is a Person. Let us learn how to trust and lean upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we may shine for God and bring an impact to our families, communities, cities and the nation.

Christian dove


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.



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.



4 Mar

Sermon Notes of Pastor Hanna Handojo at Bethany International Service, Sunday, 1 March 2015, summarized by Sister Stella Ho and edited by Brother Gilbert Khoo

Revival is not a big crusade or mere evangelistic meetings.

Revival is when the people of God pray seriously and sincerely with perseverance to shake the heavens so that the will of God will happen on this Earth. It will transform the city or nation, as The Holy Spirit will be convicting the people of their sins even without any preaching.

Pastor Duncan, a Scottish pastor, in his book “the uniqueness of revival” he was mentioning about grandma Peggy, 84 years old and her burden to bring the people on her island to know Jesus Christ.

Grandma Peggy had a dream and she conveyed it her church pastor that she saw many people coming.

Her church pastor agreed to gather the leaders of the church to pray twice a week

And without anybody inviting the prayer group grew larger. The Holy Spirit Himself touched and convicted the people of their sins. Everyone was under the strong conviction of the Holy Spirit and the church was overflowing with people.

What started as a 3-day evangelistic meeting continued for 10 years!

It is important for us that Jesus is our all in all.

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s, ’

another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s, ’

and name himself by the name of Israel (Isaiah 44:3-5)

Today, the whole world is gripped with fear and looking for solutions and we as believers we have Jesus as our security. God allows this situation to happen for the world to turn to Jesus.

Do we have compassion for those who are yet to be saved?  Are we longing to see God’s glory moving tremendously in these last days?

Check ourselves do we posses the compulsory qualities:

  1. Genuine fear of the Lord

It is important to have genuine fear of the Lord.

  1. Conviction of our personal sins

We must not let our hearts become numb such that we no longer feel anything when we sin against God. We should be ashamed when we sinned to be spiritually healthy.

The choice is in our hands.

Don’t pretend to be holy; we need to do a spiritual check against the Bible.

  1. Genuine Holiness

Are we willing to learn under the greatest Teachers Jesus and the Holy Spirit?

Do we love holiness?  Don’t live a double life. “Be Holy for I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) Without holiness we cannot see the Lord.

  1. Repentance

Many churches do not want to talk about Repentance.

In Matthew: John the Baptist ministry focused on the repentance for the kingdom of God is at hand. The book of revelation also closes with the message of repentance to the 7 churches, 5 churches were rebuked.

a. The church of Ephesians: left even lost their first love to Jesus. Is our love for God increasing?  Go back to our first love to Jesus.

After the rebukes there is always this message: “Those who have ears, let them hear what the Holy Spirit says”

b. Church of Pergamum: wrong doctrine

The Moabites women enticed the men of Israel so that the Israelites compromised to worship other God. Don’t minimize the meaning of the Cross

c. The church of Thyatira: immorality, adultery. Stop making excuses or even fooling God. “… and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23). Run away from temptation like Joseph.

The enemies try to destroy us at all cost: let us be grieving of what grieves the Heart of God

d. The church of Sardis: wake up, strengthens the things which remain, actually you are dead revelations 3

What things are still alive in our life or is it Jesus that is living in our life?

e. The church in Laodicea: a lukewarm church, neither hot nor cold. We need to be on fire for God.

Are we like one of these churches?

5 warnings were presented to us; how is our spiritual life condition today?

It is important to return to the ways of the Lord and search our hearts be strong in the Lord in order to withstand the challenges, trials, and shaking we are going to face in the near future.

We are encourage to ponder and reflect upon Proverbs 6:16-18.

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief.



Identity Crisis

6 Oct

Pastor Corrie Turner and summarized by Sister Stella Ho, 5-Oct-14

Sometimes we focus more on the cosmetic aspects – how we look, how people perceive us, but we neglect our inner man.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ NASB).

God is our Father
Do not underestimate your role as a Father.
Jesus was identified and mentioned even before He came to earth to fulfill the Father’s will.

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NASB) and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭6‬ NASB).

– we need to be seated (find rest) in Christ
– many of us are walking (trying to save ourselves) before seating (resting in God)

Need to have a mindset of receiving than achieving

What we cannot do, God sent His Son to accomplish it (we cannot save ourselves).

Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ NASB)

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭1-2‬ NASB)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭1-2‬ NASB)

We need to work out our authority in Christ in love (avoiding too much focus on the 2 extremes of working or resting)

When Jesus was tempted – lesson learnt here is that the devil is attacking Jesus identity.
Jesus defended His position.
Jesus uses the bible to remind the devil.

95% of the battle is defense not offense.
Jesus wants us to fight from victory position mindset not to victory.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭37‬ NASB)

God wants u to be a conqueror

There is power and authority in Name of Jesus.

When your identity in Christ is aligned with your confession of your mouth, you find the power of God.


Prepare the people for the 2nd coming – Be Holy

15 Sep

Sermon excerpts of Senior Pastor Djohan and summarized by Ps Gilbert,

The Jewish New Year for this coming 24-sep-14 : Ayin Hey (5775)

Ayin talks about the eye

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (‭Psalms‬ ‭32‬:‭8‬ NASB)

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He is gracious to us. (‭Psalms‬ ‭123‬:‭2‬ NASB)

We need to keep our eyes on The Lord so that we are safe
The year of Ayin Hey talks about shaking

1. Year of Shaking
– NASA said that there are 4 major events in space in 2014/2015 ( blood moon, eclipse of the sun) – tetrad
– all of the 4 events happen on the Jewish festival (Passover, Sukkot- feast of Tabernacle)

Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it?

“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. “The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. “And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. (‭Joel‬ ‭2‬:‭10-11, 30-32‬ NASB)

Blood moon (major events)

We need to be people of God ready for Him, let us live our life according to God
– we carry the holiness of God, we carry the presence of God

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭14-17‬ NASB)

What is holiness:-
1. Holiness means we are set apart
2. Holiness talks about obedience

– salvation is free gift from God
– your faith is a process, sanctification is a process

Psalm 51 – psalm of David, he felt so distance and he asked The Lord to cleanse him and not to take His Spirit from him.

When God gives us the law we are safe.

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭18-19‬ NASB)

– don’t lead a foolish life. God paid with the precious blood of Christ
– obey the Word of God