Archive for July 18, 2012

Pastor Phil’s Sermon 14, July, 2012

This sermon is the complete version of the encouragement Pastor Phil talked about 2 weeks back.

Eph 1:6
We are accepted, or favored, in the beloved.
The moment we come to God and receive Christ, we receive favor from God.
Mephiboseth was lame on his feet. His life was filled with shame as he came from the disgraced Saul dynasty.
When David reigned, he did something unthinkable: he restored Saul’s possession to Mephiboseth.
Because of David’s covenant with Jonathan, Mephiboseth (Jonathan’s son) received such a great favor from David.
Similarly, we are lame because of sin.
However, we receive favor from God not because of us, but solely because of Christ’s work.

Receiving favor does not guarantee a problem free life.
In fact, it means problem-full life.
Nevertheless, just like Moses’ prayer (Exodus 34:9), God’s presence is with us even in the midst of problem.

Some examples of people who receive favor from God yet lived a problem-full life:

1.) Noah found favor in God’s eyes. Years after years he was building the Ark.
He tried to preach to the people around him, yet people ridiculed him.

2.) Joseph found favor in Jacob’s eyes. Joseph received a beautiful robe from Jacob.
He could have chosen not to wear it in order to avoid jealousy from his brothers.
However, he still wore it because he cared more on honoring Jacob his father than his brothers.
In the end, Joseph still suffered the pain of slavery.

3.) Mary found favor in God’s eyes as she became the mother of Lord Jesus.
Yet, who would have believed her? It was a virginal conception.
Nobody believed her, except maybe Elizabeth and Joseph.

4.) Lord Jesus received favor from God and man.
Yet, He suffered the cross.
People even considered Him being cursed by God, not knowing He actually bore the curse of sin of the whole world (Isaiah 53:4-5).

[Btw, does it sound even like Pastor Kong’s case?
Even Christians out there considered him to be judged by God for his sin even though they do not know for sure what is ongoing]

There are four essential things to live as God’s favored people.
1.) Jesus Christ’ finished work.
2.) Holy Spirit.
3.) The Word of God.
4.) The church.

When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, He gave us the gifts of tongues.
There are several types of tongues: new tongues, other tongues, angelic tongues, and unknown tongues.
Praying in the Spirit builds us up (Jude 1:16-17).
The opposite is complain. Complaining and criticizing is the fastest to grieve the Spirit.
As pray in the Spirit, God’s strength becomes our strength (Isaiah 40:27-31)

A very good sermon.
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Posted July 18, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

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