Archive for July 23, 2014

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 19, July, 2014

What is the Great Commission?

Mark 16:15
We need to creatively engage the marketplace. Once we are inside the marketplace, we need to preach the Gospel.

Acts 17:16-34
Athens was the leading city of culture. Apostle Paul spent time preaching in the synagogue and marketplace.
He was then invited to preach at Areopagus

1 Cor 9:22-23
Apostle Paul used the culture to evangelize. Bishop Dionysius transformed the arts and entertainment for Gospel.

2 Cor 5:14-15
Love of Christ compels us to carry out mission.
1.) we are sent on a mission to engage culture.
2.) we are sent on a mission to preach the Gospel.
3.) we are sent on a mission to live for Jesus

How far do we go into the world?

John 17:18-19
This mission requires us to be like Jesus. We are in the world but not of the world.
4 possibilities of being “in the world” and “of the world’’.

1.) Alienation
The church is against culture.
Jer 29:5
The people of God were in Babylon, an evil and sophisticated city. Yet, God told them not to withdraw.

2.) Extraction
The church builds subculture.
Jer 29:7
Yet, God told them to assimilate with the culture.
John 1:14
Lord Jesus went to the neighborhood.

3.) Accommodation
The church is just like culture.
Lord Jesus befriended with sinners yet He didn’t compromise.
Jer 29:8
Don’t embrace whatever bad things the culture teaches.

4.) Transformation
Holy counterculture
While we are physically there, we are morally different.
Holiness is the mark of the kingdom.
Galatians 5:19-21
These are common things yet Christians must avoid them.
We need to be deeply aware of what God says and what the world says.

Posted July 23, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon

Little Kid’s Behavior

Little kids are cute and adorable.
However, there are so many things they need to learn.
As adults, we should be on guard at all times.
We need to protect them from danger.
However, at the same time, we need to prevent them from putting others in danger.

Alertness is the key.

A little kid was sleeping with his grandmother.
While she was sleeping, he woke up. He then grabbed a glass container.
What happened next?
He threw the glass container and it hit her forehead.

An autistic child was initially quiet.
Beside him was his little baby brother.
All of sudden, he stretched his hand and hit his baby brother’s eye.
The baby brother cried and the mother immediately rushed into the room.

Alertness.
Very essential. Important.

Posted July 23, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Thought