Archive for September 6, 2017

Pastor Aries’ Sermon 2, September, 2017

Lord Jesus was a great Teacher.
He was patient with His students.
And, He changed their lives.

What is the most important lesson He wanted them to learn?
During 40 days after His resurrection, He taught them many important lessons.

John 20:29
This one important lesson: we live by faith, not by sight or feeling.
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.
3.5 years the disciples were with Lord Jesus.
They saw Lord Jesus in action. He healed and created miracle.
It was an easy Christian life for them.
He was there to affirm their faith.
When He was around, it was easy for them to believe in God.

What would happen if He was no longer walking on earth?
How would the disciples survive their faith without Him?
Hence, it was the important lesson which also applies to everyone of us.
How do we face life’s challenge without Lord Jesus in front of us?

On the mountains, it’s easy to feel God’s presence.
But in the valleys, we need to be aware of His presence.
During valley experience, we need to feel Him all the more.

John 20:11-16
When we go through sadness or crisis, we tend to pray, “God, I want to see You.”
However, just because we can see Him during crisis, it does not mean we can recognize Him.
Sometimes, our salvation (i.e. breakthrough) does not look like our expectation.
Many people can recognize Jesus in good times, but cannot recognize Him in bad times.

Jonah 1:11-17
Jonah was thrown into the sea.
From human perspective, the best rescue was a cruise ship.
From God’s perspective, His method of salvation was a big fish.
Sometimes, God allows another problem as a way to save us from our current problem.

In the midst of  her grief, Lord Jesus called mary’s name.
Faith comes by hearing the word of God.

Hab 2:1
It is not “I watch to see what He will show me”
It is “I watch to see what He will say to me”

When we cannot see God, we can read His word so we can get our faith back on track.
That is how we live by faith and not by sight.

John 20:24-25, 29
Doubting Thomas.
Sometimes one silly mistake and we are labelled even by Christians
The other disciples saw Lord Jesus first. Thomas was not there at first.
Why couldn’t Thomas believe immediately?
He was disappointed when Lord Jesus was crucified
Sometimes we can be so disappointed that we do not want to expect anything anymore.
However, even in the midst of disappointment, we should always return to church, to the fellowship of the saints.
Just one touch of Lord Jesus, Thomas changed.

Jesus wants to touch us, though His method varies.
Very often we reward on the method, but we don’t focus on the touch.
The older we get as Christians  many times we are up to date with the methods and we seldom depend on His touch.

Let us surrender to His touch.
Let us cast aside any method.

 

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Posted September 6, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon