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Pastor Aries’ Sermon 14, March, 2020 Rhythm of Grace

Prayer is not tool to get what we want in life.
It is not terms of transaction.
Prayer is about becoming more and more like Jesus, it is not about getting.
As we are transformed, our prayer will gravitates toward God’s will.
Our faith in God is an exchange.
He wants to take away our sin and to give us rest of forgiveness and redemption.
He wants to remove our sickness and and gives us rest of health.
Numbers 21:8-9
They looked upon the snake on the pole which foreshadowed the cross of Christ.
In the midst of anxiety, we must focus on the cross, on the word of God.
We must look upon Jesus.
In the midst of Covid-19, we look at Him because by His stripes, we are healed.
This great exchange does not happen through transaction.
It does not happen because of merit or reward.
Following Jesus is not based in a reward system of merits (salvation by works).
It is about learning the unforced rhythm of grace.
Learning the rhythm of grace means we submit ourselves to Him in order to
receive His rewards.
Phil 4:19
God supplies our needs, not our wants.
1. Understand what is the unforced rhythm of Grace.
God is gentle, He does not want to force us.
He wants us to obey Him out of our own heart.
Our response therefore should be, “Not my will, but Your will be done.”
Since God does not force us, we also must not force our will to Him.
Mary submitted to God by saying, “Let it be done to me according to Your word.”
Many times we pray, read the Bible, fast and serve because we want God to keep
His end of the bargain.
However, we must be like Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego: God did not excuse them
from fire. Instead, God saved them in the fire.
Spiritual disciplines are not just a means to an end.
They give meaning to what we are going through until we reach God’s purpose at
the end.
Not only Mary, but also Joseph obeyed God by marrying Mary.
Humanly speaking, he could have chosen his way out by leaving Mary.
In midst of Covid-19, we experience mess.
Yet, we must fix our eyes upon Jesus.
He will give meaning in our mess.

Posted March 16, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon

Pastor Aries’ Sermon 19, May, 2018 Growing Up On Purpose

Luke 2:22-23, 39-40
After the dedication, baby Jesus grew in spirit, filled with wisdom.
To grow = natural and normal growth.

Parents usually ensure their children grow well physically and mentally and intellectually.
Luke 2:41-42
Parents also ensure the spiritual growth of the children.

When parents do their best for their children, God will bring out the best in them.

From infant to 12 years old, His growth depended on his parents.
From 12 years old onward, His growth was mainly due to his effort to understand His life purpose. Increase = prokopto = to beat forward and further advance.

Jesus purposefully and intentionally grew. He chartered His own path of growth, advancing in life deliberately.

Parents should not just pray for child prodigy. Parents should pray their children to discover their life purpose.

Similarly, spiritual leaders can only bring us thus far. But we must chart our own growth.

From 12 to 30 years old, He was busy growing in His purpose.

0-12 yo: parental guidance
12-30 yo: obscure preparation
30 yo onward: minostry

Talent + preparation + opportunity = achievement

Lord Jesus spent 30 years of preparation to carry out 3.5 years of ministry and to complete 3 hours of crucifixion.

Many of us know our general purpose in God, though we do not know the specific.
When we don’t know the specific will of God, we must prepare for the general purpose of God.

Luke 4:16-22
Lord Jesus had always been attending the synagogue service.
After He had been baptized, He intentionally chose the book of Isaiah to announce His specific life purpose.

How do we grow in the general purpose of God before God reveals specific purpose?
He grew in the word of God.

Jesus knew the word of God so well that He was regarded as Rabbi.
In fact, people asked Him who His teacher was.
He even was able to summarize the complex  word of God and simplified it.

Luke 2:42-43
The Boy Jesus lingered, to stay longer than necessary.
Luke 2:46-47
He spent time asking questions and answering about the word of God.
In 18 years of preparation, He studied the word of God, prepared all the sermons even when He had no chance to preach.

Luke 3:21-22
18 years of preparation was for the one moment of anointing.
Preparation must always come first before greatness.

You can purchase his sermon here:
Growing Up On Purpose (20 May 2018), MP3, English

Posted May 24, 2018 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon

Why No Coming to Church??

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A sermon by Pastor Aries on Saturday, 3, March, 2018.
Various reasons why people dislike coming to church.

– I find God elsewhere
– It is not relevant to me
– Church is boring
– It feels like God is missing from church
– Church feels out of date
– I don’t like the people.
– Christians are judgmental, hypocritical, insensitive to others.

Some points to consider in reaching out to the lost. Easter is coming, after all.

Posted March 6, 2018 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon

Pastor Aries’ Sermon 28, October, 2017

2 Kings 2:6-11
Double portion of the spirit.
Elijah did 7 miracles. Elisha did 14 miracles.
Another meaning = your life repeated in my life. I want to be a holy man just like you.

To repeat something is not easy.
It requires much fasting and prayer.
Furthermore, to do it better is even more difficult.

To repeat the success of building fund is not easy.
To have revival in 1 generation is already difficult.
To do 10 times is CHC.

We should keep repeating until overcoming is synonymous with us. We are overcomers.

CHC did many new things and overcame barriers of growth and pain.

John 16:33
Lord Jesus did all the overcoming. Our job is to appropriate His finished work.
1 John 4:4, 1 John 5:4-5
If we keep our faith, we wil overcome.
The devil only wants to steal our faith.

What is faith?
Matt 17:20
It is mountain-moving. But faith is more than that.
Many times we are in crisis then we apply mountain moving faith. But, there is more.

FA I TH

I is the center of life. Faith has to be the center of life.
FA = Force in Action. Mountain moving faith.
TH = Tenacity in Holding Up . Weather proof faith.

Mark 4:35-41
The presence of storm doesn’t mean the absence of Jesus.
If God wants us to be overcomers, then He allows obstacle to come in our way.
The storm became calm not because of some overpowering power. It ran out of breath, ran out of stamina.
Does the obstacle outlast our faith or does our faith outlast the obstacle?

The one who wins the race is the one who doesn’t run out of breath first.

As overcomers, we are not sprinters but long distance runners.
If we persevere and endure, the obstacle will have expiry date.

Lord Jesus was asleep even when the storm came.
He knew no one would sink.
He was telling them, “Keep calm and trust God.”
If Lord Jesus was sleeping, probably the disciples should have been sleeping on that day too.

What is the good thing about sleeping in the midst of storm?
The storm feels short when we sleep.

Heb 12:1-3
God is waiting at the finish line. He is cheering us on.
When we are lacking of faith, we should go over the story of Lord Jesus did it.

You can purchase his sermon here:
https://www.theinkroom.com.sg/products/overcome-28-oct-2017-mp3-english?utm_campaign=Weekly+Updates+%2801+Nov+2017%29_59f8ae4a597ed723c71a4c3e&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Posted November 2, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon

Pastor Aries’ Sermon 16, September, 2017 Jesus’ Race

What is the purpose of cars going round and round in F1?
F1. Formula 1. It is a set of rules every driver needs to abide in order to win the grand prize.
It is similar to Christian life

The Jesus’ race.
If we follow the rule, we will win the ultimate grand prize.
1 Cor 9:24-26
We need to understand our purpose of walk in God.

What is the purpose of race?
Speed of race and direction.
Having a successful life is important, but the direction (or the purpose) is more important.
Success without purpose leads to frustration.
Fulfilling purpose leads to progress.

What is the point of moving so fast yet ending up in the wrong direction?
After we experience fast paced life, we need to step back and ask where the blessing leads us to.
In this F1 weekend, God wants us to slow down to consider our purpose.

Activities or busyness does not mean progress.
Success is not measured by activities but by outcomes.

The purpose of the Gospel.
The anointing at the Bethany.
Mark 14:3-9
What she did back then serves as a reminder fot all the preachers, ministers and pastors.

The purpose behind every service to Jesus.
What is this purpose?
In the passage above, there are 2 perspectives: Judas’ and disciples’.

Judas’ perspective
Jesus was not worthy of the fragrant oil.
From his perspective, Jesus is not his Lord.
How do we see Jesus in our lives?
When we are so blessed, does He remain our Lord?
When we are so busy  with ministry, does ministry become our lord?
We can be Christians but still having worldly perspective.
Purpose of the Gospel = to bring each one of us to the true estimate of His worth.
Is it a waste or a good investment?
When we go to church, is it a waste of time?
If Lord Jesus is worthy to be worshipped, nothing is too much to be offered to Him.
To Jesus, every true work is done unto the Lord not unto men.

When we are successful, maybe it is time to reevaluate our progress.
Col 3:23-24
Do we do it for Jesus and not unto men?
We can be so busy winning the lost and not do it for God.

In our pursuit of success, initially we may do it for God.
Yet, we deviate along the way.
What have we been in the past few years?
If we do it unto man (or even ourselves), we will be frusrated.

The disciples’ perspective
Matt 26:8-9
Judas’ perspective is the world’s.
Yet, disciples’ perspective is even more relevant to us.
They criticized the woman for pouring oil to Jesus.
To them, waste = not fully maximized.
Many times we compare ourselves with other Christians.
We may pray: God, my talents/times are not fully maximized. I should serve in a much larger scale. Lord, You are not using mr enough.

The Lord is telling us: stop looking at others and start looking at Him.
Purpose of the Gospel: the Lord is pleased.
It is not “Has the poor been helped?”.
It is “Has the Lord been satisfied?”
Large ministry is just the byproduct.

There is endless service to the poor or endless business opportunity.
But, His biggest concern is whether we please Him.
It is Him, not the service to Him.

This woman is a reminder to all of us.
Mark 14:9
Only when the Lord is pleased, then the poor will be satisfied.
The aim of preaching the Gospel is to satisfy Him.

When she broke the jar of oil, the fragrance spread.
It is also called the fragrance of Christ.
When something inside us is broken, the fragrance of Christ exudes from us that attracts non-Christians to Him.

You can purchase his sermon here:
https://www.theinkroom.com.sg/products/jesus-race-17-sep-2017-mp3-english?utm_campaign=FWW+%2820+Sep+2017%29_59c0ee4d597ed759f7942f58&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

 

Posted September 21, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon

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.

 

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