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Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 19, August, 2017 Jesus is the Answer

The book of Numbers describes the journey of Israelites in the wilderness.

The message in the book of Numbers.
The closer we get to God, the more we must revere Him.
A holy God dwells in the midst of His people.
He is transcendent and immanent.

The way to life is the way of obedience.

John 14:21,23
How can we have God coming to us?
When we live by His word.
Daily as we hear, read, study, meditate and apply  the word of God, God will dwell with us.

Numbers 5
3 case study of sin.

Sin is defilement.
Num 5:1-4
3 ways of defilement.
Contact with leper, discharge of blood and semen, and with corpse
Sin brings with death and it is defilement.
Rm 6:23
The wages of sin is death.
Isa 6:5
Isaiah understood that he was a man of sin and he saw the holy God.
Isa 64:6
Even our righteousness is sin.
Rm 5:12
We are all deserving permanent exclusion from the camp, the dwelling of God.
Rm 7:15, 24
We cannot help ourselves as we have this body of death.
Rm 7:25
Only Jesus Christ can save us.

Luke 8:43-45
From the book of Numbers, this is dangerous act.
An unclean woman touched the holy God.
Lord Jesus demanded to know who touched Him. He felt it.
The woman was fearful.
When she confessed, Lord Jesus declared her ‘well’ or ‘made whole’.

Heb 13:11-13
Lord Jesus carried our sin and was crucified outside the gate or “outside the camp”
Matt 27:46
We were supposed to be forsaken by God.
But, Lord Jesus was forsaken on our behalf.

Sin separates us from God.
It separates us from one another too

Sin is transgression.
Numbers 5:5-8
Sin is an offense against God and man.
The steps to solve the sin is
1. Confession
It is to acknowledge the responsibility.
2. Restitution
John the baptist told the people to bear the fruit worthy of repentance
Repentance is the change of mind and action.
3. Sacrifice
Ps 51:4
We also offend God when we sin.
Hence, we need to sacrifice something to atone.
1 John 2:2, 1 John 1:9
Lord Jesus is the atoning sacrifice.

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Posted August 24, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 12, August, 2017

Numbers = Wilderness.
It records the journey of Israelites in the wilderness which also describes our journey in the wilderness of life.

The presence of God sets us apart
Hence, we need to encamp our lives around the presence of God.
By those who come near to God, God must be recorded as holy.
We must be consecrated unto the Lord.
Anointing and consecration come hand in hand.

The Levites had 3 clans.
At the east, Moses+Aaron+the priests.
At the south, the clan of Kohath.
At the west, the clan of Gershon.
At the north, the clan of Merari
Kohath was the second son, yet they occupied the second best place (south)

1 Cor 1:27-29
No matter what position we are in, even when we are foolish, God can use us.

Number 4:1-4
Kohath was charged with the task of carrying the most holy things.
v5,15,20
First, Aaron and his sons the priests will pack the furniture.
Then, Kohathites came and carried the stuff.
They were not allowed to watch or touch the holy things, lest they die.
They had to obey the instruction from the priests

Lesson: the closer we get to God, a greater degree of holiness is required.

Kohath received 20 verses of instruction. Gershon 8 verses. Merari 5 verses.
Gershon and Merari carried less holy things. Hence, they received less instruction.

The world’s religions have transcendent god (distant and uninvolved god) or immanent god (present, living amongst us, humanlike).
The Bible presents to us God who is both transcendent and immanent.
Isa 57:15
God inhabits eternity. And yet, He dwells with the humble and contrite.
He is holy and He wants to dwell with His people.
The Holy stayed in tent called The Tabernacle. And yet, His Tent was surrounded with mysteries.

He wants us to draw near to Him.

Some approach God carelessly, thinking God is cool even when they are careless.
However, the book of Number teaches us that God is holy.

Numbers 4:17-19
God gave instruction that they may live and not die.

Deut 5:32-33
The objective is for us to live long and live well.
However, there is a problem with human obedience as we are not perfect.
Gal 3:10
Cursed is everyone who does not continue to obey Him.

God loves us and wants to dwell amongst us.
Hosea 11:8-9
When we fail, by right we will drop dead.
God is holy.
Heb 12:14

The solution is Lord Jesus.
He dwelt in eternity but He dwelt with humans.
The 12 disciples should have been struck dead.
But Lord Jesus did not punish them.
Not because the disciples were perfect
Not because Lord Jesus was sinful.
Gal 3:13
It is because He took the curse on our behalf

Heb 10:19-22
John 8:10-11
How should we live our lives?
The Pharisees brought a lady who was caught in adultery. They demanded her death.
Lord Jesus wrote on the ground and the Pharisees left.
In front of the Creator of the whole universe, the sinful woman waited in silence.
Lord Jesus told her: neither do I condemn you (immanemt God). Go and sin no more (transcendent God).

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Posted August 17, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 29, July, 2017

Numbers
In the wilderness.
This book describes our journey on earth.

Numbers 1
The presence of God sets us apart as His people.
The census indicated who belonged to Him, who His people were.

Life is difficult.
Nevertheless, as we come close to the presence of God, we will hear from Him to navigate through life.

Numbers 2
The Israelites encamped themselves around the presence of God.

Numbers 3
The generation of priests and Levites who served alongside Aaron the high priest.

As priests, we are to be anointed and consecrated.
Those who come near God must consider Him as holy and glorify Him.

Anointing and consecration.

Nadab and Abihu’s story is usually read side by side with the story of Uzza in 1 Chr 13.

1 Chr 13:3
David first wanted to get the Ark of God back.
Without the Ark, there was no voice of God.

Ps 61:1-4
David wanted to abide in the tabernacle of God since it was his shelter.

1 Chr 13:6-10
People recognized the importance of Ark.
The Ark was placed on a cart.
The oxen stumbled, Uzza tried to help. But, God struck him.

Uzza was the son of Abinadab
Abinadab = Abihu and Nadab.
Uzza might have carried the same attitude as Nadab and Abihu’s: careleness.

Why was the Ark placed on a cart?
It was a faster way to transport the Ark.
Instant way, that is.
Human’s weakness: always wants instant gratification, instant power, instant anointing.

Instany gratification = lust.
Oswald Chambers defined lust as “I must have this at once”
In contrast, the Bible teaches discipline, self control, diligence, endurance and delayed gratification

Proverb 21:5, 13:4
Example of instant gratification.
On the other hand, character and maturity takes time

The Ark of God traveled on the shoulder of the Levites, not on cart.
1 Tim 4:7-8
It takes time and effort.

When Uzza died, David was afraid.
He then placed it in the house of Obed Edom.
1 Chr 13:13, 14
The Ark was there for 3 months.
He was the Gittite, the same people with Goliath.
Obed Edom = servant of the deity of Edom.

Instead of dying, Obed Edom was blessed
He paid the price daily. He learned to revere God.
Important lesson: no matter how much sin we commit, as long as we submit to God and invite His presence, He will transform us.

1 Chr 15:1-2
Finally David learned his lesson.
The Ark must be carried by the Levites.
We must always go back to the word of God.

1 Chr 15:16-18
Obed Edom grew to love the presence of God.
He became the gate keeper to guard the presence of God.
1 Chr 15:21
Obed Edom became the musician.
1 Chr 15:25
He hosted the presence of God

1. Obed Edom did not stay in the blessing of God.
He prospered for 3 months.
Nevertheless, he did more: he guarded the Ark and he worshipped God as a musician.
He was more concerned with God than the blessing.

2.Obed Edom took ownership of the Ark.
Even though the Gittite was the enemy of Israel, his care and love for the Ark exceeded all the adversary.
How about us? Do we take ownership?
Are we willing to travel far to come to church?
Are we willing to serve in cell group?

3.Obed Edom was no longer a Gittite
He was known as the gatekeeper, not the Gittite.
Something changed.
When we pursue God’s presence, God changes us no matter our past.
Transform = metamorphosis.
Even if our life is like worm/caterpillar, God can transform us into a butterfly when we draw near to Him.

2 Chr 25:23-24
Obed Edom left behind a legacy.
Even Levites named their descendants Obed Edom.

No matter how many setbacks, we must always stay faithful to the presence of God.

 

Psalm 63:1-2

David understood the importance of the presence of God.

Posted August 4, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 22, July, 2017

Numbers 3

Numbers = Wilderness.
The journey of the Israelites in the wilderness after coming out of Egypt.
It is the picture of our journey in the world.
John 16:33
Though we face tribulation in the world, God has overcome the world.
If we want to navigate through the world, we need to learn from the wisdom of the book of Numbers.

Numbers 3
Ministry.
Priests and Levites.

Numbers 3:1
The generation or the record.
It focuses on the offspring.
Sons of Aaron who were the priests: Nadab  Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
1 Pet 2:9
Likewise, we are royal priesthood
As priests, we are anointed.
The Holy Spirit lives in us.
As priests, we have responsibility to be consecrated.
Anointing and consecration go hand in hand.
When we are consecrated, the anointing comes.
The priestly ministry is life of death service.
If they did not obey the duty, they would die.

Numbers 3:4
Nadab and Abihu died.
With great privilege comes great responsibility.
God is holy and He is to be revered.

Leviticus 10:1-3
It was not according to God’s commandment.
Leviticus 8:1-2, 4
Moses did as He commanded him.
Leviticus 9:1-2, 5
They brought what Moses commanded.

Nadab and Abihu were presumptious.
They did what was right in their mind.
God is amazing but He is also holy.
We cannot approach God carelessly.
We must show concern for His holiness.

Lev 10:3
We must respect the glory of God.
For example, we must never be late for the church service.

1 Pet 2:11-12
We must abstain from unholy things.

Eleazar and Ithamar understood the lesson.
They kept holiness and hence they served alongside Aaron their father.

1 Cor 9:27
We need to discipline our body because God is holy.
The more we maintain holiness, the more God can use us.
Our attitude has to be right, not sluggish.

Numbers 3:5-6
The Levites were given entirely to serve the priests.
Their lives were not their own.

Numbers 3:7-8
The Levites had a guard duty.
They also did miscellaneous work especially in caring for the Tabernacle

There are 2 basic principles of ministry.

1.Leaders are called by God.
God appointed the priests and the Levites.
God calls and demands from us as we are royal priests.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
This is high level qualification God has for overseers. We must not be careless.

We are representatives of God
We must keep ourselves spiritually fit.

Minister = a person who pays the price.
The price must be high.
We must do it wholeheartedly
We must not stop paying the price
Heb 6:10
But God will not forget the labor

2.Different people are called to different ministry

Numbers 3:29
Kohathites carried the most holy place.
Number 3:23, 35-37
Merari did heavy liftings.

God decided the ministry for each family of the Levites.
We must not compare one ministry with another.
What God wants is faithfulness.
Col 3:23
No matter how small the ministry is, we must do it for God.

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Posted July 29, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 1, July, 2017

Numbers = Wilderness

The Israelites’ journey through wilderness depicts our journey in the world.
Why do we call life wilderness?

John 16:33
Just like wilderness, in the world there is tribulation.

Numbers 2:1-2
They were looking at the Tabernacle.
They camped looking at the LORD.
They camped in a square. Three tribes at every side.

East is the position of significance. It faces forward.
Numbers 2:3
Judah was stationed in the east.
Numbers 1:4-15
This ordering is based on Jacob’s sons’ seniority.

Numbers 2
Judah occupied the priority. He was mentioned first.
The lesson here: natural precedence does not determine our place in the kingdom of God.

Reuben, though firstborn, committed sexual sin with Bilhah (Gen 35:22)
Gen 49:3-4
Reuben did not deal with the lust of the flesh.
It caused him not to excel.
1 John 2:16
In this life there are lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, the pride of life.

Simeon and Levi lost their position through sins.
They occupied the south
Genesis 34:25
Simeon and Levi were furious  their sister was raped.
They killed the males in the city.
Genesis 49:5-7
Wrath and anger
Ephesians 4:30-31
Sin has consequences.

Cause and effect
Rm 6:23
Sometimes the consequence of sin affects our descendants.
400 years later, Reuben, Simeon and Levi’s descendants still bore the consequence.

Judah was quite messed up too.
Genesis 38:15-16
Judah visited a prostitute, who was actually his daughter in law.
Genesis 37
Judah also plotted evil against Joseph.
Why didn’t Judah get cursed?
Genesis 49:8
Judah seemed to have transformed. The curse was turned to blessing.
Sin has consequence. But, God’s grace is greater.

What is grace?
What you deserve, I don’t give.
What you don’t deserve, I give.

Genesis 44:33
What did Judah do to receive the blessing?
Judah volunteered to take Benjamin’s position of slave.
Judah used to be a person who gratified himself.
Then he surrendered. Judah sacrificed himself.

We may struggle with lust or anger.
Gal 2:20
But, we can always bring our old life to Christ

What about Levites?
The curse was transformed into blessing too.
Ex 32:25-26, 27-28
Worship of the golden calf.
Levites gathered at Moses’s sides.
Levites were full of wrath. God used their fire of wrath.
Liability in our lives can be transformed by God to be assets for His service.
Because of their holy passion, they lived closest to the presence of God.
The Levites was scattered. It was supposed to be curse. But, God used it. They were scattered to teach the law of God.

We must align ourselves with God.
It is no longer I but Christ who lives in me

Posted July 6, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 3, June, 2017 The Promise Of The Father

Pentecost Sunday.
50th day after Easter.
For 40 days Jesus appeared to the disciples.
He gave the instruction before His ascension.

Luke 24:46-48
Starting from Jerusalem, the most antagonistic place to share the Gospel.
Acts :4-5
How would they do that? Through the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:1-4, 16-18
The promise of the Father came to pass.

When did God promise this?

Deut 30:6
God will do something with our heart
Jer 31:33
God will put the laws of God in hearts and minds.
Eze 36:24-27
God will put His spirit into our heart.

Why did Ezekiel tell this promise?
Ezekiel lived during exile.
The temple was destroyed, the presence of God was lost.
The people were discouraged: how to find God.
Ezekiel told them the presence of God would be in their heart.

The promise of the Father is His presence with His people.

Genesis 3:8-9
God never leaves nor forsakes us.
Even when we try to hide from God, He will search for us.

Rev 21:22-23
The presence of God even filled the city.

Exodus 3:5, 19:17-18
God appeared as burning bush in Sinai.
Moses then brought the people to Sinai. However, the people could not draw near to Him. Only Moses did.

God then planned to come to dwell with the Israelites in the form of the Ark of the Covenant.

Exo 40:34-35, 38.
The pillar of cloud and fire, the symbol of God’s presence, rested on the Tabernacle.

1 Kings 8:10-11
The Temple of God represented the presence of God.

The children of Israel was different because the presence of God was with them, not because they practiced Sabbath or circumcision.

Psalm 84:1-8
The Israelites longed for Jerusalem, because it is the place where God chooses to dwell.

However, the Israelites rebelled against God. Hence, the enemy destroyed the temple.
The Israelites then could no longer be distinguished from other nations.

Ezekiel 37:27-28
The prophet prophesied of the coming Tabernacle.

Haggai 2:3
The second temple was less glorious than the first temple.

Malachi.
Then, silence from God for 400 years.
Then, Lord Jesus came.

Luke 4:18-19
Lord Jesus came in the Spirit.

Before He ascended , He told them to wait for the Promise of the Father.

Why do we celebrate Pentecost Sunday?
To remind us that we are the carrier of the presence of God.
We are called to manifest His power to the captives, the poor and the blind because God is with us.

God’s presence distinguishes us as His people.

The pursuit of the presence of God is the whole purpose of life.
1 Cor 3:16-17
We are the temple of God
1 Cor 6:12

Why do we keep ourselves holy?
Because we are the holy temple of God.

1 Cor 6:19-20
We are not our own.
Out of all places God can dwell, He chooses to dwell in our heart.

How should we live our lives?
We live it unto the glory of God.

You can purchase his sermon here:
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Posted June 8, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 20, May, 2017

For 40 days, Lord Jesus showed Himself to the disciples before ascending to heaven.

Luke 24:46-49
The Great Commission to be witnesses for Christ.
Before  that, they were to tarry in Jerusalem until they received the power.
Acts 1:4-5
They were to wait until they were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:13-14
Waiting for the Spirit through persistent prayer.

Parable of persistent prayer in the book of Luke.

1.Parable of persistent woman
Luke 18:1-8
Widow had an adversary. Adversary = any person or situation which will harm us.
The Son of Man will come, not if, but when. 
It describes the arrival of royalty.
At the second coming of Christ, we need to prepare ourselves in persistent prayer.

Parable of tax collector and Pharisees.

Luke 18:9-14
Persistent prayer even makes us justified just like the tax collector.
Persistent prayer is an attitude of total submission.

God, I have nowhere else to go. I throw myself into Your arms.

2.Parable of the Midnight Friend

What do we do when we face temptation?
Midnight
It does not matter even if we do not have friends, as long as we are persistent in prayer, doors will be opened dor us.

Luke 11:1-14
Persistence = shameless persistence.
Could it be that we lack of persistent prayer? 
Some trust in horses, some in chariots but our trust is in the name of the Lord.
When the breakthrough comes, the glory will not go horses or chariots, but it will go to God.

Posted May 23, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon