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Pastor Kong’s Sermon 13, June, 2020

1 Cor 13:7
It always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres.

Love always protects.
Protect = to put up with difficult situations.
Love bears all things.
We must always forgive
Protect = to cover in silence, to keep confidential.
Love does not gossip.
Love does not broadcast the problem of others.
Love is careful to safeguard a person’s dignity and reputation.
We should not put others down with jokes or sarcasm.
When a dealing with a fault, we do it privately.
Spouse must never demean each other publicly.

2.Love always trusts
Love believes all things concerning others.
Love is not naive or gullible.
Love clearly sees into every situation and still chooses to trust.
For example, Lord Jesus had faith in Simon Peter though He saw all His weaknesses.
Love constantly believes the best of others.
Another example, Corinthian church was a problematic church. Yet, apostle Paul believed in them.
Love is ever ready to give the benefit of doubt.
Love is always encouraging.
Like Jesus, we esteem others better than ourselves (Phil 2:3).

3.Love always hopes
Faith is the spiritual engine, hope is the fuel that keeps it going.
Hope = a confident expectation from now until heaven.
It is God’s will to heal.
Day by day, we believe in God for healing.
Even if God does not heal it now, we maintain hope that God will heal when we meet Him.
1 Tim 1:1
Hope comes from Jesus, in general.
Faith comes from the word of God.
Hope comes from love of God.
The more we are filled with the love of God, the more hopeful person we become.
Love never ceases to hope.
Love is never pessimistic, it has confidence in the future, from here till eternity.
While we accept people just the way they are, we hope in God that others will become better people.

4.Love always perseveres.
Bears/believes/hopes steadfastly.
Perseverance = hold position at all cost even unto death.
Don’t be a fair weather friend.

1 Cor 13:13, 14:1
Love is the nature of God Himself.

1 John 3:14,17
We cannot only love God but not love neighbors.
The moment we stop loving others, our love for God will also die down.

Posted June 17, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 23, May, 2020

I Cor 13:5
How do we show love when we are wronged?
Love is not easily angered.
Love is not easily provoked.
We must not be easily triggered
While anger is not sin, being quick to anger is sin.
Jesus was only angry about 7 times in the Gospel, though He was constantly provoked.
Jesus shows love by being gentle and tender.
Revival happens when God’s love is present.
Each time we explode in rage, bitterness seeps into our soul.
A rattlesnake may bite itself in rage. Hence, we may poison ourselves if we explode in rage.
Love tolerates weakness: when people are slow in learning or are annoying.
Moses was not allowed to enter into the Promised Land as he gave in to anger.
We must cultivate a high boiling point.

Love keeps no record of wrongs
Wrong: actual evil committed against us.
Lord Jesus forgave those who had crucified Him.
Forgive = to let go. It is a non-emotional decision.
One day, God will make right every wrong we have suffered.
For now, we decide to let go of the offenses for our own sake.

Love does not delight in evil
The Greek text: love does not delight when bad things happen to those we dislike.
When others suffer, we must feel compassion, even if the enemy suffers
Love does not take pleasure in the misfortune of others.
Lord Jesus even healed the ear of the soldier who wanted to capture Him.
1 Pet 4:8
Fervent love covers multitude of sins. As much as possible, we don’t broadcast sins of others. 
We try to deal with sin in private.
Phil 4:8
Love thinks of only noble things.

Posted June 15, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 16, May, 2020

1 Cor 13:4-6

Love does not envy
Envy is the violation of the 10th commandment.
The hallmark of envy is comparison.
An envious person is very competitive.
Envy is the mother of many sins (Gal 5:26).
Envy kills the fruit of the Spirit and it breeds hatred.
Because of envy, Jesus was crucified.
Envy corrupts a person’s heart and mind (Mark 7:18-23).

Instead of envy, we must learn to celebrate the victory of others.
Phil 2:3
We don’t have to be no.1 in everything.
We must not become sour when others are preferred.
We learn to bless and pray for people.
We must stay faithful on the path God sets for us.

Love does not boast.
Boastful people always worried that they won’t be valued if they don’t show off their capability.
Love can exist anonymously even if no one pays attention or shows affection.
Col 3:23
We solely need to please God, not men.

Love is not proud.
Proud = self-inflated.
Jer 9:23
Widsom, strength, riches.
Nothing wrong with them. But, if we are not careful, we will commit the sin of pride.
Jesus became humblest of all because He is the loving of all.
John 13:1
Jesus even washed the disciples’ feet.
Love means serving people, willingly doing the most menial task.
The hallmark of love is humility.

Love is not rude.
Politeness. Court etiquette.
Royal manners.
1 Pet 1:8
We must be courteous and we must not use offensive language.
Eph 4:31
Clamor. Speak loudly and insistently.
We must remember our royal manners.
Jesus teaches against presumptuous manners.
Love is tactful and sensitive about people’s feeling.

Love is not self-seeking.
Selfishness is a love killer.
Phil 2:3-4
Jesus was not selfish at all.
Being unselfish means not ignoring friends and loved ones, especially during crucial moments.

 

Posted May 18, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon

Coffee With Kong Care Package 7, April, 2020

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Wohoo!! Answered the quiz from church correctly: the 5 crisis of Jesus.
Thank God for the prize!! Coffee with Kong Care Package! Gonna drink more coffee after this ~~~

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 28, March, 2020

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Lord Jesus prayed often. The prayer of Jesus.

1. Jesus prayed in solitude.

He often prayed alone.
Mark 1:35
He ministered to the people.
He was so tired. Nevertheless, He took time to pray.
Praying was His way for resting.
He prayed at night and in the morning.
Is 50:4, 6
Though we are busy, we must find time to pray.
Prayer was when He received guidance from the heavenly Father.
The disciples were often exasperated that Lord Jesus often prayed alone.
Mark 1:36-38
In prayer, the Father instructed Jesus where to minister next.
Prayer comes first, then God will show what is next.
When there is quietness and no distraction, we can pray better and meet God in private time.
When we are alone, we can express our deepest needs to God.
For Jesus, His secret place was the wilderness.
Covid-19 is a good time to pray.

2. Jesus prayed and encountered God

Prayer was the key to the blessing of God.
Luke 3:21
While He was praying and being baptized  the voice of the Father was audible.
Luke 9:28-29
As He prayed, His appearance changed.
Also, the voice of the Father was audible.
John 12:28
Lord Jesus prayed to the Father publicly.
The voice of the Father was audible for the third time.
God always hears our prayer, even the faintest whisper.
Isa 50:4
Jesus picked up God’s voice easily.
Luke 22:41
When Jesus prayed, God sent an angel to strengthen Him.
John 11:41
Even before resurrecting Lazarus, Jesus prayed for a miracle. God the Father heard Him.
The time of prayer is the time of power. The more we pray, the more God-incidences occurs.

3. Jesus prayed before every major decision.

Lord Jesus became more and more popular.
However, opposition and hostility grew. Some even plotted to murder Him.
Luke 6:12
Jesus prayed and prayed before choosing the 12 disciples because this major decision would affect Christianity.
During Covid-19, let us pray that God will direct our steps.

4. Jesus prayed to overcome temptations.

Heb 4:19
Jesus was tempted continually.
Mark 6:31
Jesus was sad because His cousin had been executed.
Nevertheless, the people still flocked to Him.
Moved by compassion, Jesus taught them.
John 6:15
However, the people wanted to make Him a king.
But, He overcame the temptation to be a king. He then prayed and fellowshipped with the Father.
What is the temptation we are facing now? Pride, greed, lust, envy?
Let us bring all our temptation to the Lord.
Luke 22:31
Satan was about to tempt Peter but Jesus had already prayed for him.
Mark 14:38
Our flesh is weak. Without prayer, no one can overcome Satan’s temptation.

5. Jesus prayed and trusted the Father even when the answer was “No”

We must be ready when God says no to us.
Mark 14:32-36
Jesus was hours away from His crucifixion.
He was not afraid of the nails or scourging.
However, He was afraid of the absolute separation from the Father
He was afraid of bearing the full wrath of the Father.
The Father said no 3 times.
Jesus then submitted Himself to the Father’s will.
Can we trust our heavenly Father when He says no to us? He has the best interest for us in His plan.

 

 

Posted April 3, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 7, March, 2020

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Lord Jesus was in constant prayer mode.
Through meditation, prayer becomes conversation with our Heavenly Father.
Prayer is also confession.

Matt 6:12

Although we are saved, we still fall into sin every now and then.
While we are righteous before God, we are still imperfect.
Hence, our responsibility is to grow in holiness.

1 Timothy 1:15

Apostle Paul considered himself as chief of sinners.

1 John 1:8-9

This is not guilt-consciousness.
Nevertheless, if we confess our sins, He will forgive us.
That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, Lord Jesus taught us to repent.
Our life
should be a continual repentance.
The 10 commandments is like a MRI to our spiritual life.
Though it does not save us, it is useful to show us where we sin.
Hence, we can confess our sin and ask God for His forgiveness.
We need to develop the habit of confessing our sin so we can grow in His
righteousness.

Matt 6:12

Lord Jesus also taught us to forgive others.
It does not mean we earn our salvation by forgiving others.
Rather, we forgive others because we are first forgiven by God.
We can never be a loving person if we are not a forgiving person.
Forgiveness is the choice not to suffer.
Prayer is also petition.
Matt 6:11
He taught us to ask from God.

John 16:24

Though God already knows our needs, we should still ask.
God our Heavenly Father enjoys giving gifts to us, His children.
We should ask in His name.
Jesus’ name is who He is and what He does.
Jesus loves to save, heal and deliver.
Hence, we can ask God to save, heal and deliver us.
Lord Jesus is also holy.
Hence, when we ask, we must not ask out of selfishness.

James 4:3

When we ask God, we must ensure it is for His glory.
We need to pray boldly in Jesus’ authority.

Matt 21:22

We must believe that we will receive.
First, we must ask according to God’s will.
Second, we must ask boldly.
Third, we must ask persistently.

Luke 11:9

Ask and keep asking.
Seek and keep seeking.
Knock and keep knocking.

Luke 18:1, 7, 8

Lord Jesus taught us the parable of the persistent widow.
Persistent prayer is equal to faith.

Posted March 9, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 22, February, 2020 The Prayer Life of Jesus

Jesus always prayed constantly.
He prayed before meals, after meals, in the garden, alone in the wilderness, at
night and early in the morning.
He prayed when He was happy or sad or troubled.
He filled His whole life with prayer.
Why did He do that?
Because in prayer, we can unite with God.
Prayer melts our heart and calibrates it to heavenly temperature.
As followers of Jesus, we too must pray.
Phil 5:7
Jesus prayed in tears.
Luke 18:7
God is not deaf. Nevertheless, He expects us to pray.
He also promises to answer our prayer.
Acts 4:24
The early church prayed loudly and boldly.
James 5:16
The effective and fervent prayer avails much.
There is nothing as great as prayer.
For example, Martin Luther prayed at least 3 hours a day.
How do we enjoy prayer daily?
The disciples of Jesus saw the power of prayer: it was key to the miracles.
They asked Jesus how to pray.
Lord Jesus then taught them the Lord’s prayer.
Prayer is primarily meditation.
In the Lord’s prayer, it is the collection of Jesus’ meditation over the
Scripture.
Jesus pulled out the verses He had memorized.
Hallowed Be Your Name
Isa 29:23
Give us our daily bread
Pro 30:8
Forgive us our debts
Ps 79:9
Do not lead us into temptation
Jer 15:21
For Yours is the kingdom, power and glory.
1 Chr 29:11
Lord Jesus quoted Scripture effortlessly.
During the temptation, He resisted the devil using the Scripture.
When He suffered in the cross, He recited Ps 22:1 and Ps 31:5
90% of prayer is meditation of Scripture.
What is meditation?
Ps 1:1-2
This person is blessed because he meditates the word of God day and night.
Meditate = to mutter, to recall and to recite again and again.
Meditate is like a cow regurgitating the food from its stomach, up to 3 days.
In fact, meditation is our spiritual digestive system.
Through meditation, we squeeze out all the spiritual nutrients from the word of
God.
In effect, we live by the word of God.
John 8:37

Posted March 1, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon

Church Service 24, August, 2019

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Pastor Kong Hee has returned to City Harvest Church.
He went to the stage and apologized to the members.
Read more of his speech here:

The Restorative Power Of God

Posted August 27, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in City Harvest Church, Kong Hee

CHC Trial 1, September, 2018

https://www.citynews.sg/2018/02/city-harvest-church-case-apex-court-upholds-reduced-sentences-six/

Last year when both prosecutors and lawyers presented their argument in Court of Appeal, I kinda knew this would be the outcome.
The argument from lawyers was waaaaay more convincing than the prosecutors’, after all.

CHC Trial 7, April, 2017

 

https://www.citynews.sg/2017/04/city-harvest-trial-high-court-finds-6-not-sinister-malicious-reduces-sentences/

CHC Trial 7, April, 2017

(Photo taken from City News Facebook page)

And so, the journey ends.