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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.

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

Pastor Sun’s Sermon 9, September, 2017 Encounters

There are changes in the praise and worship.
3 praise and 2 worship.
It must not be a structure.
Instead, CHC will be a people of unusual worship.

In our worship, we will experience healing, deliverance and breakthrough.
We will be so close with God that our forehead touches His forehead.

When we make room for the Holy Spirit, He will move and touch the hearts of the people.

When God entrusts us with a revelation, He will start small to see if we treasure it, if we are hungry enough for it.

When the Holy Spirit comes, it is not about dancing or crawling or crying or laughing.
It is about obeying Him. When we obey Him, our lives will never be the same.

Even as we worship God, He will open door which no man can shut. He will close door which no one can open.

Zaccheus
Luke 19.
He was tax collector and disliked by the people.
He defrauded them.
One day Lord Jesus went into his house and  changed his life.

Jacob
Genesis 32:28
God called him Israel (the prince with God), not Jacob (the supplanter).

Likewise, when we enter into the presence of God, no matter what happened in our past, He will give us the new identity.

Jacob got the first hand encounter with God.
He had face to face meet up with God.

Similarly, why should we stand far away?
God invited us to enter beyond the veil.

Jacob also got a new walk with God.
Genesis 32:25
Jacob had a pattern of running away from problems.
After this, he could no longer run away.

Until we are broken unto God, we cannot do mighty exploits for Him.
The greater work God wants to do is for us to have new identity, encounter and walk with God.

Some encounters are dramatic.
Moses saw the burning the bush.
Peter, James and John saw the transfiguration.
Some encounters are not so dramatic.
Joseph had dreams and the dreams saved a nation.
Lord Jesus quietly went into Zaccheus’ house.

If we look for supernatural only in the spectacular, we will miss the Holy Spirit.

It is not the intensity of the encounter.
It is how we follow it up.
The Israelites had mighty encounters but they did not understand. Neither did they have God’s heart.

Acts 9:3
Saul had the encounter with God.
He fell under the power.
It is not what happens when we fall under the power.
It is what we do when we get up.

How did Saul/Paul follow up the encounter?
He built the altar of consecration in his inner being.
In our heart, is there a place that is exclusively for Lord Jesus?
Paul never forgot about his encounter.
He even testified it before the king Agrippa.

Romans 1:1
Bondservant = doulos = slave.
He fully belongs to the master.
Not just any slave.
He is love slave: he voluntarily serves out of love.
Ex 21:2,5-6
Requirement to be love slave: pain to the ear.
It is about listening and obeying God.
For Paul, he obeyed the voice of God by preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles.

Kathryn Kuhlman.
She moved in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, she made mistake by marrying a married man.
She was stubborn and did not repent in the beginning.
One day she had a dead-end encounter.
She then repented.

What we need is the cross.
Do we want to experience His power?
Let us come to the cross and yield to Him.

Acts 9:6
Saul asked, “Lord what do You want me to do?”
Similarly, we should ask God what He wants us to do and obey Him.

Gal 2:20
Can we say, “I have been crucified with Christ.”?

Let us follow through the encounter with consecration.

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Posted September 14, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon, Sun Ho

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

Pastor Aries’ Sermon 26, August, 2017 Obedience is Better Than Sacrifice

Law of pain.
Good management of bad experience leads to great growth.

Miracles are not just for testimonies.
There are lessons behind those miracles.
Without learning the lesson, we will fall into the same setback

Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Why is it so?
Somehow, to sacrifice is more inconvenient than to obey.

1 Sam 15:14-22
Saul was to destroy the Amalekites completely without sparing anyone or even animal.
But, he spared king Agag and the best flock.
Samuel confronted Saul but Saul gave excuse that he would sacrifice to God.
Samuel was fed up and declared: to obey is better than sacrifice.

When Saul was caught disobeying, he used sacrifice as an excuse for restitution.
It is more like bribing God rather than sacrificing, really.

It is not God diminishes the value of sacrifice.
It is simply: we cannot with compensate with sacrifice what we lose through disobedience.
An analogy: there is an exam tomorrow but we forget to study. The following morning we ask God the exam questions and promise to give tithe. But, God will most likely not help.

Samuel was first expecting repentance from Saul, not sacrifice.

2 Kings 4:1,2
The husband might not be so good in managing money.
Elisha did not immediately pray for her.
He asked her, “What do you have?”
She said, “A little oil.”
The miracle is in the house: in our pursuit for the supernatural, we may fail to see the natural.
She wanted God to do the miracle.
However, God wanted to do miracle together with her.

2 Kings 4:3-4

1.Miracle is for use, not for show.
Elisha told her to borrow jugs and vessels. That’s the sign of hardwork.
The miraculous provision of God always invites hardwork and never excuses laziness.

2.obedience is your preparation for miracles.
In her obedience, she prepares herself to receive miracle from God.

2 Kings 4:7
We need to change our mindset and learn how to live from excess not in excess.
Retention of miracle requires renewed mindset.

The wedding of Cana.
The servants knew water become wine.
However, the host did not know.
It is all because the servants obeyed Lord Jesus.
The miracle happened behind the scene.
Sometimes God brings us behind the scene so we can work with Him to produce the miracle.

 

Posted September 1, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon

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).

You can purchase his sermon here:
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Posted August 17, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

Pastor Aries’ Sermon 5, August, 2017 Happy National Day

If we forget our history, we will have to relearn the painful lessons.

Pain prepares us for our purpose.
It is only when we have learned, then we can improve.

The law of pain
Good management of bad experiences leads to great growth.
Conversely, bad management of bad experiences leads to repeat crisis and decline
Proverb 12:1

Mark 6:34-38
When the disciples found a problem, they deflected the issue.
However, it did not solve the problem.
Nevertheless, Lord Jesus wanted to involve them in solving the problem.
While we pray to remove the problem, God says, “You can solve it.”
There were only 12 disciples and at least 5000 men. So, there was logistics issue.
In the end, Lord Jesus did the miracle.
Sadly, they ate and were full and learned nothing from this miracle.

An experience does not teach anything.
Only an evaluated experience yields wisdom.

When we encounter crisis, we pray.
After God does a miracle for us, we are happy, we share testimony.
However, we must not stop at the testimony.
We must learn something.
Miracle serves to us not just as a testimony but as a tutor.

Miracle equips us to face the next problem.
In fact, we must not use miracle to justify foolish action.

The disciples failed the test in Mark 6 (5 loaves and 2 fish).
So, Lord Jesus repeated the test.
Mark 8:1-10
The same problem.
However, the disciples failed the test.
Lord Jesus then multiplied the food from 7 loaves and few fish.

What lesson did Lord Jesus want them to learn?
God always produces more with less.
When we deal with a crisis, we must deal with the renewed mind, not just realistic mind.
When we face a problem, we should pray for perspective and protection.

Mark 8:13-15
The disciples quarreled over one bread since they had forgotten to bring more bread.
Eventually Lord Jesus confronted them, “Do you get it? How is it you do not understand?”

A lot of Christians can rehearse and recite the miracles.
But, not many understand the lesson behind a miracle.

When we are in crisis, we may not be able to see or think clearly.
We may have difficulty seeing Jesus or hearing from Jesus.
Nevertheless, we can remember the lesson from the previous miracle.

John 14:26
The Holy Spirit teaches the lesson behind the miracle and He reminds us too.

Psalm 25:4
Don’t just stop at the miracle.
We should also learn the lesson and His ways.

Posted August 11, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon