Part I Pastor Jessica Wang
Part II 4 Witnesses
24 Jul 2011 Sunday
Worship song: Psalm 18, The Lord is My Deliverer
|Verse 1||I will give thanks to the Lord,
and shout the praises of His Name!
The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress
and Deliverer, the Shield
and Horn of my Salvation!
|Chorus||The Lord He Lives!
And blessed be my Rock!
Exalted be the God of my Salvation!
|Verse 2||The Lord He delivers me,
from my enemies,
Oh, Lord, who is God but Thee?
The Lord has rewarded me,
and kept me from iniquity,
Oh, Lord, there is no God but Thee!
|Verse 1 CN||我 要 称 谢 我 救 主!
wo yao cheng xie wo jiu zhu
我 要 赞 美 祂 的 圣 名!
wo yao zan mei ta di sheng ming
主 是 我 磐 石,
zhu shi wo pan shi,
是 我 山 寨 和 盾 牌,
shi wo shan zhai he dun pai
是 我 大 能 的 救 主!
shi wo da neng di jiu zhu
|Chorus CN||永 活 的 主! 荣 耀 的 磐 石!
yong huo di zhu rong yao di pan shi
我 高 举 祢 名
wo gao ju ni ming
奇 妙 救 主 我 的 神!
qi miao jiu zhu wo di shen
|Verse 2 CN||哦, 主 祢 拯 救 我,
o zhu ni zheng jiu wo
脱 离 我 仇 敌, 哦, 主
tuo li wo chou di, o zhu
有 谁 能 像 祢?
you shui neng xiang ni
哦 主 祢 已 祝 福 我,
o zhu ni yi zhu fu wo
保 守 我 脱 离 罪 恶, 哦, 主
bao shou wo tuo li zui e, o zhu
有 谁 能 像 祢!
you shui neng xiang ni
Scripture Reading: John 12:1-8
12:1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
12:2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honour. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.
12:3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
12:4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
12:5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”
12:6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
12:7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.
12:8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
Sermon by Pastor Jessica Wang
My dear brothers and sisters, I am very happy to stand here and to share God’s Word with you. Before I share, let’s bow down and pray together:
Dear Lord, our heavenly Father. We know that you are worthy, you are worthy of all the glory, all the honour and all the praises because you are almighty God, everlasting God and powerful God, because you created all things, life is in you and we belong to you. God, today we come in front of you, we want to worship you, we want to get to know you more, and we want your Holy Spirit to touch our hearts. Let us know how we can honour you with our daily life. Lord, I want to lift up all my brothers and sisters here in your hands, and we wish that you would be with us, and you would speak to us, and the Holy Spirit would work in our hearts. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
The first day of this year, my younger brother and I went to
Dear brothers and sisters, today, as we were singing, we knew that Jesus Christ is almighty God, everlasting God, He is the creator, and our saviour. How do we honour Jesus in our daily life? Because He is worthy no matter what the costs are. Today, we are going to continue John chapter 12, verse 1 to 8. John chapter 12 records the last week of Jesus in the town of
Dear brothers and sisters, today, I want to share with you that, why there are so many people who try their best to honour Jesus, to show their love to Jesus, why there are some people, who do not know Jesus, they deny Jesus they try to kill Jesus, and even, they use wonderful excuses. From the beginning of this gospel, we know that our Lord is God, and He is with God, and all things are created by Him, and He came to the place, where He created to be. But some people do not accept Him, and people who accept Him, believe in Him, and they will be the children of our God. So it rebukes us that, Jesus, our Lord, is worthy of all the worship, worthy of all the things, and worthy of all the glory. But I want you to know why, I want to encourage you how we can honour Jesus in our daily life. And also, I want us to understand why there is criticism from other people, why when you honour Jesus, why when you offer yourselves to honour Jesus Christ, some people criticise you.
Dear brothers and sisters, I ask you to think about this. And I will invite Pastor Mike, to share why our Lord is worthy, and to share how we can honour Lord Jesus Christ in our daily life. We are so happy today that we have invited a group of people from the states. Actually, they are teachers on the campus of VLS (
What a privilege to come before you today, to share not only God’s work in our own life, but also that God is going all over the world through missions. You know, we just moved. Last time I was here, I was in
I have a few slides that I want to show today, to show a little bit about what God is doing not just here in China, but in some other countries as well. So my texts today is actually from Colossians chapters 1, and I am going to be short as there are some other men who are going to share as well.
You know that is our thought here with
Colossians 1:3-6 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people/the saints. 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. (the Bible version Pastor Mike read from is a different version from this one)”
What happens is that when the gospel goes out, it cannot help but to bear fruit. When the gospel goes out, it changes our everyday life; when the gospel goes out, it changes our eternal destinies; when the gospel goes out, it changes us from inside out, and we cannot help but bear fruit. And as the gospel goes out in different countries, what we see is it is constantly bearing fruit and it is constantly growing. There is no doubt that the church in
I want to talk about two countries that are very near to my heart. The first is in
You see, when the gospel goes out, it transcends even the culture. It goes through. So the Chinese church does not look like the African church, and it should not look like the African church. The
Good morning, it is an honour and a privilege to stand here before you. The Spirit is moving, God is blessing the Christian church in
For those of you who have your Bible with you, if you would turn to 2 Timothy, and we look at the third chapter and verse 16 and 17. This is the reason we study and memorise scripture as one of the distinctive in the
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “all scripture is inspired by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training, for righteousness, that men of God (and women of God), may be adequate, equipped for every good work”.
So we study scripture, not just to have knowledge, but so that we become equipped for every good work. We are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good works in Christ.
One of the good works we try to do in the
So who should do that? Who can meet these needs? These needs of a whole person? Yes, we study scripture, we memorise scripture, but we do that, we serve others so that we know how that works. And God has the resources, God is adequate, but we are inadequate. God has all the time, all the finances, all the resources, He owns all things. This is His creation! We are simply stewards. This is a trust to us. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are required to use the things that God has given us in a way that will help His people and would glorify Him. So one of the things we do in order to accomplish something in saying is we cover all this in prayer.
We will read Philippians, chapter 4, verses 6 and 7. This is an encouragement to all Christians who feel that the life is overwhelming, they see so much poverty, they see so much hurt, and I will refer to your worship leader, today I really appreciate what he said that some people were in such circumstances that they could barely see the light of the day; that is so overwhelming. Whatever it is, let it be illness, or spiritual welfare or emotional issues, or whether that is just the poverty we see when we are unable to help as much as we would like. But we are encouraged in Philippians,
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by PRAYER and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God.”.
And what is the promise then? It says,
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So do not try to do it on your own, do not try to figure it out, because something are just too wonderful to figure out, too wonderful.
I thank God whenever I think of you, always offering prayers, with joy for our friendship, and our common bond in Christ Jesus. There is one psalm that really touches my heart, and I am going to close with that. It is psalm 67, it is a call to all Christians to serve outside our own comfort zone, to share our blessings with all others. You have been blessed,
1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine upon us, Selah
2 that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
3 May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples justly
and guide the nations of the earth. Selah
5 May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.
6 Then the land will yield its harvest,
and God, our God, will bless us.
7 God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear him.
Good morning, I am bringing you greetings from the various churches in Saint Helena,
Acts 2:42-47 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
As we come to China, brining the English language class that uses the Bible as a model to teach by, we see that many people are being saved everyday, we see that a number of people who fill this sanctuary here today. And we see the way you Christians care for others in the community. We can almost pick out Christians in
In our church in the
And we have mission in the middle of Africa, Mike talked about going to the south of Africa a few minutes ago, we have mission going to
And so we have come on this mission here, to
I was going to say, “Good Morning”, but I think it is after twelve, so I say, “Good Afternoon”. My Name is Drew, and I met a pastor of you in
“Why are you a missionary? Why did you go the
And often times at the
“Why do you go to
And the answer really is simple, the answer that my father gives, and the answer that I give when people ask me that question is, “Because Jesus sent me. Jesus sent me and Jesus told me to be a missionary.”
If you look at your Bible in John chapter 17 verse 18, when Jesus was saying a prayer for His disciples, He told God this, He said,
John 17:18 “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”
So there are a few things I want to show you from this very simple verse, this very simple prayer of Jesus that we take to our heart as a church in
The first thing we must do because Jesus sends us is that “we must take the initiative”. We must go, it must be our decision to go to the world to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The second thing we must do is that “we must open our mouths” in order to share the gospel, we have to tell people about Jesus, we have to tell them what He did for them and He loves them. So that involves opening our mouths and sharing.
The third thing that we see as a church in
And the last thing we know that means is that “we must prepare for opposition”. Because when we share the gospel, we are going to be laughed at, we are going to be ridiculed, and people are going to oppose us. But if we prepare for that, Jesus will help us through.
So really, the answer is that Jesus sends us, but really it is more than that, because Jesus commissions us to a task. And so I want you to look at one more verse with me, it is in Acts, chapter 1. And this is really the last recorded statement of Jesus Christ; it is His commission; it is what He wants us to do; really it is the upmost important for us as a church. Jesus in this verse said that,
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in
So I want you to look at the very first word of this verse 8 - “but”. So really what this tells me is that, this is the last statement of Jesus Christ, there is a “but”, so what that means is that there is new goal, there is a new roadmap. Jesus has given us something new that He wants us to see, that he wants us to do. So I want you to look at what we see in this verse as a church, the
So I want to ask the first of all questions:
First of all, Jesus has given us a task, He has given us a new road map. Who is He giving it to?
Secondly, what is this task?
Thirdly, How are we supposed to do this?
And fourthly, where are supposed to do this?
The first question is “who”, and He says, "But you…". So whom Jesus is speaking to is individual. He is speaking to, we believe as a church, it is every one of us, but also collectively to all of us as a church. So He says, “But you, go…” So really, it is everyone.
Secondly, the question is “how”, “how are we supposed to go”. And we are supposed to go “in the power of the Holy Spirit”. The Holy Spirit will empower us to reach
Thirdly, “What are we supposed to do?” And really this is pretty simple. Some people like to complicate it, but really all we are supposed to be and all we are supposed to do is witnesses. It does not mean being preachers, or being powerful evangelists. It really just means being a witness. That means witnessing to what you already know, witnessing to the love of Christ that you experience for yourself personally.
And then, fourthly, “where”? And in the verse we see that it says, “to
So very simply, when we talk about our missions and why missions, the answer is, “because Jesus sends us”. And then when we ask the question; “Where?” The answer is, “Wherever He tells us to go”. So, that is our view of missions and our church in
Let me pray for us this afternoon, and for the entire day.
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the opportunity to be here in
Conclusion by Pastor Mike:
John 12:5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief;
You know one of the things we battle on every trip that we take, and every country we go to is people say, “ It is a lot of money to go!”
For our team, it cost about USD 3,500 for each one to go. And they would say, "Why would you bring 60 people to
1. Everyday spend time in God's Word, and
2. Everyday spend time with God's people.
When you spend time in God's Word, it encourages you and it builds your relationship with Him; And as you spend time with God's people, you build up others' lives as well.
So we are going to sing one more song today and as the worship team comes up, I just want to say a prayer for us as a church, the
Father, thank you for this ministry and I thank you for the privilege you have given us to walk as men worthy of your gospel. And I thank you that you have given us the poor, given us the needy, and thank you that you have given us the example of Christ and the apostles. Father, I thank you and I pray that as the gospel goes out among our families, our friends, and the poor, I pray it would bear fruit. I thank you in advance and I know that it will. God, bless this church. Thank you for its leadership team, and for you Word, which goes out, thank you for your promise that it will never return void. You will always accomplish what you say you are up to accomplish, so use your Word, say it to our hearts. And today, may we spend time not just in your Word, not just with your people, but spend time among the poor. We pray this in Christ's name, Amen
We are going to sing the last song. But before I do, I just want to know how many of you are experiencing difficulties in life? You are going through a tough time. Yeah? OK, that is OK to raise your hands because Jesus sees those hands. What else? What about trials, real hard times that you cannot see light where you are going? Yeah? OK, Jesus understands. What about go through pain in your life? Having a relationship pain, or health-related pain? Anyone else? Yes, OK. We want to remember you. As we sing this song, turn your hearts to God. And God would prepare a way for you, God has been preparing for you.
Hebrews 7:24-25 “Jesus is at the right hand of Father, He is interceding for you moment to moment.”
He prays for you. So our God is a passionate God, He cares for you and He has a way for you.
The Song -
The Final Prayer:
Lord Jesus, you saw their hands, and you even saw those who did not raise their hands. The trials before them, the tears before them, the broken hearts, the pain, the trials… it seems so dark. Lord, we thank you for them because through these trials you teach us to hold onto your Word, hold onto your promises, and hold onto your hand. And by you alone, we could walk through these trials victoriously! Lord, I pray for those who need healing today, Lord, your Spirit, with all thy Word, heal us by your grace and mercy, and by your power. We thank you, Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen
Summarized by Amy and Franz
Edited by Claire
Worship song: God Will Make A Way
|Verse 1||God will make a way
where there seems to be no way.
He works in ways we cannot see,
He will make a way for me.
|Chorus||He will be my guide,
hold me closely to His side,
with love and strength
for each new day,
He will make a way,
He will make a way.
|Verse 2||By a roadway in the wilderness
He'll lead me.
And rivers in the desert will I see;
Heaven and earth will fade,
but His Word will still remain.
He will do something new today.
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