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25 June 2020 – Proverbs 10:17 (NIV)

Scripture

Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
    but whoever ignores correction leads others astray

Reflection

Mankind was created to be in community.  The first relationship on earth was between God and Adam upon creation.  Shortly thereafter, God created Eve and between God, man and woman, the first community on earth was created. As we all know well, Adam and Eve were given a few specific laws to live by.  In doing so, they could live eternal lives with God in the Garden.  It was only when Adam and Eve sinned and chose not to heed the discipline of God (by eating the fruit and then attempting to hide their deception) that we were introduced to sin and death.  From the very beginning God was showing mankind the way to life. But since the beginning of the earth, man has continually ignored it.  That the Lord did not give up and then made a way for us despite our insubordination is truly undeserved grace.  Through the blood of Jesus, God showed us that even after all we’d done, he still desired community with us and was willing to pay the price to make it happen.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Community. It’s easy for us to feel isolated, effectively quarantined. Pray that people will still be able to reach out and support one another and feel supported.

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By |June 25th, 2020|Week 4|

“What Hasn’t Been Seen or Heard”

The end of June is the end of the fiscal year at SCF and the end of a “ministry season”.  As individuals and as a community we are doing what we were always expected to do – to trust Yahweh with all of our hearts and not lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Why is that this always looks so different when it seems to be our only option? At every new beginning we cannot do any better than to renew our honor and respect for Yahweh which is the “fear of the Lord”.

As we move into a new ministry season we are looking at the core expressions for a community of faith: corporate worship, community, and discipleship. Now is the time to worship…together. Worship together and not alone. Whether you’re praying or singing songs of praise, or sharing the things which bring us joy, seek to do it with at least one other person. Be in a Christian community of people, like a family, a group where the bond is strong, the love is deep and the loyalty is true. In every new experience, every new season, make Jesus the Center and encourage others to do same.

We are going to trust Jesus and follow him every day not because it is the only thing we can do but because it is the best thing we can do. “As it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ –  the things God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

By |June 24th, 2020|Pastor|

24 June 2020 – Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

Scripture

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Reflection

What kind of fear is the author of Proverbs talking about?  There are many types but this fear in particular is reverence for and obedience to God.  It is here that the foundation and source of true knowledge is first found.  The writer makes the observation that a person, who despises wisdom and instruction, or rather lacks knowledge, is a fool.  But praise be to God that anyone who lacks wisdom can freely approach the throne and ask God, who gives generously without finding fault (James 1).  Obedience and reverence for God is the key to unlocking knowledge and wisdom from its true source, the Maker and Creator God.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Perfect Love. Pray that the perfect love of Christ will cast out fear and anxiety that creeps into our hearts from fake news and misinformation.

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By |June 24th, 2020|Week 4|

23 June 2020 – Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV)

Scripture

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

Reflection

Brought to fullness, or filled with the fullness. What does this mean for the believer?  Barnes commentary says these four things about being ‘brought to fullness’.  First, it means we have been filled with the wisdom which is needed to guide us.  This wisdom comes from His word the Bible and from the Spirit.  Whatever the case, it is wisdom from above.  Second, the fullness of the atonement for the sin incurred.  Enough for all the world and for all generations past and future! Third, the fullness of merit by which a sinner can be justified.  There is no more to be paid.  Christ has succeeded and won.  And lastly, the grace which is needed to sustain us in the trials and aid us in the duties of life.  God will continue to provide in everlasting measures the grace to sustain us.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Life and Protection. Ask this for the nations of the world for Shanghai and all of China and reflect on Psalm 91 .

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By |June 23rd, 2020|Week 4|

22 June 2020 – 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)

Scripture

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Reflection

To better understand this passage we must first be reminded of the original purpose of the cross.  To be sentenced to a death upon the cross meant to be badly beaten and then be hung unto two crossing beams of wood with no support to hold you up except the nails that were driven through your hands into the beams. Frankly speaking, it was the cruelest form of torture.  So naturally to the world, the image of this form of death sentence invokes horror and of course foolishness to associate a “message” with such a thing.  But God, in only the way He can, used this instrument of death and turned it into the message that shows His ultimate power.  The power to save, the power to overcome, the power of Jesus blood and the power of His resurrection.  That’s how God works!  He sees what was meant for death and sorrow and changes what its original purpose was for into the greatest symbol of His glory.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Stop and pray for someone who is near to you right now, someone you can see.

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By |June 22nd, 2020|Week 4|

19 June 2020 – 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 (NIV)

Scripture

21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

Reflection

These three verses form part of the overall theme where Paul addressed the issue of division in the church (3:5-4:5). The Corinthians had focused on men – Paul vs. Apollos vs. Cephas – (3:4,5,22) when in fact God alone was the source of blessing (3:5–9) and ministers were only servants accountable to Him (3:10–17). Since that was so, a minister needed to beware of cultivating the praise of men—as certain leaders in the Corinthian church were doing (3:18–23), and needed instead to seek by faithful service to gain the praise of God (4:1–5).

It is very easy as church members to compare ministers, pastors or worship leaders with one another or even for ministers, pastors or worship leaders comparing each other with fellow peers. But as Paul reminds us in verse 6 and 7 ‘I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.’

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Authorities. Pray for wisdom in dealing with containment of the virus and in making decisions for the masses of people.

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By |June 19th, 2020|Week 3|