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Devotional2018-09-28T23:40:26+08:00

7 May 2021 – John 15:15 (NIV)

Scripture

15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Reflection

For Jesus to elevate the disciples’ status to friends was a remarkable statement. The reason being the concept of a servant in the OT didn’t have a negative connotation attached to it, but rather a positive understanding. So, when Jesus informed the disciples, he will elevate their status from that of a servant to a friend, it came as a surprise to them since in the OT only Abraham is called God’s friend (Jas. 2:23). Therefore, for Jesus to call them friends was a big deal back then. Jesus then continues to explain why the disciples had become Jesus’ friends.  The reason is because of what he had shared with them about the Father’s truth. Jesus knew that he won’t be with the disciples for much longer, thus by sharing everything he had learned from the Father, revealed how much Jesus trusted the disciples to carry forward this truth. And what an honour it is today to be a part of sharing this truth with other people and have their status elevated to friendship.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How will you respond to God’s love for you?

Prayer

Pray for unity across the churches in your area and invite the Holy Spirit to be at work.

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By |May 7th, 2021|Categories: Week 1|

6 May 2021 – John 15:12 (NIV)

Scripture

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

Reflection

To understand today’s verse and to apply it in our lives, the reader has to read the former verses (vv.1-10) where Jesus states he is the vine and we, the believers, are the branches (v.5). We cannot love each other as Jesus loved us if we don’t remain in the vine. Jesus had great joy in pleasing His Father by living a fruitful life and doing only what his Father told him (Heb. 12:2). The purpose of His teachings/commands is to give us an abundant life, not a joyless existence (John 10:10).  Thus, obeying Jesus’s commands is for our joy (17:13). So, when Jesus states in verse 12 we should love one another, we should remember two things 1) we cannot do it unless we remain in Jesus and 2) by obeying Jesus’ commands as verse 12 instructs us, it is ultimately for our joy.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How will you respond to God’s love for you?

Prayer

Invite the Holy Spirit to still you, fill you, and restore you. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”

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By |May 6th, 2021|Categories: Week 1|

“A New Series at SCF – All the Places to Go…How Will You Know?”

“An open door is the great adventure of life because it means the possibility of being useful to God. The offer of it, and our response to it, is the subject of this series” – John Ortberg

Life is filled with divine opportunities but we have to recognize them and respond to them. The Bible is filled with stories of people receiving divine opportunities from God but it was their yes or their no which ended up shaping their lives

The wonder of the open door is not in the accomplishment but in being with him.

A door that is thoughtfully, purposefully, intentionally opened by God himself

An open door to be useful to the God of eternity

We are encouraging everyone to either join an existing community group or start your own group just for this series. To discover more about this series, for help finding and existing community group or to start your own group, write us here, comgroups@scfenglish.com

In addition, a sermon series to match the small group study will begin on May 16.  You can hear one of these “live” talks at a Watch Party or online, Sundays at 11am or on the SCF Youtube channel.

By |May 5th, 2021|Categories: Pastor|

5 May 2021 – 1 John 5:5-6 (NIV)

Scripture

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

Reflection

John continues in these two verses the theme of loving others and loving God (see yesterday’s devo).

John states that those who obey God’s commands, are the ones who overcome the world because they are born of God and believes in Jesus Christ. And the reason why those who believe in Jesus Christ can overcome the world is because Jesus did not only come by water (referring to Jesus’ baptism that started his public ministry) but also by blood (referencing to Jesus’ death on the cross which terminated his public ministry). Without Jesus’s death on the cross, we would not be able to overcome the world. Thus, John is stating it’s because of Jesus’ death on the cross that we now are not only overcomers of this world, but we also are able love each other as well, purely because God first loved us

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How will you respond to God’s love for you?

Prayer

God, You hear. Please let the displaced people of the world know that they are heard. And help us to hear them.

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By |May 5th, 2021|Categories: Week 1|

4 May 2021 – 1 John 5:2-4 (NIV)

Scripture

This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Reflection

The First Epistle of John is a very practical letter addressed to Christian readers. It warns against the dangers of false teaching and exhorts believers to lives of obedience to God and love for their brothers and sisters.

In today’s verse John is clarifying to his readers (and us today) the ability to love other Christians does not stem from their capability, but from the fact that God is the father of all believers. We cannot love if we weren’t first loved by God, for God is love. John even goes further by stating, another way to show that we love God and each other, is by obeying God’s commands. By obeying God’s commands and loving our fellow brother or sister in Christ, we become witnesses to the world especially when loving others is borderline impossible. It’s in that moment that we have difficulty loving someone that, if it was up to us, we would never be able to love, but since our source to love is God, we can with the help of the Holy Spirit love the other person as we ought to.

Thoughts for the day

  • Is there a fellow believer that you are not loving as you should?
  • Is it because you are trying to love him or her out of your own strength?
  • How do you think the world views Christians if we don’t love each other but treat one another like the world would? What damage do you think it has for Christianity?

Prayer

“I thank you, Lord, for Your beautiful, multicultural, intergenerational family. Revive and sanctify us once again we pray. Forgive our many sins and make us holy. Set our hearts on fire again with the good news of Your gospel.”

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By |May 4th, 2021|Categories: Week 1|

3 May 2021 – Psalm 98:1 (NIV)

Scripture

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.

Reflection

In this psalm, the psalmists call on Israel to sing a new song to the Lord. The concept of a ‘new song’ occurs elsewhere in the Psalms (33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 144:9; 149:1), as well as Isaiah (42:10) and the book of Revelation (5:9; 14:3). All of these examples are in the context of warfare. A new song is sung after God rescued Israel from a battle. Thus, in this case, the psalmist calls on Israel to sing a new song to God because He has made a way for Israel to be saved through God’s promise to Abraham and subsequently the whole earth.

We see this idea of salvific redemption progressing from Israel, to all peoples, to finally the whole earth/cosmos in this psalm. In the first stanza (vv. 1–3), the psalmist calls on Israel to praise the Lord. In the second stanza (vv. 4–6), the psalmist broadens the circle of praise to include all the inhabitants. Finally, in the third stanza (vv. 7–9), the psalmist for a third time broadens the call to praise God to include even the inanimate creation (rivers, mountains). Thus, everyone and everything should/will celebrate God as king, victor and judge.

Thoughts for the day

  • • How thankful are you for the victory God secured on the cross for you through Jesus?
    • How do you plan on sharing this amazing good news with others?

Prayer

Invite the Holy Spirit to be present as you spend a moment in silence; Give thanks for one thing that you’re grateful for right now, and use it to reflect on the goodness of God; Bring to God one thing that’s on your mind right now, and lift it before Him; Devote the remainder of your day to Jesus.

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By |May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Week 1|