Greenhills Christian Fellowship York
20 Sept 20: - An Achan Example- by Ptr Marvin Catanus

An Achan Example – by Ptr Marvin Catanus

Joshua 7:10-21

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Introduction and Context

Prosperity to Vulnerability

Fear and Self Confidence

Pray before anything else

Part of the Body/Community

Stages of Sin

Conclusion

Maintaining Integrity and Character

Rom 12:2

 

13 Sept 20: - Handling the Stresses of Work and School- by Ptr Narry Santos
Handling the Stresses of Work and School – by Ptr Narry Santos

Numbers 20:1-13

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Today, we continue our new series called “Serving Where We Work, Learn, & Live.” When we think of serving God, we usually think of serving Him in church. Serving God this way is part of it, but we can also serve God where we work, learn, and live. Nowadays, it may all be in one place. How can we handle the stresses in this place or spaces and still be able to serve God there? Using the episode in Moses’ ministry in light of Israel’s negative attitudes in the desert, we will learn tough lessons in tough situations.

 

 

  • DON’T GRUMBLE BUT GET GOD’S GUIDANCE (20:1-8)

 

 

At Kadesh, the first-generation Israelites were whining (13:26) and after 38 years the second-generation Israelites came back to it also whining (20:1). The people had gone full circle in their grumbling and quarreling (Exod. 15:22-27; Num. 11:1; 12:1; 14:2; 16:3). Every time they grumbled God dealt with them head-on. But they still did not learn their lesson well. Let’s not grumble from our heart, when we are at work, school, or home.

 

 

  • DON’T HARBOR ANGER, BUT HOLD ON TO GOD (20:9-13)

 

 

At Kadesh, Moses was very stressed, because of the death of his sister, Miriam (20:1b). For 38 years, he led the people faithfully and when they grumbled, he humbled himself, came to the Lord and prayed for them (Exod. 15:25a; 17:4; Num. 11:2; 12:13; 14:5; 16:4:20:6). After this episode, Moses received the added stress of Edom’s harshness (20:14-21) and Aaron’s death (20:22-29). At least twice, Moses was showing some cracks in his stress management (Num. 11:10b-15; 16:15). As a result, Moses disobeyed God (20:9-11). Moses became resentful (20:10), rebellious (20:24; 27: 14), & rash (Psa. 106:32-33). But in God’s eyes, the main issue in Moses’s sin is that he “did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites” (20:12a). Let’s not harbor anger from our heart, when we work or study from home.

 

6-Sept 20: - How to Keep Greed Away in a Selfie World - Less is More - by Bro James DIolanda
Less is More – by Bro James Diolanda

(I Timothy 6:17-19)

Let us start our New Series with this question: How well do we serve God? As we welcome the month of September, we will also be diving into our new Sermon series entitled “Serving Where We Work, Learn and Live”. Today, we will focus on the temptation of having more than we need. What do we do when God blesses us so much? How do we distribute the blessings He has given us? We will learn how having Less is actually gaining More than what we could ask for.

  1. The Less I Crave, the more _Content_ I am

The world promotes having excess is a good thing. We crave for what’s out there and we think it gives us the satisfaction we are looking for. God is reminding us that He provides everything we need and we can only find true contentment in Him.

 

 

  1. The Less I Get Worked Up, the more I _Give_ Out

If we get so preoccupied with having too much, we will carry an unnecessary stress in our lives. God doesn’t want us to get too caught up with being anxious, but instead He wants us to experience freedom. Let’s be mindful on how we distribute the resources God has given us.

 

  

  1. The Less I Stash on Earth, the more I _Store__Up in Heaven.

Apostle Paul reminds Timothy that Earth is our temporary home so we must start to invest eternally in Heaven. Hoarding material things can only give us temporary happiness. God is encouraging us to save up on Heavenly things.

 

30 August 20: - Recycling Our Pain - by Ptr Ferdie Umali
Recovering from Hurtful Habits and Hang Ups – Recycling Our Pain – by Ptr Ferdie Umali

(1 Corinthians 1:3-7) 

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Sermon Summary: As Christians, when trials and tribulations come, we normally pray and ask others to intercede for us. But there is greater benefit when we praise God amidst difficulties because when we act this way, we “recycle” our pain so others could benefit from us as well. So when we experience troubles, we should:
(1) REMEMBER who God is to us – “the God of all comfort”(v.3);
(2) REFLECT on what God does for us – “comforts us in all our troubles” (v.4a); and
(3) REDISCOVER what God can do through us – ”so that we can comfort those in any trouble” (v.4b).

When we overcome pressures in life and trust God completely, (1) we share the sufferings of Christ and others (v.7); (2) our comfort overflows (v.5); and (3) we ultimately benefit from it (v.6). The positive effects of all of these are experienced for the glory of the triune God.
23-August 20: - Maintain the Momentum - by Ptr Narry Santos
Recovering from Hurtful Habits and Hang Ups – Maintain the Momentum – by Ptr Narry Santos

(Mark 14:32-42) 

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16-August 20: - Joy From Being Forgiven - by Ptr Marvin Catanus
Recovering from Hurtful Habits and Hang Ups – Joy from being Forgiven – by Ptr Marvin Catanus

(Psalm 32:1-11) 

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NOTES:

Joy because my sins are forgiven
(Psalm 32:1–2)

Guilt gets in the way of the Joy
There is a connection between guilt and depression
Psalm 32:3–4 – David expresses the emotional pain associated with guilt

Emotional experiences that come with guilt
Being Silent (32:3)

(Psalm 32:3)
(Psalm 66:18)
David cut off communication with God.

Despair and Sorrow (32:4)
(Psalm 32:4)

Running and Hiding
(Psalm 32:5)
David hid his sin from God
For over a year David tried to live with his secret guilt

If you are weighed down by guilt because of your sin, there is hope
Forgiveness for their sins
Joy because God does not charge him with sin
(Psalm 32:1–2)

Confession leads to Forgiveness and Forgiveness leads to Joy
(Psalm 32:5–6)
Confession is to agree with God about them
(1 John 1:9)

Joy Experiences
(Psalm 32:8-11)

 

9-August 20: - Recovering from Hurtful Habits and Hang Ups - First Step to Recovery - Ptr Narry Santos
Recovering from Hurtful Habits and Hang Ups – First Step to Recovery – Ptr Narry Santos

(Romans 7:14-25)

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2-August 20: - Recovering from Hurtful Habits and Hang Ups - Let Go and Let God - Bro James Diolanda
Recovering from Hurtful Habits and Hang Ups – Let Go and Let God – Bro James Diolanda

(Matthew 11:28-30)

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26-July20: - Renewing Evangelism - God's Way to Him by Ptr Narry Santos
Renewing Evangelism – God’s Way to Him 

(Acts 21:40 – Acts 22:11)

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19-July20: - Renewing Evangelism - God Calls Us for a Mission by Ptr Marvin Catanus
Renewing Evangelism – God Calls Us for a Mission  (Acts 26:12-18)

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12-July20: -Deliverance in the Midst of Defiance - by Ptr Jonathan Bernardo
Deliverance in the Midst of Defiance (Acts 9:1-9)

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Grace is the deep truth and reality of God’s love because it reaches out even in the midst of our own rebellion.  What we can take away from the story of Saul’s conversion is that even in our defiance, God sends us His deliverance through Christ. We are never too far away from Him not to hear His call and never too far away from Him that we are beyond the reach of His grace and forgiveness.  We see that in the life of Saul who went against God; took the opposite direction; yet God in His infinite mercy pursued him even when he stood as the Lord’s enemy.

 

1. Committed to a wrong ___conviction____ (vv. 1-2; 13-14)

 

2. ___Called_________ by the will of Christ (vv. 3-14)

 

3. Commissioned to a worthy ____cause________ (vv. 15-22)

 

4. Inspiration / Application / Celebration
5-July20: -Seek Good, Hate Evil by Bro James Diolanda
Seek Good, Hate Evil (Amos 5:14-15)

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28-June20: Conducting Character Check-Ups for Leaders - by Ptr Narry Santos
CONDUCTING CHARACTER CHECK-UPS FOR LEADERS 

(Titus 1:7-8)

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21-June20: Radical Dads - by Bro. James Diolanda
RADICAL DADS

(1 Peter 1:3-11)

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Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

It not an easy task to be a dad so we must find the best guideline on how to raise children and build a family. We are blessed to have our Heavenly Father as our example and He has given us His instructions in His Word. Fathers are being portrayed as lazy and unemotional by the media and we must go against this negative perception about that.

Let’s be Radical Dads and learn how to be Christian Fathers just as how God called us to be.

Provide Faith

1. Radical Dads Need to ______ after a Holy Life

Verse: 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

 

Protect Fully

2. Radical Dads Need to ______ with Godly Values

Verse: 5 for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love

 

Lead by Example

3. Radical Dads need to ________ in Character

Verse: 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure; they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

 

Love Earnestly

4. Radical Dads need to be _______ Every Moment

Verse: 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Going Back to the Basics on Fellowship Series (BALANCE)
Making our Character Count When We Can’t Count on our Future

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14-June20: Harvesting the Spirit's Fruit in a Fear-Filled Season by Ptr. Narry Santos
HARVESTING THE SPIRIT’S FRUIT IN A FEAR-FILLED SEASON

(Galatians 5:22-23)

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Today, we begin a new series called “Making Character Count in Challenging Days.” In a time of crisis, it’s important to grow in character. And character development happens when spiritual formation occurs. In other words, we are most Christ-like when we are Spirit-led. The leading of the Spirit is evident through the fruit of the Spirit (note: the fruit is singular & character-based, involving our aptitudes, attitudes, & actions). Using Gal. 5:22-23, what do the different aspects of the Spirit’s fruit do to our character?


1. THE SPIRIT’S FRUIT PRODUCES APTITUDES OF THE HEART

 

 


The 1st set of 3 “fruit” expressions involves the mind that nurtures the heart: (1) “love” – selfless self-sacrificing concern for the well-being of another; (2) “joy” – great delight & gladness of heart resulting in knowing & serving God; & (3) “peace” – tranquility of soul & sense of fulfillment that comes from God’s presence. Let’s grow in love, joy, & peace in this pandemic season.

 

2. THE SPIRIT’S FRUIT PROMPTS ATTITUDES OF HARMONY

 

 


The 2nd set of 3 “fruit” expressions initiates relationships that aspire for harmony: (1) “patience” – steadfast endurance amidst adversity; long-suffering under provocation with no thought of retaliation; (2) “kindness” – generous aid in times of need; readiness to help with benevolent sentiments; & (3) “goodness” – uprightness of spirit leading to a gracious desire to benefit others. Let’s grow in patience, kindness, & goodness in this pandemic season.

 


3. THE SPIRIT’S FRUIT PROVIDES ACTIONS OF HABIT

 

 


The 3rd set of 3 “fruit” expressions includes actions that result in life-giving habits: (1) “faithfulness” – loyalty; dependability; fidelity to keep promises; dedication; (2) “gentleness” – power & strength under control; tender disposition; & (3) “self-control” – restraint & discipline over one’s behavior; temperate, sober, & clam approach to life. Let’s grow in faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control in this pandemic season.

7-June-20: Developing the Habits of the Heart by Ptr. Marvin Catanus

Developing the Habits of the Heart (Colossians 3:10-14)

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How to Grow in Emotional Health Despite Uncertain Times (Studies from Selected Psalms)
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31-May-20: King of Impossible by Bro. James Diolanda

King of Impossible (Exodus 17:8-16)

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As the government eases up on the restrictions, it feels like things are slowly going back to normal. However there is still the threat of a second wave and a possible bigger outbreak if we are not careful. In this scary and stressful situation God is reminding us of who He is. He is All-Powerful and our Great Provider and when our backs are against the wall, He will give us victory. Let’s look at how He delivered the Israelites against a skilled enemy to show them that He is the King of Impossible.

 

  1. In Chaos, Listen to His Instructions

The Israelites were caught off guard by the Amalekites’ attack. So Moses gave people instructions to overcome the enemy. God will surely guide us to victory and all we need to do is to listen attentively.

 

  1. In Confusion, Let Him Work

Our minds work in the realm of logic while God works in the realm of impossibility. His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways. Let’s not limit God’s capability by putting it in a box called common sense and instead let’s be faithful and watch Him work.

 

  1. In the Cusp of Victory, Lift Him Up

Moses built an altar and called it “the Lord is my Banner” to remind them of God’s power and provision when they were in a stressful situation. Let us not forget Him in every season of our lives.

24-May-20: How to Start Over Again When Things Fall Apart by Ptr. Narry Santos

HOW TO START OVER AGAIN WHEN THINGS FALL APART

(Psalm 130:1-8)

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Today, we conclude our sermon series called “How to Grow in Emotional Health Despite Uncertain Times,” from selected psalms. Today, we look at Psalm 130 (a psalm of penitence or confession of sins before God). Using this psalm, how do we start over when we fall or when things fall apart (like in a pandemic)?

 

 

1. CALL ON GOD’S MERCY & FORGIVENESS (130:1-4)

Sin is described as being in “the depths” (or being alienated from God). From that weight of sin & heaviness of trouble (v. 1), we’re called to cry out for mercy (v. 2). Why? Because God keeps no record of sins (v. 3) & forgives (v. 4). As a result, we can “stand” (or enjoy God’s presence again) & “fear” (or reverently respect) Him. Let’s commit to receive God’s cleansing!

 

2. CLAIM GOD’S HOPE & LOVE (130:5-8)

Hope (vv. 5b, 7a) waits (vv. 5a, 6)! It anticipates God’s new act of salvation. It deeply longs for God to free the people from the heaviness that sin brings. When we fail, hold on to His unfailing love (v. 7b) and full deliverance (v. 7c, 8) from the sins that plague us. Let’s commit to claim His love & put our hope in Him always!

17-May-20: Praising God - How to Grow in Joy by Ptr. Marvin Catanus

PRAISING GOD – HOW TO GROW IN JOY (Psalm 150)

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Praising God – Growth in Joy
Scripture: Psalm 150

Introduction

I. PRAISE WHERE?

A. Sanctuary
Verse 1: “Praise ye the Lord; Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.”

B. Firmament

 

II. PRAISE WHY?
Verse 2 says , “Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him for the excellence of his greatness.”

A. His Gifts to us – Action
Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

B.  His Character

 

III. PRAISE HOW?

Verses 3-5: “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.”

A.  With Instruments

B.  With Dance

1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

 

IV. PRAISE WHO SHOULD?

A. Heavenly Hosts

B. People

 

Conclusion

In Philppians 4:6-7

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

 

In John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

10-May-20: Celebrating Moms and Their Ministry in Unusual Times by Ptr. Narry Santos

CELEBRATING MOMS & THEIR MINISTRY IN UNUSUAL TIMES

(1 Thessalonians 2:6b-9)

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As we celebrate Mothers’ Day in these unusual times, it’s important to remember mothers (along with other special women) & their ministry to us. Celebrating moms, special women, & their ministry is a “double” blessing & doubly meaningful, because both mothers & ministry have similar characteristics, & have twin lessons to teach us in our personal life, family life, & church life. In fact, motherhood is a ministry, & ministry must be like motherhood. Using 1 Thessalonians 2:6b-9, what 2 lessons can we learn from both mothers & ministry?

 

1. MINISTRY & MOTHERS SHARE LOVE & GENTLENESS (2:6-8)

 Paul sees his ministry (with Silas & Timothy) of being a blessing (not being a burden [2:6]) to people as similar to the ministry of a “mother caring for her little children” (2:7b). This care of a nursing mother (cf. Num. 11:12) involves showing gentleness (2:7a) and unselfish love (2:8a). Such love does not only relate to the opening of the gospel (2:8a), but also to the opening of their lives (2:8b) to them. The motivation of love is this: “you have become so dear to us” (2:8c). Since mothers (as special women) & ministry share love & gentleness, let’s commit to show love in gentle ways to one another & to those around us (whether in-person or online)!

 

2. MINISTRY & MOTHERS SERVE AMID LABOUR & HARDSHIP (2:9)

Paul also shows his ministry (with Silas & Timothy) of being a blessing (not being a burden [2:9]) to people (whom he addresses as “brothers and sisters” 12x [2:9a; cf. 1:4; 2:1, 14, 17; 3:7; 4:1, 13; 5:1, 4, 12, 25]) through their “toil and hardship” (2:9a). Their willingness to sacrifice & suffer leads them to work day and night (2:9b; cf. 2 Thes. 3:8; Acts 18:3), as they also preach the “gospel of God” (2:9c). Ministry & mothers both seek to meet the holistic (both physical & spiritual) needs of those under their care. Since ministry & mothers serve amid labour & hardship, let’s commit to serve one another & those around us (even when we’re apart) to the point of suffering & sacrifice!

3-May-20: How to Grow in Faith When It's Hard to Trust by Ptr. Narry Santos

HOW TO GROW IN FAITH WHEN IT’S HARD TO TRUST

(Psalm 46:1-11)

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Today, we continue the new series called “How to Grow in Emotional Health Despite Uncertain Times,” based on our study from selected psalms. So far, we have learned how to grow in wisdom and grief. Through Psalm 46 (psalm of trust), we will now learn to grow in faith, even when it’s difficult to trust that things will be better.

 

1. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GOD IS GOD TO YOU (46:10b)

God says, “Know that I am God” (46:10a). The encouragement is that God can be known and wants us to know Him. Note: how can we trust a God whom we cannot and do not know? The context of knowing God is the future vision of wars that God will overcome (46:9) and that will set the stage for God being exalted among all the peoples on earth (46:10b). Since God will finally overcome later, we can fully rust Him now.

 

2. APPRECIATE WHAT GOD IS LIKE FOR YOU (46:1, 7, 11)

God is our “refuge” (shelter from danger), or fortress (high safe place), showing His protection of us. God is our “strength” & “Lord Almighty” (Lord of armies or hosts), showing His power. God is our “ever-present help” & “God-with-us” God, showing His presence. Since God protects us, is powerful in us, & present with us (46:2, 7, 11), then we can trust Him more.

 

3. ACCEPT WHAT GOD CAN DO IN YOU (46:2-3, 10a)

God’s revelation of His trustworthiness requires a response from us in two ways: (1) do not fear (46:2) – have resolute faith & confidence in God, despite disturbing catastrophes (46:3); & (2) “be still” (46:10a) – do not panic; do not usurp for ourselves what belongs to God; submit. Since God is trustworthy, we can trust Him always.

26-Apr-20: How to Grow in Wisdom When We're Confused by Ptr. Narry Santos

HOW TO GROW IN WISDOM WHEN WE’RE CONFUSED

(Psalm 1:1-6)

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Today, we start the new series called “How to Grow in Emotional Health Despite Uncertain Times,” based on a study from selected psalms. Mental health refers to the ability to process & understand info & experiences, while emotional health refers to the ability to manage & express feelings based on the info & experiences that are processed. The series seeks to explore how we can develop mental & emotional health, despite uncertain times. Using Psalm 1:1-6, how can we grow in wisdom when we’re confused?

 

1. NURTURE OUR RELATIONAL LIFE (1:1, 4-6)

We grow in our relational life when we follow the way of the wise. This way has two results: (1) God makes us “blessed” (which means, God brings us to right relationships with God & others), when we nurture healthy relations. Healthy relations are developed when we “walk,” stand,” & “sit” with wise people (1:1); & (2) God watches over us (literally, “knows” us), when we follow the way of the way and not the way of the wicked (1:6). The “way” refers to the whole manner of living. In the midst of the uncertainty & confusion COVID-19 brings, let’s improve our emotional health by nurturing our relationships.

 

2, NOURSIH OUR INNER LIFE (1:2-3)

We grow in our inner life, when we do 2 things: (1) we “meditate” on God’s Word (1:2b) – to “meditate” means to reflect on God and what He says in the course of our daily lives. This involves study & retention of God’s instruction in our mind; & (2) we “delight” in God’s Word (1:2a) – to “delight” means to desire the study, retention, & meditation of God’s Word. This involves an earnest yearning, not dutiful drudgery. The result of meditating & delighting in God’s Word is an ever-growing life of freshness & fruitfulness (1:3; see Psa. 92:12-15). When we go AWOL (A-Worn-Out Life), let’s replenish our soul by nourishing our inner life.

19-Apr-20: How to Grow in Grief (Lament Psalm) by Ptr. Marvin Catanus
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12-Apr-20: Easter Sunday - Experiencing Jesus in the Middle of a Crisis by Dr.. Narry Santos
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EXPERIENCING JESUS IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS

(John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 11)

As we reflect on the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, it’s important to explore how we can experience Him in the middle of an ever-expanding crisis. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s reassuring to come to someone we can trust. We can trust Jesus, who despite His passion and death, overcame the world and gave us life. Based on the 1st 4 “I Am” statements of Jesus in John’s Gospel, what do we claim about Jesus?

1. AS BREAD OF LIFE, JESUS SATISFIES US (6:35)

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (6:35). It’s a picture of Jesus as the source of satisfaction. As the bread that gives life, Jesus is whom we need, just as bread in His time was “staple” food for survival & strength. In response, let’s find our satisfaction in Jesus by doing His will (6:38) in this time of crisi

2. AS LIGHT OF THE WORLD, JESUS CLEANSES US (8:12)

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (8:12; see 1:9). It’s a picture of Jesus as the source of knowledge & holiness. It reminds the people of God’s presence through the pillar of cloud & fire in their desert experience. In response, let’s walk in the light (12:46) & do God’s work while we still can (9:4-5) in this time of crisis

3. AS GATE FOR THE SHEEP, JESUS SHELTERS US (10:7)

Jesus said, “I am the gate of the sheep (10:7). It’s a picture of Jesus’ protection and shelter. The image is that of a shepherd pasturing sheep. At an enclosure, the shepherd takes his place at the doorway & entrance, giving safety in the pasture & security in the enclosure. In response, let’s listen to God’s voice (10:2-4) in prayer in this time of crisis.

4. AS GOOD SHEPHERD, JESUS CARES FOR US (10:11, 14)

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd” (10:11, 14). It’s a picture of Jesus’ constant care. As the “great shepherd” (Heb. 13:20-21) & “chief shepherd” (1 Pet. 5:4), Jesus gave His life for His sheep (Jn. 10:15, 17-18). In response, let’s care for others, by watching out for their good in this time of crisis.

05-Apr-20: Psalm Sunday by James Diolanda
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I am Jesus

(John 11:25-26; 14:6; 15:1)

Welcome to Palm Sunday! I hope everyone will remember how important this week is to Christians. We will start the Holy Week by knowing who our Messiah is. We will dig deeper into his 7 “I am Statements” in the book of John. I pray that He will continue to reveal Himself to us in this challenging time. Let’s ready our hearts as we discover the Christ in Holy Week.

I. Jesus is the Bringer of Hope

Verse: John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

 II. Jesus is the Bridge to the Father

Verse: John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

III. Jesus is the Bearer of Life

Verse: John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

29-Mar-20: Ministry of the Spirit who Convicts by Dr. Narry Santos
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WHAT TO DO WHEN THE SPIRIT CONVICTS US IN TIMES OF CRISIS

(John 16:8-11)

 

In this time of pandemic concerns, we need the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He conveys to us Jesus’ truth (as Spirit of truth), comforts us (as our Counselor), & convicts us (as the Spirit who convicts). For this concluding message, we will look at the convicting (or convincing/persuading) ministry of our Spirit. Based on John 16:8-11, what do we do when the Spirit convicts us?

 

  1. WHEN THE SPIRIT CONVICTS OF SIN, LET’S REPENT (16:8-9)

The Spirit convicts us & the world concerning sin (16:9a). The reason for this conviction is because people do not believe in Jesus (16:9b). Of all the sins people can ever commit, the most basic form of sin (rebellion against God) is unbelief (3:18). It’s unbelief not only about Jesus but unbelief in Him (14:6). Crisis has a way of making people open up to God. Let’s share Jesus to others, as the Spirit persuades. When the Spirit also convicts us, let’s repent (Acts 17:30) & change in this time of crisis.

 

  1. WHEN THE SPIRIT CONVICTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, LET’S LIVE RIGHTLY (16:10)

The Spirit convicts us & the world concerning righteousness (16:10a). The reason for this conviction is because Jesus was going back to the Father (16:10b), as a reference to His ascension (after His death & resurrection). Since He was going back to the Father, He needed to send the Spirit to persuade people of Christ’s righteousness fulfilled at the cross (people thought Jesus was wicked, since only bad people hang on the cross) & of the availability & vindication of this righteousness now (16:27; 1 Tim. 3:16). Let’s motivate people to live rightly in this time of crisis.

 

III.       WHEN THE SPIRIT CONVICTS OF JUDGMENT, LET’S HAVE HOPE

(16:11)

The Spirit convicts us & the world concerning judgment (16:11a). The reason for this conviction is because “the prince of this world now stands condemned” (16:11b). At the cross, Satan is judged & defeated (Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14). Though he is still active (1 Pet. 5:8), his execution is coming (Rev. 20:10). Let’s show & share hope to people in this time of crisis.

22-Mar-20: Ministry of the Spirit, our Counselor by Dr. Narry Santos (Online Message)
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RESPONDING TO THE SPIRIT’S COMFORT IN TIMES OF CRISIS

(John 14:25-31)

Today, we continue with the 2nd part of our “Back to Basics” series on the Holy Spirit: “Made New in the Spirit” based on John 14-16. The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to comfort us as our Counselor (Advocate/Helper/Comforter) in times of trouble. Based on John 14:25-31, how do we respond to the Spirit’s comforting ministry?

  1. RECALL THE SPIRIT’S COMFORT FROM JESUS (14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7)

As our Comforter, the Spirit serves as our Counselor, Advocate, and Helper (14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). As Counselor, He comes alongside us (Paraclete); as Advocate, He represents us before the Father; as Helper, He meets all our need. Note: the Spirit’s mission of involves the fulness of God (the Father & the Son “sent” the Spirit for a purpose). Let’s recall who the Spirit is & what He does in times of trouble.

1. REMEMBER THE SPIRIT’S TEACHING ON JESUS (14:25-26)

As our Comforter, the Spirit teaches & reminds us of what we need to be comforted: all that Jesus has “spoken” while He was still with His disciples (14:25) & “everything I have said to you” (14:26). One key teaching of Jesus is obedience to Him (14:21, 23-24a, 31). We obey even when we don’t fully understand (13:33; 14:28; see 13:22, 25, 28, 36; 14:5, 8) & when we’re tempted to be troubled (14:26b; see 13:18 & 21 betrayal], 38 [denial]; 16:32 [desertion]). Let’s obey the Spirit, even it’s hard to obey.

2. RECEIVE THE SPIRIT’S PEACE THROUGH JESUS (14:27)

As our Comforter, the Spirit brings the peace that Jesus gives and that the world cannot give (14:27). Jesus told His disciples “these things, so that in me you have peace” (16:33), and assured them He has overcome the world, even though in this world they would have trouble (see 20:19-20). Let’s take heart, because the Spirit brings us the peace of Jesus.

15-Mar-20: Ministry of the Spirit of Truth by Dr. Narry Santos (Online Message)
08-Mar-20: Discipleship Is Wherever, Whenever, Whatever Jesus Wants by Dr. Narry Santos
DISCIPLESHIP IS WHEREVER, WHENEVER, WHATEVER JESUS WANTS

(Luke 9:57-62)

Today, we continue with our 4-part “Back to Backs” series on discipleship: “Made New in Discipleship.” Based on Luke 9:57-62, how do we keep following Jesus?

I. FOLLOW JESUS WHEREVER HE WANTS (9:57-58)

The 1st would-be disciples knew the need to follow Jesus (9:57). He wanted to follow wherever Jesus wanted. But Jesus gave a reality check: He had no home (9:58(. In fact, Jesus was headed to Jerusalem (9:51, 53), where He would suffer & die. The basic test is this: Is the disciple willing to give up what are considered necessities in life?

II. FOLLOW JESUS WHENEVER HE WANTS (9:59-60)

The 2nd would-be disciple was called by Jesus to follow Him (9:59). The former wanted to follow Jesus but gave his excuse to first “bury his father” (this implies that he wanted to wait for his father to die & to receive his inheritance from his father). But Jesus told the man to “let the dead bury their own dead (meaning, let the spiritually dead bury the physically dead). In other words, God’s kingdom work is so important that it cannot wait. The basic test is this: Is the disciple willing to give up what he will have to follow Jesus right away?

III. FOLLOW JESUS WHATEVER HE WANTS (9:61-62)

The 3rd would-be disciple also wanted to follow Jesus (9:61a) but gave his own excuse: “let me go back & say good-by to my family” (9:61b). But Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand on the plow & looks back is fit for the service in the kingdom of God” (9:62). In other words, Jesus wanted no undivided allegiance. His message is more important than anything else. The basic test is this: Is the disciple willing to give up what he considers as important in life?

01-Mar-20: Discipleship Is Surrender to Jesus by Bro. James Diolanda
Power of Surrender

(Luke 14:25-35)

As we continue our sermon series on Discipleship, let’s look at the extreme demands of Jesus on Luke 14:25-35. Jesus laid out His standards on what it takes to be a Disciple. In order to be one, He requires full surrender and devotion. It’s in our human nature to be in control of everything so the idea of “surrender” scares us. We also view surrender with negative connotation. We think that it’s a sign of weakness, defeat, and loss of control. Today, we will change our mindset and let’s discover that there is Power in Surrendering to Jesus.

I. We Become more Focused

Jesus insisted for everyone to turn from their old ways in order to follow Him. This involves “hating” their parents, relatives and even themselves. Keep in mind that Jesus was simply making a point on what it takes to be a true follower. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.

II. We Gain Foresight

Jesus insisted for everyone to look ahead on what’s about to come. Being a disciple is no walk in the park. It’s more than just a feeling, it’s a lifestyle. We need to go all-in as we pursue a life with Him. Let’s make every effort to persevere in obeying Him even when it feels impossible.

III. We Become more Faithful

Understanding what it takes to be a disciple should motivate us to live a Christ-like life. This involves letting go of everything that is holding us back in following Him.  Let’s make a stand to surrender everything to Jesus.

23-Feb-20: Discipleship Is Devotion to Jesus by Dr. Narry Santos

DISCIPLESHIP IS DEVOTION TO JESUS

(John 12:1-8)

Today, we continue with our new 4-part “Back to Backs” series on discipleship: “Made New in Discipleship.” The 4 sermons emphasize these lessons on discipleship: (1) it is devotion to Jesus; (2) it is following Jesus; (3) it is wherever, whenever, whatever Jesus wants; & (4) it is surrender to Jesus. Today, we discuss discipleship as devotion to Jesus. Based on John 12:1-8, what does devotion to Jesus demand from us?

I. RELINGUISH OUR ALL TO JESUS (12:1-3)

Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus (12:1-2), recklessly gave up her expensive nard (or imported oil prepared from roots & stems of an aromatic herb from northern India) for Jesus (12:3). She wholeheartedly offered to Him her lavish gift, as an expression of her love, devotion, & gratitude. Let’s do the same!

II. RISK OUR ALL FOR JESUS (12:4-6)

Judas Iscariot, the betrayer (12:4) & thief (12:6), charged Mary of lavish waste (12:5). The charge hid his intent to benefit himself. He did not really want to help the poor. In fact, he showed a high regard for financial values, not human or divine values. Let’s not do the same!

III. RECEIVE RESPECT FROM JESUS (12:7-8)

Jesus, the deserving recipient of all that we have, defended Mary for her sensitivity to His impending death (12:7). He gave honour for her high esteem of Him. His statement about the poor (12:8) is not divine endorsement of poverty nor an encouragement to do nothing about poverty. It implies that poverty has many causes & that people will always have occasions to help the poor (see Mk. 14:7). Let’s prefer God’s honour!

16-Feb-20: Discipleship Is Following Jesus by Bro. Marvin Catanus
WHO IS JESUS?

(Luke 9:18-27)

Introduction:

1. The most important question you will ever answer is: Who is Jesus Christ?
a. Do others get it?

  1. Do you get it? Verse 20
  2. You must know what Jesus’ mission was.3. If you truly know Jesus, you know the mission you’ve signed up for.He outlines five steps of discipleship:

Deny Self.

Die Daily.

Follow Faithfully.

Invest Wisely.

Rewarded Eternally.

Matthew 25:21, 23

Conclusion: