HEI! New logo for NCC – ‘N’ looks like HEI in Hebrew. Means ‘grace’. 🙂
Communion w Ps Lian —-
Bethesda- pool of B. Man w thirty eight years of infirmity. The man knew the answer for his healing and deliverance- the answer was that the first person into the pool when it was stirred would receive the miracle. He knew the answer and yet for 38y he had that infirmity. What was the diff and what brought about the healing? It was when JESUS CAME. When He asked “So u want to be healed?” The man said there was no one to put him in the water. When Jesus is here we don’t need anyone but him. Medicine is good but ALL we need is Jesus. Alright to take medicine but Jesus is the healer.
As we partake in our holy comm, just now that Jesus is right here. He has already provided everything we need.
Even if we had known the answer a long time, the answer is found in His FINISHED work- all done for us. See the pierced and broken and burned bread- this is his body broken for us. He says by My stripes u are healed.
I receive that You have given!
Forgiveness of sins. I have freely taken n that is why today I can freely receive.
Testimonies with Ps Gabriel ——-
Saved after grad from high school, prayed and read the bible and tithed and fasted. Thought these would get him closer to Jesus but only had condemnation fear and confusion. Huge fight w family and felt like a failure. Woke up and questioned the point of being a Christian. Yoke is easy and burden is light sounded like a joke to him. Left church of 25y. Friend met him and shared w him about grace. But brushed aside coz was taught grace teaching was bad. But friend bought him lunch so decided to go read up about Ps Prince. First time listen found it was nothing. A month later listened again and couldn’t get enough. Shared w wife and felt burdens lifted off their backs. Now know it is not about them but about Jesus. Attending church again and just wants to share the gospel and talk about Jesus.
Irwin and his wife Monica joined NCC after losing baby to still birth in 2006. In 2008, had a son Benjamin. Had a hole in the heart detected at 2yo. No recovery. Wondered why no manifestation and worried about wrong believing on their part. Just kept hearing and hearing the Message of Grace. Kept persevering in Christ for healing. Jan 2014, before 5th heart scan, Ben had fever. Took holy comm. In midst of scan next day, declared perfection. Doc came out said hole was totally closed up, spontaneous closure!!
Sermon starts w Ps Prince ——–
Ps shared when he looks at the Christian world today, finds it sad that many preachers have lost faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and preaching self help. Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most powerful gift given to the church. In the area of self transformation, those pastors would go into psychology and self help. In our flesh dwells no good thing. The heart of man is desperately wicked. Told Nicodemus he had to be born again and was a blow to him. Didn’t tell the woman at the well to be born again. Jesus knew who needed humbling.
Christianity is not about improving self. It is about rebirth.
People have all sorts of questions about God. If He knew man would sin, why plant that tree of knowledge of good and evil? Common sense- if u give man free choice and there is nothing but good for man to choose, is that free choice?? He planted many trees that man could eat from but gave man a freedom of choice to choose Him or not in that particular tree.
U are free to choose but not the effects of the choice. Can choose to out finger in fire but can’t choose not to burn. Can’t choose pleasure. Will get pain.
When man chose his own way by consuming the forbidden fruit, chose devil. God could have wiped us out there and then.
One day, no matter how brilliant ur brain is, it will be eaten by worms. Nothing before God.
King Nebuchadnezzar who created hanging gardens of Babylon, God told him He gave him his breath.
Yet God never stops giving us the best and dreaming the best for man. He sent His Son.
Came as God but took the form of a servant. Didn’t come in likeness of God but likeness of man. He could have come as a great emperor or general, but came as a servant. The one who stretched out eternity came and was constrained by time. The same one who created all things. All things made by Him. And He took the worse kind of death on the Cross.
God supremely exalted Him. At the name of Jesus, all things will bow- whether eternal or earthly. Every tongue will confess He is LORD.
He who is everything became nothing. We who are nothing like to think we are everything. We want God to come our way, our style, our standard. God comes His way- His way is “let Me love you.”
It was Jesus who quoted John 3:16 to Nicodemus. For God SO loved the world… SO= speaks of the intensity of His love. That Whosoever (that includes EVERYONE)…
Jesus went about doing good and healing ALL oppressed of the devil.
Jesus death was predestined
200-300 soldiers came to capture Him. He said he is I AM and they fell. He allowed Himself to be captured.
When born, midnight became midday. When he died, midday became midnight. Divine exchange took place in that darkness, God took all our filth and uncleanness throughout time past present future and put them on the Cross. God exists outside time.
Righteousness took full payment from our divine substitute.
IT IS FINISHED- all the judgement exhausted on the body of Christ.
When Elijah called down fire, the judgment greater than the sacrifice. But Jesus consumed the judgment because sacrifice is greater than the judgment.
God is satisfied and pleased. Righteousness demands the believer in Christ b completely delivered from all the powers of darkness. His mercy and love sent His son but He is faithful and just (legal terms) to forgive us.
Sad that leaders think that trying harder is the answer. No. Giving up and trusting totally in Jesus is the answer.
God didn’t raise Jesus to be the Son of God. But God raised Jesus because when He comes out of tomb= He has served the sentence. Efficaciously put all our sins out away. As Christ is raised so are we.
U become holy by accident when u believe right.
We are now the righteousness of God in Christ. All the blessings of righteous in the Word is upon the head of the righteous. No evil will happen to the righteous. The seed of the righteous shall be delivered. Our kids are delivered. No matter what happens in the world, won’t catch God by surprise.
When of this world, curses happen to us without asking for them. Now u are righteous the more u believe and listen, even more will the blessings and fruit of the Spirit happen to u effortlessly.
It is v confusing when a sinner comes to God and acts righteous. – Pharisee like. Outside look holier than thou but inside same as everyone else. Pretend to be what they are not. Abomination. Pride.
Believers- righteous but act like sinner = hypocrisy.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just- both abomination to the LORD.
U have been justified by the blood of Jesus. Have u condemned yourself? It is an abomination if u have.
There was a time before Christ died and was buried and rose again, man lived in OT & had to approach God only after confessing their sins.
If u have leperosy, u were put one side. If u are covered from top to bottom, is considered clean too.
If u say I am a sinner, God says I am a greater saviour. Saviours are for sinners. Doctors are for the sick. Medicine for the afflicted.
U don’t know how great a sinner I am. U don’t know how great a SAVIOUR I AM.
So in the past before Jesus finished work was completed, one had to confess sins to be justified and bring a sacrifice to receive. That is as OT.
Now Christ has died, the prayer where believers declare how sinful they are, won’t be answered. Not father son r/s prayer. Sinner God r/s.
Father I thank u for the gift of Ur Son who has made me righteous and made me your child. I thank u are my father and I am ur son. I have this need Father, I receive what u have given me through Your love. Thank you Father.
Not going on an earning trip & then when u don’t get what u want, u get angry.
Just like when a man when he wants something from his wife at night and she says no, she is tired, he gets angry.
Pleasure must be loving and giving if not wrong motive. :))
Do things because it brings you delight and gives glory to God. No one sees it never mind. He does.
Many testimonies from the States with addiction issues, turnaround happens when they say I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST.
Some say teaching them that they righteousness of God in Christ promotes sin but if a believer declares he is still a sin, he sins and he justifies the sin because he thinks he is a sinner. So normal for them to sin.
Once in a while I go to Malaysia, but I am still a Singaporean… Visiting Malaysia doesn’t make a Malaysian.
A caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it flies. Doesn’t crawl anymore. Metaphor for our transformation in Christ. If a butterfly falls into the garbage, does it become a caterpillar? No. It is still a butterfly.
Heirs of God but we have flesh. The splinter in ur flesh hurts u and affects ur walk. But the piece of wood in u doesn’t make u wooden even though u look wooden sometimes.
A Christian with a problem doesn’t become the problem. Still a child of God even if u are w a problem.
The Father, not God, seeketh such to worship Him.
Practice the Father’s love for u.
Electricity cannot flow through rubber. Good insulators and protectors. Electricity courses effectively through copper.
When u say u are a sinner, u are like rubber- Blessings can’t flow. When u come to God and declare Jesus work is finished and you are saved, u are like copper and His power flows through u.
Don’t come and say “Lord I am righteous, I fast twice a week, I do this, I do that” = praying to yourself. Basically saying I don’t need saving. I am alright.
Man who said God help, I am a sinner in that story Jesus told in the bible – God became His Saviour and he went to his home justified. Because he aligned himself to the TRUTH then (remember this was before Jesus died).
The truth of the gospel cannot be compromised. See Gal 2:11-16 NLT
Paul wasn’t even there when Jesus was raised from the dead and Paul, when he was Saul, was the worse persecutor of believers. First books of act, Peter mentioned a lot then petered out. Then it was Paul all the way. Peter had a ustdg of the gospel through a Jewish perspective, but Paul had a revelation of the finished work of Jesus.
In Acts 10:9-16—
Angels not commissioned to preach. – Angels never know the joy that’s mine. For the blood has never washed their sins away. Though they sing in heaven, there will come a time that they will listen to me singing Amazing Grace. It is a song that the angels cannot sing—- I once was lost but now am found.
Fallen angel, God never saved. That is why Lucifier unhappy with u.
Do not call unclean what God has made clean.
U are not ‘a man who unclean lives’- won’t impress God to declare that. Saying Jesus payment wasn’t full, work wasn’t complete.
There is a difference btw OT and NT.
Your sins I will remember no more. – what we have today. Compared to OT when the curse would visit the generations after.
In the OT, destroys cities because of lawlessness. But when John asked if they should call down fire to burn cities, Jesus chided him. Don’t know what manner of spirit they are.
There has been a change but some still preach like there isn’t a change.
There are some famous preachers who have said if America isn’t destroyed, must apologise to Sodom and Gom.
Ps says, If God destroys America when there are at least ten righteous, will have to apologise to Jesus.
Rightly divide the word.
If God declares u are righteous and u declare u are a sinner- rubber, no power
If u are a sinner and declare self righteous- also rubber, no power
Jesus message to Lost sheep of Israel – before His death. Only after death, then came to rest of us.
The woman came to Jesus and called Him Son of David and asked for healing for her daughter. But JESUS ANSWERED HER NOT A WORD. Ps was confused when he first read it. He read on. Finally she stopped pretending to be Jewish and Jesus turned around. He responds to truth.
Jewish people called Gentiles ‘dogs’. Unclean animals in Peter’s dream rept Gentiles.
Jesus said not right to cast bread for the children and give it to the puppies. Giving her a loophole. She said truth LORD (always agree w Him), but even dogs eat the crumbs. And her daughter was healed.
Jesus gave her a loophole to reach into the dispensation of Grace for her daughter.
Peter was w the Gentiles but when he heard James’ people were coming, stopped eating the Gentiles. Afraid of criticism and other Jewish Christians followed his hypocrisy and were led astray.
Truth of Gospel cannot be compromised even over a dinner.
V18- no one will be made right w God by obeying the law
Paul let it rip on Peter because he saw they were not following the truth of the gospel message.
Some people just trust God and God protects them. Some eat organic all the time but always fall sick.
Our faith in God must be stronger than what we eat.
Hypocrisy is feigning to be what one is not. Before Jesus came, if u act like u are (self) righteous when u are a sinner. Hypocrite. After Jesus came, if u act like u are a sinner to score points w God (or men by pretending to be humble) when u are righteous= hypocrite.
Jesus reserved colourful language against the hypocrites. Ps wondered why. Lord’s reply floored him.
“Because I love them. When u are pretending to be what u are not, even if I love u, u will not receive the love for who u are.”
Won’t feel secure in His love if we are hypocrites. Even when u see the blessings come on us, we might attribute it to this false front we put out.
The most loving thing to do is to tear apart the veneer even though it hurts.
If we rebuild the system of the Law we are proving ourselves as sinners – Gal 2:18
By the law, is the knowledge of sin.
As long as under law, haven’t lived for God.
Justify (de-car-you in Greek) – declare righteous
God declares u righteous but u must also declare yourself righteous.
Isaiah 45:24- those who declare their righteousness in the LORD, Isaiah foresaw this.
Not just I am righteous but I am the righteousness IN CHRIST.
Pic a Divine court of Justice in Isaiah 54:13-17
Isaiah 53 talks about Jesus suffering and 54 talks about the benefits of that.
V16- addressed to believers
God created the blacksmith who created the weapon. Just like how God creates the lobsters and crabs to eat the garbage of the sea, He created Lucifer. So He knows whatever weapon that Lucifer creates because He created him. But the devil is on a leash.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD = NO WEAPONS FORMED AGAINST U SHALL PROSPER.
God never promised no weapons will be formed. He promised no weapons formed against u will prosper.
Any illness in your body? No weapons against u will prosper. The illness can’t help but be defeated.
The devil will form weapons BUT every time the devil forms a weapon against u, it can’t prosper.
The best kind of lie is to mix w some truth. Easy to resist blatant lies. Accuser (devil) accuses us of is either a sin we committed or something we feel guilt about. So he uses what is true to accuse us. But in the divine court, the righteousness we have is invincible and unassailable through our Advocate (Jesus). It was paid for us for every iota of our sin by Jesus to the fullest extent with no letting up.
Eg. if I accuse u of murder in the courts, I am after ur death. Because penalty of murder is death. BUT if the accusation turns out to be false, I the accuser has become a murderer.
When the devil accuses u but u stand in the righteousness of God in Christ and it has been paid in full, God throws The devil’s case out and throws him out because he is now the condemned.
In a church camp, there was a youth who was v handsome and tall, but stuttered like Pastor used to. He was fearful of people and asked for a prayer. Pastor told him to declare before the mirror, I am the righteousness of God in Christ, etc declare all the right believing confessions. This youth became a leader.
Egg planted in a nest. Egg was big but it hatched like other eggs. The chick hatched like all the other chicks. A bit bigger but ate like the rest. Grew larger like the other chicks. But larger a bit and was unconscious. One day, an eagle cried out over the chicks and that big chick wished he was an eagle. All the chickens told him he was a chicken but he longer to soar and he did. And he became a hyper chicken. Lol.
Their Christianity is so normal but u believe in a Christianity that is supernatural and amazing- that is hyper Christianity.
Pastor said in 2003, when SARS broke out, Ps91 cards were printed and given to NCC members. Now feels led that this year we should look at Ps91 again- many blessings contained in it. NCC was about 3000 in numbers then, casualty rate was v few despite being a large congregation and who it affected were mostly new believers.
In the secret place of the most high because u are in Christ. Hoped for by the psalmist but is reality for us today.
Being in Christ, is like Noah being in the ark and remaining secure. No evil and no plague and no disease can come near us, our family and our habitation. We are satisfied w long life. All the provision we need is falling around us like manna every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.