"A Church Committed To Christ, Caring For The Community & Communicating God's Love
To A Changing World"
GTC FAMILY BIBLE CAMP 2016
10 - 12 June | Thistle Hotel JB
Speaker: Rev Henson Lim
Session 1 - Awakened to More
Be introduced to the 3 "A" that Archippus Awakening is founded upon - AWAKENED . ALIGNED . ASSIGNED for His Kingdom's glory.
Rev Henson also shares the ultimate yardstick of the fullness of a christian life as determined by the pleasure our lives bring to our King.
Session 2 - Barriers to More
Lessons from the life of King David, 10 barriers that may cause us to miss our mission.
Listen and recalibrate so that we overcome these barriers that stumble us from appropriating the "MORE" God has in store for us
Session 3 - Aligned for More I
How do we move from "AA" (Assembly Area) to "AO" ( Area of Operations)?
Focus on the aligning and let God do the assigning! A session on practical outliving on alignment, so that we can be fully prepared and yielded to take on our Kingdom assignment(s) faithfully and in full reliance on Christ.
Session 4 - Aligned for More II
Session 5 - Build for More
Taken from Haggai, Rev Henson Shares about God's principles in rebuilding the Temple, and how we, His co-labourers are ti be discerning of each phase of building, shaking and filing
Session 6 - Graced for More
In the concluding session, Rev Henson tackles the hard questions about going about our assignments, discerning if an assignment is truly from the Lord and how we are to approach our Kingdom assignment(s)
Sunday's Message - 15th May 2016
“The Old Testament People & Their God(s)"
Pastor Whitley Sim
2 Kings 17:7-23 reveals the idolatrous condition of God’s people which resulted in their exile. Despite having experienced God’s presence and providence, Israel still worshipped other gods, such as Baal and Asherah. They worshipped Baal because he was the rain god, and in the dry Canaanite climate, agriculture was at nature’s mercy. Thus, faced with such a basic need, Israel continued with their worship of their Lord who brought them out of Egypt, and also the worship of Baal.
Elijah calling down fire in his confrontation with the Baal and Asherah prophets (1 Ki 18) was God’s demonstration to His people of His power over Baal. The climax of that encounter was not so much that fire came down to consume the sacrifice and altar (18:38), but that rain came (18:45), not because of Baal, but God.
Tim Keller’s definition that an idol is “anything in life (that) is an absolute requirement for (our) happiness and self-worth” poses a challenge for any of us. Perhaps the heart of idolatry is best reflected in the serpent’s encounter with Eve (Gen 3:1-6) where he subtly portrayed God as One who was not as good as He seemed, who withdrew good things. With that, Eve’s attention was turned away from God, drawn instead to the attractiveness of the forbidden fruit.
The sin of idolatry leads to the sin of injustice. Leviticus 19 reveals God’s heart expressed through His laws, from instructions related to worship to human relationships. Issues of justice and honesty, and care for the poor, needy and foreigners reflect how important these are to God. Passages such as Amos 5:21-24 and Isaiah 58:3-9 expose how the Lord was neither pleased nor responsive to His people’s worship and fasting because of their unjust practices. God’s desire was that His people be different, holy amongst the nations; yet, His people’s preference (1 Sam 8) was to be like the nations around them.
Idolatry was dealt with through exile; the place of trials and spiritual wilderness purged the heart of idolatry. People like Moses, Joshua, David, Abram and Elijah did not seem to have issues with idols. This could have been due to their intimacy with God. They knew God personally, even in tough times, in lands where there were “Baals”. They experienced God coming through in all seasons of their lives. Likewise for us, perhaps cultivating that intimacy with God would reduce idolatrous inclinations.
As for injustice, it should be dealt with by pro-active involvement with those experiencing such injustice – the poor and needy, the foreigner. The practice of integrity and honesty should also be upheld. These are the people and issues on God’s heart, and He would have us be concerned as well.
Daniel 11:32b says that the people who know their God will be strong and do great exploits. May we know Him intimately and do great exploits by being involved in the lives and causes of those who are unjustly treated.
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