"From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things ... and be killed, and be raised up on the third day" Matt. 16: 21
Jesus Christ is the only person in history who predicted how He would die and when He would rise from the grave – and fulfill it! After He rose, Jesus appeared to his disciples many times- up to 500 people at one time. He even ate in their presence and invited them to touch him.
Have you heard of anyone else who have ever done that?
That is why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event in human history. His disciples risked their lives to proclaim His resurrection. Some of them were tortured and killed. They could not be silenced or refuted- though their contemporaries could have refuted their claim- if He had actually remained in the grave.
Millions of transformed lives through the last 2 millennium prove beyond doubt that Christ is risen! Addicts have been set free. The hopeless have found hope. Broken lives and marriages have been restored. Our lives should be the most convincing proof of Christ’s resurrection and transforming power.
This is what makes the Christian faith unique. No other religious leader has ever broken the power of sin and death. At a time when malls are decorated with bunnies – let us share the real story.
Written by: Pastor Isaac Chan
'Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.'
(I Peter 2:4, 5 NKJV)
Peter remembered Jesus, being rejected by men even though He was the Son of God. I am sure he remembered his own denial of Jesus. Inspite of this, Jesus did not give up. He could have because He was fully Human but He did not. Jesus had the power to do anything, including escaping the crucifixion but He did not. Instead, He chose to go through suffering and death, death on the cross for the sake of humanity. Because Jesus did not give up, you and I are saved from the penalty of sin and have received the righteousness, the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we approach Good Friday and Easter, we need to be reminded that He has chosen us to share this good news to those who do not know Him. There is much we can do if we will use the power He has given and realize He has called us as a special people to do His special work.
The Bible says: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are not the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).
The death and resurrection of Jesus is no ordinary news. It's THE ONLY GOOD NEWS that will change mankind. Will you, out of gratefulness to our Lord share this good news to your loved ones and friends?
Written by: Pastor Lydia Chan
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Jesus is addressing His disciples here and He is pointing out to them that to be His disciple, they will have to choose one thing. That one thing is to carry their cross daily.
Why did Jesus give this command to those who aspire to be His disciple that they need to carry the cross daily? The cross has always been a symbol of death but not all of us are called to literal martyrdom.
Jesus calls us to die daily to those things that will draw us away from Him. He is not being arrogant or selfish but He wants us to be committed and to be focus in following Him.
Here we can learn two things about being a true disciple of Jesus. We are called to yield to Him. We are to yield our rights and to thirst after righteousness.
The second thing is as a true disciple we are to pledge our allegiance to Jesus. That is biblical discipleship. We are to have an absolute allegiance to the Lordship of Jesus.
As a disciple of Christ, we can be pulled in either of these two directions; the world or the word. Jesus wants us to be drawn to Him; He is the Word and His desire is we follow Him. Jesus called the Twelve to follow Him, to be in community. To be a disciple of Jesus we are called to be in community and this is not an option. Every Christian is called to discipleship and it involves the body of Christ. If we want to follow after Jesus we need to obey. He said “to teach them to obey everything I have commanded.” Jesus did not say “teach them what I have commanded.” This so that our lives can be transformed. This is why we need to be in a Care Cell.
Written by: Pastor Wilson Ooi
"How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, 'Violence! but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? ....."
How many of us have felt like this before?
These questions were asked by Habakkuk when God's people were going through a really rough time. God was allowing discipline. Habakkuk could not understand it so he and God had a conversation about it. A very straight forward and honest conversation.
The book ends with Habakkuk stating, "The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights" Habakkuk 3:19.
I wonder why he never mentioned about the feet of a horse or an elephant, at least they are stronger than a deer’s feet! As I found out more about the deer, I was more amazed with this creation of God. Actually, the secret is in it’s hind feet. The deer can place her back feet exactly where her front feet had stepped. Not an inch off! They are naturals at it.
In times of danger, she is able to run securely and not get "off track." The hind of the deer is able to scale difficult terrain and help thedeer to escape from predators. As I read this, immediately I know God is reminding me to put my spiritual "hind feet" on Him. He will strengthen and enable me to walk on higher hills. He makes our feet like deer feet so we will not fall off the path of righteousness.
Today, if you are going through a rough time remember this verse. God is good and will always get us through.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights. Psalm 18:33
Written by: Pastor Chai Bee
I had decided. I was determined. Nothing would stop me. I would complete this bulletin message two weeks before the due date. Armed with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, I sat down in front of the computer, trying to start.
A minute later, my phone buzzed. I told myself it wouldn’t hurt if I took a few seconds off. So, I checked Whatsapp. As well as Facebook statuses and twitter updates. Oh, and I needed to comment on Instagram and reply SMSes too. Then my dog needed feeding. I made a trip down to the kitchen. One thing led to another and those few seconds on Whatsapp became hours.
Is that familiar to you? We want to do that "one thing" but more often than not, we find ourselves distracted by many things. Everything seems to be screaming for our time and attention. As a result, the "one thing" that needed to be done was never started, let alone completed. This happens to us when we do not focus and prioritize. The Bible gives us a lot of examples of the “one thing” in lives.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4
but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. Mark 10:21
What is that "one thing" in your life? Each new day, what is the one thing that you focus and prioritize? Do you make it your priority to spend time with God in your devotion, to read His Word, to pray and to listen to Him? Is that the one thing that you will make time for above all the other things that need your attention?
Family of PCC, let us make our time alone with God the one thing that you and I focus and prioritize as we grow together in our walk with Him!
Written by: Pastor Thomas Ch'ng