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New Audio File Uploaded: How to Have Great Faith

sspmanila audio“The excitement in my heart this morning is this:  by the grace of God, with the little knowledge that I may have right now, I may somehow encourage each one of us to learn how to have a “great faith” – great faith that will move mountains for the glory of God.  Great faith that will enable each one of us to serve Him mightily and with so much glee and joy in our hearts.  Great faith… Twice mentioned by Jesus Christ are two Gentiles, a man and a woman, who have such great faith.  

Likewise, by the grace of God Almighty, it is my prayer that each one of us in here will be enabled by the Holy Spirit to be enlightened and to understand His Word, and hopefully this will motivate and inspire us to be more excited in serving God… Hoping that such great faith may indeed become a reality for the glory of God Almighty.”  

This is an excerpt from Pastor Edwin Lim’s sermon on Matthew 15:21-28 about “How to Have a Great Faith” on October 5, 2014.  Listen to the complete sermon here.

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New Audio File Uploaded: Living Sacrifice (Matt. 21 & Rom. 12)

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Today is special for the confirmation candidates as well as for all of us.  You may have been confirmed long, long time ago, but whenever there is a confirmation service, this serves as a good reminder for all of us:  the baptism vows we took during our baptism, as well the confirmation vows…  what we have done from that point.  And as we look back, and for those who are confirmed today, we move forward together.  There are some reminders for all of us.

The two passages for today’s readings are just appropriate.  (Matthew 16:21-27 and Romans 12:1-8)  Jesus took His disciples from Galilee all the way up north to Philippi Caesarea.  (Matthew 16:21-27)  If you travel by coach, that is one and half hour journey.  And if you walk by foot, it may take more than half a day.  And Jesus took the disciples all the way to the north to ask them, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”  

And the disciples offered some answers they knew.  They knew what the people are thinking about Jesus.  And then Jesus asked them,  “Who do you say that I am?’  And I think you are very familiar with the answer.  Simon Peter said,  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   

And Jesus told the disciples, and He is telling us all today, that He had to go to Jerusalem to die for all of us.  And Jesus challenged the disciples, and He is doing right now:  “Take up your cross and follow Me.”  As we move on as Christians, there are lots of lessons for us.  We have to keep learning and moving in serving Him and His people.  

And the epistle reading for today is Romans 12.  This is a familiar passage.  But as you come to verse 1 of chapter 12 – “I beseech you, therefore…”

Whenever you read therefore, in Paul’s epistles, it doesn’t come out of the blue.  You should go back and find it – the link, before the “therefore.”  Just like we approach any book of the Bible.  

This is an excerpt from Rev. Samuel Sia’s sermon on Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 16:13-17 about “Living Sacrifice” on August 31, 2014.  Listen to the complete sermon in English or in Hokkien.

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New Audio File Uploaded: A Love That Won’t Let Go

sspmanila audioIt is agreed universally that Romans 8 is one of the greatest passage in the Scriptures.  Five times in this passage the apostle Paul asked questions to draw out the amazing privilege of belonging to Jesus Christ – such as the one in Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, then who can be against us?”  In verse 35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”  

The answers to these questions are so plain and wonderful for all those who are in Jesus Christ.  And the answer to all these questions is that no one, and nothing, can separate us from the love of Christ.  Surely this will uplift anyone in the most discouraging situation.  Or does it?  These maybe words that may encourage us in relatively comfortable situation.  But what if your situation doesn’t make you feel that you somehow could agree with the apostle Paul?

This is an excerpt from Rev. Anthony Hao’s sermon on “A Love That Won’t Let Go” on August 24, 2014.  Listen to the complete sermon here.

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