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The Meaning of Worship - Loving God Together - Matt 22:35-40, Rev 2:1-5, 1 Cor 14:26
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 24 August 2015 21:02

What are some ways that we can learn to love God better? This past Sunday, Thomas spoke about one time tested way to love God and it is through our times of corporate worship. To love God with all of our hearts through worship is, first and foremost, a gracious invitation by God. So in our worship, we begin our time with the Call to Worship, reminding us that it is God who makes this possible. It is Him who invites and calls us to gather and worship.

 

Then we acknowledge that we are in the company of others by extending our greetings and welcome to one another. When we sing, we offer “our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God as our act of worship” (Rom 12:1). We use our vocal chords, the worship team uses their hands as they play instruments, and together, we offer up praise through music. In worship, God speaks and we listen. Therefore, we include silence and prayers. When we recite Creeds or the Lord’s Prayer, we join our voices with the communion of saints, reminding us that we are part of something much larger than just our congregation. Then we hear Scripture read and preached. Paul writes, ‘faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Rom 10:17). After the hearing of God’s Word, then we respond through acts like communion, offering, or a song. We conclude our worship on the note of a benediction, with a word of commission, sending us into the world to continue to live a life of worship in our homes, neighbourhoods, campuses, and offices. It is through the regular rhythm of weekly worship that we learn to love God together. Through worship, our desires are gradually ordered properly.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 13:32
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Summer Conference - Loving God and Loving Our Neighbour
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 17 August 2015 21:41

This past weekend, a number of us attended our annual Summer Conference at Cedar Springs and we were deeply ministered to through our times of worship, teaching, sharing, and moments of reflection. Dr. John Auxier, our conference speaker, helped us to reflect on the theme of Loving God and Loving Our Neighbour with clear Scriptural teaching, interspersed with real life personal experiences, and inspiring stories of those who've taken the journey of seeking and offering forgiveness.

 

For some, a personal experience of loss or suffering can result in bitterness or blame towards God. In order to break through this barrier, we may need to have it out with God and genuinely tell Him how we feel. Then we need to let God have His say on the matter and listen with our hearts. Ultimately, love for God is a response from a person who feels loved by God.

 

When it comes to loving our neighbour, one of the most tangible ways to demonstrate love toward others is to offer forgiveness when we are hurt or offended. While every religion in the world may teach forgiveness as an ethical way to live, forgiveness is central to the Christian faith. “Christianity is forgiveness” (Martin Marty). The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant in Matt 18 captures the call to offer forgiveness to those who offend us.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 07:27
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The Power of Christian Hospitality 3 John
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 10 August 2015 17:06

Last Sunday, we concluded our study of John's Epistles by reflecting on 3 John. It is a personal letter by John to a man named, Gaius, via the messenger Demetrius. John commends Gaius' hospitality to the brothers and sisters, even though they were strangers (v5). Apparently, a man by the name of Diotrephes sought to be the ‘top dog’, did not welcome the apostle John nor his associates, was spreading malicious rumours, and he used his position in the church to excommunicate those who practiced hospitality. So John said that he would come in person and when he does, he will bring into light what Diotrephes is doing ... sparks are going to fly!

 

Within this letter is the theme of hospitality in the Christian community. 3 John serves as a balance to 2 John in which the church was warned not to support those who teach heresy or a false Gospel. Here, Gaius was highly commended for his gift of hospitality to brothers and sisters, even though they were strangers.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 19:32
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