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Finishing Well - Acts 28
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

If your life is a like a four lap race around a track, how would you run that final lap? The Gospel according to the world says you go all out for the first three laps, then you coast that final lap to the finish line because you’ve earned it. The Gospel of Jesus says that we finish that final lap of our life, focused on Christ, and with all of the health, physical energy, passion, and conviction that God has given us, we keep our eyes on the finish line, and finish strong for the kingdom of God. The apostle Paul modeled it for us, in 2 Tim 4:7, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

 

As we conclude the book of Acts, there are two things that we can learn from the life of Paul and two things that we can learn from the author, Luke.

 

From Paul, the first thing that we learn is that in order to finish well, we have to fight the good fight. By this, Paul doesn’t mean to courageously face the hardships of life that is common to all people, Paul is specifically referring to the spiritual life. I believe he meant that we need to fight against our sinful nature until the very end. Both St. Augustine and Martin Luther1 expounded on the idea that our sinful nature has the tendency to curve inward toward the self instead of outward toward God or others. As we age, if we don’t fight against the sinful nature, we will easily feel a sense of entitlement to the luxuries, securities, and comforts that we have ‘earned’ as we coast to the finish line. Second thing that Paul modeled for us is his conviction that God can use any hardship or setback that comes from serving Him and make it good according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). So Paul’s imprisonment, trials, arrest were all used to advance the Gospel.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:59
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Giving Leftovers to God?
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:01

 

A story was told of a little boy who felt ignored by his busy father. One morning over breakfast, his dad was as usual busy with phone calls and texting customers. The boy asked: “Dad, how much do you earn?” The father replied hurriedly, “Enough to feed the family, my son. Maybe, fifty to sixty dollars per hour, or around a dollar per minute?” The boy’s eyes beamed like an owl. “Wow! A dollar per minute? Dad, can I pay you five dollars from my piggy bank for five minutes of your time?

Imagine the father’s reaction. Will he be able to carry on with his busy calls? Will he recognize that he had mixed up his priorities? The truth is, we are often guilty of that. When we are too caught up with our own stuff, we sacrifice other things. The father was present physically but his mind was far away. We see that in large parts of society nowadays. During mealtimes, people sitting around the table would be texting, updating their statuses on social media, or simply playing a game, totally oblivious of the people next to them. I wonder. If we can be oblivious to people, we are equally capable of being oblivious to God. Will we be so caught up with our own priorities that we have become too busy for God? Too busy to pray? Too tired to read? Too distracted to pay attention to God's prompting? Are we merely giving leftover resources to be used for the Great Commission?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:23
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Church Planting - Acts 21
Written by Conrade Yap   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:28

Last Sunday, Pastor John gave us a short tour of some of the church planting activities happening around Metro Vancouver. Toward the end of the sermon, he gave us three applications:

  1. 1) Be faithful to God’s calling and do not be easily discouraged
  2. 2) Support and Encourage our missionaries regularly
  3. 3) Recapture the vision and zeal of planting churches



These described well the vision of Jesus to Paul in Acts 18:9-10. Churches can grow or shrink rapidly on the basis of popularity and personality. Many of them use numerical growth to measure Church health. It can be exciting when the Sunday service is filled with people. It can also be discouraging when the numbers dwindle to a handful. Saddleback Church has Rick Warren and his “Purpose-Driven” initiatives to drive growth. Chicago-based Willow Creek Church has her Hybels, Ortbergs, and many leaders who can communicate well and draw in numerous crowds. A megachurch based in Seattle had their Mark Driscoll to thank for the rapid growth of the Mars Hill network of churches. All these churches enjoyed a phenomenal influx of people.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:38
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