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Scottish Community Centre

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8886 Hudson Street

Vancouver, BC

 

Ministry Centre

#110 - 1200 West 73rd Ave

Vancouver, BC

V6P 6G5

 

Tel: 604-261-3339

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Single-Minded Devotion – Matt 6:1-15
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:06

 

What a meaningful Father’s Day celebration! It was beautiful to see Melanie’s testimony and sharing, to hear of her father’s heart to serve the members of this orchestra, and then to see the passion of Professor Yin in his conducting! Many members of the orchestra expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of our worship yesterday and I want to pass that on to you. It was a real blessing for us at LPC, a blessing to the members of the orchestra, and a meaningful moment for Melanie, Professor Yin and the family.

Then we had the opportunity to dedicate Malcolm to the Lord on Brandon’s first Father’s day, what a delight!

 

 

For our sermon time, Jens Zimmermann offered us a way to think about the Sermon on the Mount.

 

First, Jesus is the Son of God, the firstborn of all creation, the cosmic Christ (Col 1:15). The Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is in us. For those who have made a profession of faith to follow Christ, our identity rests on the fact that we are sons and daughters of God.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:17
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More Hard Teachings of Jesus – Promise Keeping, Retaliation, and Loving Enemies – Matt 5:33-48
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 14 June 2018 09:53

 

In the Old Testament story of the Exodus, which serves as a way for us to understand the Christian life, you will notice that the Law was given to Israel AFTER they were delivered and rescued from Egypt. The Ten Commandments were given not as a prerequisite for salvation but rather as a way to form this group of slaves into the covenant people of God. In the same manner, observing the commands, the re-giving of the Law, and the teaching of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, has no bearing on salvation. Obedience and observance of Jesus commands is best seen as a way to form us into the image of Christ – a way of discipleship.

 

Oaths (5:33-37) – the Rabbis developed a complicated system whereby if you swore an oath on the name of God, you were bound but if you swore an oath by ‘Jerusalem’ or ‘heaven’, you were not legally bound. They built in loopholes for vows and oaths. So Jesus simply said, “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. Stay true to your word, be honest, and live with integrity especially in your business transactions.

 

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Christ as the Fulfillment of the Law and Prophets – Matt 5:17-26
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:08

 

In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained his relationship to the Law and Prophets and then gives an example of how to interpret the Law, Thou Shall Not Murder.

 

Jesus declared that He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets (5:17).

 

We can understand how Jesus fulfilled the law in at least three ways. Firstly, Jesus was the only one who was able to completely fulfill the law. Writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was tempted in every way but He did not sin (Heb 4:15). Secondly, Jesus fulfilled the law in that He embodied everything that the Law and Prophets pointed to. The OT system of sacrifice and atonement of sin was fulfilled in Christ (Heb 7:27). Jesus was the suffering servant of Isaiah, the promised salvation in Hosea, the coming Messiah in Malachi, and many other prophecies. Finally, Jesus fulfilled the law in that He taught the original intent of the God’s command (murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, revenge, and loving enemies).

 

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