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Thanksgiving and Prayer – Eph 1:15-23
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:48


Gratitude at its deepest level embraces all of life with thanksgiving:

the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, the holy and the not so holy.

Jesus calls us to recognize that gladness and sadness are never separate,

that joy and sorrow really belong together,

and that mourning and dancing are part of the same movement.

Gratitude is the discipline in which I constantly reclaim my whole past

as the concrete way God has led me to this moment

and is sending me into the future.

(Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Formation)



Last Sunday, we came across a very appropriate passage for Thanksgiving Sunday - Ephesians 1:15-23. After Paul listed the many spiritual blessings that we have in Christ (Eph 1:1-14), he then bursted into thanksgiving to God for the believers in Ephesus. Even though Paul was imprisoned in Rome when he wrote Ephesians, he found joy and thanksgiving in the lives of those whom he had the opportunity to mentor and disciple.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:37
Together for the Last Time – Themes in the Missional Life of the Church – Acts 1:1-11
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 02 October 2017 13:31


This past week, we had the privilege of having Dr. Ross Hastings with us as he preached from Acts 1:1-11, where we see Jesus parting words during the last earthly moments with his disciples. As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised the descending of the Spirit to empower the church to continue His work here on earth. Dr. Hastings highlighted four couplets that hold our faith and ministry together.


1. To do and to teach (1:1). Luke began by referring to his former book in which he told the story of what Jesus did and taught (v1). By implication, the church is to continue to do and to teach in accordance to Christ himself.  The teaching of Christ is authenticated by acts of justice, compassion, love, and service.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 08:25
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – Eph 1:1-14
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:14


The crown jewel of St. Paul’s writing!

The divinest composition of man!

The most authoratative and grandest expression of the Christian faith!


These are some of the ways that theologians and pastors like C.H. Dodd, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and John Calvin used to describe the book of Ephesians. There are at least three major themes in this opening portion of Ephesians: 1) Chosen or predestined, 2) Spiritual blessings in Christ, and 3) Praise to the glory of God.


The idea of chosen or predestined is seen in verses 4, 5, and 11. Traditionally, the emphasis of being chosen or predestined has been interpreted from an individual perspective. What we mean by that is I have (or you have) been chosen and predestined to be saved. But perhaps a better way to understand this concept is that God has chosen and predestined the Church (collective) to be the means by which He will bring all things together under Christ (v10). The emphasis here is on corporate election. You and I (or anyone for that matter) become part of God’s chosen when we are united with Christ (make a profession of faith to follow Christ). This view doesn’t minimize the love of God by any means but rather, it elevates the importance of the Church (which Paul will expound on in the 2nd half of Ephesians).


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:11
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