Mission Sunday: Life Transforming Partnership with FOR BETTER LIFE FOUNDATION (FBLF), Thailand(Isa 53:v4-6, v10-11; Matt 6:9-11; 2 Cor 9:6-7)
1) The community of ESCCC is called by God to store up treasures in heaven (Mt 6: 19-21.) . In 2 Cor 9: 6-7, Paul urges the Corinthian Christians to give generously and cheerfully to the work of God.
2) I have the privilege of promoting “WHY For Better Life Foundation” deserve our support and partnership.
2.1) They have Clear Vision Purpose Driven Mission Strategies.
2.2) The leaders are Christian Thai nationals, who are culturally and linguistically relevant
2.3) Their Mission work are highly Cost-Effective. They have no visa problems.
2.4) Their partnership with the convicting work of the Holy Spirit are very strong.
2.5) Their Evangelistic programs reaches to both rural and city population of 60 millions.
3) Evidence of Effective Strategy Programs :
3.1) Five Children’s Homes and Orphanages. They “rescued 210 vulnerable children from very poor tribal communities from being “sold” as sex slaves in sex industries.
3:2) Maitreejit Chrsitian School : 304 children from displaced tribes and Children’s Homes are enrolled in the MCS. Dr Alan and Jolie Heng, members of ESCCC, have poured their life savings into building a High School, to install classrooms for Year 11 and 12. There is a shortage of A$40,000. Is there a Generous Giver to store up treasures in heaven?
3:3) Every Home for Christ, Thailand (EHCT) : Their effective evangelistic programs cover Prison Ministry; Children ministry, Door to Door Outreach. Every Home and Family won for Christ is transformed into a House Church through Discipleship and Pastoral Training. This is a highly effective way of planting new house churches.
3:4 ) Creator Church : 7 Churches have been planted with 785 members coming from displaced tribes and ex-prisoners. Each church is being equipped with Discipleship and Pastoral Training.
3:5) Thai Media Ministry (in Partnership With Trans World Radio): This Evangelistic tool has reaped immense responses from listeners from Mountain villages, Muslims-dominated regions. 47 Radio Stations beaming Bible Stories and Messages in every half-hour broadcasts cover an immense populations residing in many regions.
How can we Support ?
A) ESCCC can be engaged in Earnest corporate prayers
B) Adopt a Community Church
C) Sponsor a child through University / Bible College @A$550 pa.
D) Support the completion of the high school building.
E) Pray and anoint the members of the short term mission.
In Romans 4, Paul uses Abraham as a old testament example of how God provides justification to those who believe in Him.
Abraham is a hero of the Jewish faith. Even Abraham the father of all Jews, was justified by faith as well, all the way back in the old testament. Abraham was called by God at the point of time in the world that the Law of Moses did not exist yet. In Genesis 15:6 we are told that “he believed, and it was credited to him as righteousness”. It was the point of belief where he was given righteousness, not after he had “proven” or “qualified” himself.
Even in the time of David when the Mosaic laws did exist, the way of attaining righteousness or sinlessness, is still not in the hands of man. In Romans 4 and Psalms 32 David acknowledges his own sin in his life, and proclaims that those whose sins are forgiven by God, are blessed. So we must understand that being credited with righteousness, or having our sins removed from us, is something that can ONLY be done by God. The law can’t forgive you of your sins, and trying to do more righteous acts could never make up for it.
Abraham, the father of the Jewish people was not circumcised when he was justified. It happened before any so called “works of righteousness”. We must understand that circumcision is one of the main things that the Jews believed set them apart from other people, and qualified them to be the “people of God”. But now Paul is saying that circumcision is just the seal, but not basis of righteousness.
Now, having faith like Abraham is difficult. But we are called to have that same kind of faith as well. We often find ourselves in situations whereby it is hard to believe God’s promises, and place our trust in Jesus Christ and the gospel alone. We often have a compulsive need to depend on logic and the things of this world. But Abraham knew what God had said and promised. Thus he was fully persuaded by God and not by probabilities or science. We have answer God’s call to love Him and love our neighbours, despite what we see in the world today.
True faith will always result in actions. So if we truly say that we believe in Jesus and absolutely trust God, let us leave our comfort zones just like Abraham did. Struggling through the doubts that plague us and tell us that “its not possible”, the same doubts that Abraham faced when he obeyed God.
“Be not deceived… [the devil’s] cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do [God’s] will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” – C.S. Lewis
Hao Yi Tan
Why can’t a loving God just forget our sin?
It would be immoral for a righteous God to forget what we have done. A Righteous God cannot forget sin. He cannot until it is paid for. At the cross, God shows that he can remain just. He did not ignore our sin but deal with it perfectly and completely through the death of his Son. He is loving, because He freely gave Jesus, who was righteous and without sin , to die in our place allowing us to escape his anger against our sin (2 Cor 5:21). Without God’s merciful action, we would have been held accountable. God save us, and the way He saves us reflects His righteousness, a right way.
God imputes Christ’s righteousness to us when we put our trust in Christ and so before God, we are declared righteous. This is what it means to be justified by faith. It is by grace, a gift from God, to those who believe.
When we repent of our unbelief in Jesus, we are in a position to be sanctified. Sanctification is the process of being sanctified, of being made holy and righteous. We begin to see other sins that we need to repent from. Christ will begin to show us how to follow Him, to think, to talk and to act more like Him.
And this is what being a Christian, a follower of Christ is about. It’s a process. A very long process. A lifelong process.
God has given us the Holy Spirit who will impart righteousness on us as we seek to follow Christ and be more Christ like. How are you living out your Christian faith? Will others see the fruit of the Spirit in us (Gal 5:22)?
Elder Freddie Lee