Today's Message

A MORNING PRAYER

In faith do we hold You, Father,
Close in our hearts.
The darkness overwhelms us;
Your light does not depart.

You nurse us in Your grace, in love,
From fear to fear.
Your assurance feeds our faith
And quietly wipes our tears.

Which other god gives us choices,
Wielding power?
Which other god sustains us,
As You do a flower?

Amen.

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Christian Education


Teaching Series on the Book of Jeremiah by Bishop Rennis Ponniah

April 2018

The Old Testament book of Jeremiah is a 2,500-year-old prophecy that is as relevant to our life today as it was to the Jews at the time.

It is message from and about God who works out his purposes through covenants.

Though more than 500 years before Christ, Jeremiah knew about the arrival of the New Covenant in Jesus that would change everything. The Jews in Jeremiah’s time were either longing for the Messiah to come or, the majority had given up hope and forsaken their God.

But God had not forsaken them.

In the same way, Christians all over the world look forward to Jesus’ second coming but most people in the world couldn’t care less. Jeremiah’s prophecy gives us great encouragement to live faithfully in a world that is in turmoil.

Bishop Rennis spent part of his sabbatical in 2016 to study Jeremiah at a deeper level. God powerfully spoke to Bp Rennis and he now passes the message on to the church in 10 sessions, delivered in five lectures at St Hilda’s Church.

– Ps Martin Jungnickel

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News


Church Camp 2019 – Putrajaya

16 Jun 2019

Church Camp was different this year. Nearly 200 church members from the three services participated.

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Reference materials and resources for Home Cells, Bible Study Groups and Christian Education Ministries may be found in this link to Ethos Institute’s website.

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GLORY


Righteousness, Christ or the Law?

18 Aug 2019

“Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”
Romans 10:4

Upon close examination, this is a stunning and somewhat bewildering statement.

It seems to suggest Christ has brought an end to the Law (given to Moses) that we might have righteousness (with God) and eternal life, if we believe in Christ Jesus.  Seemingly, ‘belief‘ (in Jesus) is the primary key, not ‘obedience’ (to the Law).

Yet, to be good disciples, we are commanded to follow Christ and obey His commandments. So, here, we are back to ‘obedience’.  Is this inconsistent?

Another question: are the Law and Christ’s commandments the same?

Regarding the first question – I have been a Christian for 30 years but have struggled and failed to obey Jesus on many occasions.  Maybe presumptuously, I truly believe I am still a disciple of Christ, albeit a very imperfect one.  I have gained righteousness simply because I believe that Christ Jesus died for my sins and I have repented of them when I first believed Christ.  The Living Bible puts it this way: “They (the scribes and the Pharisees) do not understand that Christ gives to those who trust in him everything they are trying to get by keeping his laws. He ends all of that”.

Regarding the second question – the answer is, basically, yes. Christ’s commandments are derived from the Law; after all the Law was given by God to Moses.  Furthermore, Christ Himself declared: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them”  (Matthew 5:17).  The point is that the Law shows God’s standard of righteousness, but it does not have the power to help us achieve that. On the other hand, Christ gives us grace, an unmerited favour, in exchanging His righteousness for sin, through our faith.

The real question, then, is not how much we have done, or not done, to obey Christ’s commands as His disciples. Rather, it is in the context of our ultimate salvation in eternal life, whether we have placed our faith in Christ, who died for our sins and, in its place, reckons righteousness to us.

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