Adam Road Presbyterian Church Podcast

Accommodation and Contextualization in Ministry

The message emphasises the importance of adjusting and shaping our ministry to fit the wave length and situation of those we minister to. The Apostle Paul did this for example, in his message to the Athenians. Pastor John Ting preaches from Acts 17:16-34.

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Godly Elderly Care

Pastor John talks about challenges and issues faced by the elderly and how family and church members can help them in dealing with them. 

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Men’s Rules or God’s Commands?

The Pharisees and teachers of the law charged Jesus with not observing the tradition of the elders which they regarded as on par with God's commands. Jesus responded by saying the tradition of the elders were man-made rules and regulations. The Pharisees and teachers of the law stressed the importance of being ceremonially clean. Jesus stressed the importance of being inwardly clean. A danger for us today is to shift the focus of our obedience from the inward to the outward. Pastor John Ting preaches from Mark 7:17-30.
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Why Did Jesus Teach in Parables

Jesus taught in parables to sift out and separate sincere seekers from those who were not sincere nor true seekers. The parable of the sower helped the disciples to understand why the responses to Jesus and his message were so mixed. The parable was also a call to be good soil. Pastor John Ting preaches from Mark 4:21-34.

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God’s Time Has Come

Both John the Baptist and  the Lord Jesus preached repentance. John Sung strongly preached repentance. I see parallels between the fruit of repentance seen in the ministry of John Sung and the fruit of repentance called for by John the Baptist. For both, repentance is concrete, practical, specific, related to one’s daily vocation and daily life and relationships. I suspect most of us need to take repentance more seriously. Far more seriously for some of us! 

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Samson

That God continued to use Samson despite his sins and failures can be an encouragement to us that God may use us also despite our sins and failures, if we repent. Pastor John Ting preaches from Judges 16:1-6; 18-30.

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Gideon

Was Gideon spiritually mature and strong in faith? Not really. Why then was his ministry effective and successful? Pastor John Ting preaches from Judges 6-7.

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Signs and Non-Signs of the Future

Luke 21.8-24 list events that will take place up to the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple in AD 70. Luke 21.25-36 record signs of the second coming. By way of reflection and application John Ting looks at 1. Did the events of 21.8-36 take place in the New Testament era or do they refer to the future end time?  2. Persecution and response to persecution. 3. Living in the light of his return – watch and pray! 4. Do not be anxious about what the future may hold but trust that God has our future in his hands and that his grace will be sufficient.

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Learning to Pray from the Psalms in Times of Depression

Psalms 42-43 are the prayer from the heart from someone experiencing clinical depression which is manifested in spiritual dryness and emptiness and the absence of God and His presence. John Ting shares his personal experience of depression as he expounds Psalms 42-43.

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Blessings and Curses

Pastor John Ting discusses the blessings and curses in Leviticus 26. He then looks at two issues (1) The curses seem to picture God as harsh, oppressive, even vindictive; (2) The straight connection of obedience leading to blessings and disobedience to curses is not always true. He concludes with two points of application (1) the obedient will always experience God's blessings but these are often spiritual and non-material; and  (2) we need to heed God's discipline.

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Acceptable and Unacceptable

An explanation of the different offerings mentioned in Leviticus 6.8-7.38 and how they deal with sin. What makes offerings acceptable or unacceptable to God. Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross makes animal sacrifices obsolete. Christians are now to offer spiritual sacrifices. Pastor John preaches from Leviticus 7:1-10; 28-36.

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In These Last Days Stand Firm When You Face False Teachers

Paul warns against false teachers. John Ting shares his personal experience as a victim of gross false teaching and points to the practise of the Bereans (Acts 17.11) as a model to follow.

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Qualities Required in Church Leaders

Some elders of the Ephesian church had become false teachers. Paul drew up a list of qualities required to be an elder or deacon. His intention was that in applying the list this would hopefully screen out potential false teachers and lift up the quality of elders and deacons. Pastor John Ting preaches from 1 Timothy 3:1-13.

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Meditations on Leaving Behind Unwanted Baggage and Moving On

The apostle Paul wrote, "Forgetting what is behind I press on." There are issues which may hinder our pressing on and we need to leave them behind. But there are also issues we should continue to remember and not forget like God's grace, love, mercy and faithfulness. Pastor John Ting preaches from Philippians 3:10-14.

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Covenant Renewal

Joshua 24 records Israel's covenant renewal at the end of Joshua's campaigns to possess the land of Canaan. Joshua tells the people they are not able to serve the Lord given that he is a holy and jealous God. Encouragingly they were able to serve the Lord and continued to do so even after the death of Joshua. Pastor John Ting preaches.

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Israel at War

Spiritual lessons from Joshua's first campaign of conquest (and momentary defeat) in Canaan especially the subversive, enticing nature of sin and how to overcome it. Pastor John Ting preaches from Joshua 5:13 to 8:35

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Jesus in ‘Attack’ Mode

The religious leaders were confident that they were first in God's kingdom because of their piety and righteousness. Jesus, however, 'attacked' them because they failed to walk the talk so they were last in God's kingdom. The tax collectors, sinners and prostitutes were entering the kingdom because they repented in response to the messages of John the Baptist and Jesus. Thus the last became first. Pastor John Ting preaches from Matthew 21:28 to 22:14.

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Trust and Rest in Jesus

John the Baptists began to doubt Jesus was the Messiah despite earlier being so sure. This was because Jesus did not meet John's Messianic expectations. To people who are tempted to fall away because Jesus does not meet their expectations Jesus says, as he said to John, "Blessed is the man (and woman) who does not fall away on account of me." Then there is Jesus' gracious invitation to come to him to find rest, rest for our souls.

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Church in Action or Inaction Part 2

There is a need to nurture our appetite for God's word and give it the priority it deserves so that we will be changed by it. Pastor John Ting preaches from Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23.

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Church in Action or Church Inaction?

What are some of the perils of false teaching? For the people in Jeremiah's time, it was their wrong temple theology that brought about God's destruction of the temple. What can we learn from their example? Pastor John Ting preaches from Jeremiah 7:1-15.

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