Pastor John Ting concludes the Acts 13-28 sermon series by looking at four personal lessons from Acts 13-28. (1) The key role of the Holy Spirit in missions and ministry. (2) The deliberateness and proactive looking to the Lord in the appointing of leaders. (3) Encountering the demonic. (4) At heart Paul is a pastor/shepherd and an evangelist.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.