Thursday, June 25, 2009

21st June Sermon Discussion - “Standing Tall in Turbulent Times – Taking a Stand for God”

Scripture Reading: Daniel 1

A. Warm Up: What is one Bible story about Daniel that you remember most and share why that is your favorite story.

B. Read Daniel 1:20 and review what Ps Khong shared on how we can take a stand for God in Turbulent Times. We do this by ...

1. Trusting God's Sovereignty – Rest. We can find rest even if our world seems to be falling apart.

2. Touching God's World - Relevance. We can choose to be a blessing and influence the world for good.

3. Testing God's Word - Reliance. We can depend on what God has promised in His Word, the Bible.

Is there a situation in your home or school that you are facing now that requires you to take a stand for God? Can you apply any of the points shared above? Share and pray with one another.

C. Take out your Bibles and find a promise in God's Word that you would like to claim for yourself this coming week. Find a partner and pray united prayers that God will fulfill His word in your life today!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Teen IDOL Camp 2009

A peek at the fun filled Teen IDOL Camp! Thank God for all who made it possible!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

14th June Sermon Discussion - "How Do I Love Myself?"

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:14

A. Warm Up: With a pen and paper, draw yourself and share with one another what you like best about yourself and why?

B. Read Galatians 5:14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

From this scripture, what is the one key that will help us to obey this command to love our neighbor?

From last Sunday’s message, we learnt that we have to deal with 2 things in order to love ourselves better.

1. Freaked out by our past – Admit it.

2. Freed up by the Lord – Accept it.

Share which one applies more to you and why.

C. Application: Go back to the picture that you have drawn earlier of yourself, write your name near your picture and add the line after your name “ ______ is God’s beloved”.

When you are done, tell the person next to you that “I am God’s beloved.”

Pray a blessing of God’s love for one another.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

God CAN use YOU!

Just today as I was walking home from school, I came across this "walking beggar" who was begging money from everyone he came across. He was walking with his crutches and his left leg was missing (most probably due to amputation or something). At first when he came towards me, I didn't give him any money and walked away. But then something in my heart reminded me to go and bless him.

Remembering about the 100k and what God has done for me, I went and blessed him with my money as he said he doesn't have enough money to eat. I prayed for God to bless him and told him about how God actually wants to bless him and after this whole thing, he was so grateful and he kept thanking God. :) He only gave me his name, as he doesnt have a handphone and he lives in his friend's home.

I invited him to Chinese service and he was quite receptive when I told him about Jesus and how He wants to bless him. I can't contact him, but I just pray that he will, one day come to church! :)

Another time was when I was on the way home at Yio Chu Kang MRT station. I saw this man who is blind and selling tissues. As God has convicted me, I approached him. After talking with him for a while, I realized that he is also a Christian! As I went on further, he actually opened up to me that his finger is hurt and need healing from the Lord.

So, seizing the opportunity, I whipped out my 100K blessing card and shared with him. He told me that he needed healing from the Lord, employment & career, financial freedom and family harmony. So I prayed for him on all these areas.

Amazingly after I prayed for him, I saw more and more people coming to buy tissue from him and also giving him more money than needed! When the uncle asked to return their change, they refused and walked off. Some of them even gave him money and didn't even take any tissue from him! Praise God! Our God is so amazing. He answers and hears our prayers!

I hope that after this testimony, you will be encouraged! :) Therefore, do not give up in doing the 100k blessing! You never know who among you will come to know the Lord because of you! :)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

7th June Sermon Discussion - "In This World You Will Have Trouble"

Scripture Reading: John 16:33, John 17

1. Warm up: (Prepare a blank piece of paper and a pencil for each of your cell member.)

Write the word “TROUBLE” on top of blank piece of paper, now draw a picture that comes to your mind that describes this word.

Go around the group and get all to share what they have drawn and also have them share how they personally feel when troubles come their way at home or at school or at play.

2. Read aloud together John 16:33 and if possible from different Bible translations.

Recall and review the 3 Attitudes that they should have in times of trouble.

(i) We must Anticipate His Glory – God is going to show up

John 17:1(NIV) After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.

(ii) We must Appreciate His Body – Love One Another

John 17:11 (NIV) I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.

(iii) We must Advance His Love – Give Generously

John 17:26 (NIV) I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Share one attitude that you would like to grow in and how you anticipate this will be a blessing to you.

Pray with another person in your cell that God will help you grow in this attitude this coming week at home, at school or at play.

3. Share and pray with one another how you plan to complete praying for the 10 persons as part of the Love Singapore 100K Blessing campaign.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Enlarge the Place of Your Tent

(Note written by Ps Eugene, dated 7th May 2009)

Dear Youthnet Family,

Currently I am on a flight from Singapore to Chengdu and have been thinking and praying (not sure which is which but I know the Lord hears my thoughts) about where the Lord has led us thus far, in this year of Loving our Neighbour. Probably many of us will say that where we are today is not exactly what we had in mind when we first began the year (this call of faith and the way of the cross for transformation). When we began the year, we did put down some plans and the Lord did show us some key strategies for this year. Therefore are these 2 streams and thoughts come together, what I felt the Lord put in my heart was a reminder to “stay on the course that I have set for you, do not get distracted or derailed, because this journey of faith is exactly what I have prepared and set up for you to work out your salvation and to see the coming day of the Lord”.

This strong impression came with a reminder again to “Enlarge the Place of your tent” (Isaiah 54:2).

I sense that the Lord is saying to many of us, at least in this immediate few months ahead, it is not about “planting and setting up new tents” it is about doing everything we can (with all the resources, blessings, open doors, opportunities) to step out in fresh faith and just “enlarge it”. It just calls for a diligent heart and enthusiastic spirit to “just do it” and see His hand move as He brings them in. I felt the Lord say that it is not going to be another added burden but in fact many of you will experience a new refreshment that you have missed for quite some time already and it will surprise you how energize and refresh you and your cell will feel by just “enlarging your tent”.

So what are some primers that will get us going?

1. “Stay on the course” – we have put down in our plans this month of May to be fully engage with the Blessing Campaign and as we sought the Lord for “My Perfect 10” we must enter wholeheartedly into this phase of Blessing and Fellowship. So do get fully into gear and start Blessing.

However as I was praying about this, I felt the Lord impress on me a new perspective to this call to bless and that is we must not just think that this is just about blessing “new people” or “people juts off the streets” (which of course does include these too). But how about thinking and reaching out to “all those who have come to our TGIF parties” what it means is that as long as these friends that we have, are not yet in any of our cells or been to any encounter, they are a group of people that we need to specifically make a strong effort to go out to bless and fellowship. Especially those who have indicated their desire to know Jesus or have even said the sinner’s prayer at our TGIF mtgs but have yet to make a public declaration of their faith. We can also include the many on our “consolidation list” too.

Now let me come back to this note again, I am now checked in at Chengdu Sunshine Hotel, have met up with the team that is already here.

2. “Think Relationally” – The Lord then reminded me again that this is indeed a very strategic key that He has revealed to us and that sometimes we have this misconception that we think it is just about relationships, we think it would just happen. But I sense the Holy Spirit’s prompting that “just happen” relationships needs a lot of “intentional hard work”. As we all know, relationships can be most rewarding and at the same time most frustrating too. We often think we know all about relationships but the Lord was saying again that “good relationships” is something that we must all “go after” or “pursue”.

So the key thrust of this prompting is that, in this faith journey, we must not get caught up (sometimes even before we start) with the “end results” and we forget to give heart and hard focus to “on going relationships” in fact, the word was “make relationship your goal and not just the channel” and by relationship, I was reminded again that it is not about relating with someone just to get a “conversion goal” but really to value relationships as long term friendships that will last the test of time and place too. I felt the Lord say, seek out, catalyst and build up fresh new communities (small groups) committed to each other and the rest the Holy Spirit will take care. We must understand that we must love the messenger before we love the message.

Just finished morning breakfast and have some time in between before we go down to ChongZhou city where the awards ceremony and show will be held this evening. Final pointer…

3. “Love One Another” – by this will all men know that you are my disciples. As I was on the flight, I was reading John 13 and it begins with the story of Jesus washing His disciples feet. As I read this familiar story again and with the key lessons from G12 and Transformation Conference ringing in my mind, I saw an interesting new angle to verse 14 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should washed one another’s feet”.

Often when I read this story and be reminded that this is key to servant leadership we often feel either guilty and judged when we as leaders feel that we have not done enough washing of feet and often too, we read it too as a place to “judge our leaders” and say, hey why “nobody has come to washed my feet”. But today as I read this scripture again, the key word “washed one another’s feet” seem to catch my attention. And the interpretation that I got today was that, if Jesus being of a “higher” level can wash his disciple feet of the “lower level” then surely we can washed “each other’s feet” at the same level, that should be the first given default level.

What I felt the Holy Spirit wanting to grab my attention to is that it is NOT about levels of leadership but a loving spirit towards each other. So it is not about what I do “down” or what I expect from “up” but what I am doing towards my fellow brothers and sisters because Jesus has set an example to break the ultimate status barrier – God to Man.

I trust that this short sharing is helpful to you and I pray that it will encourage you to press on and pursue God’s Perfect 10 for you – bless and fellowship, bless and fellowship. This is a promise that we can claim, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things that these because I am going to the Father.” (John14:12) Yes, we can do even greater and more because “Jesus is going to the Father” or in other words – “He has given us the Holy Spirit”.

God Bless, have faith, live faith, build faith and let’s Pull Together in Love.

Ps Eugene
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

31st May Sermon Discussion - "As Innocent As Doves"

Scripture Reference: Matthew 10:16

A) Ice-breaker – Truth or Lies

  1. Ask every cell member to think of 3 statements: they could ALL be truths, ALL be lies or a MIX of both truth and lies.
  2. Pair up with another cell member and share the 3 statements. Each person is to take turn to guess which statements are truths and which are not.
  3. Ask the members, ‘Is it easier to tell a lie or to fall for a lie?’
B) Read Matthew 10:16 and review what Ps Khong shared about being “ Innocent as Doves”
  1. Be the Best – Purity in Diligence
  2. Be a Blessing – Purity in Compassion
  3. Believe – Purity in Obedience (Trusting God)
C) From the sermon, we recognise that it is easy to be self-centred in our motives to be diligent or compassionate.

Divide the cell group into 2 groups. In each small group, discuss practical examples of ‘Being the Best’ (Purity in Diligence) and ‘Being a Blessing’ (Purity in Compassion) as a student. (An example of purity in diligence: You study hard for exams because you would like to be excellent & glorify God versus being ‘kiasu’. An example of purity in compassion: You join community service not just for the CIP hours but to serve the area of need.).

Each group is to share the practical examples listed.

Each member is to pick one area that is shared that he / she would like to work on.

D) A common symbol of the Holy Spirit is the dove.

Pray that the Holy Spirit come and purify you to become innocent and trusting to the Great Shepherd just like a dove.

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