SOUL CARE: CURE FOR THE WEARY LIFE (Studies from the Old Testament Sages)
02-May-21 | Colossians 2:6-7 GCF - Halton 2nd Anniversary | Ptr. Ferdie Umali
ROOTED AND BUILT UP IN CHRIST!
The Lord Jesus Christ wants His followers to have progress in their spiritual lives. Anticipating that challenges will come along the way (cf. John 17:14-15), He knows that unless His people will be “rooted and built up” in Him, they will be easily swayed back and forth by the cunning doctrines and the craftiness of the people around them (cf. Eph 4;14).
The apostle Paul was committed to trust in Jesus in his spiritual journey. And in this Bible text, he reminds the Colossians to not only learn the fundamentals of the faith but also to live by it and to lean on Jesus Christ alone in their daily life. There are three steps that are laid out here in order for us to progress in the right direction or path.
I. To receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (v.6a) – SALVATION
II. To live in Christ continually (v.6b) – SANCTIFICATION
III. To overflow with thankfulness (v.7c) – SATISFACTION
09-May-21 | Mother's Day | Ptr. Jon Bernardo
BOLD, BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL
Bold, blessed and beautiful! Do you think that about yourself as mothers and women in general? The years may have taken a toll on you causing you to not feel remotely bold, blessed or much less beautiful. But take heart. If you’re not feeling or thinking this way about yourself, then maybe after this sermon you will begin to think of yourself differently through the eyes of the One who gave you reason to be bold, blessed and beautiful. God tells us through the teachings of Paul, Peter, and the Proverbs that women were meant to be bold, blessed and beautiful as they commit and live their lives to honor God – the radiance of an external beauty that comes from the inner beauty of a redeemed soul.
- Boldness to learn ____________ (Titus 2:3; 1 Peter 3:1-2)
- Blessed by loving ____________ (Titus 2:4)
- Beautified by living ____________ (Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3:3-6)
- Inspiration / Celebration / Application
CULTIVATING A CULTURE BEYOND OURSELVES
16-May-21 | Rom.12:1-2 Habit of Sacrifice: Give Everything to God | Pt. Narry Santos
HABIT OF SACRIFICE: GIVE EVERYTHING TO GOD
This Sunday, we start a 6-part series entitled “Cultivating a Culture Beyond Ourselves,” based on Romans 12-15. To cultivate this culture, we need to develop 6 habits (of sacrifice, service, selflessness, submission, strength, & sharing). Our 1st message in this series focuses on the habit of sacrifice (which refers to giving everything to God). Based on Rom. 12:1-2, how do we give our everything to God?
- OFFER OURSELVES TO GOD (12:1)
Paul begins his practical pleadings based on God’s mercy (i.e., His compassion to deliver us out of sin & misery). Then Paul exhorts us to offer (or yield) our bodies (or total being) as living, holy & God-pleasing sacrifice (cf. 6:13, 19). We then are able to do what worships or serves God. What’s the point here? A life totally lived for God greatly pleases Him. Let us then use every part of us to please Him!
- OVERHAUL OUR MINDS (12:2)
A dedicated life leads to a transformed life that discerns God’s will & delights Him. Two commands need to be obeyed: (1) do not be conformed to society’s standards; & (2) be transformed (coming from the word translated “metamorphosis,” meaning total change from the inside out). Transformation (cf. 2 Cor. 3:18) happens with the renewal of the mind (cf. 2 Cor. 11:3; 4:4; Phil. 4:8). The battle is won in the mind. Let’s rethink how we think. When we do that, we prove by testing (or ascertaining) God’s good, pleasing & perfect will. Let’s commit to always mind our mind!
23-May-21 | Rom.12:3-8 Habit of Service: Use Your Gifts for Others | Ptr. Jon Bernardo
HABIT OF SERVICE: GIFTED TO GIVE
The fruit of sacrifice for God’s glory is service to others. Sacrifice must result in service while service must involve sacrifice in presenting one’s self to God as a living sacrifice according. That phrase “living sacrifice” means that in everything and in everyday must be lived as a means to worship God.
God gifted His people so that He can demonstrate His grace in very practical terms, which means that we receive gifts not so we can keep them but so that we can release them. In other words, God blesses us so we can bless others. What we receive by God’s grace must be given away by the same measure of faith that God has given. Everything comes by His grace so everything must be done for His glory through the generous giving of ourselves for the sake of others. Isn’t this exactly the same thing that Christ did for us so that we may follow in His footsteps? What gifts has God given you? How are you using it to serve others?
- APPLICATION: ____________ God’s gifts for ____________ (vv. 6-8)
- CELEBRATION: ____________ God’s glory through ____________ (vv. 4-5)
- INSPIRATION: ____________ God’s grace in ____________ (v. 3)
30-May-21 | Rom.12:9-21; 13:8-14 Habit of Selfeshness: Love People Sincerely | Ptr. Narry Santos
HABIT OF SELFLESSNESS: LOVE PEOPLE SINCERELY
We have discovered 2 habits that cultivate culture beyond ourselves: (1) habit of sacrifice; & (2) habit of service. Today, we will look at the habit of selflessness: loving people sincerely. Romans 12:9-21 presents a lengthy series of short commands (usually in positive & negative pairs; 12:9, 11, 16-20) on social relationships, whether with believers or unbelievers. What 3 ingredients of selflessness make us go beyond ourselves?
- LOVE: ATTITUDE THAT ATTRACTS OTHERS (12:9-13)
Love is attractive. It has 3 descriptions: (1) “sincere” (12:9a) – without hypocrisy; (2) “hate what is evil” (12:9b); & (3) “cling to what is good” (12:9c). It is seen in 2 ways: (1) “be devoted in brother love” (12:10a)—with family affection; & (2) “honour one another above yourselves” (12:10b; Phil. 2:3). It is evident service (as a “slave”) in 2 ways: (1) “never lacking in zeal” (12:11a)— not hesitating, shrinking, or lazy, but diligent; & (2) “keep your spiritual fervor” (12:11b)—literally “boiling” in excitement. Service is also shown in 3 attitudes: (1) “joyful in hope” (12:12a; cf. 5:2-5); (2) “patient in afflictions” (12:12b)—steadfast endurance under pressure; & (3) “faithful in prayer” (12:12c)—persistent & diligent to pray. Love is shown by sharing to others in 2 ways: (1) “sharing with God’s people who are in need” (12:13a; cf. Acts 2:44-45; 11:27-30; 15:25-27); & (2) “practice hospitality” (12:13b)—pursue friendliness to strangers.
- BLESS: RESPONSE THAT FEELS FOR OTHERS (12:14-16)
To bless others (12:14; Matt. 5:44; Luke 23:34; Acts 7:59-60), which is the new way to love, is a commitment to respond in selfless ways, whatever be the action or emotion of others. To bless involves empathizing with others, whether believers or unbelievers, by: (1) rejoicing with those who rejoice & mourning with those who mourn (12:15); (2) living in harmony with one another (literally, having the same attitude toward one another) through humility (negatively: “do not be proud” & “do not be conceited”; positively: be willing to associate with people of lowly position; 12:16).
III. PEACE: RELATIONSHIP THAT OVERCOMES OFFENSES (12:17-21)
Avoiding retaliation (12:17a) & revenge (12:19a), doing what is right (in the ethical sense of good, noble, & honorable; 12:17b) & relating in peace (or living in harmony as much as possible, 12:18) overcome evil from enemies. The motivation to do this is that to avenge is not our domain; it is God’s (12:19-21; Prov. 25:21-22). Rom. 12:21 gives a summary for attaining peace.
06-Jun-21 | Joint GCFT Peel, Halton & York | GCF York 10th Anniversary | Ptr. Narry Santos
REMEMBERING TO GIVE THANKS TO GOD
As we celebrate with GCF Peel and GCF Halton the 10th anniversary of GCF York, we remember to give thanks to God. To recall who God is and what He has done is enough reason for us to rejoice. A major church milestone is a call not just to celebrate but also to praise and thank God for the great works He has done for us. Psalm 136, which is often referred to as the “Great Hallel,” reminds us to rehearse God’s character and acts of wonder. Using antiphony (or responsive alternation between 2 groups), this psalm’s theme is to praise the Lord who did great works, and its refrain is because of His enduring loyal love (seen 26x in 26 verses). How do we celebrate together?
- GIVE THANKS TO GOD (136:1-3, 26)
The psalmist calls us to praise and thank the Lord (136:1a, 2a, 3a, 26a). The basis for this call is the nature and character of God: (1) His goodness (136:1a); (2) His love (136:1b, 2b, 3b, 26b); and (3) His name (Lord [136:1a], God of gods [136:2a], Lord of lords [136:3a], and God of heaven [136:26b]). The Lord’s loyal love refers to His covenant faithfulness to His chosen people whom He loves. Let’s always praise and thank God!
- REMEMBER GOD’S GREAT WORKS (136:2-25)
The psalmist proceeds from the call to praise and thank God to the cause for the praise and thanks. The introductory summary of this cause is contained in the words “who alone does great wonders” (136:4a). God’s marvelous acts are evident in creation (136:4-9), in history (136:10-24), and in providing food for all (136:25). All of these great wonders are given by God as tangible expressions of His redeeming and sustaining love. Let’s always remember God and His great works!
13-Jun-21 | Rom.13:1-7 Habit of Submission: Give to Caesar What Is Caesar's | Ptr. Jon Bernardo
HABIT OF SUBMISSION: ACKNOWLEDGING AUTHORITIES
In our current series “Cultivating a Culture Beyond Ourselves”, we explore all dimensions of our relationships in the world as Christ teaches us to look after the things that concern others – even more than our own.
This Sunday, we’ll address a part of our Christian life that we seldom talk about – and that is our relationship with governing authorities. In Romans 12, the apostle Paul puts an emphasis on the Christian’s relationship with other people – both within the church as in our relationship with fellow followers of Christ – and then with everyone else. Here in the first part of Romans 13 – particularly in verses 1-7, the apostle Paul extends that discussion within the realm of civic authorities, i.e., world governments who are in charge of keeping the rule of law and social justice.
What is expected from a follower of Christ when it comes to their relationship with the governments of the world for which they are a part of as citizens? What does the Christian’s personal relationship with Christ have to do with their responsibility to these governments? And what if the Christian’s obedience to those who are in authority come into conflict with their obedience to God? The answers are not simple so we look to God’s word for wisdom.
- ________ of Government: Submit to authorities because God is in ___________ (vv. 1-3)
- ________ of Government: Submit to authorities because they are God’s _________ (vv. 4-6)
- ________ to Government: Submit to authorities because to God it’s _________ (v. 7)
- Inspiration / Application / Celebration