Sunday, 6th October 2019
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Bible is like a GPS on the earth to guide us on the right path, it helps us to build a godly family, because it records history, teaches us how to love, and gives us assignments in our daily life.
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:12-13)
As a family in Christ, God taught us to love and encourage one another, at the same to to watch out for one another. That’s why fellowship is so important!
In a family, we’d often have hard times with our parents, brothers and sisters; the same with the church family, that we may have different opinions. We’re all sinners, there’s no perfect family and there’s no perfect church, because no one is perfect. When we know that we’re not perfect then we can humble ourselves to accept one another in the family.
“This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:1-7)
God wants to raise us up not to put us down. As Christians we should be belonged to a church, be covered, be protected, be committed and to serve in it. It’s not about doing but about serving.
Together we can feed and hungry and provide for the poor; follow Jesus’ steps so signs and wonders will follow us. We should support one another, work as a team, just like how the apostles supported Peter. Be willing to let go of our own selfish desires, receive the Holy Spirit, seek God first and He will reveal to us the secret to life – unity.