Being With Jesus 2022
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Dear SSMC Family,
For BWJ 03, we are back to familiar territory in our reading of the Gospels. Familiarity can be a double-edged sword. When we are familiar with something or someone, we feel comfortable and can relate easily. Conversely, familiarity may also breed contempt causing us to lose respect, value or the sense of amazement.
The reading of the Gospels gives us an opportunity to focus again on the person of Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. My prayer and plea to you is to look at Jesus in the Gospel narratives, not just as our Saviour but how he modelled what true humanity is about and what it means to be human as God intended. It is important to believe IN Jesus, who He is, the cross and His resurrection for our salvation but beyond that we must believe LIKE Jesus. How? By resolving to embrace and embody His life-style as ours.
God’s purpose is not about getting all our facts and doctrines correct. His eternal purpose is that we be conformed to the likeness of His Son (Rom 8:29). A disciple is a follower or a student apprentice to a teacher. The goal of the disciple is to be like the teacher. A Christian is a disciple or follower who submits and aligns his/her HEAD – HEART – HAND to Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. His perspective becomes ours when we learn to see situations and the world through His eyes. His heart becomes our heart as we embrace and imitate His faith, obedience and passion, love, compassion and mercy, forgiveness and grace, joys and sadness, anguish and anger, persecution and suffering. His hand refers to His actions and works that impacted others. In the same manner, with our hands, we do likewise.
Who is a disciple of Jesus? “Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt 4:19. We can define a disciple as one:
1. Who decides to “follow Jesus” (HEAD)
2. Who allows Jesus to transform ”I will make you“ (HEART)
3. Who engages in Jesus’ mission to be “fishers of men” (HAND)
As we read the Gospels, may we look to Jesus as our model and learn what it means to LOVE GOD. LOVE PEOPLE. MAKE DISCIPLES.
Recently someone commented, “We will try not to let you down.” My reply, “You follow the Great and Good Shepherd. In so doing, you cannot go wrong.” Let’s do the same, we follow Jesus, the Great and Good Shepherd!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Robin and the Leadership Team
BWJ 2022 Children's Workbook
Click on the respective links below to download the past Children Church "Being With Jesus 2021/22" Workbooks
Reading of Scriptures by members of SSMC Children's Church
Being With Jesus 2022 (Introduction)
Dear SSMC Family,
Greetings in Jesus’ name!
Thank you for your faithful endurance and perseverance in using Being With Jesus! I trust that God’s Word has been effectively working in our lives and producing in us a Christlike character and lifestyle. As a church, we thank Pastor Ng Swee Ming for establishing BWJ to bring the church into reading the Word of God together, cover to cover, with the desire that our faith must be founded on the solid rock of God’s Word. We continue with his legacy as we enter our 6th year of Being With Jesus.
Come 2022, life is gradually returning to “normal” from the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone and everything had been shaken and tested in different ways for the past 2 years. Covid-19 has not ended as it is now endemic. Today, the world we live in is a different place. We must adapt and continue to live meaningful and productive lives. My personal view is that Covid-19 will not be the first and last global disruptive event. It is a foretaste and wake-up call for us, the church, to RESET, REFRAME, RECOMMIT and REDEPLOY as a faith community belonging to the LORD Jesus Christ. Things cannot and must not be business as usual.
The church must pivot not to greater heights of sophistication or modernity but to coming back to basics. Christ Jesus has left a template for us. We progress and experience renewal through rediscovery and experiencing again what coming to faith is, what following Jesus entails and what is our mission and purpose, and how the simple and profound message “Jesus Christ is LORD” sums up and affects us individually and corporately, affects our neighbours, this nation and the entire creation as it is worked out in a relational, contextual and relevant setting today.
But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son… (Gal 4:4). We may not realise this, but the world (cosmos) was never the same again when God incarnate came in the Person of Jesus more than two millennia ago. In a sense, nothing changed: Israel was still under occupation, life remained pretty much the same – same issues, struggles, concerns, fears, hopes and dreams. The people went about their normal routine of life.
Nothing changed and yet, everything has changed! The Kingdom of God was at hand for the King has come. Jesus’ death and resurrection made Him SAVIOUR, KING and LORD of all, establishing forever the Kingdom of God here, now (today) and unto eternity. The LORD Jesus restored the divine order by redeeming new humanity and empowering them with this mission to bring restoration and transformation to peoples and creation. We, who profess Jesus is LORD, must understand this narrative and ultimate reality. This is the privilege and responsibility given to us. Indeed, the Gospel brings hope and has power to transform.
For 2022, the SSMC family is transitioning to a leadership change.
Love God. Love People. Make Disciples. This is what God has laid on the hearts of the new leadership. We invite everyone to journey together. We will synchronise the BWJ readings with the pulpit ministry and body life as best as possible. Here are some changes to the BWJ format:
Passages without devotional write-ups. Whilst the devotional write-up helps, nevertheless, it is still the writer’s reflections. Let’s learn to read God’s word for what it is and expect Him to speak directly to us. There are multiple resources available to help. We encourage you to explore His Word yourself. A good resource to refer to is www.biblehub.com
The Word of God is not INFORMATIONAL but FORMATIONAL. It must teach/ educate our HEAD, convict and transform our HEART, and move our HAND. Let’s encourage and hold each other accountable as this is a loving thing to do, to live and share the Word.
Read the Word with God’s Story as context to help us make sense of how each specific story is synthesised and woven into one unified big story. Often, we “miss the forest for the trees”. Hold both the ‘big story’ and ‘small story’ in tension as we do BWJ.
As we do this, the Word must equip us for God’s mission (Missio Dei).
We want to affirm again that SSMC is an inter-generational church. We need each other to leverage on the collective wisdom and strength of the generations from ‘fathers and mothers’ to ‘young men and women’ and ‘children’. The leadership team and their spouses are here to serve as servants, for we are one of and one with you. Let’s journey together on this adventure.
Love God. Love People. Make Disciples.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Robin Liew and the Leadership
Being With Jesus 2021 (Past Editions)
Being With Jesus 2020
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How to read the Bible inductively?
1. Setting the context: “ABCs”
Author & Audience
Background — Period & culture?
Context — what comes before and after it?
2. What does the passage say? (Observation)
Read and reread the passage.
Who? What happened? What was taught? When? Where? How? Why?
Mark key words, repeated words or phrases, and commands.
3. What does it mean? (Interpretation)
What is the author’s intent in this passage? What is one principle or lesson the writer/God was trying to communicate? - saying to the people of his day?
Look at other related scriptures
Use Bible study aids to get a clearer meaning of the passage as needed.
4. How does the principle apply to one specific area of my life? (Application)
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me in this passage? Ask Him.
What is one way I can apply the heart of this passage to my life?
What will I do differently because of what I’ve learned?
Refer to the slides on Bible Engagement below (shared by Dr Lawson Murray during the Dive Deep into Bible Engagement Seminar on 10 Mar 2018)
Describe your image
Walk Thru the Old Testament Motions (2019)
Declaring the Word of God (2015/6)
Members from SSMC taking turns (in individual 290 x 20mins time slots) to read aloud the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation non-stop for 86 continuous hours, from midnight 28 Dec midnight to 3 Dec @ 4am closing the year in 2015 and ushering in 2016.
2 Timothy 4:13
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching