Being With Jesus 2022

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BWJ Vol 2, Apr-June 2022

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Greetings in Jesus’ name !

 

Indeed, time flies as we now enter Q2 of 2022. We are certain that God  has spoken, encouraged, inspired, assured and moved you to respond in trust, obedience and worship through the pages of the Psalms. Do continue to share such God moments with each other to inspire and encourage one another as we journey forward. The WORD must be both INFORMATIONAL and TRANSFORMATIONAL; Educating the Head,  Touching the Heart, Moving the Hands! We are aware that some of you struggle to follow the readings due to the minimalist format compared to previous BWJ. We continue to encourage you to persevere to read the Word of God asking the Holy Spirit to reveal truths and principles. 

 

For April, we will remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, our Saviour, King and Lord. Our BWJ readings will cover the  relevant passages on Jesus’ life, teachings, His death and resurrection. This is followed by exciting accounts in Acts for the month of May, in conjunction with SSMC’s 47th Anniversary Gift Day where we celebrate God’s faithfulness to us as a community called to engage in His mission to bring the Gospel of Kingdom beginning in our Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. In June, we continue with Proverbs, one of the wisdom literature.  

 

Our prayer is that you will rediscover and encounter Jesus Christ anew  like Thomas, exclaiming “My Lord and my God”. And together, we respond in joyful obedience to His invitation, “Follow Me!”. May we experience the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God as His witnesses and co-workers in the movement of the Gospel near and far. May we grow in wisdom and understanding in the fear and knowledge of the Lord (Prov 9:10) just like the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Finally, we thank Dr Ng Oon-Ee and team in organising this BWJ. It is exciting to see our younger generation stepping up and take the lead.  May SSMC, an intergenerational church express in words and deeds unequivocally the vision “Love God. Love People. Make Disciples.”

 

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Pastor Robin and the Leadership Team

Easter Readings

In the midst of Lent, many Christians throughout history have engaged in acts of remembrance with various forms. In these last couple of weeks before we celebrate Christ's resurrection, let us together meditate on the Word.

 

First we will read a selection of the parables Jesus used to teach His disciples. As we ponder these tales, may the Spirit open our eyes to God's own heart. May we remember the One who came to seek and save the lost. All the lost. Including but not limited to our selves.

 

For the Holy Week itself, let us turn our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith. Let us follow Him as He approaches Gethsemane and remember what His obedience and love meant for Him.

 

In our readings for this section, let us first with our minds (Head) ponder the meaning of the parables or passage. But let us then consider in our Heart how this resonates with our emotions and our soul. Consider as well the heart of Christ in His words and experiences. And finally let us plan for concrete actions our Hand can find to do in response.

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BWJ 2022 Children's Workbook 

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Click on the respective links below to download the past Children Church "Being With Jesus 2021/22" Workbooks​

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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 

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Being With Jesus 2021 (Past Editions)

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Being With Jesus 2020

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Download past PDF copies of BWJ (Vol 1-4, 2018-2019)

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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)

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Walk Thru the Old Testament Motions (2019)

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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