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Being With Jesus 2024

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Dear SSMCians,

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

Come 2024, and it will be two years since I stepped in to pastor SSMC. Officially, I completed one year as Pastor-in-Charge under TRAC churches. I see this as a role and function rather than a position or office. I remember “hearing” these words distinctively, “If you love me, love my people also” as the Holy Spirit brought me to the shore beside the lake of Galilee where Jesus reinstated Peter in John 21:15-19 with a command to “Follow me”. This was “why” I responded to His call.

We must never lose sight of the “why” in our lives. Should we do so, we will be lost, aimless, listless, and easily distracted, intimidated and discouraged. The center for all decisions and reason must be Jesus, our Saviour, King and Lord. For in Him, were all things created and in Him, all things hold together (Colossians 1: 16-17). He alone commands our allegiance. We need to revisit the “why”, our raison d'être* intermittently to rediscover afresh our existential reason and purpose from the Lord. Not just memories of past and significant encounters, but of a fresh experience with the I AM in the here and now that will reignite the white hot flame of that first love. My prayer for all of us this year is to intentionally create space and opportunities for fresh encounters with the Lord Jesus, being in a posture of surrenderedness and a yearning spirit for renewal. Those hungry and thirsty for God shall be satisfied indeed. Therefore, have this mindset for personal and corporate renewal.

 

Our BWJ Q1 reading will take us through the books of Hebrews and Deuteronomy. These were written to bring the people of God back to their “why”. Hebrews is written to the 2nd or 3rd generation Jewish Christians, to encourage them to stand firm and not to turn their backs on Jesus Christ by returning to the safe harbour of Judaism in the face of increasing persecution from the Roman empire. Jesus Christ is superior to the prophets, angels, Moses, the Aaronic High Priest, the old covenant, the tabernacle and blood sacrifices in Judaism. In Jesus Christ, better promises of the new covenant are found! Similarly, in Deuteronomy Moses speaks to the new generation of Israelites on the plains of Moab before the Promise Land. They are to remember their history (what went wrong), to review the present (what is needed) and to reveal the future (choices and consequences). In essence, to highlight who they are and whose they are. Deuteronomy ends with Moses’ farewell message. As you read and reflect, may the Holy Spirit bring encounters and renewal.

I want to thank the CE team for their commitment and passion in preparing this material.

Mercy, peace and love be yours abundantly from God the Father, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Love God, Love People, Make Disciples.

Humbly,

Pastor Robin Liew and the Leadership Team

*The French word raison d'être, the important reason and purpose for our existence.

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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)

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

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