Being With Jesus 2023
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Dear SSMC Family,
Greetings in Jesus’ name!
Here we are again, at the start of another new year – 2023. For some, we will start with a clean slate, driven by new hope and aspirations. For others, there is disquiet and a sense of the fear of potentially challenging head winds over the horizon. Scripture exhorts us to have the right posture and attitude.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:16-18).
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful” (Heb 10:23).
“…Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Eph 3:20).
Pardon me for sounding like a broken record, but I believe reminders are important. The great Apostle Paul writes, “It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you” (Phil 3:1b). We are easily distracted and we lose focus. Hence, reminders serve as a safeguard to help us to recenter, to focus, and to stay the course. Some of the phrases we hear regularly and repeatedly are important principles and truths:
1.LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE, MAKE DISCIPLES – defines who we are and what we do.
2.JESUS CHRIST is LORD – all domain and life are to be unified under and around Him.
3.The WORD is INFORMATIONAL and TRANSFORMATIONAL - the HEAD-HEART-HAND nexus.
4.OBEDIENCE is the highest worship that unleashes His blessings and power.
I continue to encourage everyone to participate in reading BWJ 2023 Q1 as we journey through the pages of the books of Joshua and Judges. The conquest of the Promise Land by Joshua, and Israel’s subsequent rejection of Yahweh as their LORD and KING resulted in the progressive downward spiral of society and nation. Israel had become unhinged.
As you read, continue to pay attention to the above principles. Apply these truths in our daily context. Share your stories to inspire and challenge others.
Love God, Love People, Make Disciples.
Pastor Robin and the Leadership Team
BWJ Vol 2, Apr-June 2022
BWJ 2023 Children's Workbook
BWJ Children Vol 2, Apr-Jun 2023
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Reading of Scriptures by members of SSMC Children's Church
Being With Jesus 2021 (Past Editions)
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)
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