This Is Who We Are

by Rev Barnabas Chong

We are wretched sinners saved by God’s amazing grace…. saved to live pure and holy lives, set apart to be His holy vessels to bring healing and wholeness to an unholy world.

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Our God is a Jealous God!

Our God is a JEALOUS God – He does not share His glory with anyone, He is not pleased when our devotion to Him is compromised and when we give our attention to other gods and worldly things, He acts to protect us from evil, He defends the poor and needy, He will not allow the enemy to destroy us unless we choose the path of unholiness and destruction by ourselves, He will return with His power, authority and judgment – and the ungodly will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1Cor.6:9).

 

– Barnabas Chong (Christ Methodist Church)

The Finished Work of Christ (Part 2)

by Rev Barnabas Chong

We thank God for the finished work of Christ on the cross. We thank Him for the righteousness of Christ that has been imputed on all who believe. As recipients of such an amazing grace, we are called to live by grace and to walk in Christ’s righteousness. The Bible tells us that we have been saved (Colossians 1:21-22), are still being saved (Philippians 2:12) and will eventually be fully saved (Matthew 10:22; Mark.13:13; Colossians 1:21-23).

I like how the renowned Bible teacher, David Pawson, puts it: At conversion, we are saved from the PENALTY of sin; as we grow in holiness, we are being saved from the POWER of sin; and eventually, as we remain faithful to the end, we will be completely saved from the PRESENCE of sin. The work of Christ to redeem us from sin was finished at the cross in Calvary and what that means, is that Christ’s earthly work was done. But salvation is a process, not something that happens at a single point in time. And that process of lost sinners getting saved began when we first repented of our sins and believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior. While Christ finished His work, there is still an unfinished work in us – a work that would not eventually finish if Jesus had not finished His work first. So as you begin your walk with God today, know that you are loved, treasured, saved and still being saved.

We are to remain in the righteousness of Christ each day and that means we must choose to walk righteously. Be careful not to assume that Christ has done all the work and you need to do nothing, and need not walk in righteousness. Jesus told his disciples in John 15 to abide in Him and let His words abide in them so that they may bear much fruit. He warned them that a branch that bears no fruit will be cut off and thrown into fire. Continue to love God, hate sin and stay on the path of Christ’s righteousness.

Have a great day!

Today’s Bible Text: “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)


Read: The Finished Work of Christ (Part 1)

The Finished Work of Christ

by Rev Barnabas Chong

While on the cross, at some point, Jesus said, “It is finished”, then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30). What did Jesus mean? What did He finish? Peter preached to the crowd in Acts2 and told them, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (2:21) and he also said, “God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (2:36). In 3:19, Peter said, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” and in 3:26, he said, “When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

Clearly, the work that Jesus finished on the cross is the work of redeeming us from our sins so that we may be saved. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul tells us, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” On the cross at Calvary, Jesus took our sins upon himself so that those who believe may become the righteousness of God. When we come before God to pray or to worship, when we come before His throne of grace, though we are sinners, the Father looks at us and sees in us the perfection and the righteousness of Christ. This is the grace of God.

Yet at the same time, God requires us to stop sinning. Paul tells us in Romans 6:1, 2 – “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” As you begin your walk with God today, give thanks for the grace of God and the righteousness of Christ. Let your gratitude move you to sin no more.

Have a great day!

Today’s Bible Text: “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)

Don’t Be Fooled, There Are Many Souls That Are White For Harvest! – TWC Daily Devotional – Sunday 27 December 2015

Don’t Be Fooled, There Are Many Souls That Are White For Harvest! – TWC Daily Devotional – Sunday 27 December 2015

You would be surprised to know how many friends, loved ones and even strangers out there are actually white for harvest – ready to hear and receive the gospel! As the old campfire song says, “it only takes a spark to get the fire going”. Are you willing to be that spark? We often keep our distance or restrain ourselves because we think people do not want to hear us preach or talk about Jesus and as a result we do not share God’s love and truth with others. While there are some who really do not want to hear it, but there are many who are open to the gospel and are willing to discuss matters of faith. What we need to do is to equip ourselves and learn how to share our faith, pray for opportunities to do so, ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern His leading, and to boldly share when the time is right. We need to actively pray for and seek such opportunities, and when we do, God will give us the divine appointments. I am currently in the process of reaching to young adults from another faith. I got to know one of them last month when I advertised my old mobile phone for sale on Carousell. After we agreed on the price and confirmed the sale, I invited him to our Christmas concert in church. As he was unemployed, I also told him that we will pray for his upcoming job interview at the end of the concert. Sent him the e-publicity brochure, he liked what he saw and came with a friend. However, they got lost on their way to church and arrived in time only for the last three songs, but they absolutely loved what they saw and heard and thanked me for inviting them! Together with a church leader, we prayed for his job interview (and he told me the next time we communicated that he got the job!). He and his friend also requested for us to pray for their parents and other family members! When I finally handed him the phone earlier today, I gave him and his friend a Christian book each about money and also the current and previous issues of our church magazine. Again they were so happy and thanked me many times. He even wrote me a text message later in the day saying, “Hello Sir thank you so much for everything. It’s my pleasure to deal with you. I’m really satisfied. Sir, is there any event let me know I try to attend” – referring to events in church! I’m praying for  more opportunities to share Christ with them and I hope they would come to know the Lord some day soon. They seem so hungry for something spiritual, something more, so ready for the gospel. And I believe there are many like them out there! Don’t be fooled by the lies of the devil, there are many who are white for the harvest! We need to ask the Holy Spirit to connect us with them. It could be a friend or a total stranger, a client or your own family member, a superior or a subordinate, we just need to be available, be bold and be led by the Spirit. Have a great day! 

Today’s Bible Text: “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.’” (Jn.4:35)

Today’s Recommended Video: Take My Healing to the Nations (Bob Fitts) …… 

Barnabas Chong
twcdaily@gmail.com

Don’t Be Fooled, The Devil Is Alive and Active! – TWC Daily Devotional – Saturday 26 December 2015

Don’t Be Fooled, The Devil Is Alive and Active!  – TWC Daily Devotional – Saturday 26 December 2015

the one who is in us is greater

Sometimes we mistakenly think that the devil is far away or even think that he is no longer active, but he is not far away and he is still very active! The Bible says that “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Pet.5:8). We live in a decade where I believe the Lord will raise up a strong new generation of leaders for the church, society and family from amongst the children, youth and young adults. This is going to be an incredible decade and it is also going to be a decade of great spiritual warfare because the devil does not want the next generation to be raised and he will do everything he can to undermine it. Thus, the church must not only dwell in the love-and-devotion-mode but shift gear to warfare-mode. The songs we sing in church and the sermons we preach must no longer focus on love, grace and holiness only but also on spiritual warfare and how to fight principalities and powers of darkness (when was the last time you heard one of those?). Christians cannot just sit comfortably as sons and daughters only, we need to rise up to be soldiers and warriors too! Prayer meetings cannot remain as they are in mild and moderate tempo attended by a few faithful souls, instead we need to be more intense, prophetic and Spirit-led and we need to mobilise the whole church to pray and intercede. And remember, praying together as a church gathered together is entirely different from on our own or in small groups. When we pray together as a church gathered intentionally to worship and pray, not as a small part of a committee meeting or cell group Bible study, we are focused, we are intentional and we express our belief, desire and hunger in a significant way. I believe God honors it when we do that – gather together as a church to pray and intercede. This has been the way of the church for a long time, don’t let some shallow contemporary theology change it! The more active the devil gets, the more we need to pray. Like Bill Hybels said, we are “too busy NOT to pray”! We need to pray more both individually and corporately. We need to let God arise and let His enemies scatter. As you walk with the Lord today, don’t be fooled, the devil is still alive and active. At the same time, remember too that He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1Jn.4:4). Therefore, take up your full armor of God and pray in the Spirit at all times – fight the battles God has called you to – fight from His victory and be victorious always! Have a great day!

Today’s Bible Text: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ” (1Pet.5:8)

Today’s Recommended Video: He That Is In Us (Kent Henry) …… 

Barnabas Chong
twcdaily@gmail.com

Don’t Be Fooled, Your Children’s Love for God and the Things of God Is Really More Important! – TWC Daily Devotional – Friday 25 December 2015

Don’t Be Fooled, Your Children’s Love for God and the Things of God Is Really More Important!  – TWC Daily Devotional – Friday 25 December 2015

children in worship

It is so easy for parents to just focus on our children’s academic performance and even their accomplishments in the arts or sports. Unintentionally, some parents have made their children feel like they are defined by their performance and results in these areas. Even Christian parents can become negligent and focus on these temporal things instead of guiding our children to focus on loving God and loving the things of God. Our kids are watching us – if we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, so will they; but if our devotion to God is basically giving God our spare change and our spare time, well, they will do likewise. And it is not just about our devotion to God, it is also about how we teach and train our children in the ways of God. They need both God and our godly role modelling to know what to do and how to live as a young follower of Christ. Don’t be fooled by the pursuits of worldly people, don’t adopt their philosophy for life. Instead, hang out with fellow believers and have fellowship around the Word. Use God’s Word to encourage, instruct and even correct each other – don’t just speak your mind and communicate your own human and carnal ideas about God and faith. Today is the first day of school in 2016 for many of our children (yes, my devotions are still behind time and I’m still catching up), let us pray that our children will grow FIRST in loving God and the things of God, pray that they may grow in godly character and pray that the outflow of that would be an excellent spirit towards their academic, artistic and sporting pursuits! Let us intentionally expose them to the things of God – let them not only spend time studying and doing well for their CCA (co-curricular activities) but also spend time doing God’s work in God’s house amongst God’s people. Have a great day!

Today’s Bible Text: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph.6:4)

Today’s Recommended Video: Every Move I Make (Hillsong Kids) …… 

Barnabas Chong
twcdaily@gmail.com