Sermons by Rev Ernest Chiang
Christians are called to love people in a way that’s different to the rest of the world. The apostle Paul says that our motivation to do so comes from an understanding of the present time. This passage unpacks for us what this time is and what difference it makes to how we live.
The Bible is arguably the greatest treasure of God’s people, and yet we often take it for granted. The Israelites had been deprived of the word of God for a long time and they were hungry to hear from it. Their attitude and response has much to teach us about how we are to view the Scriptures.
The book of Habakkuk begins with a lament and complaint, and ends with a song and dance. How do you go from the depths of anguish to the heights of assurance when you are suffering. The last chapter of Habakkuk shows us what it looks like to live by faith.
Habakkuk lived at a time when things in Israel were going from bad to worse. For a long time, his prayers go unanswered. But when God finally responds, the answer is inexplicable and unbelievable! This passage teaches us that God is in control even over evil and uses it to achieve his purposes.
People sometimes think that because Jesus is the Son of God, his divine nature elevates him to some lofty plane of existence where he does not feel pain or tiredness or stress or loneliness. But this passage shows us that Jesus was made like us in every way except without sin. He has weaknesses. He feels physical weakness like hunger. And he also feels spiritual weakness like temptation. From Jesus, we can learn how to resist temptation, and more importantly,…