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.
Death is an uncomfortable subject, and most of the time we do our best to avoid even mentioning the word. But the reality is that we will all die one day, mostly likely at a time unknown to us. What can we do to prepare for the inevitable? The Bible tells us that there is a way to die well.
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.
Grace – a common, ordinary word that everyone has heard of. And yet many people do not know what grace means. Jesus tells a parable to explain what God’s grace is like, and challenges us to live as people of grace.
“What must I do to get eternal life?” There are many ways to answer that question. But when a rich man comes to Jesus with that question, he receives a surprising answer. Jesus’ response is a great challenge not only for the rich man but also for us.
The Lord’s Supper is something that all Christians observe, but not everyone understands its meaning and significance. It certainly doesn’t rank highly as an essential part of church for many people. In God’s wisdom he has given us this ritual that is imbued with deep symbolism and purpose to help us look in five directions. Listen to this sermon to find out what they are!
As a society we are becoming more fragmented as people find it hard to relate to others who are from a different age bracket. Unfortunately, the church is not immune to it. But in Titus 2, we see a model of healthy relationships between the older and younger generations that is built on the grace of God.
The book of Zephaniah has so far been a lot of bad news of judgement and destruction. It all sounds very ominous and foreboding. But in the final chapter there is an unexpected turn of good news. And it’s not only good news for the people of Judah, but also for us.
In Zephaniah 2, God’s judgement extends from Jerusalem to the rest of the world. The nations are denounced one by one for their pride, and it seems as if the whole world would be consumed by the fire of God’s jealous anger. But sprinkled throughout these verses are hints that there will be a remnant who will survive.
Zephaniah warns God’s people that the Day of the LORD is near – a day when God will judge them for their sin and idolatry. Chapter 1 contains a bleak and terrifying message, and yet there is a silver lining. Zephaniah’s purpose is not to lead them to despair but to repentance. There is still a chance to change their ways before it’s too late.