Sermons by Rev Ernest Chiang (Page 2)
COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways – one of which is our ability to meet together in person as a church. Although we are able to replicate many of the functions of church using various technology, there is a difference between online church and face-to-face church. Psalm 122 tells you why it’s important for us to meet together as a church.
Jesus makes some big claims about himself, claims that many people doubt to be true. In our passage today, we discover that even John the Baptist doubted who Jesus was. But Jesus answers him in a way that not only alleviates John’s questions, but also helps us to understand Jesus better as well.
Jesus sends us out into the harvest field to preach and evangelise the world. But many Christians are unprepared for the harsh realities and challenges that are ahead. Jesus gives some instructions and encouragement to his disciples that will help us to be prepared.
The way we see people affects the way we treat them. When Jesus looks upon the crowds, he sees that they are like were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. This moves him to compassion and to pray to the Lord of the harvest for more workers. Do you see people in the same way? How should that affect the way you treat them?
Sometimes it feels as if non-Christians are more blessed than Christians. They seem to be healthier, wealthier, and more successful. But is that really the case? Psalm 73 shows us the bigger picture and how we can find satisfaction in Jesus.
Who knows what kind of new opportunities or new challenges the year will bring? You might have all sorts of anxieties about the future, but Psalm 27 tells us the one thing that we need in order to face the year without fear.
As 2019 comes to a close, we all want to put the bad parts of the year behind us and look forward to a better year in 2020. Psalm 90 tells us how we can have a happy new year in spite of the troubles and sorrows of life.
Jesus promises his disciples that the Holy Spirit would give them power to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. The Spirit also distributes gifts to every Christian to build up the church. In this final talk of the series, explore what the gifts of the Spirit are and how we are to use them.
Last week we saw that the Holy Spirit convicts us of our need for Jesus. This week, we continue by looking at what the Holy Spirit does after we decide to follow Jesus. Every Christian receives the gift of the Holy Spirit who illuminates our minds and dwells in our hearts.
The Holy Spirit is an important part of our faith, but many Christians are confused or ignorant about what he does. In John 16, Jesus tells his disciples that he will send the Holy Spirit to continue his work after he leaves. The Spirit will convict the world in regards to sin, righteousness and judgement, and in doing so, expose our need for Jesus. His goal in all things is to glorify Jesus by making Jesus known to us.