The Masai Creed

Masai-Creed

 

Creeds are an important expression of our Christian faith both individually and corporately. For some, it’s a summary of what they believe; for others, the creeds also provide a framework to reflect on the mystery of God and his actions in history. I recall a comment from a member of the church once during a low moment in his spiritual journey, he told me reciting the Nicene creed, “We believe…” uplifted him when he left so alone as a Christian. In other words, the creed in this case reconnected his individual faith journey with the corporate journey of God’s people in the past to the present.

Besides the ancient creeds, I’ve always been fascinated how Christians in different contexts would articulate their faith in God. When I first came across the Masai Creed, I was captured by its capacity to bring together both the theologically significant and the contextually authentic (in this case African) elements that reaches across time and space to us here in Malaysia too. Here is the Masai Creed below:

We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created Man and wanted Man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the Earth. We have known this High God in darkness, and now we know Him in the light. God promised in the book of His word, the Bible, that He would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

 

We believe that God made good His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.

 

We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Him. All who have faith in Him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love and share the bread together in love, to announce the Good News to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for Him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.

I wonder what would a Malaysian Creed look like? I suppose this would be a work in progress where we might see one formulation some day. For now, I would recommend the Maasai Creed as one way to connect us with our fellow Christians in the African continent and Christians as a global community. Perhaps as we reflect deeper about our faith through the lenses of the Nicene Creed – and the Masai Creed in this complex and yet beautiful country like Malaysia, we would find some clarity how to articulate our faith as Christians in our time and space too.

 

~ Rev Dr Sivin Kit

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Back to Normal: Sunday Worship Service at 10am

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The BLC Sunday Worship Service time is back to normal  on 27 August 2017 at 10AM. We welcome you to join us.

BLC Preaching Series 2017: Christ’s Abundance, Presence, and Power

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As we move into the month of August, we would like to invite you to join us for a new theme guiding our corporate worship and preaching.

Overall Theme:
Christ’s Abundance, Presence, and Power

August

6 Satisfying Hungry People (Matt. 14:13-21) —  Rev Dr Sivin Kit

13 Stepping Out of the Boat (Matt. 14:22-33)  — John Cheah

19* BLC Anniversary Celebration on Saturday 5.30pm
Clean Living Inside Out (Matthew 15:10-33) – Rev Dr Sivin Kit

27 Ministering to the Poor (Luke 4:14-21) — Yeoh Seng Eng 

September

3 Turning Point: Human Concerns verses Divine Priority (Matthew 16:21-28) – Rev Dr Sivin Kit

10 Wisdom invites! (Proverbs 1:20-33) – – Dr Elaine Goh

17 The Difficult Art of Forgiving (Matthew 18:21-35) – Rev Dr Sivin Kit

24   Confronting Specialists in Complaining (Matthew 20:1-16) – Dr Lim Kar Yong

 

BLC #Lent 2017

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, where we find ourselves kicking off another thematic series for the season. Throughout Lent, we will be challenged to deepen our faith in God afresh. Lent culminates in Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and ends with Good Friday, before we celebrate the glorious Resurrection at Easter.

All events are open, so all are welcome – please feel free to invite your loved ones.

Date Topic Reading Preacher
5 Mar Viewing Slumdog Millionaire from the Wilderness Matthew 4:1-11 Rama Ramanathan
12 Mar The Spirit and New Birth John 3:1-17 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
19 Mar Thirsting For Living Water John 4:5-42 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
26 Mar New Eyes To See I Samuel 16:1-13 Rev. Dr. Eric Trozzo
2 Apr The Mechanics Of Confession Psalm 51 Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn
9 Apr Palm Sunday: The Way Of Jesus Philippians 2:5-11 Rev. Dr. Siew Woh
16 Apr Easter Sunday Matthew 28:1-10 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit

A Sunday For Children, A Farewell, And Being A Light To The Nation

It was quite a busy but blessed Sunday for us today.

For our children, Sunday School for the 2017 session kicked off today. It’s such a blessing to see our children grow up year by year. We pray that they will continue to grow in the Lord and the wonderful teacher-volunteers we have will be blessed, encouraged, and strengthened as they serve God and our BLC Family through their ministry to children.

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Photo credit: Carmen Loke

We were also blessed to have Rev. Dr. Hermen Shastri, General Secretary of the Council of Churches Malaysia, who preached a wonderful sermon on “Being A Light To The Nation”, as part of our sermon series during Epiphany. It was a good reminder that, to be a light – we are called to reflect Jesus, the True Light; and not presume to be the source of light itself.

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Photo credit: Sivin Kit

Finally, it was a bittersweet moment for us as we bade farewell to Derek and Theresa Holtby; who are returning to their home country. For the several years they have been with us, we have been blessed by their family: Derek’s talent with the trumpet as well as being a voice of conscience to us, Theresa’s wonderful kindness and graciousness, and also the wit, charm, and musical gifts of their children. We have been so blessed to have them in our midst; we are sad to see them go but are happy that this is part of God’s plan for them.

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Photo credit: Sivin Kit

 

 

Sermon Series: Epiphany 2017 – Living In God’s Radiant Light

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Following the season of Christmas which ends with Epiphany this Friday, 6 Jan 2016, we now enter into Epiphany season.

During this season, we will embark on a sermon series exploring the theme of “Living In God’s Radiant Light“.

The church calendar recognizes the season of Epiphany from January 6 until the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday which is celebrated as the Transfiguration of our Lord. Epiphany season explores several principal themes: the revelation of Christ to all nations, Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, and Christ as the light of the world.

The colours of the season are white (a colour associated with the festivals of Christ and suggesting gladness, joy and light for the day of Epiphany), used the first week after the Epiphany when the Baptism of our Lord is celebrated, and the last week of the season of Epiphany when the Transfiguration of our Lord is celebrated; and green, reminiscent of living plants and suggests spiritual growth. Green is used in the season of Epiphany beginning with the second week after the Epiphany until the week before the Transfiguration of our Lord is celebrated.

Please join us! All are welcome.

Epiphany 2017 at Bangsar Lutheran Church, KL

Date Time Theme Readings Preacher
1 Jan 10am New Year’s Day: Just Right On Time Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
8 Jan 10am A People Called To Do Right Isaiah 42:1-9 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
15 Jan 10am Light To The Nation Isaiah 49:1-7 Rev. Dr. Herman Shastri
22 Jan 10am Searching For Happiness? Heavy Loads Taken Away Isaiah 9:1-4 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
29 Jan 10am Humble Walking: Minimum Standards, Basic Expectations Micah 6:1-8 John Cheah
5 Feb 10am Rediscovering Orthodoxy: How To Honor God Isaiah 58:1-12 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
12 Feb 10am Special Topic TBC Rev. Dr. Guillermo Hansen
19 Feb 10am Take Time To Be Holy Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Rev. Dr. Siew Woh
26 Feb 10am Transfiguration Sunday TBC Eugene Yapp