Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
– Romans 5: 1 (NLT)
This morning, we were privileged to have Bishop Aaron Yap visit us and preach the sermon based on Romans 5:1-5. He started off with verses 1 and 2, by sharing the importance of our faith in what Jesus Christ has done for us to allow for our reconciliation with God. Through this faith, we can all rejoice in the glory of not our own successes and standings, but to rejoice in sharing the glory of God.
Bishop Aaron further challenged us, to wonder in a world today with many predicaments and difficulties, if we could still rejoice? With such contemplation, Bishop continued to bring us through today’s lesson on verses 3 and 4, where the Bible explains such trials and problems help us develop endurance, which in turn develops character, and through character, develops hope.
While sharing the many real-life tribulations and experiences faced, he encouraged us that God does not put our suffering to waste, but instead uses it for His glory. Bishop ended his sermon by encouraging us to trust that this hope will not lead to disappointment, because of God’s love that is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (verse 5).
Following the sermon, we celebrated the Holy Communion, in recognition of the hope we have in Christ.
Later in the service, we also had an opportunity to interview the Bishop! Moderated by our very own Leigh, we asked Bishop Aaron to share his thoughts and views on a wide-range of questions from “What do you think of Malaysian drivers” to “What is your hope for Malaysia”.
Bishop Aaron welcomed the questions with open arms by answering these with inspiring perspectives. In fact, we were particularly touched when Bishop was also willing to be vulnerable before us and share about some of his struggles in terms of balancing his family time with his work time, as part of his ministry. In response to that, we took time out to pray for Bishop Aaron Yap and his family. The prayer was led by Pastor Augustin.
After the service, the Council hosted Bishop and his family over lunch. The previous Council members were also invited to lunch as a simple token of appreciation for their hard work and ministry over the previous term.
We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the previous Council members, Bishop, and their families for the sacrifices they have made in serving the Lord and for being a blessing to all of us at Bangsar Lutheran Church.
May you have a blessed week ahead, and we hope to have you join us next Sunday!
More photos from the day here.
What problems and trials have you been running into lately? How have you let God transform you through these?