Sermon: Hope that does not disappoint – Bishop Aaron Yap

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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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May you have a blessed week ahead, and we hope to have you join us next Sunday!

More photos from the day here.

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What problems and trials have you been running into lately? How have you let God transform you through these? 

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This Sunday, 5 July 2015 – Guest: Bishop Aaron Yap

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This coming Sunday, 5 July 2015, BLC is honored to host Bishop Aaron Yap, of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia.

He will join us for our worship service at 10am, where he will preach the sermon. We will also have the pleasure of conducting our typical “chat-interview” with him during the service.

After service, BLC’s current Council will host him and the outgoing council for lunch.

We look forward to a time of blessing and fellowship with Bishop Aaron’s visit.

Special Offering Collection for Malaysian Flood Victims – 28 Dec & 4 Jan

As many of you are aware, several states in Malaysia have been hit with some of the worst floods in recent history, affecting more than 160,000 victims from Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Johor, Perlis and Kedah.

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Malaysians from all walks of life are rallying together to pray and to also contribute to rescue and relief efforts. The Lutheran Church in Malaysia will be donating RM30,000 for these efforts and, to support this, BLC will set aside our “Missions Offerings” (the baskets that go around) for the next two Sundays (28 December 2014 and 4 January 2015) as our contribution. Please come prepared to contribute to this urgent and dire need.

Apart from praying and contributing through our Missions Offerings, there are also other ways in which you can help. This article lists out 11 practical ways that you can channel your help through to those affected.

For more timely updates on the flood crisis, visit this website.

Reminder: KL & Selangor District combined Reformation Service – 26 October 2014

Reminder. There will be a combined Reformation Day Service of the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Districts of the Lutheran Church of Malaysia on Sunday, 26 October 2014 at 8:00pm in Luther Centre.

This service is in addition to the regular service at Bangsar Lutheran Church, which will continue as usual at 10am.

LCM Public Speaking Seminar – 8 & 22 Nov

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The Lutheran Church of Malaysia will be conducting a two-part Public Speaking Seminar, in English.

  • Dates: Nov 8; Nov 22
  • Registration: RM 25/= per session (Refreshments, Lunch, Materials, etc.)
  • Who is it for? Lay Leaders, Worship Leaders, Liturgists, Lay Preachers, Youth Leaders, and just about anyone who has had to speak in front of other people – make announcements, read the Bible, give a testimony, lead in prayer, etc.
  • This is an open event – all are invited.

This Seminar will cover:

  • Basic keys to speaking in front of an audience
  • Confidence and poise
  • Dynamic introductions
  • Smashing Conclusions
  • Organising Your Speech
  • Introducing Guest Speakers
  • Simple Sharing from Scripture
  • Effective Worship Leading
  • And lots more…!

The first session will be on 8 November 2014 (Saturday) from 9.30 am to 4 pm at The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church.

Please send an email to revaugustin[at]yahoo[dot]com to participate. Registration can also be done on a walk-in basis, but please let us know ahead of time so that we can arrange for lunch, materials, etc.

KL & Selangor District combined Reformation Service – 26 October 2014

There will be a combined Reformation Day Service of the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Districts of the Lutheran Church of Malaysia on Sunday, 26 October 2014 at 8:00pm in Luther Centre.

This service is in addition to the regular service at Bangsar Lutheran Church, which will continue as usual at 10am.