Sermon Series: II Corinthians

2 Corinthians PromoWe are now transitioning into the Pentecost season of the liturgical year. With that, we will be kicking off a sermon series based on II Corinthians. Throughout the series, we will explore Paul’s advice to the Corinthian church on the following themes: Pentecost, Consolation, Forgiveness, Treasure in Clay Jars, Walk by Faith not Sight, Reconciliation, and Generosity.

Please join us! All are welcome.

Date Topic Reading Preacher
15 May Pentecost John 14:8-17 Rev. Dr. Sivin
22 May Consolation II Cor. 1:1-11 Pastor Daniel
29 May Forgiveness II Cor. 2:1-10 Rama Ramanathan
5 June Treasure in Jars of Clay II Cor. 4:1-15 Eugene Yap
12 June Walk by Faith not Sight II Cor. 4:16-5:10 Rev. Dr. Sivin
19 June Reconciliation II Cor. 5:11-21 Rev. Dr. Sivin
26 June Generosity II Cor. 8:1-15 John Cheah
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Sermon Series: He Is Risen! – Easter through the Book of Revelation

Year C 2016 BLC Easter Series Promo

Following our Easter celebration last Sunday, we now enter into the season of Easter. Throughout this season, we will begin a new series of sermons meditating on Easter through the Book of Revelation.

Come and join us to discover the implications of our Resurrected Lord and what that means for us!

Date Topic Key reading Preacher
27 Mar He Is Risen! Acts 10:34-43 Rev Philip Lok
03 Apr Faithful Witness Revelation 1:4-8 Pr Daniel
10 Apr A Vision Of Worship Revelation 5:11-14 Rev Dr Sivin
17 Apr No More Tears Revelation 7:9-17 Rev Dr Sivin
24 Apr Making All Things New Revelation 21:1-6 Rev Wolfgang
01 May Life And Healing Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5 Rev Dr Sivin
08 May Coming Soon! Revelation 22:12-21 Rev Dr Sivin

Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46 – Pastor Daniel

The End Is In Sight

We are currently in the midst of our sermon series counting down towards Doom Sunday/Christ the King Sunday.

This past Sunday, Pastor Daniel preached on Matthew 25:31-46, focusing on Christ’s second coming, as well as the nature of sheep and goats.

You can listen to his sermon here:

Sermon Series: The End Is In Sight! (#CountdownToDoom2015)

The End Is In Sight

As we move towards the end of the liturgical year towards Doom/Christ The King Sunday, we will embark on a series of thematic Scripture Readings to guide our hearts and thoughts in preparation.

(Doom Sunday – also known as the Feast of Christ The King – is the last day of the church liturgical year. “Doom” in old English meant “Judgment” or “Destiny”. The whole month focuses on the 2nd Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment.) 

DATE TIME TOPIC READINGS SPEAKER
1 Nov 10 am 3rd Sunday Before

Doom Sunday

OT: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

NT:  Hebrews 9:11-14

Gospel: Mark 12:28-34

Pastor Augustin
8 Nov 10 am 2nd Sunday Before
Doom Sunday
OT: Job 14:1-6

NT: I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Gospel: Matthew 25: 1-13

Rama Ramanathan
15 Nov 10 am Sunday Before
Doom Sunday
OT: Daniel 7: 9 -14

NT: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Pastor Daniel
22 Nov 10 am Doom Sunday OT: Isaiah 35:3-10

NT: 2 Peter 3: 8-14

Gospel: Matthew  25:14-30

Pastor Augustin

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Christ Alone: The Inclusive Gospel of Christ – Rev. Augustin

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In the world of the first century, the gospel encountered many kinds of people.

Many of the cities that the Gospel encountered were actually quite cosmopolitan, with different races, and different classes, of people interacting in their daily routine. There were Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, slave and free, masters and merchants, rulers and the ruled – all sorts. Even with all this intermingling there were still strict rules – slaves could not sit at table with their masters, for example. The rich would not patronize the same shops as the poor. The nobility jealously guarded their bloodlines and heritage. It was a society that had many divisions and inequalities. In order to belong, one had to have certain prerequisites.

The Gospel of Jesus was radical because it was inclusive. There were no prerequisites. As Paul puts it, in Christ there is no Jew and Gentile, slave or free. The salvation of Christ was available to all, and not just a special few. The rich and the poor alike could hear the gospel, turn to Christ and believe.

But the inclusive nature of the gospel did not end there. The gospel of Jesus was the great leveler. Rich and poor alike sat at the same table for the fellowship meal. Slave and free alike sang together and prayed together. The same water that baptised the nobility baptised the common folk as well. All ended up in the same church with no divisions, only Christ. Jew and Gentile alike were co-inheritors of the heavenly inheritance.

That is not the end of the story, however. The Gospel of Jesus was not just available to all and level all differences, it also created a new people – a Christian people. As Peter put it, once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God – a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. As Peter preached on the first day of Pentecost, the list of countries mentioned there reads like a who’s who of the nations in that time. Yet out of all those different backgrounds, 3000 people were baptised that day and the church was born – a church with one people – a people belonging to God.

Great beginnings, indeed. Sadly, of course, since then we have come a long way in putting back those pre-requisites, raising those divisions, and segregating the one people into many different kinds of people. We have to wonder sometimes whether we are committed to Christ alone without demanding pre-requisites, insisting on divisions or even raising ourselves one over the other. How could we? For we are all in the same boat, equally sinful, equally needing Christ alone.

Christ Alone: The Distinctive Offer of Christ – Rev. Augustin

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As the gospel went out into the known world, it encountered people from all kinds of religions and philosophies – particularly people from a Greco-Roman religious background. Many of the religions that the gospel encountered concerned man trying to placate the gods.

The greco-roman gods were a capricious lot – given to mood swings, internal bickering, eating, drinking and generally more concerned about themselves than about the world. The most a person could hope for was, even if the gods were not in favor, that they would leave him alone. Thus, a person’s religious obligations would consist of placating the gods with the right rituals, sacrifices, etc. so that they would not be inclined to zap him when in a niggly mood!

When the philosophers came in, they began to reject the idea of religion in favour of man’s ability to make his own way in this world, in effect trying to provide answers for the questions of life without resorting to religion. But for many people, relying on their minds to provide answers did not work out so well either and they were left empty without any source for help.

Into this space came the very unique and distinctive gospel of Jesus Christ – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, may not die, but have eternal life. The distinctiveness was in three very bold and radical truths.

Firstly, God loved the world. Unlike the gods of the time, God, the Father, loved His creation. He was not absent. He was not busy with His own agenda. He was not indifferent. He actually loved His creation. This was a radical notion at the time.

Secondly, God’s love was so great that He took the initiative to reconcile man to Himself. The Christian faith was not about man reaching out to God, it was about God reaching out to man.

Thirdly, this gospel was for ‘whoever believes’ – no other qualification was required. For those gentiles who were attracted to the message of the ‘one God’ of the Jews, the most they could hope for was to be proselytes. They could never be ‘Jews’ – and by extension, God’s true children. But here was God taking the initiative and saying – you do not need to be ‘pre-qualified’ – race, religion, righteousness, circumcision, etc. This invitation is for all.

Powerful indeed was this very distinctive gospel of Jesus in the context of the first century. Powerful indeed is this distinctive gospel in our own times.

Christ alone!