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Beware of Favouritism - James 2:1-13
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 26 September 2016 15:31

 

If you looked into the mirror, would you be able to see the favouritism that is in your heart?  It would be hard pressed for any one of us to say that we do not have any - be it based on social status, ethnicity, education,  political views, theological views, or maybe something as simple as style or areas of interest.  In the so called, ‘real world’ of business, investments, profits, commission, and bottom lines, some might consider it unwise if we did not favour clients who might bring a larger return for our time.  To a certain extent, we simply conclude that this is, ”what makes the world go round”. You can see how easy it would be then, being immersed in the world of contracts, billing, performance, and profit margins, that we inadvertently bring that kind of thinking into our interactions and relationships with one another in the church family.  So James reminded the followers of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, we MUST not show favouritism (2:1). We must keep ourselves from being polluted by the world (1:27) in this particular area.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:27
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Listening is Not Good Enough! James 1:19-27
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 19 September 2016 21:06

 

There has been much unnessary debate

about the central core message of James. Because of James’ emphasis on a faith that bears the fruit of good works, many have misread him, accusing him of a theology of salvation by works and a contradiction to the apostle Paul’s salvation by grace through faith in Christ. However, in Chapter 1:16-18, James wrote:

 

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

 

All of the above highlighted terms and phrases are “new birth”, “born again”, “salvation” language. James declared that our new birth is nothing but a gift from God. A careful examination of the highlighted terms will reveal how similar James and the apostle Paul are when it comes to the understanding that salvation is indeed a gift from God, not achieved by works so that no one can boast, but we were created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:8-10).

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:04
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Incarnation – The Expression of God’s Missional Heart for a Broken World, John 1:1-4, 14
Written by John Tsang   
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 12:08

 

This past week, we had a Missions Emphasis

 

John began his Gospel with the declaration that the Word was with God from the beginning and it was through Him that all things were made. Then, the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. The incarnation is the expression of God’s missional heart for a broken world. This is the foundation for us to live missional lives and this is also the model for us, the church. We are also to go into the broken world and to be the hands, feet, and body of Jesus Christ. We do so knowing that:

1. Our life on earth is not meant to be permanent so we are to use our resources and time for the kingdom of God.

2. Though this life is temporary, we are to be shaped by eternity.

3. God is with us on this journey.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 12:16
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