Sermon Series from Apr - Aug
'Knowing Jesus and doing His Will'
Part 1: Through the Lens of John

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Sermon on May 8/9
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Revd Canon Lewis Lew • John 6:1-15
Reflections

Apr 10/11
Jesus: The Word of Life
Revd Canon Lewis Lew • John 1:1-18
Reflections

Apr 17/18
Jesus: The Lamb of God
Ds Ti Lian Swan • John 1:29-34
Reflections

Apr 24/25
Jesus Turns Water into Wine
Revd Christopher Chan • John 2:1-11
Reflections

May 1/2
Called to True Worship
Revd William Chee • John 4:5-24
Reflections

May 8/9
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Revd Canon Lewis Lew • John 6:1-15
Reflections

May 15/16
Jesus: The Bread of Life
Revd Christopher Chan • John 6:25-51

May 22/23
Life in the Spirit
Ds June Tan / Ds Grace Tan • John 7:37-39

May 29/30
Jesus: The Light of the World
Revd Daniel Lim • John 8:12-20

Jun 5/6
Jesus: The Great Healer
Revd Canon Lewis Lew • John 9:1-11

Jun 12/13
Jesus: The Door of the Sheep
Revd Christopher Chan • John 10:1-9

Jun 19/20
Jesus: The Good Shepherd
Revd Joshua Raj • John 10:10-18

Jun 26/27
Jesus and the Father are One
Revd William Chee • John 10:22-39

Jul 3/4
Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life
Revd Canon Lewis Lew • John 11:1-27

Jul 10/11
Jesus: The Messianic King
Revd Christopher Chan • John 12:12-19

Jul 17/18
Jesus: The Servant King
Revd Moses Israeli • John 13:1-17

Jul 24/25
Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Revd Daniel Lim • John 14:1-14

Jul 31 / 1 Aug
Jesus: The True Vine
Revd Canon Lewis Lew • John 15:1-11

Aug 7/8
Jesus: The Second Person of the Trinity
Revd Christopher Chan • John 16:12-15

Aug 14/15
Jesus: God of Second Chances
Ds Ti Lian Swan • John 21:15-19

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The Word of Life

Reflection 1 Jesus the Son of God, the divine creator of Heaven and Earth, came into our world and paid for the penalty of sin on our behalf, and God made us co-heirs with Christ.
Reflect on this and share with one another what that truly means to you.
Reflection 2 Just as Christ is the Light of Life, how can we be like Christ, and be the light to our world?
Share some active steps you will take personally, as a CG, and as a family in this season.
Prayer Pray for one another: for God to restore in us the thirst and hunger for a deeper intimacy with him in this season.
David prayed, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
 
 
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The Lamb of God

Synopsis This week, we look into knowing Jesus as the Lamb of God who willingly gave His life as a sacrifice for the sin of the world. In Isaiah 53:1-7, Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled by Jesus. The Suffering Servant in Isa 53 is likened to a lamb led to the slaughter. God’s arm of deliverance is not a strong, forceful and charismatic leader but a lamb, despised and rejected by men, who carried our griefs and sorrows, who was wounded and crushed for our sins. He identified fully with our humanity (sheep gone astray) to die a substitutionary death in our place (alludes to the OT sacrificial system). Out of His great love for us, He paid the price to secure our salvation. The risen Christ has mandated The Great Commandment & The Great Commission for His Church. May we love Him as He loved us by doing His will today!
Reflection 1 What do you think the Son of God had to forgo, suffer and endure as the Lamb of God to secure your salvation?
How would you respond specifically to such amazing love and grace? How would you treasure the benefits of salvation i.e. full & free access to God, the gift of the Holy Spirit, son-ship/daughter-ship, etc.?
Reflection 2 What do you learn about God’s holiness and mercy in regard to sin?
How does that change the way you will deal with sin in your life? How does that change the way you will respond to the sin of others inflicted on you? In both instances, share your specific struggles.
Reflection 3 The risen Christ has mandated The Great Commandment & The Great Commission, for His Church.
How have you fared in obeying these mandates? What must you deal with in order to fulfill Christ’s mandates for you?
 
 
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Jesus Turns Water into Wine

Synopsis In John 2:1-11, Mary and the servants offer us a wonderful example of how we should seek God in times of need: bring our needs to him, leave things in his hands, and be ready to do whatever he tells us. Although God often meets our present needs, he wants to do much more than that: he points us to the fulfilment of all his promises in the age to come, a blessing symbolised by the imagery of abundant wine (see Amos 9:13-15).
Reflection 1 Why do we find it difficult to do whatever God tells us, and what does this reveal about how well we know him?
Reflection 2 How should our anticipation of the fulfilment of God’s promises in the coming age shape the way we live our lives in the present age?
 
 
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Called to True Worship

Synopsis Worship is always the longing of the human heart even though the heart may be crowded with sin. This is because we were all made to worship. Thus the Samaritan woman’s question was genuine and in Jesus’ answer to her, he reveals the where, the who and the how of worship. In saying that God is spirit and we must worship in spirit and truth, Jesus tells us that it is in him the Son (where), we worship the Father (who) with our spirit by the power and truth of the Holy Spirit (how).
Reflection 1 In the gospel of John, who is the Father and how do we become sons of the Father so that we may worship the Father?
Reflection 2 Why do we need faith and truth to worship God? Does that mean that there is no need for our minds and senses and liturgy and rituals in the worship of God?
Reflection 3 Review and go through our liturgy and note who we worship (Father) and through whom worship goes to God (Son) and who enables us in worship (Spirit)?
 
 
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Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Synopsis The feeding of the 5000 by our Lord Jesus Christ is one of two miracles captured in all four gospels and the other being the resurrection account. This amazing miracle took place in an open area and was witnessed by 15000 to 20000 men, women and children who ate and were filled. Jesus does this so that the crowd might believe in him and by believing receive the gift of eternal life. Unfortunately, some choose not to believe. They did not believe, not because of the lack of evidence, but because of the lack of will.
Reflection 1 Read the four accounts in Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:32-44, and Luke 9:10-17. How are the accounts similar and how are they different?
Reflection 2 What is the significance of the 12 baskets full of left-overs? Share with one another one experience or incident when God provided more than you needed? What is the faith lesson you have learned from this miracle account?