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The Coming of the Son of Man   2/3 Dec

Mark 13:24-37 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • Why do you think so many Christians do not live to pursue the eternal reward that God wants us to receive?
  • In which areas of your life do you demonstrate an eager expectation for the return of Christ? If this is lacking, what changes will you make?

The Call Into His Harvest Fields   25/26 Nov

Matthew 9:35-38 • Mr Lawrence Ko

  • Do we see the opportunities in the Cities as Urban Harvest Fields?
  • How can the Whole Church be discipled to be involved in Urban Mission through our vocational calling/choices?
  • How can we prayerfully transform cities to reveal the Hope we have in Christ and His Kingdom?

His Last Command, Our First Concern   18/19 Nov

Matthew 28:18-20 • Revd Dr Timothy Chong

  • When we read the words of the Great Commission, what stirs our hearts? Are we excited, or are we fearful? Do we see possibilities of serving God or are we lukewarm about it?
  • How does the Great Commission clarify what God wants to do in and through my life? Like what was said of William Whiting Borden: “Apart from faith in Christ, There is no explanation for such a life.”

Mission at Our Doorstep   11/12 Nov

Acts 1:4-8 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • Where is God sending you on mission for Him?
  • What steps will you take to fulfil this mission?

The Urgency of the Gospel   4/5 Nov

1 Thess 5:1-7, Luke 21:10-19,25-28 • Revd Alvin Toh

  • Do you think the return of Christ will happen within your lifetime? Why or why not?
  • How would you rate your own spiritual vitality from 1-10 (‘1’ being in spiritual coma, and ‘10’ being fully alive). How can I be more engaged to be involved in making disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20)?
  • What are some opportunities that God has placed in my life for me to bear witness for Him (Luke 21:13-14)? Share with others so that they can pray for you to have the courage to speak and act as the Spirit leads you to.

A Review of Romans   28/29 Oct

Romans 16:1-16, 25-27 • Revd Daniel Lim

  • How has Romans 16 challenged or motivated you to show love to one another?
  • What can you praise God for as you reflect on your Christian journey thus far?
  • What can you praise God for as you think about the spiritual community that you are in?

Guarding the Doctrine and Unity of the Church   21/22 Oct

Romans 16:17-23 • Ds Ti Lian Swan

  • How would you apply the 3 tests John Stott suggests to distinguish truth from falsehood in regard to the heresies presented in the sermon?
  • How are you growing in the Christian faith, equipping yourself with right biblical doctrine, to combat false teachings and stay anchored in the truth?  
  • From your own personal experience, share what (if any) false teachings you have encountered and how you dealt with them.

Proclaiming Christ The Hope for all Mankind   14/15 Oct

Romans 15:8-33 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • In what ways can you grow in welcoming others as Christ has welcomed you?
  • How should we as a church live out "equality based on mutuality"? What can you do to personally contribute to this?

Guarding Against Spiritual Pride   7/8 Oct

Romans 15:1-7 • Revd Moses Israeli

  • In our SAC family, how can we 'bear one another's burdens' in our daily lives? Share your personal experiences and how you may do so practically.
  • By what standards should a person accept others? In what way are we to receive one another? Share how you will welcome others.

Do Not Be A Stumbling Block   30 Sep/1 Oct

Romans 14:13-23 • Revd Andrew Yap

  • What are some ways that Christians can cause others, especially new believers to stumble in their faith?
  • In our church community, how can we continually "pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life"?

Dealing With Disagreement   23/24 Sep

Romans 14:1-12 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

  • Paul addressed the two disputed matters in verses 2 & 5. Share some modern examples of disputed matters at home and in church that can divide relationships. As Christians, how should we react to disagreements?
  • Do you find yourself struggling to respect people with whom you disagree? Share how focusing on the needs of others rather than ourselves can help keep us from despising and judging them. What are the verses from Romans 14:1–12 that reflect that concept?

Awake!   16/17 Sep

Romans 13:11-14 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • In what ways do you need to "awake"? What carnal pleasures must you renounce? (As these questions deal with issues that are very personal, members should not be pressured to share their responses during group discussions.)
  • What can we do to bring a foretaste of the New Creation into our earthly reality? Think of concrete steps you can take and make a commitment to follow through.

Loving Your Neighbour As Yourself   9/10 Sep

Romans 13:8-10 • Revd Daniel Lim

  • How has Romans 13:8-10 helped you understand God’s call for you to love your neighbour as yourself?
  • What needs to change in your attitude and/ or conduct in order for you to grow in your desire to love all people at all times?

Christian and the State: Living Under Authority   2/3 Sep

Romans 13:1-7 • Revd Alvin Toh

  • List and share some positive examples and some negative examples of how churches have related with the Government in various countries.
  • How did I deal with some of my own reservations, disagreements or misgivings about the governing authorities and their regulations? What were the biblical basis for my thoughts and actions, and how would God want me to respond?
  • How honest have I been in my payment of various taxes and duties owed? Eg income tax, parking fees, property filings and fees due for renovations etc.

Loving Our Enemies   26/27 Aug

Romans 12:14, 17-21 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

  • Share a situation where you have struggled to respond to mistreatment in a Christ-like manner. How might you have approached it differently now, with the guidance of Romans 12:17–21?
  • Reflect on the phrase "overcome evil with good." Share what that means to you and how you intend to practically apply it to your relationship with people who have hurt you. How does refraining from revenge relate to the concept of letting go and trusting God’s justice? Share why you think it’s so difficult for you to leave justice in the hands of God.

Loving One Another   19/20 Aug

Romans 12:9-13, 15-16 • Revd Moses Israeli

  • Read Romans 12. How have you been loving one another in St Andrew's Cathedral? What hinders you from loving one another? Share your personal experience. 
  • What changes would you like to see in yourself in order to imitate the self-giving and self-sacrificing love of our Lord Jesus Christ in your life?

Unity in Diversity   12/13 Aug

Romans 12:3-8 • Ds Ti Lian Swan

  • "....this call to Christian humility and unity is certainly one important manifestation of the transformation in thinking that should characterize the believer." (Douglas Moo). How would you evaluate yourself in the light of Romans 12:3-8? Please be specific.
  • What practical steps can you take to live out "unity in diversity" in your cell group/in the Cathedral community?

The Call to Transformed Living   5/6 Aug

Romans 12:1-2 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • Which areas of your life need to be better ‘structured by grace’?
  • What kind of transformation do you hope to see in them?

Do Not Harden Our Hearts   29/30 Jul

Romans 11:25-36 • Revd Alvin Toh

  • How would I rate myself on a scale of 1-10 (1 being very hardened, 10 being very sensitive) in terms of how engaged and sensitive I am to God and his plans for my life?
  • What are some practical ways we can ‘improve’ our rating and become more sensitive to God?
  • What are some questions I still have about God and the Christian faith? How can I find answers to those questions I have?

Do Not Take Grace for Granted   22/23 Jul

Romans 11:11-24 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

  • The focus of the sermon this week is on pride. But there are many more lessons to learn from vv.11-24 as part of the wider discussion on the doctrine of Salvation. Share some lessons you have picked up from the text.
  • Paul repeatedly used the metaphor of agricultural grafting. What are some lessons Paul wants us to learn from the image of the wild olive shoot being grafted to the cultivated olive tree (v.17)?
  • Gentiles and Jewish believers were once one church, but they became divided. Cultural and societal norms often shape the minds of people, Christians included. What are some lessons we can apply from this week’s lesson to overcome such division within the church and the family?

God’s Unfailing Love   15/16 Jul

Romans 11:1-10 • Revd Andrew Yap

  • Have you ever felt like Elijah, standing alone in uncertainty, fear and feeling intimidated by others, so much so, that you were not able to speak the truth or stand up for your faith? Share what happened.
  •  In what ways do you feel you have taken God and His blessings for granted? How can you change in order to love God and follow His ways more zealously?

The Gospel is the Responsibility of Every Disciple   8/9 Jul

Romans 10:1-21 • Revd Daniel Lim

  • How does the knowledge of divine sovereignty affect you in fulfilling your responsibility to pray and preach to the lost? 
  • Out of the three reasons given in Romans 10:3 concerning those who remained lost, which do you resonate with the most? 
  • Name at least one non-believer whom you can share the gospel with this year. Take some time to pray for one another and for the non-believers mentioned.  

God Has His Eye On YOU(TH)   1/2 July

Jeremiah 1:1-10 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • What might be holding you back from faithfully obeying God’s call?
  • How do you think this can be overcome?

That None Should Perish   24/25 Jun

Romans 9:1-33, Matthew 20:1-16 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

  • Read verses 9:1-3 and take a few minutes to reflect upon your desire for your friends and family members to be saved. Share how has your desire changed in the last few years or months? Are you able to compassionately pray and share with the concerned group of people? Why?
  • Read verses 14-26. What are some challenges you have with the concept of predestination? Share and pray for one another. Ask God for His wisdom to understand His ways.

Secure in God’s Love   17/18 Jun

Romans 8:31-39 • Ds Ti Lian Swan

  • If God is for us, who can be against us?
  • He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?
  • Who will bring any charge against God’s elect?
  • Who is to condemn?
  • Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

How do the 5 questions and the undeniable truths they contain, speak to you? How would you anchor your life on these undeniable truths and live your life differently?

The Holy Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness   10/11 Jun

Romans 8:18-30 • Revd Alvin Toh

  • “The present and visible can be fully understood only in the light of the future and invisible.” How much do you agree with this statement? How would knowing more about the (heavenly) future enable you to live more meaningfully in the (earthly) present?
  • How real is the Holy Spirit to you? In what ways does the Holy Spirit’s intercession for us help us? What in particular do you think the Holy Spirit might be praying for you personally right now?
  • How much do you really believe that in everything that happens to you, God works all things for good? (Rom 8:28)

Heirs with Christ   3/4 Jun

Romans 8:12-17 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • How does the understanding that you are God’s child shape the way you relate with Him and others?

Life in the Spirit   27/28 May

Romans 8:1-11 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

  • Read Rom 8:1-11. Share with one another – what stood out to you? Read Rom 7:21-25. How does it relate to Rom 8:1-4? What is the main point that Paul was trying to bring across to his readers?
  • What do you think was Paul’s idea of being “in Christ” (repeated 5 times in vv.1-11) and how is it related to life in the Spirit?
  • How has this week’s lesson changed your perspective on living a victorious Christian life in a sin-filled world?

What has the Law got to do with me?   20/21 May

Romans 7:4-6, 10-25 • Revd Alvin Toh

  • What aspects do you think the principles of the Old Testament (Mosaic) Laws reveal about God’s character? Give some examples.
  • What are some things you always felt you should be doing as a Christian but were not able to do, or just simply never got around to doing?
  • Think of your various relationships with others in your life (family, relatives, friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters in church etc.) – how can practising God’s laws, with the grace and strength Christ provides, improve your relationship with them?

Being Slaves of Righteousness   13/14 May

Romans 6:15-23 • Revd Moses Israeli

  • Read Romans 6 as a whole. What may be hindering you from thinking of yourself as slaves of God and living out your lives as slaves of righteousness?
  • What would you like to see in yourself in order to live out the reality of the validity of the resurrection? In other words, what is it in your life you would like to see 'raised'?
  • In Romans 6:15-23, Paul believes that we belong to God; we are His people; we are the sheep of His own pasture, so it is necessary for us to become the slaves of God in Christ. What would you like your master to do for you? What would you like to do for your master as a slave?

Dead to Sin and Alive to God   6/7 May

Romans 6:1-14, Matthew 10:34-42 • Revd Christopher Chan

In your daily life, what evidence is there that you are dead to sin and alive to God?

The Source of Sin & New Life Explained   29/30 Apr

Romans 5:12-21 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

Rom 5:15-19 describes the contrasting effect between Adam and Christ. List the contrasts. How does knowing what Christ has done for us encourage you?

Read Rom 5:21. What is the purpose of God’s grace? What does Titus 2:11-12 say about the grace of God? Share honestly if you have taken God’s grace for granted. What do you hope to do or change as you now understand God’s grace in your life?

The Blessings of Justification   22/23 Apr

Romans 5:1-11 • Revd Andrew Yap

  1. Do you feel you have peace with God at the thought that your own death would one day come?
  2. What are some of your hopes in life?
  3. Share how your trials and suffering in life have changed your character to be more Christlike and strengthen your faith in God.

Learning from the Man of Faith   15/16 Apr

Romans 4:1-25 • Revd Daniel Lim

  1. Have we in some way disqualified others or ourselves from receiving God’s justification because we have valued meritorious work more than faith?
  2. What causes you to waver in your faith in God? Could you identify the root cause?
  3. How can you grow in your faith in God? As a cell group, how can you also help one another grow in your faith in God?

The Buried Messiah   8 Apr

John 19:38-42 • Dr Leow Theng Huat

  1. Is death a dreadful reality for you? Why or why not?
  2. Jesus is called "Immanuel" (God with us) (Matt 1:22-23). What does this mean to you? 

The Son of David   1/2 Apr

Matthew 21:1-11 • Revd Christopher Chan

What are some ways in which you will strive to follow Jesus’s example of …

  • being both humble and righteous?
  • submitting to the will of the Father?

The Resurrection and the Life   25/26 Mar

John 11:1-5, 17-27, 38-45, 2 Kings 4:17-37 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

  • We get a wonderful picture of the person of Jesus in John 11. On one hand, he is the Resurrection and the Life, and on the other hand, we see his humanity—his compassion, his love, his tears, his grief, and his rage over the unbelief of the people. Read John 11:1-45, which aspect of Jesus’ humanity speaks to you the most?
  • The author’s purpose in John 11 is to convince his readers that Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life (v.25). Reflect on the comments of his disciples (vv.6-16), the comments of Martha and Mary (vv.17-27, 32 & 39), and the comments of the mourners (v.37). Which of these reflect what you are going through at this moment in life? Share with your group and pray for one another.

The Light of the World   18/19 Mar

John 9:1-16, 35-41, Isaiah 42:14-21

Dr Tan Kim Huat (Sun 7.30am, 11.30am, 4.30pm)
  • Reflect on why some people do not accept the idea that God has been actively at work in a certain situation.
  • How prepared are you for God to break your usual way of thinking so as to remove your spiritual blindness and show you his way?

Revd Dr Andrew Peh (Sat 4pm, 5.30pm, Sun 9.30am)
  • How can we use more of our other senses in our encounter with the Lord?
  • What is our posture even as the lights around us grow increasingly dimmer and darker?

Worship in Spirit & Truth   11/12 Mar

Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:5-26 • Revd Alvin Toh

  1. Share what you understand Jesus to be saying when he said, “But the hour is coming and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23).
  2. Worship is not about encountering God through just an emotional high or a miraculous intervention, but in the genuineness of a heart that seeks to worship in spirit and truth. What are some truths that the Holy Spirit has been speaking into your life during this Lenten season?
    • Is there a mindset or paradigm you need to change or address?
    • Is there something in your life you need to repent and turn away from?
    • Is there something God has been prompting you to do, but you have been procrastinating or unwilling to do so?
  3. Question for self-reflection and personal application:
  4. Imagine the joy of the lame man (Acts 3:8) when he is healed and leaping for joy. When was the last time you experienced such joy in your life like the “spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14)? How can you experience this full, gushing, abundant, and eternal life that will have you leaping for joy daily again?

The Saviour of the World   4/5 Mar

John 3:1-17 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • What are the signs of God’s transforming work in my life?
  • In which areas do I need to give up my self-rule and self-reliance?

Overcoming Temptation   25/26 Feb

Matthew 4:1-11, Genesis 3:1-15 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

Lent is a season of introspection, self-examination, and repentance as a way to focus on the need for God’s grace. Repentance means turning 180 degrees away from sin to walk towards God. Repentance includes an examination of our lives and our actions in light of God’s grace and love, which comes to us free and undeserved through Christ’s death and resurrection (Rising from the Ashes: 40 Day Lenten Devotional 2023, SAC). As we begin this season of Lent, let’s work to repent from all the temptations that have crippled our relationship with God and instead walk in the light for His glory.

  • Temptation is the devil’s scheme to separate us from God and to make us sin against Him. What have you learned from our Lord Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11 about overcoming temptation? What are some lessons you hope or think you can apply to your situation? It’s often tough to overcome temptation on our own. Share how you can hold one another accountable.
  • The devil is cunning and deceiving, tempting us to doubt God, believing in twisted truths, and distracting us with earthly things. Pray for one another to reject and overcome temptation—"Be gone, Satan!" (Matt 4:10b).

Justification by Faith   18/19 Feb

Romans 3:21-31 • Revd Daniel Lim

  • How has the gift of justification you have received from God changed the way you live your life and your response towards sin and God’s commandment?
  • In what ways have you displayed your faith in Christ in the past week? 

Nothing Makes Us Righteous Except Christ   11/12 Feb

Romans 3:9-20 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • Is it easy or difficult for you to acknowledge your sinfulness and helplessness and receive God’s grace? Why do you think this is so?

Privilege Brings Responsibility   4/5 Feb

Romans 3:1-8 • Revd Dr Tan Soo Inn

  • It is not enough to know the truth. We must live by the truth. Share one way you are applying this truth in your life.
  • Name one occasion when God brought good out of evil. Does this make the evil good?
  • How can our church community demonstrate the power of the gospel?

God’s Impartial Judgement   28/29 Jan

Rom 2:6-11, Matt 25:31-46 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

God’s love is impartial and so will be His judgement. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we too will appear before the righteous judge to defend our case on that judgement day. Are you ready? Where do you think you will be called to stand before the throne of the Son of God (Matt 25:31-46)?

  • Share in your cell group, what are some areas of judgement and eternal life that you are struggling with or have a better understanding now? How do you intend to work on those areas?
  • How has this renewed understanding of God’s impartial judgement changed your perspective and desire to take discipleship and evangelism more seriously?

Do Not Judge Others   21/22 Jan

Romans 2:1-5

  • Sun 7:30 & 11:30  Revd Moses Israeli
  • Do we find ourselves rationalizing our sins, by pointing out the same or worse mistakes in others?
  • In a secular society, people may not take sin and judgement seriously. They replace it with their worldviews and reasons such as "everyone is doing it." At the same time the religious think they can fool God, and escape the judgment of God. God is under no such delusion. How can we relate to God who is merciful, patient, and loving? What change would you like to see in your relationship with God? Why?
  • In Psalms 139:4 David says, “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” God knows the real intention behind every spoken word. He sees all and he is never fooled. How can we relate to one another? What change would you like to see in you for your relationship with others? Why?
  1. Sat 4:30 & Sun 9:30  Revd Joshua Raj
  2. Cell Discussion
  3. Discuss if you have been a victim of being judged and how you felt / responded.
  4.  Discuss how you judged someone and how what you later learned about the person changed your relationship with him or her?
  1. Personal Reflection
  2. Are there ways in which you are “passing judgment on another” even though you are guilty of doing the very thing that you condemn?
  3. Who is one person you need to stop judging? 
  4. What is one thing you can do this week to put aside judgment and love that person?

Living in Righteousness   14/15 Jan

Romans 1:18-32 • Revd Andrew Yap

  • Does the concept of God’s wrath offend or embarrass you? Why?
  • John Calvin famously wrote that 'The human heart is a perpetual idol factory' – churning out new idols like the conveyor belt in a manufacturing plant, perpetually rolling out new widgets. How would you define an "idol"? And what are some idols you have seen in the lives of people in this age and culture?
  • Pray for one another that we will establish Christ’s lordship over our lives and renounce any idols we may have set above God in our lives.

Be Unashamed of the Gospel   7/8 Jan

Romans 1:16-17 • Revd Christopher Chan

  • What holds you back from sharing the gospel?
  • What can you do to overcome this?

Introduction to Romans: Passionately Committed to Christ   1 Jan

Romans 1:1-17, Matt 5:14-16 • Revd Canon Dr Lewis Lew

  • Read Romans 1:1–6 and 16:25–27. What similarities can you identify in both passages that reinforce your understanding of Paul’s purpose for writing?
  • Romans 1:1–17 contains a number of words that are important—"gospel," "salvation," and "righteousness." Share what they mean to you, and how does that shape your understanding of our duty to share the good news?
  • Paul is not ashamed of the gospel. Why do you think that is so? (Rom 1:16). How should that form our perspective of our faith and the way we live? Share and pray for one another.

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