Sunday Service by Dr. A R Bernard and Water Baptism Service- 28/08/11
I woke up feeling really sore and achy in my back and chest but I still decided to head down for service as I gave my word that I would be there. When I entered the main hall at 0955 and found a seat at the Echo Arena, praise and worship was about to begin. However, I totally had no idea that Dr. A R Bernard was going to be preaching this service and I'm glad he did because the sermon is very relevant for my life right now.
For this service, Dr. A R Bernard taught about Spiritual Growth, what Ages in the Bible really meant and how God lines up specific people around us so that we are able to be positioned in a way that God can bless us in due season. I will only share a little bit about what Dr. A R Bernard has shared on today's blog entry. If you would like to find out more, you can purchase the entire Sermon from Sermon Vault <-- here
Definition of Spiritual Growth
Spiritual Growth is increasing your capacity to know and to experience God by the consistency of studying His Word.
We experience God through worship and prayer and we also experience Him by discerning what He is doing in our world.
The Bible encourages us to grow up because God can only entrusts us with His plans and purposes only if we mature and grow up. God will only give to us what we have the capacity for.
Ages ( or aion in greek) means Periods
When the Bible says it's the end of the world, the Bible meant the end of a specific time, not the destruction of the planet or world. In fact, the return of Jesus Christ is not the end of the world but the beginning of another period/time. An age is a period of time in history marked by notable events and particular characteristics.
Seasons ( or kairos in greek)
Season is not just a time but a favourable period of time. A season is a favourable time appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation. The Bible tells us not to be weary in well doing because in due season, we will reap if we faint not.
These were just some of the key points that I noted down during Dr. A R Bernard's preaching. After service, most of us headed down to Jurong West Church so that we could witness Chao Han and Kenny's water baptism. Witnessing their baptism reminded me of my own baptism way back in 2006. I was really happy that both Chao Han and Kenny took the step of faith and decided to go for water baptism as it truly signifies the beginning of a wonderful journey with Christ. I pray that God will continue to open up the windows of heavens and pour down such great blessings into both Chao Hao and Kenny's lives that there would not be room enough to contain it!
Kenny Getting Water Baptised By Pastor Yock Kiang
"We Are Called To Be The Salt of the Earth, The Light of The World"
Preparing Kenny and Chao Han for their trials! =P
Kenny awaiting for the salty moment!
A reminder for us to be the light of the world
We are the apple of God's eyes
Kenny with his Certificate of Baptism!