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Week No. 49 | 6 December 2020 Lord's Day

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LORD’S DAY SERVICE ORDER

ANNOUNCER: Elder Ridwan Dinata
*Silent Prayer
*Confession of Faith
Hymn 56
Responsive Reading:
22. Psalm 96 (22. 诗篇 96)
Prayer by Elder Ridwan Dinata
Scripture Reading:
Heb 5:1-10, 7:1-3 (希伯来书 5:1-10, 7:1-3)
Choir Anthem by Sharon Choir
(pre-recorded):
Hymn 447 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
(你的信实广大)
Sermon by Pastor Samuel Kim
The genealogy of the dead and the genealogy of the living
(死人与活人的家谱)
Hymn 168
Offering Prayer by Elder Ridwan Dinata
Offering Song:
我们爱 (让世界不一样)
We will love (We can make a difference)

(Shimin Wang & Jas Loo)
*Announcements
*Hymn 6
*Benediction by Pastor Samuel Kim

*Congregation Standing

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Let us continue to pray for the growth of our church and for the work of evangelism.
  • Please refer to the following for our online service times and locations:

    • Wed service @ 7:40pm – *On YouTube
    • Saturday Dawn prayer service @ 6am – Special study series *On Zoom
    • Lord’s Day service @ 10:45am – *On YouTube
    • Lord’s Day bible study @ 4pm – “The 12 Tribes” study series *On Zoom

    *YouTube link: http://live.zionchurch.sg
    *Zoom link: http://zoom.zionchurch.sg

  • Please refer to the following schedule for the end of the year services:

    1. Christmas Eve (24 Dec, Thu) Service @ 7pm – *via Zoom
    2. Christmas Day (25 Dec, Fri) live broadcast service from main church @ 9:30am, followed by Baptism service
      – *In church and *via YouTube
    3. New Year’s Eve (31 Dec, Thu) Watchnight service @ 10:15pm – *via Zoom and YouTube
    4. New Year’s Day (1 Jan, Fri) live broadcast service from main church @ 9:30am – *In church and *via YouTube
  • Next Lord’s Day (13 Dec), we will have a special speaker, Tung Ling Bible School’s Principal Ong Guek Ju, to bless us with God’s Word. Let us pray for her and the blessings that God will bestow upon us through her.
  • There will be a meeting after service today for those getting baptized this Christmas Day.
  • The Women’s Ministry has mailed out E-vouchers to celebrate and congratulate our members born in the month of December. Do check your emails to redeem your vouchers.
  • The church is open for those who wish to view the recorded service in the sanctuary on Lord’s Days during the main service time up to 100 pax. Those who wish to come to church will need to fill out an acknowledgement form on our website, register their attendance at http://LD100.zionchurch.sg and meet all the requirements for the safety measures that are mandated by MCCY. Please see the details on the website http://zionchurch.sg/covid-phase2

    And please follow Government’s latest requirement to download the TraceTogether mobile app or to collect the physical token in preparation to transit to this check-in system at the church.

UPCOMING PRAYER DUTY

Wednesday 9 December: Elder Ridwan Dinata

Lord’s Day 13 December: Elder William Ng

OFFERING & TITHE

Via Internet Banking

You can give an offering electronically by transferring to the following account:

1. For regular, tithes, thanksgiving, special, and missions offerings ONLY
OCBC Bank Account: ZION CHURCH
Account#: 621835867001
PayNow UEN#: T00SS0141D

NOTE: Please specify Name, Purpose and Date (ddmmmyy) of the offering in the MEMO or Bill Reference Number section. See Example 1.

2. For Building Offerings ONLY
DBS Bank Account: ZION CHURCH
Account#: 047-903777-2

NOTE: Please specify Name, Purpose and Date (ddmmmyy) of the offering in the MEMO or Bill Reference Number section. See Example 2.

Use the following acronyms to indicate Purpose (offering type):

  • RO = Regular Offering
  • TH = Tithes
  • TG = Thanksgiving
  • SP = Special Offering
  • MO = Missions Offering
  • BO = Building Offering

Example 1:
JohnDoe TH 05APR20
SamMiller TG 05Mar20
JaneSmith RO 03May20

Example 2:
JohnDoe BO 05APR20

By Mail

You may mail your offering cheques to Zion Church to below address:
“Finance Department”.
2 Gambas Crescent, Nordcom 2 Tower 2 #10-13. Siangapore 757044.

By ATM

You may transfer via ATM:
BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO SPECIFY TYPE OF OFFERING if you use this option.
Please inform any Finance Team member if want your offering to be recorded.

  • Eldress May Ling
  • Deaconess Leh Tieng
  • Elder Steve
  • Living Manna

    Sermon Summary
    Creation and Re-creation: Work of Light

    Scripture: Genesis 1:1-3, John 1:1-4

    In Genesis 1:1-3, the Word was in the beginning, doing the work of creation. John 1:1-4 says that the same Word came to this world. What is the Word going to do?

    The re-creation or redemption work follows the pattern of the creation in Genesis 1, namely the 6 days of creation and the 7th-day Sabbath. And the work that was instructed by God to accomplish redemption and reach the “sabbath” is seen in the exodus, the construction of the temple, and Jesus’ ministry and crucifixion.

    In creation, the Word did the work of creating בָּרָא (bārāʾ) and separating בָּדַל (bādal). When Jesus, the incarnate Word, came to this world, what kind of work took place? Where the Word goes, the same kind of work and result takes place. There were works of creation and separation wherever Jesus, the incarnate Word, went.

    Through this series called ‘Creation and Re-creation,’ we will study God’s work of re-creation in the Gospel of John.

    In Genesis, God is presented as speaking the creation into existence. God speaks the Word and it happens: heaven and earth, ocean and stream, trees and grass, birds and fish, animals and humans. Everything, seen and unseen, is called into being by God’s spoken word.

    In deliberate parallel to the opening words of Genesis, John presents God as speaking salvation into existence. This time God’s word takes on human form and enters history in the person of Jesus. Jesus speaks the word and it happens: forgiveness and judgment, healing and illumination, mercy and grace, joy and love, freedom and resurrection. Everything broken and fallen, sinful and diseased, called into salvation by God’s spoken word.

    The creation work began with the creation of the light and ended with the creation of man. Then, the heavens and the earth were “completed” (Genesis 2:1). After that came the Sabbath rest.

    The Gospel of John begins with the coming of the Light and ended with the salvation of man through the cross, where Jesus said, “It is finished” and died (John 19:30). After that, Jesus resurrected and gave the promise of peace (sabbath rest).

    On the first day of creation in Genesis 1, God created light and separated light from darkness. Likewise, when the Word is introduced in John 1, He is introduced as the light of the world.

    1. Light and darkness

    (Genesis 1:3, John 1:4, 1 John 1:1–5)
    The light mentioned in these verses is not just physical light. This light contains life, grace, truth, and the glory of God. And this light shines into the hearts of the people.

    In John 1:14, the Word (Jesus) is the light, and the people are the darkness because the darkness did not comprehend the light (John 1:5).
    John 8:12 shows that when we follow Jesus we are in the light, and if we don’t then we are in darkness.

    2. Separation of light and darkness

    When Jesus came into this world, that is the light came into darkness (2 Corinthians 4:6). When the Word comes into us, it is the light shining into our hearts, and that will give us knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

    John the Baptist shined the light by sharing of Jesus, which brought grace and revealed the truth (John 1:15-18). Yet, there were those who received the light and came into the light, and there are those who rejected the light (John 1:11).

    In John 1:40–49, we see the people who came to the light by understanding the Word and so they followed Jesus. Those who are chosen by God get attracted to the light. We also see Philip bringing Nathanael to the light. We must also with confidence bring people who are in darkness to the light and it is God who will shine upon them. We need to believe for the people who do not believe, that God has seen them and chosen them and is calling them through us. When Nathanael recognized Jesus, this is the result of the light shining upon the darkness.

    In John 9:1-5, this blind man is like us, we were born into the darkness of sin, and we were born blind spiritually. The work of God = the work of light.

    But there are also people who did not come to the light. In John 8, we see the Pharisees rejecting Jesus, rejecting the truth, and therefore rejecting the light.

    The truth of God’s Word is grace and light. Sometimes God gives us the grace of repentance and joy, but we choose at times to stay in darkness by rejecting the light. The truth is spoken to us, but if we cannot receive that truth, we will stay in darkness. The light leads us to the knowledge of God’s glory, but the Pharisees don’t have the knowledge because they rejected Jesus.

    Unlike Peter, Andrew, Nathanael, Jesus said 1 thing and they immediately understood He is the Son of God. However, the Pharisees who rejected what Jesus said, could not understand who Jesus is. In John 8:25, Jesus is saying that He is the Word from the beginning. Jesus is saying I am the Word, God sent Me, but they picked up stones to throw at Him. The Israelites also rejected the Word, Jesus.

    In John 13:29-30, Judas Iscariot went out to betray and sell Jesus, he was rejecting the light and now Judas Iscariot is in the night.

    3. How do we come into the light?

    Knowing and believing the Word is receiving the light. But darkness keeps returning like during the creation work, it also kept becoming evening and morning until the 7th day. Darkness will continue to come until the creation/recreation work is finished.
    In the creation work, the evening always came first, and then morning came. When evening spiritually comes, we need to do everything possible to seek the light again. Read the bible, come to church, listen, and do something to find the light. What is promising and hopeful is that God continues to shine the light upon us. Darkness comes because we reject the light. Light will be there.

    Conclusion: What is the result of coming into the light?

    Genesis 1:2
    The earth was without form and void, and darkness; that is spiritually me.

    (i) We will no longer be formless, void and dark.
    (ii) We will become holy
    (iii) We will be able to see God’s true identity.
    (iv) We will follow Him wherever He goes (Rev 14:4)
    (v) We will receive eternal life

    Let us be illuminators of the light. People who shine upon this world.

    AMEN.

    Pastor Samuel Kim

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