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Week No. 5 | 29 Jan 2023 Lord's Day Service

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LORD’S DAY SERVICE ORDER

PRESIDER: Evangelist Nicholas Chiang
*Silent Prayer
*Confession of Faith
Hymn 57
Responsive Reading:
8. Psalm 19
8. 诗篇 19
Prayer by Evangelist Nicholas Chiang
Scripture Reading:
Gen 1:9-13
创世记 1:9-13
Choir Anthem by Sharon Choir
In the Name of the Lord
奉天主的圣名
Sermon by Pastor Samuel Kim
Creation and Re-creation 3: Blessing of the land and seed
创造与再创造 3: 土地与种子的祝福
Hymn 260
Offering Prayer by Evangelist Nicholas Chiang
Offering Song:
Hymn 318 – Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling (归家)
(Sharon Choir)
Announcements by Evangelist Nicholas Chiang
*Hymn 6
*Benediction by Pastor Samuel Kim

*Congregation Standing

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

    • Lord’s Day (Sunday) service @ 10:45 am*
    • Lord’s Day Bible study at 1:30 pm
    • Wednesday service @ 7:40 pm*
    • Saturday Dawn service @ 6:00 am

    *Also broadcasted live on YouTube: http://live.zionchurch.sg

  • The Precept for 2023: “A Church that strives toward the Consummation of Redemptive History by following the path of Abraham’s faith” (Gen 18:18-19; 26:5; Gal 3:7-9; Col 1:25; Tit 2:14)
  • We will have a guest speaker, Pastor Ronny Heyboer, on 26 Feb, during Bible study time at 1:30 pm.

    He is the founder of the Living Water Village in the West Kalimantan Jungle, saving and nurturing abandoned and abused children. He will be sharing about God’s amazing work in Kalimantan. Let us all attend the study and be blessed!

    To find out more about his projects, visit https://www.livingwatersvillage.com/

  • Book 7 of the History of Redemption book series: “The Ten Commandments, the Eternal Covenant for All Generations” will be arriving in March 2023. Pre-Order your copy at $35 with EJoyce today!

UPCOMING PRAYER DUTIES

Wednesday Service 1 Feb: Elder Ridwan Dinata

Lord’s Day Service 5 Feb: Elder William Ng

Basket Bearers: Elder Tan Pau Soon & Elder Ridwan Dinata

OFFERING & TITHE

Via Internet Banking

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

Please make sure to indicate your name, type of offering and the date info under the memo/remarks sections when initiating the transfer. Please indicate your offerings’ purpose especially for TITHES (to be listed as TH).
Note: Any online offerings without indications of whether for tithing, thanksgiving, building, mission, etc will be recorded as regular offerings.
Thank you for your assistance.

1. For regular, tithes, thanksgiving, special, and missions offerings ONLY
OCBC Bank Account: ZION CHURCH
Account Number: 621835867001
PayNow UEN #: T00SS0141D
Swift: OCBCSGSGXXX
Bank Address: CHULIA STREET, 63, OCBC CENTRE, FLOOR 10, SINGAPORE

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.

3. Offering toward Missions Offering or Book Drive to support broadcasts of the History of Redemption Series globally, can be made in the following ways to HORA Ministries:

1) Direct bank transfer to:

DBS (Development Bank of Singapore)
Account Holder: LI JIA TSUEY or CAI XIAO FEN ERICA
Account Number: 271-310151-9 (Account Type: Multi Currency Account)
Currency Type: All currencies accepted (US$, S$, etc)
Address of Beneficiary Bank: 12 Marina Boulevard, DBS Asia Central, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018982
Country: Singapore
SWIFT Address/Code: DBSSSGSG

2) PayNow to HORA Ministries via NRIC S7638942Z

3) Indicating “Book Drive” or “Missions” on the offering envelopes.

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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