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Week No. 50 | 13 December 2020 Lord's Day

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LORD’S DAY SERVICE ORDER

ANNOUNCER: Elder William Ng
*Silent Prayer
*Confession of Faith
Hymn 57
Responsive Reading:
23. Psalm 98 (23. 诗篇 98)
Prayer by Elder William Ng
Scripture Reading:
Joshua 14: 6-14 (约书亚记14:6-14)
Choir Anthem by Sharon Choir
(pre-recorded):
Hymn 411-Jesus Loves me, this I know
(耶稣爱我, 我知道)
Sermon by Prinicipal Ong Guek Ju
Conquering the Mountains of Life
(征服生命之山)
Hymn 434
Offering Prayer by Elder William Ng
Offering Song:
Silent Night, Holy Night
(平安夜)

(piano recital by Shekinah Kankam)
*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 will resume in January 2021 – *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
  • The church will be gifting Christmas log cakes for our Zion family members on Christmas Lord’s Day, 20 Dec. Kindly collect your log cakes from the ushers at the reception area before exiting the premise.
  • All department leaders, please take note 31 Jan 2021 will be the budget submission deadline for year 2021 to the finance department.
  • 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 16 December: Deacon Johnny Sek

Christmas Lord’s Day 20 December: Elder Steve Yoon

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
    Come Out

    Scripture: Revelation 18:1-5

    The entire book of Revelation is teaching us that this world we are living in will not be eternal and permanent. But what this world wants us to believe is that this will continue on and the end is not here yet. In today’s passage in Revelation 18:4, God is telling us to come out!

    In order for us to enter into the new Jerusalem, we need to come out of this spiritual Babylon. We need to come out of the place of sin so we can come into the place of God. Let us think of 3 incidents in the Old Testament where God uses the expression “come out”:

    1. To Abraham (Acts 7:2-3, Genesis 12:1)

    God told Abraham twice, a double command, to come out. First, God called him to come out of the sinful world of the Ur of Chaldeans, where Babel was, its influences and the people there. The second time God didn’t want Abraham to become too comfortable in being settled in Haran, the comforts, luxuries, security that he must have felt when he was around and living with all his relatives and people he knew and the settlement, the wellbeing that the world is providing. So God told him to come out these 2 times. We need to come out these 2 times as well, from the place of sin and complacency, from the comfort of this world so we can start walking with God and making a progress towards the fulfilment of God’s will.

    2. To Lot (Genesis 19:12-13; 15-17)

    “Come out” is the cry and voice to save us from the final judgment and destruction. Lot was hesitating but the compelling grace of God brought him, his wife and two daughters out. Sodom and Gomorrah was a place of worldly pleasure and abundance. Ezekiel talks a lot about the city of Sodom having careless ease, having no problems with immorality, even abominations before God (Ezekiel 16:49-50). Spiritual anaesthesia has numbed the people’s spiritual senses towards sin, they soon did not know what sin is and what sin is not. That is the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

    The sons-in-law laughed, Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. It does not mean that she actually became salt, but that she became part of Sodom. Sodom became a heap of salt and dirt and ashes salt after the fire and brimstone came down (Deuteronomy 29:23, Zephaniah 2:9). Her heart and identity were still connected to Sodom.

    3. To Israel (Jeremiah 51:45-48; 6-8)

    Even after 70 years in Babylon captivity, many Jews did not come out of Babylon to return to Israel. They had become comfortable in Babylon. It was more suffering to return to Israel and re-establish the city. In Babylon, they already had children, businesses set up and running, etc. God is warning them through Jeremiah that they will fall and perish with Babylon unless they come out. Where is Babylon for you and me? What are the reasons why we cannot come out today?

    Conclusion

    Only those who come out of Babylon can enter into the new Jerusalem. When do we come out? We need to come out today, not when the judgment is falling upon Babylon.

    We need to be separated from Babylon. We cannot physically come out of this world yet. How are we then to separate from this world?

    In Genesis 1, God’s Word does the work of separation and consecration. At the end of that work are holiness and purity. Abraham was separated from sinfulness and became the father of faith because he followed the Word of God. That is called obedience. God’s Word was first.

    Revelation 14:4 speaks of the 144,000 as the ones not defiled by the world. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes, they keep chaste by keeping out of the world (Babylon).

    Revelation 18:4 says to come out so you will not participate in her sins. How do we come out? We need to stop participating in her sins. What are her sins? God is referring to this sin of Babylon as intoxication or drunkenness of the wine of Babylon (Revelation 18:3, 17:2).

    Intoxication from wine usually has many different symptoms:
    • It makes the person more vulnerable to sin and temptation.
    • It makes us insensitive to danger.
    • It makes the person numb from fear.

    In the same way, Babylon’s influence causes us to be conformed to the world, blinded to its insecurity, and numbs us from the fear of the coming judgment. Babylon is delusional and causes people to become delusional too, thinking that things are OK and secure when it is not (Revelation 18:23). Those who identify themselves with Babylon will be judged (Revelation 18:15; 19).

    (1 John 2:15-17 NKJ) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world– the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life– is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

    Have we separated ourselves through obedience like Abraham in following God’s Word? Are we taking the Word lightly like Lot’s sons-in-law or are we forced to follow like Lot’s wife but our hearts remain back in Sodom? If we don’t have that holy separation, we won’t be able to separate ourselves from Babylon at the time of judgment.

    As we are not able to come to church, let us spend more time to pray at home, wherever you are, ask God to separate me from this world and come out. May we be like the brides ready to receive the bridegroom.

    Amen

    Pastor Samuel Kim

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