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Week No. 5 | 31 January 2021 Lord's Day

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LORD’S DAY SERVICE ORDER

ANNOUNCER: Elder Anthony Lim
*Silent Prayer
*Confession of Faith
Hymn 56
Responsive Reading:
28. Psalm 127 (28. 诗篇 127)
Prayer by Elder Anthony Lim
Scripture Reading:
John 1:16, 1 Peter 1:10-16
(约翰福音 1:16,彼得前书 1:10-16)
Choir Anthem by Sharon Choir
(pre-recorded):
God Has Been So Good to Me
(上帝对我太好了)
Sermon by Pastor Samuel Kim
The essentials: Grace
(基本要素 : 恩典)
Hymn 405
Offering Prayer by Elder Anthony Lim
Offering Song:
The Goodness of God (主的信實良善)
(Timothy Youth Ministry)
*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.
  • The Precept for the year 2021: “The Church That Fulfils the Amazing Redemptive-Historical Restoration Through Faith That Soars Like an Eagle”
    (Isa 40:31; Luke 5:26; 6:10; Acts 3:21; 1 John 5:4)
  • 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 – *On Zoom

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

  • Pastor Samuel Kim will be speaking at Hinghwa Methodist Church’s Zoom Service on 6 Feb, next Saturday @ 5pm. Please pray that God will be glorified and all will be blessed through the teaching.
    *Zoom link: http://zoom.us/j/682759437
    *Zoom ID: 682759437
  • Gabriel Sunday School is organizing “The Little Scientist Workshop” which will be running for 3 sessions, with the first session starting 20 Feb, Saturday from 9:30am – 11:00am.

    The workshop will be hosted via zoom at
    *Zoom link: http://zoom.zionchurch.sg
    Registration is now open until 6 Feb at
    *Registration link: http://littlescientist.zionchurch.sg/
    More details on the website.

  • There will be session meeting next Lord’s Day, 7 Feb after the service.
  • There will be a Department leaders’ meeting on 7 Feb after the bible study. Leaders, please prepare to share your department’s annual event schedule during the meeting.
  • All department leaders, please be sure to submit your department’s budget for year 2021 to the finance department by today.
  • The church is open for those who wish to attend Wednesday & Lord’s Day services from the start of Phase 3. There will be 2 zones allocated for the main service times up to 100 people: 50 pax in the sanctuary (zone A) & 50 pax in the fellowship hall (zone B).

    Please register your attendance at http://LD100.zionchurch.sg
    More details at http://zionchurch.sg/covid-phase3

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

UPCOMING PRAYER DUTY

Wednesday 3 February: Deacon Eric Neo

Lord’s Day 7 February: Elder Ridwan Dinata

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
    Manna and Jesus (Part 2)

    Scripture: Exodus 16:14-18

    In Part 1 we learned of the Israelites grumbling about manna. They could accept it as the bread from heaven and only ate it for the purpose of filling their stomachs. The Israelites’ attitude towards manna was to foreshadow how Jesus, the true manna from heaven would not be accepted too. Like the heavenly manna, Jesus also came in physical form. But just as they did not see manna as from heaven, they did not see Jesus as the God from heaven, but did to Him whatever they wanted, and eventually killing Jesus on the cross (Philippians 2:6-8).
    The Israelites ate the manna with the response ‘what is this?’. They did not give thanks but changed its shape and form to whatever they wanted and desired. Likewise, when we receive the Word of God, we must not take it according to how we want to understand it or edit and interpret it according to our needs and desires. Instead, let us receive and eat spiritual manna, the Word of God as God intended! And we will surely see the amazing changes this heavenly word will bring to our lives!

    1. Method of gathering manna

    (i) Gather morning by morning (Exodus 16:7-8, 12, 21)
    Morning is boqer in Hebrew. When it is repeated, the emphasis is on the importance of that morning. Because manna would melt when the sun comes up, the Israelites needed to diligently get up early, go out and gather the day’s worth. This is to emphasize that the lazy will not be able to eat this spiritual food. Only the soul of the diligent can be satisfied (Proverbs 13:4). So let us be determined to gather manna each morning so that we may enjoy the blessings of God’s manna, God’s Word in our lives!

    (ii) Gather when the layer of dew evaporated (Exodus 16:13-14)
    Dew represents God’s Word, His teachings and grace (Deut 32:1-2). Therefore, we need to receive the Word of God first, which in turn gives us grace. After receiving God’s grace through the Word, is the manna, the food that will strengthen us and help us move forward. It is the hidden manna that Jesus will give (Revelation 2:17). And the “acceptable time” to receive grace is right now (2 Corinthians 6:2). Now is the right time to receive and store up as much grace as possible.

    God’s grace is like dew. We don’t see it falling as it comes overnight in the dark. Even though we cannot see God’s grace in the darkness, yet when the morning comes, grace comes with it. Let us look forward to the morning and find God’s grace in our lives and the lives of our loved ones and those around us!

    (iii) Gather a day’s portion every day (Exodus 16:4)
    Contrary to God’s instruction, the Israelites left some manna till the next day and it spoilt (Exodus 16:20). God gives enough for each day, so we must not be greedy (Matthew 6:11). But just as we cannot eat one week’s worth of food in 1 seating and not eat till the next week, we also cannot read the bible once a week and expect it to last till the next Sunday. When God told them to gather daily, He was testing them, “whether they will walk in my instruction or not”. Let us be able to pass God’s test of walking in His word daily!

    (iv) Gather twice as much on the 6th day and no manna on the 7th day
    For the first 5 days, each person was to gather 1 omer each day. They were to gather 2 omers on the 6th day (Exodus 16:6, 21-22). But they were not to gather on the 7th day which is God’s Sabbath day. By giving the manna, God was teaching them how to observe the Sabbath and receive its blessings. For 2084 weeks in the wilderness, God faithfully provided manna without missing even 1 week. Let us believe that God is providing us with His grace and His manna without fail. All we need to do is to wake up daily in the morning and gather.

    In the 4th commandment, God commanded that we are to keep the Sabbath holy. This can be achieved when we labour to serve and believe God faithfully over the previous 6 days. The Sabbath is therefore not just 1 day out of the week but the result of the 6 days’ work. And keeping the Sabbath (Lord’s Day) holy is setting the entire day apart for God. It is the basis and foundation of all blessings, so we must not miss even 1 Lord’s Day.
    Manna is God’s blessing of His own heavenly food. In the Chinese and Korean languages, the etymology of the word “family” means those who eat at your table, the ones who eat your food. Likewise, manna is God preparing a heavenly table for His family, the chosen people of God. And what a privilege it is to be eating with God! May we eat daily at God’s table!

    (v) No excess and no lack
    The amount was just right for each person (Exodus 16:17-18). The grace and blessing of God is sufficient for each of us.

    2. Method of keeping the manna

    (i) To commemorate what God did in the wilderness, and for the Israelites to remember, they were to keep an omer of manna in every household (Exodus 16:22)

    (ii) The high priest must keep a jar of an omer of manna in the ark of the covenant (Exodus 16:33)

    Conclusion

    Manna foreshadows Jesus and the Word of transfiguration to be given in the end. In Revelation 2:12-17, God promises the church of Pergamum the hidden manna to those who overcome. Verse 12 describes Jesus as the one who has the sharp two-edged sword, which is the Word of God. Verse 16 speaks of this word as the “sword of my mouth” that will either judge or bless us. And verse 17 reveals what we must overcome to receive this hidden manna.

    Even though the church of Pergamum had not denied their faith, they had begun to follow the teachings of Balaam and the Nicolaitans. Balaam had caused the Israelites to be lured by their weakness for ‘delicious’ food and beautiful Moabite women. In the process, they worshipped their idols and committed immorality. The teaching of Nicolaitans is the belief of complete separation between flesh, spirit and soul. Hence whatever is done in the flesh will not affect the spiritual state. But this is not true, for whatever is done in the flesh will affect our spirit and our soul.
    This is evident in both the manna and Jesus who came down in the physical form. It emphasizes both humanity and divinity. By accepting Jesus the person (humanity) we are receiving Jesus the God (divinity). The flesh and spirit work together. Likewise, our flesh, spirit and soul are one. Therefore, to attain the hidden manna, we need to overcome the temptations of other teachings, a different gospel, and the wrong faith. Another strong angel in Revelation 10 gave the little book, the hidden manna to Apostle John to eat, and is the hidden manna we must eat today (Revelation 10:10)!

    AMEN.

    Pastor Samuel Kim

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