10Apr

#091 - All Yes and Amen?

Originally preached on 23 Jan 2011. Sermon based on 2 Corinthians 1:18-20 18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. The Parable of the Sower has been described to be the "mother of all parables".  This is because Jesus told His disciples that if they did not understand this parable, they would not be able to understand all His other parables.

In the same way, 2 Cor 1:20 contains what Rev Reuben describes as the "mother of all promises": it contains the promise that all other promises found in the Scripture are a definite yes and amen because of what Christ has accomplished for us via His perfect work on the cross.

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9Apr

#080 - The Redeemer

Originally preached on 19 Sep 2010.  Sermon based on Ruth 4.

Listen to Rev Reuben explain how Boaz being a kinsman-redeemer to Ruth, is a picture and type of Jesus being a kinsman-redeemer to us, His bride.  Rev Reuben also makes several Old Testament scripture passages come alive by cross-referencing them to the person and finished work of Jesus, eg. the feasts of Israel (Passover, Unleaven Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost) and how Tamar ended up being in the genealogy of Jesus.

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8Apr

#078 - Rich!

Originally preached on 15 August 2010

Sermon text: 2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

Money is a subject that is still considered "taboo" by many Christians.  Yet, our Lord Jesus Himself spoke on this topic frequently during His earthly ministry.  In this sermon entitled "Rich!", Rev Reuben Ng carefully but boldly unveils the truth in God's Word as declared by Paul in 2 Cor 8:9 that we as believers have already been made materially rich through Jesus.  What we need to do is to continue to walk by faith and not by sight to see that manifest in our lives. Also, God blesses us is so that we can in turn be a blessing to others.

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7Apr

#062 - God Is For Us

Originally preached on 27 December 2009

In this message, based on Rom 8:31-32, Rev Reuben tells us that as a result of God being with us (which is what Emmanuel means and what Christmas is all about), we can also conclude that God is for us.

He goes on to explain the context in which Emmanuel was used in the Scriptures.   In Isa 7, it is recorded that Ahaz, king of the southern kingdom of Judah was about to be attacked by Pekah, king of the northern kingdom of Israel and Rezin, king of Aram (old name for Iran).  The irony is that Ahaz did not have faith, so God Himself took the initiative by giving the king a sign!
We read this in verses 13 and 14
13 Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also?
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Hallelujah!  What an awesome God!  We can see that even during the Old Covenant, God continued to look out for His people, even when they had disobeyed Him and lost faith in Him.  What more will He look out for us, we who are His people this side of the cross.
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6Apr

#117 - The Exchange

Most Christians know that on that first Good Friday, all the sins of the world were placed upon Jesus.  But how many of us are aware of a greater truth -- that all His righteousness have been placed upon us.  In this sermon, Rev Reuben talks about the divine exchange that took place at Calvary's cross.  Indeed, there is reason for us to rejoice and celebrate and to call Good Friday good.

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5Apr

#057 - Cross Purposes

Originally preached on 11 October 2009.  Sermon based on Mk 8:27-33

In this sermon, Rev Reuben tells us that in the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit was limited to just kings and prophets and only for a moment in time. However, in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit now indwells the believer upon us being born again and remains in us forever.  He also challenges us to expect to see signs and wonders accompanying the preaching of the gospel.

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4Apr

#050 - God’s Family

Originally preached on 5 July 2009, based on Mark 3:31-35.

Mark 3

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

31 Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, "Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you." 33 "Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."

When reading this passage, do you feel puzzled because Jesus appears to be "snubbing" His own physical family members by considering those seated around Him as His family members instead of them?  Well, listen to Rev Reuben clarify the above and explain what it means to be in God's family.

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3Apr

#039 - Rahab’s Life-Changing Faith

Originally preached on 18 January 2009.  Sermon based on Joshua 2.

Those of you who are at least in your late twenties will remember a box-office hit movie that came out in 1990 called Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. It was about a prostitute named Vivian Ward who ended up marrying the hero of the story. Well, do you know there is a similar story found in the Bible? There was a harlot called Rahab who lived in the city of Jericho. She ended up marrying this guy called Salmon, who was the son of Nahshon (the leader of the tribe of Judah) and they both became the great-greatgrandparents to King David.

Sure, Rahab had a shady past, but that did not stop God, in His infinite grace, from being able to make use of her to protect the spies, and highly honouring her amongst His people, even though she was not even an Israelite to begin with.

Do you know that she was:

- only 1 of 5 women that Matthew mentions in Jesus' genealogy (the other 4 being Tamar, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary)?

- only 1 of 2 women that the author of Hebrews included in the hall of faith (the other one being Sarah)?

- cited by James as an example of "faith in action" when she harboured the spies and sent them off in a different direction (the other one being Abraham when he offered Isaac as a sacrifice) ?

Hear Rev Reuben preach about the original pretty woman and how he unveils Jesus when he talks about how the scarlet cord and stalk of linen flaks typify Jesus' blood and righteousness respectively.

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2Apr

#035 - His Name Shall Be Called

Originally preached on 7 Dec 2008, listen to how Rev Reuben explain why Jesus was referred to as Everlasting Father in the following passage:

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born Unto us a Son is given And the government will be upon His shoulders And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace is He.

The above passage is a prophecy about the Incarnation. Jesus was called "Father" not in the context of His relationship with the other 2 in the Godhead. Rather, he is "father" in the sense that He (as the second and last Adam), is considered the ancestor to all of us in the New Covenant, just like how the first Adam is the father of all humankind! And the underlying truth is that because He is "everlasting", He cannot be "unfathered" and we cannot be "unchilded" -- we cannot lose our salvation.  Hallelujah!

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1Apr

#024 - Gospel Vs A Different Gospel

Originally preached on 6 July 2008.  Sermon based on Galatians 1.

Listen to how Rev Reuben interpret Galatians 1.  This was indeed very R-A-D-I-C-A-L given the conservative and legalistic atmosphere surrounding our church back then :-)

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