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God’s Answer is NOW

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Commands of God to All Willing Vessels

Preaching by Sis Jasmine Magcalas

Summarised by JILC Publishing Ministry

Scripture: Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law.

Vision is a perspective that is directed by God’s heart. It enables us to behold and see tomorrow from today. To see the ending from the beginning. God always unveils his heart through vision. The question is are we willing to be a vessel of God’s vision? Like the many characters in the bible such as Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, and all the prophets and the disciples, they have received visions from God. Although, the process was not easy as they faced oppositions, God fulfilled what they were called to do. God provides, protects and preserves those willing vessels until such vision is fulfilled.

If you have been doubting yourself whether God can use you and doubt your capacity, remember how Nehemiah responded well and allowed himself to be a vessel of God.

Perhaps you have received vision from God but unsure of when it is going to be fulfilled. But remember Habakkuk when He trusted God’s promise, “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

If you are still questioning the timing when to act and when can God use you to fulfill the vision for your life, family, church and ministry, the answer is ‘Now”. We must act and move now.

  1. Activate your faith and believe NOW.

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval.

Everything starts by having faith. Through faith the men of the bible gained approval. Through their faith, they pleased God. Faith is a switch that opens the source of power and anointing. If during the course of pursuing the vision, you got tired and lost, activate your faith and believe, not tomorrow, not next month, but NOW.

In Mark 9:14-24, Jesus heals a boy possessed by an impure Spirit. In the story, Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this? “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “If you can’?” said Jesus“Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

The Lord put emphasis that if we believe, everything is possible. Thus, whenever we approach God in our prayers, we have to come in faith and ask God to help us with our doubts and unbelief.  If God has given us vision for your life, family and ministry, yet still have doubts, worries and uncertainties, pray to God to activate our faith and help us to believe again.

FAITH IS THE HAND WHICH TAKES WHAT GOD OFFERS.

FAITH MAKES THE GRACIOUS HANDS OF GOD TO MOVE.

2. Submit and obey NOW.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
                  If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.

It requires full submission in a form of full obedience to the Father so that we can be part of the mission and see the fulfillment of the vision. Delayed obedience is still disobedience.

We are all familiar with the story of Jonah. He was commanded by God to go to Nineveh to announce God’s judgement, but he went exactly in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. What happened next was the consequence of his actions. A violent storm came that threatened to break the ship apart. We probably all can relate to Jonah that at some point we have disobeyed, hence, we suffer the consequences of our own disobedience. Jonah was swallowed by the big fish, and for us it can come in different forms, yet the root always comes from disobedience.

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose]. –1 Corinthians 15:58

3. Stoked the fire NOW.

Stoked means to put coals and woods, you pay attention to make sure that your fire in you will not die.  We have the responsibility to take care of our fire.

Then the Lord said to Moses, Give Aaron and his sons the following instructions regarding the burnt offering. The burnt offering must be left on top of the altar until the next morning, and the fire on the altar must be kept burning all night. 

Leviticus 6:8-9 When God called us, He has given us fire in our spirit… that compels us to move… that excites us to encounter to know, fire in us that makes hungry for him.

2 Timothy 1: 6 That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination.

GOD wants a never ceasing worship. He requires a never ceasing worship

PASSION FOR CHRIST

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OVERWHELMING POSITIVE PASSION

Preaching by Pastor Rene Sanqui

Scripture: Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

1 John 5:21 Dear Children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

Nowadays, we can use the term addiction in substitute for the word idolatry. We often associate addiction to drugs and other restricted substances, not realising that even things like food, shopping, recreation, hobbies and pleasures, etc. can move us unnoticeably from casual enjoyment to addiction.  Our willpower is not enough to get rid of our idols. We need God in order to overcome any form of addiction and to put our passion back to the Lord.

“WE ARE GOVERNED BY OVERWHELMING POSITIVE PASSION.”- Timothy Keller

Any addiction or idols have to be overwhelmed by our passion for Jesus. As what Timothy Keller puts it, ” We are governed by overwhelming positive passion.” This would demolish anything that is taking God’s place in our hearts.

  1. Time becomes an expression of Passion.

Jacob marries Leah and Rachel. Genesis 29: 15-20 After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.” 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

  • Wherever and whatever we invest our time reflects our character and our passion and love.
  • God honours our time. We should not belittle our time nor take if for granted.
  • Our observance of punctuality and coming to church early every Sunday is also our expression of our passion to the Lord.
  • “God would allow anyone in heaven if you can stand it.” – Why? Because in heaven we will spend time praising and worshipping Jesus not just for a certain period of time but for all eternity.
  • Those people who can spend time with the Lord whilst still here on earth become candidates of heaven.
  • We will serve the Lord as long as we live as an expression of our love and passion to the Lord

2. Position and Possession becomes secondary.

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector. Luke 19: 1-9 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short, he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.

  • Zacchaeus disregarded his position and possession; he climbed a sycamore-fig tree just to have a glimpse of Jesus.
  • Is there anything that you are willing to make secondary so that Jesus can be first? Reflect on this.
  • Zacchaeus’ overwhelming passion after he had a glimpse of Jesus has shifted him completely. Although he loves money and position, he declared bankruptcy and denied his position and desire to see and experience more of Jesus.

3. Future is offered without hesitation

Jesus anointed by a sinful woman. Luke 7:36-50 36When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

  • We do not know what our future would bring, but because we are passionate about God, we will still serve Him.
  • The sinful woman offered everything to the Lord. She offered her way of living and poured it out to the Lord without hesitation.

“The only way we can offer our bodies as a living sacrifice is to understand the mercy of God.”

“We can only be passionate for the Lord if we understand the passion of the Lord who came to this world to serve the purpose that God the Father has given to Him.”

CLEAR VISION 20/20

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Preaching by Pastor Neo Doce

Summarised by: JILC Publishing Ministry

Scripture: Jeremiah 29: 11-13 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your hear

1.Put God first in everything you do.

In setting our visions, goals, plans and decisions we have to include and put God first. If God is leading us, we are more motivated and guided because we follow Him, his example, his way and his will.

Vision gives us direction. Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. -Proverbs 29:18

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 35-6).

As we are start another year, we set new plans and goals, but sometimes we forget to include God. We set our objectives yet disregard and fail to put God first. We tend to do things our own way and plan our own life without realising that without God’s leading we would be redirected away from His presence.

If we want our lives to be well-guided and blessed by God, we have to prioritise God first. To regard God as our highest priority, that whatever plans we have, we commit it to the Lord to make it successful. Otherwise, we will end up with regrets, mistakes, hurts and disappointments.

To put God as our priority means that we have to make time for God. We make time for God from the moment we wake up and before we go to bed. We acknowledge His presence moment by moment.

We make decisions not according to our will, but to His will, not according to our terms and conditions. We can never go wrong and fail because God is ahead of us. When we make a decision it is important that we ask for His anointing and guidance. Let God be glorified in everything that we do.

2.We need to pray in everything we do.

Pray unceasingly. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The world is terrible, and the god of this world is very serious and dedicated to kill, to steal, and to destroy us. That is why we fear and worry, and we cannot do anything by worrying. But by prayer we can move the hand of God to do miracles. Prayer can open or shut the door of heaven. Fears and doubts are the enemies of faith and prayer. A prayerful Christian is a powerful Christian.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven. -Matthew 18:18

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. -Matthew 7:8

3. Surrender

We can never put God first in our lives unless we totally surrender to Him and unless we turn our ears to the Word of God. If we have bitterness and hurts, we have to forgive and be free, we have to surrender. Without surrendering ourselves, we can never have a true worship. We have to surrender with all our hearts and with all our strength and thoughts, our pride and ego and say, ‘come Lord Jesus take over’ and allow God to use our lives according to His will and purpose.

REDISCOVERING CHURCH

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REDISCOVERING CHURCH

Preaching By Sis Jasmine Magcalas

Summarised by JILC Publishing Ministry

Scripture:  But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.

You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.

As a result, you can show others the goodness of God,

for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

“Once you had no identity as a people;

now you are God’s people.

Once you received no mercy;

now you have received God’s mercy.

1 Peter 2:9-10 The Message (MSG)

We do not play church. We do not do church. We do not attend church, because we are the church. God has designed, identified and called us.  It is vital that we know our purpose and rediscover God’s intention for the church, otherwise we would be missing the whole point and we all end up in tragedy.

The church of Corinth had come a long way from God’s original design.  The Apostle Paul has written an open letter by reminding the church about their calling in the hope that they will rediscover God’s beautiful plan for His chosen people.

CHURCH IS CALLED TO BE HOLY (1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-9)

We are reminded of our high calling and our position in Christ. The Greek work ‘Ekklessia’ means “a called-out people”. We have all been set apart by God and for God’s enjoyment and use. We are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be His holy people. God has graced us and enriched us in every way- with all kinds of speech and knowledge. We do not lack any spiritual gifts for it has all been given to us through our Lord Jesus. The God who called us is faithful and is able to bring us and keep us firm to the end, so that we will be blameless on the day of God’s return.

In Corinth, the church was defiled as they lived in compromise and accepted sexual immorality and also arrogant about it. They were living a life full of wickedness, sin, greed, envy, and murder. The Lord rejects all kinds of defilements. Acceptance of any forms of defilement in the church is wrong, for a defiled church is not that is seeking God’s will.

CHURCH IS CALLED FOR FELLOWSHIP AND SERVICE (1 CORINTHIANS 10-25)

Division in the church is always a problem. There were quarrels among the Corinthians, that is why The Apostle Paul addressed the people of Corinth to live in unity and harmony, to be perfectly united in mind and thought. He reminded them that Christ alone has the power and wisdom above all. Even of Paul and Apollo’s, Christ is Supreme above them.

It is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 1 Corinthians 1: 19.

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human hands.” 1 Corinthians 1:25

We are called into fellowship because of our union with Jesus Christ. He was crucified and died for us. We were baptised in His name. We have been identified and reconciled with God through Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross. We have been called into one family, knitted together and perfectly joined together in the name of Jesus Christ.

People in the church are diverse, but this should not create disunity. In fact, the Lord himself loves diversity. In 1 Corinthians 12, the church is compared to a body with many parts. Each having a distinct role to play and a specific function. There would be no sense if all of us were to do the same thing.  God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. Being in one body and with same Spirit, we should not take others for granted, as they also are a necessary part of the whole. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.

In 1 Corinthians 13, it shows us that love is the excellent way and the greatest foundation of our service. Love is indispensable. Church membership is founded on love;  authentic, biblical, unconditional love.”

 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,] but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

CHURCH IS CALLED TO GLORIFY GOD

We care called to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, for our Father delights in the glory of His son. We do not glory ourselves, but we give glory to the One who deserves it all. The grace we have received from God, leaves no room for personal boasting.  What we were and what we are now is because of God’s works in us.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-31

“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23 – 24

God is calling His church, his Bride

Commissioned for the great mission

Enabled to strengthen the weak

To uplift the oppressed

To bring comfort to those who are mourning and in need

Enabled and established to accomplish great things

So, the glory of the One true King might be displayed and bring honour and glory to Him.

Wake up all sleepers it’s time to set those eyes on The One.

Let the grace of God overflow and drown the pride of life and unify His Bride.

Let us learn all the more as we open our hearts and our ears to hear His loving voice saying,

“I am your beloved, You are mine.”

Let us all delight in His shade and taste His goodness.

Let us be light in the dark

Let us stoke the fire and keep it burning

Burning as we all serve.

Open our eyes

Fix them on the prize!

Let everything, Yes everything be poured to the One true King!

Hail Jesus!

Receive all the glory, honour and adoration!

All the reverence we give to You Our Lord and King!

~~A poem by Jasmine Magcalas~~

THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN REVELATION REPRESENTS

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN REVELATION REPRESENT

Preaching by Pastor Neo Doce

Scripture: Revelation 2 and 3

The Book of Revelation addresses seven letters to seven churches in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) (Revelation 2-3). Each letter, as proclaimed by Jesus and recorded by John the Apostle, declares the triumphs and failings of the recipient churches and warns each congregation to repent. The advice in these letters is prophetic, forewarning present-day Christian communities of the snares that can lure us away from our faith.

1. Ephesus – The Church that Has Abandoned Its Love for Christ and His Teachings(Revelation 2:1-7)

Ephesus was the prominent commercial and cultural centre of Asia. Christ’s letter to the Ephesian church praises the congregation for its “deeds…hard work…and perseverance,” and for its rejection of false apostles (Revelation 2:2-3).

Despite its hard work and doctrinal integrity, Christ faults the community for having “forsaken the love [they] had at first” (Revelation 2:4). This “forsaken love” can mean that the Ephesians had become less devoted to Christ or that the work they did was no longer motivated by love for one another. The letter to the Ephesian church does offer the community hope if they repent and rekindle their love for Christian living (Revelation 2:5-7).

2. Smyrna – The Church that Remains Faithful Amidst Persecution (Revelation 2:8-11)

Smyrna was home to a large Jewish community hostile to Christians. The Bible notes that slanderous accusations by Jews against Christians had led to Christian persecution by Roman authorities (Acts 14:2, 19: Acts 17:13).

Christ’s revelation to Smyrna commends the community for its material poverty but spiritual wealth and acknowledges its wrongful persecution (Revelation 2:9). Christ does not reprimand this church but warns of impending imprisonment for some of its members, urging them to remain faithful “even to the point of death” and remember the promise of their “victor’s crown” (Revelation 2:10).

3. Pergamum – The Church that Compromises Its Beliefs  (Revelation 2:12-17)

The city of Pergamum was renowned for its pagan practices. The letter to the church there lauds the congregation for upholding its faith despite the city’s pervasive pagan influences (Revelation 2:13). The letter then addresses the church’s sin by denouncing some of its members for following false teachings that brought about religious and moral compromise (Revelation 2:14-15).

The Lord calls on the community to repent or risk the judgment that will emanate from the “sword of [His] mouth” (Revelation 2:16). Those who repent will be given the “hidden manna” that is the grain of Heaven (Psalm 78:24), and a “white stone” or clean slate with a new identity in Christ (Revelation 2:17).

4. Thyatira – The Church that Follows False   Prophets (Revelation 2:18-29)

Thyatira was a wealthy commercial city. Jesus’ letter to Thyatira praises the church for having grown in faith and service (Revelation 2:19). The church’s downfall was its devotion to a false prophet that led some members to commit idolatry and immorality (Revelation 2:20). Although the false prophet remained unrepentant, Jesus affirms that the congregation can still repent by turning away from the prophet’s ways (Revelation 2:21-22).

The Lord reminds us in this revelation that He will repay each of us according to our deeds (Revelation 2:23). The payment for sin is death. Those who persevere in faith, however, will receive a share of Christ’s messianic authority over all nations and triumph over death (Revelation 2:26-28).

5. Sardis – The Church that is Spiritually Dead  (Revelation 3:1-6)

Sardis was a city that had endured two surprise attacks despite its fortifications. Our Lord faults the church in Sardis for maintaining an outward appearance of being “alive,” while actually being spiritually dead (Revelation 3:1). Alluding to the city’s history of prior surprise attacks, Jesus warns the congregation to “wake up” and repent, lest he “come like a thief” to bestow His judgment (Revelation 3:2-3).

Those in Sardis who heed Christ’s warning will be “dressed in white,” a symbol of purity and victory, and will be acknowledged in Heaven’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).

6. Philadelphia – The Church that Patiently Endured Despite Weaknesses (Revelation 3:7-13)

Philadelphia was home to a synagogue community hostile to Christians. Christ praises the Philadelphians for remaining faithful in the face of trials despite their limited strength (Rev. 3:8).

Jesus does not reproach this congregation but condemns its persecutors. (Revelation 3:9). Christ promises that if Philadelphia’s congregants remain faithful to Him, He will protect them from the “hour of trial” and make them pillars in God’s heavenly temple (Revelation 3:10-12).

7. Laodicea – The Church with a Lukewarm   Faith (Revelation 3:14-22)

Laodicea was a prosperous industrial and commercial centre. Jesus’ letter to this church wastes no time denouncing the congregation for its lukewarm faith, threatening to “spit” the congregation out of His mouth (Revelation 3:16).

Christ scolds this church for allowing its economic prosperity to cause it spiritual bankruptcy and reveals that, despite its economic wealth, only He can provide spiritual wealth (Revelation 3:17-18). Those in Laodicea’s church who open the door to Christ will share in His Heavenly banquet and have the right to sit with Him on His throne (Revelation 3:20-21).

Declaration of the JIL Church Worldwide Distinctive

The JILCW believes that the church to be raptured is a glorious church: without spot, wrinkle or blemish and is an embodiment of the following attributes:

1.Worshipping Church
We are a Church that consistently takes part in experiences of GOD’s love and forgiveness and is unashamed to present our love to GOD. As a Church, we seek to lead others to truly see, hear and experience GOD’s presence and to show how they, too, can be confident in discovering, responding and expressing their love to GOD.

2. Healing Church
We are a Church that testifies to the holistic healing that GOD gives to the hurt, the sick and the lost. As a Church, we recognise the power and willingness of the Great Physician to heal the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual wounds of every man, woman and child and thus undertake to be used as both testimonies and instruments of GOD’s healing ministry.

3. Soul-Winning Church
We are a Church whose heart feels the heartbeat of GOD for the salvation of perishing souls.
As a Church, we exemplify a lifestyle of evangelism so that souls are won for the eternal Kingdom of GOD.

4. Praying Church
We are a Church whose backbone and life blood is Prayer. As a Church, together with the Body of CHRIST, we fight the good fight of faith in prayer and fasting, intercession and spiritual warfare with corresponding action.

5. Visionary Church
We are a Church with glorious prophetic destiny. As a Church, we endeavour to reach the realization of GOD’s glorious Vision through wholehearted obedience, devotion and commitment, Spirit-led and strategic planning under His Divine Enablement. As a Church, we believe we cannot do anything apart from GOD, but we can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens us.

6. Spirit-Filled Church
We are a Church whose way of life is to seek out the Spirit’s baptism as well as His anointing in everything – praying, sharing, preaching, teaching, listening, performing, writing and so forth. As a Church, we humbly submit to the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit in doing the works of GOD in the church and society.

7. Nation-Loving Church
We are a Church called to zealously love our country, believing that every nation must be under the Lordship of JESUS CHRIST. As a Church, we accept our divine mandate to love our country by influencing and transforming every pillar of society – church and family, government, business and economics, education, science and technology, media and entertainment, arts, and environment – through programs, projects and other ways and means that trumpet truth, justice and righteousness. 

8. Faith-filled Church
We are a Church that puts our absolute trust in the revelation and power of the Living GOD. 
As a Church, we live with absolute confidence on GOD’s sovereignty and guidance, acknowledging His power, knowledge and presence in every part of our life.

9. Prophetic Church
We are a Church who firmly believes that our GOD also reveals His Word, will and instructions through His genuine Prophet to the nation and the Body of CHRIST. 
As a Church, we recognise GOD’s commands and revelations and pursue the fulfilment of His glorious plan for the Church and nation.

10. Apostolic Church
We are a Church that submits to spirit of apostolic leadership established and ordained by the Living GOD through JESUS CHRIST. As a Church, we operate and experience the blessings of the five-fold ministry gifts that empower our dynamic apostolic church gloriously reflecting the character and power of the Living GOD and effectively reaching all parts of the world through evangelism and church planting. 

11. Giving Church
We are a Church that faithfully lives according to the Biblical principle teaching us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. As a Church, we seize every opportunity to selflessly and cheerfully give to His Ministry and to the people in need.

12. Serving Church
We are a Church that follows the example set by our LORD JESUS CHRIST in genuine humility and Godly servanthood. As a Church, we devise and spearhead programs and projects that enable us to passionately serve God, His Ministry, our country and the rest of the world.

JESUS IS LORD OVER MY CHURCH

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“Upon This Rock, I Will Build My Church”

Preaching by Pastor Ricky Rontales

Scripture: Matthew 16:13-18

13 Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 “Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.”

15 “What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 “Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven.

18 And so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it.

19 I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

18 And so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it.

19 I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

We can relate this passage to the context of God having a plan for us – for our church. Having this assurance gives us feelings of great comfort and safety that in any circumstance, He will build up and empower us to be the persons He designed us to be. In Matthew 6:18, Jesus describes Peter as being a small rock (Petros in Greek), and Himself, as the bedrock (Petra in Greek) upon which His Church shall be built.

The Greek word for church is “Ecclesia” which means “to call out”. The church described is not a physical structure, but a group of Christians empowering each other through fellowship, prayer and worship, all for one purpose- declaring the Lordship of Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:25 “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…”

It is crucial for us to be built on a solid foundation. As to building a structure, it needs to be built on something that could hold it in its place. Without a solid foundation, whenever a test of our faith is encountered, we would be shaky and unstable which would then lead to a collapse.

1 Corinthians 3: 10-11 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 

Isaiah 59:19 “… When the enemy shall come in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

“Church, if you want to remain strong, stand on solid ground – the Cornerstone of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Lordship of Jesus Christ

When we declare that Jesus is Lord over our lives, it means that He is our Master. And being our Master, we give him the authority over our mind, spirit, possessions, life, and even death.  It is because of His love that we are empowered to love and obey Him. We were given the capacity to follow His commands and have the passion to worship and bring pleasure to our King.

“The more we love God, the more we will obey Him.”

Deuteronomy 6:5
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

Understanding the Christology of Jesus Christ

The scripture reveals that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who always existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit. It is this sinless union of the divine and human natures which qualifies Him to be the only sacrificial mediator between God and man, His death would pay for our sins.

Philippians 2:5-11 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,  but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Christology studies the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:5-11 displays how Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not lift Himself up, but surrendered himself to the will of His Father, embracing humanity and servanthood that He may be the perfect illustration of God’s love for us, and how we should love and find delight in Him as His people.

Pre-existence and Eternality of Christ

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God.All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”

Jesus Christ (the Word) was already there in the beginning – before everything was brought to existence. This unfathomable truth is something our mortal minds can never grasp. He is sovereign and absolute.

Christ’s Eternal Purpose

  • To Save us

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

  • To Restore us

1 Peter 5:10

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.”

  • To Present us to the Father

John 19:30

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

Jesus laid down His life to save us, to restore us, and to present us to the Father. God brought His Son into the world so that we may be saved from His wrath and that we would be brought back to our “original state” – free from the consequences of the disobedience of man, and into everlasting life. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we are presented to the Father, clean, blameless and free from sin.

The Church’s Divine Mandate

The Function. It is our responsibility as God’s stewards to function according to our calling. Without a functioning body, the Church will not survive.

The Destiny. Our life’s testimony matters. The future of the Church lies on who God uses, and how we use the gifts imparted to us so that we, in the future, be an inspiration to the generation to come. God deserves excellence and nothing less.

We have been given the spiritual authority through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that even the gates of hell will have no power over us – God’s Church.

“The Church deserves excellent ministry, and ministry deserves quality leadership.”

PROCLAIMING THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS

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“The Light Of The World”

Preaching by: Pastor Bong Puyat

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:5-7 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Not My Light, But His

When we proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, the light of God is continuously seen in us. Whether we are in the church, at home, or at work. In all that we do, and everything we achieve, it is God who is working “behind the scenes” – the great orchestrator, who created and continues to enable us.

Being the light of this world means that we understand that it is not our light, but His alone. It means that in everything we go through, may it be in defeat or accomplishment, we recognise that it is all because of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”  2 Corinthians 4:6-7

“I am the vine you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Our lives are completely dependent to the Lord. A branch cannot function when detached form the Vine- the source of its sap and nourishment. So are we, we cannot function and bear fruits apart from Him. We need to be connected to our Lord Jesus. He is the very reason why we live and move and have our being.

But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so, the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Jeremiah 18:4

“We are containers into which God poured His light.”

The Purpose Of His Light

The movie “Hacksaw Ridge” depicts the life of Desmond Doss, a devout follower of Christ during World War II who volunteered as a medic to serve his country. He was mocked and ridiculed because of his dedication to Christ and his belief of going into war without carrying any firearms. Having faced with all the discouragements, he was able to save 75 soldiers on his own and he did it without ever carrying a weapon.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, whichGod prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, Hebrews 10:24

“The hallmark of Christianity is showing good deeds.”

“The greatest formula as we proclaim Jesus Christ is His love, nothing else.”

John Was A Lamp That Burned and Gave Light

John stood for Jesus

John the Baptist, knowing the sins and wrongdoings of Herod, one of the tetrarchs, stood up and rebuked these acts knowing that it would mean trouble, even at the cost of his life, to oppose someone in power. He knew that who he was up against was no greater than who he stood up for – Jesus our Messiah.

John stood up for righteousness

But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison. Luke 3:19-20

As representatives of Christ in this present day, where “Compromised Christianity” is rampant, it is of utmost importance that we take a stand on what is right and Biblical. We should bear in mind that there’s no “middle ground” or “grey area” in our faith if we are to be the light of the world.

VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

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VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

Preaching by Pastor Neo Doce

Summarised by JILC Publishing Ministry

Scripture:1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

  • OUR TESTINGS BECOME OUR GREATEST TESTIMONIES

It is not uncommon for any believers to go through hills and valleys in life. Each of us has our own share of struggles and frustrations, difficulties and failures.   We have our own fears and doubts and unbelief. Yet, its purpose is not to totally crush us but that we would be able to come out on the other side, with a refined character and with a greater faith.

            Our great stories and testimonies are often birthed when we go through seemingly hopeless situations. It is when we have exhausted all our efforts and find ourselves again on our knees that God works wonders and miracles in us. We experience Him more when we are in the deep waters. God always rescues and delivers us with His righteous right hand. Our answered prayers are proof that God is listening to our cries.

  • OUR MESS BECOMES OUR POWERFUL MESSAGE

We were all wandering in different directions until we met Jesus. Suddenly,

            our lives are never the same again. God found us in our miserable and sinful state, but He did not leave us there. He carried us on His arms and allowed us to experience His love and transforming power. We can all testify how God lifted us up from the miry clay and that is our message of hope and love. Our God is able to turn our mess into a powerful message. And this is true until now.

God invited us to come to His table to experience all that He is. He puts His Holy Spirit in us, transforming us from glory to glory. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

He turned our heart of stone to a heart of flesh. We are new creation in Christ Jesus- the old has gone, the new is here! 1 Corinthians 5:17.

  • THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THAT GIVES US THE VICTORIES

Through our God we have a victory in Jesus name. Our enemy has been defeated 2000 years ago at the cross of Calvary where Christ overcame sin and death. We are set free and victorious in Christ. He is our banner over all our battles. Thus, we call all say, “Victory, victory is mine! Hallelujah!”

Even though our hearts and flesh may fail, God is the strength our hearts and our portion forever. Psalm 73:26.

Let the weak say I am strong Let the poor say I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.  

Conclusion:

√ Only God can turn our Testing into our Great Testimonies.

√ Only God can turn our Miserable life into a Powerful Message to the whole World.

√ Only God can turn our Trials into Triumph.

√ Only God can turn our Wrong Decision into Conviction and Realisation.

√ Only God can turn us from being a Victim into Victorious.

“TO LIVE IS CHRIST”

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“TO LIVE IS CHRIST”

Preaching by Pastor Rene Sanqui

Summarised by JILC Publishing Ministry

Scripture: “For me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.”-Philippians 1:21

How do we define success? We probably have different answers, but our definition of this word has a great impact to the way we live our lives. It dictates the direction of our lives. When we view success as having the abundance of material things and accumulating worldly wealth, then the tendency is for us to be working towards attaining it. In a biblical context, success surpasses all the things that we could ever accumulate but rather it is having Jesus Christ our Lord and as our real treasure. Christian’s success is when we are able to live our lives for Christ as what Paul’s confesses in the book of Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” This is what Apostle Paul wants, that we understand what really matters, so that we will be able to live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return (Philippians 1:10).

“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”- Rick Warren

  • LIVING AS CITIZENS OF HEAVEN (Philippians 1:27-30)

As Christians we have our identity in Christ and our citizenship is in heaven. We have the privilege of both trusting God and suffering for Him at the same time. It means that when we become Christians, God did not promise us with an easy life as what others think it would be. In fact, there would be struggles and sufferings of all kinds. Yet, even though we have to go through difficult and painful moments, God is telling us that the fulfilment of His Statutes- His Words and His promises to us, will surely come. And having the Supremacy and Sovereignty overall, He watches and upholds His people and those who love Him.

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

  • LIVING WITH THE ATTITUDE OF CHRIST (Philippians 2:5-11)

Our inclinations to ourselves and our achievements and entitlements often become a source of our bragging and pride in our hearts. We think highly of ourselves and we sometimes demand things we think we deserve. Human nature is exactly opposite to what Jesus Christ demonstrated to us- He modelled a life of humility. He gave up His rights, privileges and entitlements. Although He was in very nature God, He did not consider equality with God. He gave up His divine rights, humbled Himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross! This is the life that Christ wants us all to imitate.

The moment we cling onto your rights, privileges and entitlements is the moment we lose your sight of Christ.”

“Humility is never a weakness. Humility is a sign of strength.”

Philippians 2:5-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honour
    and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

  • LIVING BRIGHTLY FOR CHRIST (Philippians 2:12-13)

We should work hard to show the results of our salvation. We should have no room for complacency. We need to hold firmly to the Word of life and desire a life that pleases God. For God Himself would give us both the desire and the power to do whatever pleases Him.

Our salvation must bear fruits and that is by denying the desires of our sinful nature. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

Rejoicing in the Lord is a way of living brightly for Christ. This joy should be manifested in our lives as we are in Christ. In Philippians 4:4, it says,” Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify      your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 King James Version (KJV)