Announcements (29 Sep 13)

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Sep 292013
 

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 12/10 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact PrLek by Sun 6/10.

JOY Sunday will be postponed to 13 Oct(just for this October, it will be held on the second Sunday rather than the usual first Sunday because the Children Sunday needs to use the Chapel as its venue) – all Sunday school teachers and students in the Senior Dept, please take note of the change.

Amazing Grace Book 2 with CD is ready for distribution at the fellowship hall. Please take copies for your families as you have use.

Love-gifts for any persons not worshiping in New Life BP Church will not be forwarded to the designated parties.  The money will instead go into the church general fund. This will take effect from November 2013 onwards.

 

29 Sep 13 – Gospel Sunday: a short encouragement

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Sep 292013
 

Gospel Sunday: a short encouragement

By Eld.SimCheeSeng

“He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief;

but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

And being persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”

Romans 4:20-21

Praise the Lord for blessing New Life BP Church with the rich harvest of 16 souls who responded to the gospel call during the Gospel Night on 21 September 2013.

By His grace, the Lord led both the Chinese and English congregations to come together for this event. It was wonderful to hear items of praise through songs (presented by the Chinese and English Choirs) and an encouraging personal testimony (by a brother Li). Then Pastor Rev. James Lim preached the gospel and challenged the audience, comprising mostly ofChinese nationals, to consider the two most important questions in life:

(1)   Where did we come from?

(2)   Where are we going after death?

He spoke with clarity, simplicity and power.  Using simple illustrations, he hammered home the message that God is our Creator and being our Maker, He deserves our reverence and worship. He also mentioned that after we die, we will face the judgment of God who will decide our eternal destiny (whether we go to heaven or to hell). He affirmed that the Lord Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that the Lord Jesus is the only way to salvation.

When the altar call was made, we marvelled at the grace of God who moved 16 souls to make a public confession of faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. How we rejoice and thank God for His goodness, mercy and grace to have used us as His instrument in this ministry of reconciliation. All glory to Him for counting us worthy to do this great work. We now pray for His grace and wisdom to do the follow up of these brethren.

May the Lord continue to bless our ministry in New Life. We would like to encourage as many New Lifers as possible to participate in the various activities of the Church in order to grow in “love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Announcements (22 Sep 13)

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Sep 222013
 

Chinese Gospel Meeting TONIGHT 22/9 7 pm. Bring your relatives and friends!

Last Day of Registration for Church 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner Date: 9 Nov 13, Sat Time: 5pm to 8:30pm @ NLBPC.  $25/seat; $15/seat for child <=12 yrs old & seniors >=60 yrs old. Register @ Fellowship Hall. Closes today!

Children Sunday 6/10 11.30 am @ Chapel Parents, please bring your children for this special programme. Encourage your children to bring a friend/ cousin/schoolmate etc.

JOY Sunday will be postponed to 13 Oct (second Sunday rather than the usual first Sunday) – all Sunday school teachers and students in Senior Dept, please take note of the change.

Amazing Grace Book 2 with CD is ready for distribution at the fellowship hall. Please take copies for your families as you have use.

Love-gifts for any persons not worshiping in New Life BP Church will not be forwarded to the designated parties.  The money will instead go into the church general fund. This will take effect from November 2013 onwards.

22 Sep 13 – Brethren, Stand Fast

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Sep 222013
 

Brethren, Stand Fast

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 

By Pr. LekAik Wee

By the pen of the Apostle Paul, the Spirit of God gave this command to Christians at Galatia and throughout the ages to cherish the freedom they have from the bondage of sin. Suffer not a relapse to go back to live that old life of sin! He says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free”. Thank God for His resurrection power, the Spirit of holiness that enables us to say “no” to sin. Cherish the freedom we have. Cultivate this life-style of abstaining from sin. Take time to be holy.

Why the need to command the Galatians to “stand fast”? Because they have been entangled again with sin. It was hurting them. The Apostle Paul went to the extent of warning that Galatians who are in a persistent state of sin shall not inherit the kingdom of God. They may not even be born again! What a grave statement of truth for self-reflection. Sin is called the “yoke of bondage” because its weight chokes the life out of the believer.

To stand fast is to stand firmly rooted without wavering, tottering, without motion! Sin is seductive! Awake from our backsliding and come back to the Lord. The appeal is to yield and submit to God’s will for our lives, and to enjoy the blessings of living a holy life. The command is to do so continually. You may ask, how is that possible? With man it is impossible, but not with God. This is the power of the Holy Spirit in the believers’ lives. When we abuse the freedom, we grieve the Holy Spirit of God (Eph. 4:30a). We need to know that.

Solomon in the book of Proverbs tells us what it means to stand fast when he said in Proverbs 1:10, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not!” Again, he reiterated in Proverbs 1:15, “My son, walk not thou with them; refrain thy foot from their path.” We need to be reminded again and again from God’s Word  ofthe dire consequences of sin so that we would have the fear of God in our hearts to embrace the wisdom of standing fast! The book of Proverbs has a storehouse of wisdom to grant the Christian strength to stand fast. May we take time to study, meditate, imbibe and apply the truth!

Standing fast means remembering that you have been freed from the bondage of sin because Jesus paid it all for us on the cross at Calvary! Study the gospels, forget not how Jesus suffered, bled and died to free us from the bondage of sin. Reflect upon our past and the misery of being entangled with sin. Make a conscious reminder in our hearts how far we have come with Christ. Do not take lightly this liberty we now enjoy and spurn it by indulging in sin!

Standing fast is to be reminded of the efficacy of prayer. The Christian’s privilege is having access to the throne of grace where we can find strength to overcome every trial and temptation. The sufficiency of God’s grace must be appropriated by our resolve to ask, seek and knock, albeit on our knees. The Hebrew verb for “kneeling” in its intensive stem is blessing. When you seek God’s strength to overcome temptation and every trial by calling to Jesus, you will receive the necessary help!

Have you been silent before Him for sometime now? Does calling upon Him seem strange? God forbid! Prayer is power. Power with God! When we are plagued with sin, we come before God to seek His forgiveness and acknowledged our sins before Him. As the psalmist says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity…” (Psalm 32:1-2a) The encouragement is that there is forgiveness with God and let God’s people not hesitate but make haste to make right their lives before Him – “For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” (Psalm 32:6-7)

The Apostle Paul applies verse 1 for us in verses 13 and 15, “For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another…But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” He says stop bickering, squabbling and fighting lest the stronger ones devour the weaker ones. But by love, serve one another. This is needful and urgent!

May God’s people continue to walk according to this command and stand fast! Amen.

Announcements (15 Sep 13)

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Sep 152013
 

Session Meeting TODAY @1.30pm. All Session members, please attend.

Amazing Grace Book 2 with CD is ready for distribution at the fellowship hall. Please take copies for your families as you have use.

Registration Opens! Church 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner Sat 9 Nov Time: 5pm to 8:30pm @ NLBPC.  $25/seat; $15/seat for child <=12 yrs old & seniors >=60 yrs old. Register @ Fellowship Hall today! Closes next Sun 22 Sep.

YAF Anniversary Sat 21/9 4pm Chapel Let us all come to give thanks to God for His faithfulness in the YAF ministry. All are welcome.

Chinese Gospel Meeting 22/9 7 pm. Bring your relatives and friends!

15 Sep 13 – Practical Reasons for Church Membership

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Sep 152013
 

THE PRACTICAL REASONS FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

By Rev. Lim Chee Boon  

Here are 4 practical reasons from Acts 2:38-47 on taking church membership:

A.    The first reason for taking up church membership is it is the spiritual desire of every genuine believer.

In almost every genuine conversion, the person would ask which church he should go to.  His idea is: “Where can I grow with my new-found faith?”  I’m sure we would direct such a person to a church with sound biblical teaching.  I trust no one would say to him, “Its ok you do not need to go to any church.” Or worse, if we say to him, “Go to a church that you feel would meet your need and where your best interest is served.”

Acts 2:41 tells us 3000 souls were added unto the church on the day of Pentecost.  These believers then remained in a local assembly where they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers. Likewise we too need to find in the church where we are the same emphasis on doctrine, fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers.

But I wish to correct a misconception here regarding baptism.  In the book of Acts, when the people heard the preaching of Apostle Peter they were pricked in their hearts or they were deeply convicted. “What shall we do?” they asked.  Peter’s answer:

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

This verse is misunderstood by some people; they thought the Bible teaches that baptism is essential for remission of sin and salvation.  A careful study of the Scripture proves that baptism is subsequent to salvation.  The account of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8 is a good example.  When Eunuch saw water he asked, “what doth hinder me to be baptized?” (Acts 8:36)   Philip replied:  “If thou believest with all thine heart thou mayest.” The Eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (verse37)

Baptism is a form of identification.  A Christian’s baptism identifies him with Christ in death, in burial and in resurrection. (Romans 6:3-4)  Therefore baptism is a testimony of a Christian’s inward faith.

In Acts 2:38, Peter was saying that baptism is the resultant act of the remission of sin.  Baptism is subsequent to salvation or we may say that it follows on salvation.

B.    The 2nd reason for taking up church membership is we receive spiritual instruction and teaching

The duty of the elders is to feed the flock. (1 Peter 5:2)   The elders cannot effectively instruct and teach the believers if they are not regularly attending the meetings.  The church elders cannot provide an oversight or look out for you if you are not identified with the church or the local assembly.

 

In verse 41, the believers continued stedfastly in spiritual exercises like learning from the apostles the word of God, fellowship, observing the Lord’s Supper and prayers.  There is unity in what they were doing.  This is possible because they chose to be in one local assembly.  Choose a local assembly; choose one you know will give you sound teaching; stay in that church and grow in your faith.

 

C.    The 3rd reason for taking up church membership is for protection from false teachers.

Acts 2:40 “And with many other words did he testify and exhort saying Save (protect) yourselves from this untoward (crooked) generation” (Words in brackets added for explanation.

What does Peter mean by “this untoward generation”?  I believe he had 2 areas in mind – a morally wicked generation and a religiously perverse generation.

The Bible constantly warns us about false teachers.  These people who spread falsehood would be particularly active in numbers and activities in the end times, the time just before the return of Jesus.

The best way of deterrence is to be established in the Word of God.  Elders have the responsibility of feeding and warning the flock regarding false teachers.

Paul told the elders in Ephesus in Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

I have a pastor friend; he shared that when he was a young believer he did not attend church.  He thought he could grow on his own.  Unfortunately, a cultic group came along and he accepted their teaching without realizing that they were teaching falsehood.

D.    The 4th reason for taking up church membership is that it is a testimony to the unbelieving world.

Acts 2:43-47 – 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

A friend in NS claimed he is a Christian.  All other colleagues said he is not a Christian because he does not go to church.  Taking up church membership is a testimony to the unbelievers that we are serious, sincere and committed to the faith we embraced.

May I encourage you to take up church membership here if you have not done so.

Announcements (08 Sep 13)

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Sep 082013
 

Catechism Class continues.  Please meet in the kindergarten office. Tr: Eld. Paul Tsao

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 14/9 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact Pr Lek by TODAY.

Cross Fellowships Meeting: THIS Sat 14/9 4pm @Chapel. The YF wish to invite all Fellowship groups to this meeting where the team from AF (just returned from their Philippines trip) will share the Lord’s work in Calapan. Dinner is provided; for catering purposes please register with your respective fellowship i/c by TODAY.

SAF: Please attend the Cross Fellowships Meeting this Sat 14/9. Kindly inform Pr William if you would like to come.

Church 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner on Sat 9 Nov: Time: 5pm to 8:30pm @ NLBPC.   $25/seat; $15/seat for child <12 yrs old & seniors >=60 yrs old. Registration opens today @ Fellowship Hall. Closes next Sun 22 Sep.

08 Sep 13 – Why Church Membership?

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Sep 082013
 

“WHY CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?”

By Rev. Lim Chee Boon

I spoke on this subject in the worship service on 4 August 2013.  Let us refresh our memory on the importance of church membership.  If you are not a member of New Life Bible Presbyterian Church, I hope you will prayerfully consider becoming one.

In the recent Extra-ordinary Congregational Meeting, we were told the church has 338 voting communicant members.  Every Lord’s Day sees an average attendance of about 420 worshipers in all 3 congregations.  The breakdown is such: 220 for English, 130 for Chinese and 70 for the Tamil congregation.  From these numbers, we may assume that there are many who are worshiping with us regularly but are not church members.

I)       THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

We do not find a specific verse in the Bible that instructs us about church membership.  But the Bible does tell Christians to unite themselves with a community of believers.  A familiar verse in Hebrews 10:25 says, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The verb “assembling” in the original language has the idea of gathering together in one assembly.  The word indirectly suggests membership. The Cambridge Dictionary explains membership as people belonging to one organization.

What is the biblical basis for church membership?

A.     The Teaching on the Church

The term church was used in the pre-Christian era to mean an assembly of people.  When the people were gathered in the town hall to listen to a political speech, it was called a church.  The gathering of Jews was called a church in Acts 7:38.  A heathen assembly was also called the church.  Therefore the New Testament writers used the same term to refer to the assembly of believers in Jesus Christ.

The epistles, especially those written by the Apostle Paul, give us a clearer picture of what the church is:

Firstly, the church is the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:12 Paul wrote, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members are of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”  When we believe in Jesus Christ as Saviour, the Holy Spirit joined us to the body of Christ.  Verse 13 then says, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Ephesians 5:23 tells us that Christ is the head of the Church.  Therefore He is the head of the body.  We are all members of that one body.  Just as the head and the body are linked together, Christians and Christ must be vitally linked together.  We need Christ, for without Him, we can do nothing.

John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Many Bible teachers called this the Universal Church.  This is the church encompassing all Christians in the world.

Secondly the church has the meaning of a local assembly of believers. Bible teachers called this the local church.  Very often we read in the epistles of Paul and the other apostles writing to a church in a specific locality.  For example Paul wrote to the Roman Christians saying, “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints.” (1:7) Paul wrote also to the church in Corinth, the churches in Galatia, the church in Ephesus.  It is clear from these references that the believers in the time of the apostles belonged to a specific congregation.  They were members of that community of believers.

The early church’s establishment proved there was membership.  When individuals repented and believed in Christ, they were baptized and added to the church. (Acts 2:41; Acts 2:47; Acts 5:14 and Acts16:5)

B.    The Teaching on Church Government

New Life is a Bible Presbyterian Church.  As Presbyterians, we believe in a church government of a plurality of elders overseeing the church.  The specific duties given to these elders presuppose a clearly defined group of members who are under their care:

They are responsible to shepherd God’s people.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

They are to labour diligently among the believers.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

They are to keep watch over the souls of the believers.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

These responsibilities require that there be a distinguishable, mutually understood membership in the local assembly.  How can the elders shepherd the people and give an account to God for their spiritual well-being if the elders do not even know who these believers are?

C.    The Teaching on Church Discipline

In Matthew 18: 15-17 Jesus outlines how the church seeks the restoration of a believer who has fallen into sin – a four-step process commonly known as church discipline. The exercise of church discipline according to Matthew 18 and other passages (1 Cor. 5:1-13; 1 Tim. 5:20; Titus 3:10-11) presupposes that the elders know who their members are.  The elders of one local church do not have the responsibility or the authority over the members of another church or Christians who are “un-churched”.

D.    The Teaching on Believer Relating to One Another

The New Testament teaches that the church is the body of Christ, and that every member of the body is called to a life devoted to Christian ministry.  Scripture exhorts all believers to edify the other members by exercising their spiritual gifts (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-7; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).

Mutual edification can only take place when the believers have committed themselves to other believers in a local assembly.  It is not possible for a Christian to reach out to believers in other assemblies.  There are many reasons – first, you do not know the person and therefore you do not know his or her need or problem.  Practically you as person will not have the resource and energy to help everyone. Therefore Church membership is the formal and pragmatic way to make our commitment to our fellow brethren.

Next week we shall consider the Practical Reasons for Church membership.

Announcements (01 Sep 13)

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Sep 012013
 

Blessed Teachers’ Day! Thank God for all our faithful teachers! May the Lord continue to use them mightily for His own glory. There will be a lunch for the teachers and helpers today @12.30pm.

J.O.Y. Sunday:All youths Sec 1 upwards are welcome to this youth programme @ the Chapel 11.30am. Today’s topic is:“Water into Wine”John 2: 1 – 11

Catechism Class begins today. Please meet in the kindergarten office. Tr:Eld. Paul Tsao

Family Day: River Safari THIS Sat 7/9All who are registered, please meet in church at 10.30am.

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 14/9 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact PrLek by 8/9.

Philippines Team Presentation: The team from AF, who has just returned from their recent trip, will share the Lord’s work in Calapan on Sat 14/9 4pm @Chapel. This presentation is organised by the YF who wish to invite all Fellowship groups to this meeting. Dinner is provided; for catering purposes kindly register by 8/9 with your fellowship groups.

Church 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner on Sat 9 Nov: Time: 5pm to 8:30pm @ NLBPC.  $25/seat; $15/seat for child <12 yrs old & seniors >=60 yrs old. Registration on 15 & 22 Sep. Do keep the date free.

01 Sep 13 – Following the Footsteps of Jesus –The Master Teacher

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Sep 012013
 

“Following the Footsteps of Jesus –The Master Teacher”

“of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,” (Acts 1:1b)

By  Rev. S. V. Nathan

Introduction:

As we are celebrating Teacher’s day, we are called to remember our teachers, whose service has a great impact on everyone. It was Henry Brooks Adams who said,“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence ends.” (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/henry_adams.html).  It is true that we are blessed by our teachers in schools and colleges and by the godly teachers in our Sunday Schools in churches.  I personally thank God for my Sunday School Teachers who led me to Christ: I accepted Christ as my personal Saviour through the Sunday school ministry at the age of thirteen. I am grateful to the teachers who devoted their time and effort to make me what I am today. Likewise, all of us have fond memories of the teachers who made a difference in our lives and we are indebted to them.

However, these earthly teachers follow after “Jesus –The Master Teacher” who made huge impact on the earthly and heavenly lives of those who believed in Him. Scripture calls Him Teacher, Master, Rabbi, Rabboni. When St. Luke sums up His life, he says in Acts 1:1 that the Gospel of Luke is a record “of all that Jesus began to do and teach.” That was truly the life of Christ—what He did and what He taught.  Let us learn some model methods from Jesus – The Master Teacher.

I.  Jesus – Always the People-Oriented Teacher:   

Firstly,  Jesus Christ is the Master Teacher because He was primarily a teacher (Matthew  4:23; 5:2; 7:29; 9:35; 11:1; 13:54; 21:23; 26:55). Jesus Christ instructed people, often individuals besides great audiences (Mark 4:1). Notice how many individuals are listed in the Gospels: Nicodemus (John 2:1), Peter (Luke 5:1-11), the Samaritan woman (John 4), Zaccheus (Luke 19:1-10) and the woman of Syro-Phonecia (Mark 7:24-30) – among many others. This ability to see individuals, especially those marginalized by society, is what distinguished Jesus as the Teacher who came from God.

In particular, Jesus is a Teacher whose main focus was not whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, a Jew or a Gentile, good or bad. He loved all of them dearly and was interested in the people whom God has chosen (John 17:6).  Are we teaching the people of God?  Every teacher must have the love for the people; we should not be overly concerned about the peripheral things such as methods and curriculum etc. Without love, passion and interest for the people, whatever we teach will not have much impact. Let us “Follow the Footsteps of Jesus –The Master Teacher” by loving our children and the members of our church and teach them as Jesus taught.

II. Jesus – Always the Teacher Centred on the Word and Will of God:   

Secondly, Jesus Christ is the Master Teacher because He was always connected to God the Father in prayer so that He may receive the Word of God and do the will of God (John 4:34, 5:19,30). Hence He separated Himself from the multitude and prayed (Matt. 14:23, 26:36; Luke 5:16), He prayed all night (Luke 6:12), He fasted and prayed for 40 days (Mat. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). Hence he was charged with the power of God in His preaching. Hence, when people heard Jesus’ teaching, they were astonished and said For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Matt 7:28-29). Thus, Jesus spoke with authority and this heavenly authority rested on the revealed Word of God.

Jesus is the Teacher without any equal because of His trust in the Word of God. Jesus placed great emphasis on the Scriptures (Matt. 4:4; 22:29,31; John 5:39). In contrast, the teachers of Israel did not know the Scriptures (Matt. 22:29; John 3:10,12). Teachers today must emphasize the Scriptures in their lessons. The Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21). This will lead us to build up godly, Christ-centred and Word-based Christian individuals who will fulfil God’s will in their lives. Hence it is my humble prayer that we will follow the Footsteps of Jesusby praying and seeking His will in our teaching and preaching ministry.  Are we praying for our work and service? Are we connected to God the Father in Christ?Only so may we be effective in our teaching like “Jesus–The Master Teacher”.

III.            Jesus – Always Concerned about People’s Eternal Need:

Thirdly, Jesus Christ is the Master Teacher because He always taught what people needed (not wanted 2 Timothy 4:2-4) to hear. Unlike us, Jesus is Divine and He is the incomparable Teacher because He knew what was in man (John 2:23-24).He spoke to their need and it has impact on eternity.

We see Jesus, the Teacher without any comparison, in howHe taught people in their everyday situations. For many people, religion is separated from their daily life. Not so for Jesus. He taught in parables and stories drawn from daily life. Maybe this is why the common people heard Him gladly (Mark 12:37). Jesus demonstrated the impact of Scripture on everyday life (Mark 7:1-13). Because of His connection to everyday living His teaching stood in stark contrast to the teaching of the Pharisees (Luke 11:46, 52; Matt. 23:3-4).

In other words His teaching was practical and understandable even to lay people of the day. Hence our teaching must focus on the eternal needs of the people rather than the worldly needs or wants. Our teaching must alsobe practical and understandable like that of Jesus – the Master Teacher. Thus, shall we “Follow the Footsteps of Jesus –The Master Teacher” as He taught about the heavenly kingdom?

Conclusion:

Let us  now considerHis final words and instructions in the Great Commission: “Go ye into all the world and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching themto observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19). His final command was a dual teaching command. Today, Christianity has spread from Jerusalem to every corner of the globe, because thousands of people of God, fulltime ministers, missionaries and teachers, on various levels obey His call and are doing what Jesus has commanded us to do: teaching all. Thus, shall we all join our hands in doing so?  Every one of us is called to be a teacher of the Word.

His teachings revolutionised and changed the world upside down. What He taught, He lived out. No one ever taught like Him, and there will never be anyone after Him. Shall we make a revolution by obeying His command to teach all, everything that He has taught us to do? Let us keep in our mind the three important components in Jesus’ teaching methods, which are: the People of God, the Word of God and the Eternity of the soul. May our God abundantly bless all those who follow and participate in His teaching commission on this Teacher’s Day.