The church will not pass through tribulation. Bro Koshy Mathew brings together various scriptures to state the infallible word of God on the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. Passages from 1 Thess 1 and 1 Thess 4 along with parallel passages in 1 Cor 15 are bought together with Rev 3:10 to establish the core doctrine of the assembly.Church is not appointed unto wrath (1 Thess 5:9) forms the basis of the message. It was also encouraged that believers look forward to the coming of the Lord and hence comfort each other with these words.
For evident reasons, King David was called a “man after God’s own heart”, despite occasionally he did “things that displeased the Lord”. In the scriptures, he is found in different postures such as1. Lying down (2 Samuel 12:16) – depicting a true repentance2. Sitting before the Lord (2 Samuel 7:18) – depicting communion3. Standing (1 Chronicles 28:2) – depicting his serviceExpounding from the above passages, Br. Deepak draws out several edifying and exhorting lessons encouraging believers into a life of complete submission.
Bible uses many animals & birds to teach various lessons by means of their inherent character. When it came to restoring Peter, Lord chose the crowing of the rooster to remind Peter of several lessons. Br. Johnny baker underlines the lessons, believers can learn from the rooster.1. Posture Of the Rooster2. Prattle of the Rooster3. Power of the Rooster4. Position of the Rooster.
Enoch maintained a testimony before God which pleased him. About him we read that “he pleased God” (Heb 11:5). He lived in a desperately wicked society. The world then was pervaded by entertainment, violence, men busy with their work and immorality. Gen 4:19,20,21 and 23 speak of the times of Enoch. Yet Enoch maintained a pleasing testimony before God. At the age of 65, Enoch received a message that Judgement would come when his son dies. Based on this message, he names his son Methuselah which meant “After he dies, judgement will come”. So profound was the effect of the message that Enoch named his son after the message of God.Not only did he ensure that Methuselah was brought up in the ways of God but Noah his great grandson was also brought in the fear of the Lord. Methuselah lived 969 years and it showed God’s long suffering relationship with man that he would delay his judgement till Methuselah lived the longest life any man has lived. In this message, Enoch’s life and times are analysed. Enoch received a second message in Jude 14 and that message is concerning the second coming of the Lord. Enoch’s first message has been fulfilled and as surely as the Lord who gave the first message lives, the second message will also be fulfilled. Enoch’s testimony should encourage us to have a close relationship with God.
Br.Oommen expounds the importance of Godliness. Godliness is a measure of devotion, commitment, holiness to God. Furthermore he expounds on “ABC” forA to mean age and maturity of a Christian,B to mean Blessing, Birthday and Beauty. It is important for all Christians to have a second birthday when they are born again by accepting Christ as their personal savior.C means Character of a Christian which is an ability to say “No to the World and Yes to Christ”.
Paul, in his letter to Timothy, notes that the mystery of godliness is the gospel. That is, the most essential ingredient for godliness is the gospel.It is important, therefore, that the church sing, teach, and preach the gospel. This is the message the church must cherish the most. And if so, the life of the church should revolve around this message – That is, every church service is gospel-centric. The church celebrates the gospel each time it gathers together. It affects what we sing, how we preach, what we teach, and how we relate to those in the church and out of the church. We have no church without the gospel, and no gospel without Christ.Gospel-centric living is a call to return to the message that we have forgotten, or rather, we have looked down on.
Br. Sunil speaks from 3 incidents in Peter’s life when he began to Sink, began to Stray & began to Swear. After having spoken of these failures in the 1st sermon, Br. Sunil explains how Peter inspite of his failures and pitfalls, finished well!
Br. Sunil speaks from 3 incidents in Peter’s life when he
began to Sink,
began to Stray
began to Swear.
But in all three incidents, the Lord graciously intervened and
Challenged him. It is important to note the faithfulness of the Savior than the failures of Peter. This message stresses on the importance to watch your walk
Simon Peter. This name Simon was given by his mother and father, but the name Peter was given by Lord. Lord called him Simon always when he didn’t live up to the mark of Peter. Peter calls himself the bondservant of God because he had the chance to leave the Lord but he didn’t leave. To become a bondservant it is very difficult because he has to be serving him forever, pierce his ear which is very painful. But the Lord purchased us from the slave market and left us free without making us be his slave but are we Grateful for that wonderful and precious price he paid for us.
Br. George Matthew spoke on a very important topic i.e to be steadfast in our faith. Peter wrote 2 Peter because he saw that the people were established in the truth, they knew about the second coming of the Lord but it was not been seen in their actions and in their life. There were false teachers who hindered but they had to be firm in the truth and not waver in their faith. Peter said that he will remind them and also always stir them to remember everything and also live a steadfast life. We also have to live a life pleasing to his sight so we should never forget what He has done and that if He has said He is coming back He will surely come.