Mat 16:3 can ye not discern the signs of the times? (KJV)
This is the time for God’s heavenly kingdom rule on earth. The spirit of anti-Christ and the kingdom of darkness are advancing their evil dominion upon this world like never before.
The church is challenged in its spiritual influence in the face of secularisation and anti-Christ systems. Over the years, I see the modern church moving away from Holy Spirit power that engages demonic and satanic evil in the world. Spiritual warfare is lesser taught in churches. The church world-wide generally lacks discipleship in these things.
There had been efforts to dumb down addressing evil powers and principalities. Sicknesses are not strongly confronted by spiritual means although prayer is offered. Healing miracles are seldom seen. God’s miracles are rare in most of church life in today’s world.
The good news is, more Pastors are awakening to these issues, and are leading churches into deeper prayer as never before. The results will not be instant. It is a journey of learning and honing skills of hearing God, being led by the Holy Spirit, entering the authority of apostolic vision and leadership, and prophetic power in ministry, as in the NT church. It takes a fresh view of the purpose of the Gospel and the church. The gospel is not just for salvation, and the church is not just an institution to pastor sheep.
The Gospel is the Gospel of the kingdom, where the saved are made disciples of kingdom life and purpose. The church is not to maintain the saved but to exist for the kingdom of heaven to come on earth in power. It is God’s will for His kingdom to fill the earth with the glory of God as the waters cover the seas. Maintaining a group of faithful attendees, no matter the size of the church, does not fill the earth in this way.
People are created and saved for God’s purpose. They have gifts. God wants them to be fully and powerfully employed for His kingdom purposes. Merely having a group of people in church but are not disciples that live the Gospel and multiply in ministries that touch many more people in their spheres of influence, is doing injustice to them. Many are leaders God wants to use, to plant new churches or do ministries to extend the kingdom.
NLRC is catching Christ’s apostolic vision and prophetic power that enable our churches to advance the Gospel to the ends of the world. The anointing of shepherding the flock is not enough for this proactive faith-power push of the Gospel. This is achievable because YOU, the church, are catching God’s kingdom vision. Please be a good local church that makes all that come enjoy church life. But the church exists for the kingdom. We must live kingdom life for kingdom purpose. Without such a vision, we stay in our situations year after year and will see no progress. No purpose to move powerfully ahead – No impetus to change.
Discipling this and the next generation is a key concern. A few years ago, I launched the theme “Generations Church”. It was with the view of empowering mature and younger believers in spiritual impact in the family and their world. Soon after the launch, through NLRC Ampang, God brought to us Duranno Father School to help loving fathers work on loving families. Lives are changed!! Praise the Lord!
The next challenge is young families. These need to be greater challenged in raising their kids to be spiritually equipped to face the end times, a generation of fierce anti-Christ attack in this world. The first challenge is in the parents’ priorities; making money or discipling their children in the Bible values strong enough to withstand the flood of multi-faceted pressure to convert their kids to another religion. It is happening. Migration is not the answer. The spirit of anti-Christ is attacking churches there too. Discipling your kids is the only answer.
Kingdom life is in the purpose of God in His Word as:
We must learn the reality of these things in kingdom life and our children must grow in the same. Will you disciple them in kingdom life?
Be experts in these 4 elements, and your prayer life will be full of authority and power, like Jesus. We will be amply provided for by God’s favour and grace. His glory will be seen.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
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After the protocol of receiving and seating him, I cannot help but felt a bit nervous about not knowing how to converse with him; what to talk about. What helped me was Dr Cho’s humility, restful disposition and his smile. He was neither aloof nor distant. That put me at rest. I did have a conversation with him, thankfully. I had hoped to glean from Dr Cho’s personal walk with the Lord as His faithful and mighty servant.
I asked him, in retrospect, when he was young and early in his ministry in Seoul, what did the Lord teach him in ministry in such a way that led to the result of being the largest church in the world. He did not answer the question immediately but told of the state of Korea then. It was a time of poverty and lack. He then told me that there were two things that helped him served the Lord successfully. It took many years of the same thing but it did build the church strong and large as it is known.
The first thing was the message of hope. In everything that he spoke about in his sermons, he never failed to give hope in Christ to people. In Jesus Christ he found hope to live and was miraculously healed of tuberculosis. From that, he gave hope for all possibilities through the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of human impossibilities. He said we can always see hope in the Bible and the Gospel. People everywhere need hope. This message of hope is always relevant.
The second thing is to feed the people faith. We must use God’s Word to feed people so that they arise in faith. When he said that, I thought to myself, it is possible for us to know the Bible and yet not find faith. How is that so? The difference is in having the Holy Spirit shine on the Bible so that we may receive God’s Word with revelation for faith. Most of us would have heard of his testimony of how his church stagnated at 3000 and could not grow further. The Lord taught him to fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2Cor13:14). That one word changed his life and destiny.
I asked him if he is staying back in Korea more because of his age. He said, no, he is travelling more. He was in Kuala Lumpur for one reason: to train people in the 4th Dimension of living in the Holy Spirit.
I felt it was such an honour and privilege to be seated at lunch with this saint of God that has served His kingdom for half a century. He has impacted his city, nation and the world; and he sat with us. That was an awesome thought.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
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At the first Combined Service for our NLRC Churches in the Klang Valley I proclaimed the direction of our Group of Churches for the next 5 years into the year 2020. I perceive that God is leading us into greater realities of His power in His Kingdom. This was the way Jesus. From 2015 I am leading our New Life churches into KINGDOM LIFE.
Christian Life, church life and kingdom life are meant to be the same thing. However, over time and for various reasons, there are gaps between the life we live versus the life Jesus and the disciples lived. One prominent difference is in the element of God’s kingdom purpose. Jesus lived out God’s kingdom purpose and in it God empowered Him in life and ministry resulting in great historical and global impact. I sense God is heightening this awareness in Christians so that we too may live in that power of God in ministry and daily living, especially in the supernatural. Kingdom Life is that higher quality of heavenly life on earth.
Jesus said the works that He did we can do also, in fact greater works shall we do (Jn14:12). This has become a hard scripture and most choose to overlook it because it is not a reality for many in contemporary churches. In some circles, there is an unspoken resignation from things beyond the intellect and natural. Beware that when you aspire for realities of God’s power you may be accused of raising false hopes in people. Some churches are contented to have the Word without much power. Yet we all know God is awesome in power.
In these last days, when pressure against the church mounts and challenges are closing in with anti-biblical values, I felt the Lord wants to lift Christians and the church to a higher life of heavenly quality on earth. By this I am saying it is our portion to enjoy God’s life of heavenly availability and capacity. God’s plan is clear when we look at the Lord’s Prayer (Mat6:9-13). It is beyond a superstitious prayer ritual. When Jesus said to pray God’s kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, it is about more of heaven on earth. God wants to displace Satan’s dominion on earth so that all may live under His dominion of righteousness, peace and joy (Rom14:17).
This is attainable if we unlearn habits and thinking of our current Christianity, and shift our thinking back to the Bible worldview. Probably not recognising it, the world’s culture with a humanistic worldview has veiled us from being the disciples of spiritual authority like Jesus and the early disciples. If we excuse ourselves from being like them, we will defeat God’s purpose in sending Jesus to us as a human. As a man, Jesus lived and impacted the world in the power of the Holy Spirit, serving the kingdom. Some of His disciples were poor and unsophisticated fishermen. Yet they served God in purpose and in power like Jesus. Kingdom Life is in God’s kingdom purpose and power.
On 6 Jan 2015, I sent out to all Pastors the outline of my sermon on the Combined Sunday on the 4th. It is for members to use for their cell groups. In the training on 10 Jan 2015, I directed our Pastors and leaders to lead their churches to read the book of Matthew. For Kingdom Life, I asked that they teach from Matthew5-7. The next level of teaching is in the Kingdom parables from Matthew13. Knowing God’s Word is foundational for the renewal of the mind (Rom12:2) in kingdom thinking. We start with an intellectual knowledge of God’s kingdom. Then aim your life to be transformed by God’s authority and power in you, overcoming life’s challenges in personal and family life; and through you attract others to Jesus. This aim of ‘in you’ and ‘through you’ is not just a good Christian cliché. God really wants to rule earth from heaven through you. If you do not get this, you miss the purpose for which God created you. He made you in His image so that you present Him to the world.
This is an upgrade in thinking from merely asking God to renovate and make life better by His blessings and favour in what you need. God will do these. But He wants you to fully live in the purpose of your existence. The reason for your existence is not just for yourself but to live for Him as a kingdom people that will form His kingdom church. His will is His kingdom of heaven on earth.
The model of kingdom life is Jesus and His disciples. Measure your life using them as your yardstick. For that you need to read the Book of Matthew as a start.
Pastor J and Susan
2014 is coming to an end. How has your year been?
I was informed a sister from one of our churches is spiritually dry. I perceive this is a common phenomenon. The people and the church have good hearts. They are faithful to the Lord. They listen to sermons. Why then should people be spiritually dry? Let me introduce you to three words:
Hearing a sermon on Sunday is not enough to feed your inner man. It is like feeding your natural man once a week. You will starve. It is also like having a shower only once a week. How refreshed can you feel?
Sermons must be prepared with feeding the people in mind; feeding in faith, hope, love and purpose in life. The last element makes the difference between boring Christianity and a meaningful life. Lack of God’s purpose is what many people feel. Expounding the Bible well in the above components feeds people. On the other hand, members must also privately feed themselves. It is the key to spiritual refreshment. I helped our dear sister pick a few websites to listen to. I hope it will kick start her into meditating on the Bible on her own. There is a plus with internet but be discerning. Not all are good. Ask you Pastors.
Keeping in touch with friends, relatives and your community outside church helps you relate with the real world. Young ones need to learn how to relate with the world they grow up in. Older ones need to touch people for Jesus. If you do not relate with people it is harder to reach them. Knowing their needs and genuinely helping out makes good friendships and shows Christ in you.
We are wired to serve God and others. That is why many are eager to serve in church. This is the real you. Better still serve the Lord in power to heal, save and build up someone in Jesus. Flow of Life is in ministering to others. After ministering to the Samaritan woman at the well (Jn4), Jesus felt “fed” without eating lunch. He said his meat was in serving the Lord.
These three elements kept me spiritually well for many years. I hope they help you too. Joyful Christmas to you and have a great, full and meaningful 2015!
Pastor J and Susan
In this season, I learned from the Lord about how we fit into His divine plan in this world. It has been a fulfilling revelation. The Lord helped me put His kingdom, His church and us as individuals together like a jig-saw puzzle. We often, say “it is not about us” which means “don’t be self absorbed”; but we must not doubt that we are one of the centre pieces in God’s kingdom strategy. The difference is whether God puts us there, or we put ourselves there.
As a Pastor now for many years, I am aware of how Pastors and members do their best for their church in God’s kingdom. Our New Life Restoration Churches and our members have gone a long way since we started with six (6) people in 1981. Not only have we planted many churches in the nation and globally, many individuals have also been blessed and are a blessing to others in the church and in the nations.
The prosperous people we see today had their struggles that others do not know of. It’s in their private journey. Everything we have has a beginning; usually not easy. It is in my mind that we all understand the journey so that all may prosper in the Lord with our faith. The Bible says God has given us the ability (power) to make wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). This puts all on a level playing field. We can all trust God for an ability to make wealth. Our diligence is our responsibility. But when we make wealth do not forget it is still the Lord that has given us the ability. This takes care off pride.
Sometimes we receive a golden egg. It may be a good-paying job, an inheritance or a gift. It still is God that supplies. God does not have the currency we use. He gives us through human agency. Sometimes we are the ones that give the golden egg to another. We are givers. Most of us would rather give than receive. This is in the nature from God’s image in us. What happens when you receive and when you give?
When you receive, its source is ultimately God. We came with nothing into this world; we will leave the same way. Human agency is involved. Be thankful to people. Thank your employer, every giver, but also thank the Lord. Gratefulness opens up faith.
When you give, give with God before you. God does not ask us to give everything. For an example, He asks us to give a tithe to your church. It is giving back a portion of what He has given you in your ability to make wealth. This keeps our trust in God intact. If we do not put God before us in our giving, we will focus on us. We made the money. No need to think of others. We also think we deserve to keep every cent of it. But God says “Remember I gave you life. I also gave you ability to make wealth”.
Giving keeps our link to God. But let’s give with faith. He promises us this:
(Mark 10:28-30) Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!” I tell you the truth, Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.