Dear Members of New Life Churches,
I have been encouraged by the positive response from our churches on our 2020 theme: “Heaven in your Home”.
At a meeting called to meet Kid’s Church leaders I was pleasantly surprised by the large attendance. They were upbeat about this theme. The anticipation is that parents are in the church’s support so that they are blessings to their homes. This in turn makes churches strong and of influence in society. Discipleship of parents and facilitation of dads especially to be of vision and high contribution to the family in spiritual and faith formation is the aim. However, it is recognized that dads who are the key to God’s order to family protection, provision and spiritual strength have yet to be conferred with. It is a necessary next step to consult dads on their challenges and victories so that all may share of strategies to strengthen all dads in our churches. Such consultative efforts will be in the near future. Not only dads, mothers who are tireless in children upbringing should be consulted too.
This theme of “Heaven in your Home” is our quest for the reality of “His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). Let us make our obedience to the Lord’s will (Matthew 6:10) count. It starts with our church families. This is not an annual theme that comes and goes. It is about parents, children and grandchildren being in the experience of the kingdom of heaven on earth, starting at home. I hope we catch the vision, our purpose in God’s kingdom, and our priority of God’s reign. If the Gospel is Good News, let it be Good News to our families and extended families. If God’s reign is important for our nation, let it be so in our homes first of all. When this is so, the devil’s plan to cause harm will be defeated. God’s will and plans to prosper you are going to be in the experience of your family and church. Storms may come and go but the kingdom will not be shaken. Christ will be the Rock of our salvation and the King of heaven reigns in our homes. Make this your priority.
I have been asked as to how to put in practice “Heaven in Your Home” in our daily walk with God. In response, I have put in writing 10 bite-size lessons and video recordings of my teaching for each lesson in order to help our churches to facilitate these lessons among the small groups. This is an effort to equip families in attaining to heaven in your home. This applies to parents, youths and children, only to translate the lessons in language that all may understand in the respective age groups. In case there are families which do not have children or have grown-up children the principles of kingdom of heaven on earth still applies to all. They can be practised and be taught to others as discipleship efforts by everyone as spiritual parents or spiritual older brothers and sisters using these lessons.
Format of Discussion:
- Go to this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN_uFRbuBZQ for my teaching on each lesson.Average time of teaching is around 12-20 minutes for each lesson. Towards every last 20 seconds of each video, the next and previous videos will pop out, just click on it.
- After watching the video, please refer to the notes for lesson discussion with some application & reflection questions sent to your Pastor for onward use on 3rd March 2020. Please expect the booklet to be printed at your local church for your use at the small group.
Pray that our church/es will experience “Heaven in Your Home” as we share, discuss and apply these lessons in our daily walk with God.
Pr Jeremiah Yap