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2019 – 2020 Sermon Series
Theme: God’s promise and fulfilment in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
- 1st – 29th December 2019: The Promise of a King
The OT promises of the King of Peace and NT fulfilment: God’s salvation plan is beyond any human imagination. Many OT texts prophesize and teach the coming of the Lord as a King. This King is the incarnate Son of God who comes as the suffering servant and brings humanity the peace of God. The promise of the King is the beginning of a new era. Such story continues to the present moment.
Date Theme Chapter 01/12 Emmanuel, God with us Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-25 08/12 The Prince of Peace Isa. 9:6-7, Ezek. 3:15-17 15/12 Astonishing Christmas gift Luke 1:26- 38 22/12 An exemplary faith for every Christmas Luke 1:46-56 29/12 2019 – A worthwhile journey Heb. 10:19-39
- 5th January – 12th April 2020: The Fulfiller
We start 2020 by encountering Jesus – the Fulfiller – through the lens of Luke’s Gospel. Jesus is the “cornerstone”, the “author” and the “perfector” of our Faith – all of our hopes and security are answered in him! But do our hopes and expectations align with what he brings to the world? In this series, we will examine key texts from Luke and corresponding Old Testament scripture, to help unpack how Jesus was not only the Messiah promised in the Old Testament, but also see how he brought a fuller picture of what these promises meant.
Date Theme Chapter 05/01 “So that you may know the certainty” Luke 1:1-4 12/01 “Seeing beyond the present with expectancy” Luke 2:22-40 19/01 “Baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire” Luke 3:7-22 26/01 Special To be decided 02/02 “If you are the Son of God” Luke 4:1-13 09/02 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me” Luke 4:14-30 16/02 “Fishers of Men” Luke 5:1-11 23/02 “Lord of the Sabbath” Luke 5:33 – 6:1-10 01/03 “Who do you say I am?” Luke 9:18-26 08/03 “Your Kingdom Come…” Luke 11:1-13 15/03 “Salvation has come to this house” Luke 19:1-10 22/03 Special To be decided 29/03 “Blessed is the king!” Luke 19:28-48 05/04 “My body…My blood” Luke 22:7-23 12/04 “He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:1-12
- 19th April – 28th June 2020: The Old Made New
Topical study on the promised Holy Spirit in OT and coming of the new age in the NT: in Christ Jesus, the new era of the Kingdom of God has been inaugurated. The OT prophecies are concerned with both the coming of Christ and the Holy Spirit. ‘The Old made New’ is the story of the promises of the Holy Spirit in the OT. Also in Pentecost, the Holy Spirit has come spectacularly to the disciples and the NT Church is inaugurated to continue God’s salvation plan.
Date Theme Chapter 19/04 Moses and the Holy Spirit of power to plan and manage Num. 11:16-25 26/04 The Holy Spirit and the promise of the Kingdom of Righteousness Isa. 32:15-20 3/05 The outpouring Holy Spirit and the promised blessing Isa. 44:1-5 10/05 The promised Holy Spirit and the renewal of the heart Ezek. 36:22-32, Jer. 31:31-34 17/05 Christ’s promise of the Holy Spirit John 14:15-17, 15:26-27, 16:5-7 24/05 The Holy Spirit and the blessed hope Rom. 8:18-27 31/05 The arrival of the age to come Acts 2:1-13 07/06 The early community in caring and sharing Acts 2:42-47, 6:1-7 14/06 The fruit of the Holy Spirit Gal. 5:16-26 21/06 Special To be decided 28/06 The Holy Spirit and the building up of the body of Christ Eph. 4:11-16
- 5th July – 23rd August 2020: Transformation beyond Comprehension
Discipleship basics in Philippians: the model of Paul as a follower of Jesus. Paul began as a high-profile persecutor of the church. He was converted by Christ and called to be Christ’s follower and disciple. For Paul, ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain; also ‘whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ’. Paul’s model of discipleship is total surrender to Christ the Lord.
Date Theme Chapter 05/07 Serving the Lord with a thanksgiving heart Phil. 1:3-11 12/07 Witnessing Christ in all difficult situations Phil. 1:12-26 19/07 The Jesus’ model of discipleship Phil. 2:5-11 26/07 Mentoring and supporting fellow Christians Phil. 2:19-29 02/08 No confidence in the flesh and greatness in knowing Christ our Lord Phil. 3:1-11 09/08 Planning the future and be exemplary model Phil. 3:12-21 16/08 Serving the Lord with joy in all situations Phil. 4:1-9 23/08 Willing to share and yet also self-sufficiency in Christ Phil. 4:10-20
- 30th August – 4th October 2020: Battle
Our lives are full of challenges and the unxpected. We face intense battles in our minds and hearts at those struggling moments. So did the people in the Bible. It is more than a mental battle but also a spiritual battle. Let the truth of the Bible and the gospel speaks into our battles in this topical series.
Date Theme Chapter 30/08 Fear of Uncertainty? Ruth 1:1-22 06/09 Insecurity in Identity? Ex. 3:1-22 13/09 Disappointment in Relationships? 1 Sam. 24:1-22 27/09 Special To be decided 04/10 Hopeless Future? 1 Kings 19:1-18
- 4th October – 29th November 2020: Saviour and Sender
Mission is Jesus’ call to the church to witness for Him and share His good news to all humankind. Is Jesus qualified to give such a call to the church? The Gospel of Mark gives a clear answer to his sovereignty and power. He is the sovereign Lord and the saviour of the world.
Date Theme Chapter 11/10 OT prophecy & NT fulfilment of the coming Messiah Mark 1:1-8 18/10 Power of the Messiah over evil Mark 3:20-30 01/11 Power of the Messiah over human needs Mark 8:1-13 08/11 Power of the Messiah over people with evil spirit Mark 5:1-7, 9:14-24 15/11 Power of the Messiah & physical healing Mark 1:40-2:12, 7:31-37, 10:46-52 22/11 Jesus: the Saviour and Lord of all To be decided 29/11 Special To be decided